Tahoe South Press Releases
New Attractions, Tahoe Olympic Hopefuls Set The Stage for Banner Ski Season
Nov. 2, 2017 (SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif./Nev.) – On the heels of a historic Tahoe winter, forecasts for 1-2 feet of snow this weekend, and early openings at area resorts, ski/snowboard enthusiasts are banking on another incredible season. Dates include Heavenly Mountain Resort, Nov. 17; Kirkwood Mountain Resort, Nov. 22, and Sierra-at-Tahoe, mid-November. Plus, the buzz is high surrounding the 2018 Winter Olympics with three South Shore athletes hoping to repeat previous medal-winning success. www.tahoesouth.com
Tahoe South’s appeal as a leading winter destination continues to be enhanced with more than $750 million invested in capital improvements the past three seasons. Winter 2017-18 will include an influx of desirable lodging, luxury experiences, innovative dining, local craft breweries, and new offerings at South Shore’s ski resorts.
Also, this season, additional non-stop air-service into Reno/Tahoe International Airport will be available from Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago, and Denver adding to the recent non-stops from New York (JFK) and Long Beach. From the airport’s baggage claim, South Tahoe Airporter’s round-trip motorcoach service allows travelers to opt for a car-free winter vacation.
WHAT’S NEW ON THE SLOPES
Sierra-at-Tahoe has provided a foundation for some of the world’s best athletes. Olympic gold medalists Jamie Anderson (one of six athletes selected for "New Spirit of United" campaign as the US Olympic Committee's official airline.), Maddie Bowman and Hannah Teter all call Sierra home and plan to compete on the world stage yet again at the 2018 Winter Olympics. Sierra-at-Tahoe is the spot to catch athletes training on any given day.
January is National Learn to Ski/Snowboard month and the resorts provide packages, lessons and clinics to learn and improve skills. For those new to the sport, Sierra-at-Tahoe expanded its beginner area with SMART TERRAIN, ® which includes banked turns and shaped features that naturally guide skiers and riders into turns and stops to efficiently master the fundamentals while gaining confidence. The resort offers deals from $49 for first timer skiers/riders including a lift ticket accessing beginner terrain, two-hour lesson and equipment rental. www.sierraattahoe.com
Heavenly Mountain Resort will take ski and ride school to a new level with video lessons. Guests will be toured around the mountain by an instructor while learning how to use a portable device to capture first-person video and photography of Heavenly’s secret stashes, powder pockets, and stunning views. Skiers/riders will keep a memory card full of their day’s footage after the lesson has ended.
Heavenly offers a free taste of craft brew on the mountain under Tamarack Chair daily from 3-4 p.m. Guests will also receive coupons for discounted beers and bites at Tamarack Lodge.
California Lodge’s new rooftop bar, LAT 38, is the posh après scene with a mountain-modern feel, stringed café lights, a unique warm drink menu (i.e. the “Dirty Snowman), cozy fire pits, acoustic live bands, and appetizers. www.skiheavenly.com
Tahoe South and Heavenly Mountain Resort will host the prestigious Mountain Travel Symposium, the largest and longest-running annual gathering of mountain travel professionals in the world, April 8-14. The event appeals to tour operators, ski clubs, and councils, meeting planners and tourism partners within the ski industry as well as year-round travel. Sponsors of a bi-state collaboration include Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel, and South Tahoe Airporter. www.mtntrvl.com
Kirkwood Mountain Resort, known for its deep powder, steep runs and cornices, welcomes the season with the expansion of “Expedition: Kirkwood.” The flagship program includes courses, clinics and camps to elevate safety and hone skills for navigating the resort. The American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) Classes include a three-day introductory course to the avalanche phenomena: training students to prepare for and carry out a backcountry trip, understand basic decision making while in the field, as well as the concepts of a companion rescue.
With various camps and clinics offered for all ages and skill levels, the ‘Ladies Only’ packages allow ripping women to excel at their sport in a new adventure. This experience is about escaping, developing friendships, seeking adventure and tackling a variety of terrain and conditions while working on selection, tactical approach, and off-piste technique. www.kirkwood.com
Vail Resorts, operators of Heavenly and Kirkwood, has committed to a zero net operating footprint by 2030. This includes zero net emissions and operating impact on forests, landfill and habitat. Initiatives at Heavenly include recycling; erosion-fighting soil cover; snowmaking investments in low-energy technology; stormwater runoff; community outreach, events and financial contributions; and free ski shuttles.
South Lake Tahoe’s wondrous variety of accommodations appeal to every demographic and price point with lakefront, rustic cabin in the woods, chic boutique hotel, glamorous casino suites, eclectic or campy motels, and multi-bedroom/full-kitchen units. This past year South Shore’s luxury game has been the hot ticket for trend-setting, high demand appeal with national media and discerning clientele.
The LEED-designed Lodge at Edgewood Tahoe, the newest addition to the 235-acre lakefront property, opened in June and has attracted guests including former President Clinton and the cast of ABC’s hit comedy sitcom, Modern Family. The lakefront property offers 154 luxury guest rooms, 8,500 sq. ft. spa and salon, 200-seat bistro restaurant, 3,000 sq. ft. ballroom, kids camp, and premium shopping to add to existing dining within the clubhouse 50 yards away at Edgewood Restaurant and Brooks’ Bar & Deck. Guests of the Lodge can purchase lift tickets and be fitted for skis and boards on property. The resort’s private shuttle offers on-demand service to Heavenly Mountain Gondola, located two minutes from the Lodge, and will meet guests post skiing to exchange gear for walking shoes. www.edgewoodtahoe.com
The $25-30 million development Zalanta Resort at the Village, next door to Harveys opened June 2017. It includes 19,571 square-feet of retail shops and restaurants on the ground level, and 30 two, three and four bedroom condominiums with full-service amenities on the upper floors. Zalanta offers deluxe kitchens, beautiful and spacious living areas, and large private balconies. There’s a ski valet, in-house rental management, fitness center, outdoor pool, hot tub, front desk concierge service and access to a semi-private beach at Lakeside Marina. www.zalanta.com
The ongoing Tahoe South resort renaissance has featured numerous extensive renovations: $60 million at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe; $24 million MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa; $20 million Landing Resort & Spa; $12 million Harrah’s Lake Tahoe; $8 million at Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel; $8 million Beach Retreat & Lodge; $2 million at Ridge Tahoe’s Castle Rock Event Space; $2 million Postmarc Hotel & Spa Suites; $1.2 million 7 Seas Inn; Coachman Hotel; Hotel Azure; Chateau at the Village and Tahoe Beach Club, a luxury lakefront condominium development.
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Designated the “America’s Best Lake” by USA TODAY readers (2012), Tahoe South combines the distinctive appeal of two worlds: spectacular natural beauty and a modern tourism destination with an array of outdoor recreation, entertainment, nightlife, and gaming. Tahoe’s timeless splendor and an emerging economic diversity continue to define its inimitable personality. For information about lodging, recreation and family packages at Tahoe South, call 1-800-288-2463 or log onto www.TahoeSouth.com.