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RAW VIDEO 12/18/08 North Lake Tahoe Boasts Ideal Holiday Ski Conditions

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Uploaded on Dec 18, 2008

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STORY SUMMARY: (NORTH LAKE TAHOE, California/Nevada) The North Lake Tahoe region was hit with an Arctic blast that started Saturday and has left up to three feet of new snow, giving ski resorts the opportunity to crank up more lifts and open more terrain in time for holiday skiers.

FOOTAGE INCLUDES: Current video shot Thursday, December 18, 2008, of skiing and snowboarding footage shot at Sugar Bowl, Diamond Peak, and Tahoe Cross Country, plus soundbites (see below).

SUPPORTING COPY: Wax your skis and pull out the Gore-Tex theres never been a better time to hit the slopes in North Lake Tahoe.

Holiday skiers and boarders are enjoying some of the best conditions of the winter, with up to three feet of new snow reported at the ski resorts higher elevations and some of the most terrain and lifts open anywhere on the West Coast. And the conditions are only getting better as another storm is headed for the region later this week.

Snow enthusiasts to North Lake Tahoe have their pick of ski resorts with Boreal Mountain Resort, Northstar-at-Tahoe, Sugar Bowl and Mt. Rose open top to bottom, Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area and Tahoe Donner Cross Country, along with Squaw Valley USAs lower and upper mountain. Opening today, December 18 are Diamond Peak and Tahoe Donner Downhill. Alpine Meadows re-opens top-to-bottom December 19, along with countrys largest cross country resort Royal Gorge Cross Country, and Granlibakken Resort with beginner lifts and sledding. Soda Springs is scheduled to open December 20, and Homewoood Mountain Resort on Dec 24.

After hitting the slopes, head to North Lake Tahoes casino stages and jazz lounges for live music and some of the best après-ski nightlife. Local favorites are the Crystal Bay Club & Casino in Crystal Bay and Moodys Bistro & Lounge in Truckee, where Sir Paul McCartney recently put on an impromptu jam with local musicians. Or, give lady luck a try at the craps and blackjack tables at casinos in the historic Crystal Bay corridor or the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe in Incline Village.

Holiday events abound too, including Christmas carolers in the villages, torchlight parades on the mountain and Santa arriving by fire truck to hand out candy canes to kids.

For more information about ski resorts and regional special events, along with current weather conditions in North Lake Tahoe, click to http://www.GoTahoeNorth.com.

North Lake Tahoe is a 45-minute drive from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, two hours from Sacramento International Airport and just over three hours from San Francisco International Airport. For lodging reservations, recreation and event details, call North Lake Tahoe at 1-877-949-3296 or visit http://www.GoTahoeNorth.com.

Visitor information centers are located at 380 North Lake Boulevard in Tahoe City and 969 Tahoe Boulevard in Incline Village. The North Lake Tahoe Visitors Bureaus, Incline Village Crystal Bay Visitors Bureau and the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, work together to promote North Lake Tahoe as a premier, year-round destination.
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