Ski Lake Tahoe and its seven ski and snowboard resorts – Alpine Meadows, Heavenly, Kirkwood, Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe, Northstar-at-Tahoe, Sierra-at-Tahoe, and Squaw Valley USA – reported a 17 percent increase in skier visitation for the 2009-10 winter season. Ski Lake Tahoe President John Wagnon credits the visitation increase to great snow conditions and unbeatable vacation deals. These deals could stem from the local Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RTIA) increasing the amount of flights into the Lake Tahoe area, never being shut down due to snow, and discounted flights from skier-friendly Southwest Airlines.
First Track Online Ski mag says the riding was good for nearly 9 months:
With some ski lifts operating from Halloween through the Fourth of July, skiers and snowboarders enjoyed an extended winter at Lake Tahoe with some resorts exceeding their average with over 600 inches of snow. Early season skiers enjoyed top-to-bottom skiing thanks to early season El Niño storm systems and supplemental snowmaking. The spring months included persistent, powerful storms that allowed some resorts to finish the season with mid-winter conditions and base depths well over 100 inches.
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