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TAHOE SOUTH RECOGNIZED AMONG 2016-17 TOP WINTER DESTINATIONS


$500 million invested: lodging, breweries, restaurants, additional non-stop air-service and ski resort amenities resonate with visitors

Nov. 1, 2016 (SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif./Nev.) – U.S. News & World Report recognized Lake Tahoe among the “15 best places to go this winter,” (Oct. 25, 2016) due to its beauty, plethora of activities, skiing/snowboarding and non-stop entertainment/nightlife. Travel rankings were based on reader votes and editor analysis. (http://tahoesouth.com)

With more than $500 million of capital investments the last two years, Tahoe South continues to attract visitors with an influx of desirable lodging, local craft breweries, innovative dining experiences, and new offerings at South Shore’s ski resorts. Also this winter, additional non-stop air-service into Reno/Tahoe International Airport will be available from Atlanta and Dallas, adding to the recent non-stops from New York (JFK), Orange County, and Long Beach. From the airport’s baggage claim non-stop to the lake, South Tahoe Airporter’s round-trip luxury motorcoach service allows travelers to opt for a car-free winter vacation.

WHAT’S NEW ON THE SLOPES

The phrase “work hard, play hard,” takes on new meaning at Heavenly Mountain Resort as the resort is pairing with Tahoe Mountain Lab (South Shore based co-working business) to create an on-mountain work hub. The shared workspace located at Heavenly’s Lakeview Lodge is for professionals who dream of guilt free powder days and taking a few turns before hopping onto a conference call or responding to an urgent email.

For guests new to the sport or veterans looking to perfect their skills the customized “Design Your Own Experience” private lesson is directed by guest’s preferences on terrain, style and development. For guests looking for a last minute ski and ride coach, kiosks are conveniently located on the mountain as well as the base lodge locations. The resort is scheduled to open Nov. 18. (http://www.skiheavenly.com)

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. Sierra continues to source sustainable, healthier, organic food options in the Solstice Eatery located in the Plaza along with revamped menus at the base and on-mountain dining locations

Sierra partnered with Vapur, makers of the flexible, reusable and eco-responsible “Anti-Bottle,” and created four new refillable water stations around the resort to encourage guests to fill personal water bottles or purchase a reusable Vapur version. This program aligns with Sierra-at-Tahoe’s environmental initiative, Keep Sierra Green, by reducing waste and encouraging reusable options for staying hydrated. (https://www.sierraattahoe.com)

Kirkwood Mountain Resort, known for its deep powder, steep runs and cornices, welcomes the season by expanding its flagship program “Expedition: Kirkwood” to include daily mountain guide service and private snowcat tours.

Kirkwood’s instructional program “Discovery Series” is for intermediate and expert skiers/riders ready to take it to the next level. The course boosts confidence and skills by exposing students to the unique and challenging terrain found only at Kirkwood. All sessions include lunch and use of Go Pro cameras for skier/rider analysis. The resort will also be partnering with GoPro to host the second annual #KirkwoodDeep Riders Poll Awards on Nov. 12 in San Francisco. The resort is scheduled to open Nov. 18. (http://www.kirkwood.com)

CRAFT BREWS

Local flavor is king and South Shore’s reputation for signature suds has been recognized by connoisseurs.

South Lake Brewing Company, opening in early 2017, will feature four initial craft brews named for Tahoe trails and alpine lakes: Angora IPA, Marlette Blonde, Barret Brown and Emigrant Saison. South Shore natives, Chris and Nicole Smith, are opening the brewery and tasting room on the south end of town, near the “Y,” intersection of U.S. Highway 50 and state Route 89. http://www.southlakebeer.com

Basecamp Hotel is expanding its Beer Garden this winter to include the new on-site Desolation Brewery. The Beer Garden will continue to add new menu items to complement gourmet sausages, salads and sandwiches. The establishment features live music by area musicians and is open to hotel guests as well as the public daily from 3-11 p.m.

Breweries opened by longtime Tahoe locals continue to thrive with Sidellis Brewery celebrating its first anniversary January 2017, and Cold Water Brewery observing its second anniversary November 2016.

INSTA-WORTHY LODGING

Following a multimillion-dollar renovation and consolidation, 968 Park Hotel and the adjacent Park Tahoe Inn will relaunch as a Joie de Vivre Hotel and announce its new name winter 2016-17. The modern, eco-conscious, and dog-friendly property includes 167 rooms, a new lobby, restaurant, meeting space and an outdoor terrace with views of Heavenly Mountain Resort.

The $25-30 million Zalanta Resort at the Village, located within the Château at the Village in California next door to Harveys will open in 2017 and feature 19,571 square-feet of retail shops and restaurants on the ground level, and 30 two, three and four bedroom condominiums on the upper floors. Ace High Saloon & Smokehouse within the Château opened October 2016 and provides BBQ, classic sides, and a full-bar for either breakfast, lunch, dinner and take-out.

Inn by the Lake, located 1.5 miles west of the casinos across from Lakeview Commons beach, will finalize $2 million in renovations in late-November for all 99 rooms with new bathrooms, furniture, carpets, and paint. In addition, heated sidewalks, new roofing and paint in the Event Center, lobby and pool buildings will complete the upgrades.

More than $100 million is being invested in the new LEED-designed, lakefront Lodge at Edgewood Tahoe, scheduled to open June 2017. The 169,000-square-foot addition will include 154 hotel rooms, a centerpiece lodge reminiscent of the great national parks, health spa, bistro style restaurant and bar, plus a 3,000-square-foot ballroom for conferences, weddings and events. With its central location for the lake, mountain and entertainment activities this centerpiece project represents the future as sustainability, a model for access and minimal car use after arrival. Reservations are now available.

The 2014-16 Tahoe South resort renaissance also featured the following investments: $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 and Tahoe Beach Club, a luxury lakefront condominium development.

For real time updates on events, promotions, packages, conditions and events in Tahoe South, The Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority is on Facebook: www.facebook.com/TahoeSouth, Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TahoeSouth, YouTube: www.youtube.com/LTVA, Instagram: www.instagram.com/tahoesouth and use #tahoesouth to share posts. For Tahoe South information: 1-800-288-2463 or www.tahoesouth.com.

About the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority

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 toward health and wellness, green business practices and sustainability 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.

Contact: Jenn Boyd or Phil Weidinger, Weidinger Public Relations, 775-588-2412 or jennifer@weidingerpr.com.

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