North Lake Tahoe prepares for season

With an opening day looming, many of North Lake Tahoe’s ski resorts are ramping up for the 2007-2008 winter season.

According to officials at Squaw Valley USA, Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe, Alpine Meadows Ski Resort and Sugar Bowl, snowmaking is under way for opening day. At press time, Northstar-at-Tahoe is scheduled to open Nov. 22.

For nonskiers, there is plenty to do as well.

Squaw Valley USA offers cable car rides to High Camp with its ice-skating, dining and sightseeing activities. This weekend, the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe in Incline Village is hosting the popular North Lake Tahoe Holiday Jazz Festival. Northstar-at-Tahoe is celebrating the opening of popular Sacramento-based sushi restaurant, Mikuni Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar. There is also ice-skating, music and shopping in the Northstar Village.

Visitors arriving in early December can take advantage of the destination’s 8th Annual Learn to Ski and Board Weekend, scheduled for the weekend of Dec. 8-9. For just $25 first-time skiers and boarders receive an all-day beginner lift ticket, group lesson and gear rental. Reservations are not required, but participants should arrive early.

For those who are opting to fly to North Lake Tahoe, the destination is a 45-minute drive from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. In lieu of renting a car, you can take the North Lake Tahoe Express, a daily airport shuttle service is available to and from North Lake Tahoe and the Reno-Tahoe International Airport.

The shuttle runs from 3:30 a.m. until midnight. Fees are $35 per person one-way, and $60 round trip. For more information, visit www.northlaketahoeexpress.com.

For more information on North Lake Tahoe, visit www.gotahoenorth.com.

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