Santa Delivers! White Christmas Guaranteed at Lake Tahoe Resorts with 2-3 Feet of Snow; More On The Way

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Dec. 13, 2021 (SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif./Nev.) – It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Tahoe resorts as storm doors opened and unleashed bountiful powder on Heavenly and Kirkwood Mountain Resorts. Recent weather patterns have dropped more than two feet of snow in less than a week above 7,000 feet. According to the National Weather Service an additional 3-6 feet above 7,000 feet and 2-3 feet of snow at lake level is expected today through Tuesday allowing resorts to expand and open more terrain before the holidays.

Sledding hills anticipate opening around Dec. 17-18 and provide an iconic/picturesque winter pastime with locations like Adventure Mountain at the top of Echo Summit; Hansen’s Resort, on Ski Run Boulevard approximately a mile from the Stateline/Heavenly Village corridor; Tahoe Snowmobile Tubing Hill across from MontBleu/Bally’s Resort Casino & Spa; and Tube Tahoe, operating out of Tahoe Paradise Golf Course, each offer dedicated groomed areas for tubing and snow play as well as lodge amenities. Tourism officials recommend guests call or visit the websites of individual businesses for current openings, operations and health and safety protocols throughout the season. For winter snowplay — if sledding independently at various hills —Take Care Tahoe (a collective of more than 50 organizations that love Lake Tahoe) encourage sledders to take memories and trash, i.e. broken sleds, home upon departure.

Last minute holiday accommodations for spontaneous adventurers are still available but fleeting. Secure a visit at Lake Tahoe launched a free interactive trip planning app for where to stay, play and dine complete with navigation, tailored notifications, tours, events as well as downloads for Apple and Android users:


Casino entertainment at the South Shore Room at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe features Christmas with The Filharmonic, Dec. 17 through Jan. 3. The a cappella group of Filipino-American youngsters was featured in NBC’S hit musical competition, The Sing-Off. Named the No. 1 college booked entertainment group of the year, they feature a unique blend of hip hop, pop and ’90s nostalgia.

Bally’s Lake Tahoe, formerly MontBleu, hosts a complete line-up of music and dancing with performances in the showroom or Blu Nightclub by Blues Survivors: John Mayall & Walter Trout, Dec. 17; The Dead South, Dec. 18 and a New Year’s Eve Celebration, Dec. 31.

Holiday magic is available with the “Mystifying” and “Mind-Bending”Alex Ramon – Real Magic, at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe, Sundays – Thursdays until Jan. 8, 2022 – no performances Dec. 24 and 31. (Recommended for ages five and older.)

The Heavenly Village ice rink will feature skating Disney Characters, Saturdays in December and daily, Dec. 26-30 from 3–6 p.m. See Beauty and the Beast, Dec. 26; Anna, Elsa, and Olaf of “Frozen,” Dec. 27; Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella, Dec. 28; Woody and Buzz of “Toy Story,” Dec. 29; and JJ from Coco Melon & Paw Patrol, Dec. 30. Local ice sculptors will vie for bragging rights and a $500 donation to a charity of choice, Dec. 27 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Family-friendly festivities continue Dec. 27-31, with a Lake Tahoe Ferris Wheel affording lake views during the day and the twinkling lights and Christmas trees at night. Stuff-A-Bear, where kids can build their own teddy bear, is available near the fountain, Dec. 27-31 at 1 p.m.


Live music will take place on Heavenly Village’s Main Stage, Dec. 30-31 from 2:00 p.m. — 9:30 p.m. with county music artist, Tyler Rich headlining Thursday, Dec. 30. Heavenly Holidays reaches its zenith on New Year’s Eve with a gondola drop coordinated with the midnight ball drop in New York City’s Time Square, at 9:00 p.m. PT, and 2022 will be rung in by ’90s alternative rock band, Gin Blossoms, accompanied with fireworks. The party continues into the night at casino nightclubs. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe will ring in 2022 with fireworks at midnight.


With the ever-pivoting landscape of COVID-19 and other occasional travel factors, destination partners encourage travelers to plan for a safe, healthy winter adventure. Lake Tahoe offers updated information on its website at “Know Before You Go” and Responsible Recreation with all current state and county health protocols

For real-time updates on events, promotions, packages, conditions and events in Lake Tahoe, The Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority is on Facebook:, Twitter:, YouTube:, Instagram: and use #TahoeSouth to share posts. For Lake Tahoe information: 1-800-288-2463 or

Contact: Jenn Boyd or Phil Weidinger, Weidinger Public Relations, 775-588-2412 or

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Heavenly Mountain Resort is keeping spirits bright as skiers/riders will have a winter wonderland
to play this holiday season. Taken Saturday, Dec. 11 credit Heavenly Mountain Resort

HEAVENLY Opening Day Photos & Broll can be downloaded here. For photo credit, list “Photographer name (if listed in the file name), Heavenly Ski Resort.” KIRKWOOD Opening Day Photos & BRoll can be downloaded here. For photo credit, list “Photographer name (if listed in the file name), Kirkwood Mountain Resort.”  


About the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
Designated the “America’s Favorite Ski Destination” by USA TODAY readers, Lake Tahoe 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 diversity toward health and wellness, green business practices and sustainability continue to define its inimitable personality. For information about lodging, recreation, packages, and healthy travel at Lake Tahoe, call 1-800-288-2463 or log onto

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