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California welcomes back winter with thick snow

California welcomes back winter with thick snow

California welcomes back winter after the recent storm that added four to six feet of fresh powder to already solid snow bases at resorts in Northern and Central California. With more snow in the forecast, Visit California and its winter resort partners along the Sierra Nevada are celebrating the season’s first major storm with 50+ Ski and Stay accommodation deals and lift ticket promotions at

“Now is the time for skiers and snowboarders of all ability levels to become immersed in California’s snow experience,” said Caroline Beteta, Visit California president & CEO. “This past weekend’s snow fall means visitors can find top-to-bottom mountain thrills from Lake Tahoe to Mammoth Mountain to Big Bear. These spectacular winter resorts are close enough to fine dining, wine tasting, performing and visual arts and other major attractions that you can combine your love of snow with any vacation activity.”

Best of all, these ‘epic’ conditions can be paired with great value accommodation packages and lift ticket deals available from the state’s winter resorts.

Heavenly on the House
Any booking between three to ten nights at participating Heavenly Lake Tahoe lodging receives one night accommodation and one day of skiing/riding free. Price based on double occupancy. Valid through April 15, 2012.

Mammoth Mountain’s Slopeside Lift and Lodging
Stay two or more nights at one of Mammoth Mountain Ski Area’s participating lodging properties and receive one lift ticket per day for each guest on the reservation. Based on double occupancy. Package valid through May 26, 2012.
Big Bear Lake Resort Association Weekend Lift & Lodging
Includes full-day adult lift ticket (interchangeable at Bear Mountain and Snow Summit) and lodging. Excludes President’s Day Weekend (February 18 – 20), subject to availability. Based on double occupancy. Valid through April 15, 2012.


Off the downhill slopes, California snow enthusiasts can also find an abundance of other winter recreation activities. Experience the grandeur of Yosemite National Park by snowshoe, cross country ski the trails of Shasta-Trinity National Forest or take the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to the summit of Mt. San Jacinto for snow tubing action. After a day of outdoor adventures, recharge with a rejuvenating spa therapy or enjoy the best in local dining at participating restaurants in California Restaurant Month.

The delayed winter weather across the United States this year is not expected to affect the Golden State’s long term outlook for the 2011-12 season.

“California has a longer ski season than most mountain destinations throughout the U.S.,” Ms. Beteta notes. “Many of our winter resorts get their biggest storms in February and March, which sets us up for phenomenal conditions come springtime. Simply, winter lasts longer in California.”