Casinos take advantage of snowfall 

Reno and South Lake Tahoe casinos are taking advantage of the recent heavy snowfalls, marrying a slew of ski and casino packages.

By mid-January, South Lake Tahoe had the most snow in the country. Kirkwood Mountain Resort was almost at a 300-inch total for the season earlier this week.

“The base is solid and conditions have been exceptional all winter,” Carol Chaplin, executive director of the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority, said in a released statement. “The new snowfall means it just keeps getting better on the mountain during the day, which means there’s more partying at night. We lead the country in that category, too.”

There are about two dozen ski resorts in the region.

Online travel booking agent Orbitz reports that, based on bookings from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31 and for the third year in a row, Lake Tahoe is the most popular ski vacation spot.

Casinos in Reno and Tahoe offer several packages. Most include skiing, rooms and meals, all at discounts.

Several of the biggest hotel-casinos in Reno-Tahoe, such as Peppermill, Circus Circus, Harrah’s and Harveys have packages in the $60 to $70 range, often including lift tickets, room and meal discounts and bonus gambling dollars.

The Harrah’s and Harveys Web sites ask you to get a password and log in for the best deals.

Tip: One good way to evaluate various casino offerings is to go to the visitrenotahoe.com Web site. Click on the “Play” tab and then click on “casinos” and then “promotions.” There’s also a link from the site to download discount coupons.

apacciorini@sfexaminer.com

 

Weekend Getaway

Get the details before you head east:

 

Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
(800) 288-2463
www.BlueLakeTahoe.com

Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority

(800) 367-7366
www.visitrenotahoe.com

Caltrans road conditions
(800) 427-7623
www.dot.ca.gov

Nevada road conditions
(877) 687-6237
www.nevadadot.com

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