Consistently cold temperatures this week had North Lake Tahoe ski resorts making snow around the clock.
Northstar-at-Tahoe opens today (November 23) with early season conditions and lift tickets for just $29.
Squaw Valley USA has beginner adult and children ski and snowboard lessons available, as well as ice-skating and snow tubing.
Boreal is also open with beginner and intermediate terrain.
Sugar Bowl Ski Resort will open tomorrow (November 24) with $40 lift tickets for adults.
Homewood Mountain Resort's scheduled opening date is December 8 and Diamond Peak hopes to open December 13 weather permitting.
Other North Lake Tahoe ski resorts plan to open as soon as possible.
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 December 8-9.
For just $25 first-time skiers and boarders receive an all-day beginner lift ticket, group lesson and gear rental. Participants have their choice of resorts to learn at including Alpine Meadows, Boreal Mountain Resort, Diamond Peak, Granlibakken, Homewood Mountain Resort, Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe, Northstar- at-Tahoe, Squaw Valley USA and Sugar Bowl.
Reservations are not required, but participants should arrive early.
Orbitz.com, one of the world's largest online travel websites, recently ranked Lake Tahoe the number one destination for winter hotel and vacation packages booked by travelers at Orbitz.com for travel between November 20 and May 1, 2008.
North Lake Tahoe is a 45-minute drive from the Reno Tahoe International Airport, two hours from Sacramento International Airport and just over three hours from San Francisco International Airport.
For lodging reservations, recreation and event details, call North Lake Tahoe at 1-877-949-3296 or visit www.GoTahoeNorth.com.
Visitor information centers are located at 380 North Lake Boulevard in Tahoe City and 969 Tahoe Boulevard in Incline Village. The North Lake Tahoe Visitors Bureaus, Incline Village Crystal Bay Visitors Bureau and the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, work together to promote North Lake Tahoe as a premier, year-round destination.