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December 23, 2009 > Lake Tahoe ready for visitors

Lake Tahoe ready for visitors

By David J. Nicolas

It was a near perfect week for outdoor enthusiasts who visited Lake Tahoe.

Mild and mostly clear weather enveloped the area. The pristine conditions will persist into Christmas week after last week's healthy offering of snow, forecasts show. Lake Tahoe's temperature will remain in the upper 30s and 40s with low winds. More snow is expected on Sunday Dec. 27.

"The weather has been pretty good for this time of year," said Milena Regos, a spokeswoman for Diamond Peak Ski Resort in Tahoe. The resort, which began its season on December 17, hopes that its family and children-friendly appeal will help it along an ailing economy.

The opening of a new resort, though, is a sign that Tahoe may not be a victim of the recent economic downturn. The Ritz-Carlton Highlands, Lake Tahoe opened its doors on December 9 and is the first resort to open in the area in decades. The resort features 153 deluxe guest rooms, 16 executive suites and the Ritz-Carlton Suite. It also showcases a 17,000 square-foot spa and fitness center and a restaurant by acclaimed chef Traci des Jardins of Jardiere restaurant in San Francisco.

In Mammoth Lakes, snow is projected on December 21 should make the rest of the week pleasant for outdoor sports fans. Weather will stay sunny and in the high 30s.

Mountain High in the San Gabriel Valley should have clear skies and will remain in the lower 40s. Fresh powder is expected on Sunday and through Monday, Dec. 28.

Big Bear Lake's chill hovers will be in the lower-to-mid 40s; snow showers are expected on Monday, Dec. 28, and looks to be the best time to hit the slopes.

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