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December 30, 2009 > Lake Tahoe having a good winter

Lake Tahoe having a good winter

By David J. Nicolas

It was a near perfect for outdoor enthusiasts who visited Lake Tahoe during Christmas break.

Mild and mostly clear weather enveloped the area. Snow is expected into the New Year, forecasts show. Lake Tahoe's temperature will remain in the upper 30s and 40s with low winds.

"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 30 and should make the rest of the week pleasant for outdoor sports fans. Skies will be partly cloudy but clear later in the week. The temperature will remain in the lower 40s.

Mountain High in the San Gabriel Valley should have clear skies with temperature hovering in the mid to upper 40s.

Big Bear Lake will also be pleasant. After expected snow on Monday Dec. 28, conditions look to be pristine with sunny skies and temperatures in the uppers 40s.
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