SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Presidents' Day weekend brought less snow, but an increase of visitors to Lake Tahoe compared to last year, according to several area businesses.A variety of events, such as the first part of the Stateline Showdown, a three-part slopestyle competition series, a Mark Twain presidential performance and a live show by Wayne Brady at MontBleu Resort Casino andamp; Spa brought visitors to the lake.Kirkwood Mountain Resort received high visitor numbers, said resort spokesman Michael Dalzell.“Here at Kirkwood we had a very strong weekend, one of our best ones within the last five years,” Dalzell said. “We are really happy about this year's results. An increase of 15 percent of last weekend's visitors compared to last year and an additional 30 inches of snow at Kirkwood made last weekend a huge success.”Heavenly Mountain Resort also had a busy weekend, said resort spokesman Russ Pecoraro.“The snow was in fantastic shape and people had a great time last weekend,” Pecoraro said Tuesday.Tahoe Sports Ltd. manager David Hughes said Tuesday that the sporting goods store was bustling during the previous four days.“Although the winter had a slow beginning, we just had the right amount of snow for Presidents Day weekend, and a giant snow storm would have been a bad thing for traveling,” Hughes said.Stateline casinos also reported strong numbers for the holiday weekend compared to 2011. Concierges at Harrah's Lake Tahoe and MontBleu said the hotels were fully booked.MontBleu spokesman Mike Donovan said the resort had a great weekend, up 10 percent compared to last Presidents Day.Sara Kazmierczak, receptionist at Marriott's Timber Lodge, said the property was at capacity.“Same as last year, we were completely sold out all weekend,” Kazmierczak said.Gas prices went up over the Presidents' Day weekend, but did not seem to keep visitors away from the area, Kazmierczak added.“Gas prices are way too high right now, even in Carson City it was more expensive,” she said.Roy Capous, a visitor from Berkeley who also came to Tahoe last Presidents' Day, said he felt the slopes were busier than the slot machines this year.“Presidents Day was amazing,” Capous said. “A lot of people were on the mountain, but the action was where the regular action was. At night it just felt like a normal Saturday.”
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