Lowest Tahoe Local, Tahoe Value pass prices for 2016-17 season at Heavenly, Kirkwood, Northstar available through Labor Day | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Lowest Tahoe Local, Tahoe Value pass prices for 2016-17 season at Heavenly, Kirkwood, Northstar available through Labor Day

A skier makes a turn while taking in Lake Tahoe at Heavenly Mountain Resort, one of the ski destinations reported to see above average snowfall this winter.

Last year, El Niño rewarded skiers and snowboarders with up to 450 inches of snow at Heavenly Mountain Resort, Northstar California and Kirkwood Mountain Resort in Tahoe. For the 2016-17 winter season, La Niña is on its way — and with it, the potential for above-average snowfall in the region.

With the Tahoe Local Pass, skiers and snowboarders will have access to every powder day at Lake Tahoe's Epic resorts. The last day to secure Tahoe Local ($529) and Tahoe Value ($449) passes for the upcoming season at the lowest price is Monday, Sept. 5.

"We had a lot of fun at Lake Tahoe last year with consistent snowfall, the region's most powerful snowmaking and unmatched guest experiences," said Pete Sonntag, Tahoe region vice president and chief operating officer. "Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood have more exciting events and activities planned for this upcoming season and the best way to ensure countless winter memories is by securing a season pass by Sept. 5."

In addition to 10,270 skiable acres of unmatched variety at Lake Tahoe, the Tahoe Local Pass offers access to the region's finest resorts. The Best of Tahoe resorts represent the essence of Lake Tahoe's most famed characteristics — Heavenly's unrelenting, high-energy atmosphere and unmatched views, Northstar's relaxed California luxury ambiance, and Kirkwood's bounty of authentic, big-mountain terrain and prodigious natural snowfall.

The Tahoe Local Pass is the best way to access Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood seven days a week. It includes Saturday access at all three Lake Tahoe resorts with limited holiday restrictions, all for $529 for adults, $419 for teens and $269 for children. Adding more value, the Tahoe Local Pass also includes five total days of non-holiday skiing and snowboarding at Colorado's Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin, as well as Utah's Park City, the largest ski resort in the U.S.

The Tahoe Value Pass is best for people who can handle a few restrictions. Ski or snowboard seven days a week at Heavenly and six days a week at Northstar and Kirkwood. The pass is available at $449 for adults, $369 for teens and seniors and $219 for children, and pays for itself in just over three days. The Tahoe Value Pass has holiday restrictions at Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood with Saturdays excluded at Northstar and Kirkwood.

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According to a recent statement issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, "La Niña is favored to develop during the Northern Hemisphere summer 2016, with about a 75 percent chance of producing La Niña storm patterns during the fall and winter 2016-17."

The most recent strong La Niña storm system in the Northern Hemisphere was recorded in winter 2010-11 and resulted in huge snowfall totals at Lake Tahoe. Kirkwood alone received 671 inches that season.

For more information about the passes, visit http://www.snow.com.

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