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Reno Tahoe Airport

Savvy snowriders headed to the world-class collection of Lake Tahoe resorts should plan on using the Reno-Tahoe International Airport as their gateway to the Sierra. The convenience, modern design, and small-town feel of the airport makes it the perfect destination for your next ski or snowboard trip to Lake Tahoe’s South Shore.

Passengers disembarking in Reno are welcomed to ski country by Douglas Van Howd’s enormous bronze sculpture entitled “Giant Slalom.” The artist has captured the speed and motion of a skier bending a slalom gate and turning into the fall line. “Giant Slalom” is the centerpiece of a recently remodeled terminal that gives passengers a great sense of the open space and fresh air that awaits them just outside the front doors. Just to the right is a high-tech baggage claim area from which travelers can whisk their skis or board and be on their way to the slopes.

With over 170 daily flights on 10 airlines, Reno-Tahoe is the ultimate winter sports destination for Lake Tahoe travelers. Once on the ground, there are a wide variety of convenient options to reach the slopes and be skiing within hours of touching down on Reno’s tarmac.

Low-fare carrier Southwest Airlines accounts for nearly half of Reno-Tahoe’s daily flights, providing passengers a gateway to the Sierra from over 40 different cities including some of the most popular points of origin such as Portland, Seattle, Spokane, Houston, Phoenix and San Jose. Southwest Airlines Vacations has several Lake Tahoe packages that offer skiers and snowboarders discount airfare, lodging and even lift tickets.

“We have air, and two to fourteen nights from just about any city in the U.S. that Southwest Airlines has flight service to Reno from,” said Jeff Rosser, Regional and Ski Product Manager for Southwest Airlines Vacations, “including as close as Oakland, San Jose and Las Vegas.”

Southwest Airlines Vacations has several Lake Tahoe-specific packages including a “buy one, get one free” lift ticket special at Heavenly. Prices are $52 for a two-day adult lift ticket. In addition to that, skiers and boarders can get a “buy two, get two free” package with a four-day lift ticket for $92. These deals require airfare and a minimum two-night stay booked with Southwest Airlines Vacations. The offers are good November 21 through December 17, 2004 and again April 3 through April 17, 2005.

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