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Tenacious ski resorts finally end season

The big thaw has taken its toll on the last standing ski resorts.

The Lake Tahoe ski season will end this weekend on both ends of the basin.

On the South Shore, Heavenly Ski Resort plans to close most lift operations Sunday, spokeswoman Monica Bandows confirmed Wednesday.

The last day of the ski season is Saturday, with the exception of the gondola. The gondola will run for sightseeing tours through May 31. Lift tickets are $20.

It will close for maintenance from June 1-14. It reopens for sightseeing during the summer months starting June 15.

On the North Shore, Squaw Valley USA’s last day of operation is Sunday. Tickets are $34.

Kirkwood Mountain Resort, which closed last weekend, reports its best season in over a decade. The Alpine County ski area recorded 350,000 visitors for the 2000-2001 season.

Although the snowpack was reported at a dismal 40 percent of normal, Kirkwood tallied 400 inches of snowfall at the resort. A high-speed quad was installed for the first time at the resort. It was also the first year the area built a tube-sliding park to accommodate more families.

This summer Kirkwood plans to begin construction on a 60-foot by 100-foot ice rink.

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