Fortunately for Nevada City and Grass Valley area residents who would like to see more snow, they only have to drive east 60 minutes or so to play in the fresh snow.
Since many employees traditionally take the day off from work on New Year's Eve, Tahoe-based businesses are making it especially attractive to welcome in the new year there.
For instance, Northstar-at-Tahoe will host a family celebration Wednesday at its Lodge at Big Springs. The celebration includes a torch light parade at 7 p.m. and a fireworks show. Adult celebrations kick off at 9 p.m. at the Alpine Bar with free midnight champagne and party favors. Northstar-at-Tahoe is at the intersection of Highway 267 and Northstar Drive in Truckee. The family event is $5 for adults and free for children under 10. The adults-only party is $10. Call 562-1010 for more information about Northstar-at-Tahoe.
A New Year's Eve family party will be held at the Resort at Squaw Creek, complete with a 9 p.m. sparkling cider toast and balloon drop for the children followed by a midnight balloon drop and champagne toast for the adults, deejay music and children's games. Admission to the party is $20 for adults and $10 for children. The resort is on Squaw Valley Road and Highway 89 in Olympic Valley, which is six miles from Tahoe City and 12 miles from Truckee. Call 583-6300 for details.
Any day following New Year's Eve is just as opportune a time to take advantage of the snow. Tahoe is home to a large concentration of other ski areas, including Diamond Peak, Mount Rose Ski Tahoe and Alpine Meadows - all just a short drive from the foothills.
There's plenty of activities for nonskiers; other snow activities include sleigh rides, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, dog sledding, ice skating and snow tubing.
For more information on Lake Tahoe winter activities, call area visitors' bureaus at 583-3494, (800) 824-6348, 587-2757 or 541-5255.