We have over 8,000 acres open across North Lake Tahoe Resorts, skiers and riders have been enjoying bluebird days all season. Check out the video below, filmed February 18-20, and click here to see current deals for lodging and activities.
Ski Conditions by the Numbers:
8,250 = number of acres open
60 = lifts operating
270 = trails open
Resorts are open top to bottom, offering a variety of terrain for beginner, intermediate and advanced skiers and riders, as well as terrain park options.
Mt. Rose boasts the highest base elevation in North Lake Tahoe and with almost four feet of fresh snow, 80 percent of resort terrain is open to enjoy. This includes both base area lodges and 1,440 vertical feet of top-to-bottom skiing and snowboarding. To the delight of many, The Chutes are slated to open later this week – some of the most coveted advanced terrain Tahoe has to offer.
Mt. Rose will host Presidents’ Weekend Raffles on Saturday and Sunday, February 14 and 15 that all guests skiing and riding on the mountain are eligible to enter. Prizes will include gift certificates to restaurants, attractions and activities in Reno, as well as Mt. Rose swag, gift certificates and elevation cards. There will be 30+ drawings per day, with winners announced by the on-mountain DJs and bands, as well as posted on Lodge TVs and lift signs.
The resort is also gearing up to host a Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Party on the deck of the Main Lodge on Tuesday, February 17 from 11:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. featuring live music by the Bourgeois Gypsies with food, drink specials including traditional “hurricanes,” Fat Tire beer specials, and Cajun burgers.
Mt. Rose is open daily for the winter season from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and continues to offer incredible value for visitors and locals alike.
There’s a lot to do on the North Shore this winter, don’t miss these four must-see events:
Rahlves Banzai Tour (Feb. 21 – Mar. 15)
Conceived by World Cup Champion and Olympian Daron Rahlves, this adrenaline-filled game of speed and skiing skill mixes the thrill of big mountain skiing with the head-to-head action of skier and boardercross. Olympians, professional skiers and hard-charging locals face-off in no-holds-barred race to the bottom or the ski resort, launching off jumps, flying over mogul fields and straightlining their way to the finishing gate. The race pays homage to the early Silver Belt races of Sugar Bowl, and spectators can enjoy slope-side spectating or grab a chair and a drink at the finish line and watch some of Tahoe’s most impressive winter athletes battle it out for big cash prizes and a chance to compete against tour organizer and legendary downhiller Daron Rahlves or Olympian Nate Holland in the Super Final. The three-resort tour’s dates are:
Alpine- Feb. 21-22
Kirkwood- Mar. 7-8
Sugar Bowl- Mar. 14-15
Alpenglow Mountain Festival (Feb. 21-28)
The Alpenglow Mountain Festival introduces North Tahoe visitors to human-powered winter recreation like backcountry skiing, snowshoeing and Nordic skiing. Guided ski tours, avalanche awareness classes, winter film showings, Nordic ski clinics and snowshoe tours make up the week of events. Most events are free. The festival is a prime opportunity to learn new skills, enjoy the winter wilderness with experienced guides, and meet new friends. A complete event schedule, map and additional details are available in person at Alpenglow Sports in Tahoe City, or at http://bit.ly/1BEvvTM
SnowFest! (Feb. 27 – Mar. 8 )
Snow sculptures, frigid polar bear swimming, torchlight parades and live music — there is something for everyone at SnowFest! Founded in 1982, the ten-day festival is a longstanding tradition in North Tahoe and the community comes out to party from the ski slopes to restaurants, bars and town centers. Plunge into Tahoe’s frigid waters for Garwood’s Polar Bear Swim, Nordic ski from Tahoe City to Truckee in one of the region’s landmark events — The Great Ski Race — or dance all night to the tunes of Tainted Love — an 80s cover band that has rightly gained a large, loyal following in Tahoe. For more information and a full calendar of events go to: http://www.gotahoenorth.com/events
WinterWonderGrass (Mar. 20-22)
Pack world-class skiing and world-class bluegrass into the same day at Squaw Valley, where WinterWonderGrass will get skiers stomping their feet to the likes of Sam Bush, Greensky Blugrass, Trampled by Turtles, Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers and more. Two heated beer tents will serve craft beer in front of an outdoor stage, giving skiers the chance to dance to Bluegrass and Americana in the shadow of Squaw Valley’s legendary Olympic peaks. The event brings 15 bands and 12 California breweries to Squaw Valley over three days. WinterWonderGrass will also bring in The Infamous Stringdusters and Elephant Revival, Dead Winter Carpenters, The California Honey Drops andBrothers Comatoseand more. Three-day festival passes are on sale for $129; passes with a three-day ski pass are $318 and VIP regular tickets are $299. All three-day festival tickets also include a commemorative festival beer mug, three hours of beer tastings and live music from 3-10pm on three stages. Children under the age of 12 are free. Single day tickets will go on-sale starting Feb. 3. Purchase tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/california-winterwondergrass-music-brew-festival-tickets-9425428711
Dreaming of summer? North Lake Tahoe awes all year round and below are five reasons to put North Lake Tahoe on your summer travel calendar.
1. The Lake
Often regarded as the U.S.’s most beautiful lake, no trip is complete without overlooking the vast blueness of Lake Tahoe. As the largest Alpine lake in the world, measuring 22 miles across and 72 miles around, Tahoe’s clarity is an unmatched 70.6 feet deep. The water is just as blue as Tahoe’s sky, which boasts more than 275 days of sunshine a year.
2. Human Powered Sports
Only in North Lake Tahoe will you find miles of mountain biking trails, mountain peaks reaching 10,778 feet and dozens of beaches for stand up paddleboarding. Not sure how to get started? Check out this ebook with must-know steps for beginners and those looking to go a little more extreme.
3. Family-Friendly options
If relaxing on a beach with your family, creating candles and a meandering horse ride sound like an ideal vacation for your family, North Lake Tahoe has plenty of options. Don’t miss a day enjoying Tahoe City, a hub for shopping, dinning, events, the region’s best sightseeing cruise, the Tahoe Gal, and the Tahoe Art Haus & Cinema.
4. The Music and Culture
Enjoy live music nightly everywhere from an intimate casino once frequented by Frank Sinatra to one of North Lake Tahoe’s largest beaches at sunset. The summer-long High Notes music series offers nightly music, many of which are free. The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival is a summer staple at Sand Harbor’s outdoor amphitheater overlooking one of Tahoe’s most beautiful areas.
5. The Drinks
No summer day is complete without a world-famous Wet Woody at Gar Woods Grill & Pier. Gar Woods offers 18 different types of Wet Woodys, which simply is a combination of rums. For a vintage feel try the 18 Year Old Woody with 18 year old Flor de Cana fine rum. Or for a nice bite, try the Raspberry on my Woody with raspberry puree, Malibu & Bacardi 151.
Traveling from the East Coast? Jet Blue is now offering daily non-stop flights between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JKF) and Tahoe’s closest airport, Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO), only a 45-minute drive away. JetBlue’s schedule between the two airports begins May 28, 2015. Book fares now for the lowest fares.
Favorite age group to teach: I really enjoy teaching all levels and age groups, but if I had to choose, my favorite age group to teach would be adults. I love learning about them, and their life experiences can often be used as a tool to help them improve their skiing.
Best conditioning technique: The best off-season conditioning technique would have to be mountain biking. Once winter hits, non-stop laps are the best way to stay in shape and improve skill!
Favorite Student-Teacher story: Wow – I have so many fantastic student-teacher stories, but I will always remember skiing with Roger Moore from the James Bond films. He would even recite some of the famous lines for me! He also told me that in the films he was not allowed to ski. When I asked if he had a double, he said one time they had him strapped to a sled on skis, and a patrol member towed him along as they filmed him from the waist up! He said it was more frightening than just skiing!!
How Many Years In Tahoe: I’ve been in Tahoe for 35 years
Best word to describe North Lake Tahoe: Majestic!
Favorite place to spend a Saturday: Squaw Valley!
Describe what inspired you to move to the North Shore: The skiing and beautiful Lake Tahoe
Favorite month in North Lake Tahoe: March. March almost always has the most snow and the nicest weather.
Favorite trail: It depends on the time of year. In the winter, my favorite trail is Chute 75 at Squaw Valley. In the summer, I enjoy mountain biking on the Flume Trail.
Favorite locally made product: The soup at Soupa, located in The Village at Squaw Valley, is my absolute favorite.
Dish & Drink of the Month
There’s a new Executive Chef at West Shore Café! Kristi Ritchey arrived in North Lake Tahoe last month and has brought with her a passion for living and eating healthy. A former Los Angeles “Top Chef,” Chef Ritchey is updating the winter menu with a creative fusion of Italian and French dishes.
While you’re there, be sure to try a new local favorite – the Duck Confit Cannelloni. Served with roasted onion jus, shaved pecorino and duck cracklings, the dish has a crispy texture and the sauce compliments it well with a sweet, fresh taste that keeps the dish savory, yet light.
Visit Monday nights from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. for half price dinner entrees.
To drink? Cozy up with one of four hot cocktails on the winter drink menu – with options like the Hops & Rye (templeton rye / aperol / fresh lemon / honey syrup / lagunitas IPA float) to the Hot Toddy (with house made yoddy syrup) and Mexican Hot Chocolate. Our favorite is the Salted Carmel Apple Cider. Yum!
January is National Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month and North Lake Tahoe resorts are offering deals to ignite or rekindle your passion for skiing and snowboarding.
Many of North Lake Tahoe’s 12 downhill resorts are offering steep discounts on lessons, lift tickets, rentals and more, making it easier than ever to try a new sport. Read below for deals or check GoTahoeNorth.com/cool-deals.
Tahoe Donner Ski Area
Both Tahoe Donner’s cross-country and downhill ski areas offer a two for one combo package until January 16. For $81, get a one-hour private lesson, all-day trail pass or lift ticket and rentals for two. Individual packages are available for ages 7+ ($39) and include everything above and a 1 hour and 45 minute group lesson.
Diamond Peak Ski Resort
Diamond Peak hosts its own Learn to Ski & Ride week January 12-16 getting kids as young as four on the mountain. The $39 package includes a beginner lift ticket, rental equipment and a 1 hour and 45 minute lesson for ages 7 and up and a two-hour lesson for ages 4 to 7.
For season long learning, Diamond Peak’s Diamond Club Membership ($119) includes three beginner packages with rental equipment, group lessons and beginner lift tickets. Complete three lessons and earn a lift ticket and one-day equipment rental for use during the season.
Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows
Alpine Meadows offers a $49 Learn to Ski & Ride special Monday through Friday, January 5-30 for beginners 13+. The package includes everything to get started: a beginner lift ticket, equipment rental and a two and a half hour beginner lesson.
Boreal Mountain Resort offers its highly recognized beginner program: Take 3, Ride FREE. Before heading up to the mountain, purchase a lessons package online and after completing three lessons, be rewarded with a 2014-2015 Boreal Unlimited Season Pass.
Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe
Mt. Rose’ beginning programs include a two-hour lesson on its wide slopes, equipment rental and all-day lift ticket ($92 online, $97 at the window).
For skiers and riders who have strapped in before, but are not quite ready for the Chutes, Mt. Rose offers two intermediate programs: Next Step Lessons and Performance Workshops. The two-hour Next Step lesson provides a lesson, beginner terrain lift ticket and rental equipment ($102 online, $107 at the window). Looking to improve skills in powder, crud, bump and steeps? Try Mt. Rose’s Performance workshops for $39 per person.
Sugar Bowl Resort
Sugar Bowl Resort offers its terrain-based learning Learn to Ski and Ride package ($59) which includes a comprehensive two-hour lesson, equipment rental and a limited lift ticket for use on White Pine and Flume chairlifts.
Northstar offers a variety of lesson options for first-time snow enthusiasts. Ultimate 4 lessons provide students with more one-on-one instruction and group lessons are a fun way to build confidence as well as customizable experiences with the Adventure, Guiding and Learning Center.
All North Lake Tahoe ski resorts are open and hosting holiday festivities to suit all
A prolonged winter storm brought continual snowfall to all 12 North Lake Tahoe ski resorts last week and throughout the weekend, prompting the season opening of Homewood Mountain Resort, Diamond Peak Ski Resort and Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area over the weekend. A great Holiday gift for skiers and boarders alike!
With the holidays approaching, Santa and his elves will be making appearances across various resorts to spread holiday cheer. Don’t miss Santa hitting the slopes at Diamond Peak, Homewood, Northstar California, and Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows. We hear he might even be handing out candy canes to fellow skiers and riders who are on the nice list.
Sugar Bowl Resort is celebrating the holidays with live music by Eric Engerbreston, an acoustic guitarist, at Judah Lodge each afternoon from December 26-28. The resort will also host horse-drawn sleigh rides throughout the holidays.
Santa and a group of carolers will continually move through The Village at Squaw Valley during the holidays and Olympic Gold Medalist, Jonny Moseley, will be on hand to ski with the public December 26-31. Meet him at Squaw Valley’s Gold Coast Demo Center at 2 p.m.
For fun off the slopes, Sand Harbor is hosting multiple weekends of holiday festivities. For perfect views of the lake, full-length sleigh rides will transport riders around the snow-covered vistas of Sand Harbor each weekend until January 4. Enjoy Ranger-led hikes, a history talk and a “Holiday Heritage” talk December 27 and 28 starting at 10 a.m.
With so many holiday choices, take an extra day to explore a new resort, a new hill or a new community. Lodging is still available across North Lake Tahoe, for information on lodging and activity deals visit www.GoTahoeNorth.com/Cool-Deals.
North Lake Tahoe is a mecca for human powered sports – some we get to partake in more often than others. As weather on Thursday morning started to shift for a storm that brought over a foot of snow to the Sierras, the North Shore experienced swells that looked like something from the atlantic ocean. Locals didn’t skip a beat and hit the water with their surfboards.
Sugar Bowl Resort will celebrate its 75th anniversary this season, commemorating a long history that started with a yodeling 1930s Austrian ski champion and continues today with the resort’s recent investment of over $20 million in improvements to the Donner Summit ski resort.
The Sugar Bowl Corporation was formed on Oct. 13, 1938 and the ski resort officially opened for skiing on Dec. 15, 1939. Led by Hannes Schroll, an Austrian yodeler and champion skier, Sugar Bowl Resort built the first chairlift in California in the summer of 1939 on Mt. Disney, a peak named after early investor Walt Disney.
Sugar Bowl quickly became a destination for Hollywood stars and avid skiers who would load onto the “Snowball Special” trains for skiing at Mt. Disney and socializing in the newly built Bavarian lodge at its base. In 1953, the resort pioneered another ski industry milestone by building the first gondola on the West Coast. Since then, Sugar Bowl Resort has continued to upgrade and update its ski resort offerings while maintaining the history of the Sugar Bowl Lodge and the original gondola. Sugar Bowl added the Summit chairlift in 2009 and opened the brand new Crow’s Peak chairlift last year, adding intermediate and advanced terrain, and extensive backcountry access to the resort.
In 2012, Sugar Bowl Resort took over management of Royal Gorge, North America’s largest cross-country ski resort, and began updating the resort’s lodge, grooming equipment and operations. Last year Sugar Bowl Resort unveiled $20 million in improvements to the mountain, including a new ski-in, ski-out Sugar Bowl Academy campus, and a fitness, spa and ski training facility called the Sporthaus.
To celebrate Sugar Bowl Resort’s 75 years of operation, the resort will be holding a series of events and celebrations, including special music acts in the Mt. Judah Lodge throughout the season, an anniversary celebration in the Mt. Judah Lodge on Feb. 14. For a full list of events, go to www.sugarbowl.com
In Part II of our What’s New post, we’re going to share off-mountain improvements, from activities to dining options around the North Shore. Join us this season to partake in all the fun our region has to offer. There is no shortage of deals to be had – for lodging specials and packages, be sure to check out the cool deals section of our website!
Northstar California launches Family Après Snow Play
New for winter 2014-2015, Family Après Snow Play offers an abundance of interactive activities. From ice sculptures to live music, to fun, kid-centric coaching from Northstar’s professional instructors, the festive atmosphere is ideal for families and children. Located at The Village Overlook above the skate arena, the Après Snow Play area offers additional activities during select weekends and holidays.
Homewood Resort and West Shore Café Villas
The West Shore Café and Inn now operates two and three bedroom villas just north of the Homewood property. With stunning lake views and access to a private beach, each property contains a full kitchen, which is outfitted with tableware, bar seating, and granite counter-tops, along with a master suite and guest rooms. Relax with family and friends in the living area furnished with a large flat screen TV, gas fireplace and vaulted ceilings. Villa guests can expect the same exceptional concierge services as the West Shore Inn.
Diamond Peak electric car charging station
Diamond Peak Resort installed two electric vehicle-charging stations, which allows drivers to charge their EVs while on the go. The four Eaton 70-am 240V J1772 Level 2 chargers are networked via ChargePoint.
Sugar Bowl SportHaus
The new $4.5 million Sport Haus is a full-service fitness and aquatic center, yoga studio and day spa for use by Sugar Bowl homeowners, lodge guests and Sugar Bowl Academy student athletes. Built adjacent to the resort’s Village Hall building on the Mt. Disney side of the resort, The Sport Haus features two lap lanes, outdoor hot tubs and athletic training space. Homeowners and lodge guests will be able to swim, participate in yoga classes and enjoy other fitness programs at the facility. The Sport Haus will also serve as a world class conditioning facility for Sugar Bowl Academy’s 75 student-athletes.
New On-Mountain Snowshoe Dinners at The Chalet at Alpine Meadows New this winter season, guests can experience a snowshoe hike under the stars to The Chalet at Alpine Meadows, where they can enjoy an intimate seated dinner at the Swiss-style mid-mountain lodge. Menu items will include Alps-inspired dishes such as Sierra Nevada porter potato cheese soup, prime rib, chicken cordon bleu and apple strudel. The Snowshoe Dinners at The Chalet will be offered for up to 50 guests per seating on peak weekends and holidays throughout the 2014-15 winter season. Price: $69/person.
tōst – Champagne on the slopes. Every day.
New for winter 2014-2015, Northstar will host tōst, a celebratory culinary tradition that redefines the art of the daily toast. Celebrating the mountains, Lake Tahoe and the tradition of toasting to friends and family, Champagne, Prosecco and sparkling wine will be served each day on the mountain at 2 p.m. Guests are invited to sip bubbly and enjoy the authentic atmosphere of “California laid-back luxury” found only at Northstar.
Mountain Table Features California-sourced cuisine
Epicureans are invited to discover the essence of Northstar’s laid-back California luxury through Mountain Table, the new mountaintop culinary experience at Northstar’s Zephyr Lodge, which features an entire menu of California-sourced ingredients. Offered twice monthly from December, 2014 through March, 2015 as well as special seating during the weekend of Valentine’s Day, each mountaintop dinner presents a feast for the senses which celebrates the best of California’s freshly-sourced produce, meats and seasonal ingredients; masterfully paired with regional artisan wines, craft beers, and distilled spirits. Proceeds from Mountain Table dinners will be donated to one of North Lake Tahoe’s non-profit foundations.
Mountain High Sandwich Company opens in Incline Village
Mountain High Sandwich Company has a simple mission: to create a conscious menu and positive environment that supports healthy choices and sustainable practices. Their menu does just that and also accommodates food sensitivities by featuring vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dishes. Menu items include: unique sandwiches, healthy salads, wholesome grains, thoughtful soups, delicious sweets, freshly prepared grab-and-go selections and rotating beers on tap.
Renovations at the Rustic Lounge at the Cedar Glen Lodge
The Rustic Lounge is an award-winning restaurant and wine bar that offers a unique dining experience for guests and passers-by of Cedar Glen Lodge. Known for casual fine dining, the property is proud to introduce Award Winning Chef, Ana Bryan and Award Winning Pastry Chef ,David Meade to North Lake Tahoe. Open Wednesday through Sunday for dinner.
Tahoe Central Market opens in Kings Beach
Tahoe Central Market is committed to providing the freshest, local, organic produce and dairy to North Lake Tahoe. To achieve this, the market commissions purveyor trucks that go directly to/from local farms each week. This local hot spot also boasts a gourmet deli, daily soup specials, juice bar, and an exceptional selection of beer and wine.
Moe’s Original Barbecue opens in Tahoe City
Moe’s Original Bar B Que was founded by three Alabama boys: Ben Gilbert from Athens, Mike Fernandez from Tuscaloosa, and Jeff Kennedy from Huntsville. Meats are smoked fresh daily and unlike other BBQ joints, southern style side dishes and desserts are prepared daily from passed-down family recipes. The recently opened Tahoe City restaurant brings southern flair to the west coast.
Southwest Grill + Fireplace Pub at Homewood
Homewood’s classic ski lodge on the south side of the mountain is getting a makeover. The dining room will embrace a southwestern theme, complete with wood-fired grilled chicken and tri tip specials. Homewood’s Fireplace Pub will focus on the history of the resort, with classic photos from early days and the people who have made this West Shore resort special for 50+ years. Long known as the perfect room for families to gather around the massive wood-burning stove and warm up on a cold winter day, a renovated bar and the addition of classic board games will make the Fireplace Pub even more inviting this season.