Video Credit: Chris Bartkowski
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.
Photo Credit: Justin Kaamasee
Video Credit: Chris Bartkowski
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
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.
We’re home to the largest concentration of ski resorts and the largest alpine lake in North America. There are more chairlifts and combined miles of terrain parks than the entire state of Colorado. Yet even with these credentials, North Lake Tahoe continues to expand the winter experience by improving snowmaking capabilities and adding celebrations to an already packed events calendar. On and off mountain, the destination proves that adventure seekers of all levels are in for a treat this season.Over the next two days we’re going to share improvements and new information for the 2014/15 winter season. Enjoy!
Homewood offers guided Snowcat tours
Homewood Mountain Resort offers skiers and snowboarders new snowcat access to 750+ acres of steeps, powder bowls and tree runs off Ellis Peak. All-day packages with Homewood Snowcat Adventures will feature small group sizes (10 skier/rider max) and a fully guided experience in the out-of-bounds terrain accessed only by snowcat. Atop the 1,828 vertical feet runs of Ellis Peak are panoramic views of Lake Tahoe and the Desolation Wilderness. All-day packages begin at $399 per person, per day. Homewood is the only resort to offer snowcat tours in the Tahoe basin.
Sugar Bowl Resort celebrates anniversary with mid-mountain snowmaking pump
Sugar Bowl Resort marks its 75th anniversary by continuing its capital investment of over $20 million the past two seasons with a $500,000 mid-mountain snowmaking pump house. The pump will significantly improve snowmaking quality and capacity, effectively allowing for top-to-bottom 1,500 vertical skiing & riding by Thanksgiving, should temperatures cooperate.
Diamond Peak debuts first of its kind grooming fleet
Diamond Peak Ski Resort will be home to the first grooming fleet in the country with PistenBully’s new SNOWsat technology. The technology will be outfitted on the existing fleet in addition to adding two PistenBully winch cats and Park Pro snowcats. The addition will produce optimum slope quality, efficiently and safety by using GPS-enhanced cartographic images that accurately measure snow depths.
Northstar California launches new Progression Snow Park for families and kids
Northstar’s renowned terrain parks are constructed with masterful precision suitable for the world’s best athletes, including 2014 Olympic gold medalist, David Wise. New this winter, the resort will open a progression snow park that caters to families and kids. Highlights include a smoother, more refined transition between beginner, intermediate and advanced ability levels during Burton Learn-to-Ride instruction. For families in search of the best adventures to enjoy together, this is a huge bonus.
Mt. Rose makes snowmaking first priority
Reno’s closest ski Resort, Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe, added thirty-four additional hydrants to its snowmaking fleet, increasing “firepower” on the lower mountain by 50 percent. Complimenting snowmaking capabilities are several trail improvements that increase the teaching terrain by nearly 100 percent. For more advanced skiers and riders, Powder Ridge has been thinned by addition of snow fencing.
Boreal Mountain Resorts Celebrates 50 Years
To mark its golden anniversary, Boreal Mountain Resort will host three events to celebrate the occasion along with commemorative giveaways. The resort continues to invest in energy-efficient snowmaking improvements designed to use less water and electrical energy in production. The addition of a 100-ft surface lift and expanded learning terrain provides a safer and less crowded area, ideal for beginners. A new pirate-themed terrain park, Neff Land, will be unveiled in January boasting over 30 rideable features, which include a life-sized ship mast, cannons, pirates and more. Located in the base area, Woodward Tahoe’s indoor pump track will undergo a complete renovation to provide a better learning and progression environment for snowsport guests on Parkskis™ and Parkboards™.
Soda Springs Mountain Resort
As the oldest ski resort in California, Soda Springs Mountain Resort is celebrating its 80th anniversary of operations this season. To mark this major milestone, the resort is receiving a complete facelift which includes the $1 million dollar West Meadow Lodge. This new building provides additional rental, ticket and food services along with space for guests to prepare for the day. West Meadow Lodge will primarily host Planet Kids, a unique program designed specifically for children (age 8 & under) to experience winter and snowsports.
New Google Glass App for Skiers and Snowboarders
Squaw Valley is launching the ski industry’s first app for Google Glass. Designed by Lumiplan, a tech company based in the French Alps and known for their solutions for electronic display systems, the Squaw Valley app will allow Google Glass wearers to view which trails and lifts are open and closed, without ever having to check a signage board or take their phone out of their pocket. Squaw Valley is the first ski resort to develop an app for Google Glass. The Squaw Valley Google Glass app will be available prior to the 2014-15 winter season through the Google Glass app store. Additional capabilities are planned for the app in the future.
Tahoe Donner builds new Cross Country Ski Center
A new $4.5 million Cross Country Ski Center at Tahoe Donner will improve service for skiers. The center is designed to meet needs of the growing community, which includes an energy efficient and environmentally conscious design, improved usage for school teams, enhanced rental facility with public locker room, parking lot designed to protect adjacent wetlands, and improved food and beverage. Construction is expected to be complete in early 2015. Cross-country ski trails will be accessible all season long, weather permitting, throughout construction.
Pacific Crest Bowls at Alpine Meadows
This winter, skiers and snowboarders can experience the newly designated Pacific Crest Bowls at Alpine Meadows. To better identify what is arguably Alpine Meadows’ best terrain, the resort has designated the terrain accessed by High T and the Sherwood Lift the “Pacific Crest South Bowls,” which includes the legendary S.P, Big Bend and Sun Bowls. Similarly, the terrain accessed by the Estelle/Beaver Traverse, including Wolverine, Beaver and Estelle Bowls, while keeping their individual names, now comprise the “Pacific Crest North Bowls.”
Catch Sky High Black Friday & Cyber Monday Savings! Southwest Airlines is offering flight deals to Reno-Tahoe from San Diego, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Denver and more, starting at $73 or 3,777 points one-way. Be sure to book before 11/27 for best deals! Click here for more details and see below for discounted lodging packages during your stay. Be sure to book quick – these deals won’t last!
The Village at Squaw Valley, save up to 25%
Stay at the slopeside Village at Squaw Valley and add on discounted lift tickets to Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows. Valid on early season stays, November 26, 2014 through December 19, 2014 for 2-night stays. Book Here.
Resort at Squaw Creek (Cyber Monday)
Book a winter vacation to North Lake Tahoe and save 40% off the best available rate for your chosen dates. Enjoy a getaway this winter and take advantage of our ski-in/ski-out access to Squaw Valley, as well as on-site sledding, snowshoeing, and more. Valid for stays December 1, 2014 through April 30, 2015. Package is pre-paid, non-refundable.
*Offer is subject to availability, restrictions may apply. Blackout dates include 12/26/14 – 1/3/15, 2/13 – 2/19, 2/27 – 2/28. Other blackout dates may apply. Cannot be used in conjunction with other offers, vouchers or packages. Not applicable to group rates.
The Tahoe Biltmore
Online reservation special! If you book a reservation online for a stay thru June 25, 2015, you receive your second night ½ OFF! This is a limited time offer and available for online reservations only. A great deal for the ski season! Book Here.
The West Shore Café – Villa Black Friday Special
Book a West Shore Villa for two nights and receive the third night at half price. Special must be booked over the phone on Black Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Valid stay dates Nov. 24 through April 5, excluding holidays (Dec. 20 – Jan 2, Jan. 16 – Jan. 19, Feb. 13 – Feb. 22). Not valid with other offers.
In town and ready to shop? Check out Tahoe Mountain Sports. They are offering savings on gear, clothing and more!
Online (tahoemountainsports.com) and In-Store:
In-Store Only Sale:
“Music, Brews and Mountains” is the theme for the WinterWonderGrass Tahoe Festival, establishing its first year at Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows in Lake Tahoe, California March 20-22, 2015. WinterWonderGrass is a boutique winter music and craft beer festival featuring more than 15 bands and 12 California breweries over three days.
Headliners this year include acclaimed bluegrass bands, Trampled by Turtles, Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters and Elephant Revival as well as bluegrass legend Sam Bush. California favorites Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, Dead Winter Carpenters, The California Honey Drops and Brothers Comatose will also be performing, adding to the stellar line up. Additional artists include Fruition, Scott Law, Head for the Hills, Front Country, T-Sisters and The Dustbowl Revival.
First Chair tickets will go on sale November 4th for $119 at www.winterwondergrass.com for a limited time. 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.
The Hyatt Regency, Lake Tahoe is a lakeside gem. Boasting long sandy beaches, stunning views, cozy fire pits and resort + casino amenities, the property is a perfect North Shore oasis. Even better, they are supporting some important causes this month, giving visitors and locals alike plenty of reasons to visit.
While you’re there, try a specialty cocktail in Cutthroat’s Saloon and Sierra Café. Or if you are an NFL fan, visit Cutthroat’s Saloon during Thursday, Sunday or Monday games for $15 pitchers of either Blue Moon or Coors Light.
Be sure to check out these fun events throughout the month of November:
November 13: Alpenglow Winter Film Series – Dave Nettle
Meet a Local
Heather Segale is the UC Davis Education and Outreach Director, she works out of a satellite office located on the campus of Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village. Over the course of her almost 10-year career with UC Davis, she has brought in more than $6 million in grant funding to the Tahoe region. She is an incredible resource to our community and educates all ages about the many facets of Lake Tahoe. Let’s get to know Heather!
How Many Years In North Lake Tahoe: 20
Dish & Drink of the Month
Happy Thanksgiving from North Lake Tahoe! What better way to spend the holiday than in the mountains? At one of our signature restaurants, of course. Let someone else do the cooking and relax with the ones you’re most thankful for. Here are some top picks from around the lake:
Lone Eagle Grill – Hyatt Regency, Lake Tahoe: 1-8pm
Rather stay home? Or in your vacation rental? You can still let someone else do the cooking thanks to West Shore Café at Homewood Mountain Resort. Debuting this year is Turkey Day Takeout, allowing guests to pre-order pies, sides and birds, which can be picked up the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.
Summer months are some of the busiest – packed with BBQ’s, activities and not much down time. As temperatures cool, treat yourself to a little R&R! There’s really no better place to re-group and enjoy the quietness of the season than in North Lake Tahoe. Holidays are just around the corner so before your calendar fills up again, indulge in good food, cozy up to a fireplace, and book that spa treatment you’ve been coveting. Our third reason to visit Tahoe this fall? Take a vacation from your summer vacation!
Fill Your Belly
Regardless of the season, there’s no shortage of fine dining in North Lake Tahoe. In Incline Village, the Grille at the Chateau on the Championship Golf Course treats guests to a daily happy hour from 3-7 p.m., with $4 drink specials and $3 beers. Wolfdale’s Cuisine Unique on the North Shore offers a combo teaser appetizer that includes locally caught smoked trout. The River Ranch offers an affordable happy hour from 4:30-6:30 p.m., seven days a week. Stopping by The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe? Be sure to visit their resident Marshmologist who just created a seasonal pumpkin treat!
For a relaxing experience, Lighthouse Spa in Tahoe City treats guests to a variety of specials and deals throughout the fall, from facials to skin care to waxes. Aloha Skin Spa in Incline Village has everything from psychic readings to massage with custom aromatherapy add-ons and nail treatments.
The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers signature spa treatments through Nov. 21, including manicures, pedicures, facials and massages. Another relaxing spa location is the Hyatt Regency in Incline Village, which offers couples’ massages and an express facial or massage.
With fewer tourists during the fall season, lodging options are many, from small, quaint places like the Cedar Glen Lodge in Tahoe Vista and the West Shore Cafe on the west shore, to larger hotels such as the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe or the Resort at Squaw Creek.
Cedar Glen Lodge has cozy cottages with stylish Tahoe-charm, while the Resort at Squaw Creek and other Squaw Valley lodging options have nearby hiking trails, shops and spas. The Hyatt is pet-friendly and also offers gaming.
It’s safe to say that the fall season in North Lake Tahoe offers something for everyone. Join us!
Visiting North Lake Tahoe in fall means lighter traffic, beautiful weather and fireworks of fall color. Event calendars are the only thing that remain jam-packed, and that’s why our reason number two for visiting North Lake Tahoe this fall is BE ENTERTAINED!
North Lake Tahoe always has a wide range of entertainment options. And the fall season is no exception. Musical acts of all genres swing through venues such as the Crystal Bay Club and The Fat Cat Bar and Grill, Bridgetender, and more. At the end of a busy October filled with live shows, the Crystal Bay Club caps the month with perhaps the party of the year, the Creeper’s Ball on Halloween, featuring 1980s cover band Tainted Love and a crowd full of costume-wearing revelers.
Other events highlighting the fall season include the Chocolate Wine & Roses Festival at the Hyatt Regency in Incline Village (Nov. 8); the Women’s Wellness Weekend at Granlibakken Resort (Nov. 8-9); the Passport to Dining Food & Wine Tasting in Kings Beach (Nov. 13); and the Elegant Affair Wine Tasting at the Boatworks Mall (Nov. 22).
North Lake Tahoe may be renowned for its world-class skiing and summer recreation, but when the summer crowds subside and the days begin to shorten, the region comes to life with fall colors and adventures. This “secret season” offers a respite from the traditionally busy times of year, when Lake Tahoe’s outdoor splendor shines and its entertainment options abound.
Over the next three days, we’re going to give you five reasons to visit Lake Tahoe this fall, starting with our number one reason, and that’s to GET OUTSIDE!
Fall is the most serene season in North Tahoe. It’s the perfect time to get outdoors. The days are sunny and pleasant, the aspen leaves quake with a golden glow, and the lakes are glassy and calm. The area offers countless miles of hiking and biking trails from which to take it all in, from the historic Emigrant Trail north of Truckee to the famed Flume Trail overlooking the clear blue water of Tahoe’s east shore.
For those who want to get on the water, many local sports stores rent stand-up paddleboards and kayaks well into the fall. And while wetsuits are recommended, smooth-surfaced lakes — from Tahoe to Donner Lake to Boca Reservoir — make for ideal waterskiing and wakeboarding. Trout also grow more active with the cooling water temperatures, and area lakes and rivers offer some of the finest fishing in the West.
The North Lake Tahoe area teems with un-crowded golf courses in the fall, from classic nine-hole courses like Old Brockway to modern, 18-hole courses the likes of Coyote Moon, Old Greenwood, the Incline Village Championship Course and the Mountain Course.