Jake’s 20th Annual Charity Fishing Derby Competition is on Lake Tahoe from one hour before sunrise to “High Noon” June 2nd. Prize money is awarded to anglers who reel in the largest Mackinaw $1000, $500 German Brown, and $250 Rainbow Trout. $50 fee includes Derby Entry, T-shirt, Raffle, and a Buffet Brunch. Proceeds to go to Mike Kise Medical Relief, and Tahoe Safe Alliance. Contestants must pre-register in Tahoe City California atJake’s On The Lake or Pete ‘N Peters Tavern by 5pm June 1st. For more information, Rules and Regulations visit online.
Big Blue Adventure’s Adventure Sports Week
This June Big Blue Adventure is proud to present Adventure Sports Week – 10 days of competition, clinics, learn to ride-run-swim, festivities-film-music, and activities for all ages.
Now until June 21, Tahoe Sailing Charters offers ½ OFF SPRING SPECIAL discounts on all cruises except for Memorial weekend & Saturdays and 20% OFF Private Charters. The “Tahoe Cruz” sails daily from the Tahoe City Marina located at 700 North Lake Blvd. on Lake Tahoe’s North Shore. For reservations and more information, visit the office at the Tahoe City Marina or visit online.
Adventure Sports Week Tahoe is back! Take note those who appreciate clean air, clean water, scenic single track and an elevated heart rate.
Challenge yourself June 21-30 in one of many competitive events including trail running, mountain biking, triathlon, stand up paddle boarding and swimming. Then relax in the evening while exploring North Lake Tahoe’s communities and mountain village. Catch a live concert by the lake, or bring the whole family out for a movie on the beach.
The Fat Tire Festival returns to Squaw Valley September 20 through September 23. The festival will include five race events, a mountain bike stage race, group mountain bike rides, skill clinics, vendors, movies, trail work classes and music. The Squaw Valley bike park and trail network will also be open throughout the four-day event.
Tough Mudder, one of Lake Tahoe’s most dynamic spectator events, comes to Northstar California the weekend of September 22-23. This 10 to 12-mile obstacle course was designed by British Special Forces to test all around strength, stamina, mental grit and camaraderie. Spectator tickets are $20/person online and $40/person onsite (if still available).
North Lake Tahoe announced today that it will host the first full-distance IRONMAN® event in California since 2001. The competition is scheduled to take place September 22, 2013.
“Lake Tahoe’s natural beauty and experience in hosting world-class endurance events have made it one of the world’s most appealing sports destinations,” said Steve Meckfessel, Managing Director of Global Race Operations for World Triathlon Corporation, the owner and operator of the IRONMAN series. “The launch of a full-distance IRONMANevent in California has been a long-time coming. We’re confident this race will instantly develop into a cornerstone of the global IRONMAN Series.”
It’s also a shot in the arm for the Tahoe economy during a slower time of year.
“We estimate the total economic impact to the region to be approximately $8 to $15 million over the course of the event,” said Chief Marketing Officer Andy Chapman of the North Lake Tahoe Chamber/CVB/Resort Association, the host destination and an official sponsor of IRONMAN Lake Tahoe. “More than 2,500 athletes are expected to take part with each bringing three to four guests and staying five to six nights.”
According to Chapman, the relationship with IRONMANdeveloped because of a connection with the Amgen Tour of California. Lake Tahoe hosted Stage 1 and Stage 2 of the Amgen Tour of California in May 2011. The IRONMAN Lake Tahoe contract is a multi-year deal. The IRONMANseries also plays well with North Lake Tahoe’s human-powered branding campaign that encourages visitors to experience the area firsthand whether by getting out on regional trails or via the lake.
IRONMAN Lake Tahoewill start with a two-loop, 2.4-mile swim in the pristine waters of Kings Beach, California, which has an average water temperature of 65 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit in September. Athletes will enjoy a lakeside transition before starting a two-loop 112-mile bike course that is comparable in difficulty to the bike routes at IRONMAN Lake Placid, IRONMAN Canada and IRONMAN Wisconsin. Cyclists will travel along the lake into Tahoe City, California before following the Truckee River past Squaw Valley and into the Old West town of Truckee, California.
From there, the course turns south back toward Lake Tahoe, has a short loop in Martis Camp, continues past Northstar California and climbs to Brockway Summit. After a decent back down to Kings Beach, athletes will complete a second loop, and then a final, flat 17 miles to finish the bike course at Squaw Valley, home to the 1960 Winter Olympics.
With a transition at the Village at Squaw Valley, runners will proceed along the Truckee River bike path into Tahoe City, and continue south along the shores of Lake Tahoe to a turnaround in historic Homewood, California. The largely flat run course traverses one of the most scenic lake vistas in the world before finishing back along the cobbled corridors of the Village at Squaw Valley.
IRONMAN Lake Tahoe will be a P-2000 race with a $75,000 USD professional prize purse. Additionally, the race will offer 50 age group slots to the 2014 IRONMAN World Championship taking place October 11, 2014.
The iconic IRONMAN® Series of events is the largest participation sports platform in the world. Since the inception of the IRONMAN brand in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE® by crossing finish lines at the world’s most challenging endurance races. Recognized for excellence through distinguished events, world-class athletes and quality products, World Triathlon Corporation, owner and operator of the IRONMAN Series, has grown from a single race to a global sensation with nearly 190 events across five unique brands: IRONMAN, IRONMAN 70.3®, 5150™ Triathlon Series, Iron Girl® and IronKids®. For more information, visit www.ironman.com.
About North Lake Tahoe
North Lake Tahoe, at an elevation of 6,200 feet, is home to majestic mountains and the largest alpine lake in the country, boasting a visibility of 70 feet down. It’s world renowned, especially for all things human-powered, including biking, swimming, running, stand up paddle boarding, hiking, as well as skiing and boarding in the winter months. The region is a 45-minute drive from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, two hours from Sacramento International Airport and just over three hours from San Francisco International Airport. The North Lake Tahoe Chamber/CVB/Resort Association is an official sponsor of IRONMAN Lake Tahoe. For details about the area or to book special IRONMAN lodging packages, click to the organization’s website, www.GoTahoeNorth.com.
Lend a Hand The community comes together Saturday, June 2 for the annual Bay-to-Bay Clean Up. Volunteers are needed to pick up trash and help spruce up the towns of Kings Beach, Tahoe Vista, Carnelian Bay and Crystal Bay. Registration check-in begins at 9 a.m. All participants are invited to a special party afterwards, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the North Tahoe Beach Pavilion (across from Safeway) in Kings Beach.
Celebrate the American Hiking Society’s 20th Annual National Trails Day also Saturday, June 2 by volunteering to build trail on the famed 165-mile Tahoe Rim Trail, via the association’s guided hike or simply by taking your own excursion. Popular North Shore routes include Brockway Summit off Highway 267 just outside of Kings Beach and Tahoe Meadows off Mt. Rose, Highway 431, near Incline Village. There is also a trailhead in Tahoe City off Fairway Drive.
Sport North Lake Tahoe Woodward Tahoe, located at Boreal Mountain Resort on Donner Summit, hosts a grand opening celebration Saturday, June 9 for professional and amateur athletes to skate and ride the newest action sports training facility on the West Coast. Top athletes stopping by to check out the new compound include freeskier Tanner Hall and BMX rider Ryan Nyquist. This is a great spectator event.
North Lake Tahoe capitalizes on its famed natural terrain by hosting the 2nd Annual Adventure Sports Week Tahoe Friday, June 15 through Sunday, June 24. Competitive events range from stand up paddle boarding to trail running, mountain biking, triathlons and swimming. The 10-day event also hosts clinics taught by world-class athletes, live concerts and fun and games for children.
Paddle Big Blue at the Thunderbird Run Saturday, June 16, 10 a.m., at Sand Harbor State Park just outside of Incline Village. This 8-mile loop will challenge paddleboard enthusiasts with a scenic course along the East Shore.
Many cyclists got a taste of Lake Tahoe last May while training for the 2011 Amgen Tour of California. These professionals had the opportunity to experience the beauty of the area firsthand and its challenging, high-altitude terrain. Although last year’s Tahoe stages of the Amgen Tour of California were cancelled due to an untimely snowstorm, riders have been eager to get back and hit our scenic steeps.
Liquigas-Cannondale will be difficult to miss while training in Lake Tahoe as they’ll be outfitted in their team jerseys and accompanied by support vehicles as they make their way around Lake Tahoe. Visitors to the area may see the professional cyclists along Tahoe’s vertical terrain, such as climbing Highway 267 from Kings Beach to Truckee, Highway 431 from Incline Village to Reno, up historic Old Highway 40 near Donner Lake or maybe via Highway 89 from Truckee to Downieville. The switchbacks of Emerald Bay have also been a popular training ground for other professional cyclists.
Liquigas-Cannondale team members training in Lake Tahoe are Vincenzo Nibali, Mauro Da Dalto, Kristjan Koren, Alessandro Vanotti, Alan Marangoni, Sthefano Agostini, Daniel Oss, Peter Sagan, Paolo Slongo, Dario Mariuzzo, Michele Pallini, Maros Hlad, Simone Schuler, Nazzareno Berto and Matteo Cornacchione.
Adventure Sports Week Tahoe invites outdoor enthusiasts to take part in all things human powered. With competitive events ranging from stand up paddle boarding to trail running, mountain biking, triathlons and swimming – all of which highlight Tahoe’s scenic beauty.
According to Event Director Todd Jackson of Adventure Sports Week Tahoe, in addition to the sporting events, designed for the beginner to the professional, the 10-day festivities will also include clinics hosted by world-class athletes and Lake Tahoe locals who know area trails firsthand. Each night of Adventure Sports Week Tahoe will wrap up with a variety of activities, including live concerts, outdoor movies and dinner on the lake. There’s even a kid-friendly component with fun and games geared for little ones.
For more information about Adventure Sports Week Tahoe, a complete calendar of events, photos, videos and volunteer opportunities, as well as to register and get connected via social media channels, click here.
It’s leaf peeping season – almost. After a brief snowfall in early October the trails and roads in North Lake Tahoe are just starting to show signs of autumn. Aspens in the area are transforming from a sea of green to a brilliant shade of yellow, making for a stunning contrast against Tahoe’s solid wall of pines and firs. That striking contrasts leads many a hiker, kayaker or cyclist to take pause and soak it all up.
The last two weeks of October and the first two weeks of November are when the region’s trees really start to change over. There are a number of great venues for soaking up Tahoe’s fall foliage, but those using your own two feet are by far the most popular.
Locals recommend road cycling, inline skating and running up Blackwood Canyon on the West Shore, which is located three to four miles south of Tahoe City. What makes Blackwood unique is its paved road that takes you from 6,200 feet lake level to Barker Pass at 7,200 feet.
Stately Eagle Rock, a popular Tahoe landmark, sits just south of the Blackwood Canyon entrance and is an easy 15-minute hike to the top, offering 180-degree panoramic views of the entire region. The California Tahoe Conservancy recently completed a new trail to the top, which has significantly reduced pollutants into Lake Tahoe.
Located nine miles south of Sand Harbor State Park (just outside of Incline Village), Spooner Lake offers lush meadows and shimmering aspen groves that surround a scenic alpine lake. You’ll find miles of hiking trails, as well as a good starting point if you’re venturing into the backcountry for a backpacking excursion.
Changing fall foliage can also be found on Lake Tahoe’s most popular hiking, mountain biking and equestrian trail – the Tahoe Rim Trail. A 165-mile trail that completely circles Lake Tahoe, this dirt path has eight trailheads making it easy to access. Some favorite spots are Tahoe Meadows on the Mt. Rose Summit (Highway 431), Tahoe City off Fairway Drive behind the town’s commercial core and Barker Pass up Blackwood Canyon, the paved road is open to cars until the snow flies.
An unusually long winter may have meddled with Tahoe’s legs of the Amgen Tour of California, but cycling events later in the year are sure to dodge those unexpected snow storms. Check out some of the events coming up:
Big Blue Adventure has long called Tahoe home with its series of adventure races, triathlons and trail running competitions. Specially for mountain bikers is its Lake Tahoe 4- and 8-Hour Mountain Bike Race June 18 in Tahoe City, where the champion will have made the most laps on a 12-mile course, marked by single track and fire roads.
Cyclists take to the road at the Tahoe Sierra Century Ride September 24, a race starting and finishing in Squaw Valley, which has earned praise for its scenic routes (both 60 and 100-mile available), demanding hill climbs and full-support services.
Travelers are always looking for empty beaches, quiet hotels and a destination all to themselves. In a popular location such as Tahoe that can be a challenge. But there’s a secret. Head to Tahoe during the last two weeks of June and the last two weeks of August to enjoy the area before or after the peak summer season. It’s also one of the best times to take advantage of area deals.
With a good portion of Tahoe’s summer business made up of families, many travelers must adhere to traditional school closings and openings. Traveling when school is still in session gives guests the opportunity to save as many regional businesses eager to attract visitors during this four-week period provide some of the summer’s best values. It’s also a great time for families with children in private schools and track programs to call Tahoe home as their schedules may differ from public schools.
But what guests to North Lake Tahoe won’t be giving up is the spectacular weather. June marks the official start to summer and boating season with highs in the 70s. August is a bit warmer with highs in the upper 70s and low 80s.
What Tahoe-goers will notice is having the lake’s 72-mile shoreline mostly to themselves, as well as the hiking and mountain biking trails and out on the water.
According to Parks Superintendent Roger Adamson of the Tahoe City Public Utility District, their trail numbers along the popular paved Truckee River bike path from Tahoe City to Squaw Valley nearly double in July and early August compared to North Lake Tahoe’s early and late summer periods.
Operations Manager Darren Kramer of Obexer’s Marina on the West Shore, the oldest marina in Lake Tahoe, also sees peak business during the height of summer. “Although we have a handful of clients that launch their boats over Memorial Day weekend, things don’t really pick up until right before Fourth of July.”
The last two weeks in June and August are also marked by a number of special events, including the Tahoe City Wine Walk (June 18) when guests sample at more than 30 wine and food locations overlooking Lake Tahoe. Visitors burn off those calories at the Burton Creek Trail Run 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and Marathon (June 19) along a beautiful challenging trails system within the West Shore’s Burton Creek State Park. The Tahoe Rim Trail Association offers a “Vistas, Lakes and Wildflower” trek (June 25) as part of their summer hiking season along 10 miles of Tahoe’s famed trail. For those that like it hot and spicy, the 3rd Annual Truckee Chili Cook-Off (June 26) at Truckee Regional Park has the area’s best chili cooks competing for top honors.
The last two weeks of August are equally busy with a bevy of events, such as the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival’s presentation of one of Shakespeare’s more traditional plays, “Twelfth Night,” (August 16-21) outdoors and on the beach at Sand Harbor State Park. Tahoe Adventure Company gets guests on the water or trails via a guided kayak or hike followed by a brilliant tour of the midnight sky, called Astronomy Adventure: Neptune and the Distant Gas Giants (August 22), with professional astronomer Tony Berendsen. Squaw Valley USA continues with its free Bluesdays (every Tuesday through the end of August, including August 16, 23 and 30) with national acts on the Events Plaza Stage and “blue plate” specials at village restaurants.