May 27, Memorial Day, is Opening Day at the Lake! That means the first days of summer are here with deck opening parties, open bike trails, boat launching and more. Gather the family and ride your bike, carpool or kayak your way around North Lake Tahoe this weekend.
Looking for some guidance and possibly some free swag? Download a printer friendly passport which includes a complete calendar of events. Get it stamped at the locations to be entered to win one of dozens of prizes.
10 stamps gets you instant prizes at participating businesses
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Easy and fun, right? It’s your weekend to discover and explore Lake Tahoe. So, come up and enjoy, and see what you can win!
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.
The Lake Tahoe Nordic Festival is a three-day event that will cater to one of the fastest growing cross-country regions in the United States – Lake Tahoe. While it is no secret that Lake Tahoe is a famous alpine skiing destination, the region also offers world-class Nordic skiing and even played host to the Nordic events on the scenic West Shore during the 1960 Winter Olympics.
Friday evening kicks off the festival with a community-oriented party and film presentation by local athletes. An on-snow demo with all the latest and greatest in Nordic equipment from all industry brands will take place on Saturday from 8 a.m.- 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday are filled with technical and health clinics, group skis, historical snowshoe tours and race series.
The festival has gathered the local Nordic ski and snowshoe community to lead its clinics, groups skis and races, including Olympians Marcus Nash and Glenn Jobe, Far West Nordic Head Coach Ben Grassechi, Tahoe Peak Endurance’s Colleen Connors-Pace, Andy Pasternak and Julie Young of Silver Sage Sports Performance, Tim Hauserman of Tahoe Cross Country, Kara LaPoint of North Tahoe High School Nordic, and Peter Fain of Atlas Snowshoes. Local organizations Tahoe Institute for Natural Science and the Tahoe Rim Trail Association will also lead a Natural History Snowshoe Tour and Snowshoe Hike, respectively.
“We are excited to be hosting this first event at Tahoe Cross Country with Brendan and Alpenglow Sports,” said Kevin Murnane of Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area. “We have had a long standing partnership in Tahoe City promoting Nordic skiing together. The Lake Tahoe Nordic Festival will bring out the entire Nordic community to celebrate this great sport. Our goal is to offer something for everyone: from the complete beginner looking for a first lesson, to the veteran racer looking for the best equipment available, to the trail runner looking for a great snowshoe to help them stay fit in winter. When Brendan approached us with the idea of modeling this event after his successful Alpenglow Backcountry Festival and Demo Day, we jumped right in.”
The Lake Tahoe Nordic Festival has been made possible through a grant from the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, as well as partnerships with Atlas Snowshoes, Fischer, Leki, Madshus, Rossignol, Salomon, Swix, Toko, Silver Sage Sports Performance, Tahoe Peak Endurance, the Tahoe Rim Trail Association, Far West Nordic, Sugar Pine Cakery, Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships, Tahoe Institute for Natural Science and Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue.
Be sure to enter their contest on Facebook. They’ll be giving away $1,300 skate ski package from Fischer and Salomon! Enter here.
About Alpenglow Sports:
Established in 1979, Alpenglow Sports is Tahoe City’s original mountain shop and specializes in backcountry and Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, trail running, backpacking, hiking, camping and mountain lifestyle apparel.
Sometime about the 200th run down the mountain, it hits you: I think I need a break. Luckily, you are in North Lake Tahoe, with many ways to spend your “day-off.”
Eat. North Lake Tahoe has roughly 36 miles of shoreline stretching from Incline Village in Nevada to Tahoma on the West Shore, with more than 100 restaurants in between. Every imaginable cuisine? Check. Romantic lake views? Check. Hipster hangouts? Got ‘em.
Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing & Sledding Sugar Pine Point State Park and Meeks Bay, Explore 18.7 kilometers of groomed Nature Trails through the forest and along the lake. This is a great way to take in views of the lake and experience historic trails of the 1960’s Olympics.
Outdoor Activities Paddle the lake… An amazing time of year to get out on the lake at Waterman’s Landing in Carnelian Bay. They rent out paddleboards year round, but don’t worry, there is a wonderful café to warm your bones upon your return!
Go play in the snow at North Tahoe Regional Park – off National Ave in Tahoe Vista. With captivating views and groomed hills, this facility has been a favorite of snow play lovers for decades. Snowmobiling is also available at the park.
Take in a View of the Lake Soak up the view at Kings Beach State Park. This is a lakefront park with a playground, picnic areas and room to play all day.
Sand Harbor has some of the most wonderful Lake Tahoe Views. Sand Harbor can’t be missed!
Here’s a list of things to see in North Lake Tahoe:
The Gatekeeper’s Cabin is home of the North Lake Tahoe Historic Society museum and located adjacent to the Truckee River outlet dam in Tahoe City. Go check out the Ursus Among Us, The American Black Bear in the Tahoe Basin exhibit.
Fanny Bridge, just south of the intersection of Highways 89 & 28, at the traffic light in Tahoe City. In summer people bending over the rail of the bridge to watch trout frolic below Lake Tahoe’s only outlet, the Truckee River, gives the bridge its name.
Tahoe Maritime Museum, This museum gives insight into Lake Tahoe’s rich maritime history. Step back to the time when grand steam-ships and gleaming wood boats plied the waters of the lake.
Head over to UC Davis Education Center in Incline and discover what makes Lake Tahoe so unique. Guided tours include a virtual research vessel, virtual laboratory and green building tour. See the new 3-D movie “Lake Tahoe in Depth”.
Cal-Neva Lodge Take a tour on this historic property from 1936 thru the early 1960’s at which time Frank Sinatra owned the lodge and hosted his Rat Pack buddies, Marilyn Monroe and other infamous characters.
This winter is the time to score free swag from North Lake Tahoe. With 3 giveaways running on their Facebook page, there’s sure to be something for everyone. Are you going to be a winner?
1. Escape to North Lake Tahoe Lift Ticket Giveaway - Win a pair of lift tickets in the Escape to North Lake Tahoe Lift Ticket Giveaway. A winner will be selected each weekday based on their creativity and unique photos showing what they are “escaping from.” Winners score a pair of lift tickets that can redeemed at 6 North Lake Tahoe ski resorts. The contest runs now through Thursday, January 31. Fans and followers can also enter by tweeting/instagramming a photo with the hashtag #escapecontest and an @TahoeNorth mention in your messaging. For contest details, click here.
3.The Rahlves’ Banzai Tour Sweepstakes-Enter to win one of 4 Rahlves’ Banzai Tour prize packages! Kirkwood Contour Prize Package: February 2-3, Alpine Meadows CEP Prize Package: February 9-10, Squaw Valley Bank of the West Prize Package: March2-3, and Sugar Bowl Super Final Prize Package March 2-3. Click here to enter.
The goal is simple – Get visitors out of their cars by providing a seamless, hassle-free transportation alternative during the winter months.
According to Executive Director Jan Colyer of the Truckee/North Tahoe Transportation Management Association, the program is already off to a great start. Ridership during the first five days of the Christmas holidays was 395.
The shuttle’s flexible schedule has also led to more winter enthusiasts partaking in après ski activities and libations since the shuttle service provides drivers.
The shuttle, while greatly enhancing the North Lake Tahoe visitor experience, is also a real winner for the environment.
Going carless helps reduce traffic congestion and thereby vehicle emissions which can deteriorate the lake’s clarity. Lake Tahoe is a fragile ecosystem and we all need to do our part to keep the region pristine.
In addition to the Free Ski Shuttle, a number of ski resorts offer their own free ski shuttles, such as Alpine Meadows, Squaw Valley, Homewood Mountain Resort, Northstar California and Diamond Peak.
The Truckee/North Tahoe Transportation Management Association also runs the Night Rider, a free service that runs until 2 a.m.; the North Lake Tahoe Water Shuttle during the summer months; and the year-round North Lake Tahoe Express Airport Shuttle that picks ups and delivers passengers to the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. For a complete list of public transportation options, including the Free Ski Shuttle, visit online.
It might have been raining across much of Northern California, but last week’s storm brought snow to North Lake Tahoe ski resorts – more than 3.5 feet of the white stuff, making for a great ski weekend.
You just never know how these storms are going to play out. But Mother Nature cooperated and we’ve got new snow on the mountains!
With a base elevation of 8,260 feet, Mt. Rose – Ski Tahoe welcomed 45 inches of snow throughout the series of storms and has received a total of 100 inches of snowfall to date. On Donner Summit, Sugar Bowl Ski Resort at an elevation of 6,883 feet is reporting storm totals of 44 inches. Squaw Valley’s upper mountain at 8,200 feet got 42 inches of snow.
Reservations are not required, but participants should arrive early. Lesson packages can be purchased at each individual resort the day of lessons. Students should contact resorts directly for resort-specific information. Some restrictions apply. Resorts not open December 8-9 may offer a Learn to Ski Weekend later in the season.
With more than two feet of snow falling in recent days and millions of dollars of snowmaking equipment pumping out the white stuff, North Lake Tahoe ski resorts are opening earlier than anticipated.
You know what that means… it’s going to be a white Thanksgiving! Resorts are open for business, making for a great way to celebrate the holidays.
Boreal Mountain Resort, located on Donner Summit, is open with two lifts, three runs and one terrain park with eight features. To date, the resort has welcomed 39 to 49 inches of snowfall.
Northstar California opened yesterday, November 14, with an 18-inch base, five lifts operating and seven beginner and intermediate trails. The resort also offers a terrain park with nine features along with ice -skating in the Village at Northstar. Northstar anticipates opening more terrain by Thanksgiving as snowstorms are in the weekend forecast.
Squaw Valley will open Friday, November 16 – six days earlier than expected. The resort will expand operations for the Thanksgiving holiday to include additional terrain, aerial tram rides and SnoVentures operations, such as snowtubing and mini snowmobile rides for children.
On Donner Summit, Sugar Bowl Ski Resortwill open the weekend of November 17-18 with three lifts, 12 to 15 runs and 1,500 feet of vertical. The resort will close November 19-21 and then reopen on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22, for the holiday.
Cross-country options are also available over the long holiday weekend as Tahoe Cross Country Ski Resort in Tahoe City is scheduled to open Saturday, November 24.
Diamond Peak Ski Resort plans to open Thursday, December 13, but is considering a possible Thursday, December 6 opening due to recent snowfall.
On the West Shore, Homewood Mountain Resort is scheduled to open Friday, December 14, but may up the date due to incoming snowstorms.
Granlibakken Resort, just outside of Tahoe City, plans to open their beginner ski hill Sunday, December 16 with two surface lifts. To date, the resort has received 18 inches of snowfall. If this weekend’s storm pays off, Granlibakken will open their sledding area early – Wednesday, November 21 – instead of December 16. Visitors can also try the ropes and zip course, Treetop Adventure Park, which is open weekends, holidays and midweek for families and groups of 10 or more throughout the winter.
Many ski resorts’ opening dates are to be determined, including Donner Ski Ranch, Mt. Rose – Ski Tahoe, Royal Gorge Cross Country, Soda Springs and Tahoe Donner Cross Country.
“Plates for Powder” is back. With the official start to the Tahoe ski season days away, the Tahoe Fund is launching the popular promotion to raise money for important environmental projects in Tahoe. From now until April 15, anyone who purchases a newLake Tahoe license plate in either California or Nevada is eligible to receive two free ski tickets to one of the 11 Tahoe resorts participating in the program.
Dock hopping on the new North Lake Tahoe Water Shuttle will get you on the lake and to your favorite restaurants, shopping, bike trails, museums, parks, farmers markets and other recreational activities in minutes. The vessel carries 12 passengers, the crew and up to eight bikes.
Try a vacation from your car – take public transit or ride your bike to one of the four beautiful docks. There will be TARTand Night Rider services available for you to combine with the water shuttle experience to avoid parking and traffic hassles. Make it an experience while in North Lake Tahoe.
The pilot program includes a “paperless” reservation program, so please book ahead today. Service will begin Friday, August 3 through the end of September. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 8:19 p.m. through August 26 and then the schedule will run through from 8 a.m. to 6:46 p.m. to coincide with daylight changes.
Participating docks for this new pilot are: West Shore Café, Tahoe City Marina, GarWoods Grill & Pier and the Tahoe Vista Recreation Area. Rates start at $10 for adults, $7 for children up to 12 years old (rates are one-way). For reservations and more information, visit The North Lake Tahoe Water Shuttle website or call 530-581-8707 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Ticketing kiosks are available at some of the participating docks; seats are limited, so book ahead. This is like a taxi on the water with a custom built Centurion 30’ vessel, and is state-of-the-art design; manufactured and operated by Fine Line Industries.
This pilot program is funded through Placer County TOT/North Lake Tahoe Chamber/CVB/Resort Association and sponsored by the Tahoe Transportation District with TNT-TMA contract management. For more information, you can reach the TMA directly at 530-546-2912, Monday through Friday.