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North Lake Tahoe Booms with Independence Day Festivities

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Families, friends and outdoor enthusiasts head to North Lake Tahoe for the area’s best selection of 4th of July festivities. Celebrate the all-American holiday in the fresh mountain air alongside crystal clear waters under a sky booming with fireworks. North Lake Tahoe is home to multiple award-winning Independence Day events July 3-5.


See below for a complete listing of events:


July 3rd Fireworks and Beach Party

The North Tahoe Event Center hosts the July 3rd Fireworks and Beach Party at Kings Beach State Recreation Area from 4-10 p.m. The event includes food vendors, free watermelon eating, sand castle building, games, patriotic costume contests, music and live entertainment, glow toys, souvenirs and more. A drink garden with beer, wine and mixed drinks is also available for those 21 and older.


The sky lights up at 9:30 as fireworks take over the Sierra sky. Fireworks can be seen from all parts of the beach, however preferred seating tickets are available for $12. Tickets sell out quickly so be sure to pre-order here.


Red, White and Tahoe Blue Festival

Incline Village is proud to host the eighth annual Red, White and Tahoe Blue Festival July 3-5 featuring live performances by Billy Ray Cyrus and the Reno Philharmonic. A full calendar of 25 events spans the three days making this an Independence Day spectacular for the whole family.


Bring the kids out for the Children’s Patriotic Chalk Drawing, Ice Cream Eating Contest, Kids’ Bike Parade and more. For the adults, head over to the Wine and Dine dinner or Beer and Brats event. Live music heats up the beach July 3 and 4, but moves to Village Green on July 5 for Billy Ray Cyrus.


MSN ranks the Red, White and Tahoe Blue fireworks show as one of the best in the country so get a good seat for the 9:30 show on July 4. Check out for a full schedule of events, tickets and more.


Tahoe City Street Fair and Fireworks

The Tahoe City Downtown Association announces a full afternoon of family activities leading up to the fireworks show off Commons Beach. A July Fourth Fun Zone, located in Truckee-Tahoe Lumber Co.’s parking lot at 315 North Lake Boulevard, will include a dunk tank, bean bag toss, putting green and more. Penney the Clown will also be on site with face painters and live music performed by Kip Yager from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

North Lake Tahoe Celebrates 33 Years of SNOWFEST!

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Thousands of skiers and boarders flock to the North Shore of Lake Tahoe this week to take part in the 33rd annual North Lake Tahoe SnowFest!. Beginning Thursday, Feb. 27, day-glo glasses, spandex ski pants and Polar Bear plungers take to the streets (and hillsides) of the Sierra Nevada to take part in parades, races, parties, concerts and other performances, not to mention great food specials and lodging deals, through Sunday, March 9.


SnowFest! kicks off with a fundraising event at famed lakeside restaurant, Gar Woods Grill & Pier in Carnelian Bay,Thursday, Feb. 27 at 5 p.m. A $25 donation at the door gets attendees beer, wine, Wet Woody’s, heavy appetizers and live entertainment. Friday gets started with music from the Space Cowboys & Unimog from 1 – 5 p.m. at Squaw Valley before the crowning the SnowFest! Queen at 6 p.m. A 7:30 p.m. fireworks display presented by Coors Light is the kick-off to the opening night after party which takes place at the Plaza Bar. At 9 p.m., celebrated 80’s cover band Tainted Love takes the stage at the Crystal Bay Club.


Saturday’s activities start with a pancake breakfast followed by the annual Tahoe City SnowFest! Parade, which can be viewed from parties at venues throughout the town. Kids are invited to Paint the Bear at the North Tahoe Arts Center from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. and the Stohlgren Bros. Ice Cream Eating Contest challenges dessert lovers at the Tahoe City Fire Station at 1 p.m.  The infamous Gar Woods Polar Bear Swim invites visitors out for a swim in the frigid waters of Lake Tahoe starting at 2:30 p.m. (swimmer check-in begins at 1:30 p.m.) and Diego’s Umbrella entertains audiences at the Crystal Bay Club at 9 p.m. In addition, the second annual Mardi Squaw Party takes place at the Olympic House at 10 p.m.


Sunday invites kids take part in Granlibakken’s Gone Bonkers Kids Ski Race. The Tahoe Mountain Man Contest challenges participants to eight different obstacles, all while wearing ski boots, including putting on chains, scaring away bears and shoveling snow, at Homewood Mountain Resort starting at 3 p.m. Sunnyside’s annual Luau warms up the remainder of the day with Hawaiian-inspired food and cocktails.


Week days invite locals and visitors alike to enjoy activities including the Margarita Races and 80’s Onsie DJ Party, a meet and greet with the Squaw Valley rescue dogs, Pete ‘N Peter’s Bar Game Olympics, a girls night out Bunco Bash, Bingo night, and the sixth annual Bridgetender Rib Fest.


Saturday, March 8 brings the Diamond Peak Uphill Downhill Dash at 7 a.m. followed by a Pancake Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and the Rahlves Banzai Tour – Alpine Meadows “Face Banzai” full-mountain race beginning at 9 a.m. Dress up the family dog for a chance at prizes including free entry into the Kings Beach SnowFest! Parade at 11:30 a.m.Parties take place throughout the day and the Snow What? Snow Building Contest takes place at the Kings Beach Library at 1 p.m. Try to defy the tempting tortilla during the Hacienda Tortilla Toss at 2 p.m. or head over to the LUNAFEST Film, Food and Wine event at 6 p.m. at Squaw Valley, benefitting Girls on the Run-Sierra and the Breast Cancer Fund. Lakeside Pizza’s Pink Party also benefits a great cause, Relay for Life, starting at 9 p.m.


SnowFest! wraps things up Sunday, March 9 with a second go-round for the “Face Banzai” at Alpine Meadows and the Arctic Paddle Race at 9 a.m.  at Waterman’s Landing. River Ranch hosts a snow sculpture contest at noon and the Tahoe Donner Ididarun begins at 1 p.m. with proceeds benefitting the Tahoe Truckee Humane Society. SnowFest! concludes at 8 p.m. with a fashion show from Fine ‘n Funky at Hacienda del Lago in the Boatworks Mall in Tahoe City.


With so many options, the 33rd annual SnowFest! is sure to entertain all members of the family. From sports enthusiasts to artistic types, there is truly something for everyone.


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Opening Day at the Lake This Weekend

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

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


15 stamps gets you into the raffle for your chance at great prizes including gift certificates, lodging, dining, free kayak & paddleboard rentals, spa treatments and a whole lot more


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!

20th Annual Charity Fishing Derby at Jake’s on the Lake

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Jake’s on the Lake in Tahoe City, Ca is proud to host the 20th annual Fishing Derby, Brunch and Raffle Sunday, June 2 on Lake Tahoe! Fishing will commence one hour before sunrise and lasts ’til noon.


$50 entry donation includes:
Buffet Brunch (11:30 to 1pm)
Derby T-shirt
Raffle Tickets

Think you have what it takes to win? Here’s a breakdown of the prize money:

Largest Mackinaw – $1000
Largest Brown – $500
Largest Rainbow – $250


Contestants may register at Jake’s On The Lake or Pete ‘N Peter’s by 5pm, June 1


Don’t fish? Well Jake’s has you covered, too! Head over for just brunch. $22 per adult, $12 per child


All proceeds benefit Mike Kise Medical Relief and Tahoe Safe Alliance


Check out Jake’s on the Lake online for additional info


Tahoe City Wine Walk Set for June 22

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Wine aficionados take note.


The 8th Annual Tahoe City Wine Walk returns to historic North Lake Tahoe Saturday, June 22. The event last year hosted more than 800 attendees and 30 regional wineries.


This summer’s alfresco event, scheduled from noon to 4 p.m., will again focus on varietals from regional California wine producers and will also feature gourmet bites from North Lake Tahoe’s top restaurants and catering companies.


What has stayed the same is the ideal event location. The Tahoe City Wine Walk runs along scenic North Lake Tahoe Boulevard and provides some of the best views of Lake Tahoe, the largest alpine lake in the country. Many take the opportunity to sip while shopping at Tahoe City’s unique establishments for signature wares and wrap up the day with dinner at one of Tahoe City’s many restaurants – all within walking distance of the event.


Tickets are now on sale and run $35/person in advance and $45/person at the event (cash only). Ticket price includes admittance, wine tasting, commemorative wine glass, delicious bite-sized offerings, live music and free on-site parking. Attendees must be 21 years or older and show valid ID when purchasing tickets and registering the day of the event.


The Tahoe City Wine Walk is a fundraiser for the Tahoe City Downtown Association. This non-profit organization consists of local merchants, property owners, community associations, residents, professionals and contributors whose goal it is to enhance and promote a vibrant and prosperous commercial and social center for the residents and visitors to Tahoe City.


For more information about the event, lodging specials, public transportation options, parking map and to purchase tickets online, click to the official website. The site is also home to social media channels, volunteer opportunities, as well as subscription to the Tahoe City Wine Walk mailing list. Day-of-event registration booths will be located at Boatworks Mall, Heritage Plaza and the North Tahoe Art Center in Tahoe City. Event sponsorship opportunities are available.

Photo credits: Tahoe City Wine Walk

Top 10 Snowfest Events This Week

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

North Lake Tahoe celebrates its long winter season with SnowFest, a 10-day carnival and one of the region’s most popular annual family celebrations. SnowFest is scheduled for March 1-10 and is  held at a variety of venues throughout North Lake Tahoe.


Here’s a list a just a few of festivities taking place:

  1. Opening Ceremonies at Squaw
  2. Tahoe City SnowFest! Parade
  3. The 23rd Annual Gar Woods Polar Bear Swim
  4. The 37th Annual Great Ski Race 
  5. Wacky Winter Bowling
  6. Jake’s Mardi Gras on the Lake Party
  7. Rahlves’ Banzai Tour Squaw Valley
  8. Hacienda Unofficial Thursdays Grand Prize Night
  9. Kings Beach SnowFest! Parade
  10. River Ranch Annual Snow Sculpting Contest 
For more information about SnowFest and a complete list of events, visit the online 

Meet the Four Legged Heroes of Winter

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

North Lake Tahoe Visitor Center presents

 “Meet our Four-Legged Heroes of Winter”

The Squaw/Alpine Rescue Dogs

Date: Thursday, March 7, 2013

Time: 5 pm – 7 pm

Location: North Lake Tahoe Visitor Center, 100 North Lake Blvd, Tahoe City CA 96145


Who: Craig Noble and Furry Friends

TheNorthLake TahoeVisitorInformationCenteris looking forward to a woofing and tail-wagging good time as the Squaw/Alpine Rescue dogs come to the center for a visit. From their handlers, we will learn how they train these snuggly life savers and how we can support their efforts.   “A Day in Your Life” photographer, Donna Reid, will be here to take portraits of you and the cute canines (a portion of the photo proceeds will be donated to the Search and Rescue foundation).  Beer will be provided by Mellow Fellow GastroPub and cookies for furry friends will be provided by Scrap’s Dog Bakery.  The featured artist for this event is Keoki Gallery with his famous Dog Rescue Pictures.

Sponsored By: A Day in Your Life Photography, Scrap’s Dog Bakery and Mellow Fellow GastroPub

Contact Information: Kym Fabel, NLT Visitor Center Manager

Rahlves’ Banzai Returns to Squaw’s KT-22 for SnowFest

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

The first weekend in March marks the beginning of SnowFest, North Lake Tahoe’s most anticipated celebration, as well as the return of the Rahlves’ Banzai to Squaw Valley. The 32nd annual SnowFest will kick off March 1 with a torchlight parade and fireworks at the base of Squaw Valley. Then, March 2-3, guests can join amazing athletes and great company while participating in or watching the third leg of Rahlves’ Banzai Tour: the KT-22 Banzai.


Banzai Tour showcases racing in its purest form, with four racers at a time going head-to-head over natural terrain in ski and border-cross style action. The winners of each respective tour stop will have the opportunity to compete in the “Super Final” on March 9-10 against former World Champion, 12-time World Cup winner, X-Games Gold Medalist and four-time Olympic skier and Sugar Bowl Resort Ambassador Daron Rahlves. The Sugar  Bowl Silver Belt Banzai and Super Final race takes place during closing weekend of SnowFest!, so don’t miss the festive Banzai and SnowFest culminating events hosted by Sugar Bowl.

“The KT-22 Banzai is always one of the most exciting parts of the tour because of the great view of the course from the base of the mountain,” said Daron Rahlves. “Spectators get to watch athletes give it their all down the face of KT-22, which embodies everything the Banzai Tour is really about; the competition, athleticism, and most importantly, the enjoyment and camaraderie of the ski and snowboard community.”


Friday night before the tour stop, competing athletes, sponsors, media and special guests are invited to the event kick-off, “Rahlves’ Banzai Welcome Party” from 4-6 p.m. at Sandy’s Pub at the Resort at Squaw Creek. The welcome party ends right in time for athletes to participate in the annual opening ceremony torchlight parade. On Saturday after the solo qualifying timed runs to seed Sunday’s Finals and heats of four, all competing athletes, sponsors, media and fans are invited to celebrate all things Banzai from 3-6 p.m. at Le Chamois for the “Rahlves’ Banzai Après Party” thrown by High Fives Foundation. One dollar from each Sierra Nevada beer and Red Bull drink purchased throughout the après party will be donated to High Fives.



For those who are curious about the tour’s name, Banzai is a Japanese term expressed as an exuberant cheer meaning, “Long Life!” or “Hurray!”  An apt name for a high-spirited downhill ski and snowboard competition, the Silver Belt Race first took place in the 1940s at Sugar Bowl Ski Resort and was re-introduced with the head-to-head action by Daron Rahlves and Sugar Bowl in 2009. The race continued with one event for another year, and then Rahlves decided to take the show on the road, officially launching Rahlves’ Banzai Tour and expanding to stops at four of Lake Tahoe’s premier resorts.

The Rahlves Banzai tour is presented by Bank of The West. The Rahlves Banzai Tour is also supported by sponsors such as Red Bull, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Contour, CEP “intelligent sportswear”, North Lake Tahoe Chamber/VCB/Resort Association, Spyder, Atomic, Start Haus Ski Shop, Wend Wax, COAL, SVE/BOSE, The Bar Effect, World Cup Supply, Jagermeister, Snow Fest, Sports Insurance, Technical Equipment Cleaners, Resort at Squaw Creek, ZINKA, 101.5 Truckee Tahoe Radio, Tahoe TV, POWDER Mag, High Fives Foundation, World Cup Supply, and CRUX Events, thereby creating an alluring $80,000 prize purse.

For more information, to check out previous race results, videos and to register, visit online. For up-to-the-minute news, “Like” The Rahlves’ Banzai Tour on Facebook and follow @RahlvesBanzai on Twitter.

Guest Blogger Steve Talks Skiing at North Lake Tahoe

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Steve with PhotoFly Travel Club recently visited us in North Lake Tahoe and shared his take on the adventure with us. Check out the post below or the original post here. 


“I’m not a huge skier. In fact, I never understood why so many people wait eagerly for the frigid winter to spend thousands of dollars only to drive 5 hours back and forth every weekend. On top of that, they have to deal with the whole process of skiing or snowboarding (it’s really a lot of work: getting rentals or stuffing the equipment in and out of the car, putting it on (not as easy as you think), walking a ton in uncomfortable ski boots, getting muscle cramps and inevitable minor injuries). I should also say I’m from New England which has some good mountains but nothing like the type of snow and quality trails out west. THEN I was invited by the North Lake Tahoe Tourism Board to spend a weekend exploring the area and skiing at their top resorts. To sum the weekend up I have to say they proved me wrong; Skiing at North Lake Tahoe is awesome and now I totally get why millions of people go through all the effort and money to ski or snowboard as much as possible each winter.


The weekend started off typical for Tahoe enthusiasts by leaving early on Friday and driving 5.5 hours in traffic for a drive that should only takeSquaw Valley Resort 3. But once we arrived we were graciously welcomed at the Ritz-Carleton with food and drinks to go over the adventure. This place is brand new and it does the Ritz brand justice with an awesome restaurant and huge lounge area full of warm fires and comfortable couches and chairs. The view of North Star Resort is pretty stunning too. We had the pleasure of staying at the Resort at Squaw Creek. This place was perfect for a ski weekend with an awesome lobby view of Squaw Valley and very comfortable rooms with huge flat screen TVs. The view from our room was absolutely beautiful with a huge mountain and the steaming outdoor swimming pool below it.


Lake Tahoe in winter

The fun began on Saturday morning with my first ride to the top of the mountain at Squaw Valley. Staying at the resort is perfect because they have a designated chair lift right in front of the hotel. No need to lug everything to the crowded ski entrance 2 miles away. From the first run down to the bottom I realized what I’d been missing the past 2 years since I had last skied. These mountains and the quality of snow and skiing are awesome. We skied two full days and were pretty sore but it was so fun I didn’t care. Squaw has some excellent trails for average and expert skiers with some of the most vertical runs in all of North Lake Tahoe. On Saturday night we ate at Rocker Bar and Restaurant which had some amazing mac n cheese & beef brisket skillets. Excellent comfort food that really hit the spot after a good workout skiing all day.


Overall, we can’t thank Lake Tahoe North enough for having our travel club up for the weekend. They have rejuvenated our love and interest in skiing and we’ll be looking at planning a group trip to Lake Tahoe for next year! ”









Touch the Lake

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

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.


Do. Try kayaking across the “glass” on a calm winter day. Go snowshoeing at Sugar Pine Point State Park. Or try cross-country skiing at Tahoe X-Country or North Tahoe Regional Park.


Stroll. Then there is the shopping. Yes, you could use that charming walking stick. Lakeside art galleries, home furnishing and clothing stores abound.


Check out a full list of things to do in North Lake Tahoe:

West Shore

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.

Tahoe City

Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing & Snow Play
Tahoe XC
has 5 open trails and 15 groomed kilometers and some dog friendly trails as well.

Granlibakken has 2 trails and 3 groomed kilometers, and is an amazing place to bring small children to sled and play in the snow.

Tahoe City Winter Sports Park has Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, a small sled hill and snow-play area.

Commons Beach is Tahoe City’s lakefront park. A great place to frolic in the snow or build a snowman while taking in amazing views of Lake Tahoe.


Sightseeing & Adventure
Get out on the lake at the Tahoe City Marina with year round boat rentals.

Swing from the trees at Granlibakken’s Tree Top Adventure Park. A blast is to be had with a series of courses linking tree to tree platforms with a variety of bridges and zip lines!

North Shore

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:

Tahoe City

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.

West Shore

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.

North Shore

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.