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This Week in North Lake Tahoe

Friday, May 17th, 2013

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 at Jake’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.


Tahoe Sailing Charters

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.


Tahoe Tree Top Adventure Company

Get 10% off your online reservation for Tahoe Treetop Adventure Park. Go to online and enter “gotahoenorth” as the discount code on the payment page for 10% off the entire reservation.

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.

Lake Tahoe’s Olympic Heritage Celebration is Jan. 12-21

Friday, January 11th, 2013

North Lake Tahoe pulls out all the stops to commemorate the 53rd anniversary of hosting the 1960 Winter Olympics with the Olympic Heritage Celebration, January 12-21, at venues throughout the region.


The event, which is sponsored by the North Lake Tahoe Chamber/CVB/Resort Association, kicks off Sat., Jan. 12 with the REI Winter Trails Day at Tahoe Donner Cross Country Resort in Truckee.


The following day, Sun, Jan. 13, at noon there will be Cross Country and Snowshoe Tours of the 1960 Olympic Trails at Sugar Pine Point State Park on the West Shore. The site marks the venue for the 1960 Olympic Nordic events. Squaw Valley hosted the downhill events, as well as the ice skating competitions.


On Tues., Jan. 15, the Robbie Burns Olympic Reception takes place at the Gatekeeper’s Museum in Tahoe City, 5-7 p.m., with Olympic exhibits on display.


Scholastic Olympic Heritage Day is Wed., Jan. 16, 6 p.m., with the Grand Opening of the museum that will feature the 1960 Olympic Games Collection. The museum is located at the Boatworks Mall in Tahoe City.


The Olympian Dinner is scheduled for Fri., Jan. 18, 5-9 p.m., at Granlibakken Resort’s Cedar House Pub and is open to the public. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Olympic Trails Restoration. The event will honor participants from the 1960 Nordic events, including coaches, course designers and groomers. These participants will also share stories with dinner attendees, reminiscing about events and historical significance of the era leading up to the Olympics in Tahoe. Granlibakken Resort is located just outside of Tahoe City on the West Shore.


The Eagle Wings Pageant Dancers will perform Sat., Jan. 19, 5-9 p.m., in Tahoe City next to the North Lake Tahoe Visitor Center near the Tahoe City Dam.


Sun., Jan. 20, marks the Olympic History Walking Tour of Squaw Valley, noon, with attendees meeting in front of the Squaw Valley Tram Building.


The Olympic Heritage Celebration concludes Mon., Jan. 21 with the Citizens Against the Clock Biathlon race, 10 a.m., at the new Tahoe City Winter Sports Park.


In addition to the North Lake Tahoe Chamber/CVB/Resort Association, the Olympic Heritage Celebration is sponsored by California State Parks, Sierra State Parks Foundation, Lake Tahoe’s West Shore Association, Olympic Trails Restoration Committee, West Shore Sports and Granlibakken Resort.

Pumpkins and Pink Parties this week in North Lake Tahoe

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Spirits of our past are summoned to haunt the streets of historic Truckee during the adults-only Historical Haunted Tour this Thursday and Friday. The walking tour attracts more than 300 attendees and 60 volunteers and features tales of yore with a memorable and entertaining twist at Truckee’s historic gems and watering holes. Tickets are $35/person.


In Incline Village, Sierra Nevada College presents their Writers in the Woods series and hosts writer Amy Franklin-Willis this Friday and Saturday. Franklin-Willis’s first novel, “The Lost Saints of Tennessee,” has garnered wide critical acclaim. The free reading is Friday, 7-9 p.m., at the Tahoe Center of Environmental Sciences. On Saturday, there is a writing workshop, 9 a.m. to noon, via registration. Cost is $50/person.


River Ranch Lodge, just outside Tahoe City along the Truckee River, hosts the 5th Annual Fall Colors Moto Tour Friday through Sunday. Vintage car owners take to Tahoe’s roads to enjoying the changing fall foliage, winding roads and beautiful mountain scenery. The historic cars are available for public viewing Saturday, 4-6 p.m., at River Ranch.


The Tahoe Rim Trail Association hosts the last workday of the year Saturday, on the Rim-to-Reno Project located on the Mt. Rose Summit, which is off Highway 431. Volunteers will work on a new trail system, including a connector trail to Reno. All participants will receive a complimentary lunch.


The historic Thunderbird Lodge, just outside of Incline Village, now offers Cooking at the Castle classes where participants can learn to cook like a professional. On Monday, October 22, Chef de Cuisine Anne Wiles will explore the Tahoe Harvest and feature locally grown products and meats. Cost is $250/person. Pricing includes instruction, wine, beverages, supplies and dinner. Cooking classes are limited to 10.


The Tahoe Forest Health System Foundation will host the 8th Annual Pink Party, called Fifty Shades of Pink, Friday, October 26, 8 p.m., at Moody’s Bistro, Bar & Eats in Truckee. The event, which benefits local cancer patients, offers two different ticket options: one for $50/person and another for $35/person.

Free Summer Music at North Tahoe’s High Notes Music Series

Friday, June 22nd, 2012


North Lake Tahoe takes its music outdoors with a variety of live concerts, festivals and headliner events – all part of the destination’s High Notes: North Lake Tahoe Summerlong Music series, running June through September.


Free Weekly Summer Concerts

Visitors to the country’s largest alpine lake will find live, outdoor performances – free of charge – every night of the week, except Mondays. Sundays rock out at Tahoe City’s Concerts at Commons Beach, which begins June 24 with the Blues Monsters, Dad’s LPS, Downbeat and Jellybread. It’s Bluesdays every Tuesday at the Village at Squaw Valley starting with Chris Cain July 3, and live music every Wednesday with Music in the Park at the Truckee Regional Park. Head to Commercial Row as part of Truckee Thursdays for live tunes. Kings Beach is lakeside Fridays with their 6th Annual Music on the Beach starting July 6. Visitors can also enjoy free live music every Friday and Saturday overlooking the lake at the scenic West Shore Café & Inn in Homewood.


Squaw Valley also plays host to the Art, Wine & Music Festival, July 14-15, which includes two performance stages offering up free live music in addition to fine art and libations. The resort’s 11th Annual Soaring Kites & Music Festival provides free live music as well at 8,200 feet along with high-flying kite stunts. Cable car ticket is required to attend.


In North Lake Tahoe’s historic casino corridor, the Crystal Bay Club offers a host of free concerts throughout the week, as well as ticketed bands from the Bay Area. What sets this venue apart is its intimate setting that gets guests up close to the performers.


Summer Headliner Events


There are also a number of exceptional ticketed musical events held throughout the North Lake Tahoe region. Namaste in North Lake Tahoe this summer with the ultimate in yoga throw downs as the popular Wanderlust Festival returns to the scenic valley of Squaw Valley July 26-29. In addition to yoga sessions and wellness programs, the event will also host the positive vibrations of Ziggy Marley and MC Yogi with its generous dose of hip-hop, reggae, dancehall and dub sounds. There will also be plenty of food and beverage vendors, art instillations and ambient performances.


News this year is Lake Tahoe SummerFest, July and August, which celebrates world-class music, fine arts, theatre and education. Set against the backdrop of the Sierra Nevada and Lake Tahoe, nine concerts will comprise the festival and feature renowned soloists and a world-class orchestra of 38 instrumentalists from the New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Seattle Symphony. The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival also falls under the Lake Tahoe SummerFest umbrella and will take place July 13-August 26 at Sand Harbor State Park with “The Two Gentleman of Verona” headlining the festival’s 40th season.


New in Truckee is Star Sessions: Northstar Concert Series beginning June 22 with JJ Grey & Mofro and their old school rhythm and blues and down home rock ‘n’ roll. Northstar California will also host its popular 5th Annual Beerfest and Bluegrass Festival July 14, featuring live music from the country’s top bluegrass bands in addition to more than 25 local and regional breweries on tap to taste.


Squaw Valley’s Brews, Jazz & Funk Fest is always a must-attend summer event and returns August 11-12 with a great selection of beer to sample and an incredible line-up of music, all benefitting the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe.


There’s plenty to do this summer in North Lake Tahoe… what are you waiting for?



North Lake Tahoe Celebrates July Fourth with a Lots and Lots of Fireworks!

Friday, June 22nd, 2012



North Lake Tahoe is celebrating Independence Day with not one, but with multiple fireworks displays.


We’re unique in that we have a series of fireworks events held throughout the region so visitors to the area can take their pick in terms of when and where. Where else can you enjoy more than one show during your stay?


Kings Beach hosts their annual fireworks display July 3 with a free show just off the sandy shores at 9:30 p.m., as well as a deck party celebration at the North Tahoe Event Center beginning at 6 p.m. The deck party, which runs $15/person at the door, includes live music, food vendors and a no host bar.


Tahoe City celebrates 66 years of fireworks at Commons Beach at 9:30 p.m. July 4. This event is free and is also well attended by families, many of whom bring picnic baskets and lawn chairs to make an evening of the festivities. Tahoe City’s lakeside restaurants are also popular with those watching the fireworks, with many offering special menus for the night, but book out early. Reservations are recommended.


Incline Village really takes things to the next level with their traditional Red, White & Tahoe Blue festivities scheduled for June 30 through July 7 which includes patriotic chalk drawing contest, opening ceremonies with a tribute to veterans, Tahoe Firecracker Trail Trek, flag raising, USAF California Air National Guard Static Display and fireworks July 4 at 9:30 p.m. off Incline Beach.


In Truckee, the free Truckee 4th of July Parade, a fun, kid-friendly hometown event, takes place July 4, 10 a.m., along Donner Pass Road ending in historic downtown. Before the festivities, visitors can take part in the Truckee Firecracker Mile, perfect for all ages and starting at Tahoe Forest Hospital. The 4th of July Fireworks is scheduled for July 4 at West End Beach at Donner Lake at dusk.


So put on your red, white and blue and we will see you at the lake!


Tahoe City’s Visitor Center Grand Opening June 12

Friday, June 8th, 2012


The North Lake Tahoe Chamber/CVB/Resort Association proudly unveils its new Visitor Information Center with a special Grand Opening Ceremony scheduled for Tuesday, June 12, 4-8 p.m.


The pedestrian-friendly venue is located on the ground floor of the association’s headquarters at 100 North Lake Boulevard in Tahoe City, next to Fanny Bridge.


The Grand Opening Ceremony is an opportunity for local businesses and organizations to see the center firsthand and get a better idea of how we can promote their businesses through educational collateral and promotional materials. It’s also a chance for us to say thank you to the many spectacular local contractors and vendors that helped bring the new center to fruition.


Guests will mix and mingle while enjoying the melding of reggae, dancehall, hip-hop and jazz tunes of DJ One Truest. Several area restaurants have also stepped up to offer exquisite bite-sized delights, including Jake’s On the Lake, Wolfdale’s Cuisine Unique, CB’s Pizza & Grill, D’Lish Catering, River Grill, River Ranch, Dockside 700 and the Bridgetender. Uncorked Tahoe City will provide wine from the Sierra Nevada foothills and UnderCover Ale Works will bring the brews. Big Truck Hats will also be onsite to stitch hats as the company specializes in hand cut and sewn headwear.


Tahoe City’s new Visitor Information Center features local products for sale as well as a full array of books and maps about activities and the North Lake Tahoe region. The new center also offers many other visitor and business-appealing features, such as showcasing a new artist every month, displaying their work on the “art” wall via a partnership with North Tahoe Arts. For the month of June, local artist Geoff McGilvrary has been selected.

 Come join the party this Tuesday!


What’s Up This June in North Lake Tahoe

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

It’s warming up in North Lake Tahoe with clear, sunny skies this week and high temperatures topping out at 79 degrees.




And, deals are abound in North Lake Tahoe. The four-diamond Resort at Squaw Creek in Olympic Valley is offering two free rounds of golf per night with their Stay and Play Free package, which includes nightly accommodations and golf for two people starting at $199 per night.  Check all North Lake Tahoe Cool Deals.


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.



Mark Your Calendar
The 7th Annual Tahoe City Solstice Festival
kicks off Friday, June 15 and runs through Sunday, June 24. Highlights includes the “Art & Solstice” exhibit at the North Tahoe Arts Center, the popular Tahoe City Wine Walk (June 23) with 30 of Tahoe City’s shops and restaurants participating and the Concerts at Commons Beach (June 24) with weekly, free live music debuting with the Blues Monsters, Dad’s LPS, Downbeat and Jellybread.


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.



Fresh Snow, Sunny Skies and Yes…Even Fireworks

Friday, March 2nd, 2012


Well March came in like a lion! You may have heard but we graciously accepted a series of storms which left us nearly 5 feet of fresh powder. Even better, the weather is clearing with sunny, clear skies for the weekend. Woot woot!


We are fortunate that these strong storms move through quickly and leave us bluebird skies. It’s truly ideal. The phones are ringing and lodges are booking up so we suggest stopping your procrastination because this will be a busy weekend.


We’ve got the 31st Annual SnowFest, a 10-day winter carnival, kicking off today. Opening Ceremonies tonight will include fireworks and a laser light show. Tomorrow we will have the Tahoe City Parade, 22nd Annual Gar Woods Polar Bear Swim and Rahlves’ Banzai Tour KT-22 Banzai.


Here’s some other SnowFest highlights for you:

March 9 – Bridgetender’s 4th Annual Rib Fest
March 10 – Kings Beach Parade
March 11 – Ta-Hoe Nalu Arctic Standup Paddle Board Race
March 11 – River Ranch Annual Snow Sculpture Contest


See you on the slopes!



This Week: Snow, Snow and Of Course Some Epic Ski Deals and Events

Monday, February 27th, 2012


Photo Credit Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe



North Lake Tahoe ski resorts are reporting up to 1.5 feet of new snow in the last 24 hours at their upper elevations… and Mother Nature isn’t done yet. NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) is predicting a chance of snow all week with skies clearing on Friday and the weekend.


This is great news since Squaw Valley recently unveiled the resort’s newest terrain park feature, a jib pipe. It’s a hybrid feature, consisting of a banked half-pipe with a variety of rails and boxes. Epic!


Conditions will also be ideal for Diamond Peak Ski Resort, which is celebrating 2012’s extra day… Wed., Feb 29 which is Leap Year for those who missed their coffee this morning… with a $29 all-day lift ticket. Diamond Peak is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


This weekend also marks the beginning North Lake Tahoe’s SnowFest, the largest winter carnival West of the Mississippi, on Fri., March 2 and lasts through Sun., March 11. Many events are free and open to the public, including a polar bear swim, hometown parades in Tahoe City and Kings Beach and ice carving extravaganzas. And, don’t miss the official opening ceremonies Friday, March 2 at Squaw Valley with On-Mountain Fireworks and Laser Show Display.


Sugar Bowl Ski Resort will host the 4th Annual “Shred the Love” Rail Jam Sat., March 3 to raise funds and awareness for Boarding for Breast Cancer. The competition will take place in the Coldstream Terrain Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Entry fee is $25/person from 8:30-10 a.m.


Diamond Peak Ski Resort is hosting Celebrity Winterfest Sat., March 3, the largest fundraiser of the year for Special Olympics Northern California and Nevada, when corporate teams are paired with a Special Olympics athlete and a celebrity skier for a dual giant slalom. The event concludes Sunday, March 4 at PlungeFest, an opportunity for guests to brave Lake Tahoe’s chilly waters at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Beach to raise additional funds.


Last, but definitely not least, the Rahlves’ Banzai Tour. Considered the world’s premier big mountain freeskiing meets skier/boarder-cross experience, this event is becoming one of the region’s most popular spectator events. The four-stop event continues at Squaw Valley for the KT-22 Banzai (March 3-4) and concludes at Sugar Bowl with the Silver Belt Banzai (March 10-11) when event organizer and former U.S. World Cup and Olympic ski racer Daron Rahlves will compete in the “Super Final.”


Check out this video from last week’s festivities at Alpine Meadows.


So come join the party… the weather is… well, epic.