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.
Mother Nature is delivering with the first snowfall of the season hitting the North Lake Tahoe region this morning.
It’s not unusual to have snow in October. This time of year, weather changes on a dime. Ideally, though, we love to see a few good storms come through this month and next along with cooler evening temperatures. With resorts investing millions of dollars in snowmaking equipment, we can complement what falls from the sky providing a good base, which makes for a stellar ski season.
According to the National Weather Service, snow is predicted through Thursday with heavier amounts falling today and Tuesday – up to two feet at the region’s higher elevations. The sun will come out Friday with highs inching back up to the 50s.
Although you might not feel it, the weather is starting to change in North Lake Tahoe. Days are still warm, with temperatures averaging in the 60s, but nights are dropping to approximately 35 degrees. It’s the time of year that the region’s upper elevations start seeing a dusting of snow.
We’ve been reviewing all the long-range forecasts, and if Mother Nature keeps up her end, we should have above-average snowfall this winter.
That’s music to the ears of North Lake Tahoe ski resorts, many of which have been pumping millions of dollars into their ski and non-ski products to enhance the winter enthusiast’s experience.
This season marks year two of Squaw Valley’s $50 million renaissance. The improvements, unveiled for winter 2012-2013, will greatly enhance the first-time and beginner experience, the terrain park and improve the overall flow of the upper mountain.
The resort will install Big Blue Express, a new, high-speed six-pack chairlift, to replace the High Camp chairlift. The base terminal of Big Blue Express will start where the base of the High Camp lift was formerly located and will extend to the top of the ridge, providing easy access to the Shirley Lake, Solitude and Granite Chief chairlifts. The Links double chairlift will be removed and replaced with a triple chairlift call Mountain Meadow, which will be realigned to bring skiers and riders up to the ridgeline near the top of the terminals of the Solitude and Silverado lifts. Additional changes include Squaw’s three million snowmaking improvements and grooming initiatives.
Building on the $30 million recently invested at Northstar California, the resort celebrates this winter and its 40th anniversary with more glade skiing on The Backside, first-ever snow cat and backcountry tours on Sawtooth Ridge, a new Burton Riglet Park that introduces snowboarding to 3-6 year olds and EpicMix Racing that has participants comparing their race times against accomplished Olympic medalist Lindsey Vonn. Also new this season is Tavern 6330’ in the Village at Northstar with seating for up to 200. The new restaurant features American grill dishes inspired by California farm fresh ingredients served up in a cozy, tavern-esque atmosphere suitable for the whole family.
Making headlines around the country is Northstar’s new CMO, canine marketing officer, “Marsh Mellow.” The lovable three-month-old pup was abandoned at the resort last August. After a long search in which no owner was found, the resort’s marketing team adopted him. Over the last few months, Marsh Mellow has developed a following of guests who keep up to speed with his activities via the resort’s social media channels and who regularly visit the Village at Northstar to see him.
On Donner Summit, Sugar Bowl Ski Resort signed an agreement October 1 to operate Royal Gorge Cross Country Resort, America’s largest cross-country operation, which is being purchased by the Truckee Donner Land Trust, the Trust of Public Land and the Northern Sierra Partnership. The resorts are already connected by an “interconnect” trail that allows skiers to ski back and forth between the two, with plans in the works to further enhance the connection with two additional beginner-friendly routes. Sugar Bowl, who plans to invest $500,000 in Royal Gorge this season, is now offering a season pass that allows holders to downhill at Sugar Bowl and cross-country ski at Royal Gorge. Sugar Bowl pass holders can add on an unrestricted Royal Gorge pass for $149 (adult price), and can purchase an unrestricted, standalone Royal Gorge pass for $299.
Mt. Rose – Ski Tahoe, just outside of Incline Village on Highway 431, has continued to work on a multi-year forest management project in cooperation with the Nevada Division of Forestry. The project stretches from the Galena trail to the Mt. Rose Highway and involves concentrated efforts for selected thinning and the removal of dead, damaged and diseased trees with the goal of a healthier forest. Other resort projects include the realignment of the Little Mule conveyor lift and improvements to the Rosebuds teaching terrain. Decorative rock walls were added around the Main Lodge with the added perk of aiding in erosion control.
Woodward Tahoe, a world-class action sports training center and youth camp which originally opened in June, will be open seven days/week for public access and daily drop-in sessions through the winter until April 14, 2013. The 33,000-square foot indoor facility at the base of Boreal Mountain Resort on Donner Summit, offers multi-level Olympic trampolines, a Super Tramp, a concrete skate park for skateboarding and BMX biking, a pump track and skatelite ramps to foam pits for aerial ski, snowboard, BMX and skateboard training. A season pass, called the “Bunker Pass,” is available for $279 and includes eight months of access, seven days/week for two-hour sessions.
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 5thAnnual 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.
The Resort at Squaw Creek is hosting its 2nd Annual Harvest Festivalnow through Sunday in Olympic Valley. The event features bluegrass music, hayrides, pumpkin painting, pie-eating contest, pumpkin bowling, glow ball golf, autumn-themed spa treatments, a beer garden, live music and a fall artisan craft faire. The property’s Six Peaks Grille keeps with the season by providing a bounty of fall harvest cuisine that includes pumpkin pie and caramel apple martinis along with scallops with pumpkin ravioli.
The 3rd Annual Lake Tahoe Restaurant Week is taking place now through Sunday. The event offers 3-course prix-fixe menus for $20, $30 or $40 per person that incorporate organic, seasonal and local ingredients – all served up at Lake Tahoe’s charming and historic eateries and bistros.
Arts for the Schools presents “DALA” Friday, at the Church Street Theater in Truckee. The duo group features vocal harmonies and talents on guitar and piano to create a unique brand of acoustic pop. Tickets are $15/adult and $5/children, military and adults over 65 years.
Squaw Valley Institute brings Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist with the New York Times, Gretchen Morgenson, to the Resort at Squaw Creek in Olympic Valley Saturday, October 13, 7 p.m. Morgenson will discuss insights regarding the recent financial crisis gathered from her book “Reckless Endangerment, How Outsized Ambition, Greed and Corruption Led to Economic Armageddon.” Tickets are $25/person for members and $35/person for the general public.
The guided Donner Party Hike, this weekend, is steeped in foliage and history. Hikers walk the trails of early pioneers and learn about the success of the Stephens Party, the tragic events of the Donner Party and the importance of the transcontinental railroad.
In Crystal Bay, Zepparella (an all-female Zeppelin tribute band) plays for free Saturday, October 13, 10 p.m., in the Crown Room at the historic Crystal Bay Club Casino. This popular band is a favorite of Tahoe locals.
In Incline Village, the Oktoberfest and Community Fair, Saturday, is a perfect occasion for families to get into the fall spirit. Attendees indulge in grilled brats, peruse arts and craft vendor booths and rock out to live music – all at the Village Center.
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).
Now is one of the most ideal time to sail Lake Tahoe. Tahoe Cruz is offering ½ off their afternoon sails and 25% off their sunset sails. Discounts are also available on private charters. The Tahoe Cruz is a 50-foot sailing yacht captained by U.S. Coast Guard certified skippers.
Two ride for the price of one on the North Lake Tahoe Water Shuttle during the month of September. The vessel carries 12 passengers, crew and up to eight bikes and is ideal for those taking public transit from one side of the region to the other. The program employs a paperless reservation system, with tickets booked ahead of time. Participating docks are West Shore Café, Tahoe City Marina, Gar Woods Grill & Pier and Captain Jon’s Restaurant in Tahoe Vista. One-way rates start at $10/adult and $7/child 10 years and younger. Two passengers ride for the price of one in September.