Human-Powered Sports in North Lake Tahoe Infographic

August 13th, 2014

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Human-Powered Sports in North Lake Tahoe

August 8th, 2014

Campaign Shows Visitors How and Where to Paddleboard, Mountain Bike, Hike, Practice Aerial Fabrics, Play Disc Golf, and More

 

NORTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif./Nev. — The outdoor sports choices in North Lake Tahoe can be overwhelming. Take mountain biking for example. For a newbie in North Tahoe on vacation, the process of getting on the trail can seem prohibitive. Bike rentals, trail locations and gear are all questions marks that can keep a visitor from experiencing the splendor of North Tahoe singletrack.

 

North Lake Tahoe has solved that problem with a full marketing campaign that simplifies the process of participating in a human-powered sport in North Lake Tahoe. The campaign covers mountain biking, paddleboarding, SUP Yoga, disc golf, hiking, aerial fabrics and road biking. Visitors who download the eBook will discover useful tips, trail lists and a little humor to help aspiring human-powered sports stars enjoy the best that North Tahoe has to offer. The short instructional videos shot on Lake Tahoe’s East Shore give tips on kayaking, mountain biking, paddleboarding and aerial fabrics.

 

The eBook and videos will be paired with social media content promoting and educating visitors on human-powered sports opportunities from Sand Harbor to Tahoe’s West Shore.

 

The marketing campaign is part of an overarching focus on human-powered sports in North Lake Tahoe. Marquee endurance sports events like IRONMAN, Tough Mudder, the Lake Tahoe Marathon and USA Cycling’s upcoming Amateur and Para-Cycling Road National Championships have put North Tahoe on the map as one of the nation’s most spectacular locations for human-powered sports.

 

Now visitors have access to the information they need to pedal, paddle or twirl their way through some of the most exhilarating ways to experience North Tahoe’s outdoor beauty.

 

Read the North Tahoe Guide to Human-Powered Sports Here:

http://issuu.com/north_laketahoe/docs/north_lake_tahoe_ebook-v3

 

View the videos on North Tahoe’s YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/user/GoTahoeNorth

 

Connect with North Lake Tahoe’s human-powered sports efforts on Facebook at:

https://www.facebook.com/LakeTahoeNorth

 

About North Lake Tahoe:

For more information about North Lake Tahoe, visit www.gotahoenorth.com. And for the best bargains, including lodging, check out the “Cool Deals” tab, which is updated daily. North LakeTahoe 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. Visitor information centers are located at 100 North Lake Boulevard in Tahoe City and 969 Tahoe Boulevard in Incline Village.

Photo credit: Chris Bartkowski


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September is TahoeART Month

August 1st, 2014

Public art displays, demonstrations, fundraising events showcase region’s top photographers, painters, artisans and more

The changing leaves and crystal blue waters aren’t the only views to enjoy this fall at Lake Tahoe.  September is TahoeART Month. Throughout the month, locals and visitors alike can enjoy a treasure trove of artistic displays, workshops, demonstrations, special events and more, taking place all along the North Shore.

 

From drawings and paintings to sculpture and photography, a wide variety of mediums are on display during TahoeART Month beginning on the first of the September. Highlights include:

 

DETOURS Kings Beach 2014, through Oct. 1

Enjoy this free outdoor exhibit featuring work from 12 different artists on display throughout the Kings Beach area. DETOURS runs through Sept. 30 and showcases a variety of artistic mediums including drawings and paintings, sculpture and photography. DETOURS visitors get a chance to enjoy the family-friendly “art treasure hunt” by walking from location to location to view a new site-specific work at each stop. Each new piece is designed to tell a story about its location and free walking maps are available online at NorthTahoeArts.com or NorthTahoeBusiness.org.

 

North Lake Tahoe Plein Air Open Event, Sept. 2 – 7

From Sept. 2 – 4, thirty artists visiting from Colorado to California will be painting on-location at venues across North Lake Tahoe, including local beaches, parks and other gathering places. On Saturday and Sunday, the paintings are put on display and are available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds supporting North Tahoe Arts.

 

Friday, Sept. 5 presents the Plein Air “Meet the Artist” Reception at Petra, located in the Village at Northstar. From 4 – 6 p.m. attendees can enjoy a juried art competition, awards, silent auction, wine and light refreshments. Tickets are $40 and may be purchased at

http://north-tahoe-arts.ticketleap.com/pleinair/details or by calling 530-581-2787 or visiting www.NorthTahoeArts.com.

Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 6-7 present the public exhibition and sale of the pieces created earlier in the week during the renowned Autumn Food & Wine Festival at the Village at Northstar. From 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day, visitors can peruse the Gourmet Marketplace Vendor Fair featuring exquisite handmade jewelry, fine art, photography and much more. Live painting demonstrations also take place during the exhibit and sale, and guests have the opportunity to vote for the “People’s Choice” Award.

 

Trails & Vistas Art Hikes, Spooner Lake, Sept. 6 and 7

Described as incredibly inspiring, Trails & Vistas guided art hikes feature original performances by acclaimed musicians and work by visual artists at Spooner Lake in Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park. Attendees will hear live music and engaging storytelling, see original art and be wowed by dance movements while being immersed in the splendor of the fresh Sierra mountain air along a magnificent aspen lined trail. Experience work by San Francisco earth artist Andres Amador, hear from violinist Scarlet Rivera, flutist Ann Licater and many more. Guided hikes begin at 9:30 a.m. and depart every 15 minutes. Advance purchase highly recommended: $40/adult, $15/child (5 to 12) at www.trailsandvistas.org.

 

Other Art Opportunities, Sept. 1 – 30

In addition to Plein Air, DETOURS Kings Beach, and Art Hikes an array of other opportunities to view these beautiful creations are offered during the month at local galleries throughout the North Shore.

Local artists in every medium are on display at the North Tahoe Arts Center in Tahoe City.  The local talent is unsurpassed and the variety of art, jewelry, sculpture and photography is impressive.

 

Gallery Keoki, located in the Village at Squaw Valley, features a rotating array of the stunning photographic works of celebrated local photographer Keoki Flagg. Flagg is a world-renowned fine art and extreme sports photographer, having traveled as far as the South Pole to capture the perfect image.

 

Michael Eadington, another renowned Lake Tahoe-based photographer, displays his fine art landscape images at the Eadington Gallery in Tahoe City. Eadington has been capturing stunning images from around the world for more than 20 years, ranging from Nepal to France to Hawaii and beyond.

 

Fine art enthusiasts can view works from more than five dozen artists at the James Harold Galleries in the Boatworks Mall in Tahoe City. From Vintage Tahoe art to glass sculpture and aquatint etchings, James Harold Galleries presents art for all tastes.

 

Truckee’s Carmel Gallery displays the incredible works of Elizabeth and Olof Carmel. In addition to the Carmel’s combination of dramatic photography featuring vivid colors and artistic touches that create a wholly unique image, the newly expanded space also showcases sculpture, woodwork, glasswork and jewelry.

 

For those who want the full TahoeART Month experience, vacation packages and the latest lodging deals are available at www.gotahoenorth.com/cool-deals.

 

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The Must-Experience Patios, decks and pools of North Lake Tahoe

July 28th, 2014

North Lake Tahoe visitors and residents alike are constantly on the hunt for those picture-perfect panoramic views of the lake that often land our mountain paradise in the BuzzFeed and Outside Magazines lists of vacation-worthy spots.

 

Now that summer is blanketing the shores, it’s time to kickback and soak up some rays at one of the countless patios, decks or pools in North Lake Tahoe.

 

Here’s a break down the elite group of pools, patios, and decks that are sure to leave anyone with a functional pair of eyes breathless.

 

Pools

From mountainside to lakeside and up to the 8,000’ Summit, there are plenty of opportunities to lounge poolside.

 

The High Camp Pool and Hot Tub rest at a whopping 8,200 feet at the top of Squaw Valley Resort’s Aerial Tram. Easily one of the most breathtaking options in the world to take a dip, its elevation treats guests to amazing views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding Sierra Nevada Mountain range.

 

The Hyatt Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino boasts a lagoon-style swimming pool and two oversized jet spas and a wading pool. For those with more exotic taste!

 

The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe features two outdoor pools for lap swimming or relaxing mountainside that overlook the peaks of the ski resort. They have direct access to the brand new outdoor Backyard Bar & BBQ.

 

The Resort at Squaw Creek features a large recreation pool, plunge pool, 120-foot waterslide, children’s pool, and three outdoor all-season whirlpools. All pools offer a sprawling view of Olympic Valley.

 

Patios

Open patios are staples in North Lake Tahoe. No trip is complete without spending some time atop one of the staple outdoor offerings of our area.

 

The Mellow Fellow Gastropub in Crystal Bay is constantly rotating its selection of 40 draught craft beers to sip on while playing one of their outdoor patio party games.

 

Jason’s Beachside Grille in King’s Beach embodies the mountain feeling of the lake. Jason’s features the best salad bar around and hosts live entertainment throughout July and August.

 

Decks

Sunnyside Restaurant & Lodge is steeped in North Lake Tahoe history and is home to the largest deck on Lake Tahoe, and is accessible by boat, foot or car.

 

Homewood’s West Shore Café deck is host to numerous activities from fine dining at night to scheduled yoga classes by day, as well as fire pits for s’more making.

 

Sitting only 100 feet above the shoreline, Christy Hill Lakeside Bistro in Tahoe City is a romantic restaurant with spectacular lake views.

 

Garwoods Grill & Pier is a hub of activity in Carnelian Bay during summer and one of few places with a boat valet service. Definitely order a famous Wet Woody.

 

Plumpjack located in Olympic Village offers an upper patio deck perfect for catching a view of the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountain range.

 

Spindleshanks American Bistro & Wine Bar represents the best of both old and new Tahoe, with views of both the pine-lined golf course and gorgeous lake.

 

Big Water Grille sits just below Diamond Peak Ski Resort and is known for spectacular panoramic lake views that are among the best around.

 


 

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July 10th, 2014

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Fourth of July activities heat up in North Lake Tahoe

July 2nd, 2014

North Lake Tahoe visitors and residents alike are constantly on the hunt for those picture-perfect panoramic views of the lake that often land our mountain paradise in national print and online lists of vacation-worthy spots. Hunting for these locations reaches an all time high pre-Independence Day.

 

Here’s a breakdown – the elite group of beaches, pools, patios, and decks that are sure to leave anyone breathless whether soaking up the fourth of July sun or viewing an award-winning fireworks show.

 

Start the Fourth of July weekend early with a July third Fireworks Show and Beach Party at Kings Beach State Recreation Area. King’s Beach is one of the lake’s longest beaches, but fills up in summer, so make sure to get there early to score the best spot. If you are looking to watch the fireworks from the comfort of a restaurant deck check out Jason’s Beachside Grille in King’s Beach with killer views and great food.

 

Another great location just up the hill is Mellow Fellow Gastropub in Crystal Bay. Beer-tenders are constantly rotating the selection of 40 draught craft beers to sip while playing one of their outdoor patio party games (think giant Jenga® and cornhole among others). The food menu is outstanding – complete with warm soft pretzels and gourmet local sausages.

 

For activities on July fourth, Tahoe City and Incline Village offer up everything from an ice cream eating contest to a family fun zone. On the evening of July fourth, both Commons Beach in Tahoe City and the Village Green in Incline Village will light the sky with fireworks.

 

The Tahoe City Street Fair and Fireworks will set up a July Fourth Fun Zone, located in Truckee-Tahoe Lumber Co.’s parking lot, complete with a dunk tank, bean bag toss, putting green and more. For a more relaxing experience, try Sunnyside Restaurant & Lodge. Home to the largest deck on Lake Tahoe, Sunnyside is accessible by boat, foot or car.

 

Sitting only 100 feet above the shoreline, Christy Hill Lakeside Bistro in Tahoe City is a romantic, fine dining restaurant with spectacular lake views, perfect for dinner pre-fireworks.

 

The party continues Saturday, July 5 as Billy Ray Cyrus heats up the Village Green with a live outdoor concert to benefit and tribute fallen American Hero, Michael Landsberry. This concert is 1 of 25 events held across the three-day weekend by the Red, White and Tahoe Blue festival.

 

If relaxing further away from the beach is your style, from mountainside to lakeside and up to the 8,000’ Summit, there are plenty of opportunities to lounge poolside.

 

The High Camp Pool and Hot Tub sits at a whopping 8,200 feet at the top of Squaw Valley Resort’s Aerial Tram. Easily one of the most breathtaking options in the world to take a dip, its elevation treats guests to amazing views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding Sierra Nevada Mountain range.

 

The Hyatt Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino boasts a lagoon-style swimming pool, two oversized jet spas and a wading pool perfect for the kiddos. Head over to the resort’s beach where cabana’s and lounge chairs are in abundance or get on the lake with one of Action Watersports many paddle boards or kayaks.

 

The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe features two outdoor pools for lap swimming or relaxing mountainside, both of which overlook peaks of the ski resort. Pool-goers also have direct access to the brand new outdoor Backyard Bar & BBQ.

 

The Resort at Squaw Creek features a large recreation pool, plunge pool, 120-foot waterslide, children’s pool, and three outdoor all-season whirlpools. All pools offer a sprawling view of Olympic Valley.

 

After the hustle and bustle of the holiday weekend, many locals and visitors will look for the perfect deck to sit lakeside and enjoy the view. Here are a few of our favorites:

 

Homewood’s West Shore Café deck is host to numerous activities from fine dining at night to scheduled yoga classes by day, as well as fire pits for s’more making and a farm to table dinner series throughout the summer.

 

Garwoods Grill & Pier is a hub of activity in Carnelian Bay and one of few places with a boat valet service. Definitely order one of their famous Wet Woody’s.

 

Plumpjack is located in Olympic Village and offers an upper patio deck perfect for catching a view of the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountain range.

 

Spindleshanks American Bistro & Wine Bar represents the best of both old and new Tahoe, with views of both the pine-lined golf course and gorgeous lake. This North Lake Tahoe staple recently moved locations and now sits at the base of HWY 267 upon entrance to Kings Beach. Guests can also enjoy Bocce Ball at one of two courts.

 

Big Water Grille sits just below Diamond Peak Ski Resort and is known for spectacular panoramic lake views that are among the best around. Try one of their famous martini’s while you’re there!

 


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North Lake Tahoe Booms with Independence Day Festivities

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 www.redwhitetahoeblue.org 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.

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North Lake Tahoe adds additional IRONMAN event

April 25th, 2014

For the first time nationally, IRONMAN® and IRONMAN® 70.3® race on the same day in North Lake Tahoe. Today IRONMAN announces that IRONMAN Lake Tahoe will pilot this dual program in North America. This format is well received by athletes in Asia-Pacific.

 

The IRONMAN 70.3 Lake Tahoe is the 25th race in the U.S. Series. IRONMAN Lake Tahoe returns for the second time after selling out registration last year. The two races are scheduled for Sunday, September 21, 2014.

 

“We are pleased to expand our relationship with IRONMAN with the introduction of IRONMAN 70.3 Lake Tahoe,” said Andy Chapman, chief marketing officer for the North Lake Tahoe Chamber/CVB/Resort Association. “The opportunity to showcase our region as a world-class endurance venue to athletes from around the globe fits perfectly with our human powered sports initiative.”

 

IRONMAN 70.3 Lake Tahoe leads athletes through a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run on the same terrain as IRONMAN Lake Tahoe. The race will start with a single loop 1.2-mile swim in the pristine waters of North Lake Tahoe at King’s Beach. Athletes will enjoy a lakeside transition before starting a one-loop 56-mile bike course that will travel through Tahoe City before following the Truckee River past Squaw Valley and into the town of Truckee. From there, the course turns south past Northstar and climbs to Brockway Summit. Athletes will complete the bike course at Squaw Valley, home to the 1960 Winter Olympics. Runners will proceed back up the Truckee River bike path and be treated to a relatively flat course before finishing along the cobbled corridors of the Village at Squaw Valley.

“As IRONMAN expands globally, there is an increased desire for athletes from all regions to have similar opportunities,” said Steve Meckfessel, managing director of Global Race Operations for IRONMAN. “Lake Tahoe is a perfect venue for this program as it allows athletes with different fitness levels and goals to experience everything Lake Tahoe and the surrounding region has to offer.”

 

This news is in addition to the announcement that North Lake Tahoe will host the 2015-2016 USA Cycling Amateur & Para-cycling Road National Championships.  The national championships draw more than 1,000 participants, and thousands of spectators, family members and friends. USA Cycling is the national governing body for cycling in the U.S. and represents more than 2,500 clubs and teams and 70,800 members. The organization hosts a series of road, track, cyclo-cross, mountain bike and BMX national championships across the nation.

 

Each of these races represents the region’s growing popularity as a location for national and international endurance events.

 

General registration for IRONMAN 70.3 Lake Tahoe is now open at www.ironman.com/laketahoe70.3 . For more information on the IRONMAN brand and global event series, visit www.ironman.com.  For more information on North Lake Tahoe visit www.gotahoenorth.com. Athlete inquiries may be directed to laketahoe@ironman.com.  Media may contact press@ironman.com.

 

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Easter Celebrations in North Lake Tahoe

April 7th, 2014

North Lake Tahoe is offering Easter fun from the slopes to the shores this April. Holiday festivities are spread across multiple weekends and locations. Whether enjoying time on the mountain, on the beach or even poolside, North Lake Tahoe has you covered.

Below, the North Lake Tahoe Visitors Bureau breaks down Easter festivities in the region:

 

Egg Hunts


The Underwater Egg Hunt at Incline Village Recreation Center kicks off Easter celebrations on April 12, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

 

The pool at the Recreation Center will be filled with weighted and floating eggs. The Big Bunny will make an early appearance for pictures and encouragement. For more information, call (775) 832-1310. Price: Recreation Center members $2; non-members $4.

Get a head start on the festivities during Easter Weekend at Tahoe City’s Spring Eggstravaganza & Egg hunt. Events include an egg hunt for the kids, a golden egg hunt for parents, face painting, games and more.  Activities start at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 19th at Commons Beach in Tahoe City. Price: Free.

The community Egg Hunt at Incline Beach also begins on Saturday, April 19 with the Spring Eggstravaganza Community Egg Hunt. Grab your basket and join in the fun, starting at 11 a.m. The hunt is open to children up to 11 years old. Come early to take a picture with the Easter Bunny and check out the new North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District Engine.

On Easter Sunday, join the Hyatt Regency for two waves of egg hunts. The first begins at 11:30 a.m., the second starts at 1:30 p.m. by the Lone Eagle Grille Fire Pit.

Gar Woods in Carnelian Bay will continue with their annual Easter Egg celebration. The hunt for a golden egg and other great prizes begins at 11 a.m. with four age categories: 0-3 years, 4-7 years and 8-12 years. Adults will not be left out, as Gar Woods will offer a unique bottle hunt for those 21 and older.

On-Mountain


Northstar California will celebrate with daylong festivities for all ages. Starting with an egg hunt across the Village at10:30 a.m., followed by a PEEPS® Diorama Contest. Take a ride around the ice-skating rink and a picture with Easter Bunny. Don’t miss the chance to catch the Easter Bunny skiing on the mountain during the day.

Squaw Valley’s annual on-mountain Easter egg hunt begins the moment the lifts open Easter Sunday. Remember to bring your Easter basket and hunt for the candy filled colored eggs hidden across the mountain from Gold Coast to High Camp, along Shirley Lake and all the way down Mountain Run.

Join the kids for an Easter egg hunt on the morning of April 20th in America’s only snowbound Village, located at Sugar Bowl Resort. Then head out on the mountain to find the Golden Egg, which contains a free 2014/15 Midweek season pass.
Easter Brunch


Join Garwoods for an Easter Brunch featuring delicious menu items that includes made-to-order breakfast, seafood, salads, a carving station, entrees and desserts! The deck will be open (weather permitting) and there will also be a special appearance by the Easter Bunny! Price: $44.95 for adults and $19.95 for children under 10.

Enjoy a special plated brunch menu while dining by the river this Easter at the River Ranch Lodge & Restaurant. The River Ranch is located between Tahoe City and Squaw Valley. Call 530-583-4264 for reservations; available 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The lakeside Lone Eagle Grille at the Hyatt Regency will offer an Easter Buffet fit for anyone with a big appetite. There will be a plethora of breakfast options including an omelet station and pancake station. Lunch plates continue with a carving station, Caesar salad station and entrees such as roasted lamb, blackened salmon, King Alaskan King Crab legs, and more.

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Winter arrives (again) in North Lake Tahoe

April 1st, 2014

The storm system that promised several feet of snow in the North Lake Tahoe region this week delivered. While the calendar says it is spring, North Lake Tahoe is covered with an abundance of fresh powder.

 

In the past 24 hours, seven major downhill resorts in North Lake Tahoe are reporting over a foot of snow and the six-day storm totals are nearing or exceeding five feet at most resorts.

 

Snow Totals (24 hour/72 hour)
Alpine Meadows: 12”/28”
Boreal Mountain Resort: 20”/53”
Diamond Peak: 4”/12”
Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe: 5”/13”
Northstar California: 7”/20”
Squaw Valley: 16”/38”
Sugar Bowl Resort: 22”/25”

 

Resorts are ecstatic about the new snow as it is improving the already fantastic spring skiing conditions. Spring-breakers take note – it’s a perfect time to ski and ride in North Lake Tahoe.

 

“We’re still looking forward to a nice long stretch of spring skiing ahead of us here at Sugar Bowl,” said John Monson, marketing director at the historic Sugar Bowl Resort atop Donner Summit. “Temps have been low enough overnight that we’re enjoying a melt-freeze corn cycle and the skiing has been great.”

 

Image: Sugar Bowl Resort

 

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