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Egg-citing Happenings in North Lake Tahoe

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Photo Credit - Alena Grace Photography

 

Spring has sprung and Easter is quickly approaching. If you haven’t already bought your ham and invited the in-laws over, here’s a list of happenings in the North Lake Tahoe area.  Weather is looking like highs in the mid 50’s and partly cloudy skies… in other words, a perfect spring day.

 

Egg Hunts

Easter EGG HUNT at the Hyatt Regency
11:30 a.m. – Join us for Tahoe’s best lakeside Easter Egg Hunt! At 11:30 a.m., children ages 2 to 5 years old will have their very own Easter egg hunt and at 1:30 p.m. kids 6 and up will hunt for eggs including the GOLDEN EGG! Also making an appearance on Easter Sunday is the Easter Bunny! It’s going to be a ton of fun for all ages!

 

Easter Egg Hunt – Resort at Squaw Creek

Photo Credit - Squaw.com

9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. The Resort at Squaw Creek will offer three different Easter Egg Hunts for kids of all ages. At 9:30am in the Alpine Ballroom, children ages 2-6 years are invited to join in some traditional Easter fun followed by a Junior Easter Egg Hunt at 10:30am for kids ages 7-13. Families are welcome to our first ever Underwater Easter Egg Hunt at the Resort Pool from 2:00pm-2:30pm.

 

Easter and Egg Hunt at Squaw Valley
An all day event – Squaw’s annual on-mountain Easter egg hunt begins the moment the lifts open on Sunday. Get your Easter basket ready and hunt for colored eggs all over the mountain. This year, one lucky winner will find a GOLDEN EGG. Within the golden egg lies a 2012-13 Bronze season pass. Clues will be provided throughout the day via twitter, the Squaw smartphone app and Facebook.

 

Brunch

Easter Sunday Brunch at River Ranch
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Affordable brunch menu at the River Ranch including traditional brunch items and some lunch favorites from $12.95-$18.95. Enjoy a table overlooking the river. Reservations highly suggested and can be made by calling (530) 583-4264.

 

Easter Brunch at Resort at Squaw Creek
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Resort at Squaw Creek will offer an interactive “open kitchen” brunch. A special kid’s menu will be offered for the young ones. For reservations call (530) 581-6615.

 

Easter Sunday Brunch Buffet at Jake’s, Tahoe City
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Head to Jake’s for a Easter Brunch Buffet featuring mouth watering items such as fresh ceviche, veggie & goat cheese frittatas, chicken apple sausage, made-to-order omelets and much more. $24/adult, $12/child. Kids may even find a few Easter eggs. Reservations recommended. Please call (530) 583-0188 or visit www.jakestahoe.com.

 

Easter Brunch at Lone Eagle Grille
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Lone Eagle Grille has Easter all planned out. Join them for an amazing lakeside Easter Sunday brunch buffet. See the full menu here. Peep peep.

 

Other Happenings

Community Appreciation Day – Diamond Peak, Incline Village, NV
An all day event – anyone who lives within a 50 mile radius of Diamond Peak can purchase an adult lift ticket for only $20. Must show proof of residency. For more information call (775) 832-1177.

 

Spring Music Series featuring Mojo Green – Alpine Meadows Sun Deck, Tahoe City
1 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Join Alpine on the Sun Deck for a rockin’ good time with Mojo Green.

 

 

Spring Brings Snow

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Photo Credit: Hank deVre, Squaw Valley

 

So it may be the first day of spring, but we’re busy playing in some fresh snow up here in North Lake Tahoe. Recent storms brought us up to 9 feet of new snow at upper elevations, making for some of the best conditions of the season.

 

And, Mother Nature isn’t done with us just yet. We actually get some of our biggest snow storms in March and April so keep your skis waxed as there are still plenty of powder days to come.

Photo Credit: Hank deVre, Squaw ValleyPhoto Credit: Hank deVre, Squaw Valley

February is Packed with Events in North Lake Tahoe

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Photo Credit Squaw.com

 

We’re enjoying perfect conditions for skiing, boarding, tubing or building snowmen on the beach this week, with clear, sunny skies and highs in the 40s and lows in the 20s.

 

Mt. Rose – Ski Tahoe has selected Chute Gates open, including Cutthroat, Lowball, Miller Time and Beehive. Did you know the Chutes offer 1,500 feet of vertical at 40-55 degrees? Pretty epic.

 

Squaw Valley continues with Kid-O-Rama through Sunday, Feb. 26 with a Dance Party on Ice, Big Truck Night (the massive machinery that makes the mountain tick), S’Mores and Tubing, Kids’ Concert with Todd Wees, Family Ski Racing and Kids Crafts and Game Room in the Village.

 

PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn in Olympic Valley continues its Winter Winemaker Series Thursday, February 23, 5:30-9:30 p.m., with Bardessono Vineyards. Guests can mingle with the winemaker and enjoy sips by the glass, flight or paired with PlumpJack’s special Chef’s Tasting Menu.

 

On Saturday, February 25, TransWorld SNOWboarding Magazine will once again host an amateur snowboarding contest at Northstar California as part of the TransWorld SNOWboarding TransAM Series – a six-stop tour hosted by the most progressive park resorts from coast to coast. This is a great spectator event and will host some of the best up and coming riders in the region.

 

Rideout Community Center on the West Shore hosts its popular 3rd Annual Soup & Chili Showdown Saturday, February 25, 6-8:30 p.m. Guests taste the best in North Lake Tahoe family recipes. This event is great for families.

 

Alpine Meadows Ski Resort hosts the Ice Bar Grand Opening Saturday, February 25 at noon. This iconic Alpine hotspot is a great place to gather with friends and soak up the sunshine. Grand Opening activities include live on-snow music and inevitable snowball battles.

 

 

Presidential Snow and Events in North Lake Tahoe

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Jeff McKittrick in the Red Dog area. February 13, 2012. Photo: Hank deVre at Squaw Valley.

 

North Lake Tahoe ski resorts are reporting up to two feet of new snow which is perfect conditions leading up to President’s Day Weekend. So check out these updates for the weekend and head on up to visit us.

 

Resorts and Towns’ Update: North Lake Tahoe ski resorts are offering great ski deals. Check out Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadow’s Tahoe Super 2, which offers two unrestricted days of skiing and riding at either resort for just $49 per day. This is a limited time offer, available through Friday, February 17.

 

The Rat Pack is coming home! The Cal Neva Resort & Spa in Crystal Bay, a historic playground for legendary singer and business operator Frank Sinatra and friends, is hosting “The Rat Pack: A Tribute Live from Vegas” Friday, February 17, 8 p.m. Tickets are $27/person the day of the show.

 

Northstar California is offering its popular First Tracks program Saturday, February 18. Guests meet at 7:30 a.m. with guides accompanying them to the Tahoe Zephyr Express to the top of Backside and Lookout Mountain with runs to themselves before the lifts open to the public. Cost is $80/person and includes a full breakfast. Reservations must be made 48 hours in advance.

 

The 4th Annual Black Tie & Tails Gala, a benefit for the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe, takes place Saturday, February 18, 5:30-11 p.m., at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe. More than 300 guests are expected and will be greeted with a Hollywood-style red carpet entry. Tickets are $150/person.

 

PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn in Olympic Valley continues its Winter Winemaker Series Thursday, February 23, 5:30-9:30 p.m., with Bardessono Vineyards. Guests can mingle with the winemaker and enjoy sips by the glass, flight or paired with PlumpJack’s special Chef’s Tasting Menu.

 

Head to the events calendar for a full list of upcoming events.

 

 

Pack Your Bags…Snow is Here

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

First tracks at Diamond Peak.

Mother Nature is making up for a late arrival with 1 to 2 feet of new snow falling at North Lake Tahoe ski resorts’ upper elevations over the last two days.

According to meteorologists, the storm door has opened with a series of systems lined up and a possible six feet of snow falling above 8,000 feet by Monday. Can you say, “righteous!”

“North Lake Tahoe ski resorts have done a stellar job cranking the snow machines around the clock,” said Chief Marketing Officer Andy Chapman of the North Lake Tahoe Chamber/CVB/Resort Association. “It’s great to have Mother Nature lending a hand.”

Snow removal crews are making it easy for you to get up here too. Crews have been hired to keep the roads clear throughout the storm system making way for skiers and riders eager to catch all the fresh POW.

North Lake Tahoe lodging, restaurants, retail and non-ski activity providers are also gearing up…just for you.

So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and get it to!

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Learning to ski at Homewood.

North Lake Tahoe is For Families

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012



Many images come to mind when picturing winter in North Lake Tahoe. One may think of world-renowned ski and board resorts like Squaw Valley, Northstar California or Sugar Bowl and images to the likes of Jonny Moseley and Shaun White tearing up the mountain. However, North Lake Tahoe isn’t just for the pros. North Lake Tahoe is for families. Below are just a few of the top reasons why North Lake Tahoe is the all-ages getaway for 2012.

 

January – Learn to Ski and Ride Month

Now is the perfect time to learn how to ski or ride. Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, Homewood Mountain, Diamond Peak Ski Resort, Sugar Bowl, Mt Rose and Boreal Mountain Resort are all celebrating this month offering special discounts and deals to get the whole family on the mountain and ski or ride like pros.

Grab Tahoe Eats… and Drinks!

The Squeeze In  has been pleasing kids since 1974. Kids get toy baskets, get to write on the walls, have a special menu and are treated like actual guests at the Squeeze In home. Order their rockin’ hot cocoa piled high with whipped cream and sprinkles. It’s a winner every time, along with the signature Teddy Bear Pancake! A bear shaped smile for every kid, young and old!

 

At the Tahoe House,  kids feel right at home by the cozy fire, with loaner crayons, colorings books and plastic and wooden toys – all of which keeps them busy as they wolf down their bagel. Family owned and operated since 1977, the Tahoe House Bakery & Gourmet features baked breads and pastries, the “best coffee on the lake,” sandwiches and much more!    

 


Tubing, Sledding, Snow Play!!

Granlilbakken Granlibakken ski area features a groomed snowplay area with rental saucers for sledding. Open daily, weather permitting.

 

Snowtubing at Squaw Valley USA Squaw’s tubing park at the Papoose Learning Center offers two tubing lanes for varying thrill levels. Open daily, weather permitting.

 

Sledding and Tubing at Soda Springs Winter Resort Currently only open on weekends,  at Soda Springs you can sled and tube! Sledding lanes, tubing lanes and a Little Dipper children’s area provide a variety of thrill and fun for adults and children alike.

 

Tubing Hill at Northstar-at-Tahoe Northstar-at-Tahoe offers tubing serviced by two separate tow lifts at mid-mountain just above the Gondola.

 

Ice Skating

Right now are perfect conditions to put on those skates and head to one (or all!) of North Lake Tahoe’s ice skating rinks:  

 

Ice Skating Rink at the Village at Northstar Located at the heart of the Village at Northstar, this 9,000 square foot rink is the center of a hubbub of activity, day and night. Rentals, lessons available.

 

Olympic Ice Pavilion Enjoy scenic views of the Lake while skating atop Squaw Valley on an Olympic-size rink at High Camp recreation complex. Open 11am – 9pm during the winter season. Rentals, lessons available.

 

Ice Skating Rink at the Resort at Squaw Creek Skate on the Resort at Squaw Creek’s own private rink with heated waterfalls, hot tubs, a pool and the peaks of Squaw Valley as a backdrop. Rentals available. Open December to April.

 

Truckee Ice Skating Rink The Truckee rink features skate rentals, a snack bar, group and private lessons for all age groups taught by experienced instructors, broomball leagues, and more.  

 

These are just a handful of the family opportunities up in North Lake Tahoe right now. What are your favorite family activities?

Diamond Peak is Open for Business and Business is Good

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Credit by Diamond Peak Ski Resort

2011 has become the year of snowmaking and Diamond Peak continues to make record amounts of snow and provide some of the best conditions in the region.

Did you know that it was actually the first resort in Lake Tahoe to install snowmaking?  And they continue to try to improve the process. Using good foresight (and a little luck!), the resort increased their snowmaking capacity this year by 35% allowing the resort to provide excellent snow coverage and 1,840 feet of top-to-bottom skiing and riding. It has already made as much snow this year as they normally do in a full season. Snowmaking has run for 18 straight days.

Currently Diamond Peak is providing more vertical feet of skiing and riding than Squaw Valley / Alpine, Sugarbowl, Mt. Rose, Sierra-at-Tahoe and Kirkwood. 100% of Diamond Peak’s beginner terrain is open with the Child’s Ski Center and Adult Ski /Snowboard School in full operation. Beginner Learn-to-Ski or Snowboard Packages are just $75.

The view from resort is also pretty epic. Crystal Ridge Run, at elevation 8,540, offers the some of the best views of Lake Tahoe and is accessed by the Crystal Express Quad. Snowflake Lodge overlooking Lake Tahoe is open daily with stunning views of the lake on its expansive deck.

Diamond Peak also offers impressive value for our region. Adult All Day lift tickets are $54 everyday including holidays. Children 7-14 are $20. Kids 6 and under are free.

So ignore those rumors that we don’t have any snow up here because our resorts are open for riding!

Do You Have the Snow Dance Skills?

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

While our resorts are busy making snow to kick off the winter 2011/2012 season, we know that our skiers, snowboarders and even our snow enthusiasts are joining forces in the art of snow dancing in hopes that the skies will open up and grace us with some fresh powder.

But how good are your dance skills? Maybe you enjoy the Running Man. Maybe the Chicken Dance does it for you. Well, we challenge you to show us your most creative, ridiculous, fall-on-the-floor laughing videos of what you think it takes to bring us some fresh snow. We will even reward you for your efforts…

Our Snow Dance Contest, currently live on Facebook, is running until Friday, December 30, at 2:00 pm PST. The participant with the most creative and entertaining dance will win a 4-pack of  complimentary winter 2012 Ski Tahoe North’s interchangeable lift tickets, accepted at the following seven alpine ski resorts:

◦  Alpine Meadows
◦  Diamond Peak
◦  Homewood Resort
◦  Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe
◦  Northstar-at-Tahoe
◦  Squaw Valley USA
◦  Sugar Bowl

Estimated retail value of the prize starts at $272 and goes up to $360 pending on the resort. The winner will be announced on Facebook Friday, December 30, at 5:00 pm PST.

Get your dancing shoes on and show us what you got.

How to Beat Mother Nature…

Saturday, December 17th, 2011

Credit Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe

So what do you do when Mother Nature doesn’t deliver fresh powder? You make it.

North Lake Tahoe ski resorts are blowing millions of gallons of snow this season, creating a solid base that has most resorts open for some solid skiing and riding.

Northstar-at-Tahoe is open top-to-bottom (that’s 2,280 vertical feet) due to significant improvements in snowmaking – 11 lifts, 19 trails and tons of acres for beginners, intermediates and advanced winter enthusiasts. This North Shore resort currently has the most open ski resort terrain in the Lake Tahoe region, and plans to open Martis Camp Express this Saturday, which will provide access to Lookout Mountain.

Northstar-at-Tahoe’s Pinball Park, which offers a wide variety of jibs and snow features with everything from street rails to boxes along with tabletops, step-downs, hips and rollers, is also open with 31 features available.

Boreal Mountain Resort was the first resort to open in California, opening for business October 28, and also offers top-to-bottom skiing and snowboarding.

Credit by Boreal Mountain Resort

So far, Boreal has blown more than 32 million gallons of snow this season – that’s an all-time record for the resort. It only took over 500 hours with an automated Snow Machines Inc. gun system. It cost $2.5 million over the past three years, but this has actually saved 40% of their snowmaking operation costs annually and reduced carbon output by 300 tons annually.

Both Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows Ski Resort opened on time, with Squaw making snow as early as Halloween and Alpine Meadows starting the guns in November.

Diamond Peak Ski Resort (originally Ski Incline) was the first ski resort in the West to have snowmaking, which has come a long way since its opening in 1966. Over the past 11 years, Diamond Peak has continuously upgraded it snowmaking system.

Cold temperatures over the last month have allowed them to produce snow in record amounts and open with top-to-bottom skiing and riding a week earlier than expected. They plan to have five out of six lifts available by Christmas with or without natural snow.

Mt. Rose – Ski Tahoe probably wouldn’t have been able to open without snowmaking, but the resort pulled through with the Northwest Magnum lifts and Ponderosa lifts turning 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily accessing the Kit Carson Traverse, Kit Carson Bowl and Ponderosa Trails. Luckily with cooler temperatures this week, the resort was able to operate snow guns practically non-stop and are planning to get the Flying Jenny surface lift and more trails on the Ponderosa lift open by next weekend.

 

Credit by Sugar Bowl Ski Resort

Sugar Bowl Ski Resort, near Boreal on Donner Summit, has taken advantage of the recent cold temperatures running their snow guns 24 hours a day, resulting in the opening of additional terrain at the resort. Starting Saturday, December 17, Sugar Bowl will operate seven days a week. The resort will spin Jerome Hill Express, Nob Hill, Christmas Tree Express and White Pine this coming weekend, providing sufficient terrain for all levels of ability. Sugar Bowl also plans to open the Caboose Terrain Park this weekend, with medium and large features accessible via the Emigrant Gap run.

Not sure where to head this weekend? North Lake Tahoe ski resorts open for business are Alpine Meadows Ski Resort, Boreal Mountain Resort, Diamond Peak Ski Resort, Homewood Mountain Ski Resort (opening December 17), Mt. Rose – Ski Tahoe, Northstar-at-Tahoe, Royal Gorge Cross Country (opening December 17), Soda Springs, Squaw Valley USA and Sugar Bowl Ski Resort.

So while we continue to do our snow dance for sweet Mother Nature, at least we can do it riding down the side of the mountain on some snow of our own.

Still Time to Grab a Tahoe Season Pass

Monday, September 26th, 2011

UPDATED: Sept. 27, 2011

Whether you want to believe it or not, we’re getting close to ski and board season in North Lake Tahoe. Resorts have been pulling out all the stops with great deals on season passes for several months already. If you’ve yet to purchase a pass or are still undecided on which resort to head to, here are the details on each resort’s season pass program:

Ski Tahoe North Interchangeable Lift Ticket: Ski Tahoe North’s Interchangeable Lift Ticket is accepted at all seven alpine ski resorts, every single day of the season. Use your ticket at a different resort each day, or find your favorite mountain and return over and over again. You can purchase the interchangeable pass to include 3 to 7 days, with prices ranging from $222 to $518. There are no blackout dates and you get 2-for-1 purchasing power at Diamond Peak. The pass is limited to residents of specific zip codes, so check here to see if you qualify.

 

Alpine Meadows: If you purchased your Alpine Meadows season pass before September 27 your options included a variety of options from Filtered, Slightly Filtered and Unfiltered as well as a Tripl3Threat College Pass covering Alpine, Homewood and nearby Kirkwood. The September 27 announcement of Alpine’s merge with Squaw Valley USA introduced a new slate of pass options under the Tahoe Super Pass, valid at both Squaw and Alpine. Levels are still based on blackout dates and include: Bronze, from $439 for adults, which has some blackout dates as well as no access all Saturdays in January and February. The Silver Pass gives access any day of the week but includes select blackout dates and is $599 for adults. The Gold Pass has unrestricted access to both mountains any day and is $799 for adults. Purchase passes online here and get details on previously purchased 2011/12 Alpine Season Passes here.

 

Diamond Peak: Diamond Peak’s no-nonsense season pass plan offers great rates for visitors along with their famous lake views. Current adult pass rates are $454 valid any day or $363 for Monday through Friday only. Rates are also available for seniors from $150, super seniors from $42, children, youth and college students from $125. If you’re a beginner Diamond Peak may be the place for you with their special $109 Beginner Season Pass, valid for the easier Lodgepole and Schoolhouse lifts. Click for details and to purchase.

 

Homewood Mountain Resort: Like Diamond Peak, Homewood has amazing views of Lake Tahoe that passholders can’t get enough of. Adult rates are $399, senior is $199, and youth passes are $159 – $259 depending on age. Since this resort is partnered with Alpine Meadows, you can also access the slopes at Alpine and Kirkwood if you purchase the Alpine combo season pass. Click here for details on each option.

 

Granlibakken: While Granlibakken doesn’t offer season pass rates, their daily passes are just $24 for adults and $14 for children under 12. And yes, that’s the full day rate! They also offer the opportunity to buy out an entire ski hill for private parties and corporate team building for just $750/day. Pretty cool. Check out details here.

 

Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe: Mt. Rose staked a claim for low-priced season passes more than a decade ago and continues to offer great deals. Their Raw pass has just a few blackout dates and covers all age groups for just $199. To avoid blackouts and have a choice of any day to ski check out the unlimited pass at $377 for adults, $255 for seniors, $199 for 13 – 22 and $133 for children. Get the rates and other passholder perks

Northstar-At-Tahoe: With Northstar’s addition to the Vail Resorts fold season pass options have really unfolded for this year. You can get just the basic Tahoe Value pass for $379 (adult rate) and gain Sunday – Thursday access to Northstar and nearby Heavenly with limited blackout dates. Or, you can upgrade to one of the Epic Pass options, part of the 7-resort Vail system. The Epic 7-Day offers 7 unrestricted tickets valid at any of the 7 mountains for $499 adult or $249 child. If you plan on skiing more than 7 days, consider either the Epic Local Pass ($249 – $499) which includes 11 blackout dates but is otherwise valid daily at any of the 7 resorts, or the Epic Pass ($329 – $649) which again is valid at all 7 resorts but has no date restrictions. Get the full details to purchase.

 

Sugar Bowl: Sugar Bowl, similar to other resorts, offers passes based on whether you plan to hit the slopes mid-week or any day. The Midweek Plus Passes are valid Monday through Friday with some blackout dates but offers unrestricted access before Christmas and after March 11. Rates range from $299 – $329 based on age. If you like to head up Sundays, consider the Summit Sunday Pass which is basically the Midweek Pass with Sundays included, just $319 – $429 based on age. For even more access consider Slightly Restricted, offering any day of the week and select blackout dates, or the Unrestricted with access any day. Pass rates are $179 – $529 for Slightly Restricted and $209 – $799 for Unrestricted. Evaluate all of the options here.

 

Squaw Valley USA: Squaw makes season passes buying easy, and now with the acquisition of nearby Alpine Meadows, offers mountain access at both resorts. If you already purchased a season pass at Squaw (except the Squaw Midweek), then it’s valid at Alpine as well. Otherwise, the options for Squaw passes are the same as those for Alpine under the Tahoe Super Pass. See Alpine Meadows above for details. Then, step onto the medal podium here. (Photo credit: Tom Day)

 

As always, resorts are offering deals if you purchase early so be sure to check the sites sooner rather than later if you want to snag a great pass deal. Locals often get better rates as well, so if you live nearby, check to see if you qualify. Each resort offers a variety of benefits with their passes, from early powder days to resort discounts, line-jumping, special parties and more. Depending on your slope-style, you’ll want to check out those additional benefits as well as the actual resort terrain when making your decision.

 

And just what is a super senior? Be warned, they’re the advanced skiers over 70 that can still impress with their slope prowess.

 

Learn more about Tahoe’s ski/board resorts here and snag some Cool Deals to go with your passes.