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North Tahoe Snow Transformed Into Art at Carve Tahoe

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Prestigious snow carvers from around the world will call North Lake Tahoe home Feb. 8-12, 2013 for the region’s first-ever Carve Tahoe competition, with the judging take place Feb. 13, 2013.


The week long international snow sculpture contest is specifically geared for spectators who will view firsthand 20-ton blocks of pure snow shaped and carved into breathtaking masterpieces. The competing teams are the best of the best – selected from the event’s top applicants and representing more than 20 countries.


Lawrence Nobel, the lead judge of Carve Tahoe, is an award-winning sculptor and illustrator who previously designed a Gold Medal for the 1984 Olympics and created George Lucas’ Yoda Sculpture in the Presidio of San Francisco.


This is a unique opportunity to introduce visitors and local residents to the extreme and rugged art challenge of snow sculpting at a destination that celebrates all things snow.  North Lake Tahoe is proud to host these illustrious and celebrated carvers.


Northstar California is also eager to present the first Carve Tahoe. “We’re thrilled to host Carve Tahoe at Northstar this winter,” said Director of Village and Base Area Operations Nadia Guerriero of Northstar California. “The Village at Northstar is an ideal location to showcase these incredible snow sculptures. Our guests are going to love watching the snow come to life in such a unique way, and seeing the work of these talented artists in person.”


While the highlight of Carve Tahoe is the talent and skill of the carvers from Finland, Germany, Japan, Russia, Canada and the United States, charitable donations also play a key role. According to event organizers, every dollar donated per spectator per vote will go directly to a local non-profit.

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?

12 Ways to Ring in 2012 in North Lake Tahoe

Friday, December 30th, 2011

Well 2011… it’s been great, but 2012 is sure looking tempting.

Check out 12 ways you can party it up this weekend in North Lake Tahoe, of course in no particular order. They are all fabulous.

1. Cal Neva’s Black and White Ball
9:00 pm

There will be three rooms of sound and spectacle for Saturday’s New Year’s Eve revelers at the fifth annual Black and White Super Ball in the Cal Neva Resort at Crystal Bay.

Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the door. Music begins at 9 p.m. and ends on New Year’s Day morning. 21+


2. Northstar California’s “Fire & Ice” Spectacular
1pm – 9pm

Celebrate all that was in 2011, while ringing in all that will be in 2012 at The Village At Northstar this New Year’s Eve. From 1-9pm, The Village at Northstar will be alive with DJs, ice-skating, food & drink specials, a 2-hour live performance by “Led Zeppelin 2″, and much more. And then… The Big Show: Fireworks Spectacular at 9pm! A great night out for family and friends.


3. Squaw Valley’s Fireworks Extravaganza

Ring in the New Year at Squaw Valley with a New Year’s Eve Fireworks Extravaganza. The show starts at 9:30pm and is viewable from the Base Area. Grab a hot cocoa and find a seat as you take in the New Year with an amazing firework display at the bottom of the mountain. The show is plenty early accommodate the families that will be ringing in the New Year at High Camp to give them time to get down and celebrate in the base area.


4. Squaw Valley’s Party at the Olympic House
9pm to 1:30am

Those looking to bring in the New Year with style can head to the huge party in the Olympic House. Check out the biggest party on the North Shore and party like it’s 2012. Rock out to the 8 piece funk band Mojo Green in the Plaza Bar before heading over to check out DJ Zeb Early in Bar One.

Entry is $10 at the door (cash only) and guests must be 21 & older with a valid ID.  Doors open at 9pm. Drink service until 1:30am.


5. Jackie Gree with Jabe Beyer + After Party with The Whitney Myer Band  at the Crystal Bay Club Casino

Jackie Greene began performing at the age of 20. He has performing and making records for nearly a decade. He lives in Northern California and is gracing North Lake Tahoe with his musical talent this New Year’s Eve at Crystal Bay Club: the Red Room at the Crystal Bay Club. Tickets cost $20 in advance, $23 day of show.


6. Celebration at The Ritz Carlton, Lake Tahoe’s Manzanita
8:30 PM to 1:30 AM

Ring in the New Year on this magical night with a four-course prix fixe tasting menu with a champagne toast, music, dancing, and party favors.

Call for pricing and reservations. (530) 562-3000


7. Pre-New Year’s Eve Cocktail Party at Alpine Meadows

Plan your new beginning at the Alpine Bar this New Year’s Eve! The Pre-New Year’s Eve Cocktail party is the perfect way to jump-start the countdown to midnight. Featuring festive cocktails, delicious appetizers and live music by Peter Joseph Burtt, skiers and riders can celebrate a resolution, bid 2011 farewell, and ring in 2012.


8. New Year’s Eve Bash at Hyatt Lake Tahoe

Ring in the New Year with a top 40 DJ, drinks, and dancing all night long in Cutthroat’s Saloon.

Call 775-832-1234 for more details.


9. Live Music at Tahoe Biltmore Casino, Crystal Bay, NV
10:00 am – 1:00 am

Live on the Tahoe Biltmore, “The Robeys,” Dane Rinehart and Paul Covarelli Trio are offering a variety music – a mixture of everyone’s favorite classic rock, oldies, top 40, blues, jazz, reggae and country songs, from the 1930′s to the present.


10. New Year’s Eve Celebration at Jake’s, Tahoe City

Come early with family for an Ala Carte Menu (also served in Bar), or come later for a 3-course Prix Fixe menu, and ring in the New Year with party hats, a champagne toast, & dancing. Guaranteed reservations required. For more information and reservations please call (530) 583-0188.


11. Lone Eagle Grille New Year Celebration with DJ at Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe, Incline Village, NV

Have a classy blast listening to the DJ in the lounge then Dine on the regular dinner menu from 5:30-7:00pm or opt to enjoy a 5-course meal from 8:00-10:30. Either way you choose, this New Year is going to be fashionably stylish and a lot of fun in the Lone Eagle Grille.

Call 775-886-6899 for more details and reservations.



Kick your shoes off, make yourself a hot toddy and chill at home by the fireplace to prep yourself for an epic 2012. Hit the slopes the next day, and the next day and the next day…

North Tahoe Hits a High Note with Live Music

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011


If you’re looking for music outdoors with a variety of concerts, headliners and festivals then you’re looking for Lake Tahoe’s High Notes. Here’s a look at the summer-long music series, running through September.

Free Weekly Summer Concerts

Tahoe’s lined up free outdoor live performances every night of the week, except Mondays. Check out:

  • Tahoe City’s Concerts at Commons Beach, Sundays
  • Bluesdays every Tuesday at the Village at Squaw Valley
  • Wednesday Music in the Park at the Truckee Regional Park
  • Truckee Thursdays with live tunes along Commercial Row
  • Kings Beach rings in the weekend lakeside each Friday

Squaw Valley is also home to the inaugural KT Tribute Concert Series the first Friday of each month with free concerts under the legendary peak of KT-22

Be sure to check out the historic casino corridor where the Crystal Bay Club has free concerts throughout the week, as well as ticketed bands from the Bay Area.

Summer Headliner Events

lake-tahoe-shakespeare-festival-2008-stage-640x495-300x232The summer calendar is also packed with a number of fabulous ticketed musical events held throughout the region. In addition to its popular Shakespeare on the Beach, the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival offers a Monday music series in their scenic Sand Harbor amphitheater. This summer’s calendar is the best of the best with the Reno Philharmonic performing Broadway on the Beach July 18, Mumbo Gumbo August 1 and Jelly Bread August 15.

Right on the picturesque Truckee River, River Ranch Lodge has its annual Summer Concert Series with Zepparella July 22 and Great American Taxi August 4.

The Lake Tahoe Music Festival has long been one of the summer’s must-attend events with a variety of musical performances, including the Blues Traveler July 21, Colbie Caillat August 4 and Michael Bolton August 25 at the Village at Northstar.

In addition to its free events, the Crystal Bay Club brings in ticketed performers, including Delhi 2 Dublin, July 16, that hosts gritty hip hop and electronic beats with traditional Indian influences and Celtic sounds. A locals’ favorite, 80s Dance Party Tainted Love, plays August 13, with the “Avant Cellist” Zoe Keating on August 18.

The Robert Cray Band performs August 13 on the driving range next to the Trout Creek Recreation Center at Tahoe Donner in Truckee. The Grammy-award winning Cray is considered to be one of the most impressive vocalists and guitarists on the contemporary rhythm and blues scene.

Summer Music Festivals

wanderlustNamaste in North Lake Tahoe this summer with the ultimate in yoga throwdowns as the popular Wanderlust Festival returns to the scenic valley of Squaw Valley July 28-31. In addition to yoga sessions and wellness programs, the event includes the positive vibrations of Michael Franti and Spearhead, the electronic dance party mashups of Girl Talk and the ecstatic chants of Jai Uttal.

Squaw Valley USA’s 10th Annual Art, Wine & Classical Guitar Music Festival is July 16-17 with two performance stages and 20 local and regional fine artists and crafters. Squaw also hosts the 10th Annual Brews, Jazz & Funk Fest the weekend of August 13-14, with headliner Leo Nocetelli “The Meters Experience” featuring Bill “The Buddha” Dickens.

Check the High Notes calendar for a complete list of performances, dates and times.

What’s New for Tahoe Ski Season, Part 1: Before Hitting the Slopes

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

ski-diamond-peakTahoe’s ski and board resorts are gearing up for what’s forecasted to be a “wet winter” with plenty of precipitation to build the snowpack and make for great conditions on the slopes. With excitement already building about this weather there’s no better time to stoke the fire than now with a look at what’s new and improved at area resorts. Because there’s so much going on we’ll be doing a series of posts on what’s new. Here’s Part one of what you can expect for the 2010/11 ski and board season.


The Village at Northstar expands the demo equipment shop giving guests more room to move through the rental process and select the gear they’d like to try. The resort has also invested in new rental equipment that includes K2 skis, Burton snowboards and Dalbello ski boots along with new Rossignol cross-country ski equipment.

Squaw Valley opens the Gold Coast Adventure Center in the Village—a new branch of the resort’s high-performance demo center featuring this season’s latest ski technology. Skiers and riders can rent brand-new high-performance rental equipment, and skiers can demo the season’s latest skis from top manufactures.  The new shop will work in conjunction with Squaw Valley’s mountaintop Gold Coast Demo Center allowing guests to pick one set of demo skis at the bottom, and exchange them at the top of the mountain throughout the day until they finally meet their match—all for one flat rate.


In addition, the Squaw Kids Children’s Center, a frontrunner of environmental design, was renovated to improve the flow of registration traffic in the building and to better accommodate kids. The renovation includes an expanded second floor, larger lunch room and more space in the rental room to accommodate a greater equipment selection.


Technological advances continue to be a priority at Alpine Meadows with Fast Trax becoming the latest convenience offered through Alpine Club, the resort’s frequent skier benefit program. Members simply associate a credit card to his or her radio frequency identification media card, ski through a chair lift gate, and a lift ticket for the day is automatically purchased with a savings of $10 off the window rate, even during holidays.


Diamond Peak overhauled its base operations tearing down the Child Ski Center, ticket windows and administration office and combining them into one. The new Skier Services Building offers guests a state-of-the-art facility along with a plaza area in front of the newly designed ticket windows as a place to meet up with friends and family. This new design improves flow and enhances the overall guest experience.


View our Flickr gallery for images of what’s new for Tahoe’s 2010-11 ski season. And, visit North Lake Tahoe online for complete details on planning your 2010-11 ski vacation.





When the sun goes down

Saturday, August 1st, 2009


North Lake Tahoe is all about fun in the sun in the summertime. But making the most of every vacation minute means that the fun picks up when the sun goes down.


Start your evening at one of several new, upscale eateries, such as Baxter’s Bistro and Lounge or the Chocolate Bar in the Village at Northstar. Classic restaurants, such as Gar Woods Grill and Pier, Jake’s On the Lake, Sunnyside Resort and the Lone Eagle Grille are noteworthy stops serving up fine food and lively evenings.     


Wine bars have made their mark on the scene in recent years. The Pour House and Trio Wine Bar, both in Truckee, and Uncorked in the Village at Squaw take you through the early hours while Spindleshanks in Tahoe Vista is known for its flights of wine in addition to a full bar and bistro.    


A trip to North Lake Tahoe isn’t complete without a roll of the dice or a hand of blackjack as a handful of casinos are found nestled among the Crystal Bay and Incline Village shoreline. The Cal-Neva Resort, Crystal Bay Club, Tahoe Nugget and Tahoe Biltmore Lodge & Casino are located in Crystal Bay, while the tables and slots at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort in Incline Village sit within a grand, Old Tahoe setting.


The Breeze at the Tahoe Biltmore and the Crystal Bay Club both host an eclectic and popular lineup of performances throughout the year, with the Crystal Bay Club featuring live entertainment most days of the week with many shows offered free.  


The Village at Squaw keeps things lively with the Auld Dubliner, an authentic Irish pub, which hosts live Irish entertainment on a regular basis, with local and touring Irish bands performing Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.


For a signature summer Lake Tahoe evenings, there’s the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival presenting rotating performances of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” and “Measure for Measure” along with its Urban Village Monday Night Music Series from now through August 23.  


The Lake Tahoe Music Festival fills the summer nights with melody Thursdays and Saturday evenings through August 8.  The 2008 lineup includes jazz favorites Fourplay and the Yellowjackets, rock legends Huey Lewis and The News and Boz Scaggs and the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra’s Broadway and finale performance.  Concerts take place at scenic venues such as West End Beach at Donner Lake, Old Greenwood, Tahoe Donner and Homewood Ski Resort.


Entertainment is also found throughout North Lake Tahoe’s other venues from the jazzy sounds of live music at Moody’s in Truckee to free, evening concerts on the beach in Tahoe City and Kings Beach.  


Click here for a complete list of summer entertainment.