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What’s New in North Lake Tahoe Fall 2022

Last updated: February 2023


What’s New in North Lake Tahoe Fall 2022

Upgrades to ski resorts and new activities in the region 

NORTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif./Nev., Sept. 15, 2022 North Lake Tahoe, with its crystal blue shorelines and towering mountains, is a must-see destination that offers some of the best fall foliage and no shortage of activities to do in the perfect autumn weather. This upcoming fall, expect significant changes coming to ski resorts, new activities in the region and several special events. Known as the “secret season,” fall in North Lake Tahoe offers 12 unique towns and resorts to explore and unwind in. 


Ski Resort Updates:  

  • Northstar plans to open Friday, Nov. 18. The ski resort is celebrating their 50th anniversary and launching their improved Comstock Express lift, a six person chair that will increase capacity by 50%. 
  • Palisades plans to open Tuesday, Nov. 22. Their Base-to-Base Gondola is set to open this season with uninterrupted access to all 6,000 acres of terrain at both Alpine Meadows and Palisades Tahoe. The 16-minute 2.4-mile ride will offer incredible views of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada with a 2,000-foot vertical climb. Red Dog chair lift, which starts at the base of Palisades Tahoe, has been relocated to offer direct access from the parking lot and will now be a detachable six person chair. Palisades will also offer overnight ski and snowboard valet for just $20. 
  • Diamond Peak plans to open the 2022-23 season on Thursday, Dec. 8, depending on weather and conditions. 
  • Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe upgraded their Lakeview chair lift, redirecting the chair all the way to the top of the zone for an expansive Lake view that was previously unseen.  
  • This is the highest dollar lift investment in North America combined with other ski resorts for a total of $306 million since the National Ski Areas Association has been tracking this type of data.  


Upcoming Events: 

  • Oktoberfest is Sept. 17 at The Village at Palisades. and features authentic German beer and food, Bavarian music and dance and Oktoberfest games. The event goes from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and ticket prices range from $10 – $40. 
  • The Spartan Ultra World Championship is Sept. 24-26 in Olympic Valley. Endurance athletes will compete for 24 hours on a grueling new course. 
  • The 27th annual Community Clean-Up day is happening Sept. 24 in Kings Beach, Carnelian Bay, Tahoe Vista and Crystal Bay. Last year more than 2,500 pounds of trash was collected. Registration is 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Sierra Community House in Kings Beach and the clean-up will last until 1 p.m. 
  • Tahoe City is holding its Oktoberfest on Sept. 24. The free family-friendly event includes craft beer, live music, food, Bavarian-themed games and a craft village. Kids will be able to paint a free pumpkin, while supplies last. The event goes from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.  
  • The Made in Tahoe Festival is Oct. 8-9 at The Village at Palisades featuring all local artists. The festival will go from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day and is free to attend.  
  • The Kentruckee Derby is Oct. 22 at the Truckee Community Recreation Center from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The event is $100 and raises money for Truckee non-profits.  
  • The Tahoe Chocolate and Wine Festival is Nov. 6 at the Lone Eagle Grille at the Hyatt Regency from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are $175. 


New Tours and Activities: 

  • The UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center has seven new video exhibits where you can learn what makes Lake Tahoe unique, embark on the UC Davis Research Vessel and see the changes in watershed at the Virtual Research Vessel. The Research Center also has a new mural by Susie Alexander which showcases Lake Tahoe’s underwater habitat. You will feel as though you put on scuba gear and are floating deep in the water. Make sure to look for all the aquatic species that are unique to Lake Tahoe. An augmented reality feature will be added in the coming months. 
  • The Martis Valley Trail just opened, connecting the town of Truckee through Martis Valley to the Northstar Drive roundabout. The 4.6-mile paved pathway is a collaborative effort between the Northstar Community Services District and Placer County. Along the trail, you’ll find details of the Washoe Tribe’s history in the region, as well as protection for cultural resources.  
  • A new pop-up skate park opened in Tahoe City thanks to the Scotty Lapp Memorial. Plans for a permanent park are currently underway with assistance from The Skatepark Project. 
  • Gallery Keoki has a new exhibit offering new photos of Warren Miller athletes. 
  • Tahoe Adventure Company is now offering snowshoe tours during the day, at sunset and every full moon. Evening tours will include snacks and hot drinks. Guided hikes and mountain biking tours will continue throughout fall.  
  • Gatekeeper’s Museum in Tahoe City has several new exhibits, including a new Maritime exhibit which celebrates the rich history of “Being on the Lake.” Other new exhibits include a movie exhibit which tells the history of movies filmed in Lake Tahoe, a resorts exhibit featuring unique artifacts from the Tahoe Tavern, Chambers Landing and Meeks Bay among others, and a “Characters in Lake Tahoe” exhibit featuring Baby Face Nelson’s pocket watch. Upcoming exhibits will showcase “At Home in Lake Tahoe”, highlighting common artifacts and furniture seen in classic Tahoe cabins from the late 1800’s to the 1940’s and an exhibit on rare Lake Tahoe maps from the mid 1800’s to the present day. 


Transportation Updates: 

  • TART Connect will continue until Dec. 14 in both Placer and Washoe County on the North and West side from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. every day.  



North Lake Tahoe spans two states (Calif. and Nev.) and boasts two dozen beaches, 11 downhill ski resorts and 10 cross country ski areas, hundreds of miles of biking and hiking trails, and communities filled with local artisans and shopping experiences. North Lake Tahoe 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. For more information, visit gotahoenorth.com.  



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