Two Feet of Powder in North Tahoe Resorts

March 3rd, 2015

Diamond Peak

Friday began a two-day snowstorm that layered North Lake Tahoe resorts with nearly three feet of snow. Currently there are over 112 lifts spinning in the region, providing access to over 8,200 acres of terrain and endless trails.

 

New snow has lead to terrain expansions at many resorts including Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows, Mt. Rose Ski Resort, Northstar California and Sugar Bowl Resort. The storm has also led to the reopening of Royal Gorge Cross Country resort.

 

Northstar California

See how your favorite resort made out below:

 

Alpine Meadows

  • Storm Total: 28”
  • Lifts: 6
  • Runs: 43

 

Boreal Mountain Resort

  • Storm Total: 22”
  • Lifts: 7
  • Runs: 30

 

Diamond Peak Ski Area

  • Storm Total: 24”
  • Lifts: 5
  • Runs: 22

 

Mt. Rose Ski Resort

  • Storm Total: 10”
  • Lifts: 7
  • Runs: 41

 

Northstar California Resort

  • Storm Total: 16”
  • Lifts: 13
  • Runs: 64

 

Squaw Valley

  • Storm Total: 32”
  • Lifts: 22
  • Runs: 61

 

Sugar Bowl Resort

  • Storm Total: 24”
  • Lifts: 7
  • Runs: 67

 

For more information about snow conditions in North Lake Tahoe visit, www.gotahoenorth.com. For lodging, activity and ski deals visit www.gotahoenorth.com/cooldeals.

 

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Wondering what the snow is like in Lake Tahoe?

February 25th, 2015

February Snow in North Lake Tahoe 

We have over 8,000 acres open across North Lake Tahoe Resorts, skiers and riders have been enjoying bluebird days all season. Check out the video below, filmed February 18-20, and click here to see current deals for lodging and activities.

 

Ski Conditions by the Numbers:

  • 8,250 = number of acres open
  • 60 = lifts operating
  • 270 = trails open

Resorts are open top to bottom, offering a variety of terrain for beginner, intermediate and advanced skiers and riders, as well as terrain park options.

North Lake Tahoe Snow Condition Update

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Enjoy President’s Day Weekend in North Lake Tahoe

February 13th, 2015

Property Spotlight

Mt. Rose boasts the highest base elevation in North Lake Tahoe and with almost four feet of fresh snow, 80 percent of resort terrain is open to enjoy. This includes both base area lodges and 1,440 vertical feet of top-to-bottom skiing and snowboarding. To the delight of many, The Chutes are slated to open later this week – some of the most coveted advanced terrain Tahoe has to offer.

Mt. Rose will host Presidents’ Weekend Raffles on Saturday and Sunday, February 14 and 15 that all guests skiing and riding on the mountain are eligible to enter. Prizes will include gift certificates to restaurants, attractions and activities in Reno, as well as Mt. Rose swag, gift certificates and elevation cards. There will be 30+ drawings per day, with winners announced by the on-mountain DJs and bands, as well as posted on Lodge TVs and lift signs.

The resort is also gearing up to host a Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Party on the deck of the Main Lodge on Tuesday, February 17 from 11:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. featuring live music by the Bourgeois Gypsies with food, drink specials including traditional “hurricanes,” Fat Tire beer specials, and Cajun burgers.

Mt. Rose is open daily for the winter season from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and continues to offer incredible value for visitors and locals alike.

Don’t Miss 

For a full list of events, visit: http://www.gotahoenorth.com/events

February 10-11: Romance Movies (filmed in Tahoe)
showing @ Tahoe Art Haus Cinema

February 12: Alpenglow Winter Film Series with
Melissa Arnot

February 14: 75th Anniversary Party @ Sugarbowl

February 14: 25th Anniversary for
Resort at Squaw Creek.

February 14: Valentine’s Day Sunset Snowshoe Tour @ Tahoe Donner

February 14: Big Truck Day @ Alpine Meadows

February 14: Valentine’s Day Cooking Decorating @ Wildflour Baking Company located in
The Village at Squaw Valley

February 14, 21: Light Up the Night @ Squaw Valley

February 15: Bartender Competition @ West Shore Cafe

February 16, 19: Big Truck Day @ Squaw Valley

February 16: Jazz I Funk I Rock I Blues with Under the Radar @ Northstar California

February 18: Comedian Steve Trevino @ Crystal Bay Club

February 20: Steven Kotler @ Olympic Village Lodge

February 20-22: AIARE Certified Avalanche Safety Level 1 Course

February 21: Veuve Clicquot in the Snow @ PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn

February 21: Last Tracks Wine Tasting Event @ Diamond Peak

February 21: Glowstick Parade and Carnival @ Tahoe Donner

February 21: Brother Gow @ Crystal Bay Club

February 21: Rahlves’ Banzai Tour @ Alpine Meadows

February 21: Alpenglow Mountain Festival (through March 1)

February 21-28: Alpenglow Mountain Festival

February 23: Wine, Women and Wax @ Alpenglow Sports

February 22: Painted Vine @ West Shore Café

February 25: Chris Emmington and Friends @ Fat Cat Bar & Grill

February 26: Guided Backcountry Ski Tour

February 27: Snowfest! Fireworks Display & Torch Light Parade @ Squaw Valley

February 27-March 8: North Lake Tahoe SnowFest!

February 28: Snowfest! Polar Bear Swim at Gar Woods

February 28: Community Nordic Ski with Olympian and coach, Glen Jobe @ Tahoe Cross Country

February 28: Fullmoon Snowshoe Hike @ West Shore

February 28: Pre-release of Elemental (Keoki’s new book) @ Gallery Keoki

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Extra Extra: 4 Must See Events in North Tahoe This Winter

February 2nd, 2015

There’s a lot to do on the North Shore this winter, don’t miss these four must-see events:

Rahlves Banzai Tour (Feb. 21 – Mar. 15)
Conceived by World Cup Champion and Olympian Daron Rahlves, this adrenaline-filled game of speed and skiing skill mixes the thrill of big mountain skiing with the head-to-head action of skier and boardercross. Olympians, professional skiers and hard-charging locals face-off in no-holds-barred race to the bottom or the ski resort, launching off jumps, flying over mogul fields and straightlining their way to the finishing gate. The race pays homage to the early Silver Belt races of Sugar Bowl, and spectators can enjoy slope-side spectating or grab a chair and a drink at the finish line and watch some of Tahoe’s most impressive winter athletes battle it out for big cash prizes and a chance to compete against tour organizer and legendary downhiller Daron Rahlves or Olympian Nate Holland in the Super Final. The three-resort tour’s dates are:

  • Alpine- Feb. 21-22
  • Kirkwood- Mar. 7-8
  • Sugar Bowl- Mar. 14-15

 Alpenglow Mountain Festival (Feb. 21-28)
The Alpenglow Mountain Festival introduces North Tahoe visitors to human-powered winter recreation like backcountry skiing, snowshoeing and Nordic skiing. Guided ski tours, avalanche awareness classes, winter film showings, Nordic ski clinics and snowshoe tours make up the week of events. Most events are free. The festival is a prime opportunity to learn new skills, enjoy the winter wilderness with experienced guides, and meet new friends. A complete event schedule, map and additional details are available in person at Alpenglow Sports in Tahoe City, or at http://bit.ly/1BEvvTM

SnowFest! (Feb. 27 – Mar. 8 )
Snow sculptures, frigid polar bear swimming, torchlight parades and live music — there is something for everyone at SnowFest! Founded in 1982, the ten-day festival is a longstanding tradition in North Tahoe and the community comes out to party from the ski slopes to restaurants, bars and town centers. Plunge into Tahoe’s frigid waters for Garwood’s Polar Bear Swim, Nordic ski from Tahoe City to Truckee in one of the region’s landmark events — The Great Ski Race — or dance all night to the tunes of Tainted Love — an 80s cover band that has rightly gained a large, loyal following in Tahoe. For more information and a full calendar of events go to: http://www.gotahoenorth.com/events

WinterWonderGrass (Mar. 20-22)
Pack world-class skiing and world-class bluegrass into the same day at Squaw Valley, where WinterWonderGrass will get skiers stomping their feet to the likes of Sam Bush, Greensky Blugrass, Trampled by Turtles, Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers and more. Two heated beer tents will serve craft beer in front of an outdoor stage, giving skiers the chance to dance to Bluegrass and Americana in the shadow of Squaw Valley’s legendary Olympic peaks. The event brings 15 bands and 12 California breweries to Squaw Valley over three days. WinterWonderGrass will also bring in The Infamous Stringdusters and Elephant Revival, Dead Winter Carpenters, The California Honey Drops and Brothers Comatose and more.  Three-day festival passes are on sale for $129; passes with a three-day ski pass are $318 and VIP regular tickets are $299. All three-day festival tickets also include a commemorative festival beer mug, three hours of beer tastings and live music from 3-10pm on three stages. Children under the age of 12 are free. Single day tickets will go on-sale starting Feb. 3. Purchase tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/california-winterwondergrass-music-brew-festival-tickets-9425428711

 

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5 Reasons to visit North Lake Tahoe this summer

January 23rd, 2015

Dreaming of summer? North Lake Tahoe awes all year round and below are five reasons to put North Lake Tahoe on your summer travel calendar.

1. The Lake

Often regarded as the U.S.’s most beautiful lake, no trip is complete without overlooking the vast blueness of Lake Tahoe. As the largest Alpine lake in the world, measuring 22 miles across and 72 miles around, Tahoe’s clarity is an unmatched 70.6 feet deep. The water is just as blue as Tahoe’s sky, which boasts more than 275 days of sunshine a year.

 

2. Human Powered Sports

 

Only in North Lake Tahoe will you find miles of mountain biking trails, mountain peaks reaching 10,778 feet and dozens of beaches for stand up paddleboarding. Not sure how to get started? Check out this ebook with must-know steps for beginners and those looking to go a little more extreme.

 

3. Family-Friendly options

If relaxing on a beach with your family, creating candles and a meandering horse ride sound like an ideal vacation for your family, North Lake Tahoe has plenty of options. Don’t miss a day enjoying Tahoe City, a hub for shopping, dinning, events, the region’s best sightseeing cruise, the Tahoe Gal, and the Tahoe Art Haus & Cinema.

 

4. The Music and Culture

Enjoy live music nightly everywhere from an intimate casino once frequented by Frank Sinatra to one of North Lake Tahoe’s largest beaches at sunset. The summer-long High Notes music series offers nightly music, many of which are free. The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival is a summer staple at Sand Harbor’s outdoor amphitheater overlooking one of Tahoe’s most beautiful areas.

 

5. The Drinks

No summer day is complete without a world-famous Wet Woody at Gar Woods Grill & Pier. Gar Woods offers 18 different types of Wet Woodys, which simply is a combination of rums. For a vintage feel try the 18 Year Old Woody with 18 year old Flor de Cana fine rum. Or for a nice bite, try the Raspberry on my Woody with raspberry puree, Malibu & Bacardi 151.

Traveling from the East Coast? Jet Blue is now offering daily non-stop flights between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JKF) and Tahoe’s closest airport, Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO), only a 45-minute drive away. JetBlue’s schedule between the two airports begins May 28, 2015. Book fares now for the lowest fares.

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North Tahoe Heros from Mountain to Kitchen

January 20th, 2015

Meet a Local

Meet Tim Reeve, ski instructor at Squaw Valley for the past 35 years. To celebrate Learn to Ski and Ride month, we sat down with Mr. Reeve’s and chatted about his favorite North Tahoe experiences and his love of skiing.

Favorite age group to teach: I really enjoy teaching all levels and age groups, but if I had to choose, my favorite age group to teach would be adults. I love learning about them, and their life experiences can often be used as a tool to help them improve their skiing.

Best conditioning technique: The best off-season conditioning technique would have to be mountain biking. Once winter hits, non-stop laps are the best way to stay in shape and improve skill!

Favorite Student-Teacher story: Wow – I have so many fantastic student-teacher stories, but I will always remember skiing with Roger Moore from the James Bond films. He would even recite some of the famous lines for me!  He also told me that in the films he was not allowed to ski. When I asked if he had a double, he said one time they had him strapped to a sled on skis, and a patrol member towed him along as they filmed him from the waist up! He said it was more frightening than just skiing!!

How Many Years In Tahoe: I’ve been in Tahoe for 35 years

Best word to describe North Lake Tahoe: Majestic!

Favorite place to spend a Saturday: Squaw Valley!

Describe what inspired you to move to the North Shore: The skiing and beautiful Lake Tahoe

Favorite month in North Lake Tahoe: March. March almost always has the most snow and the nicest weather.

Favorite trail: It depends on the time of year. In the winter, my favorite trail is Chute 75 at Squaw Valley. In the summer, I enjoy mountain biking on the Flume Trail.

Favorite locally made product: The soup at Soupa, located in The Village at Squaw Valley, is my absolute favorite.

Dish & Drink of the Month

There’s a new Executive Chef at West Shore Café! Kristi Ritchey arrived in North Lake Tahoe last month and has brought with her a passion for living and eating healthy. A former Los Angeles “Top Chef,” Chef Ritchey is updating the winter menu with a creative fusion of Italian and French dishes.

While you’re there, be sure to try a new local favorite – the Duck Confit Cannelloni. Served with roasted onion jus, shaved pecorino and duck cracklings, the dish has a crispy texture and the sauce compliments it well with a sweet, fresh taste that keeps the dish savory, yet light.

Visit Monday nights from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. for half price dinner entrees.

To drink? Cozy up with one of four hot cocktails on the winter drink menu – with options like the Hops & Rye (templeton rye / aperol / fresh lemon / honey syrup / lagunitas IPA float) to the Hot Toddy (with house made yoddy syrup) and Mexican Hot Chocolate. Our favorite is the Salted Carmel Apple Cider. Yum!

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BEGINNERS: TIME TO HIT THE SLOPES THIS JANUARY

January 14th, 2015

January is National Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month and North Lake Tahoe resorts are offering deals to ignite or rekindle your passion for skiing and snowboarding.

Many of North Lake Tahoe’s 12 downhill resorts are offering steep discounts on lessons, lift tickets, rentals and more, making it easier than ever to try a new sport. Read below for deals or check GoTahoeNorth.com/cool-deals.

Tahoe Donner Ski Area

Both Tahoe Donner’s cross-country and downhill ski areas offer a two for one combo package until January 16. For $81, get a one-hour private lesson, all-day trail pass or lift ticket and rentals for two. Individual packages are available for ages 7+ ($39) and include everything above and a 1 hour and 45 minute group lesson.

Diamond Peak Ski Resort

Diamond Peak hosts its own Learn to Ski & Ride week January 12-16 getting kids as young as four on the mountain. The $39 package includes a beginner lift ticket, rental equipment and a 1 hour and 45 minute lesson for ages 7 and up and a two-hour lesson for ages 4 to 7.

For season long learning, Diamond Peak’s Diamond Club Membership ($119) includes three beginner packages with rental equipment, group lessons and beginner lift tickets. Complete three lessons and earn a lift ticket and one-day equipment rental for use during the season.

Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows

Alpine Meadows offers a $49 Learn to Ski & Ride special Monday through Friday, January 5-30 for beginners 13+. The package includes everything to get started: a beginner lift ticket, equipment rental and a two and a half hour beginner lesson.

Boreal

Boreal Mountain Resort offers its highly recognized beginner program: Take 3, Ride FREE. Before heading up to the mountain, purchase a lessons package online and after completing three lessons, be rewarded with a 2014-2015 Boreal Unlimited Season Pass.

Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe

Mt. Rose’ beginning programs include a two-hour lesson on its wide slopes, equipment rental and all-day lift ticket ($92 online, $97 at the window).

For skiers and riders who have strapped in before, but are not quite ready for the Chutes, Mt. Rose offers two intermediate programs: Next Step Lessons and Performance Workshops. The two-hour Next Step lesson provides a lesson, beginner terrain lift ticket and rental equipment ($102 online, $107 at the window). Looking to improve skills in powder, crud, bump and steeps? Try Mt. Rose’s Performance workshops for $39 per person.

Sugar Bowl Resort

Sugar Bowl Resort offers its terrain-based learning Learn to Ski and Ride package ($59)  which includes a comprehensive two-hour lesson, equipment rental and a limited lift ticket for use on White Pine and Flume chairlifts.

Northstar California 

Northstar offers a variety of lesson options for first-time snow enthusiasts. Ultimate 4 lessons provide students with more one-on-one instruction and group lessons are a fun way to build confidence as well as customizable experiences with the Adventure, Guiding and Learning Center.

Homewood Mountain Resort

Homewood Resort’s Ski & Snowboard School boasts stunning views of Lake Tahoe and offers adult Learn to Ski/Ride packages with a lift ticket, rentals and lesson for $49 available Sunday-Friday.

 

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Gifts from North Lake Tahoe

December 22nd, 2014

All North Lake Tahoe ski resorts are open and hosting holiday festivities to suit all

A prolonged winter storm brought continual snowfall to all 12 North Lake Tahoe ski resorts last week and throughout the weekend, prompting the season opening of Homewood Mountain Resort, Diamond Peak Ski Resort and Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area over the weekend. A great Holiday gift for skiers and boarders alike!

With the holidays approaching, Santa and his elves will be making appearances across various resorts to spread holiday cheer. Don’t miss Santa hitting the slopes at Diamond Peak, Homewood, Northstar California, and Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows. We hear he might even be handing out candy canes to fellow skiers and riders who are on the nice list.

Sugar Bowl Resort is celebrating the holidays with live music by Eric Engerbreston, an acoustic guitarist, at Judah Lodge each afternoon from December 26-28. The resort will also host horse-drawn sleigh rides throughout the holidays.

Santa and a group of carolers will continually move through The Village at Squaw Valley during the holidays and Olympic Gold Medalist, Jonny Moseley, will be on hand to ski with the public December 26-31. Meet him at Squaw Valley’s Gold Coast Demo Center at 2 p.m.

For fun off the slopes, Sand Harbor is hosting multiple weekends of holiday festivities. For perfect views of the lake, full-length sleigh rides will transport riders around the snow-covered vistas of Sand Harbor each weekend until January 4. Enjoy Ranger-led hikes, a history talk and a “Holiday Heritage” talk December 27 and 28 starting at 10 a.m.

With so many holiday choices, take an extra day to explore a new resort, a new hill or a new community. Lodging is still available across North Lake Tahoe, for information on lodging and activity deals visit www.GoTahoeNorth.com/Cool-Deals.

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North Lake Tahoe: A Mecca for Human Powered Sports

December 12th, 2014

North Lake Tahoe is a mecca for human powered sports – some we get to partake in more often than others. As weather on Thursday morning started to shift for a storm that brought over a foot of snow to the Sierras, the North Shore experienced swells that looked like something from the atlantic ocean. Locals didn’t skip a beat and hit the water with their surfboards.

Photo Credit: Justin Kaamasee

Video Credit: Chris Bartkowski

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Sugar Bowl Resort Celebrates 75th Anniversary

December 9th, 2014

 

 

Sugar Bowl Resort will celebrate its 75th anniversary this season, commemorating a long history that started with a yodeling 1930s Austrian ski champion and continues today with the resort’s recent investment of over $20 million in improvements to the Donner Summit ski resort.

The Sugar Bowl Corporation was formed on Oct. 13, 1938 and the ski resort officially opened for skiing on Dec. 15, 1939. Led by Hannes Schroll, an Austrian yodeler and champion skier, Sugar Bowl Resort built the first chairlift in California in the summer of 1939 on Mt. Disney, a peak named after early investor Walt Disney.

Sugar Bowl quickly became a destination for Hollywood stars and avid skiers who would load onto the “Snowball Special” trains for skiing at Mt. Disney and socializing in the newly built Bavarian lodge at its base. In 1953, the resort pioneered another ski industry milestone by building the first gondola on the West Coast. Since then, Sugar Bowl Resort has continued to upgrade and update its ski resort offerings while maintaining the history of the Sugar Bowl Lodge and the original gondola. Sugar Bowl added the Summit chairlift in 2009 and opened the brand new Crow’s Peak chairlift last year, adding intermediate and advanced terrain, and extensive backcountry access to the resort.

In 2012, Sugar Bowl Resort took over management of Royal Gorge, North America’s largest cross-country ski resort, and began updating the resort’s lodge, grooming equipment and operations. Last year Sugar Bowl Resort unveiled $20 million in improvements to the mountain, including a new ski-in, ski-out Sugar Bowl Academy campus, and a fitness, spa and ski training facility called the Sporthaus.

To celebrate Sugar Bowl Resort’s 75 years of operation, the resort will be holding a series of events and celebrations, including special music acts in the Mt. Judah Lodge throughout the season, an anniversary celebration in the Mt. Judah Lodge on Feb. 14. For a full list of events, go to www.sugarbowl.com

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