Bluebird days are in the forecast for spring skiing in North Lake Tahoe and with projected closing dates in to mid-April, there is still plenty of time to catch some turns with discounted lift tickets and even free skiing.
Check out the best spring skiing deals in North Lake Tahoe below.
Diamond Peak Ski Resort
BYOP (Bring Your Other Pass) for $35: Have a season pass at another ski resort? Show your current season pass from any other ski resort and ski or ride for only $35 at Diamond Peak
Free Ticket for Summer Birthdays: Does your birthday fall outside of the ski season? Then celebrate your UnBirthday with Diamond Peak by getting a free ticket on March 27th. Have a spring birthday? Enjoy a free lift ticket on your birthday if it falls in the ski season.
Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows
Tahoe Super 2: Ski any 2 days at Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows for $169 ($85/day represents a $69 savings). Perfect for enjoying a weekend of spring skiing and bluebird days.
Mt. Rose – Ski Tahoe
Spring Pass Sale: Ski the remainder of this season and all of next season for $120 down right now. Season pass prices begin at $379.
Northstar California Resort
30% off Spring: Hit the slopes for sunshine and groomers and relax in The Village this March and April with up to 30% off lodging at Northstar. Travel must be completed by 04/20/15.
North Tahoe is generally defined as the northern arc of the Lake Tahoe shoreline from Tahoe City in the west to Incline Village to the northeast. North of the lake, Truckee makes the point of a North Tahoe triangle. In-between, families will find several distinct communities, all with a different vibe. Check out the rest of Trekaroo’s guide here: http://blog.trekaroo.com/guide-north-tahoe-winter/
Spring skiing and snowboarding are essential components of the spring selections at North Lake Tahoe, but did you know slope-weary visitors also have plenty of fun options?
Here’s what we compiled as the five best non-ski things to do here in North Lake Tahoe:
1. Ice Skating – Get your turns on the ice at the Village at Northstar, Squaw Valley’s High Camp, or the Resort at Squaw Creek.
2. Adventure Park – The Treetop Adventure Park at Granlibakken is the first aerial treetop adventure park in California and has obstacle courses for all skill levels from budding young tree-climbers ages 5+ to advanced thrill-seeking adults.
3. Experience Tahoe from the Sky – Ride a hot air balloon with your loved ones at sunrise through High Sierra Balloon Company or sign up for a Sierra Adventures “helitour”—helicopter tour—to grab breathtaking views of North Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Mountains.
4. Arts & Crafts – An assortment of pottery, candles, and more are waiting to be created and adorned with your personal touch at the Villager Candle Shop, Pottery & More in the Village at NorthStar and at Everything Hunky Dory in the Village at Squaw.
5. SnoVentures – Grab your family and go spinning around on the snow at Squaw Valley’s SnoVenture Activity Zone with activities like snowtubing and riding mini snowmobiles.
A two-day snowstorm layered the Sierras with up to 32” of powder! 112 lifts are spinning, providing access to over 8,250 acres of terrain. Check out recent footage from North Tahoe resorts below and come visit us this weekend! The GoTahoeNorth Website has up-to-date package deals and discounts: http://bit.ly/KWKVvD
Celebrate new snow with us and #TakeASnowDay! A lucky winner will receive a complementary snow day package… you take care of work, we’ll take care of the rest. To enter, snap a video enjoying the snow and upload to Facebook or Instagram by March 15. Details here: http://bit.ly/1DHdPE4
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.
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.
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.
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 andBrothers Comatoseand 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
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.
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!