Find fun things to do in North Lake Tahoe, California. There’s a fabulous variety of totally fun tourist attractions and things to do in North Lake Tahoe to suit every taste, from skiing and snowboarding in winter to fishing and water sports in the summer. Plus, there is plenty of dining, shopping and activities when it’s time to come inside. Whether you’re looking to hit the slopes or hit the shops, restaurants, spas or the casino tables, you’ll find it all in beautiful Lake Tahoe, California. The Squaw Valley Lodge provides the perfect spot to experience it all!

Winter Midweek Deal at Squaw Valley Lodge

Well, the spring-like weather has been pretty amazing, but this:

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is soon going to turn into this:

SV powder morning

We’re ready for some Lake Tahoe powder, how about you?

The current weather forecast calls for a series of storms, beginning on Tuesday, which will dump 10-20 inches in the area (larger accumulation along the crest), and follow-up with a few other systems in the following weeks. For powder updates, and details click HERE.

So if you’re not joining the crowds for Presidents’ Day weekend (we don’t blame you!) then book a quiet midweek stay, and enjoy all the freshies (aka powder) to yourself! Right now at Squaw Valley Lodge, book two midweek nights, and get the third FREE! For details on restrictions and blackout dates: http://bit.ly/mSWNsx

Contact our Reservation Department today!


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Ironman Lake Tahoe Training: Guest Post Colleen Conners-Pace, MA

Colleen, in Ironman competition action!

We are pleased to feature the first in a series of guest posts on Ironman Lake Tahoe altitude training from Colleen Conners-Pace, MA of Tahoe Peak Endurance, LLC. Enjoy! 

As of today, you 2013 Lake Tahoe Ironman athletes have 32 weeks until race day! This may seem like an eternity, but in the big scheme of Ironmans it’s not. Most structured training plans for Ironmans begin around 24-26 weeks. But, by no means is that when you should crawl off the couch.

Most structured programs are periodized, with a Base Period, moving to a Build, then a Peak and Race Period. This periodized structured program is designed to progressively prepare you to race. Workouts become more race-like so by the time the race comes around you are ready!

It is highly recommended you prepare yourself mentally and physically before beginning a structured periodized plan. This is what we call the Prep period. This is where you start to swim, bike, and run: basically training to train. This is the period when frequency is important. Your mind and body needs to get used to getting out almost on a daily basis and doing something (always have at least 1-2 days off a week). This is when you figure out a routine that will work with your daily life schedule. This is when you find out where it is best to fit in the swim, when you can run, and when you can ride.

I recommend you start trying to get in two workouts of each discipline in a week. No, they don’t have to be long, and they don’t have to be hard. Make them fun! Just get out there and log two workouts a piece. Even if you don’t think you have time, even if you think you have only 10-20 min, go do it! You need to reinforce habits and routines! If you let it go one day, it will be easy to let it go another. This way, you will take advantage of any time you have, realize where you need to make more time, and will then find the time. Right now it is all about frequency not volume or intensity. This is when you begin to build a strong foundation with the three disciplines, when your muscles, tendons and ligaments that you will use become prepared for the increased volume and intensity in the training periods to come. Just like any strength training program, you always start out light for several weeks before applying more weight.

Speaking of strength training, this is also a great time to begin a more specific strength training program for triathlon. Multiple research studies have shown that strength training can improve endurance performance, especially for cyclists and runners; and strength training also plays a significant role in injury prevention. You can achieve this added strength and muscle with 1-2 full body weight sessions per week. This will enhance joint stability, cushioning, and impact during the course of the Ironman.  Take a look at “Mark Allen’s 12 Best Strength Training Exercises.”

During this Prep time remember to concentrate on running form and technique. Do cycling drills on your trainer if training indoors. For both running and riding, count your cadence (RPMS, revolutions per minute, each time pedal goes completely around) and or steps per minute (SPM, counting each time say your right foot hits the ground), and try to stay as close as possible to 90 RPMs or 90 SPMs.  Focus on your swimming, do technique drills. Continue with cross training, using other forms of activities. After a few weeks of getting into the habit of training then you can start getting more structured.

Colleen Conners-Pace MA of Tahoe Peak Endurance, LLC is an Exercise Physiologist, USAT Triathlon Level 1 Coach, Cycle Ops Power Coach and ACSM Health Fitness Specialist.  Tahoe Peak Endurance, LLC offers Sports Performance Testing, Coaching, Training and Event Promotion. Colleen is Co-Race Director with her husband Joe Pace for the Auburn Triathlon. Auburn Triathlon is known for the World’s Toughest Half, a great training race Lake Tahoe Ironman triathletes. This race is May 19, 2013. Tahoe Peak Endurance, LLC has also partnered with High Sierra Tri Club from Mammoth and are hosting A High Altitude Triathlon Camp at Tahoe” Aug. 9-11, a camp designed to help you get familiar with the Lake Tahoe Ironman and practice race day strategy. For more info, visit www.tahoepeakendurance.com.

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St. Valentines Day Celebration in the HEART of Squaw Valley

 

Don’t forget to mark that day on your calendar. We’re not talking about Sweetest Day here. This is the one, real, holiday dedicated to love. In case you haven’t heard, it’s called Saint Valentine’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Valentine, and it found its romantic beginnings in the 15th century, a time when chivalry reigned supreme. It comes as no surprise that the population of Europe increased exponentially during this time. But before you buy two plane tickets to Europe and rent a chariot, why not just honor the occasion by expressing your love to someone special, right in the heart of Lake Tahoe’s Squaw Valley. Celebrate the occasion by enjoying a glorious getaway to the mountains of Squaw Valley, overlooking the bright blue waters of Lake Tahoe. With its sunshine filled days, star-studded nights, and crisp mountain air, you will find more than enough reasons to get romantic. From your room at the Squaw Valley Lodge, you will be minutes away from the most famous slopes in the area. Experience some of the most breathtaking views after days spent rejuvenating in a spa massage room, or heating up in a soothing sauna. For more information on Squaw Valley, visit squaw.com.


Nachtspektakel at Squaw Valley

Photo Credit Squaw Valley PR.

Looking for a unique skiing experience? Then look no further!

A Nachtspektakel (pronounced knocked-shpeck-tockle) is a traditional European-style ski event that is actually a cultural norm in Europe. It’s a genius idea that combines skiing, drinking and eating. So why not spend a Saturday evening skinning up Squaw Valley to High Camp,  meeting new friends who enjoy the sport, and top off the night with drinks and dinner?

Event Details:

•          Saturday, February 9 at 3pm. Meet at the Tram at 2:30pm.

•           $50 in advance at Alpenglow Sports | $60 day-of, on-site.

•           Alpenglow Sports offers free rentals all day for the tour. Must be picked up by 1pm. Rental gear can be returned at the end of the tour at the event, or at the shop the next day.

•           Make sure you dress appropriately with warm uphill gear, skis, skins, boots, poles and headlamp! Consider bringing a change of clothes for drinks and dinner afterward at High Camp.


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Carve Tahoe: International Snow Sculpture Celebration

This is not your average snowman building contest. In fact, it’s a sculpting event you won’t find anywhere in the area. You won’t want to miss this fascinating winter event! Unless you want to travel to Colorado…

February 8-13, the best snow carvers from around the world descend on Northstar California Resort to sculpt masterpieces out of 20-ton blocks of snow! An award ceremony takes place on February 13. The event is free and open to the public for the whole week.

This is Carve’s inaugural year at North Lake Tahoe, so come be a part of history! For further details on the events and times during Carve Tahoe visit carvetahoe.com

Have you ever seen a snow sculpture like this in person?


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