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!

March Into Spring Savings

Romi Kristl enjoys fresh snow at Squaw Valley. Photo Credit Squaw Valley PR

Romi Kristl enjoys fresh snow at Squaw Valley. Photo Credit Squaw Valley PR

Where else in the world can you ski in a t-shirt one day, and puffy jacket the next? We’ve enjoyed classic California spring conditions, but welcome back winter with more snow this week.

With great snow conditions, an exciting lineup of events and special promotions, winter is far from over! Reserve your Squaw Valley Lodge spring vacation and take advantage of this year’s fun and fabulous skiing conditions and unparalleled vacation value. Rates start at just $126 per night!* Call (855) 789-3961 or reserve online today: SquawValleyLodge.com

Check out these awesome events!

Pain McShlonkey Classic, March 29-30, 2013 
Make time to attend The Greatest Ski Competitions Known to Man and Woman: the Pain McShlonkey Classic at Squaw Valley! This action packed on and off-mountain event serves as a hilarious tribute to legendary skier Shane McConkey. 

Granite Chief Demo Day & BBQ at Squaw Valley Lodge  April 6th 
Guests of Squaw Valley Lodge can join the Granite Chief Ski and Snowboard Shop’s private Demo Day. Sign up starts at 9am in the Squaw Valley Lodge Ponderosa Room. Purchase your skis for next year and receive a preseason discount. Your new skis will be ready for pickup next fall!

Mountain of Strings Festival, April 28 
Squaw Valley is hosting The Mountain of Strings Festival. Come and see Yonder Mountain String Band, The Del McCoury Band and Tony Furtado. Tahoe’s own Dead Winter Carpenters will all also play at Squaw Valley. Music starts at 3:00pm 

*$126 per night rate represents 3 nights in a Standard Room with the “3rd Night Free” promotion, valid through April 4, 2013. Rates are lower beginning April 7. Promotions are subject to availability, change, blackout dates, and nightly minimums.


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

Colleen Conners-Pace is an Exercise Physiologist, USAT Triathlon Coach Level 1 and Certified Cycle Ops Power Coach

Colleen Conners-Pace is an Exercise Physiologist, USAT Triathlon Coach Level 1, and Certified Cycle Ops Power Coach

Colleen Conners-Pace is back with continued tips for Ironman Lake Tahoe! In this post, she breaks down the second step of Ironman training: moving from the Prep Time to Base Training Period. 

As you move into the Base Training Period, you will begin to focus more on aerobic endurance.  Without endurance you will never finish the Ironman Lake Tahoe.  To train for aerobic endurance you need to keep the intensity low so the body can make physiological adaptations required to be more efficient at delivering oxygen to the working muscles. Thus, the muscles become more efficient at using the oxygen to break down fuels, primarily fat for energy. Work too hard and you train more of your anaerobic energy system, hence, you will not create the desired adaptations of increased aerobic fitness. 

You will not actually rely much on your anaerobic energy system in an Ironman. Ironman requires aerobic endurance.  Training at an aerobic level teaches your body to be more efficient at using fat as your main source of fuel.  We store up to 40,000 calories of fat in our body (even if you are 7% body fat at 150 pounds) and only 2000 at most carbohydrates (glycogen).  Rely on the carbohydrates and you will definitely “bonk,” hit “the wall,” and at the end of the day you won’t be called  an “Ironman.” (More on nutrition in future blogs.)  

So how hard or easy should one go to achieve the benefits of these physiological adaptations? The best way to know is to do a Lactate Threshold Test. This will help identify your aerobic zones so you train at the right intensity and get the biggest bang for your training time. This test can be done on a treadmill or bicycle, or both, as heart rate training zones are different for each sport. Zones from one sport can be estimated from the other, but it is simply an estimate. If you have a power meter, power zones can be calculated from the Lactate Test along with the heart rate zones. For more information on Lactate Threshold testing go to Tahoe Peak Endurance, LLC.

Stay tuned for a minimalist approach on Ironman training: a much healthier, saner training plan than most out there!

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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Free Avalanche Workshops – Squaw Valley

Ski Patrol base @ Red Dog

1st and 15th of every month

5:30pm-7pm

While skiing and snowboarding is a ton of fun, dangers lurk all around you. Learn what to look for in deep snow, conditions that cause avalanches and brush up on your companion rescue skills at the free workshops offered twice a month by the Squaw Valley Ski Patrol.  Whether you’re an experienced skier polishing up or a beginner learning for the first time, this free workshop is open and beneficial to all levels. Just dress warm and bring a beacon to participate.

Host of the 1960 Winter Olympics and 1969 World Cup tour, Squaw Valley one of the largest and most popular ski destinations in the US. Located in the Sierra Nevada, the valley has recently teamed up with neighboring Alpine Meadows and now offers visitors access to 6,000 skiable acres, 43 lifts, over 270 trails, beginner areas and unequalled expert slopes, chutes and bowls.

Squaw Valley is a beautiful mountain getaway with wonderful dining, shopping and outdoor adventures for every season. In the summer, the Village at Squaw Valley heats up with fun music festivals, art shows and wine walks.

Powder Day


US National Alpine Championships at Squaw Valley

March 20 – 24, 2013

Welcome athletes, coaches and spectators from across the country for this action packed weekend that includes an opening ceremony, athlete galas, spectator parties and world-class racing! Held at Squaw Valley, The 2013 Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships is the finale to a year filled with ski racing and snowboarding competitions among the top athletes in the US. Consisting of a record setting US Ski Team alumni and coupled with top-rated slope and pipes, Squaw Valley has become one of the greatest winter sports destinations in the world. See some of the most popular local boarders Julia Mancuso, Travis Ganong and Marco Sullivan rock the pipe.

Host of the 1960 Winter Olympics and 1969 World Cup tour, Squaw Valley is one of the largest and most popular ski destinations in the US. Located in the Sierra Nevada, the valley has recently teamed up with neighboring Alpine Meadows and now offers access to 6,000 skiable acres, 43 lifts, over 270 trails, beginner areas and unequalled expert slopes, chutes and bowls.

In the summer, the Village at Squaw Valley really livens up with outdoor music festivals, wine walks and art shows. Squaw Valley is a year-round recreation hot spot featuring world class dining, shopping and adventures for every season.SV powder morning


Tahoe Youth Ballet 5th Anniversary Gala

Photo Credit Tahoe Youth Ballet.

Photo Credit Tahoe Youth Ballet.

If you’re looking for a refined evening of culture, then clear your calendar for March 15th and 16th to support Tahoe’s local ballet company at the Tahoe Youth Ballet 5th Anniversary Galaat The Frank Sinatra Ballroom in the Cal Neva Resort.

For an advance ticket to the performance, film premiere and party you’re looking at $35, or $40 at the door. Purchase your tickets HERE.

The evening features guest artists Max Van der Sterre (Alabama Ballet, formerly New York City Ballet), Risa Larsen (Margaret Jenkins Dance Company) and pianist Melody Fader (New Chamber Ballet)

Works by Constantine Baecher, Shannon Barter, Christin Hanna, Risa Larsen, Deborah Lohse, Marius Petipa & Stephen Straub. Music by Adolph Adam, Arvo Part, Marc Mellits, Mogwai and Alexander Scriabin.

What is your favorite ballet?


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Lake Tahoe St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

Celebration St. Patrick's Day at Auld Dubliner in Squaw Valley!

No plans for St. Patrick’s Day? Celebrate at Auld Dubliner in Squaw Valley!

If you’re looking for the luck of the Irish, we can’t guarantee you’ll find it around Lake Tahoe on St. Patrick’s Day, but we’re sure you’ll find delicious Irish fare and traditional drinks to whet your whistle after a day of spring skiing!

If corned beef and cabbage, and a hearty pint is what you desire:

St. Patrick’s Day Corned Beef & Irish Special at River Ranch: Head on down to the River Ranch from 12PM-8PM, and take a seat on the deck under such sunny skies, with traditional Irish cuisine and drink specials.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Homewood & West Shore Inn: This is a great combo to quench your hunger for skiing and St. Patty’s Day food and drink! Start your day at Homewood at 9AM, where they offer their signature  ”I Shamrock Homewood” t-shirts. Once you’re off the slopes, cross the street for live music, as well as a classic corned beef and cabbage feast (until 11PM).

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Auld Dubliner: Squaw Valley’s authentic Irish pub (literally imported from Dublin, Ireland) is definitely the place to be and be seen on St. Patty’s Day! If you’re looking for the best Shephard’s Pie or Traditional Beef Stew and a Guiness on the side, then make your way here. We suggest a Black and Tan.

If you feel like hunting for a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow:

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Squaw Valley: Ski or snowboard with Squaw’s lucky leprechaun! Afterwards hit up the KT sundeck for an Irish pint while listening to the tunes of Leche De Tigre, live!

How do you like to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?


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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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