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:

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

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