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!

Endurance Athlete Feature: Western States 100-Mile Run

Colleen Conners Pace

Colleen in action!

On Saturday, Timothy Olsen, crossed the finish line of the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run in 15 hours, 17 minutes and 27 seconds in 102 degree heat.

The 40th year of this race began at the crack of dawn on Saturday, June 29, at Squaw Valley and ended at Placer High School in Auburn, CA the following day. This renowned trail foot race draws elite endurance athletes from all of the world. Our local blog contributor, Colleen Conners-Pace of Tahoe Peak Endurance (who has dolled out great tips for Ironman Lake Tahoe!) competed years ago, so we sat down with her to find out what it was like to run this incredibly popular and difficult ultra.

What year did you compete in WS100, what was your time, and what did you place?

I competed in 1980 with a time of 23:10. I placed as the 3rd woman, and at 23 years old I was the youngest. I think 250 entered, 125 finished, 66 under 24 hours, and I was 33rd overall.

How long did you train?

I began running in 1976 and ran my first marathon in ’78. My first ultra was 1979 around the lake in September, then I raced the WS 100. I crewed for Cowman and others for several years prior to my run, as well as after. Crewing is what turned me onto trail and ultra distance running and the desire to run the WS 100.

What was the most enjoyable part about the race?

Being out there in the woods and the mountains, with nothing but the simplicity of shoes on your feet. Having to go from one point to another over a rugged trail. There is no way I would do an ultra that travels in loops, and/or on pavement. Challenging the body, spirit, and mind. All the support from family and friends, all the volunteers, and race officials. Knowing that I was able to accomplish this feat, was racing well and had the potential to place.

What was the most difficult part of the race for you?

When my partner, Carl Toeppner, whom I trained with–actually my coach and mentor, the biggest influence on why I was able to complete the event–had to drop out and I had to continue on my own  until I picked up our pacers later. I had to run the canyons alone, and when we had trained he was always there. Of course, there were other runners were out there, but I still felt a bit apprehensive.

What is your advice to those interested in training for and racing WS100?

Train less than more and be aware of too much volume. Listen to your body. Enjoy the journey to the event. Have no expectations the first time other than to enjoy the day and finish healthy. Don’t wear a watch, don’t get hung up on numbers and time and … too much stress. Allow someone else monitor your progress.

How is the WS100 different from other ultras? What sets it apart as an endurance race?

It’s the grand daddy of them all. It was my first, and I was one of the pioneers. I entered before there was a lottery. It started in my backyard, it was a “must-do”!

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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Wanderlust California: July 18-21

Find your true north at the most exhilarating festival in California. Hosted in Squaw Valley, Wanderlust is a free-spirited fusion of music, art, food, wine, wellness and breathtaking natural beauty that rejuvenate your spirit. Enjoy sipping in the sun and dancing under the stars at Wanderlust 2013, featuring incredible musical acts and DJs, winemakers, chefs and the world’s top yoga and wellness teachers in the breathtaking beauty of Squaw Valley.

What will you experience at Wanderlust? After you awaken to crisp mountain air and morning sunshine, grab your daypack, take a mountain mediation hike and cruise over to The Village at Squaw Valley for the festival. Fill your days with live concerts and music by amazing performers and groove-spinning DJs like Moby, Alia, Shimmy Sisters, Quixotic, and DJ HY-FI. Browse the village for arts and crafts, feed your soul on local and organic food, hear a fascinating lecture on health and balance and enjoy a sky-lit yoga class under majestic mountain peaks. Soak up the summer shine, sip cocktails at enjoy live DJs at the afternoon pool party.

Wanderlust is an ecstatic celebration that moves your soul. Wanderlust 2013 will also feature a farm-to-table dinner, an outdoor food co-op, dance performances and workshops, yoga and meditation activities, mountain hikes, outdoor expeditions, including paddleboard yoga on Lake Tahoe, speakers, films, food and wine tastings and all-night dance parties.

As the sun sets over Squaw Valley, head to Winederlust and sample biodynamic and organic wines from local vineyards at Rue Boheme. Take your thirst up the mountain to the Farm to Table Dinner, browse eclectic art installations, and get your body moving at the Wanderlust main stage for a DJ set by Moby. When you crave more music, Wanderlust’s late-night DJ dance parties go until 2 am.

For tickets, go to: http://squaw.wanderlustfestival.com/.

Photo Credit Squaw Valley  USA.

Photo Credit Squaw Valley USA.


Lake Tahoe Farmers’ Market 2013

Farmers MarketsIf you’ve been waiting for that fresh summer produce to stock your fridge while on vacation in Lake Tahoe, then be sure to mark your calendars for the opener dates of Foothill Farmers Markets in Tahoe City! Make note of the mid-summer location change in Tahoe City due to other events on Commons Beach.

Contact our Front Desk for directions while staying with us.

Tahoe City: Commons Beach on Thursdays

Commons Beach Road and North Lake Blvd.

8am-1pm, May 23rd-June 20th & August 29th-September 26th

Tahoe City: Tahoe Lake Elementary School on Thursdays

375 Grove Street

8am-1pm, June 27th-Aug 22

If you want to check out other markets in the area, then head over to Truckee (15 minute drive from Squaw Valley Lodge) or Kings Beach (20 minute drive from Squaw Valley Lodge).

Truckee: Truckee River Regional Park on Tuesdays

10500 Brockway Road off Highway 267

8am-1pm, June 11th-Oct 8th.

Kings Beach: Kings Beach SRA on Tuesdays

Highway 28 at Bear Street

9am-1pm, June 25th-Aug 27th


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