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Tahoe Cultural Events
This weekend marks the 5th Annual Pain McShlonkey Classic at Squaw Valley in honor and remembrance of a Squaw legend, Shane McConkey. For the extreme athlete who actually coined the term freeskiing, Shane and his alter ego ‘Saucer Boy’ (Pain McShlonkey) left an indelible mark on our local mountain and the modern ski industry as we know it.
In celebration of Shane’s wacky personality and creative mind, the Pain McShlonkey Classic is an on and off mountain event, where the world’s top winter athletes compete for the podium – on snowblades, of course!
The Hot Dog Downhill competition kicks off at 9am on Saturday, March 14, followed by a Snowblade Slalom Invitational; lots of drinks, grub and entertainment on the KT Sun Deck, and then an afternoon Costume Contest. Don’t forget to purchase your ticket for The Shane McConkey Legacy Gala, a legendary event in 1970’s NYC nightclub fashion–just the way Shane would like it.
Do you still need a room for the weekend? Stay just a hop, skip and jump from the event. Check out our rates HERE!
To learn more visit The Shane McConkey Foundation.
Set in California and Colorado, Winterwondergrass is a festival that combines the beauty of music, brews, and mountains. Partnering with Squaw Alpine, Bonfire Entertainment will bring a bluesgrass and local roots music festival to the North Lake Tahoe area March 20-22.
Winter concerts at Squaw Valley are truly magical–if you haven’t experienced one, this is your chance! At Winderwondergrass guests will enjoy local food, brewsand the likes of musical artists Greensky Bluegrass, Trampled By Turtles, and special guest Sam Bush.
To purchase Winterwondergrass tickets, visit: http://www.winterwondergrasstahoe.com/
Another great thing about music festivals held at Squaw Valley is the convenient location of Squaw Valley Lodge to the concert venue. As a ski-in/ski-out location at Squaw, we have just the right fit for a laid back weekend of eating, drinking, and grooving to some bluesgrass under the stars. Check out our rates for March!
With Saturday’s recent snow storm at Lake Tahoe, Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows got 6 inches to kick off the winter season.
Though temperatures will rise this week, it has definitely gotten us pumped for powder! With an El Nino winter on the horizon, of course we’re hoping for big storms, deep snow, and fun days on the slopes. While we cross our fingers and hope for an epic year to match the winter of 2010/11, why not check out a new ski film premiering at Tahoe on Sunday, November 23?
Join other locals at Homewood Ski Resort to view Level 1 Production’s ”Less” premier, featuring athletes like Duncan Adams, Will Berman, LSM, Magnus Graner, Tanner Rainville and more! The film was shot on location in the U.S., Canada, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, France, and Japan.
Enjoy the screening of “Less” outside around the South Lodge fire pit (so be sure to bundle up!); heat lamps and warm cocktails are provided to keep you cozy. Sierra Avalanche Center will also give a short presentation about their efforts to keep backcountry skiers and snowboarders safe and educated about the terrain. You won’t want to miss this if you plan on any backcountry this season!
“Less” tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. And of course there will be raffle prizes available – even a snowcat trip on the new Homewood Snowcat Adventures ($399 value).
Remember Squaw Valley Lodge’s winter sale is going on for stays between November 21, 2014 and April 30. 2015! You could save up to 33% off, so check out our best rates, stay a few nights, catch the premier of “Less”, and stay for opening day at Squaw Valley on November 26 while you’re at it!
Though summer is the season for wine tasting, there’s nothing like the warmth that comes from an autumn wine and chocolate tasting. The leaves have changed colors, the crispness of fall hangs in the air – it’s a season that beckons comfort foods. What’s more delicious and comforting than luxurious wine and chocolate?
For over 25 years the Tahoe Chocolate & Wine Festival has been one of the area’s high end culinary events to feature local wineries, chocolatiers and boutique food. For the cost of admission ($125 person) on November 8, from 5:30pm to 10pm at the Hyatt in Incline Village, guests will enjoy a wine walk–sampling wines hand selected from acclaimed California wine regions, such as Napa, Amador, and Paso Robles. Guests are then seated for a guided chocolate tasting from several of Lake Tahoe’s finest culinary chocolate artists.
Not only are guests drinking and eating to their delight, the event benefits an instrumental nonprofit in the Lake Tahoe area, Tahoe SAFE Alliance. Tahoe SAFE Alliance is the only agency in North Lake Tahoe and Truckee that provides free programs and services to survivors of violence and abuse, and educates our youth and community members on violence prevention and healthy relationships.
In addition to the event leaving your belly full, there are raffle prizes, and a door entry prize (yes, it pays to just go!) where you could win 4 nights at Playa Viva Resort – a $2,000 value!
We can’t think of a better reason to taste wine and eat chocolate while at Lake Tahoe.
This was a really tough year for Ironman athletes. Tough because after months of endurance training they were unable to compete.
Ironman competitors lined up at 6:30am this morning at Kings Beach State Recreation Area where they were turned away last minute. At the eleventh hour race officials made a tough call to cancel the Ironman and Ironman 70.3 due to unsafe and unhealthy air quality.
On September 13 a fire began in Pollock Pines, California that has since burned 81,000 acres, and still only 10 percent contained. As smoke from the wildfire descended on Lake Tahoe all week, athletes arrived in the area, gearing up for the big race. Ultimately, officials pulled the plug this morning due to unsafe and unhealthy air quality.
Competitors would have swam the clear blue waters of Lake Tahoe, cycled through Tahoe City, past Squaw Valley, up and over Brockway Summit at 7,200′ elevation, and completed miles upon miles on foot along Truckee River, down to Homewood and back to Squaw Valley for the big finish (right next to Squaw Valley Lodge!).
The heartbreaking turn of events has thousands of athletes defeated, but with the air quality at dangerously poor levels, officials felt this decision was the safest for competitors and spectators alike. With the course taking place at 6,000′+ elevation, Ironman athletes would have needed every bit of oxygen they could get—and this was a risk officials were not willing to take. Sadly, Tahoe with its clean mountain air is generally the perfect place to train and race.
Despite today’s change of events, we have enjoyed serving the Ironman community this weekend at Squaw Valley, and we look to next year with high hopes!
This time of year at Lake Tahoe seems to sneak up on us. We’re in the thick of summer and all its glorious events, and in one fell swoop summer suddenly collapses in fall. With the crisp, cooling temperatures and leaves rapidly changing colors, it’s time to ring in the season with Oktoberfest at Squaw Valley on September 27, 2014! Taking down a large stein of beer will get you ready for those long winter nights of cozying up by the fire after an epic powder day on the slopes. Sure winter is on the horizon, but let’s be sure to enjoy fall first!
What to expect at Squaw’s Oktoberfest? All the standard greats: Traditional Bavarian music and folk dances, Benefit Beer Garten, Brats & Kraut, and games from 2-6pm. Your $10 admission includes a specialty glass and first beer (choose wisely). After that it’s only $5 for additional beers in your stein!
Don’t worry, wine is also available if you’re not a beer lover. (We’ll forgive you for that one at Oktoberfest.)