Tahoe Things to Do

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!

2016/17 Squaw Alpine Ski Season Opening Day!

It’s finally here: opening day at Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows! This morning we kicked off the 2016/17 ski season with three local favorites and powder-hungry riders at Alpine Meadows. A Martinelli first chair toast with Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows athletes Jonny Moseley, Travis Ganong and Cody Townsend while the snow fell was a picture perfect start! Let it snow and stay in the know about lift openings HERE.

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Here’s the latest on terrain opening:

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·       Thursday: Red Dog Lift is expected to open

·       Friday: Squaw Creek Lift is expected to open

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·       Nick’s Run at Alpine will open tomorrow

With a break in the forecast Thursday and Friday, more snow is on the horizon this weekend so be sure to stay tuned in at Open Snow. While the snow stacks up, be sure to book your winter vacation – take advantage of our Winter Lodging Promo:

Three night reservations save 15%

·         Four night reservations save 20%

·         Five night reservations save 25%

·         Six night reservations save 30%

·         Seven + nights reservations save 40%

·         Christmas and President’s Week holiday periods, up to 15% off. (December 17, 2016 – January 7, 2017 and February. 17 – 25, 2017). 20% off is only valid for Deluxe Studio Condominiums during the dates December 26 – January 1, 2017.

·         Valid for winter reservations December 17, 2016 through April 19, 2017.

All Promotions above for Fall and Winter are subject to change, blackout dates, nightly minimums and inventory cutoffs.


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When will Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows open for the 2016/17 season?

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It depends.

That million dollar question comes up every year: when will you open for the ski season? When will the slopes be ready? We’re like you all, waiting for snow to return, crossing our fingers for a few large storms in November to ensure opening day by the time Thanksgiving rolls around.

We saw a good amount of precipitation in October, but then Mother Nature left us with warmer temperatures and all that beautiful snow made way for fall leaves to finish their colorful transformation (yes, it’s still autumn!). There’s no hurrying nature. As colder temperatures have descended on Tahoe, Squaw Valley’s 317 snowmaking guns have fired back up, and great news: we also have snow in the forecast! Did you know Squaw Valley can now make 9 times the amount of snow it could 10 years ago?

They’re working on it.

So, weather permitting Squaw Alpine will open November 23 just in time for all you snow turkeys headed up the hill to enjoy the holiday with family and friends. We’ll be sure to keep you updated! After Thanksgiving another stronger and colder system moves into the area, which should produce a greater amount of accumulation!

If you don’t have your Tahoe Super Pass yet, now’s the time to get one. Before you know it, December and powder will be here.


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First Tahoe storm! Do you have your 2016/17 season pass yet?

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We hope this doesn’t sound like a broken record: though we love the summers in Tahoe, there’s always an aching inside for the return of winter. Squaw Valley is stunning when it’s blanked by fresh snow, and it’s so much fun too in the heart of the season when the powder is deep and the runs are long.

The Reno/Tahoe got hit hard in mid-October with a big storm. In fact, the whole West Coast experienced this one – epic rainfall, 100MPH winds, and snow. I guess it’s time we officially dig out our skis and dust them off for the season.

This year Squaw Alpine has proposed their winter season opening on November 11 (weather permitting)! That means two things: 1. You need to purchase your season pass soon if you don’t already have it and 2. We need to keep crossing our fingers for more storms! In fact, there’s one headed our way this weekend. Our friends at Open Snow have forecasted about ONE FOOT of snow at 8,000 feet and above, and 6-9 INCHES at 7,000 feet.

And on top of all that, our winter lodging promotions are on their way! Stay tuned for what those are. In the meantime, we’ll leave you with some beautiful shots of October’s storm to scratch that snow itch  …

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Winter Lodging Sale Ends September 16!

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Every year our guests ask if our winter lodging sale will return in September, and every year we deliver, because we know one thing is true: Squaw on a bluebird day with fresh snow is hard to beat, and why not save a little for that winter getaway if you can?

Our winter lodging sale goes like this: you plan your winter vacation with your loved ones, give us a call, and we’ll let you know if your dates are not blacked out during the holidays; then we give you the good news: how much you’re SAVING! Some stays are up to 40% off! That’s more money in your pocket for things like lift tickets, apres ski hot toddies, new gear, and so on. T

The Winter Lodging Sales ends Friday, September 16 at 8PM PST. Be sure to give a call before then and secure your winter vacation while you can! Following is a break down of sale details:

Reserve multiple trips and watch the savings pile up!

  • Two night reservations save 10%
  • Three night reservations save 20%
  • Four night reservations save 25%
  • Five night reservations save 30%
  • Six night reservations save 35%
  • Seven + nights reservations save 40%

Christmas and President’s Week holiday periods, up to 20% off. (December 17, 2016 – January 7, 2017 and February. 17 – 25, 2017). 20% off is only valid for Deluxe Studio Condominiums during the dates December 26 – January 1, 2017. Valid for winter reservations November 18, 2016 through April 19, 2017.

Reserve online or contact a Reservation Agent today!


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Truckee-Tahoe Horseback Riding the Whole Family Will Love!

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You’ve spent all summer at Lake Tahoe and Truckee enjoying your usual favorites: hot coffee in the morning at Coffeebar or Tahoe House, a run along the Truckee River bike path, hiking Shirley Lake, waterskiing with friends, live music at the Village at Squaw in the evening, and it’s time to try something different.

Did you know you can go horseback riding in the area with the whole family? Piping Rock Equestrian Center, located in Truckee near Boca, offers a wide range of trail rides that suit first-time riders to veteran riders! The base ride starts at one hour, all the way up to four! Maybe your little ones don’t want to saddle up on a horse – don’t worry: there are pony rides too!

Enjoy an afternoon crossing mountain streams and meandering through Jeffery pines – see Tahoe from a different view! A few of the scenic rides also include a leisurely picnic. Or sign up for a sunset ride through the Sierra.

Be sure to secure your backcountry ride ahead of time, and contact our Reservation Agents to book your stay with our great fall rates and specials: squawvalleylodge.com


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Tangled Vines: An Evening with Frances Dinkelspiel at Lake Tahoe

Hellman MansionBeyond Lake Tahoe’s natural beauty, is a rich history of California’s Gold Rush, and how that flourished this beautiful area. Visitors flock to Truckee and Tahoe in droves to escape the hustle and bustle in the mountains and at the alpine lake – they’ve been doing it for over a century, the only exception being their mode of transportation and the magnitude of the ski resorts today. (What it would have been to travel only by train and steamer from San Francisco!)

Taking time to discover the gems of history in Tahoe is almost a rite of passage in knowing this place like the back of your hand. The Hellman-Ehrman Mansion (a California State Park) is no exception. Situation on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe, the mansion offers a glimpse into Northern California’s opulent history.

So why not spend a little time getting to know Tahoe’s past? Take a break from kayaking or boating or hiking Blackwood Canyon, and spend an evening with acclaimed author Frances Dinkelspiel at Hellman-Ehrman Mansion on July 20. Frances will discuss her newest book, “Tangled Vines” over the course of the summer’s evening at the mansion.

Step back in time, enjoy tasty hor d’oeuvres and fine wines while learning all about the greed, murder, obsession and arson that took place in the Napa Valley vineyards of California. Dinkelspiel explores the colorful and dynamic past of California’s wine industry, at one of Lake Tahoe’s most historic and dynamic places.

Seating is limited. Purchase your ticket by calling 530.583.9911 or sierrastateparks.org


Keep Tahoe Fire Safe: Defensible Space and Campfire Safety

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There’s nothing quite like a clear summer’s night star gazing at the night sky over Lake Tahoe next to a smoldering camp fire, or grilling on the back deck while the local deer mull around at sunset. The Sierras are a splendid break from the hustle and bustle, the busyness of our everyday lives, where we can enjoy the wildness of Tahoe.

Though it’s the perfect season to play all day in the fresh air and cozy up around the campfire with loved ones, it’s also wildfire season when locals are on high alert. Campers, hikers and backpackers are also out in droves. In order to preserve our favorite summer playground, we need to practice wildfire caution – come prepared with water and/or bucket to douse a fire while camping, set up an adequate fire ring around a campfire, increase our defensible space, and so on.

Think First Tahoe has established a new initiative to encourage residents and visitors alike to practice wildfire prevention, whether that’s out camping in Tahoe backcountry and following legal campfire practices, or increasing defensible space around your home. Both are equally important.

Join others on Saturday, June 25 from 12PM-2PM at the Tahoe Biltmore and Lodge Casino for a Defensible Space Block Party! Meet your neighbors and local fire district and learn new ways to create defensible space around your home. Guests will also have access to free greenwaste dumpsters, and enjoy tasty food and drinks!

Visit ThinkFirstTahoe.org to learn more.


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