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!

WinterWonderGrass Returns to Tahoe April 2018

The Infamous String Dusters play while snow falls at the 2014 Winterwondergrass.

WinterWonderGrass Returns to Tahoe

We know right now you’re stoked to pull out your gear and for the big storms to whip through with epic powder like last year, but when March and April roll around the cold can really get to you. Which is why WinterWonderGrass comes at the perfect time! We’re just a few months away from local craft beer, epic music and views that will take your breath away. Join us April 6th-8th for WinerWonderGrass Tahoe!

This three-day world-class event will host new changes in 2018 including more food trucks, additional late night venues, a coffee lounge, expo village and a kick-off welcome pick.

See this year’s awesome line up here.

Want to come out, but don’t want to leave the kids at home? You don’t have to! Kids under the age of 12 receive free admission.  Not only do kids get in for free, but there will also be plenty of face painting, hula hooping and dance parties from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. each day.

Hurry up and get your tickets today for April 6th-8th, and be sure to check out our rates for lodging. WinterWonderGrass weekend books up fast, so get your cozy room at Squaw Valley Lodge today while you still can.

For additional festival information, go to the WinterWonderGrass website.

We’re so looking forward to a weekend of music, brews and mountains. See you there!

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Winter is Coming … Well, It’s Here!

Or more accurately, winter is here! Snow blankets Squaw Valley just in time for opening day. Now that the winter wonderland is upon us, here are the top 4 things to do in Tahoe to make your days merry and bright.

Head to the Slopes

Voted the best Ski Resort in North America, Squaw Valley Ski Resort is the place to be. Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or an expert, you don’t want to miss this winter’s festivities at Squaw Valley.

For more information and pricing, go to the Squaw Valley Website.

Find Your Inner Zen

Ready to stay indoors and give your body a break from the hills? Check out the Wanderlust Yoga Studio. In close proximity to the lodge, the studio’s spectacular mountain views and relaxing energy makes this spot a serene sanctuary to practice yoga.

“Find your true north”

Shop Till You Drop

Just down the road, check out The Village at Squaw Valley. Pick up your warm winter clothing at the North Face, Oakley gear or a tasty treat from Dorinda’s Chocolates. You’re sure to find what you’re looking for.

The Village at Squaw Valley

A Taste of Tahoe

What’s the point of fun activities without a tasty meal to look forward to? Whether you’re in the mood for Mediterranean fine dining, tasty Italian cuisine or a beer and a slice, Squaw Valley has a variety of restaurants for even the most selective of taste buds.

Dining in Tahoe

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There’s No Place Like Tahoe for the Holidays

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, especially in the winter wonderland of Lake Tahoe. Create new traditions with your loved ones while enjoying local holiday events, festivals and fun.

Over the River and Through the Woods to the Squaw Valley Lodge We Go

Celebrate the holidays at Squaw Valley Lodge where the spirit of the city comes alive this holiday season. Book our Lake Tahoe holiday specials to make memories that last a lifetime.

Squaw Valley Lodge Holiday Deals! 

Santa’s Coming!

Escaping the holidays doesn’t mean the little ones have to skip out on meeting Santa. Check out the list below (don’t worry, we checked it twice) to see the events Santa will be attending this year.

Santa’s Holiday Schedule

Other Family Fun Events

Don’t forget about all of the other family fun events this holiday season. Check out the full calendar, by following the link below.

Family Fun Events Schedule

Whatever you decide to do this holiday season, on behalf of the Squaw Valley Lodge we wish you a very happy holiday!

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Annual Winter Sale Ends Tonight at 8PM!

As summer wanes into fall the chill of the season and anticipation of winter returns! We turn on the heater for the first time in the house since May … okay, maybe June considering the amount of snow we had this year. As we make all of the necessary preparations for winter (winterize our cars, chop wood, new powder gear) we roll out our popular winter sale for our beloved guests!

And as if Mother Nature could sense our excitement for the season change, she arrived with some snow on the last day of summer!

You have until 8PM PST to book your next ski getaway and save up to 35% off! Here’s the sale lowdown (it’s pretty simple: book and save) —


The Book Early for Winter Sale ends Thursday, September 21 at 8PM PST.

• Two night reservations save 10%
• Three night reservations save 15%
• Four night reservations save 20%
• Five nights reservations save 25%
• Six nights reservations save 30%
• Seven + nights reservations save 35%
• Christmas and Presidents’ Weeks save 15%*

Also check out the Squaw Valley Lodge ‘Cool Rates’! Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday winter (non-holiday) nights have lower than normal midweek rates!

*Christmas and Presidents’ Week holiday periods, save 15% off the dates of December 15, 2017 – January 6, 2018 and February 16 – 24, 2018. The sale is valid for reservations November 17, 2017 through April 28, 2018.

Reserve online or call a Vacation Planner today: 855.436.0087

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32nd Annual Lake Tahoe Food & Wine Festival

There is an unspoken bond when it comes to small mountain town and their food and wine festivals. It goes like this: “I respect yours, but ours is better.” If you’ve ever heard someone rave about the Aspen Food and Wine, rest assured there is a person out there in the world who believes the Lake Tahoe Food and Wine Festival is better.

And here’s why … it takes place at stunning Lake Tahoe. Case closed.

Back for its 32nd year, the Lake Tahoe Food and Wine Festival, returns on Friday September 8, Sunday pulling out all the stops with seminars and events ranging from a Ritz-Carlton mixology workshop to sustainable farm-to-table dinner at Zephyr Lodge (an iconic point at Northstar Resort). The three day festival (culminating with the big competition on Sunday, September 10) is jam packed with events the whole family will love, from cooking with world renowned chefs to family friend activities in the Village at Northstar. Check out the bungee trampoline, rock wall, spider climbing web and slide, gem panning station and miniature golf features with the kiddos!

All weekend guests will enjoy the Gourmet Marketplace Fair, featuring local artisans like Nordic Walking Nations, Pacari Chocolate, Stella & Dot, Tahoe Husky Rescue, Tahoe Mountain Soap Company and many more local and regional wineries and breweries. In fact, click here to learn about the vendors available for tastings at the Saturday and Sunday marketplace!

Choose between a 2-day or 3-day pass for the event, or purchase tickets to the various seminars as you see fit. It’s a fun food and wine festival that fits every party goer!

If you’re still looking for lodging contact a Reservation Agent at Squaw Valley Lodge today!

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Best Lake Tahoe Vista Hikes

Hiking is a refreshing (and challenging!) way to enjoy summer in the mountains. You can trek out with hot coffee and watch the sun rise over the Sierra Nevadas, or gather the kiddos for a nice jaunt up the hill, but there is nothing like reaching your destination with a stunning vista of Lake Tahoe’s big blue waters. Since summer is just around the bend, we’re sharing our favorite Lake Tahoe hikes the whole family will love, and they offer views hard to beat in California!
Stateline Lookout Trail
When it comes to vistas and standing on the edge of Lake Tahoe, this is our all-time favorite hike! It’s easily accessible, doesn’t take long to reach the top, and a hidden gem in the area! This 1-mile roundtrip local ‘hike’ is actually what many would consider a stroll. You’ll find locals ascending with their dogs and kids on a regular basis. The trail is actually an old fire road that begins in Nevada and ends at the old California State fire lookout. The word that comes to mind is ‘breathtaking’ when you reach the lookout point. Read up on its history. Take a seat at one of the benches among the wildflowers and gaze out at east, south, and west Lake Tahoe. It’s a great place to just breathe.
Eagle Falls
Another favorite on the west shore of Lake Tahoe is Eagle Falls! This moderate hike follows a trail leading into the Destination Wilderness, and is only 2-miles roundtrip. An excellent hike for the whole family it offers stunning views of Emerald Bay, and you can hike further past the bridge into Eagle Lake, where you can take a cool dip before hiking back down. The trail entrance is right off Highway 89 across from Emerald Bay. But beware, it can get very busy in the summer with tourists. We suggest going at the beginning or end of the day to avoid crowds.


If you’re looking for more challenging/longer day hikes, don’t hesitate to contact our Squaw Valley Lodge Front Desk for assistance. We can also make recommendations where to ‘gear up’ or places around Tahoe to supply picnic food and drinks for your adventure!

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Snow Safety Tips: They Matter and They Can Save Lives!

2016-17 SVAM Winter First Snow

Snow safety keeps everyone safe! (Photo courtesy of Squaw Alpine Media.)

This past week a patroller with Squaw Ski Patrol had a fatal accident during avalanche control activities. We are deeply saddened by this incident. Our thoughts go out to the family and loved ones of Joe Zuiches, and the Squaw Valley Ski Patrol: women and men who risk their own lives to ensure the safety of all guests. Zuiches was an integral part of our mountain community, and we will continue to rally around his family in this time of need.

24 feet of snow in just a few weeks means it’s imperative more than ever to be safe while out riding. These tips can help to save lives, so take note if you’re new to the sport or have been skiing/riding for decades. If you want to learn more about avalanche safety, backcountry safety, or general tips on what do to in conditions like we’ve had (huge, wet storms!) check out Sierra Avalanche Center, which has various classes around the area, or this one geared specifically toward women: SAFE AS Clinic.

Below we’re sharing top (standard) tips from our friends at Sugar Bowl Resort (if you don’t receive their emails) because they’re excellent and we agree! Sugar Bowl is just a hop, skip or jump from us, and the skiing there right now is insanely good as well: sugarbowl.com

1. If you are unsure of your ability in deep snow, stay on groomed runs; do not go into the trees.

2. Always ski and ride with a partner.

3.  Always stay in visual contact so that your partner(s) can see you if you fall.

4. Stay close enough to either pull or dig out a partner should they fall in deep snow. If you have any question about what “close enough” to assist someone in a tree well is, hold your breath while you are reading this. The amount of time before you need air may be how much time your partner has to pull or dig you out of danger.

5. Remember, if you lose visual contact with your partner you could lose your friend.

It is important to know that most people who have died in deep snow or tree well accidents had been skiing or riding with “partners” at the time of their accident. Unfortunately, none of these partners were in visual contact so they were not able to be of help in a timely manner.

Always use good judgment, ski with a partner, maintain visual contact and have a safe and fun day on the mountain!


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