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!

Family Fun: 2015 North Lake Tahoe Farmers’ Markets

Farmers Market Display

It’s hard to believe it’s that time of year again. With the late spring snow in Tahoe it may feel strange to think about celebrating summer at Farmers’ Market, but it’s right around the bend! Before you know it you’ll be stocking up on fresh fruits and vegetables for the summer—great snacks to take on the trail hiking or biking, while hanging out at Squaw Valley, or entertaining lakeside.

We revere winter, but summer has its special charm, its ‘epicness.’ In the local community we often hear, “I came for a summer at Lake Tahoe and never left.”

Farmers Market Tahoe City By Water

Farmers’ Markets at Tahoe City and Truckee are a great way to get to know the local farmers, vendors, and close-knit community. Chat it up with Tahoe and Sacramento Valley based vendors–maybe even bump into well-known chefs getting ready for their evening menues.

Tahoe City Farmers’ Markets run Thursdays from 8am to 1pm, May 28 to June 18 at Commons Beach; and at Tahoe Lake Elementary School June 25 to August 20. Truckee Farmers’ Markets run Tuesdays from 8am to 1pm at Truckee River Regional Park, June 2 to October 20.

Visit http://www.foothillfarmersmarket.com/ to learn more!

Squaw Ski Season Closing Weekend And Fresh Powder!

squaw valley spring snow

Image taken April 25, 2015 via Squaw Alpine Media.

Well look at that.

It’s closing weekend at Squaw Valley, and we have 12 inches of new snow to celebrate! A typical Tahoe spring: late season snow. If you’re not ready to toss in your gear yet for the season, then hurry up and enjoy the last of it while you can! Right now Squaw Valley Lodge spring weekend rates start at just $135/night! You can book online HERE or contact one of our reservation agents at 855.549.6742. Looking for other fun things to do while you’re here? Check out GoTahoeNorth for activities and events in the North Lake Tahoe area.

It’s also not too late to purchase your Tahoe Super Pass for the 2015/16 ski season! The Bronze Pass is almost sold out, so you’ll want to secure yours as soon as possible: http://squawalpine.com/

New to the Tahoe Super Pass–which gives you access to four resorts (Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, Sierra-at-Tahoe and Sugar Bowl Resort)–is rollover days! Read all about it HERE.

Fun Hot Air Balloon Event! The Great Reno Balloon Race 2015

Great Reno Balloon Race

We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again. If you want to visit one of the most spectacular events in the West, heck–the United States–then don’t miss The Great Reno Balloon Races held this September 11-13, 2015.

Set your coffee machine on a timer the night before, and rise early (we’re talking well before 5am) and head into West Reno, Nevada for dawn patrol. Hot air balloons lift into the dark skies as dawn approaches and they GLOW. It’s a sight to see for the family family! Children squeal. Parents watch with sleepy eyes, sipping on hot cocoa and strong coffee. Stay past dawn as hundreds of balloons coast through Reno’s skies. Balloons in the shape of panda bears, beer cans, rainbows, Darth Vadar, just about everything you can think of!

Did we mention this magnificent event is free? Be sure to check out our fantastic lodging savings in September! The crowds have lessened, and it’s a fun time of year to explore the area with hiking, biking, and of course, The Great Reno Balloon Race! Squaw Valley Lodge is also a quick drive into Reno.

For more info on the balloon race, click HERE.

New April Snow And Squaw Valley’s 2015 Closing Day Extended!

Squaw Pup Tongue

Don’t put away those skis or boards just yet! With over a foot of fresh snow up top at Squaw Valley, the season’s closing day has been extended to April 19, 2015 and possibly longer depending on weather conditions. Another classic Tahoe spring, with late snow and fun powder days before summer hits!

Squaw Valley Lodge wants to say “thank you for an interesting and unforgettable season” by passing on BIG savings. Rates for a two night weekend stay start at $151 per night, and midweek per night rates start at $135*. Enjoy even bigger discounts for longer stays, and with the new snow how can you pass that one up?

Reserve online or call a Vacation Planner today: (844) 572-6994

In addition to the spring skiing, check out Apres Ski Music at the Village Events Plaza this Saturday, April 11, or pop into any of Squaw’s food favorites for a fun happy hour.

*Rates quoted are for a Standard Room, per night for two nights. 

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First Fridays in Tahoe City

Enjoy a community gathering every month during First Fridays in Tahoe City. From 4PM to 8PM, local businesses offer refreshments, music, and special discounts. April’s First Friday theme will be “Art in Tahoe.”


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Lake Tahoe Events: Wine and Painting Parties

Discover the perfect blend of lakeside beauty, creative expression and wine at the West Shore Café this spring. The Painted Vine will host a wine and painting party on Sunday, March 22. Let your creative juices flow!


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5th Annual Pain McShlonkey Classic at Squaw Valley


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.

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