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!

Early October Snow at Squaw Valley!

There is nothing better than waking up to fresh powder at Squaw Valley. Locals and visitors alike awoke on Monday, October 28th to 10-14 inches of snow around the Lake Tahoe area. Although no ski resorts were open at the time, it didn’t stop winter-lovers from playing in the snow! We’re looking forward to an epic winter!

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What are your predictions for snowfall for the 2013/2014 season? Please leave us your response below! We might even reward the best guess at the end of the season …

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Check out that mixture of autumn and winter: orange leaves on aspens, heavy with powder!


25th Annual Chocolate, Wine & Roses Festival

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Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Grand Ballroom
Grand Ballroom
Incline Village, NV

When:
November 2, 2013
7pm-10:30pm

Cost:
Advance Tickets – $85
Tickets at door – $95
8 VIP tables available

Celebrating its 25th year, the Chocolate, Wine & Roses Festival benefits Tahoe SAFE Alliance and Project MANA, two vital non-profits in the Lake Tahoe area that offer the local community food distribution, nutrition education, a 24-hour crisis line and support services for victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault and child abuse. Not only is it an important fundraiser in the area, it’s also a local favorite!

Who doesn’t love chocolate and wine? Especially together. To commemorate its silver year (25th) the Chocolate, Wine & Roses Festival will become a winter wonderland for guests, where they will enjoy appetizers, boutique wine tasting, divine treats from Lake Tahoe’s top ten chefs, music and dancing, live and silent auctions, and a chance to win a wheelbarrow full of wine!

Purchase your tickets HERE!


Joy of Flight: The Great Reno Balloon Race 2013

Great Reno Balloon Race

Ranch Rafael Regional Park
1595 North Sierra Street
Reno, NV

When:
Friday, September 6 to Sunday, September 8
Various Times (4:30am-10am), but don’t miss the Glow Show at 5am! 

Cost: FREE to the public!

Imagine standing underneath hundreds of hot air balloons as they take flight into the dark Reno skies, just before sunrise. Cutting the silence of dawn, watch and listen as the hot air fires into each balloon, lighting up the horizon like fireflies. They’re glowing. If you want to experience one of the largest hot air balloon festivals ever, then don’t miss this event September 6-8!

The Great Reno Balloon Race is such a popular spectacle that “Balloon Boulevard” shopping at the event starts at 4:30am. Local Starbucks open hours earlier just to accommodate the thousands who flock to witness such a colorful and rare sight. It is truly the joy of flight!

We highly suggest you pull the little ones out of bed before dawn to see the Glow Show at 5:00am, followed by Dawn Patrol at 5:30am, and the Mass Ascension at 6:45am. Be sure to wear warm clothes, pack hot beverages and snacks, and be ready for the biggest surprise of all: battling traffic at the wee hour of 5am.

It’s worth every sleepy minute!


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Tahoe Fall Classic

fall-classic-race-course-620x979As the final race in the O’Neill Tahoe Cup Series, the Tahoe Fall Classic on September 15 concludes another season of athletes paddling their way toward the finish line.

This Stand Up Paddleboard race is a 22 mile point race, starting at Camp Richardson in South Lake Tahoe and finishing at Kings Beach State Beach in North Lake Tahoe.

Check out the race course to the left!

Athletes take off at 8am, spectators are welcome, and FREE paddleboard demos are available by Surftech and Tahoe SUP.

Visit www.tahoecup.org for registration and event details!

If you love to stand up paddleboard and would like to train and compete next year, here are the series of races that take place in the Lake Tahoe region:

1. Donner Lake Cup (generally near Memorial Day Weekend)

2. Jam From The Dam (Tahoe City to Carnelian Bay)

3. Tahoe Fall Classic (stop #3 in the Tahoe Cup Series)

 


Full Moon Kayak Tours on Lake Tahoe

Deceptively small through the lens, full moons over Lake Tahoe are enchanting.

It seems as though we turn into early birds to enjoy those spectacular summer sunrises over Lake Tahoe, or night owls as we stay up late to enjoy every last drop of daylight in the summer months. Well, if you’re looking for a rare opportunity to experience Lake Tahoe at night, how about on the water under a full moon? Don’t miss these enchanting evenings with Tahoe Adventure Company!

There are still three more full moon dates for summer, so be sure to reserve your spot soon!

2013 Full Moon Kayak Tour dates:

Sunday, June 23, 6:30-9:30pm

Sunday, July 21, 6:30-9:30pm

Tuesday, August 20, 6:00-9:00pm

Thursday, September 19, 5:00-8:00pm

Not only will you soak in the beauty of the Sierras as the sun sets and the full moon rises, but after paddling for two hours you will land on the beach to cap it all off with hot drinks, snacks, and more stargazing.

Event Lowdown (courtesy of TAC):

Typical Distance and Time: 1-3 miles, 2+ hours on the water

Level of Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Location: Tahoe Vista Recreation Area

Cost: $60 per person, 4 person minimum. $50 per person for hiking.

Wondering what you need to pack? Tahoe Adventure Company provides the following: all kayaking equipment, knowledgeable guides, instruction, natural history and astronomy discussions, kayak games, refreshments. Personal warm clothing is required. Please discuss with Tahoe Adventure Company when you make your reservation.


Squaw Valley Lodge Summer Offer!

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Trading ski boots for flip flips: there’s so much to do in the summertime! Are you trying to find your summer slowdown? Take a few deep breaths, and think about all the things you want to do while on the perfect summer getaway.

With enough activities, events, and festivals to fill each day at Lake Tahoe you may find it hard to relax, but we think you will fit it in somewhere. Come up and enjoy Squaw Valley Lodge’s Third Night Free!

Midweek is the best time to enjoy the destination and enjoy the best values! Rates start as low as $123/night for the getaway! See details below.* Reserve your summer vacation online or call a Vacation Planner today: (888) 565-4070 or SquawValleyLodge.com

Spend the day Tahoe Style:

  • Swim and sun at the beach
  • Rent a powerboat
  • Float on the Truckee River
  • Hike from High Camp
  • Visit Emerald Bay and hike Eagle Falls
  • Kayak on the lake
  • Paddleboard on the lake
  • Play Squaw Valley Paintball
  • Hike on the Tahoe Rim Trail
  • Take a sunset lake cruise

*If Third Night Free does not work for your vacation, ask your Vacation Planner about other promotional offers at Squaw Valley Lodge. The Third Night Free promotion is valid through September 30, 2013 and is subject to change, blackout dates and availability. The free night will never be a weekend or holiday night. For stays greater than three nights, other discounts or promotions may be available. Free nights are only valid for the reservation in which qualifying nights were purchased. $123 per night Deluxe Studio rate is based on three midweek non-holiday nights.


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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