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!

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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Wanderlust California: July 18-21

Find your true north at the most exhilarating festival in California. Hosted in Squaw Valley, Wanderlust is a free-spirited fusion of music, art, food, wine, wellness and breathtaking natural beauty that rejuvenate your spirit. Enjoy sipping in the sun and dancing under the stars at Wanderlust 2013, featuring incredible musical acts and DJs, winemakers, chefs and the world’s top yoga and wellness teachers in the breathtaking beauty of Squaw Valley.

What will you experience at Wanderlust? After you awaken to crisp mountain air and morning sunshine, grab your daypack, take a mountain mediation hike and cruise over to The Village at Squaw Valley for the festival. Fill your days with live concerts and music by amazing performers and groove-spinning DJs like Moby, Alia, Shimmy Sisters, Quixotic, and DJ HY-FI. Browse the village for arts and crafts, feed your soul on local and organic food, hear a fascinating lecture on health and balance and enjoy a sky-lit yoga class under majestic mountain peaks. Soak up the summer shine, sip cocktails at enjoy live DJs at the afternoon pool party.

Wanderlust is an ecstatic celebration that moves your soul. Wanderlust 2013 will also feature a farm-to-table dinner, an outdoor food co-op, dance performances and workshops, yoga and meditation activities, mountain hikes, outdoor expeditions, including paddleboard yoga on Lake Tahoe, speakers, films, food and wine tastings and all-night dance parties.

As the sun sets over Squaw Valley, head to Winederlust and sample biodynamic and organic wines from local vineyards at Rue Boheme. Take your thirst up the mountain to the Farm to Table Dinner, browse eclectic art installations, and get your body moving at the Wanderlust main stage for a DJ set by Moby. When you crave more music, Wanderlust’s late-night DJ dance parties go until 2 am.

For tickets, go to: http://squaw.wanderlustfestival.com/.

Photo Credit Squaw Valley  USA.

Photo Credit Squaw Valley USA.


Squaw Valley Fine Arts & Crafts Festival

Celebrate your summer of fun at the annual Squaw Valley Fine Arts & Crafts Festival.  Wander through the beautiful mountain resort of the Village at Squaw Valley and browse an array of incredible fine arts and crafts by California’s most talented artists and craftspeople. This wonderful two-day event will showcase original art, including paintings, sculpture, photographs, mixed media, ceramics, and jewelry in a magnificent North Lake Tahoe atmosphere.

Part of the famous Pacific Fine Arts Festivals, one of the top outdoor art events in the country, Squaw Valley Fine Arts & Crafts Festival has a cool vibe and feel that will captivate your spirit. With breathtaking mountain scenery and the charm of the Village of Square Valley, the popular arts festival is the perfect summertime happening for the family and the ultimate setting to see and buy beautiful artworks from California.

So, head over to heart of the village for the annual Squaw Valley Fine Arts & Crafts Festival, held Saturday July 27th and Sunday 28th, from 10 am to 5 pm for a fabulous weekend of creativity and beauty. During your art stroll, you’ll also find food, beer and wine vendors and fantastic restaurants, cafés and bars where you can relax and grab a bite to eat.

For more information on the annual Squaw Valley Fine Arts & Crafts Festival, check out http://www.squaw.com/things-to-do/events-calendar/squaw-valley-fine-arts–crafts-festival-.

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Art, Wine and Music Festival – July 13 & 14

If you love fine wine, music and art, summer in Squaw Valley is mountain bliss.  Experience the annual Art, Wine and Music Festival, when the Village at Squaw Valley is a summertime sensation of color, taste, and sound that will rejuvenate your soul. The -two day event features beautiful arts and crafts, live music performances by incredible musicians and wine tastings in the heart of the stunning mountain resort.

The 2nd annual Art, Wine and Music Festival in Squaw Valley is one of the most popular events in Lake Tahoe and a joy for your senses. A blend of natural beauty and vibrant culture, the festival showcases exquisite art, stellar wines and classical and world guitar music.  Join talented artists, craftspeople, musicians and guitarists at the Village of Squaw Valley for a creative explosion and pristine alpine scenery.

Enjoy wine tasting under the peaks of Squaw Valley and sample delicious wines from 18 California wineries, including Lola Kay Wines, Domun Estate, Twisted Rivers, Praxis Cellars and Zaca Mesa Winery. Walk through the charming village and admire beautiful art and crafts, including paintings, sculpture, photography and jewelry from over 30 artists. The festival also features free outdoor concerts by the world’s most acclaimed classical and world guitarists.

A breathtaking summer destination, the Village at Squaw Valley is a family playground with fun adventures like swimming, hiking, roller skating, paintball, miniature golf and ziplining. Bring the kiddos and enjoy pottery making, the sky jump bungee trampoline, hiking at High Camp and dining with mesmerizing views of the mountains. Ride Squaw Valley’s Aerial Tram with panoramic scenes from 8,200 feet above.

The Art, Wine and Music Festival is a free event, but the wine tasting is $25 each day with a commemorative wine glass. For details, visit www.squaw.com/things-to-do/events-calendar/art-wine-music-festival.

You'll enjoy a sunset sip at lakefront Lone Eagle Grill at this August event.


Live at Lakeview: Free Summer Concert Series at El Dorado/Lakeview Commons Beach

June 20 – August 29, 2013

Enjoy live music at beautiful El Dorado Beach/ Lakeview Commons in South Lake Tahoe every Thursday night throughout the summer. Kicking off on June 20th, the Live at Lakeview: Free Summer Concert Series will feature amazing concerts by local and nationally recognized bands and musicians. Every week, you can hear bands playing a diversity of musical genres, from Rock & Roll to Reggae, Latin to Jazz, Country to Bluegrass, while enjoying stunning views of Lake Tahoe.

Over the summer, 10 bands will play on a stage right on the sands of El Dorado Beach with the azure waters of Lake Tahoe as the ultimate backdrop to this wonderful music series. Hear exciting bands such as Fruition, Keyser Soze, Huckle, Polyrhythmics, and the New World Jazz Project as the sun sets over the lake. The Live at Lakeview: Free Summer Concert Series also features a beer garden, local food and drink vendors, local artists and free bike valet.

You grab a free seat on the tiered-terraced area or up at the top where there are picnic tables where you can enjoy drinks, dinner and an intimate setting. Music starts every Thursday evening at 4:30 and goes until 9:30 pm. Experience wonderful summer of wonderful live music, great food, art and fun in the spectacular setting of South Lake Tahoe – all just minutes from the Squaw Valley Lodge.

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Summer at Lake Tahoe: Artist Feature

Photo Credit Alena Grace Photography

Photo Credit Alena Grace Photography

There are some years when we see snow in June, but with temperatures rising into the upper 70′s and low 80′s this week, summer has truly arrived at Lake Tahoe. Squaw Valley summer operations open June 14th, and we thought what better way to gear up for the summer season than a little Lake Tahoe eye candy? Since photographs speak a thousand words, we’ll just let the beauty of this region and season speak for itself. 

Alena Grace Photography has kindly shared some of her favorite summer shots, but if you’re itching for more, connect on Facebook, or check out her website! We sat down with landscape photographer, Alena Saporsky, for a local’s take on summer at Lake Tahoe:

1. What is your favorite thing about shooting in the summertime?

I love shooting ALL seasons at Tahoe. Summer provides more daylight for all shooting days, and warmth so you can be out in the early morning or late evening. The beaches’ 99% pure water is magical in summer. I soon plan to purchase an underwater camera and shoot at lake level/underwater images while I am actually in the lake!

2. What locations in the Tahoe region tend to photograph the best, or do your clients like the best?

I have found it funny over the years my favorite images and clients’ favorite images vary greatly. I am not sure why this is–simply preference? My best sellers have been reflection images (where the mountains/trees/etc. reflect in the lake on a glassy lake day), photos of piers, and wildflowers have been great sellers as both prints and greeting cards. Most of my revenue from summertime in Tahoe has been weddings. I photographed a small beach wedding on the South Shore in 2010 and the images turned out lovely–Nevada Beach at sunset did not disappoint!

3. Any tips for visitors who want to capture the beauty of Tahoe, or local spots people must see?

If you are visiting the Tahoe basin this summer and are not familiar with the area, I recommend taking a photo tour with a company such as Tahoe Photographic Tours (tahoephotographictours.com). The locations I recommend would be the top of the fire road above Crystal Bay, Nevada, Sand Harbor or Hidden Beach on the East Shore, Eagle Falls and Emerald Bay, and Shirley Canyon at Olympic Valley. If you’re willing to hike, take the trail at the top of Mount Rose Highway and go half way to the summit. There you will find a gorgeous valley with mountain lupine and a gorgeous waterfall. And if you’re willing to take a drive, Hope Valley, south of South Lake Tahoe, is the rugged side of  the Tahoe basin. Complete with sweeping meadows, the Carson River, and granite peaks; this area does not disappoint!

And as we promised: phenomenal Lake Tahoe region eye candy courtesy of Alena Grace Photography.

Photo Credit Alena Grace Photography

Photo Credit Alena Grace Photography

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Photo Credit Alena Grace Photography

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Photo Credit Alena Grace Photography

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Photo Credit Alena Grace Photography

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Photo Credit Alena Grace Photography

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Photo Credit Alena Grace Photography

Summer’s just about here: come and get it! If you haven’t booked your lodging yet, we can help, and save you 30% off your stay! 


Chasing Ice Film Screening at Squaw Valley

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After enjoying a day of sunshine at Squaw Valley, come spend an evening “Chasing Ice” in support of the Squaw Valley Institute. Learn more about the reality of climate change and gain insight on what’s happening with unusual climate shifts (hey–whatever happened to long, powder packed winters?!) from a panel of experts.

Get your tickets today at Alpenglow for only $5, or $10 at the door! Click here for further details.


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