North Lake Tahoe, California 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!

Wanderlust Yoga Studio at Squaw Valley (Not Just The Festival!)

Photo Credit Squaw Valley  USA.

Photo Credit Squaw Valley USA.

If you’re a skier or snowboarder then you know the necessity of warming up for a big day on the hill, or the joy of cooling down those achy muscles from a long day of playing hard. Yoga is just the thing; and you’re in luck because there’s a fabulous yoga studio just steps from Squaw Valley Lodge in the Village at Squaw. Climb out of your comfy bed at 7am and come “flow” while watching the snow fall at Squaw. Follow your class with a hot cup of tea and breakfast and explore Upper Mountain with muscles rearing to go! Or maybe you’re someone who would like to work out their kinks on a day off from the mountain. Either way, you’ll find it at Wanderlust Yoga Squaw Valley.

If you’re not a local, or don’t plan on a membership.  you can always drop in at any class! In fact, with a Squaw Alpine Season Pass you’ll save with the Passholder Drop In Yoga Class – only $13.70 a class versus $17.00. Click here for more details!

If you do plan on practicing yoga a lot this winter while you’re making use of your season pass, there’s also a great discount available for passholders: $79.20/month for the 3 Month Commitment (originally $99/month). Click here to learn more.


Twilight Snowshoe Tour at North Lake Tahoe

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There is nothing like the mountains at sunset. The alpen glow is enchanting. One of the most beautiful and invigorating things about Lake Tahoe in the winter time is a chilly night under the stars. On a clear night – oh the stars! They light up the sky.

Though skiing and snowboarding are such fun at Squaw Alpine, why not try something new like snowshoeing? Twilight Snowshoe Tours are going on this winter at Northstar Resort, where you’ll enjoy a guided evening tour under the stars and through Sierra Nevada trees at mountain top. The 2 to 2.5 hour trek starts out at the Cross Country, Telemark and Snowshoe Center at 5pm, and caps off the evening around a fire pit with s’mores and hot cocoa. How about an adventure for the whole family before you have to tuck the kiddos in for the night?

Upcoming January Dates

January 10, 17, 18

For information on rates and reservations ($52/adult, $36/child ages 10 through 12) visit Northstar California Resort.


Biggest Nothern California Storm In 6 Years

In the last week Mother Nature dumped 25 inches on Squaw Valley, and she’s not ready to let up!

Image via SquawAlpine PR.

Image via SquawAlpine PR.

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A huge storm will hit Northern California Wednesday evening, significantly impacting the Sacramento Valley, with possibly 3-5 inches of rainfall and fierce winds up to 60 MPH. Locals and emergency services are preparing for power outages, flooding, stalled vehicles, and mudslides, etc. Though not ideal conditions for residents, the upside to the monster storm is more powder in the North Lake Tahoe area!

With varying levels from different forecast models, we could very well see 1-2 feet above 7,000 feet and 6-12 inches at lake level. We’ll keep you updated as the storm rolls in–of course those powder totals could vary come Friday. The bigger the better! The deeper the snow, the better skiing and snowboarding for the whole family.

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With such a great start to winter (late fall, really) you still have time tonight to book your stay at Squaw Valley Lodge and save 50%! Squaw Valley Lodge is offering a 50% discount off nightly rate through December 20, 2014.  Reservations must be made by December 8th. When reserving online, use rate code FIFTY. (Reservations that include departures after December 21st must be made by phone.)

This week’s storm is just in time for Alpine Meadows’ opening day on Friday, December 12th! If you don’t have your Tahoe Super Pass, or would like more information on lift tickets and winter activities, visit http://squawalpine.com/.


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Save 50% on early winter reservations at Squaw Valley Lodge! Must reserve by December 8th

Save 50% on Squaw Valley Lodge Early Winter Reservations! Yee-hah!
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The Best Cup Of Coffee At Lake Tahoe

I think we can all agree that when you travel anywhere around the globe, a crucial find for any traveler is a delicious cup of hot coffee or espresso. Even if your traveling companion likes tea, locating a hot beverage to start your day is key. Sometimes it can even make your visit that much more enjoyable – because you’ve started your morning off just right!

Next time you’re in the North Lake Tahoe area, we want you armed and ready for your mornings. Though there are many great establishments in the Truckee/Tahoe area where you can enjoy a hot cup of joe, we had trouble picking just one. Ours is a tie between two favorites. Here are our uber local tips for the top coffees in the Truckee/Lake Tahoe vicinity. Taste is clearly subjective, you decide for yourself who’s the best of the best, and be sure to let us know! Maybe you disagree with us altogether (and that’s fine too).

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One of the smoothest pulls of espresso or foamy latte you’ll ever find is at CoffeeBar, an Italian coffee shop in Truckee, CA. Opened three years ago by Greg Buchheister, CoffeeBar’s espresso beans are Grade C1. What does that mean for you? That means C1 is the highest level of industry designation in the coffee business, and you’re drinking the Ferrari of coffees. You may pay a pretty penny, but we promise the organic, locally roasted Italian blend is worth it. Take some time to soak in the Tahoe vibe – local artistry on the walls, regulars floating in and out all day long–it’s not your average coffee shop, it’s more of a community … with espresso that will leave you buzzing in the best way possible.

Local tip: You’ll find fresh gelato here in the summer time, and if you want to a find a seat inside during the winter (especially on powder days) come early!

Tahoe House Bakery & Gourmet

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Originally opened in 1977 as Tahoe House Restaurant by Peter and Helen Vogt, Tahoe House served dinner only. Originally from Switzerland, the Vogts have always executed fabulously and deliciously European cuisine. After a remodel in 2001 Tahoe House removed the restaurant portion (many tears shed by locals for good reason), but it held strong with locals offering to-die-for baked goods and brewed to order coffee. There a few things the Swiss can’t get wrong: chocolate and a primo cup of coffee.  If you ask locals, Tahoe House is beloved for its strong, frothy coffees that are neither espresso nor drip coffee nor french pressed. They are single brews by magical ‘espresso’ makers. It’s an Alpine experience for your tastebuds you simply can’t pass up.

Local tip: In addition to your morning coffee, strongly consider the famous Sacher (chocolate and raspeberry) torte for special occasions. Beware, it generally doesn’t last long at the table. 


Squaw Valley Opening Day And Big Tahoe Storm Ahead!

It’s almost here! We’ve waited all year for new snow, and last week we received 6 inches. With cold temperatures in the area the Squaw Alpine snowmaking team was out in full effect with their guns blazing!

Guns blazing this past weekend at Squaw Valley!

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Just in time for Opening Day tomorrow, November 26th! To find out more about Opening Day, lift operations, and other activities, click here.

Although we’ll see some mild (warmer) temperatues this week, a significant storm is headed our way Sunday through Tuesday. If the models line up just right, we could be look at 2-3 feet in the mountains, and possibly 4 feet along the crest. Do you have your Tahoe Super Pass yet?

A look at the heavy precipitation headed our way on Sunday.
A look at the heavy precipitation headed our way on Sunday.

If you’re not going to be in town for Opening Day, next week could be some of the best powder we’ve seen in a long time! Remember you can save on your booking with our current Manager’s Special–up to 33% off your stay! Check out how to book and save for your next family ski vacation at Squaw Valley Lodge!


Ladies Night at Tahoe Mountain Sports With Michelle Parker

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With winter on the horizon, it doesn’t matter if you’re a lady or gent–you’re thinking about, dreaming up, and hoping for snow.

But if you’re a gal about town in Tahoe on a Saturday night, and looking for something fun to do before the powder hits, join fellow ladies in the area for a fun night at one of our favorite local outfitters. On November 22, Lake Tahoe native and pro-skier, Michelle Parker, will host a FREE evening at Tahoe Mountain Sports (Tahoe City, CA), leading a motivational discussion on her career and what it takes to be a successful action sports athlete.

Doors open at 5:00pm for shopping specials. There are great discounts on gear and clothing only ladies will enjoy during this event! There are also fabulous raffle prizes, including a Ghost Whisperer hooded down jacket ($300 value) from Mountain Hardware, and so much more to check out! The official program begins at 6:30pm.

All proceeds from this event benefit the SAFE AS Clinics, a local non-profit organization that heightens the awareness of community snow safety and avalanche awareness for women in an open and welcoming environment.

You can RSVP to the event on Facebook HERE!

Michelle Parker; photo captured by Ben Meester. Image via powder.com

Michelle Parker; photo captured by Ben Meester. Image via powder.com


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