Lake Tahoe

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!

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


New Ski Film: “Less” Premier by Level 1 Productions

With Saturday’s recent snow storm at Lake Tahoe, Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows got 6 inches to kick off the winter season.

Though temperatures will rise this week, it has definitely gotten us pumped for powder! With an El Nino winter on the horizon, of course we’re hoping for big storms, deep snow, and fun days on the slopes. While we cross our fingers and hope for an epic year to match the winter of 2010/11, why not check out a new ski film premiering at Tahoe on Sunday, November 23?

Join other locals at Homewood Ski Resort to view Level 1 Production’s ”Less” premier, featuring athletes like Duncan Adams, Will Berman, LSM, Magnus Graner, Tanner Rainville and more! The film was shot on location in the U.S., Canada, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, France, and Japan.

Enjoy the screening of “Less” outside around the South Lodge fire pit (so be sure to bundle up!); heat lamps and warm cocktails are provided to keep you cozy. Sierra Avalanche Center will also give a short presentation about their efforts to keep backcountry skiers and snowboarders safe and educated about the terrain. You won’t want to miss this if you plan on any backcountry this season!

“Less” tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. And of course there will be raffle prizes available – even a snowcat trip on the new Homewood Snowcat Adventures ($399 value).

Remember Squaw Valley Lodge’s winter sale is going on for stays between November 21, 2014 and April 30. 2015! You could save up to 33% off, so check out our best rates, stay a few nights, catch the premier of “Less”, and stay for opening day at Squaw Valley  on November 26 while you’re at it!


2014/2015 Squaw Valley Opening Day: November 26th

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Once fall descends on the Lake Tahoe region it’s only a matter of time before the first snow of the season blankets Squaw Valley. As you prepare for another winter–pulling out your gear, perusing a ski swap or two, waxing your fat skis for powder days–we’d like to remind you of one gloriously good piece of news …

Opening Day: November 26, 2014

Photo Credit Squaw Valley PR

Photo Credit Squaw Valley PR

That means you could be skiing at Squaw Valley less than 40 days from now. Of course we make no guarantees for what Mother Nature will do between now and November 26th. Please note it’s likely there will be a limited amount of lifts open (lower versus upper mountain). If you don’t have your Tahoe Super Pass, it’s time to get on the ball and save while you can! Prices increase after October 21, 2014. If you plan on getting on the slopes even a couple times this winter, the Tahoe Super Pass will pay off big time for you and your family.

Purchase your Tahoe Super Pass here, and while you’re at it, check out our deals for winter lodging at Squaw Valley Lodge!


A Fun Date Night: 26th Annual Tahoe Chocolate & Wine Festival

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Though summer is the season for wine tasting, there’s nothing like the warmth that comes from an autumn wine and chocolate tasting. The leaves have changed colors, the crispness of fall hangs in the air – it’s a season that beckons comfort foods. What’s more delicious and comforting than luxurious wine and chocolate?

For over 25 years the Tahoe Chocolate & Wine Festival has been one of the area’s high end culinary events to feature local wineries, chocolatiers and boutique food. For the cost of admission ($125 person) on November 8, from 5:30pm to 10pm at the Hyatt in Incline Village, guests will enjoy a wine walk–sampling wines hand selected from acclaimed California wine regions, such as Napa, Amador, and Paso Robles. Guests are then seated for a guided chocolate tasting from several of Lake Tahoe’s finest culinary chocolate artists.

Not only are guests drinking and eating to their delight, the event benefits an instrumental nonprofit in the Lake Tahoe area, Tahoe SAFE Alliance.  Tahoe SAFE Alliance is the only agency in North Lake Tahoe and Truckee that provides free programs and services to survivors of violence and abuse, and educates our youth and community members on violence prevention and healthy relationships.

In addition to the event leaving your belly full, there are raffle prizes, and a door entry prize (yes, it pays to just go!) where you could win 4 nights at Playa Viva Resort – a $2,000 value!

We can’t think of a better reason to taste wine and eat chocolate while at Lake Tahoe.


Tahoe City Fall Festival & Pumpkin Patch on October 18th

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Pick your pumpkins to carve this fall at the Tahoe City Fall Festival & Pumpkin Patch on October 18.

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again, fall is a great time for a Lake Tahoe getaway. Escape the city, leave your worries behind, even bring the kids along if you’re looking for a family vacation before winter hits. Enjoy the quiet mountains, beautiful harvest sunrises, the aspen trees ablaze in yellow and orange, and a hot cup of coffee on your private balcony overlooking Squaw Valley.

Since you’ll also be on the hunt for exciting, family events or activities while in the Lake Tahoe area, head to the Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch at the Rideout Community Center in Tahoe City on October 18, 2014, 10AM-2PM. There is plenty of entertainment for children with face painting, a bounce house, pony rides, and carnival rides! Hungry? Be sure to purchase your activity bracelet, and you can grub on delicious BBQ!

To save, purchase your activity bracelet in advance ($12) or $15 if purchased the day of.  Contact 530.583.3440 to purchase your bracelet, or let our Reservations Agent know you would like more information when booking.

Be sure to check out our low season lodging deals, SAVE 40% on a two night stay!


Ironman Lake Tahoe Canceled Due To Smoke

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Smoke from the King Fire billows across Lake Tahoe. Photo Credit: Steve Ellsworth

This was a really tough year for Ironman athletes. Tough because after months of endurance training they were unable to compete.

Ironman competitors lined up at 6:30am this morning at Kings Beach State Recreation Area where they were turned away last minute. At the eleventh hour race officials made a tough call to cancel the Ironman and Ironman 70.3 due to unsafe and unhealthy air quality.

On September 13 a fire began in Pollock Pines, California that has since burned 81,000 acres, and still only 10 percent contained. As smoke from the wildfire descended on Lake Tahoe all week, athletes arrived in the area, gearing up for the big race. Ultimately, officials pulled the plug this morning due to unsafe and unhealthy air quality.

Competitors would have swam the clear blue waters of Lake Tahoe, cycled through Tahoe City, past Squaw Valley, up and over Brockway Summit at 7,200′ elevation, and completed miles upon miles on foot along Truckee River, down to Homewood and back to Squaw Valley for the big finish (right next to Squaw Valley Lodge!).

The heartbreaking turn of events has thousands of athletes defeated, but with the air quality at dangerously poor levels, officials felt this decision was the safest for competitors and spectators alike. With the course taking place at 6,000′+ elevation, Ironman athletes would have needed every bit of oxygen they could get—and this was a risk officials were not willing to take. Sadly, Tahoe with its clean mountain air is generally the perfect place to train and race.

Despite today’s change of events, we have enjoyed serving the Ironman community this weekend at Squaw Valley, and we look to next year with high hopes!


Fall Into Autumn Around Lake Tahoe

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The Truckee River aspens on fire on a cozy, fall day.

Tahoe locals like to talk about the three seasons you’ll find here: winter, summer, and construction. Although it may seem like Mother Nature skips over fall and spring, we’d like to reveal one of Lake Tahoe’s best kept secrets: autumn.

The aspen trees are ablaze in yellow–endless meadows and vistas of orange. The days are still long enough to hit the trails after work. Highway 89 isn’t a parking lot. Local restaurants and grocery stores are not zoos. There is a slight chill in the air, the Tahoe sky is on fire with cotton candy sunsets, and the hopeful anticipation of an epic winter is palpable. The animals are preparing to hunker down while you sip spiced lattes or mulled wine by the fire.

Here are some fun family activities and events to check out in Tahoe City, Squaw Valley, and Truckee!

Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine, September 5-7

Lake Mary Cabin Dinner Series, September 7

“Trattoria” Opening Event for Tahoe Art Haus + Cinema, September 5-6

Ironman Lake Tahoe, September 21

Cadillac Ball, September 27

Oktoberfest at Squaw Valley, September 27

Donner Party Hike, October 4-6

Tahoe City Oktoberfest, October 4

Truckee Wine, Walk & Shop, October 4

Foothill Farmer’s’ Market: Truckee Location, Tuesdays through October 14

Truckee Haunted Historic Tour, October 16

Truckee River Day, October 19

Gatekeeper’s Museum Spooky Ghost Walk, October 31

Remember, this is a great time of year to take advantage of low rates at Squaw Valley Lodge! Let our Reservation Agents help you book your fall respite today.


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