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!

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)

 


Lake Tahoe’s All-Women Sports Camp

August 10 to 12 | All Day

If you’re a lady with an athletic passion, then don’t miss this all-women sports camp at Northstar Resort! Choose from over 22 clinics in road cycling, x-country mountain biking, triathlons, running, downhill mountain biking, stand up paddling and rock climbing! This camp not only offers top-notch clinics but ladies will enjoy yoga, group runs, group rides, and much more fun! Led by top female endurance athletes and coaches who train the pros. Tickets start $199/One Day, $380/Two Days, or $555/Three Days.

For more information, click here!

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Girls on the Run 5K/10K

It’s that time of year again!  Girls on the Run Sierras (GOTR) has finished another active spring season, encouraging young girls to move forward by teaming them up with local volunteers: walking, jogging and running their way toward healthy self-esteem! To celebrate the end of season, GOTR hosts a 5K/10K race for the participants, and any other runners looking for a fun 5K/10K in Truckee!

So grab your running shoes, and get ready for a super fun run on Sunday, June 10th in support of an organization changing the lives of girls in our local community!

The Lowdown:

What: GOTR Fun Run 5K/10K

Where: Truckee River View Sports Park, 12200 Joerger Drive, Truckee, CA 

When: Sunday, June 10th. Registration begins at 8:30am. Race starts at 10:00am. 

Cost: $15-40, depending on age and race length. Click here for details! 

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The 22nd Annual Cushing Crossing

There are few words to encapsulate the wacky and beloved tradition of the Annual Cushing Crossing!  Squaw would not be Squaw without the Cushing Crossing. This pond skimming spectacle embodies late spring in Lake Tahoe, and although it signifies the end to a ski season, it’s an event you don’t want to miss!

With judges, emcees, and usually Tahoe bluebird weather, you will definitely have some good laughs at the 22nd Annual Cushing Crossing on April 29th at 12pm.  Check out video from last year’s event, and come out to cheer on others as they skim, flip and tumble their way across Cushing Pond.

Also, if you want to participate, arrive early. Registration is limited to the first 50 entrants. Registration begins at 9am at the KT Base Bar.


Pain McShlonkey Classic Returns to Squaw!

Shane McConkey's quirky alter ego, Pain McShlonkey.

As an on and off mountain event, the Pain McShlonkey Classic is a wacky part of Tahoe culture in which all proceeds from the weekend benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation, along with environmental education programs. The event was dubbed after one of Shane’s funny alter egos, Pain McShlonkey. Hosted on March 23-24th at Squaw Valley, the McShlonkey offers the world’s top winter atheletes a chance to compete for the podium on none other than snowblades! Saturday’s on-mountain antics promise true slope-side entertainment for all ages.

“One thing about Shane is that what you saw is what he was: a man full of stoke, passion, ingenuity, humor and a zest for making your moments on this earth count,” says longtime friend Scott Gaffney. “Shane loved to laugh, play, compete against and make fun of friends and make fun of himself. The Pain McShlonkey Classic is a perfect amalgam of all of these elements that were so important to a guy who inspired us to no end.”

The Red Bull Air Force will kick off the festivities on the afternoon of Friday, March 23 as athletes like Charles Bryan, JT Holmes and Tim Dutton skydive into The Village at Squaw Valley.  Now that’s just the beginning. From there, the party rages on at Rocker@Squaw with a DJ, food and drink specials and poster signings with pro competitors.

The real throw down begins Saturday, March 24 at 9 a.m. as the athletes line up atop the legendary KT-22 chairlift for an all-out snowblade banzai. The pros will take on 30 of McConkey’s biggest fans in an anything-goes battle to the finish on Squaw’s GS Bowl. It’s a sight to see, especially the costume choices you’ll see whiz by.

To top off the weekend, don’t miss the 80’s after party at Squaw’s Olympic Village Lodge. Guests must be 21 or older to attend with valid ID required. To find out more, purchase tickets to the after party on March 24th ($25/each), or make a donation to the Shane McConkey Foundation, click here!

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Covered In Mud: Must Be Tough!

There is no wimpy way to say this: Get ready for 10 miles of hills, mud, water, climbing, crawling and even 10,000 volts of electric shocks. Why do people pay money to endure such a feat? Because the Tough Mudder event is not for the weak at heart, body, mind or spirit. Once you cross the finish line you can toot your own horn at all of the ice-water dunking, belly-crawling, wall-climbing and team building you conquered on some of the toughest mountain terrain in Northern California with a 2,300 foot elevation gain!

The Nor-Cal Tough Mudder will take place September 17th-18th, and host approximately 10,000 men and women up for the challenge. The race is complete with 19 different obstacles, and features a FireWalker, where participants must run through fire! Hopefully the backdrop of beautiful Lake Tahoe and the vistas of Squaw Valley ease the mental pain of participants as they push through one of the most difficult physical competitions in the country (if not world).

Because this is not your average Ironman with a twist, at the finish line you will receive a congratulatory beer and access to the Dos Equis Post Party. There, you will be offered a voucher for a free tattoo of the Tough Mudder logo (now that’s gutsy!), a chance to munch on delish BBQ, rock out to live music, or simply pass out from sheer exhaustion.

Where else to experience such an event than at Squaw Valley? If you have not yet registered as a participant there are spectator tickets available! Come cheer on the ones who have decided to torture themselves for the day.


Paddle Away: Stand Up Paddleboarding

When we think of paddle sports, is it kayaking or canoeing that comes to mind? For me, one of the first that generally comes to mind is surfing. Paddling yourself out onto an ocean, or large body of water with an ebb and flow. Lake Tahoe definitely has its own form of surfing, and it has skyrocketed in popularity the past few years. There are a few brave souls who paddle out on Lake Tahoe in the dead of winter, but they may only catch a one or two foot wave.

That seems like a lot of work in the frigid cold to truly enjoy a paddling sport on Lake Tahoe. Which is why Stand Up Paddleboarding seems to have taken off at Lake Tahoe. It’s a full body workout: you, a paddleboard and one oar. You don’t need a full wet suit, booties or rolling waves. You can glide over Lake Tahoe, take in the sights, strengthen your core and have fun doing so. You don’t have to wait for a winter storm to roll in and conjure up lake waves. A little bit of sunshine and calm waters is just right.

A recent article in the Tahoe Daily Tribune indicates that boating has declined this year while paddleboard sports have increased. Larger turn outs this summer at the first two of three event races in the O’Neill Tahoe Cup Race Series demonstrates a growing interest with paddleboarding.  In the 6-mile point-to-point race, “Jam from the Dam”, our very own Tahoe City local and Squaw Valley Avalanche Forcaster, Lel Tone, was the top woman racer, placing 24th overall with a time of 1:12:35. Yet again, Lake Tahoe is excellent training ground for our local athletes.

If you are looking for a fun Saturday activity, there are several shops around Lake Tahoe that can outfit you for the day, such as Tahoe Paddle & Oar or Adrift Tahoe.

Get out there and paddle away!


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