Squaw Valley events

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!

Lake Tahoe St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

An American St. Patrick's Day tradition: Chicago River dyed green.

May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks,
May your heart be as light as a song,
May each day bring you bright, happy hours,
That stay with you all the year long.

In Ireland most natives pin on a sprig of green, attend morning mass, and drink a pint in the afternoon or feast with family at dinner in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Until the 1970s, St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland was a minor religious holiday. But in the United States, rivers are dyed green, there are large parades to celebrate the Irish, and millions don green for the day.

For Lake Tahoe locals and vacationers, we may have more than a sprig of green – more so a white and powdery day on the slopes! But why not capture the essence of the above Irish blessing, and grab some friends, enjoy the coming of spring, drink a pint, listen to some live tunes, dance a jig and find out how the Irish keep life so light and lively!

There are all kinds of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations happening around Lake Tahoe on Saturday, March 17th.  The question is how do you want to celebrate? We’ve included a few choices!  Just remember to wear green, stay safe and tip your hat to St. Patrick!

Squaw Valley

Celebrate the holiday at Squaw Valley with all of your favorite Irish traditions! Ski the green slopes, hang out at the KT Base Bar for our pig roast and listen to L.A.vation, The World’s Greatest Tribute to U2 while you enjoy festive beer from Guiness, Harp and Smithwick’s. From 3pm-5pm in the Village Events Plaza, The Blarney Band will perform traditional Irish music. Catch Lenny the Leprechaun on the slopes for a special treat from his pot of gold!

Be sure to check out Auld Dubliner at Squaw if you want a taste of traditional Dublin on this Irish holiday!

Alpine Meadows

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Alpine! Come dressed in your best St. Patrick’s Day costume for a chance to win a CamelBak full of swag! All costumes will be judged at the St. Patrick’s Day Après Ski Party taking place on the Sun Deck from 1pm to 4pm. Enjoy Irish food and drink specials and live music by the the Nibblers!

Tahoe City

The fun starts at Jake’s on the Lake with traditional Irish food all day (also serving lunch/café/dinner), Happy Hour Specials 4:30pm-6:30pm, Live Music: Mark Wilson at 6pm. The party continues at Hacienda del Lago (upstairs) with live funk “Terraplane” from 9:30pm-2am, and L.A. DJ Dre Tuna at Lakeside (next door) from 10pm-2am. Bounce around from bar to bar; Bushmills Girls, music and drink specials all night at all three venues!

What’s your favorite way to spend St. Patrick’s Day?

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This Week at Squaw: Powder, Valentine’s Day and Presidents’ Day Special

Powder Day at Squaw Valley; February 13, 2012

It’s a great Tahoe start to the week with fresh snow at Squaw Valley! The storm we’ve been eyeing for the past week finally rolled in last night, and left us with 6 inches of fresh powder. And there was even a break in the weather for bluebird skies – a nice powder morning here. What a way to kick off a jam-packed week! There are plenty of lift ticket specials to take advantage of, so here goes.

Squaw Valley just rolled out the new Tahoe Super 2 lift ticket deal: two unrestricted days of skiing and riding at either resort for just $49 per day.  Tahoe Super 2 has absolutely no date restrictions and is valid for any two days! As a bonus, you will also get two free unrestricted Friday afternoons of skiing or riding!  Be sure to get your tickets now.

And since we hope you haven’t been living under a rock, yes; tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. Did you know on every Valentine’s Day, the Italian city of Verona, where Shakespeare’s lovers Romeo and Juliet lived, receives about 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet? You can be a stellar romantic like Romeo too! Today is your last chance to pre-purchase $14 lift tickets to “share the love” on Valentine’s Day. Yep, that’s right. Ski or ride with your sweetie on Valentine’s Day for half the cost of a child’s lift ticket!  If you’re jetting last minute to Squaw for powder, and need to book your stay, get all the details here!

There’s snow on the horizon as we head into the end of the work week, and President’s Day Weekend is here! Always one of the biggest and best weekends skiing or riding at Squaw, we’ve got just the answer to your lodging needs. Starting Monday, February 20th, our standard room rates start at only $199! Pack up the kiddos for a fun-filled weekend, with Kid-O-Rama kicking off on February 18th and running through the week. Skiing, s’mores, tubing, face-painting, family movie night and crafts – is there a better way to entertain the whole family?

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Uncorked at Squaw Valley Celebrates 5 Years

 

It’s the fifth anniversary of Uncorked at Squaw Valley and they are celebrating big time! Join others on Friday, February 10th from 5pm – 8pm for an outdoor event of winter warming proportions. Purchase your ticket ($40) and delight in wine tasting from Uncorked’s ten favorite wineries, a commemorative wine glass , lamb stew from Soupa, live music from Jazz Mafia, a massage tent, and fire pits!

Bundle up in a beanie and puffy, and mingle on First Street in the Village at Squaw with other wine connoisseurs.  Your ticket also goes to a great cause, benefiting High Fives Foundation: a local non-profit dedicated to raising money and awareness for athletes that suffer a life altering injury while pursuing their dream in the winter action sports community.

Buy your ticket now before sell out!

(Fun fact! Uncorked at Squaw will serve mimosas at noon on Saturday, February 11th as their “recovery party” from Friday night’s festivities!)  


8th Annual Squaw Valley Prom

If you want to return to the 80′s for just a moment, or relive your prom days (no matter the era), dig out your most authentic attempt at an 80′s costume, find a date (or go stag) and party down with other prom-goers on February 25th at the Squaw Valley Prom!

All proceeds benefit High Fives Non-Profit Foundation.  High Fives Non-Profit Foundation is a Tahoe-based 501.c.3 non-profit organization dedicated to raising money and awareness for athletes who have suffered a life-altering injury while pursuing their dream in the winter action sports community.

To keep the party going, DJ Solomon will headline, with guest DJ Trick Master Fly  and special guest DJ Silver Boombox Theif.  Prom runs from 8pm-2am at the Squaw Valley Olympic House, so you’ll have plenty of time to compete for the top three prizes:

  • Best 80’s Music Costume
  • Best 80’s Movie Costume
  • Best 80’s Pop Icon Costume

Click here for ticket information and further details!


North Lake Tahoe SnowFest!

It’s a Lake Tahoe tradition locals and tourists alike have enjoyed for thirty years.  North Lake Tahoe SnowFest! is a winter carnival featuring everything from town parades to ice carving competitions, torchlight parades to the infamous Polar Bear Swim.  This ten day celebration is jam packed with family-oriented activities, races, parties, concerts and on-snow events at  resorts like Squaw Valley USA, Alpine Meadows, Homewood, Diamond Peak, and Northstar-at-Tahoe.

SnowFest! Fundraiser Party

Thursday, January 19th 5pm-8pm

Blue Agave Restaurant, Tahoe City

As a prelude to the annual celebration, be sure to come out and support the Snowfest! Fundraiser Party in January!  This event gets everyone charged for SnowFest!, while donating proceeds to this non-profit organization.  Proceeds taken at the door ensure your entry to the event, taco bar and complimentary margarita!  A raffle and live music are offered as well.  Attendees are encouraged to wear their traditional SnowFest beads and feather boas to kick-off the event season in SnowFest spirit!

Here’s a rundown of the list of events.  Be sure to check back as they are updated closer to festival opening!

Friday, March 2

SnowFest! Opening Ceremonies with On-Mountain Fireworks presented by Coors Light

  1. 6:00pm SnowFest! Queen Coronation
  2. 9:00pm 3rd Annual “Hot Dog 80′s Retro Party”

Saturday, March 3

  1. 22nd Annual Gar Woods Polar Bear Swim
  2. 7:00am North Tahoe Firefighter’s Pancake Breakfast
  3. 9:00am Rahlves’ Banzai Tour-”KT-22 Banzai”
  4. 9:00pm 4th Annual “Snowdown” with the Space Cowboys

Sunday, March 4

  1. 9:00am 36th Annual “Great Ski Race”
  2. 9:00am Rahlves’ Banzai Tour – “KT-22 Banzai”
  3. 12:00pm 4th Annual “Snowdown” with the Space Cowboys
  4. 4:00pm Sunnyside “Luau”

 Tuesday, March 6

  1. 4:00pm Cornice Cantina’s “Sundeck Ski Race”

Wednesday, March 7

  1. Bunco Babes “Bunco Bash”
  2. 1:00pm Truckee River Winery’s “Ice Carving Extravaganza”

Thursday, March 8

  1. 4:00pm Cornice Cantina’s “Bloody Mary Masters Competition”

 Saturday, March 10

  1. 8:30am North Tahoe Public Utility District Pancake Breakfast
  2. 9:00am Rahlves’ Banzai Tour Final & Super Final- “Silver Belt Banzai”
  3. 9:00am Dress up your Dog Contest
  4. 11:30am SnowFest! Kings Beach Parade
  5. 12:30pm Calente! After Parade Party & SnowFest! Queen Raffle
  6. 1:30pm Kings Beach Friends of the Library Snow”what” Building Contest
  7.  5:00pm ARC & NLT Family Resource Center “2012 Snow Fiesta”

Sunday, March 11

SnowFest! Ends

  1.  9:00am Rahlves’ Banzai Tour Final & Super Final – “Silver Belt Banzai”
  2.  12:00pm River Ranch Annual Snow Sculpture Contest
  3.  1:00pm Tahoe Donner “Ididarun”

The Village at Squaw Valley Après Ski Music Series

You’re spent.  You just relished in a day of skiing the slopes of Squaw Valley.  It’s been a blast, but now you’re ready to unwind at après ski.  Then grab a hot drink and snack, and relax at The Village Events Plaza where you can enjoy live music from 3pm to 5pm! Below is the line up for the 2012 winter/spring season:

  • January 7, 2012- Chuckie Dunn
  • January 14, 2012- Jeff Jones
  • January 15, 2012- Emily Tessmer
  • January 16, 2012- Ben Fuller
  • January 21, 2012- Chinese New Year Celebration
  • January 28, 2012- Ben Martin
  • February 4, 2012- Ben Martin
  • February 11, 2012- TBD
  • February 19, 2012- Jeff Jones
  • February 20, 2012- Please Do Not Fight
  • February 25, 2012- Emily Tessmer
  • March 3, 2012- Ben Martin
  • March 10, 2012- Jeff Jones
  • March 17, 2012- The Blarney Band
  • March 18, 2012- The Blarney Band
  • March 24, 2012- Emily Tessmer
  • March 31, 2012- Jeff Jones
  • April 7, 2012- Ben Martin
  • April 14, 2012- Jeff Jones
  • April 21, 2012- Earth Day Celebration featuring Ten Mile Tide
  • April 28, 2012- Ben Martin
  • May 5, 2012- Jellybread

Please keep in mind, performances are subject to change due to weather.

If you’re looking to grab a hot drink in the Village or sustenance to refuel from your long day on the mountain, then head over to The Auld Dubliner and order their famous “Snowshoe Thompson,” or  how about a tasty red at Uncorked at Squaw? And if you’re looking for something quick to warm your belly then grab a cup of homemade soup at Soupa! To explore other restaurant or bar options at Squaw Valley, click here.


New Year’s Eve at North Lake Tahoe

New Year's Eve Fireworks at Squaw Valley, 2010. Photo by Timothy Konrad

Whether you’re toasting the New Year with just your loved one, or bundling up the whole family for a night of fireworks and tasty treats, we have your guide to New Year’s Eve at North Lake Tahoe right here!

Fire and Ice New Year’s Celebration at Northstar-at-Tahoe

  • Ring in the New Year at Northstar’s infamous Fire and Ice Celebration! A DJ kicks off the evening on stage at 1pm, followed by the “Ripperroo Parade” at 4:45pm, where the young ones can blow noisemakers and hang out with Ripperroo. Adults can enjoy “An Evening with Led Zeppelin 2: The Experience” from 7 to 9 pm and the fireworks spectacular at 9 pm! Enjoy Cabana Bar drink specials all evening, from the “Resolution Martini” to the “Chocolate Mistletoe”.  Click here for details.

Family New Year’s Eve Party at Squaw Valley

  • Celebrate New Year’s Eve at High Camp with a all-ages evening on your favorite mountain, Squaw Valley. Ride the Cable Car up to High Camp for a night of entertainment that begins at 6 pm. (Be sure to catch the 5, 5:15, 5:30 or 5:45 pm tram.) You’ll be treated to a fabulous buffet dinner, music and dancing for the young and old alike. No need to stay up to the wee hours because you’ll ring in the New Year with a 9 pm. East Coast New Year’s champagne toast (sparkling apple cider for the youngsters). Afterwards, ride back to the Village to view the New Year’s Eve Fireworks display at 9:30 pm.
  • Reservations are required. Email abarker@squaw.com to reserve your spot. Tickets are $36 adults, $26 kids 12 and under (Cable Car tickets sold separately).

New Year’s Eve in Squaw Valley’s Olympic House

  • If you’re without the kiddos, and looking to celebrate in style then join the New Year’s Eve bash at Squaw Valley’s Olympic House. Known as the biggest party on the North Shore, Olympic House will host two DJ’s and a live band that spreads across all five bars in the lodge. The party starts at 9 pm and goes till drink service ends at 1:30 am. Cover is $10 at the door (cash only) and you must be 21+ with a valid ID. If you still want to see fireworks, a display is scheduled to launch from the Village at 9:30 pm (PT).

Sip and Shop at Squaw Valley Sport

  • Before the evening festivities get underway, head over to Squaw Valley Sport at 4pm for wine tasting and shopping!

Wine Tasting at Uncorked at Tahoe City

  • Uncorked Tahoe City hosts a winemaker’s tasting from 4 to 7 p.m with Auteur. Call (530) 581-1106 for details.

Torchlight Parade at Tahoe Donner Downhill

  • A unique and glowing way to ring in the New Year! This celebration is for intermediate skiers and riders ages 10 or older who can ski or ride unassisted in the dark on our Race Course run. Tahoe Donner Downhill recommends you come early to ensure you secure a spot in the parade. A DJ and snacks will be provided in the bar area prior to the parade. Sign-up is 4:30-5:45 pm with a 6:00 pm start time. View some video from the 2010 New Year’s parade!

New Year’s Eve Dinners in North Lake Tahoe and Truckee

  • Lone Eagle Grille at the Hyatt Regency: Why not dine lakeside with live music at this New Year’s Eve Celebration from 5:30 pm to 12:30 am? Regular menu offered from 5:30 to 7 pm, and a special five-course menu from 8 to 10:30 pm. Call for reservations (775) 886-6899.
  • Manzanita at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe: If you’re not the budget-minded then celebrate with friends and family at the The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe’s New Year’s Eve dinner at Manzanita. You can choose an early seating from 5 to 6:30 pm with a special a la carte menu. Or, enjoy a special four-course menu from 8:30 pm to 1 am with a champagne toast, music, party favors and dancing. Reservations required and books up quickly! (530) 562-3000
  • PlumpJack Cafe at The PlumpJake Inn: PlumpJack hosts a prix-fix New Year’s Eve Dinner with a four-course menu. $120/person. Call for reservations (530) 583-1578. Follow your evening of delectable cuisine by viewing the fireworks spectacular at the Village at 9:30 pm.

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