Winter

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!

32 Inches Of Snow and New Lodging Deals!

Photo credit Hank dVre.

Photo credit Hank dVre.

It’s been a long wait, but when Mother Nature shows up, she shows up good. The lodge has been buzzing with happy skiers, which we love.

This weekend North Lake Tahoe had white-out conditions and fresh, glorious powder days with 32 inches of new snow at Squaw Valley and 28 inches at Alpine Meadows! What a great start to another Miracle March in Tahoe. We’ve got another couple inches of snow on it’s way tomorrow as well!

It’s the best time right now to take advantage of the new snow and savings on lodging and lift tickets!

Photo credit Jeff Engerbretson.

Photo credit Jeff Engerbretson.

Photo credit Jeff Engerbretson.

First reserve you lodging at (877) 345-5807 or online at squawvalleylodge.com

  • 20% off winter reservations of 2-3 nights for travel through April 11th.
  • 25% off winter reservations of 4 night nights for travel through April 11th.
  • 30% off winter reservations of 5 or more nights for travel through April 11th.

Second, purchase the Tahoe Super 2 Pack online HERE for the best lift ticket discounts.

Third, pull out your powder skis – you’re going to need those puppies! Need help with your ski or snowboard set-up? Check out Granite Chief OR Squaw Valley’s rentals.

And remember, we’ve got some spas-with-a-view just waiting to be enjoyed. Your tired muscles will thank you!

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Two Feet Of New Snow At Squaw Valley

DSC02210 February New Snow Squaw Valley Upper MountainWhat love from Mother Nature! In the last week Squaw Valley got 23 inches of fresh snow, and more snowfall is on the way! It’s actually lightly snowing at the base as we scan the horizon. Lots of hugs and kisses to the local weather forecasters, who are calling for more snow next week. It’s an early Valentine’s Day around North Lake Tahoe!

The time is right for a stay at Squaw Valley Lodge, where you have easy ski-in/ski-out access, just steps from the Village at Squaw, were you can wine and dine your sweetie all weekend long after tiring your legs on the slopes.

Reserve online or call a Vacation Planner today: (844) 865-5753

Wondering how to stay entertained when you’re not out skiing or snowboarding? Check out all the local hype HEREHERE or HERE.

 Stay 2 nights and save!  Rates for February reservations are $159 per night midweek and $199 per night weekend. Stay longer and save more!*

• Presidents Week. Limited availability exists on certain dates next week and special rates are available. Call a Vacation Planner or go online to reserve.

*Rates and promotions are subject to change, blackout dates, nightly minimums and inventory cutoffs. $159/$199 quoted rates are for a Standard Room, two night minimum, not valid February 13-21, 2015. Only a certain percentage of our inventory is available at these discounts. Based on availability.


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.


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).

CoffeeBar

Image credit CoffeeBar.

Image via Yelp.

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

Tahoe House

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. 


Lodging Deal! Squaw Valley Lodge Winter Cookie Madness Package

Wildflour cookies are a taste of heaven after being on cloud nine at Squaw Alpine all day.

Wildflour cookies are a taste of heaven after being on cloud nine at Squaw Alpine all day.

You’re not the only one dreaming of winter. With the lows in our fall temperatures, last week’s snow storm really solidified how close we are to winter. That means it’s time to reserve at Squaw Valley Lodge for mad savings, and Cookie Madness!

With snow on the we we’re craving skiing, snowboarding and Wildflour Cookies (hot out of the oven after a long day on the slopes)! Squaw Valley Lodge is the closest lodging to Wildflour’s famously good cookies – and you all thought ski-in/ski-out was our best feature. Now that is madness!

Reserve your special Squaw Valley Lodge Winter Cookie Madness Package while you can! Rates start at $165* per person/per night for a three night midweek package. You must book by November 20th for this special package, and the clock is ticking!

Reserve online or contact one of our Vacation Planners today: (844) 378-5227

The Winter Cookie Madness Package includes:

Three nights in a Deluxe Studio. Two night stays available as well.
Two Day Lift Tickets at SquawAlpine for two people.
Two 10-punch Cookie Passes from Wildflour Bakery. Passes are good for all Wildflour’s delicious menu items.
Free room upgrades upon arrival. Based on availability.
Valid December 1 through April 16, 2015*.

Custom packages are available. Changes can include: different room types, number of lodging nights, massages, equipment rentals, or removal of lift tickets if you have a season pass or other tickets.

*Quoted rate is based on double occupancy for the full midweek package: two, 2-day lift tickets, two 10-punch cookie passes, and three midweek nights in a Deluxe Studio. Two Night Midweek Package is $248 per person/per night in a Deluxe Studio, based on double occupancy.  All promotions are subject to change, blackout dates and availability. If the package does not work for your vacation, other discounts or promotions are available. Current blackout dates include December 19- January 4, 2015; January 16- 19; February13- 21, 2015.


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!


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