Winter Activities

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!

25th Annual Chocolate, Wine & Roses Festival

Roses

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Grand Ballroom
Grand Ballroom
Incline Village, NV

When:
November 2, 2013
7pm-10:30pm

Cost:
Advance Tickets – $85
Tickets at door – $95
8 VIP tables available

Celebrating its 25th year, the Chocolate, Wine & Roses Festival benefits Tahoe SAFE Alliance and Project MANA, two vital non-profits in the Lake Tahoe area that offer the local community food distribution, nutrition education, a 24-hour crisis line and support services for victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault and child abuse. Not only is it an important fundraiser in the area, it’s also a local favorite!

Who doesn’t love chocolate and wine? Especially together. To commemorate its silver year (25th) the Chocolate, Wine & Roses Festival will become a winter wonderland for guests, where they will enjoy appetizers, boutique wine tasting, divine treats from Lake Tahoe’s top ten chefs, music and dancing, live and silent auctions, and a chance to win a wheelbarrow full of wine!

Purchase your tickets HERE!


North Lake Tahoe 2012 Winter Expo

Next Level Women's Freeskiing Camp, 2011. An event you can sign up for this year! Winter Expo is a great place to learn about winter activities!

Are you curious about what’s new for winter gear this season? Wondering what you can do with your family while on a Tahoe winter getaway? Then come check out the North Lake Tahoe 2012 Winter Expo — admission is FREE!

  • Get the skinny on winter activities, gear and services from over 50 exhibitors.
  • Enjoy a Winter Fashion Show!
  • Taste exceptional local food.
  • Door prizes!
  • Free admission and parking.

When:

November 15, 2012 | 4pm to 8pm

Where:

The Olympic Valley Lodge  | 1909 Chamonix Place in Olympic Valley


Squaw Season Passholder Village Preview Party: Beats and Flow

 

The snow has fallen; and it’s the perfect time to get our bodies and souls warmed up for another fun season on the slopes. Get a start on your holiday shopping at the Passholder Village Preview Party, and receive 15%  off your entire purchase when you present your Squaw/Alpine pass! And while you’re in the Village…

Lululemon has just the thing to get you jazzed for the new season! Join Shaelah Morris from Studio Tahoe and DJ Nate Spross for an après ski DJ’d yoga class in the Mountain Stream Room. After stretching out from your day of skiing or riding,  check out the Lululemon trunk show, replete with Bella Bucha and Uncorked Squaw wines.

The Haps

What:

DJ’s Yoga Class: 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Lululemon Trunk Show: 4:30pm to 8:00pm

Where:

Squaw Valley Resort, Mountain Stream Room

Cost:

Nada! Complimentary.

Have you ever practiced yoga to unwind from a fun day of skiing/riding?

 


Winter Flash Sale! 40% Off Squaw Valley Lodge!

Save up to 40% on your winter reservations. Why not book your winter vacation while the savings are here? You’ll ski and save when the powder hits! These unprecedented discounts will happen just one time. Guaranteed!

  • Reservations must be made via phone only. Not available anywhere else.
  • Call our Vacation Planners beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, September 10 for this special sale.
  • Flash Sale reservations can be made 8:00am – 8:00pm daily, Monday September 10th through Friday September 14th. Nightly minimums and unique cancellation & deposit policies apply.
  • Regular Winter Season 2012-2013 (November 21-April 30, 2013, except for Holiday Season and President’s Week): 40% off for 3 or more nights
  • Holiday Season. (December 21, 2012-January 5, 2013): 30% off (Valid for Deluxe Studio Condominiums only December 26-31, 2012)
  • President’s Week (February 15-23, 2013): 30% off

Flash Sale Deposit & Cancellation Policies: Two night deposit is due at time of reservation. Non- refundable balance is due 60 days prior to arrival.The entire reservation amount is non-refundable within 60 days of arrival. No Exceptions. Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance offered and encouraged. Changing dates, shortening stay or downgrading to a smaller condominium is not allowed after final payment is made.There are no refunds for late arrivals, early departures or no shows.

*Winter Flash Sale subject to change and availability. May not be combined with any other offer


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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2-Night Ski Giveaway: Sweet Skiing Sweepstakes!

With the 56 degree weather, and bluebird days at Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, spring is definitely in the air. But don’t think we’re out of the snow woods just yet. (We know, we know. We haven’t been deep in them, but it’s only March!) We have another set of big storms on the horizon, which means more powder for your play!

So don’t pack away your gear just yet.  Especially if you want to come ski/ride Squaw and Alpine on us! We’re giving away a 2-night package at Squaw Valley Lodge, a Sweet Skiing Sweepstakes that’s sure to treat you right, both your powder legs and sweet tooth.

There’s no trick or gimmick to winning. Simply ‘like’ our Facebook page, fill out a short entry form (60 seconds short!) and check back on March 19th to see if you’re the lucky winner.

Be sure to share with all your family and friends!  Because if you don’t win, hey – maybe your spouse or best friend will. And that could amount to a nice little spring sweep at Squaw for you! You have until March 16th at 11:59pm to enter!


Snowshoeing Squaw Valley

Bluebird days at Squaw Valley are unbeatable.

It is practically impossible to utter the words ‘Lake Tahoe’ without mention of its world renowned alpine skiing/snowboarding, and epic winter snowfalls averaging 300-500 inches per year. The location and amenities of Lake Tahoe as a winter destination is truly unique and astounding. There’s an age old local saying at Tahoe, “You come for the winter, stay for the summer, and never leave.” And here’s (generally) why: The largest alpine lake in the US, a deep color of blue and emerald green, stretches 22 miles long, and is surrounded by 12 world class ski resorts and 12 premier golf courses.

You don’t have to be a skier/snowboarder to fall in love with Tahoe winters. You can still make the most of winter/spring with all kinds of activities the whole family will love: ice-skating at High Camp, followed by a dip in the hot tubs; sledding or tubing at Tahoe Donner’s Sledding Hill; cross-country skiing at Royal Gorge; or snowshoeing through picturesque Squaw Valley. Or how about sitting back and allowing a furry friend to tug you along at your very first dog sled ride? The possibilities are endless when it comes to winter fun at Tahoe.

Choose groomed trails, or blaze your own through powder. Powder's a major work out!

Don't own snowshoes? You can rent them at Squaw Valley!

This winter season has actually been unseasonably warm, in stark comparison to last winter’s epic snowfall of over 643 inches! 2010-2011 was the 4th snowiest winter ever on record for this region. There were high hopes the Truckee-Tahoe area would enjoy another tremendous winter season, but November through February felt more like autumn than anything! It gave many residents and vacationers the rare opportunity to enjoy summer-like hobbies, such as kayaking on Donner Lake in January, or taking the dogs out for a run on dry trails in February. Even so, many locals and vacationers alike still ached for the blustering winter days we knew and loved so well.

Then, in Tahoe fashion the powder arrived in a flash! Last week, from Sunday night to Thursday evening Squaw Valley got dumped with a total of 57 inches of fresh snow. It was a blizzard of a week, but come Friday morning there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. A perfect bluebird day, with temperatures at a balmy 45 degrees. It’s perfectly blissful out there.

It’s tough to pass up skiing/riding in powder, but if you’re looking for a different kind of day at Squaw Valley, then grab your snowshoes and head out with the whole family for a hearty work out! If you don’t own snowshoes, you can rent them at the Nordic Center located at the Resort at Squaw Creek.

What do you think of snowshoeing?

[Photo Credit Alena Grace Photography]


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