Drive Safe in Tahoe

Fresh snow promises endless fun on the mountain but it can also cause travel issues for those unaccustomed with driving in the snow. To ensure a safe arrival to The Ridge Tahoe, heed our following recommendations to successfully navigate treks over mountain passes.

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A beautiful winter landscape should be approached with caution when driving. Courtesy: Heavenly Mountain Resort

Before You Go:

  • Check road conditions before leaving for a destination. The latest road conditions are available for California with Caltrans online and for Nevada on the Nevada Department of Transportation Up to date information is also available at (800) 427-7623 for California and Western Nevada (Lake Tahoe/Reno Area).
  • Plan for additional travel time. Traffic moves slower during bad weather.
  • Prepare your car by stocking it with emergency materials for a winter trip: blanket, booster cables, bottled water and non-perishable foods, first aid kit, maps, shovels, flares, spare tire, a bag of sand (aids in traction), extra windshield fluid, snowbrush/scraper, and old boots, as well as clothes.
  • Carry chains even if the vehicle has 4-wheel drive.
  • The gas tank should always be above halfway full when traveling in winter conditions. There is a possibility that traffic may be backed up due to weather conditions or accidents. A nearly full tank ensures the vehicle will not run out of gas while waiting.

On Your Way:

  • Drive slowly and avoid braking. Braking on ice and on slick roads can cause brakes to lock, thus causing the car to drift out of the driver’s control. If the car does begin to slide, the best recommendation is to let off of the brakes. Turn the wheels in the same direction the rear of the car is sliding.
  • Keep the distance between cars in case of sliding or sudden stops.
  • Always put on chains in designated areas.
  • Exercise caution at intersections and take time crossing streets, as well taking turns.
  • If a drive feels uncomfortable due to the current weather conditions, take a break. When traveling from the Bay Area, El Dorado and Amador Counties offer a variety of wineries, restaurants and sites that

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The Ridge Tahoe offers car free options for visitors.

Go Car Free:

There is also the option to go carless when visiting The Ridge Tahoe. Guests visiting from out of town will find easy transportation from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport on South Tahoe Airporter. In addition to a resort shuttle that may be requested by contacting the concierge at 6200, bus transportation is available for guests that would prefer to go car free when on vacation. The BlueGo Casino Shuttle is complimentary and drops off at the Heavenly Villages and Casino Corridor. Find the full schedule on page four of The Ridge Guide.

5 Ways The Ridge Can Help You Maintain Your Resolutions

New Year’s resolutions can be difficult to maintain – and even more so when vacationing. While on holiday, it’s easy to say yes to dessert, yes to sleeping in and yes to that extra cocktail while forgoing any previous commitments to eat healthy or workout among other goals.

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A new year begins at Lake Tahoe. Credit: Rachid Dahnoun

Fortunately, when visitors choose to stay at The Ridge Tahoe they can focus on their resolutions with amenities and features that allow them to pursue their accomplishments. Read on to find out how the Ridge Tahoe helps guests maintain and meet their resolutions.

#1. Work Out More: Exercising more is a popular resolution for many – and for many, this resolution falls to the side in only a couple of weeks, especially if a vacation occurs during this time. The Ridge Tahoe offers work out facilities and much more, including swimming pools, an indoor sports complex with tennis and basketball courts, outdoor tennis courts, water aerobics and indoor racquetball. There’s no excuse not to work out with the variety and convenience of the facilities offered at the resort.

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Swim laps or just splash – your choice at The Ridge Tahoe!

#2. Eat Better: Eating healthier goes hand-in-hand with exercising more and also presents a challenge to the food lovers that can’t wait to experience new cuisines while traveling. One and two bedroom condominiums on property include a fully equipped kitchen for the home chef that wants to maintain a healthful diet while on the road. Guests are encouraged to bring their own groceries to cook up in their private kitchens. The Hungry Bear also offers tasty healthier options like the Portobello burger and artisan salad among others.

#3. Explore the Great Outdoors: Lake Tahoe is the perfect place to fulfill this New Year’s resolution: with miles and miles of trails, as well as a large, wide lake to explore, the Basin has enough outdoor adventure to last a lifetime. The Ridge Tahoe is located within walking distance to the Tahoe Rim Trail. On this trail, visitors can hike or mountain bike. The resort is also close enough to the lake that visitors can easily access the water for kayaking, paddle boarding and swimming.

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The Tahoe Rim Trail is easily accessed from The Ridge Tahoe. Credit: Tahoe Rim Trail

#4. Experience New Things: There is no shortage of activities at The Ridge Tahoe and the adventurous will certainly find a new hobby or two from our various options:

  • Evening with the Chef Cooking Series hosted by Executive Chef Stephen J. Moise
  • Casino Gaming Classes
  • Craft Classes
  • Group Snow Shoe and Trail Hikes
  • Tennis Clinics and Private Lessons
  • Dermalogica Skin Care Classes
  • Cooking Demonstrations
  • Wine Tasting Classes
  • Rock Climbing Class (On Natural Rock)
  • Bingo Nights
  • WallyBall Mixer

#5. Make More Time for Yourself: A vacation isn’t truly a vacation without rest and relaxation. If a New Year’s resolution involves making more time to take care of one’s self, The Ridge Tahoe has an on-site full service spa with an indoor/outdoor year-round heated pool, eucalyptus steam room and a Roman soaking tub. Treatments include massage therapy, facials, body treatments and waxing. Call (775) 588-3553, ext. 6000.

Good luck to all that have taken on New Year’s resolutions! Reserve a room now to work on these at The Ridge Tahoe.

Your Home for the Holidays

Traveling during the holidays can be stressful and all around unappealing with crowds, delays and general grumpiness – but this is not the case for visitors of The Ridge Tahoe! The resort offers a celebratory and comfortable environment that will make visitors feel like they’re home for the holidays. Guests are invited to sit back and settle in because Santa is on his way and with him comes a snow forecast that will fill skiers and snowboarders with glee.

 

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Holiday cheer is all around you at The Ridge Tahoe.

Lighten Up
Nothing says the holidays are here like twinkling lights. Guests of The Ridge Tahoe can take a tour through the property to experience the many decorations, including Christmas trees and glowing reindeer, reminiscent of their own neighborhoods. Children’s eyes will be full of delight when they see the sparkling illuminations throughout the lobby and outdoors.

Families can venture to the Shops at Heavenly Village to experience Heavenly Holidays for additional light-peeping and to catch a glimpse of Santa Claus! Other activities at the Shops at Heavenly Village include ice skating and magic shows at The Loft.

Go Traditional
Some holiday traditions include sitting around the fire and watching old movies. Other traditions include zipping down a mountain of white, but regardless Ridge guests can celebrate old traditions – and even make a few more while they’re at it!

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One new holiday tradition guests can adopt is riding the Hilltrac Skier Express to the Stagecoach Lodge at Heavenly Mountain Resort. With over a foot of snow forecasted for Christmas weekend, ski in/ski out access allows visitors to make the most of their time on the mountain sans the hassle of getting to the resort.

Guests can also create a new holiday tradition by embracing the hot tub and hot cocoa combo that will certainly take the chill from the bones after a day of skiing.

Christmas Day Cheer
Guests don’t have to be at home to eat food that tastes like a warm hug from a favorite relative. The Hungry Bear will serve up a festive fete of delicious dishes Christmas Day, Dec. 25.

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Sit around the cozy fire for a Christmas you won’t soon forget. Photo credit: Bill Wright

Families are invited to experience three courses of cuisine inspired by the season. The first course includes a crab salad profiterole with micro greens and pomegranate vinaigrette. The second course has three choices to choose from that include honey maple glazed turkey paired with stuffing, mashed potatoes, brussel sprouts and cranberry relish; Chilean sea bass with leek and lentil salad, artichoke hearts, parsnips and a winter vegetable sauce; or prime rib complete with pancetta white bean ragout, asparagus and cauliflower, and au jus and creamy horseradish. The meal is bookended with the most festive of desserts – a yuletide log with eggnog pastry cream and peppermint bark.

A morning of opening presents and general holiday cheer will certainly work up an appetite. Dial 775-588-3553 ext. 3150 to make a reservation. View the full menu here.

Tips for Your Next Ridge Tahoe Ski Trip

Visitors may notice that everything moves slower in Lake Tahoe. Locals refer to this slowdown as “Tahoe time” and though it offers an opportunity for some quality R&R, sometimes a visit is all about the fresh powder. Read on to find out how The Ridge Tahoe can help guests make the most out of their ski trip to the Sierra Nevada.

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The sights from Heavenly Mountain Resort are “ski-tacular.” Photo credit: Matt Gibson

Go Central
Choosing accommodations is the first step to success in Tahoe and being centrally located is key. The Ridge Tahoe is located at the top of Kingsbury, which is only a short drive to casinos, Heavenly Mountain Resort and the Tahoe Rim Trail, which is a very popular trail that loops around the entirety of the lake. In minutes visitors are carving lines in the mountain, taking in the sights and experiencing all the area offers.

The Ridge Tahoe also offers transportation to and from the resort to the local casinos. Public transportation is also easily accessible from the resort if guests want to explore different winter activities.

Grab and Go
It’s essential to have the necessary sustenance to explore the numerous trails in Tahoe South, but sometimes a sit-down breakfast is not on the itinerary. Fortunately, there are quick and nutritious options for those that take pride in first chair. The Market Place offers guests of The Ridge Tahoe a complimentary cup of coffee and a daily newspaper, plus several portable food options. The Market Place is open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, meaning individuals can grab and go before they’re at the lifts.

Gear Up
Nothing is worse than forgetting an essential clothing item or gear. In addition to snacks and other essentials, the Ridge Market Place offers winter clothing, including men’s and women’s jackets, and sunglasses. If a visitor left a snowboard or skis at home, the Resort Sports Ski & Snowboard Shop has everything a snow bunny could possibly want, like new equipment for every skill level, accessories, rentals and even discounted lift tickets to area resorts. The shop is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Ridge Resort Center.

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Hop on board the on-site Hilltrac Skier Express for a quick ride to the mountain.

Take the Express Train
For an even quicker route to the mountaintop, the Hilltrac Skier Express is available for guests of the resort who’d like ski in/ski out access to Heavenly’s Stagecoach chairlift. This self-operated eight passenger gondola type transport whisks skiers and snowboarders from the resort to Stagecoach in less than three minutes.

Après Ski
Of course a Tahoe ski trip is incomplete without après options! With new extended hours, The Bear Trap Lounge is open 3 to 9 p.m. daily with happy hour specials until 6 p.m. Stop in on Tuesdays for “Après Ski” specials and on Wednesdays for “Margarita Madness.”

Find more information for a visit to The Ridge Tahoe in The Ridge Guide.

Get in the Holiday Spirit with a Month of Festive Events

‘Tis the season for hot cocoa, fresh snow and a month of festive events. For those lucky enough to be visiting during this time, they’ll discover Tahoe South does the holidays right.

Music to Your Ears
Whether it’s the sound of EDM or classic rock tunes floating through the winter air, music is an integral part to the holiday season in the South Shore of Lake Tahoe. A wide variety of concerts occur in December and offer something different for everyone.

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Be carried away with visions of sugar plums and more with TOCCATA, Dec. 16. Courtesy: TOCCATA Tahoe

Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus hosts Handel’s Messiah at St. Theresa Catholic Church, Dec. 16. The TOCCATA production includes holiday favorites from Messiah Parts One and Three and classic Christmas carols.

Legendary rock band Blue Öyster Cult takes the stage at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, Dec. 17. Hits such as “Don’t Fear the Reaper,” “Godzilla” and “Burnin’ For You” are led by original founding member Eric Bloom.

Heavenly Mountain Resort’s Winter Ignite kicks off the ski season at Heavenly Village with a free performance by the Cold War Kids, Dec. 10. Jam along to this Long Beach band after a long day surfing powder.

Coming later this month, SnowGlobe Music Festival launches the New Year celebrations with a three-day festival on the grounds of Lake Tahoe Community College, Dec. 29-31. Musical acts for this year’s dance party include The Chainsmokers, Odesza, Flume and Major Lazer.

Festive Fun for Families
A new event in the South Shore community, the Ski Run Holiday Stroll at Lake Tahoe features strolling carolers, an appearance by Santa Claus, face painting and hot chocolate. Businesses and homes on Ski Run Blvd. are expected to be decked out in holiday lights and decorations that will inspire child-like wonder in all ages.

Take a cruise on the lake with Santa Claus, Dec. 11. The M.S. Dixie II invites the whole family aboard this historic paddle wheeler for a special meet and greet with Santa, festive music and hot chocolate.

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Look no further than Heavenly Holidays for festival fun for the whole family, Dec. 19-31. Courtesy: Heavenly Mountain Resort

Starting Dec. 19 and continuing through Dec. 31, Heavenly Holidays is a family festival that includes live music, magicians and even the big man himself – Santa Claus! Stick around for New Year’s Eve to see the gondola ball-drop and fireworks at 9 p.m. This celebration is ideal for families with youngsters that quite can’t make it until midnight.

Adventure Off the Mountain
Guided by the light of the full moon, a guided snowshoe trek at Kirkwood Mountain Resort offers a new way to see the region, Dec. 10. Interested parties must call the Cross Country & Snowshoe Center to make reservations.

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Get inspired at the Tahoe Adventure Film Festival, Dec. 10. Courtesy: Tahoe Adventure Film Festival

A day on the slopes is nicely accompanied by the Tahoe Adventure Film Festival at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa, Dec. 10. Watch shorts focusing on skiing, snowboarding, biking and climbing. Expect DJs, prizes and more.

A night of illusion and theatrics await visitors at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe with the Magic of Rob Lake. Shows run Dec. 22-23, Dec. 26-28, Jan. 1 and Jan. 6-7.

Winter Must-Dos and Sees Beyond Your Skis

With Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, Mt. Rose, Sierra-at-Tahoe and Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows open to the masses, winter is official under way in Lake Tahoe. But what if a visitor doesn’t ski or snowboard? With countless must-dos and sees, guests will certainly be looking beyond their skis for winter fun.

Fancy Fannette Island in the Winter: Emerald Bay is one of the most visited sites in the world – and the visitors don’t stop coming just because it’s winter. Covered in a blanket of white, the pristine blue lake and Emerald Bay’s accompanying Fannette Island are a sight to behold in the colder months. However, before venturing out to Emerald Bay, please check current road conditions as the highway closes during storms.

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It may be possible that Emerald Bay is even more striking in the winter. Photo credit: Brad Scott

Cruise Big Blue: The M.S. Dixie II rides the waves throughout the year and offers an alternative way to spend a winter’s day or evening in Tahoe South. The M.S. Dixie II departs daily on a sightseeing cruise and on Saturday evenings for a dinner cruise. Cruise guests will visit the iconic Emerald Bay during the day trips, which allows visitors to strike off two must-sees in one trip.

Dashing Through the Snow: Since 1967 Borges Sleigh Rides has delighted visitors of Tahoe South with sleighs that go “over the meadow and through the woods” with incredible snowy views of the lake. The ride even takes guests on the original Pony Express. Available for parties of two to 20, Borges will entice a feeling of holiday magic and child-like whimsy.

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Trace portions of the original Pony Express  aboard the horse drawn carriage. Photo credit: Jamie Kingham

Check Off Your Holiday List: The Shops at Heavenly Village offer something for everyone with retailers like Patagonia, Earthbound Trading Company, Up Shirt Creek, Village Toys, What a Girl Wants and many others. Visitors will easily finish shopping for their holiday list in this one-stop shopping and entertainment center. Other retailers for unique and personal gifts include GaiaLicious Boutique and Wildwood Makers Market on Harrison Avenue in South Lake Tahoe.

See the World Differently on Snowshoes: For those that prefer the flatland when it comes to winter sports, snowshoeing is a delightful option for individuals of all skill abilities. Camp Richardson is one option for snowshoe exploring along the lake’s Southwest shores and forests. Guests of the Ridge can also take advantage of the terrain around the Ridge to find quiet trails of untouched snow on the Valley View Hike (weather permitting).

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Gain a different perspective on snowshoes. Courtesy: Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority

Ridge Activities for All: A winter retreat can easily be spent at the Ridge Tahoe with activities to fill each day. The Activity Guide is updated weekly with new programs and adventures that all Ridge guests can take advantage of while visiting. Wallyball, pilates, dermatology seminars, movies in the Ridge Tahoe Theater and many other activities are offered on-site and complimentary for guests.

How will you explore Tahoe this season?

Tahoe Ski-A-Palooza: The Ultimate Mountain Wish List

Planning a Tahoe South ski trip but having a hard time deciding which mountain to explore? Why choose only one? Luckily visitors don’t have to limit themselves because Ridge guests are minutes away from a winter playground. We’re showcasing the best of skiing and snowboarding in Lake Tahoe, so visitors can experience at least two during a long weekend stay.

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Make your turns at Heavenly Mountain starting Nov. 23. Photo credit: Matt Gibson

Heavenly Mountain Resort: Just a quick shuttle trip from the Ridge
brings guests to the base of Heavenly Mountain Resort, the premier mountain spanning Nevada and California. With 97 runs, there is something available for every skill level and age group. Stagecoach is accessible from the Ridge Tahoe from the Hilltrac Skier Express. Opening day is Nov. 23.

Kirkwood Mountain Resort: Kirkwood Mountain Resort hosts 2,300 acres of terrain ranging from mild beginner runs to expert high angle grooming. This resort also offers renown cross country skiing and snowshoeing trails.

Sierra at Tahoe: The third-largest resort in Tahoe South, Sierra at Tahoe offers terrain for varying difficulties and suited for multiple generations of skiers and boarders. Located 12 miles south of South Lake Tahoe, this resort is known for being extremely beginner friendly with milder runs and conditions. This mountain features daily and seasonal passes, as well as group rates for parties of 20 or more. Sierra also provides 3-PAKs for consecutive ski days, with no holiday or weekend blackout dates. The 2016 season will begin when conditions allow.

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The powder starts flying on Nov. 18 at Mt. Rose Ski Resort. Courtesy: Mt. Rose

Mount Rose Ski Tahoe: Located in North Tahoe, Mount Rose Ski Tahoe is the only resort with 360 degree views of Truckee Meadows and Lake Tahoe. With runs for all skill levels, this mountain leans more towards the intermediate and advanced skiers and boarders. In addition to daily, beginner and seasonal passes, Mount Roses has special deals including Two’fer Tuesdays, Ladies Day Thursdays, Military Tickets and Ski the Day You Fly. Opening day is Nov. 18.

Northstar California: This resort is not only a great pick for downhill skiing, but is a favorite for cross country skiers as well. Located closer to Truckee, Northstar California features unique courses and premier terrain parks.

Heavenly Mountain Resort, Kirkwood Mountain Resort and Northstar California are part of the Vail family, with pass packages allowing visitors to mountain hop with ease. When ski bunnies stay at the Ridge they can easily rent gear or get a quick tune up at the Resort Sports Ski & Snowboard Shop to start making their turns.

Winter Events Snowball Into Tahoe South

Ready for the winter? November and early December are perfect months to visit Tahoe South, as there is an abundance of merriment with winter events celebrating snow, adventure, music and family fun. Even if you’re not racing down the slopes on your skis or snowboard, Tahoe South has you covered for entertainment during the chilly months ahead!

Sierra-at-Tahoe is hosting the annual Sierra Snowball Fight: A Dodgeball Tournament to celebrate the upcoming ski season. The event at Steamer’s Bar & Grill includes live music, giveaways and drink specials, Nov. 10.

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Pray for snow parties aim to bring the white stuff all season!

With Heavenly Mountain and Kirkwood Mountain opening Dec. 18, it’s time to fill your free time with plenty of activities to get you stoked for the winter season. The Fresh Ketch will host their annual “Pray for Snow Party” on Nov. 17. The second annual Blizzardfest at Beach Retreat and Lodge will summon the snow gods to provide precipitation early and often. The “Pray for Snow Party” hosts games, vendors, raffle contests and live music from jazz funk artist Scott Pemberton, Nov. 19. Raffle proceeds go to the Tahoe Coalition for the Homeless.

The Tahoe Adventure Film Festival fuels outdoor passion by premiering short edits from the industry’s best adventure sports films at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa, Dec. 10. The festival captures the intensity and thrill of outdoor activities ranging from skiing/snowboarding, climbing, biking, surfing, along with a night of DJs, break-dancers and giveaways. It may just inspire you to take up a new hobby!

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Ignite the winter season during Winter Ignite at Heavenly Village. Courtesy of Heavenly Mountain Resort

Winter Ignite rings in the holiday season at the Heavenly Village with a high-energy performance from Cold War Kids, an American indie rock band from Long Beach, Calif., Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. The free concert by Heavenly Mountain Resort serves as a celebration for winter adventures on the mountain combined with 24-7 nightlife and entertainment. The after party is at Vinyl at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe with dancing, live music and drink specials.

Here’s to a great winter season of entertainment!

S’No’w Bad Days: Prep for the Winter Season Ahead

Skiers and snowboarders are eagerly gearing up for the winter season – and for good reason! With the first few snowfalls already under its belt, Lake Tahoe and the Ridge are ready to welcome shredders of all levels to experience the sweet Sierra pow. You’ll want to plan your trip now as Heavenly Mountain Resort and Kirkwood Mountain Resort open Nov. 18 with more following suit shortly thereafter.

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One-Stop Ski Lodge

Worry only about carving lines when you stay at the Ridge with inclusive on-site amenities and resources. The Resort Sports Ski & Snowboard Shop fulfills all rental needs, with the newest and highest quality equipment available at various performance levels. Services include ski and board rentals, hot waxing, tune-ups, repairs, ski accessories and clothing rentals and ski locker storage.

Children will be delighted when they hop aboard the Hilltrac Skier Express! Ridge visitors can conveniently access the Skier Express to speed up their arrival to Heavenly. This enclosed gondola is easily accessible from the resort and drops visitors off at the Stagecoach Chairlift. There are also complimentary ski shuttles to both the Stagecoach and Boulder Lodges.

Take the express lane via the Hilltrac Skier Express.

Take the express lane via the Hilltrac Skier Express.

Insider Tips Before Hitting the Slopes

Before you’re officially on the mountain facing a glorious run of white, it’s important to ensure you follow a few general rules for maximum safety and fun.

  • Dress warmly: Wear layers under the ski jacket and pants that are tighter to the body and insulate heat. Another great option is using hand and foot warmers to stay cozy. Remaining comfortable during a chilly ski outing will not only make the adventure more enjoyable, but will help prevent injuries if falls occur.
  • Make sure the gear fits: Utilize the Ridge’s ski shop resources and ensure all gear, helmets, goggles, boots, etc. fit correctly. Equipment that is too big or small will make skiing uncomfortable and can be a safety hazard.
  • Falling without injury: Even the best skiers trip and fall on the mountain; what’s important is to position the body in a way that minimizes pain or potential injuries. Tuck the body as much as possible and wait until the movement has stopped before trying to stand.
  • Move to the sides of the runs: If a break is needed or you’re waiting for friends to catch up, be helpful to other skiers and snowboarders by pausing on the sides of the runs. This prevents frustration from other mountain users and makes it less likely for accidents.
  • Stretch before and after: Take a few minutes in the morning and afternoon to stretch and heal the body. This helps loosen up the muscles and joints so you are more limber.
  • Sleep: The beds at the Ridge are mighty comfy so guests should take advantage of a good night’s sleep to prepare the mind and body for action-packed days!
  • Hot cocoa: Dare we say this is the most important tip? Nothing toasts an accomplished ski day quite like a warm mug of hot cocoa shared with family and friends.

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Rejoice for snow at the Ridge Tahoe!

Helpful Mobile Apps

  • Heavenly GPS Ski and Snowboard Trail Maps: This app provides detailed maps, descriptions and conditions of all Heavenly Mountain Resort runs and trails. Users can track their progress and share their mountain days on social media platforms.
  • Ski Pursuit: Record data and statistics such as speed, duration and distance to track activity. Set a personal goal and try to beat it with this app’s help.
  • Action Shot: Capture fast runs, tricks and jumps seamlessly and with minimal editing.

For more information on passes, conditions and resort details visit Heavenly Mountain Resort and Kirkwood Mountain Resort. See you on the slopes!

It’s a Spooktacular Time to Celebrate Halloween in Tahoe

The time of year has come for ghouls, witches and vampires to reveal themselves, celebrating the holiday of tricks, treats and scares. Halloween brings a week filled with spooktacular festivities to Tahoe South, with events suited for all ages.

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It’s time to get spooky with fun activities at The Ridge Tahoe!

The Ridge is the perfect place for families who enjoy spending Halloween in the cozy indoors watching scary movies with plenty of seating for everyone. Get into the spirit of the season and carve Jack-O-Lanterns or bake scrumptious Halloween treats in fully-equipped kitchens. The Ridge will be celebrating All Hallows Eve with a special screening of “Hotel Transylvania” and a Halloween extravaganza at the Kids Club. Festivities kick off with a costume party from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. followed by spooky crafts at 11 a.m. and finally games from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

If you’d prefer to venture out onto the spooky streets, trick-or-treat in a fun (and safe) environment at the 14th annual Treat Street at Lake Tahoe Community College, on Oct. 31 at 5 p.m. Local businesses and non-profits hand out candy, while children enjoy games, spooky stories, a haunted house, a mad scientist laboratory and more surprises.

Put on your thinking hats and get those creative juices flowing as you determine your Halloween costume for the annual Freaker's Ball at MontBleu. Photo: Brian Walker.

Tahoe South is the place to go all out on your costume. Courtesy: MontBleu / Photo credit: Brian Walker

Kahle Community Center is hosting their annual Halloween Carnival Celebration, Oct. 31 at 4 p.m. Sponsored by Kiwanis of Lake Tahoe, this event allows children to show off their costumes while play carnival games to win treats and wonderful prizes.

The Beach Retreat and Lodge is hosting a Halloween Party, where families can trick-or-treat throughout the property, Oct. 31 at 6 p.m. The evening includes a bounce house, live entertainment, music, s’mores and costume contests.

Grab a group of friends for a scary and challenging puzzle adventure with Trapped in Tahoe. The locally owned entertainment business is designed to take guests through various themed rooms, where groups have to work together to for a way out. Current storylines include avoiding being a vampire’s victim in Dracula’s Castle; an escape from an evil girl and a burning house in Funny Faces; and a terrifying zombie apocalypse in Sector 11.

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Let your freak flag fly at MontBleu’s Halloween bash. Courtesy: MontBleu

Adults can indulge their inner ghoul with a few of Tahoe South’s hottest parties of the year. The Rockin’ Dead Halloween Bash at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino features DJ Chris Payne mixing beats, Oct. 28 starting at 9 p.m. The bash culminates with a costume contest with $5,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs.

The 38th annual Freaker’s Ball spans throughout three MontBleu venues and guests bring their best costume game, Oct 29 starting at 8 p.m. The oldest and most extravagant Halloween party in Tahoe features hit DJs and dancers, as well as a costume contest with $10,000 in cash and prizes.

Stay safe this weekend and Halloween with the Ridge’s free shuttle service to the casinos.