Recharge Your 2015-2016 Business Plans with a Corporate Retreat at The Ridge Tahoe

When it is time freshen up your business plans, your management team needs its own creative space. The Ridge Tahoe offers 11 sweeping acres of the Sierra and Lake Tahoe as a backdrop that invigorates and provides new perspectives to any executive retreat, brain-storming or business-building gathering.

From groups of 10 to 100, The Ridge Tahoe specializes in meetings for corporations and associations, executive retreats, incentive groups, or leisure clubs for ski and golf. Need a fresh perspective? You’ll find it atop the 7,400-feet mountain playground resort.

Get your brains working inside before stretching your legs and expanding your minds outside.

Get your brains working inside before stretching your legs and expanding your minds outside.

The Ridge Tahoe’s own in-house conference coordinator is charged with making retreat arrangements centered on team building exercises inside and outside the resort’s walls. Winter options include skiing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, yoga, lake cruises, ping pong and air hockey tournaments. Summer offers golf outings, lake cruises, boating, jet skiing, kayak tours, stand-up paddle boarding, water-skiing lessons, mountain bike rides, horseback riding, ATV tours, scavenger hunts, guided hikes and sports tournaments. The coordinator will customize an outing to your group’s interests, abilities and agenda.

The Ridge Tahoe offers two corporate retreat packages. First, is the Winter Wonderland ski-in, ski-out retreat package. It includes a cozy deluxe hotel room with king bed, a one-day all-access ski pass to Heavenly, full hot American breakfast, Après ski reception, complimentary wireless internet, 10% discount on ski and snowboard rentals, full use of resort amenities, 10% discount on audio/visual equipment, 10% discount on spa services, and free parking. This is a great package for energizing your team or kicking off your sales quarter or project with a bang. The package starts at $286 per night per person.

The Executive Meeting Retreat is an affordable way to get your key players out of the office to clear their heads and focus on big picture thinking.  Starting at $89 per night the package includes: cozy deluxe hotel room with king bed, complimentary meeting room fee, complimentary wireless internet, one comped room for every 25 rooms booked, one comped hour of a guided hike, full use of resort amenities, 10% discount on audio/visual, 10% discount on spa services.

The Ridge Tahoe Conference Center provides plenty of space including intimate classrooms, a theater, U-shaped speaking areas, reception and banquet rooms and offers a dedicated coordinator who will work to assist in the overall planning of your group or corporate meeting.

The Ridge Tahoe also offers audio and visual equipment and rentals, including an LCD Projector, large and small screens, flip charts with pad and markers, cordless microphones, table top lecturn, TV, VCR and DVD, and podiums with microphone and speakers.

The Ridge Tahoe will also take care of your catering needs for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Ridge Tahoe prides itself on serving highest quality catered banquet cuisine. Executive Chef Stephen Moise provides innovative and sustainable cuisine for all types of groups, events and conferences. The Ridge can prepare themed meals such as “Around the World” cuisine, wine-pairings, or gourmet steak and lobster plated meals. Banquet menus feature hot and continental breakfast buffets; a la carte breakfast choices; box breakfast and lunches to go; as well as brunch, lunch and dinner buffets; and sit-down plated dinners.

Request a proposal for group meetings or events and fill out the form. Once your request is received, a Ridge Tahoe team representative will contact you immediately to discuss all of your planning needs. Packages can be modified at any time to accommodate a smaller or larger group size. If you would like more information please call Marlena Freitas at (775) 588-3553, ext. 4622 or email For personal assistance in planning your meeting, please contact The Ridge Tahoe Group Sales and Catering Office at (775) 588-3553.

Northstar toasts California laid-back style with on-mountain thrill

Known for its impeccable grooming, incredible tree skiing, world-class terrain parks and enough variety to challenge every level of skier, Northstar California Resort combines California laid-back luxury with on-mountain excitement to make for a great ski and board experience. It’s no wonder then that beginning this season, Northstar asks its guests to celebrate the mountains and Lake Tahoe with them and raise their flutes with a toast of bubbles every day at 2 p.m.

Partnering with The Ridge Tahoe, interchangeable lift tickets to Northstar are available with any Ridge Tahoe ski vacation package. Northstar is a 45-minute drive to the north shore side of Lake Tahoe. It offers 3,170 acres of skiable terrain on 97 trails. Of the terrain, 27% of the mountain is considered advanced, 60% intermediate, 13% beginner.


Northstar’s elevation ranges from 6,330 feet at the village, 6,800 feet at mid-mountain, and 8,610 at the summit for a total of 2,280 vertical feet. You can see the interactive trail map online.

The longest run is the 1.4 mile Logger’s Loop and there are nine other runs that are 1-mile long with advanced runs on The Backside. Lookout Mountain offers 443 acres of advanced terrain, while Sawtooth Ridge has 344 acres of backcountry terrain open for experts when conditions permit. Northstar has the largest snowmaking system of any resort in North Lake Tahoe, covering more than 50% of the resort’s trails.

Getting up the mountain is easy. Northstar has 20 lifts, two gondolas, one six-pack express, seven quad express chairs, one quad fixed-grip chair, two triple chairs, two tow/surface lifts, and five magic carpets for an uphill capacity of 34,799 skiers per hour.

Northstar has seven terrain parks —the Burton Progression Park, Moonshine (currently closed), The Straits (currently closed), Pipeline, The Stash (currently closed), Lil’ Stash, Pinball — as well as the 13-foot halfpipe.

Learning to ski or just need a refresher? Northstar offers a ski and snowboard school for children and adults, with group and private lessons.

If you enjoy exploring beyond the crowds, Northstar’s Cross-Country Ski & Snowshoe Center offers 23.7 km of groomed and tracked trails for cross country and telemark skiing and 32.5 km for snowshoeing.

Off the slopes there’s world class ice skating at the 9,000 square foot skating rink surrounded by plenty of shops at the Village at Northstar.

The dining options abound on-mountain and in the village with food on-the-go breakfasts to jump start your day, mid-day lunch choices, casual and fine dining, to Apres Ski, bars and nightlife.

Do your Ridge Tahoe ski and board plans include a trip to Northstar?

Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows: A winning Lake Tahoe combination

Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows are two of Lake Tahoe‘s premier ski resorts boasting 6,000 skiable acres and 42 lifts accessing wide open bowls, impeccably groomed trails, small to large terrain parks and steeps that will challenge any novice skier or rider.

Check out the skiing on the north shore while you visit The Ridge Tahoe.  Photo: Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

Check out the skiing on the north shore while you visit The Ridge Tahoe.
Photo: Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

Home of the 1960 Winter Olympics, Squaw Valley offers 3,600 skiable acres and 29 lifts accessing wide open bowls, impeccably groomed trails, small to large terrain parks and steeps that will challenge any novice skier or rider.

Tucked between Truckee and Tahoe City, Alpine Meadows Resort is a picturesque playground for families and off-the-radar thrill-seekers alike. Chalet-style lodges and approachable hospitality mean that the skiing and riding experience always comes first.

From easy-riding progression parks to wide-open bowls, Alpine Meadows brings an exciting challenge to any level of skier or snowboarder. And with more than 100 trails spread over 2,400 acres, mountain adventures (and groomed runs) await at every bump, jump and chairlift.

Partnering with The Ridge Tahoe, interchangeable lift tickets to Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows are available with any Ridge Tahoe ski vacation package.

Because of its reputation and terrain across six mountain peaks, Squaw Valley is consistently ranked as one of the top ski areas in the country by national ski publications.

Located off Highway 89, between Truckee and Tahoe City, at Lake Tahoe’s north shore, Squaw Valley’s longest run is Mountain Run at 3.2 miles. Squaw also has an impressive lift system with aerial trams, a Funitel, and numerous high speed quads and six-packs.

Alpine Meadows offers seven bowls and one terrain park. It has 13 lifts, including a High Speed six-Pack, two High Speed Quads, three fixed grip triple chairs, five fixed grip double chairs and two surface lifts.

Are you looking to brush up on your skiing or boarding skills or are a first-timer, Squaw Valley/ Alpine Meadows offers private, group or specialty lessons that allow skiers and boarders of all ages to feel comfortable on the snow.

Off the slopes Après-ski, The Village at Squaw Valley are famous for their breakfasts, burgers and beer set around a fire pit surrounded by mountain peaks. Whether you’re up for a sushi lunch or a steak dinner or would rather sip a microbrew, there are more than two dozen different places to quench your thirst, warm yourself and satisfy your appetite.

Shopping opportunities in Squaw Valley abound. A new pair of skis or snowboard, gloves, goggles and all the essentials, home accents, fine jewelry or little knick knacks to take home, are all easy to find at the Village.

The new Wanderlust Yoga Studio is a source of inspiration where all guests are encouraged to strengthen their mind, body and spirit. The 1,000 square foot studio is a sanctuary for all to further their practice in the pristine mountain landscape of Squaw Valley.

New to Squaw Valley this spring is WinterWonderGrass Tahoe, March 20-22, 2015. It is being billed as a world-class winter music and beer festival featuring three nights of national, regional and local bluegrass bands and acoustic roots artists, complemented by a variety of craft brews and local wines, spirits and foods.

Do your Ridge Tahoe stay and ski plans include a trip to Squaw/Alpine?

Storms dump new snow in time for Presidents Weekend

With Lake Tahoe area ski resorts getting at least a foot of new snow last weekend, this three-day Presidents Day and Valentine’s weekend will snowball with outdoor recreation adventure.

Make the most of a long, holiday weekend in Tahoe South.  Image {via}

Make the most of a long, holiday weekend in Tahoe South.
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Book now for your weekend at The Ridge Tahoe and choose either a one or two bedroom condominium suite or a deluxe hotel room. After you’ve checked in, prepare for a weekend of skiing or boarding at our partner resorts: Heavenly, Sierra-at-Tahoe, Kirkwood, Northstar or Squaw Valley/Alpine.

The Ridge Tahoe offers Ski In/Ski Out access to the Heavenly’s Stagecoach Chairlift via the Hilltrac Skier Express Lift. The self-operated 8 passenger gondola-like transport whisks you down to Heavenly in less than 3 minutes.

Left the skis or snowboards at home? The Ridge Tahoe has you covered with on-site ski rentals and tune-ups, apparel, gear and lift tickets at the Resort Sports Ski and Snowboard Shop. Outdoor adventures extend beyond the mountain with cruise options on the Bleu Wave from Ski Run Marina, tubing hills, ice skating, dog sledding, scenic hikes around Emerald Bay, Fallen Leaf Lake and strolls along Tahoe beaches including Lakeview Commons (El Dorado Beach), Camp Richardson, Zephyr Cove and Nevada Beach.

After you return from a day on the mountain or exploring Tahoe South, there’s a 45,000 square-foot clubhouse with an indoor sports complex, full spa, heated swimming pool, hot tubs, indoor tennis, racquetball and basketball courts, athletic instructors, complimentary laundry facilities and full-service lounge.

On-site activities are in abundance at The Ridge Tahoe’s Clubhouse and Resort Center for adults and teens while the little ones can be entertained at The Ridge’s complimentary Kids Club day camp. Families can pull together their collective gaming skills with a number of video and board venues featured in the Family Game Room.

Guests can pamper themselves through the long weekend at the Elevation Spa which offers facials, massages, body treatments and rejuvenation packages from 30 minutes to 2 hours.

Returning to The Ridge Tahoe from a day of skiing and boarding? You’ll want to stop in for a beverage at The Bear Trap Bar. The lounge is set in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. Daily drink specials are a great way to relax after a day in nature’s playground. Make your plans, then take in dinner at The Hungry Bear Restaurant. On the lighter side, there’s The Mountain Side Eatery, open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Eat-in or take back to your room, you choose.

If you’re with your sweetheart, enjoy a romantic Valentine’s dinner at The Hungry Bear Restaurant, featuring a three-course gourmet menu on Feb. 14. Please make reservations at 775-588-3553 ext. 3150.

Feel like catching a show? Take a complimentary shuttle ride from The Ridge Tahoe to the heart of South Shore. The holiday weekend line-up includes: Starset, Feb. 13, at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe; Jefferson Starship, Feb. 14, at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe; The Improv at Harveys Lake Tahoe features Will Durst and Chris Mancini, nightly through Feb. 15.

Do your three-day Presidents Weekend plans include a stay at The Ridge Tahoe?

Warm your Valentine with a weekend getaway at The Ridge Tahoe

Whether you’ve been together for a few months, years or decades, a Lake Tahoe weekend for two at The Ridge Tahoe offers stunning views, cozy rooms and warm fireplaces. Throw in Valentine’s Day, which falls on a Saturday and President’s Day on Monday, and you’ve got the perfect match made for a long, romantic weekend retreat.

A long weekend in Lake Tahoe with skiing, dining and pampering make for a perfect Valentine's Day weekend.

A long weekend in Lake Tahoe with skiing, dining and pampering make for a perfect Valentine’s Day weekend.

Book now and choose your accommodations of a one or two bedroom condominium suite or a deluxe hotel room. The 11-acre resort offers a host of amenities for your stay including a complimentary health club, indoor sports complex, swimming pool and Jacuzzi, dining and a full service spa.

Get your blood flowing. Spend the day skiing or boarding with your partner at our partner resorts: Heavenly, Sierra-at-Tahoe, Kirkwood, Northstar or SquawAlpine.

If the slopes don’t do it for you, daytime adventure at Lake Tahoe goes beyond skiing and boarding. There’s boat cruise options on the Bleu Wave from Zephyr Cove Marina, tubing hills, ice skating, scenic hikes around Emerald Bay, Fallen Leaf Lake or you can take a romantic stroll along Tahoe’s famed beaches like Lakeview Commons, Camp Richardson, Zephyr Cove and Nevada Beach.

Return to The Ridge Tahoe with plans to pamper yourself and your significant other with the guidance of professional staff at Elevation Spa located onsite. In room couple massages are available for the special weekend.

After a day of adventuring and pampering, you’ll surely be hungry. Head over to The Hungry Bear Restaurant inside The Ridge Tahoe for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner.

Led by executive chef Stephen J. Moise, the restaurant will prepare a fine dining experience beginning with the “First Impression”: a choice of seared scallop with celery root puree, pear vinaigrette and spicy pecans; or mixed baby greens with beets served with a pomegranate vinaigrette. Next guests will enter the “The Longing” course featuring a choice of grilled filet with cherry pinot demi; roasted lobster tail with sweet garlic butter; herb crusted sea bass with mushroom cream; or crispy organic chicken with sherry whole mustard sauce. Entrees are accompanied by fingerling potatoes, cauliflower and leeks. Finally for dessert, enjoy “The Forever Remembering” course of a chocolate pistachio cannoli with passion fruit sauce.

Do your Valentine weekend plans with your sweetheart include a romantic getaway to The Ridge Tahoe?

Tahoe South Winter Nights Heat-Up with Star-Studded Entertainment

Heading to The Ridge Tahoe for winter skiing and boarding action? Sure, the daytime is reserved for the slopes but after the sun goes down the party is just getting started around Tahoe South.

Lace up your boogie shoes for Boogie Nights at Blu!

Lace up your boogie shoes for Boogie Nights at Blu!

Here’s an entertainment lineup of what’s happening over the next few weeks:

The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe opens Jan. 28 with concerts planned during the Grand Opening weekend including Uncle Kracker, Jan. 29; Skid Row, Jan. 30 and Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, Jan. 31; The Saddle Tramps, Feb. 5; the English Beat, Feb. 7 and Starset, Feb. 13. More acts are forthcoming. The Hard Rock offers a 25,000-square-foot casino floor, one-of-a-kind food and beverage options and entertainment that bears the high standard of the iconic Hard Rock brand.

MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa rounds out the first month of 2015 with The Guess Who, Canada’s first international rock music superstars whose anthems “American Woman,” “These Eyes,” and “Share the Land” rocked the charts in the 1970s, will perform at the MontBleu Theater Jan. 31. Lewis Black, one of America’s prolific and popular performers on the comedy stage will bring his scorching wit and hilarious commentaries to MontBleu, Friday, Feb. 6.

As winter turns to spring, what better way to make the transition at Tahoe than a little slopeside surf music magic with the legendary Beach Boys March 27 at MontBleu Theater.  Regarded one of the greatest American rock groups and an important catalyst in the evolution of popular music, The Beach Boys are one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful bands ever.

Even if you don’t remember the days of disco, MontBleu rolls out the carpet Friday and Saturday nights with Boogie Nights at Blu, the ultimate 70s and 80s theme dance party. Brush off those retro clothes, practice your dance moves, and get ready to jump back in time.

Meanwhile, the South Shore Room at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe is building its winter entertainment venues with Masters of Illusion, Jan. 31.  This spectacular all-ages magic show will mesmerize your senses and keep you wondering how they do it. The band known for its uncanny take on the Stones’ and San Francisco’s favorite cover band, The Unauthorized Rolling Stones, will be covering the early classics to its more contemporary releases, Feb. 7. Keeping with the retro rock sound, Jefferson Starship arrives at Harrah’s Feb. 14.

Other upcoming shows at Harrah’s includes Los Lobos, Feb. 21, Bruce in the USA, Feb. 28, Pat Traver’s Band, March 7, America’s favorite ABBA Tribute Band, ABBAcadabra, March 14 and The Punch Brothers, March 28.

The Improv at Harveys presents the best names in comedy every week in the Cabaret Theater at Harveys Lake Tahoe. Shows begin at 9 p.m. every Wednesday through Friday and Sunday, with 8:30 and 10:30 pm on Saturdays. Howie Nave is the host/emcee for all shows. Headliners and openers are: Graham Elwood and Avi Liberman through Feb. 1; Allan Havey and Joe Dosch, Feb. 4-8; Will Durst and Chris Mancini, Feb. 11-15; Bob Zany and Larry Brown, Feb. 18-23; James Stephens III, Feb. 25-Mar 1; Henry Phillips and Jim McCue, March 4-8; Ben Gleib and Suli McCullough, March 11-15; Jackie Flynn and Kevin Flynn, March 18-22; Ritch Shydner and Tracey MacDonald, March 25-29.

Do your Ridge Tahoe vacation plans include catching a concert or show?

Kirkwood Mountain Resort goes big with epic runs and expedition adventure series

Known for its deep snow, spectacular Sierra scenery and some of the best and steepest ski terrain in the west, Kirkwood Mountain Resort is a resort that stands apart from all the rest.

Less than an hour’s drive from The Ridge Tahoe, Kirkwood Mountain Resort sits on the northern edge of the high Sierra, has a base elevation of 7,800 feet and is directly in the path of the huge Pacific storms that roll across Northern California every winter.

Rare Earth. Photo: Kirkwood Mountain Resort.

Rare Earth.
Photo: Kirkwood Mountain Resort.

The resort straddles three counties: El Dorado, Amador and Alpine. Kirkwood consistently receives the most snowfall in the Tahoe region averaging 600 inches of snow annually, more than 40 feet. Because of its terrain and location it is less reliant on snowmaking machines, and is usually the first resort to see significant accumulation and the last resort to see all the snow melt off in the spring. Snowmaking accounts for 5% of mountain trails.

Kirkwood has a summit elevation of 9,800 feet, a vertical rise of 2,000 feet, has 2,300 acres of skiable terrain and 80-plus trails. It is known as the skier’s ski resort because of its epic runs. Twenty percent of the terrain at Kirkwood is considered expert, 38% advanced, 30% intermediate and 12% beginning.

The resort has 15 lifts, including two high speed quads, six triple chairs, three surface lifts, two magic carpets and one fixed grip quad. It has two terrain parks, Bandit Park with eight features, and the larger Outlaw Park, with 10 features. Kirkwood offers two zones of cross country skiing at its Cross Country and Snowshoe Center. There are 80 kilometers of skating and snowshoe lanes, beginner to expert.

Kirkwood’s signature mountain adventure series, Expedition: Kirkwood (or E:K), invites skiers and riders to experience the mountain’s legendary terrain in a variety of clinics, camps and guided tours. Offered exclusively at Kirkwood, E:K Beyond Boundaries offers guests the opportunity to explore the mountain’s famous ridgelines, chutes and bowls with one of Kirkwood’s professional private guides.

Explore steeps of lore such as Cliff Chutes, Lost Cabin and Lightning, as well as a few secret descents which remain off the map, known only by Kirkwood’s veteran skiers and riders.  E:K Beyond Boundaries offers skiers and riders the “inside scoop” of Kirkwood – all while benefitting from professional coaching of tenured expert guides.

Kirkwood offers you a range of dining options with restaurants at the Red Cliffs Cafe, Kirkwood Inn, The Wall Bar and Grill, The Cornice Grill, Monte Wolfe’s Mountain Kitchen, Mountain Burger and Barbecue, Timber Creek Cafe/Snowshoe Thompson’s, the K-Bar, Outback Mountain Grill and the Kirkwood General Store.

See the latest mountain action on its live resort cam at Kirkwood Base and Cornice. The new snow stake cam offers still images of the snow stake which are updated within minutes.

Do your winter or spring ski plans include a trip to the Kirkwood?

Tahoe Mountain Action On and Off the Slopes during MLK Weekend

Whether you’re returning to Tahoe after the holidays or making your first ski trip of the year over the three-day Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, there’s plenty of action for when you arrive.

Have you booked your room yet? The Ridge Tahoe has deluxe hotel rooms, one or two bedroom condominium suites available for your holiday stay. After you’ve checked in, you’ll want to check out the on-property activities lined up and, when you’re ready, head to the mountain for high altitude adventure, both on and off the slopes.

Special events at nearby resorts include a Ripperoo Parade Saturday, 4:30 p.m. at Heavenly Village, the Little Groover’s Challenge Series for children 12 and under Sunday, Jan. 18 at Heavenly Mountain Resort.

In what has become a popular Martin Luther King Jr., holiday tradition, Sierra-at-Tahoe hosts members of UC Berkeley’s Cal Band on the slopes and in the base area Friday and Saturday. Ski, board and rock out big time with the big, big band. Play times both days are:

  • 9 to 9:30 a.m. – The Solstice Plaza
  • 12:30 – 1 p.m. – Broadway
  • 3:30 to 4 p.m. – The Solstice Plaza
UC Berkley's Cal Band performs for the guests at Sierra-at-Tahoe last year. Photo: Brian Walker.

UC Berkley’s Cal Band performs for the guests at Sierra-at-Tahoe last year.
Photo: Brian Walker.

Meanwhile, Sunday is Sierra Game Day. In addition to broadcasting the NFL Championship games in The Sierra Pub & Solstice Eatery, Sierra play host to loads of games for the family including races, a field goal competition and a bubble wrap dance party.

At Kirkwood Mountain Resort, National Safety Week has been combined with Martin Luther King Jr. weekend with several activities planned including a scavenger hunt, ski patrol open house, a lift snow sculpture contest, a barbecue plus helmet and equipment checks.

The holiday weekend activities at Squaw Valley feature a Friday moonlit snowshoe tour and dinner, a Mighty Mites Race for children, the Squaw Cup competition open to free ride and freestyle teams, and Après ski music live in the Village Events Plaza.

Here are some events going around Tahoe South for the weekend:

Friday, Jan. 16, internationally acclaimed psychic medium, lecturer, and author of several New York Times best sellers, John Edward will hold a one-night-only seminar at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe. Edward is known for his popular internationally syndicated television shows, Crossing Over with John Edward and John Edward Cross Country.

Skiing and boarding will be the big attraction during the day, but what about outdoor activities at night? Camp Richardson’s first Snowshoe Cocktail Race of the season is Saturday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. Racers run with cocktail trays in hand through obstacles and up and down the beach. The winner is the fastest and cleanest at the finish. Spilling drinks is not a winning strategy. Signups start at 5 p.m. at the  Beacon Bar and Grill. Snowshoes will be provided. All levels welcome.

R&B mega-band Kool & The Gang returns to Lake Tahoe’s MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa bringing their bullet proof fresh funk sound and high-energy guitar and jazzy horn section, Saturday, Jan. 17 for a one-night only concert.

San Francisco’s best 80′s cover band Tainted Love will be at the Harrah’s South Shore Room Saturday to take you back to the 80’s. Show begins at 7:30 p.m.

Do your Martin Luther King Jr. weekend plans include a weekend getaway at The Ridge Tahoe?

Sierra Resort is Tahoe’s top-to-bottom winter sport experience

Home resort to Olympic champions Jamie Anderson, Maddie Bowman and Hannah Teter, Sierra-at-Tahoe is known for its wind-protected slopes, incredible tree skiing, and 320 acres of backcountry terrain out the Huckleberry Gates. Sierra is South Lake Tahoe’s winter sport playground that embraces skiers and snowboarders by providing a full top-to-bottom winter sport experience.

A short drive from The Ridge Tahoe up Highway 50, Sierra-at-Tahoe expands over 2,000 acres, has 46 trails, holding a vertical rise of 2,212 feet with a bottom elevation of 6,640 feet and top elevation of 8,852 feet.

Sierra offers something for everyone, whether it be long runs, terrain parks or backcountry. Photo: Matt Bombino Photography.

Sierra offers something for everyone, whether it be long runs, terrain parks or backcountry.
Photo: Matt Bombino Photography.

Sierra-at-Tahoe invested $5 million in a new 30,000 square foot deck and 9,000 square foot base area facility that offers a new après scene and enhanced guest services as well as a new retail shop, demo center and restaurant, the Solstice Eatery, featuring internationally flavored ancient grains bowls. Along with Solstice Eatery, Sierra introduces the new indoor/outdoor Corkscrew Bar with full liquor license and the Golden Bear Terrace featuring California-centric barbecue flavors based on California lifestyle and attitude, highlighting craft beers from California. Guests can enjoy delectable new options while relaxing around fire pits on a large outdoor deck overlooking the action on the mountain and enjoying live music and events throughout the course of the season.

Sierra has five gates to access its popular backcountry Huckleberry Canyon. Sierra also offers three express quad chair lifts, five double chair lifts, one triple chair lift and five surface lifts. Beginning skiers have 25% of the mountain to themselves, while 50% is considered intermediate and 25% advanced. Sierra’s longest run is Sugar n’ Spice, a 2.5 miles from the top of the mountain experience.

When it comes to terrain parks, Sierra offers some of the world’s best. Each terrain park is designed for all levels to encourage freestyle riding improvement. Small tables to large booters, on-the-ground boxes to urban stairsets- Sierra’s park crew builds and maintains each feature with a love for the sport. For freestylers, a commitment to innovative terrain parks has led to Sierra Resort being recognized by TransWorld SNOWboarding as a Top 10 Overall Resort as well as among the Top 10 Best Parks and Pipes in the nation.

Committed to helping the snow sports industry grow and retain first-time skiers and riders, Sierra-at-Tahoe offers lessons in a hassle-free environment, where guests will feel comfortable trying the sport and most importantly, enjoying it. An entire area is dedicated to learning, including two magic carpets, a high-speed quad and a Learn To Ride center.

For the kids, The Burton Star Wars™ Experience builds off of the success of Yoda’s Riglet Park, and the Burton Star Wars™ Echo Base now offers a snowboarding program for kids ages 7-12. The new Burton Star Wars™ Echo Base gives kids the opportunity to learn how to snowboard using terrain-based teaching, iconic Star Wars™ characters and Burton Learn to Ride technology and techniques. Young snowboarders will get the chance to “defeat the dark side” and become Jedi Knights by conquering their fears of sliding on snow.  Kids will learn to snowboard in a one-of-a-kind environment unlike any other in the universe.

Does your next ski weekend at The Ridge Tahoe include a trip to Sierra?

Exploring Lake Tahoe beyond the slopes

With breathtaking views and a backyard that stretches across Lake Tahoe and beyond, a vacation stay at The Ridge Tahoe provides for a virtual winter wonderland of activities where you don’t necessarily have to strap on downhill skis or a snowboard to have a good time.

Snuggle up and enjoy a sleigh ride through Tahoe South.

Snuggle up and enjoy a sleigh ride through Tahoe South.

From snowmobiling, ice skating and sleigh rides to spectacular helicopter tours over the Sierra, Lake Tahoe’s epic boundaries can be explored on the water, from the air and on a sled, sleigh or snowshoes.

Hikers looking for trails to traverse in snow can strap on a pair of snow shoes and head out in the backcountry. Guided tours are available in and around Lake Tahoe or if you want to stick closer to your room, The Ridge Tahoe offers guided snowshoe tours in winter. (Check with The Ridge Tahoe concierge.)

Winter thrills throughout Tahoe South include cross country skiing at historic Camp Richardson Resort. Voted “Best Place to Cross Country Ski” by Tahoe locals, the Mountain Sports Center at Camp Richardson offers cross country ski and snow shoe equipment for beginners and experts and when the moon is high and wide, moonlight night adventures.

Mount a sled and venture into the depths of Lake Tahoe’s wilderness with the wind in your face and your hands on the throttle. Be sure to follow all posted signs that detail private property and wilderness boundaries. Check out this list snowmobile rental and tour outfits, as well as directions to trails you can explore on your own.

What could be more fun than enjoying the snow on a sled, saucer or snowtube? Bring back childhood memories and introduce your children to the thrill of coasting down a hill. There’s plenty of sledding options around Tahoe South.

When it comes to sweeping helicopter tours across deep blue water, over towering snow-capped mountain canyons and above pristine waterfalls, there’s nothing quite like being 3,000 feet above Lake Tahoe. Climbing through the sky by way of South Lake Tahoe-based Reno Tahoe Helicopters is like riding sideways in an elevator with dramatic 180 degree views of Sierra’s crown jewel. Famed landmarks like Emerald Bay, Zephyr Cove, Sand Harbor and Cave Rock are traversed, with all of Lake Tahoe’s brilliant hues of blue popping picturesque and unobstructed.

Nothing else defines winter more than a one or two-horse open sleigh. Since 1967 Borges Sleigh Rides has been in the business of providing families rides across the snowy, frosty countryside of South Shore. Take an hour and 30 minute ride dashing through the snow, enjoy picturesque views and listen to stories of times long gone by.

The Tahoe Queen, an authentic Mississippi paddlewheeler, is one of the best ways to explore Lake Tahoe in winter. Enjoy a sightseeing tour or dinner cruise aboard the Tahoe Queen and M.S. Dixie II. Tickets can be bought at The Ridge Tahoe Market Place. (Ask the Ridge Tahoe concierge for a brochure.)

Grab a pair of skates and head down the hill in to South Shore, where there’s skating at Heavenly Village and indoors at the South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena.

Do your winter recreation plans include a stay at The Ridge Tahoe?