Celebrate Earth Day by exploring the lake

The arrival of spring in Lake Tahoe is celebrated on the ski slopes, along hiking and biking trails, Easter Sunday and on Earth Day.

Explore Lake Tahoe on Earth Day with bike paths and hiking trails.

Explore Lake Tahoe on Earth Day with bike paths and hiking trails.

Take those final weekend turns at Heavenly Mountain Resort, Sierra-at-Tahoe and Kirkwood and make plans to stay after Easter at The Ridge Tahoe, which offers deluxe hotel rooms, junior suites, one and two bedroom condominium suites.

Enjoy the week ahead and celebrate the great outdoors by playing golf, going on a hike or taking a mountain bike ride. Better yet, you can enjoy a the 2.2-mile section of a multi-use path at Stateline, minutes from The Ridge Tahoe.

Opened to the public in October 2013, the America’s Most Beautiful Bikeway, Stateline to Stateline phase 2 path runs between Elks Point and Round Hill and provides access to the high value recreation sites of Rabe Meadow, Nevada Beach as well as the communities of Stateline, lower Kingsbury, Elks Point and Round Hill. The Tahoe Transportation District-led project is part of an eventual 30-plus mile segment of the Nevada Stateline to Stateline Bikeway along the east shore.

Feel like exploring on two feet? Grab an energy bar, pack a water bottle or three and head out to a network of back-country trails that will lead you to a happy place. There are a number of trails close to The Ridge Tahoe and a few worth taking a few extra minutes of drive time.

When you get back from your hike, you can relax at South Lake Tahoe Library and learn about the 33-year history of the Tahoe Rim Trail. A slideshow and lecture will be presented beginning at 5:30 p.m.

How are you going to celebrate Earth Day?

Re-live your daytime outdoor adventures over a cold one at the Bear Trap Bar

You’ve spent the morning hiking or biking Tahoe‘s famed switchbacks and found that one vista with the backdrop that made for the picture-perfect selfie that says: I climbed a mountain in Lake Tahoe today.

By noon you find yourself wearing cleats, with your golf bag strapped to the back of a cart, teeing it up for 18 holes against a stunning Sierra backdrop.

You card the best round you’ve had in five years, and with two more hours left of daylight, you say “what next?”

Finish your day with your favorite beverage at The Bear Trap Bar.

Finish your day with your favorite beverage at The Bear Trap Bar.

Cap off the day, quench your thirst and figure out itinerary options for the next day over an ice cold pint of beer or tangy cocktail at the Bear Trap Bar, The Ridge Tahoe‘s Happy Hour spot open late afternoons and evenings. Daily happy hour and drink specials are a great way to relax after a day in nature’s playground. Set in a casual atmosphere with a relaxed setting, cool off with your favorite libation from 4-8 p.m.

If you’re hungry for some nachos or a burger as you sip your favorite beverage reliving the day, you can place an order directly from the Bear Trap Bar to the Ridge Club Deli where they will deliver the food right to you. Or you can head on over to the Hungry Bear Restaurant, The Ridge Tahoe’s onsite full-service restaurant.

Open evenings for dinner, the restaurant serves steak, seafood, chicken, pasta and lots of appetizer and beverage choices. For the little ones, there’s a children’s menu, plus a full array of desserts, coffees, and after dinner port wines and cognacs. Reservations are encouraged.

What drink will you end your day with?

Skiing, lake tours and brunch are on tap at The Ridge Tahoe for Easter

Easter weekend at Tahoe is when families come up to make their last turns at the ski slopes, take in the spring weather, get in an Easter egg hunt and perhaps a traditional Sunday brunch.

Celebrate Easter in Tahoe South with The Ridge Tahoe.

Celebrate Easter in Tahoe South with The Ridge Tahoe.

The Ridge Tahoe offers deluxe hotel rooms, junior suites, one and two bedroom condominium suites all within walking distance to the Hilltrac Skier Express which takes you right to Heavenly‘s Stagecoach Lodge/lift for the final weekend of skiing and boarding action.

Amenities feature complimentary use of the onsite health club, indoor sports complex, indoor/outdoor swimming pools and jacuzzis, restaurant, deli, market and full service spa. Shuttle service whisks guests six miles to nearby Lake Tahoe and casino nightlife.

Easter activities in Tahoe South:

Friday, April 18 is the annual Tot Egg Hunt at Kahle Community Center in Stateline. There will be fire engines, a bounce house, refreshments and an Easter Bunny who will hide eggs for children to collect. Bring a basket to collect eggs and a camera for the photo-friendly day. The hunt begins at 11 a.m.

Saturday, April 19 there is an Easter Egg Hunt at Lake Tahoe Community College. The 47th annual event will be hosted by the South Tahoe Optimist Club, which will hide 2,500 eggs throughout the parking lot near the college gym. Children will be sorted by age group and an area will be designated for children with special needs. There will be prizes. Festivities begin at 10:30 a.m. with an Easter costume parade, a 10:45 a.m. Easter Bonnet Contest, and an 11 a.m. Egg Hunt.

You can cruise the lake Easter Sunday, April 20 and have brunch aboard the M.S. Dixie II. Festivities begin with an 11 a.m. departure from Zephyr Cove Resort. The Easter Cruise is a 2-hour Emerald Bay Sightseeing Tour with an Easter Egg Hunt for kids ages 3-11.

Sunday, April 20 is Sierra-at-Tahoe‘s annual Easter Eggstravaganza with family egg hunts, bunny hop competitions and a chubby bunny contest.

Easter wouldn’t be complete without a hearty brunch. Enjoy the special meal with your family at The Hungry Bear Restaurant on site at The Ridge Tahoe. Start off with hot cross buns, fresh fruit and lemon curd before moving onto crab cake avocado Benedict, Belgian waffles, herb crusted prime rib, garlic crusted rack of lamb, or pan roasted Alaskan halibut. Save room for a dessert of chocolate peanut butter dream eggs in a cotton candy nest. Brunch will be served from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

What are your plans for Easter weekend?

Built around the enormous outdoor recreation opportunities Lake Tahoe has to offer, The Ridge Tahoe is also known for its extensive recreation offerings

There’s a 45,000 square-foot clubhouse with an indoor sports complex, full spa, heated swimming pool, hot tubs, indoor basketball courts, outdoor tennis courts and athletic instructors. Unique to the resort is its many organized activities designed to provide something for everyone. If you prefer racquet sports, there are indoor tennis and racquetball courts inside and three outside tennis courts. You can even sign up for onsite tennis lessons to add some spin to your game.

The netted driving range is just one of many on-site activities to enjoy at The Ridge Tahoe.

The netted driving range is just one of many on-site activities to enjoy at The Ridge Tahoe.

Looking for some relaxation? Check out Elevation Spa for a full range of facial treatments, body treatment and massage treatments offered by experienced and professional onsite therapists.

The Ridge Tahoe is known as a family-friendly resort where kids, parents and grandparents will find plenty of indoor and outdoor recreation opportunities. Kids who grew up on vacation at The Ridge are now bringing their own children every year to enjoy the resort, its 30-seat movie theater, kids’ arts and crafts center, games, arcades and in summer months miniature golf, putting green and playground. Traditions and memories are built here with members returning to create more.

Ridge Tahoe guests who love golf, have plenty of opportunities to warm up their game at the resort and then take in full rounds at any number of Tahoe South area golf courses. Woods and irons are encouraged at the Ridge Tahoe’s outdoor driving range. Meshed nets allow golfers to cut loose and give it all they’ve got. This full swing range gives golfers the chance to hone their technique and find that precious sweet spot.

Once the muscles are loosened, golfers can head over to the on-site miniature golf course putting greens. Gentle sloped greens give way to numerous breaks, giving putters ample opportunities to give their short game the finishing touches they need before heading out.

When it comes to dining, while most units include kitchens, for a convenient night out at the resort there’s the Hungry Bear Restaurant, Ridge Club Deli and the Bear Trap Lounge. The Hungry Bear offers seasonal menus with true Sierra cuisine – simple food prepared perfectly with locally-fresh ingredients to complement the resort’s peaceful and homey vibe.

Many chef’s keep their cooking traditions a secret. Not Ridge Tahoe Chef Stephen Moise. Part demonstration, part cooking lesson, Ridge Tahoe guests are invited to sit in with him and the staff every Tuesday from 4 – 9 p.m. to learn how to prepare a three-course meal.

Other activities and offerings onsite include:

  • Wine tasting classes.
  • Turn your luck into a sure bet with classes in the art (and science?) of casino craps.
  • Arts, crafts and glass painting
  • Group trail hikes in and around the Ridge Tahoe. (In winter there’s weekly organized snowshoe hikes.)
  • Free movie showings inside The Ridge Tahoe movie theater.
  • Water Aerobics
  • Skin Care Classes
  • Teenager Skin Care Classes
  • Cooking Demonstrations
  • Wine Tasting Classes
  • Group Rock Climbing
  • Bingo Nights
  • Stretch Classes
  • WallyBall Mixer
  • Scarf Making Class
  • Pilates
  • Zumba
  • Dance off Challenges (with xBox)

What are some of your favorite resort activities at the Ridge Tahoe?

Spring arrives at The Ridge Tahoe with plenty of activities

Even with snow expected through the week, spring is underway in the high Sierra and Tahoe South is opening a new chapter in recreation, activities and exploration.

Whether you’re looking for an extended weekend, a romantic getaway or a rejuvenation package, The Ridge Tahoe offers one and two bedroom suites and deluxe hotel rooms throughout the season.

Hoping to get in the last few days of skiing? Lift tickets to Heavenly, Sierra-at-Tahoe and Kirkwood are available at the Ridge Marketplace.

Enjoy spring skiing and live music at Sierra-at-Tahoe Saturday, April 5.

Enjoy spring skiing and live music at Sierra-at-Tahoe Saturday, April 5. Photo: Brian Walker Photography/Sierra-at-Tahoe

Heavenly‘s Spring Loaded runs March 28 through April 5 and features the Gunbarrel 25, live music, food and drink specials and contests. The annual South Lake Tahoe event brings together the best of spring and winter over two festive weeks with live music, loud outfits, and Unbuckle Apres parties.

The Gunbarrel 25, a one-of-a-kind ski/ride marathon where skiers and riders take 25 laps on Heavenly’s famous mogul run, Gunbarrel, in one day is Saturday, March 29. As Spring Loaded winds down the Red Bull Snow Warz college party begins April 4-6 with three blockbuster days of skiing/snowboarding, a slopestyle competition, Instagram challenges and after-parties. Heavenly’s closing day is April 20.

Sierra-at-Tahoe celebrates the Equinox Spring Festival Live at Grandview Music Series with Sierra’s 11th Annual Telegrass Festival April 5. The event features telemark skiing clinics, bluegrass music and food and drink specials.

Saturday, April 12 brings the 8th annual Buckle Up Big Air competition, featuring day-long rail jams, awards and demonstrations. Sunday April 13 is the 7th annual homemade Salsa Showdown where Sierra guests can bring two cups of their homemade salsa creations for judging. The winner receives a 2014-15 Sierra-at-Tahoe season pass.

Some biking trails are open, including a new multi-use path at Stateline near the South Shore casinos. As part of America’s Most Beautiful Bikeway project, the segment is an ADA accessible multi-use trail — which features an environmentally sensitive bridge — begins below Kahle Park adjacent to Highway 50 and Kingsbury Grade Highway 207 just north of the South Shore casinos, and accesses Nevada Beach and Elks Point Road located two miles east of the casinos.

The project is part of an eventual 30-plus mile segment of the Nevada Stateline to Stateline Bikeway along the east shore.  You’ll also want to check out the Van Sickle Bi-State Park, minutes from the Ridge Tahoe down Kingsbury Grade, the park allows for nearby biking with some great views.

A great way to see Lake Tahoe is to be on it. Discounted tickets are offered daily aboard the M.S. Dixie II. The M.S. Dixie II sightseeing cruise operates daily from Zephyr Cove, just down the hill from The Ridge Tahoe. You can take a sightseeing daytime or romantic evening dinner cruise aboard the 520-passenger sternwheeler vessel, the largest operated at the lake. Tickets are available at the Ridge Tahoe Market Place.

How will you experience spring in Lake Tahoe?

Music, festivals and comedy lined up through April at South Shore Lake Tahoe

Ski and snowboard competitions, music, film festivals, parties and the famous laid-back Tahoe vibe are all part of the spring windup before the ski season winds down.

Settle in at The Ridge Tahoe with a one or two-bedroom condominium suite or a Deluxe Hotel Room and then explore Tahoe’s ski resorts, gaming, nightlife, star-studded concerts and comedy acts.

Glen Plake's Gunbarrell 25 at Heavenly Mountain Resort is a spring highlight. Photo: Heavenly Mountain Resort.

Glen Plake’s Gunbarrell 25 at Heavenly Mountain Resort is a spring highlight.
Photo: Heavenly Mountain Resort.

Heavenly Mountain Resort celebrates the season’s renewal with Spring Loaded, March 28 through April 6. This spring fling features live music, food and drink specials, contests and the annual Gunbarrel 25, a one-of-a-kind ski/ride marathon where skiers and riders take 25 laps on Heavenly’s famous mogul run, Gunbarrel, off of The Face on the California side in one day.

As Spring Loaded winds down the Red Bull Snow Warz college party starts up April 4-6 with three blockbuster days of skiing/snowboarding, a slopestyle competition, Instagram Challenges and after-parties. Heavenly’s closing day is April 20.

Sierra-at-Tahoe celebrates College Week with the Spring Equinox Festival. Bring a college ID and ski all day for $62. There’s live music too, beginning March 22 with The Soft White Sixties featuring Vokab Kompany. Hot Buttered Rum and The Creak will kick off Sierra’s 11th Annual Telegrass Festival April 5 with telemark skiing clinics, bluegrass music and food and drink specials. Saturday, April 12 brings the 8th annual Buckle Up Big Air competition, featuring day-long rail jams, awards and demonstrations. Sunday April 13 is the 7th annual homemade Salsa Showdown where Sierra guests can bring 2 cups of their homemade salsa creations for judging. The winner receives a 2014-15 Sierra-at-Tahoe season pass.

Feel like catching a live Vegas-style show that can only be found at Tahoe South? Check out MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa‘s outrageous new Sweet Talk: A Delicious Electro-Cirque Kiss. The show features dancers, high-flying aerialists, beat-driven DJs, and a fire performer. The burlesque revue is weekends at MontBleu through April 5, and described as a risqué feast of outrageous light, color and sound.

The MontBleu Theater is also a good place to catch live bands and show-stopping entertainment. The lineup includes Wild & Scenic Film Festival, March 27; The Straits, March 28; BANFF Mountain Film Festival, March 31;  Emancipator Ensemble at Blu Nightclub, April 2; Yonder Mountain String Band, April 3, Fabulous Thunderbirds, April 12; and America, May 24.

The South Shore Room of Harrah’s Lake Tahoe features Bruce in the USA, a tribute to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, March 22; ZZ Ward, April 5; The Fab Four Ultimate Beatles Tribute April 12; Taj Mahal, April 19; and The Temptations featuring Dennis Edwards, April 26.

Get laughs by the bucketful at Harveys Lake Tahoe‘s The Improv. Shows start at 9 p.m. every Wednesday through Friday and Sundays, and 8:30 and 10:30 pm on Saturdays. Headliners: Ben Gleib, March 19-23; Tommy Savitt and Maureen Langan, March 26-30; Rachel Feinstein and Don McEnery, April 2-6; Stage Benders and Joel Lindley, April 9-12; Rocky LaPorte and Ron Morey, April 16-20; and Kivi Rogers and Don McEnery, April 23-27.

Where’s your favorite entertainment spot in Tahoe South?

Corporate retreats come with lake and Sierra backdrop at The Ridge Tahoe

Forget team building in a smoggy city high rise cooped up with four walls and a fake fireplace. The Ridge Tahoe offers a sweeping Sierra and Lake Tahoe backdrop that will invigorate and provide fresh perspectives to any executive retreat, brain-storming and business-building gathering.

From groups as small as 10 to as large as 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.

Bring your work to The Ridge Tahoe for a meeting, retreat or team building experience.

Bring your work to The Ridge Tahoe for a meeting, retreat or team building experience.

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 and snowmobiling. Summer offers golf outings, boat tours, 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’s Ski Retreat Meeting package offers a cozy Deluxe Hotel Room with King bed, complimentary meeting fee, Wi-Fi, one complimentary guest room per 25 booked guest rooms, one complimentary ski ticket to Heavenly Mountain Resort per 25 tickets purchased, free parking and full use of the resort’s many indoor and outdoor sports, fitness and recreation amenities, plus 10 percent off discounts on banquet Apres ski receptions, ski and snowboard rentals and spa services.

The Ridge Tahoe Conference Center provides plenty of space including intimate classrooms, 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.

Your audio and visual equipment and rentals are taken care of, including an LCD Projector, large and small screens, Flip Charts with Pad and Markers, cordless microphones, Table Top Lecturn, TV, VCR and DVD, podiums with a microphone and speakers.

The Ridge Tahoe will also take care of your catering needs for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Banquet menus feature hot and continental breakfast buffets; a la carte breakfast choices; box breakfast and lunches to go; full-service brunch, lunch and dinner full-service buffets; and full menu sit-down plated dinners.

Request a proposal for group meetings or events and once your request is received, a Ridge Tahoe team representative will contact you to discuss all of your meeting needs.

Ridge Club Deli offers a lighter side to dining

A workout on the slopes gets the blood pumping for sure, and the body needs energy to maintain stamina for those moments when you take your skiing or boarding moves to the next level.

Whether you’re looking for your morning coffee, in search of a carbo-load, a mid-afternoon sandwich or a sensible evening meal, The Ridge Club Deli is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner with a menu that touches on the lighter side of dining.

Enjoy your casual breakfast by the fire at The Ridge Club Deli.

Enjoy your casual breakfast by the fire at The Ridge Club Deli.

The Ridge Club Deli offers a casual menu with waffles and bacon, homemade soups, made-to-order sandwiches, and fresh salads to enjoy onsite or back at your room.

Breakfast features a menu including fresh fruit smoothies with vanilla yogurt; a sunrise sandwich with two fresh eggs, cheddar cheese and your choice of bacon or ham on a toasted English muffin or croissant; and the Bistro Breakfast featuring two fresh eggs, toast and bacon or ham. Or you can go big with the delicious breakfast burrito served with two fresh eggs, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, bacon or ham with salsa and sour cream. The Ridge Club Deli brews Starbucks coffee and specialty drinks.

Lunch and dinner features a soup of the day (chef’s choice) or try a hot chili bowl. Salads include mixed green, chicken Caesar or Cobb, and sandwiches that range from a Philly cheese steak, cranberry turkey, the Ridge Club or a tuna croissant. If you’re looking for something heartier, try The Ridge Burger, a 1/3 pound angus beef patty served with lettuce, tomato and onion or go meatless with the Portobello panini, a balsamic Portobello mushroom, caramelized onion and peppers with mozzarella cheese grilled on artisan bread. All sandwiches are served with choice of garden salad or chips.

The Ridge Club Deli is open Monday through Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 7:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Looking for an adult beverage before dinner? Check out the The Bear Trap Bar, open late afternoons and early evenings for happy hour, the lounge is set in a casual atmosphere with a relaxed setting. If you’re in the mood for a larger dinner with more choices, check out The Hungry Bear Restaurant.

What’s your favorite menu item at the Ridge Club Deli?

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day all weekend at South Shore Lake Tahoe

March 17 is a day set aside for the Irish in everyone. Parties, live music, plenty of corned beef, cabbage and suds are in store throughout the St. Patrick’s weekend.

The Shepherd's Pie at MacDuffs is not to be missed this St. Patrick's Day. Photo: MacDuffs Public House.

The Shepherd’s Pie at MacDuffs is not to be missed this St. Patrick’s Day.
Photo: MacDuffs Public House.

The Ridge Tahoe offers several lodging options and ski packages so that you can take in the slopes and come back for a spa treatment.

Food and drink specials will be a part of the St. Patrick’s Day festivities, including specialty corned beef and cabbage at the Ridge Club Deli and Happy Hour at the Bear Trap.

If you’re looking to venture out to celebrate your Irish, you can climb aboard South Tahoe Transit that will take you into the casino core and South Lake Tahoe.

Within walking distance to the Ridge Tahoe is the Fox & Hound, which will have the green beer flowing by the kegs, not to mention corned beef and cabbage. Further down Kingsbury Grade is Mott Canyon Tavern and Grill also known for turning out plenty of Irish-themed fare on St. Patrick’s Day.

Here are some other places and events in South Lake Tahoe worth checking out:

Festivities begin Friday with the annual Tahoe-Douglas Rotary St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. The event features a traditional Irish buffet, wine tasting, and one of the region’s biggest silent actions. The celebration runs from 6-10 p.m., Friday, March 14 at the Lake Tahoe Harrah’s Convention Center.

Music, Irish food and drink specials are a sure bet at McP’s Pub Tahoe. Felix and The Soulo Cats will be jamming with guests throughout the night.

MacDuffs Public House is South Lake Tahoe’s newest Irish-themed pub. Feast on traditional Irish favorites and soak in the atmosphere. Along with corned beef and cabbage, the menu features a Steak and Guinness Stew, Real Shepherd’s Pie and Bangers and Mash.

Celtic rock heavyweights the Young Dubliners, considered among the best in the Irish power band genre, will pour, toast and chug their own stout brand of hard-driving riffs this St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2014 at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa.

Known as Celtic rock’s hardest working band, Young Dubliners will play their hearty Irish songs with all the licks and plenty of riff built around hard-party working class anthems at this must-see, one-night-only concert. Opening for the Young Dubliners will be the bagpiping, didgeridoo Celtic rock band Brother. Tahoe’s best St. Patrick’s Day party kicks off at 8 p.m. inside Blu Nightclub with $1 pre-concert Irish beer specials. The show begins at 10 p.m.

What are your plans for St. Patrick’s Day in Tahoe South?

Spring breakers head to Tahoe for action-packed adventure

With a new round of winter storms this week, fresh snow will be a welcome to the thousands of fresh faces arriving at Lake Tahoe to ski and board over spring break.

The Ridge Tahoe partners with Heavenly Mountain Resort, Sierra-at-Tahoe and Kirkwood Mountain Resort who were recently noted for their respective scenery, terrain, world class gaming and nightlife in a USA TODAY readers’ poll where Tahoe South was recognized as the “Best Ski Destination” in a December 2013.

Spring conditions offer good snow and good fun at local resorts. Photo: NV Images.

Spring conditions offer good snow and good fun at local resorts.
Photo: NV Images.

Heavenly Mountain Resort offers what it calls the Ultimate Spring Break Experience with plenty of riding and carving opportunities during the day, and the Unbuckle Après Party from 3:30 to 5:30 at Tamarack Lodge. Unbuckle features live DJs, half-priced drinks and food specials with the Heavenly Angels on Fridays and Saturdays. As the party winds down up top, you will get the unique experience of riding the Gondola at night. See the moonlit lake and the town of South Lake Tahoe sparkle with city lights. During the day, skiers and boarders will see the Heavenly DJ Cat roving up and down the mountain. The mobile grooming machine is retrofitted on a DJ platform with high quality sound and light show that rivals a nightclub.

Put down the Chem book, grab the dorm posse, and head to Sierra-at-Tahoe for College Week spread out over two weeks beginning March 17 through the end of March 28. Lift tickets are $62 with college IDs, plus entertainment in the Plaza. Stay for the Equinox Spring Festival Live at Grandview Music Series featuring The Soft White Sixties with Vokab Kompany Saturday, March 22.

At Northstar California, the March calendar offers plenty skiing and riding activities as well as St. Patrick’s Day specials, Turtle Neck Tuesday skating and yoga classes.

While it may be a week or so early, The 33rd annual SnowFest! celebrates North Lake Tahoe Feb. 28 with plenty of winter activities. Squaw Valley will kick off the fun-filled week Friday, Feb. 28 with a colorful fireworks show, extreme food eating challenge, and live music. The event runs through March 9.

Squaw activities with spring breakers in mind include Yoga at Wanderlust Yoga Studio and Jibs and Jumps competitions.

Feel like catching a live Vegas-style show that can only be found at Tahoe South? Check out MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa‘s outrageous new Sweet Talk: A Delicious Electro-Cirque Kiss. The show features exotic dancers, high-flying aerialists, beat-driven DJs, and a fire performer. The burlesque revue is weekends at MontBleu through April 5, and described as a risqué feast of outrageous light, color and sound.

The MontBleu Theater is also a good place to catch live bands, including the Young Dubliners, St. Patrick’s Day, March 17 and The Straits, March 28. If you like films, there’s two festivals worth catching: The Wild & Scenic Film Festival, March 27 and the BANFF Mountain Film Festival, March 31.

The South Shore Room of Harrah’s Lake Tahoe features The Mowgli’s March 8, Pat Travers Band, March 15, and Bruce in the USA tribute Band March 22 for Spring Break entertainment.

How will you spend Spring Break in Tahoe?