Ring in 2015 with fireworks, fire dancers at Tahoe South

While the run up to Christmas is sleigh-packed with excitement and thrills, the holiday spirit continues after Christmas Day and into the New Year around Tahoe South.

Extend the family stay and check into The Ridge Tahoe with a ski vacation to ring in the New Year. And welcome to a memorable start to 2015.

Catch the fireworks at Heavenly Holidays this New Year's Eve. Photo: Heavenly Mountain Resort.

Catch the fireworks at Heavenly Holidays this New Year’s Eve.
Photo: Heavenly Mountain Resort.

Heavenly Holidays at Heavenly Village continues after Christmas through the Dec. 31 with ice skating and ice sculpting demonstrations and its New Year’s Eve celebration, the pinnacle of Heavenly Holidays as it ushers in 2015.

The event features fire dancers who will spin flames to a live performance by Wes Quave. The energy of anticipation continues with games, face-painting and a photo booth to archive all the amusement of the night.

The “Fear-No-Ice” sculptors will bust out their saws to carve their crowning glory for the New Year. Heavenly’s Gondola Drop will descend over the crowd at 9 p.m., when families celebrate in concurrence with the midnight Ball Drop in New York City’s Time Square.

The brightly lit gondola cabin soars over the crowd while the fireworks dazzle in the sky above, capturing the wonder of kids and adults alike. Guests looking to go all in on New Year’s Eve can gear up for a full night in the variety of clubs, bars and casinos that South Lake Tahoe is famous for.

High-spirited New Year’s Eve revelry is amplified at PEEK Nightclub inside Harrah’s Lake Tahoe as well as throughout MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa across multiple venues, including Opal Ultra Lounge, BLU Nightclub and the 16,000 sq. ft. convention center.

The drumbeat to New Year’s will deck the halls and stretch the outer limits of music and imagination with the return of SnowGlobe Music Festival, a three-day dance party at Lake Tahoe Community College, Dec. 29-31.

This year’s lineup features electronic dance music heavyweights Skrillex, Zedd, Porter Robinson, Disclosure, Phantogram and Flux Pavilion, as well as Minnesota hip-hop veterans Atmosphere. It will also feature dynamic fireworks displays and “big air” snowboarding and skiing demos between main stage sets. SnowGlobe is expected to sell out in advance.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with dinner and dancing on the lake aboard the M.S. Dixie II or Tahoe Queen. Ring in the New Year on the water with party favors and take a stroll on deck to see the stars at midnight. The M.S. Dixie II departs from Zephyr Cove Marina in Nevada at 9 p.m. and the Tahoe Queen, 9:30 p.m. Ask The Ridge Tahoe concierge about how you can get tickets for this special night on the lake under the stars.

On New Year’s Day, treat your body right inside the clubhouse, with indoor tennis courts, basketball at the gym, swimming, weightlifting, steam room and jacuzzi and then head over to the Elevation Spa for a relaxing massage.

After you’ve worked up a good sweat and relaxing massage, prepare yourself for a New Year’s Day dinner at the Hungry Bear Restaurant or something on the lighter side at Mountain Side Eatery.

Do your New Year’s celebration plans include a stay at The Ridge Tahoe?

Celebrate Christmas at The Ridge Tahoe

Have yourself a merry little Christmas at Lake Tahoe with a holiday stay and ski vacation at The Ridge Tahoe. Reserve your accommodations now and bring the family to Tahoe, where Christmas magic is celebrated with a festival of lights, music, slope-side adventure and plenty of opportunities to see Santa Claus.

The Ridge Tahoe is ready for the holidays. How about you?

The Ridge Tahoe is ready for the holidays. How about you?

The Ridge Tahoe offers three ski packages that include choices of either a Deluxe King Room, or one or two bedroom condominium suites. Ski packages include two interchangeable ski lift tickets to Heavenly, Kirkwood, Sierra-at-Tahoe, Northstar and Squaw Valley Resorts, two hot breakfasts, and full access to clubhouse amenities at the resort.

Cheer and excitement are in the air with Heavenly Holidays. This annual run-up to Christmas and New Year’s features professional ice skaters, live music, jugglers, magicians, chainsaw-sculpted ice displays, and world-class fireworks. Co-produced by Tahoe South, the fourth annual event at Heavenly Village features 12 days of festivities, including Santa’s Workshop Snow Globe that runs from Dec. 20-24, 2 to 7 p.m. Enter Santa’s 16 foot snow globe at Heavenly Village to share your holiday wish list and snap a photo with the man himself.

At nearby Sierra-at-Tahoe, the Sierra Solstice Celebration includes a Christmas tree lighting on the Plaza Deck, Sat. Dec. 20 at 4 p.m. Santa will visit the Plaza from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m., Sunday Dec. 21. On Christmas Day, he will be shredding the slopes throughout the day. Guests are encouraged to ask St. Nick to take a selfie or give a high five if you spot him in the lift line.

At Squaw Valley guests can enjoy skiing and snowboarding with Olympic Gold Medalist Jonny Moseley. In the Village, cozy up around fire pits while you listen to carolers and sip hot cocoa. Squaw’s Olympic Ice Pavilion at High Camp, and SnoVentures Activity Zone are a perfect place to spend the holidays with family.

Returning to The Ridge Tahoe from a day of holiday 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 unwind after a day in nature’s playground.

Make your plans, then take in dinner at the Hungry Bear Restaurant. Their Christmas dinner on Dec. 25 includes a crab and organic beet root salad with basil micro greens and a pomegranate vinaigrette; your choice of pan roasted Chilean sea bass with tarragon parsnip puree, sautéed wild mushrooms and artichoke hearts and a charred tomato fennel fondant; honey maple glazed roast turkey with cornbread sausage stuffing, mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes, Brussel sprouts and a citrus cranberry relish; or slow roasted prime rib with a twice baked potato, asparagus and cauliflower, au jus and creamy horseradish; and a yuletide log with eggnog pastry cream and peppermint bark. Christmas dinner is served from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. and reservations are recommended.

On the lighter side, there’s the Mountain Side Eatery, open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner where you can eat-in or take back to your room.

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 skills with a number of video and table games featured in the Family Game Room.

Do your Christmas plans include a vacation stay at The Ridge Tahoe?

Heavenly Mountain Resort is a high-energy ski and snowboard experience

Out the front door and steps away from The Ridge Tahoe, a winter wonderland of outdoor adventure awaits. You could even say it is Heavenly.

Straddling the border of California and Nevada, Heavenly Mountain Resort is one of the most unique winter playgrounds in the U.S. Combining 4,800 acres of terrain, 360 inches of snowfall a year and a vertical rise that provides jaw-dropping views of Lake Tahoe, Heavenly is a high-energy ski and snowboard experience.

We have snow and more is coming! Photo: Heavenly Mountain Resort.

We have snow and more is coming!
Photo: Heavenly Mountain Resort.

Heavenly’s extensive snowmaking system, the West Coast’s largest, is capable, under optimum conditions, of producing three-and-a-half feet of snow across one acre in an hour and can cover 73% of the resort’s 97 trails in machine-made snow.

More terrain at Heavenly will open as soon as it’s ready. Combined with storms earlier this fall and the past weeks’ storms, the West Coast’s largest snowmaking system continues to prep the mountain for the full visitor experience. Want to know where to ski? Check out the trail maps.

Want to learn how to ski or grab air on a snowboard? Heavenly Ski & Ride School offers lessons for all ages and abilities.

Like terrain parks? Heavenly’s got them, offering some of the most-exciting, challenging, unique and well-maintained terrain parks at Lake Tahoe from beginner to expert.

Winter at Heavenly Mountain Resort begins with the most skiable terrain at Lake Tahoe and ends with the widest variety of on mountain experiences you’ll find anywhere at Adventure Peak. You can ride the Heavenly Gondola, sit out on the observation deck, eat at Tamarack Lodge, or rush down the mountain at the Heavenly Tubing Hill.

Heavenly is the go-to ski destination for those looking for a high-energy experience, and this season, Heavenly’s not making you wait until après to join in on the party. Heavenly has rolled out a mid-day party, on the deck at East Peak Lodge on Fridays and Saturdays from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Select holiday weekends will feature live music. Unbuckle, an apres party, also runs at Tamarack Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. The party continues throughout the week, however, with drink and food specials.

Winter Ignite is Heavenly’s annual season kickoff. West Coast rock band Young The Giant highlights the early season celebration with a free show in Heavenly Village on Dec 13, 7 p.m.

Festivities kick into high gear with Heavenly Holidays, Dec. 20-31. The event features live music, magicians, jugglers, professional ice skaters, live ice sculpting, photos with Santa and a Ripperoo Parade at the Heavenly Village. “A Heavenly New Year Celebration,” welcomes 2015 with a concert, brightly-lit Gondola that descends over the crowd, signaling the start of the New Year, and a 9 p.m. fireworks show, Dec. 31.

Whether you’re looking to bring your spouse, significant other or packing up the family for a ski trip, The Ridge offers six ski getaway packages with stays in either a deluxe hotel room, one or two bedroom condominiums. Three of the six packages also offer a spa option.

With the excitement building around the opening of the Stagecoach lift, Ridge guests will be able to be whisked along the Hilltrac Skier Express, a self-operated, gondola-type car that transports skiers from the Resort to Heavenly’s Stagecoach chairlift.

The eight-passenger car sits on a track and with the swipe of a room key, will move passengers down the slope in less than 3 minutes. The Ridge also has the Resort Sports Ski Shop which provides on-site ski, snowboard and accessory rentals and tune-ups, apparel, gear and Heavenly lift tickets.

Do your winter ski and snowboard plans include a stay at The Ridge Tahoe and adventure at Heavenly Mountain Resort?

Lake Tahoe offers and abundance of entertainment opportunities through the holidays

Holiday cheer at The Ridge Tahoe begins when snow meets adventure with a winter wonderland of entertainment lined up now through the holidays and beyond.

Check into The Ridge Tahoe and check out the many holiday and snow activities around Tahoe South. If you need a ride, The Ridge Tahoe Shuttle and BlueGo, will take you to and from the resort into South Shore.

SnowGlobe Music Festival returns to Tahoe South for the fourth year and will sell out prior to the New Year's week event. Photo: Brian Walker.

SnowGlobe Music Festival returns to Tahoe South for the fourth year and will sell out prior to the New Year’s week event.
Photo: Brian Walker.

The Christmas season begins early with a spectacular celebration of lights, sound and motion during Barton Health’s Festival of Trees and Lights, Dec. 3-7 at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Convention Center. This five-day family celebration showcases Christmas trees and decorations in all their creatively illuminated glory.

The third annual Light Up South Lake Tahoe is a Dec. 6 procession led by decorated fire trucks and snowplows along Highway 50 beginning at Stateline and concluding with a Christmas tree lighting celebration at the “Y” (intersection of Highway 50 and 89). Hosted by the City of South Lake Tahoe, the evening features a visit by Santa Claus, hot chocolate and cookies. The event begins at 6 p.m.

Snow sports and entertainment combine with Winter Ignite at Heavenly Mountain Resort for two weekends, Dec. 5-6 and 12-13. The amplified, snow-fueled festival jumpstarts the 2014-15 ski and ride season with on-mountain activities such as a DJ Cat and Unbuckle après parties. It culminates with “Pretty Faces,” an all-women ski and adventure sports film at Harrah’s South Shore room, Friday, Dec. 12. Young the Giant, wildly-popular indie rock band, will headline a free concert in the Heavenly Village, Saturday, Dec. 13.

Madcap on-screen adventure films and non-stop on-stage party action arrives with the 13th annual Tahoe Adventure Film Festival, Saturday, Dec. 13 at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa. Designed to capture the intensity and passion of free-spirited outdoor adventure, the film festival provides mountaintop cliffhangers and enough high-energy entertainment between showings to ignite fervor for the New Year. The night includes guest speakers, action photo displays, break-dancers, DJs and a handful of surprises.

Festivities kick into high gear with Heavenly Holidays, Dec. 20-31, featuring caroling, live music, magicians, jugglers, professional ice skaters, live ice sculpting, photos with Santa and a Ripperoo Parade at the Heavenly Village. “A Heavenly New Year Celebration,” welcomes 2015 with a concert, brightly-lit Gondola that descends over the crowd, signaling the start of the New Year, and a 9 p.m. fireworks show, Dec. 31.

The Sierra Solstice Celebration at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort includes a visit from Santa 1:30 – 4:30 and Christmas tree lighting on the Plaza Deck, Sat. Dec. 20 at 4 p.m. On Christmas Day, Old St. Nick will be shredding the slopes throughout the day. Guests are encouraged to ask him to take a selfie or give a high five if you spot him in the lift line.

The drumbeat to New Year’s will deck the halls and stretch the outer limits of music and imagination with the return of SnowGlobe Music Festival, a three-day dance party at Lake Tahoe Community College, Dec. 29-31. This year’s lineup features electronic dance music heavyweights Skrillex, Zedd, Porter Robinson, Disclosure, Flume, Phantogram and Flux Pavilion, as well as Minnesota hip-hop veterans Atmosphere. Don’t miss the dynamic fireworks displays and “big air” snowboarding and skiing demos between main stage sets. SnowGlobe is expected to sell out well in advance. Only single day tickets remain.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with dinner and dancing on the lake aboard the M.S. Dixie II or Tahoe Queen. Ring in the New Year on the water with party favors and take a stroll on deck to see the stars at midnight. The M.S. Dixie II departs from Zephyr Cove Marina in Nevada at 9 p.m. and the Tahoe Queen, 9:30 p.m.

High-spirited New Year’s Eve revelry is amplified at PEEK Nightclub inside Harrah’s Lake Tahoe as well as throughout MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa across multiple venues, including Opal Ultra Lounge, BLU nightclub and the 16,000 sq. ft. convention center.

Music and shows lined up for the holidays at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe South Shore Room include Tower of Power, Nov. 29; The Sun Kings, Dec. 13; Tommy Castro and the Painkillers, Dec. 20; Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, Dec. 27; Mark Hummel’s Blues Harmonica Blowout, Jan. 3; Tainted Love, Jan. 17.

MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa’s concert, film and comedy lineup features Bret Michaels, Nov. 29; Daniel Tosh, Dec. 12 (sold out); Tahoe Adventure Film Festival, Dec. 13; Kool and The Gang, Jan. 17; The Guess Who, Jan. 31.

Make plans for a return trip to the Ridge Tahoe in January when food is the highlight with Tahoe South Restaurant Week, Jan. 9-16, 2015. The “Made with Altitude” culinary celebration gives visitors the opportunity to experience some of the best wine and food pairings value at any time throughout.

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

Thanksgiving a family tradition at The Ridge Tahoe

Family holiday traditions run deep at Lake Tahoe. With this weekend’s openings of Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood make plans now to spend the Thanksgiving holiday weekend at The Ridge Tahoe.

Reserve your choice of lodging, and make reservations for dinner prepared by executive chef Stephen J. Moises and staff. The full course traditional Thanksgiving spread will be served from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. at The Ridge Tahoe’s Hungry Bear Restaurant and features its long-standing traditional feast and a few surprise dishes too.

Enjoy pumpkin pie and other Thanksgiving favorites at The Hungry Bear Restaurant this year.

Enjoy pumpkin pie and other Thanksgiving favorites at The Hungry Bear Restaurant this year.

Start off with a roasted butternut squash soup with toasted walnut cream and served in a baby pumpkin before moving to the second course with your choice of honey maple glazed turkey with cornbread stuffing, mushroom gravy, creamy whipped potatoes, brussel sprouts and a citrus cranberry relish; brown sugar glazed Virginia ham with sweet potato mash, glazed carrots and ginger-pineapple chutney; pan-seared Alaskan halibut with herbed spaghetti squash and wild mushroom jus; or slow roasted prime rib with grilled asparagus, twice baked potatoes, au jus and creamy horseradish. Finally, save room for dessert – homemade pumpkin pie with caramel sauce, vanilla scented whip cream and seasonal berries.

Once you’ve gotten your fill on Thanksgiving favorites, it’s time to explore Lake Tahoe.

Well known as an iconic favorite at Tahoe South, The Ridge Tahoe’s family appeal and stunning panoramic views make for an ideal Thanksgiving vacation with the comfort and convenience of home. Skiing at Heavenly is part of the Thanksgiving weekend tradition. Heavenly opens Nov. 21 with a combination of Mother Nature’s own and machine-made snow.

Guests can hop aboard the complimentary Ridge Shuttle and the South Shore area coordinated transit system and be taken to the Heavenly Gondola.

Left the skis and snowboards at home? The Ridge Tahoe has you covered with on-site ski rentals and tune-ups, apparel, gear and Heavenly lift tickets at the Resort Sports Ski and Snowboard Shop. Returning from a day on the mountain, 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.

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

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 skills with a number of video and table venues featured in the Family Game Room.

Do your Thanksgiving plans include a holiday weekend at The Ridge Tahoe?

Lake Tahoe area ski resorts prepare for opening day launch of 2014-15 ski and board season

Tuck away your golf clubs and bring out your skis and snowboards, opening day is less than two weeks away at several Lake Tahoe area ski resorts. Make plans now to be among the first to ski and board in Tahoe this season.

The Ridge Tahoe is offering ski getaway packages that include choices of either a deluxe king room, one or two bedroom condominium suites. Ski packages include two interchangeable ski lift tickets to Heavenly, Kirkwood, Sierra-at-Tahoe, Northstar and Squaw Valley Resorts, two hot breakfasts, and full access to clubhouse amenities at the resort.

Don't miss opening day in Tahoe South this ski season.

Don’t miss opening day in Tahoe South this ski season.

Among the first resorts to open will be Heavenly Mountain Resort and Northstar, Nov. 21, Kirkwood Mountain Resort, Nov. 22 and Squaw Valley, Nov. 26. Sierra-at-Tahoe’s opening date will be announced soon.

Heavenly, which has the largest snow making operation on the West Coast, has spent the past few weeks adding layers to the storm systems that have passed through the Sierra earlier this fall. With snow making guns blowing nightly and a series of winter systems late this week and possibly into next week, Heavenly has geared up for its Nov. 21 opening ready for the season.

Again this year, Heavenly features Unbuckle at Tamarack, rated as the No. 1 après ski party in North America by Forbes. It is Lake Tahoe’s highest elevation après ski party featuring music, drinking, dancing and the lovely Heavenly Angels. Après takes place daily from 3:30-5:30 p.m. with half-priced drinks and food specials and, exclusively on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, a guest DJ and giveaways. Last season, Heavenly elevated Unbuckle once again by taking the party out onto the patio at Tamarack Lodge with additional outdoor lighting and, best of all, another bar to serve those half-priced drinks.

Also set to open Nov. 21, Northstar California is home to a base area village featuring an array of shops and restaurants, conference centers, a 9,000-square-foot outdoor skating rink, movie theaters, on-site lodging, special events and more.

A winter sport enthusiast’s paradise, Northstar offers 97 ski trails spread across 3,170 acres, award-winning terrain parks and snow sports including alpine and Telemark skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and tubing. Northstar is located on Highway 267, six miles north of Lake Tahoe and six miles south of downtown Truckee.

Known for its abundant snow and big mountain experience, Kirkwood Mountain Resort will open Nov. 26. This remote ski mountain, located 35 miles from South Lake Tahoe, features some of the country’s most diverse and challenging inbounds terrain.  From cornices to couloirs, wide-open bowls and chutes, Kirkwood, with its lifts in full operation, offers 2,300 acres of mountain that will challenge skiers and riders from first to last chair.

Ready for its Nov. 26 opening, Squaw Valley and its sister Alpine Meadows are in year four of a five-year, $70 million renaissance, which has brought new chairlifts, an iconic yoga studio and the world’s first ski-in/ski-out Starbucks to the mountains. This ski season the resorts promise a new ski and technology experience with the first ski resort Google Glass App and guide programs that get skiers and snowboarders on more of the mountain than ever before, as well as new on-mountain dining experiences and world-class events.

Opening soon is Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort, known for its wind-protected slopes, incredible tree skiing, and 320 acres of backcountry terrain out the Huckleberry Gates, Sierra Resort is a bastion of the authentic California ski experience. For beginner skiers and riders Sierra Resort is home to the world’s only Burton Star Wars™ Experience, has over 100 acres of dedicated terrain, four beginner-only conveyor lifts, and PSIA Certified Instructors. 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.

Have you made plans to be on the slopes at Tahoe opening day?

Work out those sore muscles at The Ridge Tahoe’s Elevation Spa

An epic day outdoors deserves an end-of-the-day reward and there’s no better way than a full body treatment at The Ridge Tahoe Elevation Spa. Relax, rejuvenate, and unwind those muscles with any number of spa options with professional therapists.

The Ridge Tahoe offers world class spa packages. Pick any one you want and then plant yourself on a massage table at

Get ready for winter with a relaxing spa treatment at Elevation Spa.

Get ready for winter with a relaxing spa treatment at Elevation Spa.

for treatments guaranteed to loosen worked muscles.

From back, neck and shoulders, to deep tissue massage, there are several options and multi-treatment packages  to choose from. The Ridge Tahoe licensed massage therapists will restore your sense of well-being with customized combinations of Swedish, Sports and Acupressure techniques.

For skin health and relaxation you can go for skin treatments by The Ridge Tahoe licensed aestheticians. Facial choices include the Refresher, European, Stress Reduction, Age Smart Treatment, Heavenly Signature Facial and treatments for teens. There are also options for body waxing and specific, targeted skin treatments.

Other options include full body treatments such as the exfoliating body scrub where guests can choose from a variety of exfoliating salts, scrubs or gentle sugar scrubs that dramatically smooth, polish and energize the skin. Or try The Ridge Body Wrap. This is a 60-minute customized body process with light body brushing, followed with an application of your desired body masque and a finish that features an all-over application of rich hydrating cream.

With spa-related questions or to book a spa treatment, call (775) 588-3553, ext. 6000 or email spa@ridge-resorts.com.

Which spa treatment do you have in mind on your next visit to The Ridge Tahoe?

Expand Your Cooking Horizons with The Ridge Tahoe Executive Chef Moise

Many chefs keep their cooking traditions a secret. The Ridge Tahoe Executive Chef Stephen Moise prefers to share them freely with guests.

Part demonstration, part cooking lesson, The Ridge Tahoe guests are invited to sit in with him and the staff every Tuesday from 4 to 9 p.m. to learn how to prepare a three-course meal Sierra-style.

Join Exectuive Chef Stephen Moise in his setting from 4 - 9 p.m. every Tuesday.

Join Exectuive Chef Stephen Moise in his setting from 4 – 9 p.m. every Tuesday.

 

It is often said talent begins at an early age. Moise began cooking at the age of 12 among some of the greatest chefs in the world, first at his father’s New York restaurant and then later at the famed Tavern on The Green, where he hosted hundreds of guests at different New York City area events.

Chef Moise has a passion for food and an ability to share his love of food with everyone. His strategy for great cooking: start off simple and use the best ingredients.

“There’s no shortcut for success and the basics are simple – first, identify what the highest standards are and always strive to achieve them,” said Moise. “Second, use only the best quality products because you can’t make champagne out of vinegar. Oh and let’s not forget cook with reckless abandon and have fun doing it.”

Experience the chef’s cooking philosophies and when you’re at The Ridge by signing up for the class. There are 10 spaces available each Tuesday night and they fill fast. The cost is $99 per guest. Call the Concierge Desk at 775-588-3553 ext. 3150 to reserve your spot.

Guests who sign up will learn some of the chef’s techniques while preparing a Tahoe-style three course meal. At the end, guests can enjoy their creations and sample wines from around the region in a family-style, sit-down gathering with fellow classmates and Chef Moise.

Ridge guests have had plenty to say about the class. Guest Peg writes: “Took the cooking class and love it! I learned so much about thinking (of) the food itself, the textures, the smells, the blending of flavors. I especially loved Chef Stephen’s passion, it is infectious! I can’t wait for my next dinner party.”

Here’s what Ridge guest Nancy had to say: “The cooking class was different than I expected, in a good way! Less fancy knife techniques and more of a philosophy of food, flavor and artful presentation. A holistic approach to cooking, ingredients, mindfulness and entertaining. Overall, an excellent experience with so much to think about, it will stay with me for a long time and inspire me to seek to be a calm and thoughtful host/cook for my family and friends.”

Dining is an important component to The Ridge Tahoe experience. On site there is the Hungry Bear Restaurant, the recently renamed Mountain Side Eatery 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.

Open evenings for dinner, the restaurant, led by Executive Chef Stephen Moise, serves steak, seafood, chicken, pasta and lots of appetizer and beverage choices. For  the bear cubs there’s a children’s menu, plus a full array of desserts, coffees, and port wines and cognacs.

Will your stay at The Ridge Tahoe include a lesson from Executive Chef Moise?

The Ridge Tahoe Proudly Presents the Mountain Side Eatery

The wait is over and a new name for the former Ridge Club Deli has picked, thanks to an online poll this summer.

Names were created by Ridge Tahoe guests, the community and beyond that best describe the restaurant and its fresh, natural and simple food selections. The names were narrowed to three and the public was asked to pick again. Now The Ridge Tahoe proudly presents the Mountain Side Eatery.

What will you put in your Mountain Side Eatery omelet?

What will you put in your Mountain Side Eatery omelet?

“We love it because it says exactly what we are: a place to enjoy delicious, savory, wholesome food atop a high Sierra resort,” said The Ridge Tahoe Executive Chef Stephen J. Moise.

Open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and a lighter dinner, the Mountain Side Eatery offers a casual and innovative menu that you can eat-in or take back to your room.

Breakfast features bacon and eggs, waffles, breakfast sandwiches, and other goodies to help start your day off deliciously and a full-menu of coffee drinks are available throughout the day.

Deli salads and sandwiches can be packed to take on the go as you tour Lake Tahoe or enjoyed in the comfortable dining setting at the Mountain Side Eatery. Lunch menu features traditional sandwiches (think turkey and cranberry) but also includes tasty specials like a Cobb Salad loaded with bacon and blue cheese, or a Shrimp Louis Wrap of beautiful fresh vegetables and plenty of tine shrimp.

Dinners vary daily and include favorites like salmon with wild rice, prime rib with garlic mashed potatoes, fried chicken with roasted vegetables, giant chicken burritos, and other tempting dishes.

Pizzas, burgers and homemade soups are available throughout the day. Fresh baked goods from the pastry chef are the perfect sweet accompaniment to a meal or a delight on their own.

The Mountain Side Eatery also features an omelet bar Saturday and Sunday mornings, a stir fry dinner on select nights, and a taco bar on Saturdays from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

What’s your favorite dish at the new Mountain Side Eatery?

Get your Halloween freak on in Tahoe South

When it comes to celebrating Halloween, there’s no place like Tahoe South, which goes out of its way annually to make sure there’s plenty of revelry.

Check into The Ridge Tahoe and check out some of the Halloween inspired activities. If you need a ride, The Ridge Tahoe Shuttle and BlueGo, will take you to and from the resort into South Shore.

Dress up and dance the night away at the 36th Annual Freaker's Ball.

Dress up and dance the night away at the 36th Annual Freaker’s Ball. Photo: Brian Walker.

The celebration begins early with the 36th annual Freaker’s Ball, Lake Tahoe’s largest, oldest and bawdiest Halloween party, Saturday, Oct. 25.

The holiday costume soiree has become legendary thanks to imaginative partygoers who take mind-bending creativity to the limit. In recent years the popularity has grown to where MontBleu has spread it over four venues: Opal, Blu, the Theater (showroom) and the Haunted Zone Party Pit.

This year’s theme is “Freaky Horror Picture Show” and entails a Time Warp Dance, décor from over 80 years of horror films, a congo parade and high energy dance music. Zany attire in the past has featured human jigsaw puzzles, Rock ’em Sock ’em Robots, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Madonna, legendary superheroes, Ninja Turtles, rappers, reality show actors, and rock stars like KISS and the Grateful Dead.

Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 the week of the event and are available through Ticketmaster.com or by calling the MontBleu Box Office at (888) 829-7630. Historically tickets sell out the week of the event.

The MontBleu Theater will feature nonstop ghostly performances with aerialists, ladder girls, go-go dancers, bizarre characters, close circuit TV, laser lights and a special live performance from Pop Fiction, a popular Bay area dance cover band. A $10,000 cash and prize costume contest is part of the mix.

This year, Halloween falls on a Friday. If you miss Freaker’s Ball, you’ll want to check out Opal’s Exotic Halloween Bash at MontBleu, Halloween night. The sexy thrills and sultry chills begin at 10 p.m. with dancing, drink specials and $5,000 in prizes.

Family-friendly events are also lined up Halloween night. Close to The Ridge Tahoe is the Halloween Carnival Celebration at Kahle Community Center in Stateline. This event runs from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. Celebrate the spirit of make believe, a sense of community and “spooktacular” happenings, all under one roof. The festivities will include carnival games, lots of treats.

Treat Street, an annual South Lake Tahoe event, runs from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Lake Tahoe Airport. Trick or Treat in a safe, enjoyable environment at the 12th annual event or check out the haunted house. The event brings hundreds of children decked out as superheroes, princesses, magicians and monsters. Volunteers will pass out candy, serve hot cocoa, pizza, cotton candy, popcorn and s’mores.

Do your Halloween plans include a weekend at The Ridge Tahoe?