You land in Lake Tahoe. Your main objective: get on the mountain for some skiing – and quick! We don’t blame you, as that would be our goal, too! If you’ve never been to the South Shore of Lake Tahoe or if you’ve never stayed at the Ridge Tahoe, you may be wondering just how you can achieve this. Fortunately, we’re familiar with the various ways to access Heavenly Mountain Resort and have detailed these below for your convenience.
Stagecoach Lodge: the closest ski lodge to the Ridge Tahoe. PC: Instagram user apertureistic
To Stagecoach Lodge: Guests of the Ridge Tahoe have the ultimate convenience when it comes to riding Heavenly Mountain, which is located next to the resort on the South Shore of the lake. Only Ridge guests have access to the Hilltrac Skier Express, an 8-person passenger car that transports guests to the Stagecoach Lodge at Heavenly.
A recently completed $120,000 overhaul to the Skier Express includes a complete rework of the electronics and computer systems that drive the passenger car. Also new this year is an updated charging system, which powers the unit. The driving mechanism and the 680-foot track to Stagecoach were also updated for a smoother, more comfortable ride. It’s the best way to ski in and ski out when staying at the Ridge!
Additionally, on property Ridge Shuttles can drop off at Stagecoach Lodge (after going around the loop).
The newly updated Hilltrac Skier Express is the best way to ski in and ski out at the Ridge Tahoe. PC: Aldrey Torres
To Boulder Lodge: For those that want to explore more terrain within Heavenly Mountain, guests can take the Skier Express or Ridge Shuttle to Stagecoach Lodge then transfer to the Boulder shuttle.
To Heavenly Village: If you’d like a classic gondola experience, take the BlueGo bus that travels every hour on the hour from the Ridge Tahoe to the Casino Corridor and Heavenly Village, the home of the Heavenly Gondola. This gondola affords breathtaking views of the lake as it travels to the top of Heavenly
Another option to get to the Heavenly Village is to take the above transportation to Stagecoach Lodge then transfer to the Village shuttle.
Heaven awaits you at Heavenly Mountain Resort. PC: Heavenly Mountain Resort
To California Lodge: Venture outside of Nevada and experience California by traveling to the California Lodge. Guests may take the BlueGo bus to the Heavenly Village, then transfer at the Village Transport station to the California Lodge.
Regardless of which Lodge you prefer during your ski-venture, make your home base the Ridge Tahoe. With easy access to the mountain, how could you not?
Still feeling a little heavy from Thanksgiving dinner? You’re not alone. With days darkening earlier and earlier, it’s been difficult for us to get outside and work off the turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, pie… the list goes on! Here are a few tips to work off the Turkey Day bloat and get back on track with healthy living.
Drink in the fresh air – and plenty of water – while visiting the Ridge. Courtesy: The Ridge Tahoe
One of the best ways to work off a big meal is by drinking water. Water aids in digestion and helps you feel full so you’re not tempted to gorge on seconds or leftovers. Drinking plenty of fluids helps your body flush toxins, which also makes you feel less bloated.
Take in views like these while also working off some off your feast. Win, win. Courtesy: The Ridge Tahoe
Take a walk
Working off the bloat is as simple as taking a leisurely stroll. Burn off some of the calories you consumed, as well as work on your digestion while lowering your blood sugar levels, which in turn lowers your risk of diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. There are plenty of trails near the Ridge Tahoe Resort, including the Tahoe Rim Trail, that will help you get outside.
Take a refreshing dip in the indoor/outdoor pool. Courtesy: The Ridge Tahoe
Another great physical option is swimming. Swimming is less hard on your body than jogging but we recommend waiting at least an hour to jump into the deep end. Your body will work harder swimming after a big meal, but to avoid discomfort or nausea, waiting is suggested. The Ridge Tahoe has an indoor/outdoor pool that will wake you up in the crisp air and warm you up inside.
Excuse us while we mop up our drool over this grilled chicken salad at the Bistro. Courtesy: The Ridge Tahoe
Choose healthier options
Easier said than done, right? However, this is the only way you can get back on the healthy habits train. It may be tempting to have a burger and fries, but you’ll only be adding to your sodium intake after a very heavy meal (salt means more bloating). The Ridge Bistro has plenty of options like tasty salads topped with grilled chicken, yogurts and others that will help you make better choices.
Open up our spa menu and find the treatment that’ll treat you right. Courtesy: The Ridge Tahoe
Relieve some tension
If it’s not the food that’s weighing you down, but the stress of the holiday, we recommend a visit to the spa for some me time. A Swedish massage, a therapeutic deep tissue massage or one specifically centered on your neck, back and shoulders (hello, tension!) will open you up and have you feeling chill in no time. Appointments can be made at the Elevation Spa by calling 775-588-3553 ext. 6000.
Another Thanksgiving is upon us and this time of year offers the opportunity for all of us to reflect on what we are grateful for, such as friends, family, and good health. We wanted to take a moment to detail a few of the things that we are grateful for this year. Check them out below!
Summer was even better with a full lake! Credit: Kristin Rust / Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
The great outdoors
Last winter’s record-breaking snowfall gave us months of glorious weather that filled the lake for an unforgettable summer. Not only did the heavy snowfall immensely improve the snowpack, but it also led to gushing waterfalls, lush landscapes and plenty of water to play in!
Start drooling now… Courtesy: The Ridge Tahoe
Even greater food
We’re lucky at the Ridge Tahoe because we have the best head chef in the region, Chef Stephen Moise! Chef Stephen brings his passion and talent to every meal he makes. When he’s not in the kitchen, Chef Stephen can be found in the Castle Rock Room for complimentary cooking demonstrations Wednesdays at 3 p.m. We’re also thankful for the variety of food options at the Ridge with the introduction of daily chef specials.
Snow, rain or sunshine – every view is amazing at the Ridge. Courtesy: The Ridge Tahoe
Views for days!
Sunrise or sunset and every time in between offers the most incredible views of Lake Tahoe and the Carson Valley. We love heading to one of our many rooftop hot tubs to soak in the warm water and the great landscapes surrounding the resort. Experiencing a little bit of FOMO? You can see what we see at the Ridge Tahoe any time you’d like on our web cam.
Ridge staff help make incredible moments, like this one, happen! Credit: CJ Varela/Divided Line Media
Our resort wouldn’t run without the highly effective, passionate and kind people that make up our staff. From our wedding coordinators to our housekeepers, reservation specialists to front desk personnel, the Ridge Tahoe has the best employees!
These views would be wasted without our wonderful guests and owners. Courtesy: The Ridge Tahoe
Our owners and guests! That’s right – the number one thing we are grateful for this year is YOU! Without our owners and guests, we wouldn’t be able to share unique experiences and the beauty of Lake Tahoe. We appreciate all the support we receive from our valued guests and owners.
Join us in giving thanks for a wonderful year on Thanksgiving Day at the Hungry Bear Restaurant. We will host a Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, Nov. 23 from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Dinner is $45 for adults and $17.95 for children. A children’s menu is available. Call the concierge at extension 3150 for reservations.
Happy Thanksgiving to all!
Regardless if you are traveling for business or for pleasure, it can be hard to be away from home during the holidays. If you find yourself in Tahoe this Thanksgiving, gobble up these tips to make Turkey Day even better than being at home!
Leave the Cooking to the Pros
The Ridge Tahoe’s on-site restaurant the Hungry Bear Restaurant will host Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, Nov. 23 from 3:30 to 7 p.m.
The dinner begins with the first course of roasted butternut squash soup served in a festive baby pumpkin with crab and celery root salad. This is followed by a choice of the classic honey maple glazed roast turkey served with cornbread sausage stuffing, gravy, whipped potatoes, Brussel sprouts and citrus cranberry relish; pan-roasted Alaskan halibut with shrimp, yam hash, and a saffron tomato sauce; or a slow roasted prime rib served with grilled asparagus, twice baked sweet potato cake, au jus and creamy horseradish. The meal is perfectly ended with a homemade pumpkin pie topped with caramel sauce, vanilla whipped cream, and seasonal berries.
Dinner is $45 for adults and $17.95 for children. A children’s menu is available. Call the concierge at extension 3150 for reservations.
Catch some pow this Thanksgiving at Kirkwood. Photo credit: Lauren Lindley/Ski Lake Tahoe
Hit the Slopes
This may not be a holiday tradition back home, but here in Tahoe, it is customary to take a few laps before sitting down for Thanksgiving dinner. Several Lake Tahoe ski resorts will be open for the holiday, including Heavenly and Kirkwood, the latter which will open the day before Thanksgiving.
Forgot your gear? The Ridge Tahoe Resort Sports Ski & Snowboard Shop has rentals available, as well as tune-ups and items available for purchase.
Relax in one of our many hot tubs – weather permitting!
Soak Up Family Time
If you’re traveling with your family, the Ridge Tahoe is an ideal place to be for the holiday. Not only is our resort situated only minutes away from the bustling Stateline area and Heavenly Village, it is also set in the mountains where you can easily take a hike or snowshoe (weather permitting), relax at one of our rooftop hot tubs, get competitive at the family game room in the Naegle building, or spend time in your spacious suite, complete with amazing views of the Carson Valley.
Tahoe has already experienced its first of many storms and winter is well on its way to set up shop for a few months in the Sierra Nevada. Don’t let Winter take you by surprise – be prepared for the ski season with a few of the tips below.
The Ridge Tahoe will soon be covered in white. Are you ready?
Mark Your Calendar
Do you feel the need? The need to ski?! You’re not alone and you won’t have to wait long until you’re thousands of feet in the sky. Lake Tahoe ski resorts will open this month at Heavenly Mountain Resort (the Hilltrac Skier Express can take you from the Ridge to Stagecoach Lodge), Squaw Valley and Northstar California opening Nov. 17. Kirkwood Mountain Resort opens on Nov. 22 while Sugar Bowl opens Nov. 24.
Tahoe Donner, Homewood and others will open in December
Condition Your Body
Before you pull on your ski boots for the first time since winter, we recommend hitting the gym to begin to acclimate your body to more physical fitness. Exercises like deadlifts, leg presses, squats and running on the treadmill will begin to prep you for the slopes. The Ridge Tahoe’s gym has the equipment you need to get into fighting shape for those epic pow days.
The slopes of Heavenly Mountain Resort are a great place for family bonding. Credit: Rachid Dahnoun/Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
Prep Your Gear
Now is the time to tune your board, wax your skis and check last year’s gear for any wear and tear that may prevent you from being safe or comfortable. The Ridge Tahoe Ski Shop offers full-service rentals, tunes and repairs for your gear. If you’ve forgotten your gear or chose to travel without it, you can demo skis and boards!
Care for Your Skin
Winter is harsh even for the happiest skin. Cold temperatures and strong winds can leave you chapped, sunburned and sore. Sunscreen is a must and don’t forget a tube of Chapstick before you venture onto Heavenly or another nearby ski resort. After an unforgettable time on the mountain, a day at the spa is in order. The Elevation Spa will set you up for the pampering you need to recover and recharge for another day on the slopes.
Celebrate the last rays of a successful pow day with drinks or a spa treatment at the Ridge Tahoe. Credit: Brad Scott/Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
Another tip? Après ski at the Bear Trap Lounge for Happy Hour! See you on the slopes!
The temperature is dipping, and snow is in the forecast. Though autumn won’t officially end until December 21, it sure feels like winter is here with the arrival of November. Help send off fall and welcome what we hope is a wonderful winter with these November events!
Opening Ski Resorts
Nothing signals the beginning of the winter season like the openings of our favorite local mountains! Heavenly Mountain Resort, Squaw Valley and Northstar California are projected to open on Nov. 17 with Kirkwood Mountain Resort not far behind on Nov. 22. Sugar Bowl is projected for a Nov. 24 opening and Sierra-at-Tahoe is scheduled for a Nov. 25 opening.
Catch some air starting this November at local Tahoe ski resorts. Credit: Lauren Lindley / Ski Lake Tahoe
Tahoe Donner, Homewood and other ski resorts in the area are projected to open in December.
Tahoe has a lively music scene and November is no exception with the Black Dahlia Murder on Nov. 3, the world’s premier country all-vocal band Home Free on Nov. 4, The New Mastersounds with Kung Fu on Nov. 5, Noam Pikelny on Nov. 18, and Abbacadabra – The Ultimate ABBA Tribute Concert on Nov. 24.
Put on your dancing shoes for Abbacadabra this November. Courtesy: Harrah’s Lake Tahoe / Abbacadabra
Beyond concerts, Tahoe also has several other events scheduled for the month of November. These include the UFC 217 Viewing Party on Nov. 4, the 47th annual Evening of Food, Wine and Beer Tasting and Competition on Nov. 10, the 12th annual Reel Rock Film Tour on Nov. 15, the Transworld Snowboarding: Arcadia Premiere on Nov. 17, and the Ron Stubbs Rock N’ Roll Hypnosis Show Nov. 24-25.
The Annual Valhalla Holiday Faire is Nov. 17-19 and the perfect opportunity to get a jumpstart on holiday shopping. 30 local vendors will sell their crafts and artisanal goods while families can enjoy Christmas decorations in the historic Valhalla Tahoe.
Get in the holiday spirit and get your shopping done early at the Valhalla Holiday Faire. Courtesy: Valhalla Tahoe
Starting on Nov. 30, Barton Health’s 9th annual Festival of Trees & Lights begins at MontBleu Resort & Casino. Local businesses and individuals create their own decorated Christmas trees and wreaths while attendees enjoy entertainment including visits with Santa Claus, silent auctions and raffle prizes. The event features holiday fun through Dec. 3 with all proceeds going back into the community.
Check out the Ridge Guide for the latest on-site events and specials.
Halloween is next Tuesday, but the festivities kick into high gear this weekend. The streets of Taoe will be full of ghouls, goblins and more with Halloween events starting this Friday and continuing through Tuesday. Plan your attack with our quick guide to Halloween happening below.
By far one of the largest and most popular Halloween events is the Freakers Ball at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa. This event invites attendees to get a little wicked on Oct. 28 with the 39th annual party that includes not one, but three parties in one location. This event includes go-go dancers, DJs, live music and drink specials that start at 8 p.m. and continue until the early morning hours. If you’re going all out on your Halloween costume this year, we recommend checking out this party for your chance at a share of $10,000 in cash and prizes.
The Loft, one of the coolest spots in South Lake Tahoe for a drink and a magic show, is hosting its second annual Halloween Bash on Oct. 28. Festivities include scary movies in the Loft’s theatre and Live Deep House DJ spinning house music until 2:00 am. The Loft will give away $1,000 in prizes for the best costumes of the night and attendees will also enjoy dinner and cocktails.
Rockin’ Dead Halloween Bash
The 3rd annual Rockin’ Dead Halloween Bash at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will feature a DJ and a costume contest with $5,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs on Oct. 27. Those who are 21 and older are encouraged to wear their scariest costumes for a chance to win these prizes and swag for various categories including most realistic costume, most original costume and more. Bash entry is $10 per person.
Peek a Boo Masquerade Ball at Peek Nightclub
Don your spookiest outfit and attend the Masquerade Ball at Peek Nightclub inside of Harrah’s Lake Tahoe. This Halloween celebration goes from 10:30 p.m. until 4:30 a.m. so make sure that you have your dancing shoes on for an all-night extravaganza! $10 for women and $20 for men.
The Peek a Boo Masquerade is preceded by the South Lake Tahoe Food & Wine Festival, Oct. 27 through Oct. 29.
Treat Street is a safe environment in which trick-or-treaters and their families can visit local businesses and non-profits for candy and gifts. This year’s Treat Street is held at the Lake Tahoe Community College from 5 to 8 p.m. on Halloween. This free event will include hot cocoa, popcorn, s’mores and pizza, as well as a mad scientist laboratory, a fortune teller and a haunted house.
Keep an eye on our Ridge Guide for Kids Club Halloween activities and more spooky fun on property.
Autumn goes by way too fast and sometimes there isn’t enough time to wrap yourself in your favorite scarf, grab a Pumpkin Spice Latte and revel in the fall of it all. To ensure that you have a full on fall experience that will get you through until the next year, we’ve compiled a list of must-dos in the Tahoe area.
A classic fall experience is available at Apple Hill, right outside of Lake Tahoe. Photo courtesy of Apple Hill
Apple Hill is a fall fan’s favorite, with rolling apple orchards, wineries, and tons of baked goods made from fresh produce. You can pick your own apples, sip apple cider, pick out that perfect pumpkin, have a picnic, eat your weight in fudge… and much more.
Spooky sun catchers and scary paintings are the names of the game this fall season at the Kids Club! Parents can get a break – and so can the kids with fun crafts that also double as souvenirs. The Kids Club is in the Terrace building on the third floor. Dial #4FUN when on-site to register for one of the many Kids Club activities.
Hope Valley is alive with autumnal colors and photo opportunities! Credit: Rachid Dahnoun / Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
One of the best spots for fall colors is Hope Valley. South of Lake Tahoe, this area is full of aspen groves that turn the golden tones that Instagrammers dream of and you can capture after a quick 30-minute drive from the Ridge Tahoe.
Daily showings at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. in our Movie Theater in the Ridge Resort Center will feature seasonal favorites. See page 23 for our current movie line up. Or opt for a night in with a fire roaring in your Ridge Tahoe suite. Curl up with a loved one and scare yourself senseless with a scary movie!
Cruise the open waters and take in a classic Tahoe sunset. Credit: Rachid Dahnoun / Aramark
Cruise the Lake
Lake Tahoe Cruises operates through the fall season with the M.S. Dixie II cruising from Zephyr Cove to Emerald Bay and back daily. Ridge guests receive discounted tickets when purchased at the Ridge Market Place.
While it’s a bit too chilly to swim in the water this time of the year, beach days are still possible and a great option for a picnic or sunset. Pick up a few to go items from the Bistro or Market Place and make yourself at home on one of Tahoe’s many shores.
Remember the season with fall photos at colorful spots in Tahoe. Credit: Brad Scott / Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
The golden hour, which happens right before sunrise or sunset, is an ideal time to take photographs. What could make it even better? Autumn hues! Head to one of your favorite spots adorned with fall foliage and start snapping away!
A Taste of the Sierra at the Ridge Tahoe
Famished. Starving. Hungry enough to eat a horse. We’ve all been there: you’ve traveled a long way and you’re in need of a quality meal that’ll fill you and your family. Nothing is more disappointing than getting to your hotel and finding no viable food options, meaning you’ll have to venture out into a new place in search of sustenance or – we shudder to even think of this – go to bed hungry!
Searching for food? Look no further than the Ridge Tahoe!
Fortunately, the Ridge Tahoe has several dining options that will fit your various needs, whether it’s a picky eater, a pescatarian or just a very hungry group. Learn about these various options below.
Ridge Club Bistro
Open 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 5 – 8 p.m. most days (check the Ridge Guide for current hours)
Dig in at the Bistro! Options include salads, soups, sandwiches, and more.
For a quick bite or a sit-down meal, the Ridge Club Bistro located in the clubhouse is a sure bet to turn hangry into happy! The Bistro offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner most days with menus that include salads, sandwiches, soups, and house specials. Some of our favorite meals include the fish tacos and you can never go wrong with a classic cheeseburger.
Delicious fish tacos served at the Bistro.
The Bistro also hosts an omelet bar Saturday and Sunday, 7:30 – 11 a.m., as well as a taco bar on Saturday, 5 – 8 p.m.
Hungry Bear Restaurant
Open for dinner 5 – 8 p.m. (check the Ridge Guide for current hours)
A more formal dining option on-site, the Hungry Bear Restaurant features seafood, steaks and other delicious dishes that will enhance any special event, including date night and holidays. Chef Stephen Moise carefully curates a menu that allows you to experience the full array of Sierra flavors.
“Hungry as a bear” takes on a new meaning at the Ridge Tahoe.
Bear Trap Lounge
Open 3 – 9 p.m. (check the Ridge Guide for current hours)
Our bar will keep our over 21 guests beary happy (we couldn’t help it)! Happy Hour is every day from 3 – 6 p.m. with specials throughout the week: Tropical Tuesdays will transport you to the Caribbean while Wednesdays go margarita crazy with raffle prizes at 5:30 p.m. The Bear Trap Lounge also has a bar food menu from 4 – 8 p.m. and a Bloody Mary bar on Sunday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
We can never say no to a pastry.
Complimentary Cooking Demo
Castle Rock Room, Thursdays at 3 p.m.
If you’d like to learn how to cook like our own Chef Stephen, a complimentary cooking demo will provide a glimpse into the mind of a culinary genius.
Discover the secret to a perfectly cooked dish from our resident chef!
No reservations required, but space is limited!
Wine Tasting Seminar
Conference Room, Thursdays at 4 p.m.
Find the perfect wine pairing for your next meal following the cooking demo! No reservation is required to taste regionally cultivated wines. This class is $20 per person.
Packing for a trip can be stressful, especially if you’ve never visited the area before and you’re unfamiliar with the destination’s climate. Tahoe’s weather forecast is typically full of sunshine, which means that the weather is pleasant during the day with lower temperatures during the evening. Depending on the season you’re visiting, Tahoe can be extremely snowy, temperate, breezy or just right.
While your packing needs will change in the winter (we’re talking snow boots, parkas and more), we’ve compiled a list of must-have items for your trip to the Ridge Tahoe during the autumn season.
Hiking Shoes or Boots
Lake Tahoe is a year-round recreation playground and hiking is a very popular activity for those in the Sierra Nevada region. With hundreds of hikes, it’s impossible to become bored with the possibilities. Plus, hiking shoes are great options for exploring in general, as many of the outdoor sights in the fall make use of trails.
Pack a jacket and your hiking shoes for unforgettable hikes in Tahoe. Credit: Rachid Dahnoun/Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
Daytime temps may reach the 60s and 70s during autumn, but nighttime temperatures may give you a chill! Once the sun goes down, temperatures can dip into the 20s and 30s, which means you’ll need to pack a jacket that will keep you warm if you’re venturing outside during the evening hours for sunset or for area entertainment.
Okay, okay, so it might be a little chilly, but you’ll want to pack a swimsuit for a brave dip in the lake or to take advantage of one of the many hot tubs on property at the Ridge Tahoe. What sounds better after a strenuous hike than a soak in a rooftop tub? We’re guessing nothing!
Take a dip if you dare! Credit: Rachid Dahnoun/Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
Regardless if there are clouds in the sky, UV rays are still very present, especially at high altitudes. We recommend applying sunscreen to any exposed skin before exploring Lake Tahoe. You’ll be surprised by how warm the sun can feel and how quickly skin can burn!
Regardless if it’s snowing or pure sunshine, a hat is always a good bet in Lake Tahoe. Like our sunscreen suggestion, a hat can help protect you from sun rays, while also offering a stylish addition to your outfit. To fit in with the locals, we recommend a trucker hat or a beanie!
Explore Lake Tahoe this fall with all the necessities you need for fun! Credit: Merrick Rickman/Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
Reusable Water Bottle
High elevations can dry you out and it’s recommended that those unaccustomed to Tahoe’s elevation drink plenty of fluids to avoid altitude sickness. What better way to stay hydrated and environmentally conscious with a reusable water bottle? Tahoe tap is some of the purest tap water in the country so you’ll quench your thirst with Big Blue itself.
If you’ve forgotten an item, you’ll find an affordable replacement at the Ridge Marketplace.