Book a Ridge Tahoe visit and check out Lake Tahoe ski areas

With ski season less than two months away and many resorts already having their first dusting of snow before October, it’s time to plan that ski vacation at The Ridge Tahoe.

Nearby resorts partner with The Ridge Tahoe to offer specials. Hurry and get yours and prepare for the 2014-15 winter ski season.

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

We're getting ready for winter. How about you?

We’re getting ready for winter. How about you?

Here’s what nearby resorts are offering:

At Heavenly Mountain Resort, skiers and boarders have a choice of the Epic Pass, Epic Local Pass, the Tahoe Local pass or the Tahoe Value pass. Each have their own prices, and offerings. The premium pass allows for unlimited access to not only Heavenly but all Vail-owned ski resorts. While the value pass offers access to Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood with some restrictions. See which one best fits your needs.

Sierra-at-Tahoe offers its Unlimited Pass, for adults, young adults, college students, children, children under four and Super Seniors, and its Value Pass. The Unlimited premium ticket is valid any day and there are no restrictions or blackouts. It also includes skiing/snowboarding privileges on select days at Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, as well as membership to the Powder Alliance, a collective of 12 ski areas across the West.

Kirkwood Mountain Resort offers its premium Epic Pass that allows Unlimited, unrestricted access to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Canyons, Park City, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, Afton Alps, Mt. Brighton and Arapahoe Basin. Other season pass specials are designed at all levels and price ranges, including the Tahoe Value Pass and Cross County Season Passes.

Like Kirkwood and Heavenly, Northstar California offers its premium Epic Pass, and its Tahoe Local passes, which pays for itself in just four days. This pass is the best way to access Northstar, Heavenly and Kirkwood.

Finally Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows Ski Resorts have partnered on passes, offering Gold, Silver, Bronze and College ski and snowboard season pass rates. Deals range from discounted friends and family tickets accessing Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, plus Sierra at Tahoe and Sugar Bowl, locally. There’s a speciality price for 50 percent off skiing at Mountain Collective resorts, and there’s even an option to access Whistler Blackcomb.

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

Three championship Carson Valley golf courses are a short drive from The Ridge Tahoe

Want to get some golf in during your stay at The Ridge Tahoe? Tee it up at three distinct golf courses in nearby Carson Valley this fall.

Ho. 18 at Genoa Lakes Lakes Course. Photo: Rod Hanna.

Ho. 18 at Genoa Lakes Lakes Course.
Photo: Rod Hanna.

There are 36 holes waiting to be played at the Genoa Lakes Golf Club Lakes Course or the Genoa Ranch Course just 20 minutes from The Ridge Tahoe.

Rated third-best course in the state and annually rated one of the top courses on the West Coast, the Lakes Course at Genoa Lakes has 18 championship holes in a magnificent natural setting framed by the awe-inspiring Sierra Nevada.

Performance is the name of the game on the Lakes Course. Co-designed by PGA Champion Peter Jacobsen and John Harbottle III, this links-style course is where rolling fairways meets head-on with the eastern slopes of the Sierra. Fall colors are prime this time of year. Lush wetlands and the winding Carson River bring water into play on 14 holes, making long, straight drives the order of the day.

Built for power and distance, the Ranch Course cuts into the rugged Sierra Nevada foothills. The course offers wide open spaces, spectacular high desert views, more than 300 feet of elevation changes, more than 100 bunkers, unpredictable mountain terrain and afternoon breezes that will stir those leaves on the ground.

With more trees than any other nearby course, every hole could be considered a signature one. The cool rush of the Carson River, the natural shade of its century-plus century old cottonwood trees and the longest golfing season in the area gives the Carson Valley Golf Course a unique character unlike anywhere in Northern Nevada.

The 18-hole par 71 course features a 111-slope rating and is 6,020 yards from the blue tees. Tight fairways, water hazards on nine holes and small greens call for careful strategy that rewards the smart player with a strong risk-reward factor for the longer hitter.

Looking for a family fun outing that isn’t a traditional game of golf? Carson Valley Golf Course is Northern Nevada’s first FootGolf course. It’s fun. It’s different. It could be the perfect afternoon activity for your visit to The Ridge Tahoe.

The Ridge Tahoe is offering fall golf trips to Genoa Lakes. Check your Resort Guide to sign up!

Recharge your company’s batteries with a Ridge Tahoe executive retreat

Landing fresh ideas and developing ways to implement them doesn’t have to be a struggle, especially with the winning team you have. Sometimes you have to step away to realize your company is a network of competitive men and women who want to be inspired.

Why not give your team a fresh perspective atop the 7,400-feet Ridge Tahoe resort playground? A company retreat in the Sierra invigorates and provides fresh perspectives to brain-storming and business-building sessions.

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.

From groups as small as 10 to as large as 100, The Ridge Tahoe is the place where your company or team can move mountains by literally being in the mountains. Dedicated onsite staff will help with the arrangements to provide your employees a plethora of sports tournaments, golf outings, yoga, ping pong competitions, nature hikes, and new this year, zip lines and ropes courses at Heavenly Mountain Resort.

Winter options include skiing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. There is a new winter meeting package that starts at $269 per person, per night and includes: skiing, food, lodging, apres ski party, rental discounts and spa discounts. Spring, summer and fall offers golf outings, boat tours, mountain bike rides, horseback riding, ATV tours, scavenger hunts, and guided hikes. Staff will customize an outing to your group’s interests, abilities and agenda.

The Ridge’s Executive Retreat Meeting package starts at $89 a person and includes Deluxe Hotel Room with King bed, complimentary meeting fee, Wi-Fi, one complimentary guest room per 25 booked guest rooms, group hikes, free parking and full use of the resort’s many indoor and outdoor sports, fitness and recreation amenities, plus 10 percent off discounts on audio visual needs and spa services. Ask The Ridge Tahoe staff about special winter executive retreat packages.

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 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, Podiums with microphone and speakers.

Don’t forget about the food. The Ridge Tahoe will 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 as well as full-service brunch, lunch and dinner buffets or 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 meeting planning needs. To learn more contact The Ridge Tahoe Group Sales and Catering Office at (775) 588-3553, Ext. 4605, by FAX (775) 588-5242, or E-mail mboldt@ridge-resorts.com.

How do you plan to invigorate your business team in 2015?

10 reasons to visit Tahoe this fall

With the kids in school and football season underway, you may think there’s fewer vacation or weekend getaway options because of the change in seasons. Sure, the days are getting shorter and the air is a little cooler, but that’s what we love about Lake Tahoe in fall.

Fall trips to Tahoe South include ample activities and fun.

Fall trips to Tahoe South include ample activities and fun.

Here are our top 10 reasons for you to book a getaway to The Ridge Tahoe.

10: It wouldn’t be fall without the bountiful aspens changing color. You can see some of the colors outside the doorsteps at The Ridge Tahoe or you can head over to Hope Valley to spot bright bursts of sunshine yellow.

9: Getting in 18 holes at the golf courses near The Ridge Tahoe is guaranteed fall fun. Tee-times are available, rates are lower, and you’ll enjoy having the course to yourself. On the lake side there’s Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, Lake Tahoe Golf Course, Tahoe Paradise Golf Course and Bijou Municipal Golf Course. Or head down the valley to check out the rolling fairways, water holes and challenging dog legs. Choose from the Lakes Course or the Resort Course at Genoa Lakes or Carson Valley Golf Course in nearby Gardnerville.

8: Brush up on your tennis game and grab a few lessons while you’re at it. The Ridge Tahoe has two outdoor and an indoor court for guests to use. Need a lift in your game? Ask Adam Matzkin, The Ridge Tahoe’s full time tennis pro. Either through free clinics for guests or during a private lesson, Adam will help you take your tennis game to the next level.

7. Sure the water temperature is cooler, but the thrill remains the same. Whether you prefer finding that tranquil peace while paddling a kayak in a secret cove or if you enjoy zipping behind a ski boat or Jet ski, there are several marinas around Tahoe South to find your ideal water craft for adventure on the water.

6: Nearby Heavenly Mountain Resort continues to add more recreation options at the top of the Heavenly Gondola. Guests now have tree swinging and soaring to add to their experience with three new ropes courses and two new zip lines. The ropes courses are designed for families with routes for all ability levels, while the zip lines are ideal draws for adrenaline junkie looking to take in Heavenly’s sweeping views while flying along at speeds up to 55 miles per hour.

5: Get out and explore Lake Tahoe with some of the best hiking around. If what you want a nearby hike with a view, then Heavenly is where it’s at. You can take the Gondola and Tamarack Express chair up 9,800 feet to access some of Tahoe’s most scenic and highest hiking trails. Heavenly offers trail options from beginner to expert, so you can’t go wrong. Then there’s Van Sickle Bi-State Park, located minutes from The Ridge Tahoe, the park allows for nearby hiking with some great views. You can take this easy to moderate hike up to a small waterfall in about 20 to 30 minutes at a moderate pace. If you’re ready for a strenuous challenge, there’s Mt. Tallac, which provides a spectacular view of Fallen Leaf Lake, Lake Tahoe, and Desolation Wilderness. A wilderness permit is required.

4: Whether you like cruise along wide paths with other cyclists or soar down the side of a mountain on a single-track, Tahoe South is crossed with an extensive network of on and off road bicycle trails. You can also check with the staff of The Ridge Tahoe regarding bike rentals and organized rides planned during your stay. For starters, you can download the Lake Tahoe Bike Trail Map. Produced by the Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition, this easy to use trail map is an excellent way to plan your Tahoe cycling adventure – whether it be on the road or on a single-track.

3: Minutes away from The Ridge Tahoe is the casino core that amounts to a full-deck of high-rolling, dice-kissing, slot pulling adventure. Home to world-class casinos that are refreshingly free of Vegas-style glitz, Tahoe South is the place to get your game on. There are five casinos at South Shore to check out with one more on the way, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe is set to open in winter. In the meantime check out MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa, Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, Harveys Lake Tahoe, Lakeside Inn and Casino and Dotty’s Casino.

2: Sure, the water may be chilly, but who says you have to swim? There are plenty of hidden coves and large public beaches within a few miles from The Ridge Tahoe. Soak in the rays as you take in the panoramic views of the towering mountain peaks that surround Lake Tahoe.

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When the sun goes down Tahoe’s fall entertainment scene fires up

There may be less hours of daylight as we transition into fall, but that only means more room for night-time entertainment around Tahoe South.

Before you begin to make the rounds, you’ll want to stop in for a beverage at the Bear Trap Bar inside The Ridge Tahoe. 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 and take in dinner at the Hungry Bear Restaurant before heading out.

The Ridge Tahoe shuttle will take you into the heart of Tahoe South or you can grab a ride on BlueGo. Ask your concierge about the shuttle pick up and drop off times and go here for the BlueGo bus schedule to assure quick, easy transportation.

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

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

Here’s a list of entertainment events we recommend through fall.

The Improv at Harveys presents the best names in comedy every week in the Cabaret Theater at Harveys Lake Tahoe. Shows are 9 p.m. every Wednesday through Friday and Sunday, 8:30 and 10:30 pm on Saturdays. Hosted by emcee Howie Nave, The Improv is the spot at Lake Tahoe for world-class standup comedy.

Following the release of their latest album, Overboard, the Verve Pipe arrives at the South Shore Room of Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Saturday, Sept. 6. The alternative rock group’s hits include the number-one single “Freshmen.”

The San Francisco Comedy Competition, now in its 39th year, returns to Lake Tahoe’s MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa, Saturday, Sept. 13, with an outstanding group of future standup comedy stars. Tahoe’s elimination competition will feature 16 contestants from throughout the country and Canada who have made it through a demanding application process. They will have 5-7 minute to woo the audience and judges.

If magic is more up your alley and you’ve got the family in tow, check out Masters of Illusions, Sept, 13 at Harrah’s. You’ll see grand illusions, levitating women, appearances and vanishes, escapes, comedy magic, sleight of hand and beautiful dancers; everything you could possibly imagine and a performance you never dreamed possible.

Join Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and co-founder of the legendary band Traffic, Dave Mason for an evening of music history as he retraces the earliest days of his career and the works that launched his successful solo career. He will perform Oct. 4 in the South Shore Room of Harrah’s Lake Tahoe.

Iconic ’70s and ’80s heavyweight and power ballad rockers Styx, known for their hard driving anthems like “Come Sail Away,” “Fooling Yourself,” “Renegade,” and “Best of Times” will appear in concert Saturday, Oct. 18 at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa.

Lake Tahoe’s largest, oldest and bawdiest Halloween party, the 36th Annual Freaker’s Ball brings the wild into a four-ring costume circus Saturday, Oct. 25 at MontBleu with $10,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs. Spanning more than three decades, the costume soiree at Lake Tahoe has become legendary thanks to imaginative costumed partygoers who take mind-bending gaudiness to the limit.

Alt Rock pioneers The Psychedelic Furs will bring their angst, lyrics and guitar-driven sound to Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Oct. 25. The band scored major hits in the 1980s with “Love My Way,” “Pretty In Pink,” “Heaven,” “The Ghost In You,” and “Heartbreak Beat.”

Electronic Dance Music icon Bassnectar will bring his driving signature dubstep sound, hypnotic light show and all the bass Nov. 6 to MontBleu for a one-night-only show as part of the coast to coast Noise Vs. Beauty 2014 Tour.

What shows will you check out during your visit to The Ridge Tahoe?

Ridge Tahoe names Adam Matzkin its new tennis pro

The Ridge Tahoe has a new head tennis professional. Adam Matzkin, 46, is a highly accomplished multiple sport athlete with a primary emphasis on tennis.

The Ridge Tahoe is pleased to welcome our new tennis pro, Adam.

The Ridge Tahoe is pleased to welcome our new tennis pro, Adam Matzkin.

He joins The Ridge Tahoe team with quite the background as a student and teacher of the game. Adam has been playing since the age of three where he got his start at Green Valley Country Club in Fairfield, Calif. under the schooling of Master Level tennis professional, Jeff Cook.

Adam also played at The Episcopal Academy, one of the oldest and most prestigious prep schools in the United States. He participated in the Gold Cup tennis program.

Later, he went on to be taught by Pancho Segura at La Costa in Carlsbad, Calif., before playing tennis at The University Of Colorado. Adam has competed in tournaments in the U.S., Italy, France, Mexico and the Virgin Islands.

Adam employs the teaching methods of “The Quiet Eye,” a sports physiology method first developed by Dr. Joan Vickers of the University of Calgary. This method has been shown to improve hand-eye coordination at an exponential level.

Either through free clinics for guests at The Ridge Tahoe or during a private lesson, Adam will help you take your tennis game to the next level. Free clinics are held Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for all ages and levels. He advises Ridge guests to call ahead for the clinics, (775) 588-3553 ext. 6000, because they typically fill up. Adam is also available for private lessons that range from $45 to $60 an hour.

Speaking of the next level, Adam speaks highly of The Ridge Tahoe tennis facilities, noting The Ridge has the only indoor court in the entire Lake Tahoe basin, making it perfect for those winter guests looking to brush up on their game in between ski runs at nearby Heavenly Mountain Resort. The Ridge also has two outdoor courts for year-round tennis enjoyment.

Summer or winter it is an all-inclusive resort. Once you are at The Ridge, you don’t have to go anywhere else,” he said. “In winter you can ski in the morning and play tennis in the bubble, then go for a swim and hit the hot tub. It’s a trifecta in one day.”

In 2015 Adam hopes to launch the inaugural Top of Tahoe mixed doubles tournament. If you’re a Ridge Tahoe guest, stop by the clubhouse or give him a call at (775) 588-3553 ext. 6000.

Tahoe’s best outdoor recreation options continue through fall

As summer gently winds down, activities around Lake Tahoe align with seasonal changes that makes for an ideal time to visit The Ridge Tahoe.

Whether you’re looking to create some waves on the water or do some hiking or biking on Lake Tahoe’s extensive network of trails — you’ll find yourself blazing with the day’s setting sun without the bustle of summer crowds.

Don't miss the Kokanee swimming upstream this fall at Taylor Creek.

Don’t miss the Kokanee swimming upstream this fall at Taylor Creek.

Looking for a hike nearby?You can take the Gondola up to Heavenly Mountain Resort where you can access some of Tahoe’s most scenic hiking trails. Heavenly offers trail options from beginner to expert, so you can’t go wrong.

Also close by is Van Sickle Bi-State Park, located minutes from The Ridge Tahoe down Kingsbury Grade, and offers hiking with some great views. You can take this easy to moderate hike up to a small waterfall in about 20 to 30 minutes at a moderate pace. The lower level of the trail is easy as it winds through some boulder outcroppings.

If you are ready for a longer hike then continue beyond the waterfall from the Van Sickle trail and head up to catch the intersecting Tahoe Rim Trail. This is an extension of the 165-mile long-distance hiking trail which forms a loop around Lake Tahoe. The trail ranges in elevation from 6,240 feet at the outlet of Lake Tahoe to 10,338 feet at Relay Peak in Nevada. About 50 miles of trail above the lake’s west shore are also part of the much longer Pacific Crest Trail.

When you’re done, trade in your hiking shoes for two wheels and check out the on and off-road bike trails around South Shore. The staff of The Ridge Tahoe can arrange bike rentals and organized rides for you.

It wouldn’t be fall without the bountiful quaking aspen changing color in the Sierra. You can see some of the colors outside the doorsteps at The Ridge Tahoe or you can head over to Hope Valley where the colors will soon be changing into bright bursts of sunshine yellow.

And when it comes to colors, even some of Tahoe’s fish are known to change. Check them out Oct. 5 at the Fall Fish Festival (formerly the Kokanee Salmon Festival) at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center.  This year’s festival, runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will focus on the variety of fish species that live in Lake Tahoe and its rivers.

In addition to the Kokanee, these species include the federally threatened Lahontan cutthroat trout and little-know smaller fish, such as speckled dace. The visitor center is located three miles north of South Lake Tahoe on Highway 89. Join the fun and participate in this free family event which has become one of the most fascinating educational and wildlife viewing events in Northern California.

Late summer and early fall stays at The Ridge Tahoe wouldn’t be complete without a trip on the big blue.  Let someone else do the driving by chartering a sailboat or yacht such as the Woodwind II, the Safari Rose, the Tahoe or the Tahoe Bleu Wave.

Tahoe paddlewheelers are terrific ways to cruise the lake where you can take in lunch or sunset dinner cruises. The Ridge Tahoe offers discounted tickets for sightseeing and dinner tours aboard the Tahoe Queen and M.S. Dixie II.

Do your plans this fall include a stay at The Ridge Tahoe?

Labor Day weekend features ski sale, fair, food festival and fireworks

The days may be getting shorter, but the spirit of summer extends through Labor Day weekend and beyond in Lake Tahoe.

Ridge Tahoe guests can catch a number of art and entertainment shows, enjoy a home style community fair, a sternwheeler race, indulge in delicious food and wine samples at a farm-to-fork festival, and then for dessert catch an eye-candy fireworks display over the lake.

The best in wine and food the area has to offer will be featured at the Fifth Annual Sample the Sierra. Photo: Tiara Wasner.

The best in wine and food the area has to offer will be featured at the Fifth Annual Sample the Sierra.
Photo: Tiara Wasner.

Ready for winter? Even though we’re still in summer it is never to early to think about hitting the slopes when the snow flies. During Labor Day weekend, skiers and riders will have the chance to save big bucks on gear and equipment for next season, as Heavenly Mountain Resort hosts the 28th Annual Heavenly Sports Tent Sale at the California Main Lodge. The annual tent sale offers savings up to 70 percent to skiers and riders on overstock ski and snowboard gear, apparel and accessories. Those who purchase an Epic, Tahoe Value or Tahoe Local season pass at the tent sale will receive a $25 voucher to be used with any purchase of $250 or more. The voucher is only valid the day the pass is purchased and may not be combined with any other offer. The tent sale is Saturday, August 30, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, August 31, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Monday, Sept. 1, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The second annual Kiwanis Community Fair will feature three days of family-style Labor Day weekend action, Friday, Aug. 29 to Monday Sept. 1, at Lake Tahoe Community College with carnival rides games, pine cone racing; cooking, preserves, flower and art competitions.

Check out the Tahoe Geotourism Expo Aug. 30-31. The Expo celebrates the Eight Worlds of Tahoe: sky, water, land, wildlife, plants, culture, community and heritage. Geotour activities include paddleboard yoga, kayak tours, wildlife viewing, Washoe cultural ceremonies, water science demos, and heritage hikes.

The 22nd Great Lake Tahoe Sternwheeler Race churns through the lake’s clear blue waters as the South Shores’ two paddlewheelers, California’s Tahoe Queen and Nevada’s M.S. Dixie II, are pitted against each other, Aug. 30. The race begins at 11:00 AM. Tahoe Queen departs at Ski Run and the M.S. Dixie II at Zephyr Cove.

Old school cars, hotrods and vintage trucks and motorcycles will be on display at the Heavenly Valley Days of Labor Day Car Show, Aug. 29 through Sept. 1. Festivities include food, a sidewalk sale, trophies and a poker run.

South Lake Tahoe’s only farm-to-fork festival, Sample the Sierra, is Sunday, Aug. 31 at Bijou Community Park. In its fifth year, Sample the Sierra brings together local chefs, farmers and winemakers in an irresistible tasting trifecta. To complement the infusion of flavors, a marketplace will feature local artists showcasing everything from handmade soaps to jewelry, apparel to fine art. Plus live music. Ridge Tahoe executive chef, Stephen Moise, will be participating in this year’s Sierra Chefs Challenge. The event runs from noon to 5 p.m.

As dusk arrives Sunday, Aug. 31 at 8:30 p.m., the sky will explode with colors during the Labor Day Weekend Fireworks Extravaganza. The pyrotechnic show features a simultaneous musical broadcast on local radio stations KRLT-FM 93.9 and KOWL-AM 1490. Prime view seating is available on Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, M.S. Dixie II, and Tahoe Queen.

What are your Labor Day Lake Tahoe plans?

Trails around The Ridge Tahoe allow runners to put their shoes in overdrive

Whether you prefer to use your quick sprints along trails through the forest or light jogs along foot paths or loops around a track, there are ample places around The Ridge Tahoe to run.

Lace up your sneakers and get running. Photo: Rick Gunn.

Lace up your sneakers and get running.
Photo: Rick Gunn.

The area is crossed with an extensive network of backcountry trails that are sure to lead you to a place of discovery when you follow your feet. You will likely share the trails with assorted hikers and mountain bikers or runners just like you.

Ask a Ridge Tahoe concierge where the off-road trails are close to the resort. Inside The Ridge Clubhouse you can work up a sweat on a treadmill or you can step outside and take a loop run around Tramway Drive, which is a great way to get the heart pumping and to see the sun come up over Carson Valley.

Looking for places to run nearby? On the Nevada side you’ll want to check out the 2.2-mile shared-use path that connects Elks Point and Round Hill Pines and provides access to Rabe Meadow with Nevada Beach and Round Hill Pines Resort. If weather conditions aren’t favorable, you may want to checkout the indoor running track at the Kahle Community Center.

Runners have contributed their favorite routes at walkjogrun.net. Highlighted routes include: South Lake Tahoe Loop, a paved route from Ski Run to Pioneer Trail, Pope Beach, South Upper Truckee to Big Meadow, and North Upper Truckee around Washoe State Park.

Runners looking for paved paths won’t be disappointed. For the truly dedicated pavement-pounders, the Lake Tahoe Marathon happens each September. Arguably the most beautiful marathon in the world, the Lake Tahoe Marathon has grown into a premier, 3-day running festival, attracting thousands of athletes and visitors each year.

The festival concludes with the signature marathon and half marathon on Sunday, September 14. Athletes will start in Tahoe City on the North Shore and they will wind their way along the West Shore of beautiful Lake Tahoe. The route includes the world-famous Emerald Bay with views of Vikingsholm Castle and Fanette Island, as well as a trek through the historical sites of Valhalla and Camp Richardson with a beachfront finish at Pope Beach in South Lake Tahoe. The half-marathon event will begin at Rubicon Bay and includes the same picturesque route.

Where are your favorite Tahoe places to lace-up your shoes and run?

Have a “Heavenly Summer” in Tahoe South

Who says you have to wait until winter to soar down through the trees? This summer, Heavenly Mountain Resort, adjacent to The Ridge Tahoe, launched several high-flying adventure experiences at the top of the gondola designed for families and thrill seekers.

Soar through the mountain on Heavenly's new zip line the Blue Streak.

Soar through the mountain on Heavenly’s new zip line the Blue Streak.

Summertime guests can now swing through the trees and fly through the air on the new ropes course which includes the Boulder Cove and Black Bear Challenge Courses, the Discovery Forest Canopy Course and the 3,300 foot-long Blue Streak zip line.

Adventure Peak appeals to the spectrum of summer visitors. Families with young children will love the Black Bear Ropes Course, with routes for all ability levels while the Blue Streak zip line is great for the adrenaline junkie looking to take in Heavenly’s breath-taking views while flying along at speeds up to 55 miles per hour.

The courses are open daily, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Sept. 1. From Sept. 5 to Sept. 28, summer activities will be available Friday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The three new ropes challenge courses and Blue Streak zip line add to the current summer activities at the top of the Gondola including hiking,  sightseeing, Spider Climber, a climbing wall and dining at Tamarack Lodge. Tahoe’s only summer tubing hill and the Boulder Cove Challenge Course are operational.

Also new is the Discovery Day Camp at Heavenly for children ages five to 12 who like exploration and adventure. The camp is open daily through Sept. 1, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Children begin their day with a scenic 2.4 mile gondola ride to the top of Heavenly Mountain Resort, including a stop at the observation deck with panoramic views of Lake Tahoe.

Once they reach the top, the day is filled with a variety of activities ranging from tubing, rock wall climbing, challenge courses, chair ride to the summit, hiking, relay games, conservation education and nature crafts.

Remember to tag your photos and videos from your summer adventures at Heavenly with #heavenlysummer for your chance to be featured.