Five Must-See Lake Tahoe Landmarks and Vistas in Tahoe South

Sightseeing adventures await once you step outside The Ridge Tahoe. Whether you’re looking to hike, peddle up trails, or travel by motorcycle, vehicle or tour bus, we’ve narrowed down some of the best landmarks and views to see during your stay.

Ladies and gentlemen, Emerald Bay. Photo: Rod Hanna.

Ladies and gentlemen, Emerald Bay.
Photo: Rod Hanna.

  1. Emerald Bay: When people unfamiliar with Lake Tahoe see pictures in travel magazines, Emerald Bay is usually the most prominently featured. Combined into a State Park, Emerald Bay features include Fannette Island, Eagle Falls and Vikingsholm, a 38-room mansion that is considered one of the finest examples of Scandinavian architecture in the United States. The architect was Leonard Palme, who was hired by his aunt Laura Knight to design and build Vikingsholm. The park contains the only island in Lake Tahoe, Fannette Island. Emerald Bay is one of Lake Tahoe’s most photographed and popular locations. In 1969 Emerald Bay was recognized as a National Natural Landmark by the federal Department of the Interior. In 1994 California State Parks included the surrounding water of the bay as a part of the park, making Emerald Bay one of the first underwater parks of its type in the state. It is the resting place for many boats, launches and barges used in the lake before the turn of the century, during the heyday of Emerald Bay Resort and used in the construction of Vikingsholm. Visitors to Emerald Bay State Park enjoy hiking, swimming, kayaking, scuba diving, boating, sightseeing and touring Vikingsholm in the summer months.
  1. Heavenly Gondola: A 2.4 mile ride up the Heavenly Mountain Gondola will leave you breathless as you take in panoramic views of Lake Tahoe. On your way up, stop at The Observation Deck – a 14,000 square foot mid-station observation platform, located at 9,123 feet. Take in views of the Carson Valley, Desolation Wilderness and shore-to-shore of Lake Tahoe. Heavenly Mountain Resort gondola will operate during Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday through Monday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Heavenly will offer sightseeing via the scenic Gondola ride and the mid-station observation deck, with limited hiking trails and dining options at Tamarack Lodge, Café Blue and Heavenly Donuts. Heavenly will open for full seven-day-a-week summer operations beginning Friday, June 12, with the debut of the resort’s new four line Hot Shot Zip Line as well as the Discovery Forest Ropes Course and Boulder Cove Ropes Course, which opened in summer 2014. The Blue Streak Zip Line, Black Bear Ropes Course and summer tubing will open full-time on June 26, 2015.
  1. Cave Rock: Highway 50 goes right through Cave Rock, a huge rock formation that is the neck of an old volcano. The name comes from the small caves on the west side, cut by waves when the lake was 140 feet higher during the ice age. Cave Rock is also a spiritual site of the regions earliest residents, the Washoe Indian Tribe. A small day-use area is tucked beneath the rugged volcanic face of Cave Rock. Facilities include a boat launch ramp and dock, comfort station, picnic sites, and a small sandy beach. Hike to the top for the best overview, it is short but steep with amazing views.
  1. Logan Shoals: A popular place for weddings with its sweeping backdrop of Lake Tahoe, Logan Shoals Vista Trail is a hidden gem on the Nevada shoreline, just north of Cave Rock on Highway 50. The site provides a panoramic vista across the lake, where you can see the broad u-shaped valleys carved out of glaciers. The main path is paved with informative placards about Tahoe‘s geography and history along the way. The best views, however, are found on the unpaved paths that go just beyond where the paving stops. In particular, there is a gorgeous panoramic view of the whole lake if you walk just behind the large rock formation in Logan Shoals.
  1. Sand Harbor: With 55 acres of long sandy beaches, rocky coves, shady forested areas and panoramic lake views, Sand Harbor offers visitors unparalleled opportunities to enjoy Lake Tahoe. It is arguably one of the most beautiful and easily accessible of the south shore beaches. The sand is soft and the waters are crystal clear. There are multiple little beaches and coves you can explore and set up your towels on the sand. The water is calm for kayak and standup paddle boards, and there are rentals available on site. There’s also a visitor center, parking, bathrooms, and a restaurant/cafe with a shady deck on site.

Do your summer vacation plans include a visit to these five Tahoe spots?

Gondola rides, concerts, art and car shows this Memorial Day weekend at Tahoe South

Memorial Day weekend adventure takes hold at Tahoe, with the unofficial beginning of summer. Check into a room of your choice for the long weekend and then check out the happenings around the lake.

Whether you plan to hike or bike, hit the beach, play a round of golf, rent a jet ski, boat or take a sightseeing tour of Lake Tahoe, you’ll find the weekend action-packed with options.

This looks like an ideal Memorial Day weekend set up to us.

This looks like an ideal Memorial Day weekend set up to us.

The Heavenly Mountain Resort gondola will operate during Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday through Monday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Heavenly will offer sightseeing via the scenic Gondola ride and the mid-station observation deck, with limited hiking trails and dining options at Tamarack Lodge, Café Blue and Heavenly Donuts.

Heavenly will open for full seven-day-a-week summer operations beginning Friday, June 12, with the debut of the resort’s new four line Hot Shot Zip Line as well as the Discovery Forest Ropes Course and Boulder Cove Ropes Course, which opened in summer 2014. The Blue Streak Zip Line, Black Bear Ropes Course and summer tubing will open full-time on June 26, 2015.

Stick around Heavenly Village Friday through Monday for the Lake Tahoe Summer Kick Off Car & Bike Show. The event features trophies, poker run and sidewalk sales.

Looking for the ideal pottery or painting for your home? The Artist to You Outdoor Summer Art shows begin over Memorial Day weekend, Saturday through Monday, with the first show of the season at the American Legion Parking Lot.

Holiday weekend entertainment at South Shore includes a Friday night party at Opal Ultra Lounge inside MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa; live music at Cabo Wabo Cantina at Harveys; rock bands at the new the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe; Live Music at Jimmy’s Inside The Landing; Comedy at The Improv at Harveys featuring comedians Tommy Savitt and Francis Dolorenzo, and the Lake Tahoe Club Crawl Saturday, May 23.

Concerts include Boz Scaggs, Saturday May 23, at MontBleu and The Relationship, Saturday, May 23 at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe.

Art and car shows, golf, concerts, gondola rides can all be rolled into one long weekend. What are your holiday plans?

Mother’s Day Weekend Lake Tahoe Style: Outdoor Adventure, Shows and Champagne Brunch

Given a choice of staying home or venturing to the Sierra for a weekend of recreation and relaxation, we’re betting Mom will choose The Ridge Tahoe.

Start by choosing accommodations – either a deluxe hotel room or one or two bedroom condominium suite. Then get outside and explore Tahoe South. Take in a day of hiking, biking, golfing or boating and then let her enjoy some relaxation time at The Ridge Tahoe’s Elevation Spa where she can pamper herself and unwind through the journey of body work. Elevation Spa offers treatments and services for health, beauty and total well-being.

Pamper Mom with a stay at The Ridge Tahoe this Mother's Day.

Pamper Mom with a stay at The Ridge Tahoe this Mother’s Day.

Catch a show or a comedy act at a nearby Lake Tahoe casino. The original Red Rocker Sammy Hagar at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe or comedians Todd Glass and Daniel Kinno at the Improv at Harveys.

A unique adventure this Mother’s Day weekend is less than an hour’s drive from The Ridge Tahoe. The historic V&T Railroad celebrates Mother’s Day weekend with train rides to Virginia City. These special edition train rides depart from Nevada’s capital, Carson City, to the 1860s boom-era mining town of Virginia City. Mom will receive a long stem rose, Old West history, storytelling, shopping and dining in Virginia City to go along with the spectacular scenery. The special diesel train will run Saturday, May 9 and Sunday, Mother’s Day, May 10.

On Mother’s Day the Ridge’s own Hungry Bear Restaurant will host a Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Please make reservations at 775-588-3553 ext. 3150.

For Mother’s Day brunch the Hungry Bear offers a first course of sweet ricotta and Mascarpone stuffed crepes with spring berry compote. The second course is a choice of herb crusted Alaskan halibut with sweet potato and grilled shrimp hash, spring peas and citrus jus; crab cake eggs Benedict, served with cottage potatoes and Old Bay spiced Hollandaise; New York steak and eggs, featuring an 8-ounce choice steak, grilled, with eggs served your way and cottage potatoes; or you can try the house made sour dough pancakes served with Applewood smoked bacon, spring berries and orange or maple syrup.

A Heavenly trio is up for dessert: chocolate Florentine, lemon curd-filled bombolini and strawberry rhubarb tart. Is your mouth watering yet?

The kids menu for children 12 and under features a first course coffee cake, and their choice of a second course: Belgian waffles, two eggs your way, with bacon or house syrup; traditional eggs Benedict, featuring poached egg, smoked ham on an English muffin; or French Toast, served with bacon or sausage link and maple or house syrup. For dessert, a homemade ice cream sandwich. They’ll be as happy as you.

Is a weekend at The Ridge Tahoe part of your Mother’s Day plans?

10 Places to Hike around Lake Tahoe

Whether you prefer to traverse with a walking stick, power hike with ski poles or enjoy the company of your dog on a leash, there are ample hikes around The Ridge Tahoe.

Tahoe South is crossed with an extensive network of backcountry trails that is sure to lead you to a place of discovery when you let your feet do the driving. So lace up your hiking boots and prepare to breathe in that clean mountain air, it’s hiking time at Lake Tahoe. (These are in alphabetical order because we can’t possibly pick a favorite!)

Echo Lakes is a beautiful, mellow hike in South Lake Tahoe. Photo: Erin Leigh Frederick.

Echo Lakes is a beautiful, mellow hike in South Lake Tahoe.
Photo: Erin Leigh Frederick.

  1. Angora Lakes: An easy half-mile hike leads to two small lakes. Picturesque Upper Angora Lake is framed by cliffs and due to its shallowness it makes for a great swimming spot. Stop at the Angora Lookout on the drive up for a 360 degree view of the basin. To get there take Highway 89 north approximately three miles from South Lake Tahoe to Fallen Leaf Lake Road (just past Camp Richardson) and turn left. Turn left at the first paved road. Continue half a mile to Forest Service Road 12N14 and turn right.
  2. Castle Rock Trail: Wonderful views of Lake Tahoe require a short hike through the trees and a little bit of rock climbing. The reward is magnificent if you’re versed in technical climbing skills which are necessary to scale the fourth-class rock and to reach the 7,904 foot summit. For those not so technical, there a lower pinnacle nearby offers similar views with a little scrambling required. To get there, take Highway 207/Kingsbury Grade to North Benjamin Drive and continues into Andria Drive. Follow it until the US Forest Service gate.
  3. Echo Lakes: Many different hikes can be taken from this trailhead. For a short walk, hike to the far end of Upper Echo Lake. Many longer hike options await you farther down the trail. For a nominal fee, a boat taxi operated in the summer by Echo Lakes Resort cuts three miles off your trip. Day hikers can pick up permits at the self-serve area at the trailhead.
  4. Fallen Leaf Lake: Hiking to Fallen Leaf Lake is best found just past the Fallen Leaf Campground. There are a number of well-maintained trails which all lead to the lake’s north shore with awesome views of Mt. Tallac. Being almost flat and from 3/4 to 2 miles round trip, it is a perfect hike for small children or older adults. The trail is wide and easily navigated with virtually no chance of getting lost. After reaching Fallen Leaf Lake, it is possible to extend the hike by taking a trail that leads first to the dam and then along a scenic stretch of Taylor Creek.
  5. Fourth of July Lake: Backpackers who don’t mind regaining lost elevation will appreciate the Fourth of July Lake semi-loop trip through the northeast section of Mokelumne Wilderness, which includes several ponds and lakes, wildflower-covered slopes, sweeping vistas and a deep canyon. There are four bright lakes along the way set into granite bowls, each with fabulous vistas, and nature’s finest flower gardens combine in this not-to-be-missed excursion. Pick up this trail at Carson Pass. Campsite permits must be obtained from the Carson Pass Information Station before starting the hike.
  6. Grass Lake: With numerous waterfalls and creeks all over the place, the Grass Lake hiking trail is full of liquid scenery that makes for great photos. This trek along this mellow hike is suitable for all ages, as it doesn’t require much energy, only the desire to experience nature at its finest. Grass Lake sits among granite slopes at 7,000 feet in the Desolation Wilderness. The hike to Grass Lake passes Lily Lake, crosses Glen Alpine Creek and includes several waterfalls and a swimming hole. To access the trailhead to Grass Lake, take Highway 89 north from South Lake Tahoe to Fallen Leaf Lake Road. Watch for bicyclists and other cars on this narrow, one-lane road. Continue until you see the Glen Alpine trailhead sign and turn left.
  7. Mt. Tallac: 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. Weather conditions can change rapidly in the Sierra; bring a jacket, carry lots of water and allow plenty of time for your trip. Day hikers, pick up your permit at the self-serve area at the trail head. Overnight hikers will need an overnight permit for Desolation Wilderness. This permit must be purchased before you get to the Mt. Tallac trail head.
  8. Round Top Lake Trail: A beautiful hike in subalpine forest with stretches of trail above the tree line. Watch for incredible wildflowers in late spring. Round Top offers views south towards Ebbets and Sonora Pass, east toward Hope Valley and the Carson River, west overlooking Caples Lake and the Kirkwood Ski area and north to Lake Tahoe. From Highway 88, take the Woods Lake Campground road.
  9. The Tahoe Rim Trail: A 165-miles of hiking trails which form 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. Bring your camera, download some maps, and prepare to spend the day viewing some of Tahoe’s hidden gems.
  10. Van Sickle Bi-State Park: Located minutes from The Ridge Tahoe, the park, which straddles the Nevada and California state line, allows for hiking with some great sightseeing views. The lower level is easy as it winds through some boulder outcroppings but then it builds and becomes steeper, ideal for a strenuous leg of your workout. You will see views of Mt. Tallac, the South Lake Tahoe casinos, Edgewood Tahoe golf course on up to the Tahoe’s north shore off in the distance.

Which hike will you take on your next stay at The Ridge Tahoe?

Spring Exploration The Ridge Tahoe Way

Spring in the high Sierra opens a new chapter in recreation, activities and exploration. Here are the top 10 activities to enjoy on a weekend or midweek getaway to The Ridge Tahoe.

Spring activities abound in Tahoe South. Photo: {via}

Spring activities abound in Tahoe South.
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  1. Biking: 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. 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.
  2. Boating: Sure the water temperature isn’t quite what it is in the height of summer, but the thrill remains the same. Find that tranquil peace while paddling a kayak in a secret cove. There are several marinas around Tahoe South to find your ideal water craft for adventure on the water. You can rent a power boat, charter a sailboat or yacht or take a ride on a paddle wheeler. The Ridge Tahoe offers discounted tickets for sightseeing and dinner tours aboard the Tahoe Paradise and M.S. Dixie II.
  3. Gaming: Lake Tahoe is the place to be for Vegas-style gambling without the crowd. There are several casinos at South Shore worthy of dice kissing, including the new Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Lake Tahoe, Harrah’s, Harveys and MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa. Do you feel lucky?
  4. Golf: Tahoe South and Carson Valley are home to some of the most spectacular golf course in the country. Regardless of where you play, whether the course snakes through a glacially etched valley, contours along Lake Tahoe itself, or is heavy with trees and traps, you’re in for 18-holes worth of challenge.
  5. Take a hike: 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, including at Heavenly Mountain Resort. You can also check with the staff of The Ridge Tahoe to see if there are any organized hikes planned during your stay.
  6. Visit a park: Tahoe South features parks adjacent to the water or in the middle of town. Take the kids, barbecue burgers and dogs and throw a frisbee.
  7. Go fish: With visibility to 75 feet below its surface, Lake Tahoe is home to more fish than you can shake a pole at, including the monster Mackinaw, which can run anywhere from 10 to 30 pounds.
  8. Nightlife: The adventure doesn’t end when the sun goes down. Tahoe South activities extend from daytime hours of sightseeing to its nightlife epicenter with star-studded entertainment, live music, lounge acts, 24-hour gaming and an active bar and social scene.
  9. Hit the beach: Sure, the water may be chilly, but who says you have to swim? There are plenty of 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. Click on the link for an app that will send you to the beach you want to visit.
  10. Shopping: For those not interested in an afternoon of strenuous activities, take a leisurely stroll through the Heavenly Village and check out local shops and restaurants. You can find souvenirs, clothes, jewelry and candy to take home to friends and family or keep for yourself.

Do your spring travel plans include a stay at The Ridge Tahoe?

Celebrate Earth Day 2015 and Recreate at Tahoe South

While Earth Day is recognized globally on April 22 and locally with a festival Saturday, April 25, Tahoe South celebrates the ground, water and sky with four seasons of outdoor recreation that challenges strength and endurance, with a spectacular Sierra backdrop that can’t be matched.

Earth Day celebrations will be held in Tahoe South, Saturday, April 25.

Earth Day celebrations will be held in Tahoe South, Saturday, April 25.

So whether you’re a skier, hiker, bicyclist, boater or a golfer, it won’t take long to realize that Earth Day is every day in Tahoe. And what better place to celebrate than at The Ridge Tahoe with its stunning panoramic views of Lake Tahoe and Carson Valley from 7,600 feet.

Book a deluxe hotel room or a one or two bedroom condominium suite and take advantage of The Ridge Tahoe’s complimentary health club, indoor sports complex, indoor/outdoor swimming pools and jacuzzis, plus a full service spa, which is a great way to work out those tired muscles after a day exploring.

Tahoe South annually celebrates the planet with its own family-friendly Earth Day festival, one of the largest public environmental events of the year, Saturday, April 25 at Bijou Park with music, food and education booths. The event recognizes, celebrates, and promotes Lake Tahoe’s unique beauty while educating the public about local environmental issues.

Bring your friends and family to learn about ways to counteract global climate change through recycling and composting, alternative energy, water conservation, sustainability, and reducing our ecological footprint. Enjoy local live music swing through the Kid Zone to make some recycle-themed arts and crafts, or get your face painted with the kids.

Ready to explore the backcountry? Lace up your hiking boots or strap on your bicycle helmet as there are plenty of hiking and biking opportunities around Tahoe South. Want to know where to ride your bike? The Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition has a complete list of maps of local trails.

You watched The Masters and now you’re ready to play your first round of golf for the season. Bring your clubs with you to The Ridge Tahoe. A number of area golf courses are open for spring play or will be in the coming weeks.

Sure the water temperature is still on the chilly side, but that doesn’t mean it’s too cold to find some balance on a standup paddle board or on a kayak meandering your way through the Lake Tahoe Water Trail. 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. We recommend Nevada Beach, Round Hill Pines Beach and Zephyr Cove.

Do your Earth Day plans include a stay at The Ridge Tahoe?

Book a Stay at The Ridge Tahoe and Catch a Concert or a Festival This Spring

While the ski and board season winds down, the days and nights will warm up around Tahoe South this spring with concerts, comedy and festivals.

Book a deluxe hotel room or a one or two bedroom condominium suite and take advantage of the complimentary health club, indoor sports complex, indoor/outdoor swimming pools and jacuzzis, a full service spa, Hungry Bear Restaurant, Mountain Side Eatery, and happy hour at the Bear Trap Bar. The Ridge Tahoe offers shuttle service that will whisk you to the Stateline area for casino nightlife.

Concerts, Renaissance Faires and Cowboy Festivals await this spring during your visit to The Ridge Tahoe. Photo:  Reno Tahoe USA

Concerts, Renaissance Faires and Cowboy Festivals await this spring during your visit to The Ridge Tahoe.
Photo: Reno Tahoe USA

The entertainment lineup at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa in the coming weeks include: ZG&E featuring the Grouch and Eligh, April 16, at Opal Lounge; Little River Band with special guest Gary Mule Deer, April 18; Boz Scaggs, May 23; and Foreigner, June 6.

The South Shore Room at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe features Leon Russell, April 18; Jose Feliciano, April 25; Sammy Hagar, May 8-9; The Fab Four, May 16; The Relationship, May 23; Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, May 30; Elvin Bishop, June 6; and Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam, June 20.

The newest Tahoe South casino, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe, offers entertainment from Big Eyed Phish, a tribute to Dave Matthews, April 10; Lit, April 11, Buck Ford, April 15; Maxx Carbello, April 16; Arden Park Roots, April 16; Golden Cadillacs, April 18; Delta Cat April 22; Mark Sexton Band, April 24; RASH, a tribute to Rush, April 25; Left of Center, April 29; and Naïve Melodies, April 30.

If you like live comedy, check out The Improv at Harveys featuring today’s top tiered comedians with emcee Howie Nave. Shows are Wednesday-Sundays, 9 p.m. Lineups feature James Stephens III, April 8-16; The Improv will be dark April 15-19 but returns April 22-26 with John Melendez and Dana Eagle.

Other noteworthy events include the Genoa Cowboy Festival, April 30 – May 3. This year’s event will feature performances by some of the best-known entertainers in Western music and cowboy poetry, including Lacy J. Dalton, Gary Allegretto, Mike Beck, Belinda Gail, Richard Elloyan, Sourdough Slim, Larry Maurice, “Bimbo” Cheney, and The Western Flyers western swing band. Genoa is about 20 minutes from The Ridge Tahoe down State Route 207 on the valley side and then head north on Foothill Road.

The Valhalla Renaissance Faire offers two weekends of entertainment May 30-31 and June 5, 6 & 7, 2015. The annual Ren Faire features seven acres of continuous entertainment on four stages, scores of merchants and more than 1,000 actors. Events feature lance splitting, jousting, live sword fighting, children’s games, educational demonstrations, jugglers, magicians, minstrels, and plenty of food and drinks celebrating all things Renaissance.

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

Spring Skiing, Hiking, Biking and Golf Underway at Tahoe South

Even as the ski season winds down, you can still get some last turns in while enjoying a midweek or weekend stay at The Ridge Tahoe. And with the spring thaw underway, many of Tahoe South’s hiking and biking trails are now open. You can even play golf.

Spring has sprung and is the perfect time to explore Tahoe South. Try a hike to Big Meadow Trail. Photo: Nanda Dozier from Tahoe South's flickr.

Spring has sprung and is the perfect time to explore Tahoe South. Try a hike to Big Meadow Trail.
Photo: Nanda Dozier from Tahoe South’s flickr.

Book a deluxe hotel room or a one or two bedroom condominium suite and take advantage of our complimentary health club, indoor sports complex, indoor/outdoor swimming pools and jacuzzis, a full service spa, Hungry Bear Restaurant, Mountain Side Eatery, or have an adult beverage at happy hour  at the Bear Trap Bar. The Ridge Tahoe offers a shuttle service that will whisk you to the Stateline area for casino nightlife.

Heavenly Mountain Resort offers access via the Heavenly Gondola in the Heavenly Village for the remainder of the season and Stagecoach Express, adjacent to The Ridge Tahoe, through Sunday, April 5. All mountain operations on the California side are closed March 30, a week ahead of schedule. The resort will operate 11 lifts, accessing 27 trails. Mountain Operations staff continue to closely monitor and assess conditions daily. The resort is closing on April 19.

The Ridge Tahoe partners Kirkwood Mountain Resort and Northstar will also be open for spring skiing and boarding, with closing dates slated for April 19. Squaw Valley will close April 12 and Alpine Meadows, April 5.

Spring also means plenty of hiking and biking opportunities around Tahoe South. Given the Sierra thaw underway, you may want to hike to area waterfalls. Grab your camera, a walking stick and take to the backcountry. Want to know where to ride your bike? The Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition has a complete list of maps of local trails.

Hoping to get in your first round of golf this spring? You’re in a luck. A number of area golf courses are open or will be in the coming weeks.

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

Easter at The Ridge Tahoe Means Family Time and a Delicious Brunch

Easter weekend at Tahoe is when families come up to make their last turns at the ski slopes, explore the Sierra ridges for a hike or bike ride, get in an Easter egg hunt and enjoy a delicious Sunday brunch.

Easter at The Ridge Tahoe with your family is the perfect weekend getaway.

Easter at The Ridge Tahoe with your family is the perfect weekend getaway.

The Ridge Tahoe offers deluxe hotel rooms, junior suites, one and two bedroom condominium suites. 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 Lake Tahoe and casino nightlife.

It wouldn’t be Easter weekend without Easter Brunch at The Ridge Tahoe. Executive Chef Stephen Moise has prepared a delicious menu for Sunday, April 5, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Hungry Bear Restaurant.

Brunch will start off with a first course, Easter Cross Buns served with fresh fruit. This is followed by a second course choice of:

  • Crab cake avocado benedict, poached eggs served on crab cakes and an English muffin, with avocado, chive scented Hollandaise and cottage potatoes.
  • Or try the Belgian waffles and eggs your way, which comes with apple smoked bacon, mix berry compote, maple syrup or house made orange syrup.
  • Other choices: herb crusted prime rib with organic mushroom polenta, grilled asparagus and au jus.
  • Garlic-olive crusted rack of lamb with organic mushroom polenta, grilled asparagus and pan jus.
  • Poached verlasso salmon with organic mushroom polenta, grilled asparagus, and basil beurre blanc.
  • Ridge shrimp rancheros served with corn tortillas, eggs, house black and pinto refried beans, cheese and grilled shrimp.

Finish up with your choice of dessert: lemon tart, chocolate cream puff, or crème brûlée. Reservations are required and can be made at 775-588-3553 ext. 3150.

Here are some activities going on around Tahoe South for the holiday weekend:

Friday, April 3 is the Tot Egg Hunt at Kahle Community Park in Stateline. Hosted by the Tahoe Douglas Firefighter’s Association, this annual event features an Easter Bunny who hides eggs, a bounce house, indoor playground, fire truck tours and refreshments. Bring a basket to collect eggs and a camera for the photo-friendly day. The hunt begins at 11 a.m.

Saturday, April 4 Sierra-at-Tahoe’s Equinox Music Series continues with music by The Family Crest, 3:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. at Lake Tahoe Golf Course.

At Heavenly Mountain Resort, Saturday features the annual Heavenly Ski Patrol Fundraiser and community celebration, 4-8 p.m. at the top of Heavenly Village parking garage. Enjoy live music, drinks, silent auction, hanging with the patrollers and the avalanche rescue dogs. All proceeds benefit community non-profits.

The South Shore Room at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe features the legendary reggae band The Wailers, Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

You can cruise the Lake Tahoe Easter weekend aboard the Tahoe Paradise. Friday, Saturday and Sunday tours from 1:30 to 4 p.m.

What are your plans for Easter weekend?

Take Ownership with The Ridge Tahoe with a VIP Preview Stay

The Ridge Tahoe, South Shore Lake Tahoe‘s original full-service owner/membership resort wants you to own a piece of its sweeping 11-acre backyard in the Sierra with all the amenities and spectacular Lake Tahoe views.

Imagine waking up to sunrises like this every year.

Imagine waking up to sunrises like this every year.

Managed by Resorts West, The Ridge Tahoe offers 302 fully appointed accommodations at its Ridge View, Ridge Crest and Ridge Pointe properties at the top of Kingsbury Grade. From one and two-bedroom condominiums to deluxe hotel rooms, suites and year-round vacation units that include plenty of space to enjoy the area with fully-appointed kitchens, living rooms with fire place and balconies.

Long regarded as an iconic favorite at South Shore, the resort’s family appeal has resonated for more than a generation as being accessible to the action while removed from the bustle. First-time visitors can experience The Ridge Tahoe with an introductory, three-night VIP weekend for $169 and $129 for midweek. Want a sneak peak? Check out the live webcam.

In addition to a deluxe hotel room, add full privileges to the Private Resort Club, access to a complete service spa, and an opportunity to begin a lifetime of vacation memories with a 90-minute preview tour.

Sitting at 7,600 feet, the resort combines a comprehensive package of modern amenities with year-round outdoor recreational attractions that make Lake Tahoe one of the country’s most popular destinations.

With immediate, next-door access to Heavenly, convenience is built-in for The Ridge Tahoe guests. The Ridge has on-site ski rentals and tune-ups, apparel, gear and Heavenly Mountain Resort lift tickets and lots of winter amenities such as shuttle service to the resort, a gondola of its own, and guided tours.

In summer months, there are plenty of amenities at The Ridge Tahoe including three outdoor tennis courts, indoor/outdoor swimming pools and jacuzzis, a 45,000 square-foot clubhouse with an indoor sports complex, full spa, racquetball and basketball courts, athletic instructors and complimentary laundry facilities.  Dining options at The Ridge Tahoe include a full-service lounge known as the Bear Trap Bar, the Mountainside Eatery and a casual restaurant, the Hungry Bear, with seasonal entrees with humble ingredients cooked to perfection.

Have you ever considered owning a piece of your own Sierra playground?