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?

St. Patrick’s Day revelry starts early at Tahoe South

It will be ‘top of the week’ Lake Tahoe style leading up to Tuesday, March 17, a day set aside for the Irish in everyone. Parties, live music, plenty of corned beef, cabbage and suds are in store Friday through St. Patrick’s Day.

You can book a room for an extended weekend stay or arrive Monday or Tuesday for daytime skiing and boarding and night time revelry. The Ridge Tahoe offers several lodging options and ski packages for your holiday getaway.

Food and drink specials will be a part of the St. Patrick’s Day festivities, including specialty corned beef and cabbage at the Mountain Side Eatery, and Happy Hour at The Bear Trap Bar.

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at The Ridge Tahoe, because everyone's Irish on St. Paddy's Day.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at The Ridge Tahoe, because everyone’s Irish on St. Paddy’s Day.

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

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

— The party starts early with the The 47th annual Tahoe Douglas Rotary’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, 6 -10 p.m. Friday, March 13.

During the evening the Rotary Club will be highlighting special auction items that cannot be purchased anywhere. Two front section VIP tickets to every concert at the Harveys Outdoor Concert Arena this summer will be one of the “big ticket” items attendees can bid on.

Also on the auction block is celebrity treatment at the 2015 American Century Championship at Edgewood Tahoe which will include receiving the same gifts the celebrities receive. Trips, dinners and other special items will be available for bids during the silent auction. Tickets are $75. Entry includes a full Irish buffet dinner, wine bar and dancing.

— The early St. Paddy’s Day shenanigans continues Saturday, March 14, with a Steam Punk Party & Running of the Leprechauns at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa’s Opal Ultra Lounge. Doors open at 10 p.m. This event is a masquerade ball, with entertainment provided by Champagne Productions, a costume contest, a photo booth, drink specials and $1,000 in cash and prizes for the Steam Punk Costume Contest. Admission is free with costume.

— Music venues Saturday feature the unique stylings of Dirty Cello from San Francisco at Park 968‘s CoffeePub on March 14, 7 p.m. Expect Irish songs, along with high energy mix of soulful blues, swingin’ gypsy jazz and wild Euro-gypsy dance music all on Cello’s. You gotta see it and hear it to believe it.

Abbacadabra, The Ultimate ABBA Concert, is featured at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Saturday, March 14, 2015. Abbacadabra promises to continue the momentum by performing 20 of the group’s greatest hits in full ABBA fashion and flair. You won’t be able to sit still in your seats as songs like “S.O.S.,” “Super Trooper” and “Dancing Queen” are re-created with such precision you’ll swear you were listening to the originals themselves. The melodies of Fernando and Chiquitita will rekindle those feelings of first loves. “Take a Chance on Me” and “Voulez Vous” will lift you out of your seats to dance.

Tuesday, it’s time to celebrate. While most every bar and restaurant will be into the Irish theme, there are a few in South Lake Tahoe that carry the tradition year-round.

Music, Irish food and drink specials are a sure bet at McP’s Taphouse Grill. Irish favorites such as fish and chips, corned beef and cabbage, Irish meatballs and bangers and mash will we served at the restaurant, along with your favorite Irish cocktails and beers.  Live music by Felix and the Soul Cats and a snowboard raffle will also be a part of the fun.

MacDuffs Public House is South Lake Tahoe’s favorite Irish-themed pub. Feast on traditional Irish favorites and soak in the atmosphere. Along with corned beef and cabbage, there’s the menu features a steak and Guinness stew, shepherd’s pie and bangers and mash.

Do your St. Patrick’s Day plans include a stay at The Ridge Tahoe?

Recharge Your 2015-2016 Business Plans with a Corporate Retreat at The Ridge Tahoe

When it is time freshen up your business plans, your management team needs its own creative space. The Ridge Tahoe offers 11 sweeping acres of the Sierra and Lake Tahoe as a backdrop that invigorates and provides new perspectives to any executive retreat, brain-storming or business-building gathering.

From groups of 10 to 100, The Ridge Tahoe specializes in meetings for corporations and associations, executive retreats, incentive groups, or leisure clubs for ski and golf. Need a fresh perspective? You’ll find it atop the 7,400-feet mountain playground resort.

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.

The Ridge Tahoe’s own in-house conference coordinator is charged with making retreat arrangements centered on team building exercises inside and outside the resort’s walls. Winter options include skiing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, yoga, lake cruises, ping pong and air hockey tournaments. Summer offers golf outings, lake cruises, boating, jet skiing, kayak tours, stand-up paddle boarding, water-skiing lessons, mountain bike rides, horseback riding, ATV tours, scavenger hunts, guided hikes and sports tournaments. The coordinator will customize an outing to your group’s interests, abilities and agenda.

The Ridge Tahoe offers two corporate retreat packages. First, is the Winter Wonderland ski-in, ski-out retreat package. It includes a cozy deluxe hotel room with king bed, a one-day all-access ski pass to Heavenly, full hot American breakfast, Après ski reception, complimentary wireless internet, 10% discount on ski and snowboard rentals, full use of resort amenities, 10% discount on audio/visual equipment, 10% discount on spa services, and free parking. This is a great package for energizing your team or kicking off your sales quarter or project with a bang. The package starts at $286 per night per person.

The Executive Meeting Retreat is an affordable way to get your key players out of the office to clear their heads and focus on big picture thinking.  Starting at $89 per night the package includes: cozy deluxe hotel room with king bed, complimentary meeting room fee, complimentary wireless internet, one comped room for every 25 rooms booked, one comped hour of a guided hike, full use of resort amenities, 10% discount on audio/visual, 10% discount on spa services.

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 also 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, and podiums with microphone and speakers.

The Ridge Tahoe will also take care of your catering needs for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Ridge Tahoe prides itself on serving highest quality catered banquet cuisine. Executive Chef Stephen Moise provides innovative and sustainable cuisine for all types of groups, events and conferences. The Ridge can prepare themed meals such as “Around the World” cuisine, wine-pairings, or gourmet steak and lobster plated meals. Banquet menus feature hot and continental breakfast buffets; a la carte breakfast choices; box breakfast and lunches to go; as well as brunch, lunch and dinner buffets; and 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 planning needs. Packages can be modified at any time to accommodate a smaller or larger group size. If you would like more information please call Marlena Freitas at (775) 588-3553, ext. 4622 or email mfreitas@ridge-resorts.com. For personal assistance in planning your meeting, please contact The Ridge Tahoe Group Sales and Catering Office at (775) 588-3553.

Northstar toasts California laid-back style with on-mountain thrill

Known for its impeccable grooming, incredible tree skiing, world-class terrain parks and enough variety to challenge every level of skier, Northstar California Resort combines California laid-back luxury with on-mountain excitement to make for a great ski and board experience. It’s no wonder then that beginning this season, Northstar asks its guests to celebrate the mountains and Lake Tahoe with them and raise their flutes with a toast of bubbles every day at 2 p.m.

Partnering with The Ridge Tahoe, interchangeable lift tickets to Northstar are available with any Ridge Tahoe ski vacation package. Northstar is a 45-minute drive to the north shore side of Lake Tahoe. It offers 3,170 acres of skiable terrain on 97 trails. Of the terrain, 27% of the mountain is considered advanced, 60% intermediate, 13% beginner.

Northstar

Northstar’s elevation ranges from 6,330 feet at the village, 6,800 feet at mid-mountain, and 8,610 at the summit for a total of 2,280 vertical feet. You can see the interactive trail map online.

The longest run is the 1.4 mile Logger’s Loop and there are nine other runs that are 1-mile long with advanced runs on The Backside. Lookout Mountain offers 443 acres of advanced terrain, while Sawtooth Ridge has 344 acres of backcountry terrain open for experts when conditions permit. Northstar has the largest snowmaking system of any resort in North Lake Tahoe, covering more than 50% of the resort’s trails.

Getting up the mountain is easy. Northstar has 20 lifts, two gondolas, one six-pack express, seven quad express chairs, one quad fixed-grip chair, two triple chairs, two tow/surface lifts, and five magic carpets for an uphill capacity of 34,799 skiers per hour.

Northstar has seven terrain parks —the Burton Progression Park, Moonshine (currently closed), The Straits (currently closed), Pipeline, The Stash (currently closed), Lil’ Stash, Pinball — as well as the 13-foot halfpipe.

Learning to ski or just need a refresher? Northstar offers a ski and snowboard school for children and adults, with group and private lessons.

If you enjoy exploring beyond the crowds, Northstar’s Cross-Country Ski & Snowshoe Center offers 23.7 km of groomed and tracked trails for cross country and telemark skiing and 32.5 km for snowshoeing.

Off the slopes there’s world class ice skating at the 9,000 square foot skating rink surrounded by plenty of shops at the Village at Northstar.

The dining options abound on-mountain and in the village with food on-the-go breakfasts to jump start your day, mid-day lunch choices, casual and fine dining, to Apres Ski, bars and nightlife.

Do your Ridge Tahoe ski and board plans include a trip to Northstar?

Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows: A winning Lake Tahoe combination

Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows are two of Lake Tahoe‘s premier ski resorts boasting 6,000 skiable acres and 42 lifts accessing wide open bowls, impeccably groomed trails, small to large terrain parks and steeps that will challenge any novice skier or rider.

Check out the skiing on the north shore while you visit The Ridge Tahoe.  Photo: Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

Check out the skiing on the north shore while you visit The Ridge Tahoe.
Photo: Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

Home of the 1960 Winter Olympics, Squaw Valley offers 3,600 skiable acres and 29 lifts accessing wide open bowls, impeccably groomed trails, small to large terrain parks and steeps that will challenge any novice skier or rider.

Tucked between Truckee and Tahoe City, Alpine Meadows Resort is a picturesque playground for families and off-the-radar thrill-seekers alike. Chalet-style lodges and approachable hospitality mean that the skiing and riding experience always comes first.

From easy-riding progression parks to wide-open bowls, Alpine Meadows brings an exciting challenge to any level of skier or snowboarder. And with more than 100 trails spread over 2,400 acres, mountain adventures (and groomed runs) await at every bump, jump and chairlift.

Partnering with The Ridge Tahoe, interchangeable lift tickets to Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows are available with any Ridge Tahoe ski vacation package.

Because of its reputation and terrain across six mountain peaks, Squaw Valley is consistently ranked as one of the top ski areas in the country by national ski publications.

Located off Highway 89, between Truckee and Tahoe City, at Lake Tahoe’s north shore, Squaw Valley’s longest run is Mountain Run at 3.2 miles. Squaw also has an impressive lift system with aerial trams, a Funitel, and numerous high speed quads and six-packs.

Alpine Meadows offers seven bowls and one terrain park. It has 13 lifts, including a High Speed six-Pack, two High Speed Quads, three fixed grip triple chairs, five fixed grip double chairs and two surface lifts.

Are you looking to brush up on your skiing or boarding skills or are a first-timer, Squaw Valley/ Alpine Meadows offers private, group or specialty lessons that allow skiers and boarders of all ages to feel comfortable on the snow.

Off the slopes Après-ski, The Village at Squaw Valley are famous for their breakfasts, burgers and beer set around a fire pit surrounded by mountain peaks. Whether you’re up for a sushi lunch or a steak dinner or would rather sip a microbrew, there are more than two dozen different places to quench your thirst, warm yourself and satisfy your appetite.

Shopping opportunities in Squaw Valley abound. A new pair of skis or snowboard, gloves, goggles and all the essentials, home accents, fine jewelry or little knick knacks to take home, are all easy to find at the Village.

The new Wanderlust Yoga Studio is a source of inspiration where all guests are encouraged to strengthen their mind, body and spirit. The 1,000 square foot studio is a sanctuary for all to further their practice in the pristine mountain landscape of Squaw Valley.

New to Squaw Valley this spring is WinterWonderGrass Tahoe, March 20-22, 2015. It is being billed as a world-class winter music and beer festival featuring three nights of national, regional and local bluegrass bands and acoustic roots artists, complemented by a variety of craft brews and local wines, spirits and foods.

Do your Ridge Tahoe stay and ski plans include a trip to Squaw/Alpine?