Whether you’re looking to hike a mountain, peddle over boulders, or grab some wake action behind a speed boat, we’ve narrowed down some favorite South Shore activities.

Don't forget to hop in the lake while you visit The Ridge!

Don’t forget to hop in the lake while you visit The Ridge!

  1. Heavenly from above: Ride to the top and see it all. Marvel at all of Big Blue from the top of South Shore’s Heavenly Mountain Resort. The Heavenly Gondola transports guests 3,000 feet above Lake Tahoe to the Mid-Station Observation Deck, where you can enjoy stunning views of Lake Tahoe and Carson Valley. At the top, challenge yourself on the 25-foot climbing wall, designed for beginner to advanced climbers or kids can play in a safe environment on the Spider Zone climbing tower. Try varied hiking trails of green and blue levels then stop by Tamarack Lodge for lunch and drinks. The Gondola runs from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Check in with Ridge Tahoe front desk staff regarding shuttle service.
  2. Cruise the lake: Take a cruise, rent a boat, jet ski, kayak or paddleboard and head out on the lake all-day. South Tahoe marinas offer plenty of water recreation options, dining and shopping.
  3. Water Taxi: Ditch the car and hop onto a water taxi. A 49-passenger water taxi service based at Camp Richardson Resort connects locals and visitors to lakeside marinas on the South Shore of Lake Tahoe. The service offers stops at three marinas: Camp Richardson, Lakeside and Timber Cove, providing access to recreation, sightseeing, dining at The Beacon Bar and Grill, Lakeside Beach House or The Boathouse, and shopping.
  4. Hit the beach: A beautiful, clear lake that you can splash around in, along with plenty of other activities. There are miles of shoreline and more than a dozen beach spots at South Shore. Don’t forget the sunscreen.
  5. Odds in your favor: Lake Tahoe is the place to be for Vegas-style gambling without the Vegas crowd. There are five casinos at South Shore worthy of dice kissing. Do you feel lucky?
  6. Tee it up: One of Lake Tahoe’s truest truths is that when winter turns to spring, and spring melts into summer, all the runoff from the snowfall rejuvenates and restores the green life back at any number of South Shore golf courses. Regardless of where you play, whether your course snakes through a glacially etched valley, contours along Lake Tahoe itself, or winds links-style through the trees, you’re going to witness some of the most eye-popping views found anywhere.
  7. These boots are made for hiking: 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 and a few worth taking a few extra minutes of drive time. You can also check with the staff of Ridge Tahoe to see if there are any organized hikes planned during your stay.
  8. Tahoe artifacts: There a lot of historic places around the lake, including Vikingsholm, Tallac Historic Site and the Thunderbird Lodge. A good place to start is the Lake Tahoe Historical Society Museum.
  9. 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.
  10. Spoke central: There are dozens of on and off-road bike trails, fit for novices to experts.

What are your favorite Lake Tahoe summer activities?

Nestled on a spectacular Sierra Nevada ridge above Lake Tahoe, and overlooking the breathtaking and beautiful Carson Valley, this 11 acre hotel resort offers year-round vacation rentals with panoramic views and luxurious accommodations. Complimentary Health Club, Indoor Sports Complex, Indoor/Outdoor Swimming Pools and Jacuzzis, Restaurant, Deli, Market, Full Service Spa and more are all on-site. Complimentary shuttle service whisks guests 5 miles to Lake Tahoe and casino nightlife.

The Ridge provides a variety of great Lake Tahoe lodging options with choices perfect for family vacations or romantic getaways. Options include deluxe hotel rooms, one and two bedroom condominium suites with full kitchens.

Summer offers an exciting array of activities on property and on Lake Tahoe. Our pool, spa, tennis courts, rock climbing wall and hiking trails are all a few minutes from your front door. Just down the hill are Lake Tahoe’s beautiful beaches, boating, paddleboarding and kayaking

. In the winter our Skier Express provides ski in / ski out access to Heavenly Ski Resort’s Stagecoach Chairlift. The Ridge Ski Shop can satisfy your entire ski and snowboard needs onsite, so you can quickly hit the slopes. We also offer a variety of classes and indoor activities when the weather doesn’t cooperate or you’re not up for tackling the great outdoors.

The Ridge’s expansive property is an ideal venue for weddings, meetings and reunions. We have a variety of meeting and gathering spaces that can accommodate groups from 10 – 200.

For your wedding day we have ceremony sites with breathtaking views and the experienced staff to help make it the perfect day. For your business meetings we have all the A/V and technical resources you require to maximize your productivity. For family reunions our variety of lodging choices and countless onsite activities make it the perfect location to bring everyone together.