Tahoe has already experienced its first of many storms and winter is well on its way to set up shop for a few months in the Sierra Nevada. Don’t let Winter take you by surprise – be prepared for the ski season with a few of the tips below.
The Ridge Tahoe will soon be covered in white. Are you ready?
Mark Your Calendar
Do you feel the need? The need to ski?! You’re not alone and you won’t have to wait long until you’re thousands of feet in the sky. Lake Tahoe ski resorts will open this month at Heavenly Mountain Resort (the Hilltrac Skier Express can take you from the Ridge to Stagecoach Lodge), Squaw Valley and Northstar California opening Nov. 17. Kirkwood Mountain Resort opens on Nov. 22 while Sugar Bowl opens Nov. 24.
Tahoe Donner, Homewood and others will open in December
Condition Your Body
Before you pull on your ski boots for the first time since winter, we recommend hitting the gym to begin to acclimate your body to more physical fitness. Exercises like deadlifts, leg presses, squats and running on the treadmill will begin to prep you for the slopes. The Ridge Tahoe’s gym has the equipment you need to get into fighting shape for those epic pow days.
The slopes of Heavenly Mountain Resort are a great place for family bonding. Credit: Rachid Dahnoun/Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
Prep Your Gear
Now is the time to tune your board, wax your skis and check last year’s gear for any wear and tear that may prevent you from being safe or comfortable. The Ridge Tahoe Ski Shop offers full-service rentals, tunes and repairs for your gear. If you’ve forgotten your gear or chose to travel without it, you can demo skis and boards!
Care for Your Skin
Winter is harsh even for the happiest skin. Cold temperatures and strong winds can leave you chapped, sunburned and sore. Sunscreen is a must and don’t forget a tube of Chapstick before you venture onto Heavenly or another nearby ski resort. After an unforgettable time on the mountain, a day at the spa is in order. The Elevation Spa will set you up for the pampering you need to recover and recharge for another day on the slopes.
Celebrate the last rays of a successful pow day with drinks or a spa treatment at the Ridge Tahoe. Credit: Brad Scott/Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
Another tip? Après ski at the Bear Trap Lounge for Happy Hour! See you on the slopes!
Autumn goes by way too fast and sometimes there isn’t enough time to wrap yourself in your favorite scarf, grab a Pumpkin Spice Latte and revel in the fall of it all. To ensure that you have a full on fall experience that will get you through until the next year, we’ve compiled a list of must-dos in the Tahoe area.
A classic fall experience is available at Apple Hill, right outside of Lake Tahoe. Photo courtesy of Apple Hill
Apple Hill is a fall fan’s favorite, with rolling apple orchards, wineries, and tons of baked goods made from fresh produce. You can pick your own apples, sip apple cider, pick out that perfect pumpkin, have a picnic, eat your weight in fudge… and much more.
Spooky sun catchers and scary paintings are the names of the game this fall season at the Kids Club! Parents can get a break – and so can the kids with fun crafts that also double as souvenirs. The Kids Club is in the Terrace building on the third floor. Dial #4FUN when on-site to register for one of the many Kids Club activities.
Hope Valley is alive with autumnal colors and photo opportunities! Credit: Rachid Dahnoun / Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
One of the best spots for fall colors is Hope Valley. South of Lake Tahoe, this area is full of aspen groves that turn the golden tones that Instagrammers dream of and you can capture after a quick 30-minute drive from the Ridge Tahoe.
Daily showings at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. in our Movie Theater in the Ridge Resort Center will feature seasonal favorites. See page 23 for our current movie line up. Or opt for a night in with a fire roaring in your Ridge Tahoe suite. Curl up with a loved one and scare yourself senseless with a scary movie!
Cruise the open waters and take in a classic Tahoe sunset. Credit: Rachid Dahnoun / Aramark
Cruise the Lake
Lake Tahoe Cruises operates through the fall season with the M.S. Dixie II cruising from Zephyr Cove to Emerald Bay and back daily. Ridge guests receive discounted tickets when purchased at the Ridge Market Place.
While it’s a bit too chilly to swim in the water this time of the year, beach days are still possible and a great option for a picnic or sunset. Pick up a few to go items from the Bistro or Market Place and make yourself at home on one of Tahoe’s many shores.
Remember the season with fall photos at colorful spots in Tahoe. Credit: Brad Scott / Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
The golden hour, which happens right before sunrise or sunset, is an ideal time to take photographs. What could make it even better? Autumn hues! Head to one of your favorite spots adorned with fall foliage and start snapping away!
Packing for a trip can be stressful, especially if you’ve never visited the area before and you’re unfamiliar with the destination’s climate. Tahoe’s weather forecast is typically full of sunshine, which means that the weather is pleasant during the day with lower temperatures during the evening. Depending on the season you’re visiting, Tahoe can be extremely snowy, temperate, breezy or just right.
While your packing needs will change in the winter (we’re talking snow boots, parkas and more), we’ve compiled a list of must-have items for your trip to the Ridge Tahoe during the autumn season.
Hiking Shoes or Boots
Lake Tahoe is a year-round recreation playground and hiking is a very popular activity for those in the Sierra Nevada region. With hundreds of hikes, it’s impossible to become bored with the possibilities. Plus, hiking shoes are great options for exploring in general, as many of the outdoor sights in the fall make use of trails.
Pack a jacket and your hiking shoes for unforgettable hikes in Tahoe. Credit: Rachid Dahnoun/Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
Daytime temps may reach the 60s and 70s during autumn, but nighttime temperatures may give you a chill! Once the sun goes down, temperatures can dip into the 20s and 30s, which means you’ll need to pack a jacket that will keep you warm if you’re venturing outside during the evening hours for sunset or for area entertainment.
Okay, okay, so it might be a little chilly, but you’ll want to pack a swimsuit for a brave dip in the lake or to take advantage of one of the many hot tubs on property at the Ridge Tahoe. What sounds better after a strenuous hike than a soak in a rooftop tub? We’re guessing nothing!
Take a dip if you dare! Credit: Rachid Dahnoun/Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
Regardless if there are clouds in the sky, UV rays are still very present, especially at high altitudes. We recommend applying sunscreen to any exposed skin before exploring Lake Tahoe. You’ll be surprised by how warm the sun can feel and how quickly skin can burn!
Regardless if it’s snowing or pure sunshine, a hat is always a good bet in Lake Tahoe. Like our sunscreen suggestion, a hat can help protect you from sun rays, while also offering a stylish addition to your outfit. To fit in with the locals, we recommend a trucker hat or a beanie!
Explore Lake Tahoe this fall with all the necessities you need for fun! Credit: Merrick Rickman/Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
Reusable Water Bottle
High elevations can dry you out and it’s recommended that those unaccustomed to Tahoe’s elevation drink plenty of fluids to avoid altitude sickness. What better way to stay hydrated and environmentally conscious with a reusable water bottle? Tahoe tap is some of the purest tap water in the country so you’ll quench your thirst with Big Blue itself.
If you’ve forgotten an item, you’ll find an affordable replacement at the Ridge Marketplace.
One of our favorite parts of vacation is the food and wine (we know we’re not alone). When you come to a place like Tahoe, you can rest assured that you will experience some of the tastiest and most unique dishes and drinks in the region.
It’s time to eat and drink your way through Tahoe! Photo credit: Sample the Sierra
The Ridge Tahoe is a one-stop shop for all your vacation needs and includes two restaurants on-site for when tummies start rumbling. Chef Stephen Moise takes extreme care in creating dishes that you can only find at the Ridge Resort. Experience the Hungry Bear for elegant dining (ideal for when parents need a romantic night out) and grub out at Ridge Club Bistro for quick and convenient breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Check out the Ridge Guide for current menus and hours.
Dig in! The Bistro at the Ridge Tahoe offers breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Of course, if you are a true foodie or wine lover, you’ll want to explore beyond the Ridge Tahoe for your next fix. Fortunately, Tahoe has an abundance of delicious offerings for both!
For those searching for a unique wine tasting experience, try the Tahoe Tastings tour. This one-of-a-kind tour occurs on the Golden Rose, a beautiful wooden boat that will transport you to the age of the Rat Pack. While on board, guests travel around the lake and sip on some of Northern California’s best wines. Book your reservation today, as this is a fan favorite of all Tahoe visitors!
Taste all the things! Sample the Sierra returns to Tahoe on Sept. 16. Credit: Sample the Sierra / Matt Morning
The best place to get the best of both local food and wine is Sample the Sierra . This is the region’s only farm-to-fork fair celebrating homegrown food, wines, spirits and brews, and the opportunity for businesses to participate in the growing foodie culture in South Lake Tahoe. At this year’s event, there will be approximately 20 booths each featuring a different winery, distillery or brewery, paired with a restaurant and farm. You’ll walk away from this one stuffed! The festival takes places only a short drive away from the Ridge on Sept. 16.
For those looking for traditional wine tasting, Bella Fiore Wines is a hidden treasure located in the center of Carson City. Enjoy an elaborate list of wines, a full bar and gourmet appetizers in an atmosphere that is reminiscent of Italy. You’ll be saying salute in no time!
Cheers to a brew tour of the South Shore! Photo credit: Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority / Lauren Lindley
The South Shore Brew Tour is a must for brew-heads vacationing in Tahoe South. This tour takes you to three popular breweries: Cold Water Brewery and Grill, Sidellis Brewery and Restaurant and South Lake Brewery Co. This five-hour event gets you behind the scenes of the brewery process and the methods required to make the perfect ale, complete with three sample flights of beer and complimentary appetizers.
It’s Dad’s big day this weekend! It’s time to celebrate Pops with father-friendly events and activities in Tahoe and at the Ridge. Look at some of our favorite to-dos for Dad throughout this coming weekend.
Bike at night: The 2017 Tahoe Games Bike Night returns on June 16 at Lake Tahoe Golf Course with family friendly activities that include an illuminated, x-country course. Dad can try his hand at this fun and an exhilarating course that will take him over bunkers and over fairways, all while lit up with glow sticks on a non-motorized bike.
Pick up a game: If Dad’s a golfer, he can enjoy easy and quick access to a number of nearby golf courses including Genoa Lakes Golf Course and Carson Valley Golf Course. Additional options include the exclusive Edgewood Tahoe and the beautiful Lake Tahoe Golf Course. Dad can even practice his short game at the Ridge Tahoe putting greens!
Practice for the real deal at the Ridge Tahoe.
Rock it out: The Heavenly Village Summer Concert Series takes place every Friday and Saturday to showcase the talent of regional and national musicians. As the largest free concert series in Lake Tahoe, this is a great way to watch Dad kick back and groove out! Each show begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Heavenly Village.
If he’s craving a throwback, the Spazmatics will play at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on June 17. This band recaptures the music of the 1980s, complete with the bad style. This show is for 21 years and older, so leave the kids at home for this one.
A lil’ competition: The Ridge Tahoe has everything you need for a fun-filled day! Challenge Dad to a game of mini golfing, tennis at one of our three outdoor tennis courts or a competitive game of ping pong or billiards. There are so many activities and services available for guests’ complimentary use at the Ridge Tahoe that you may never have to leave!
Take up a friendly game of tennis at an outdoor court at the Ridge.
Fill ‘em up: Regardless of the activity Dad decides to do this Father’s Day weekend, he should end it with a refreshing beer at the Bear Trap Lounge and a juicy prime rib dinner at the Bistro. The Father’s Day Special includes an eight-ounce prime rib served with creamy horseradish, potato cake, and grilled asparagus. The special is $25 per person and served from 5-8 p.m.
Happy Father’s Day from the Ridge Tahoe!
Bill Wright is back again with his final installment about being a Ridge owner. This time around he discusses the reasons why he chose to make the Ridge Tahoe a second home and why you should consider becoming an owner.
Bill Wright has already explained why you should visit Tahoe, which naturally leads him into his next topic: becoming an owner at the Ridge Tahoe.
Though Bill has owned a unit at the Ridge Tahoe for 30 years, his career and family situation has changed, which has led to new reasons why he enjoys spending his free time at the resort.
Follow the rainbow to your new home at the Ridge Tahoe.
The convenience of the owner rental program: The owner rental program offers multi-week owners like Bill and his family flexibility with their unit. The Wrights’ situation has dramatically changed and they can unfortunately no longer use their unit’s time as much as they’d like.
Instead of letting the unit sit empty, they now rent out their unit to other guests. The Resorts West Vacation Club enables the Wrights to keep their property by renting it out to other individuals that want to visit Lake Tahoe. This allows Bill and his family to cover annual resort costs while giving new families a chance to experience the Ridge Tahoe. It’s a win-win!
Owners can use the various amenities and services at the Ridge Tahoe.
Bonus time: The Resorts West program not only allows its owners to rent out their units, but they also reward loyalty with various membership advantages like the option to purchase bonus time at other resorts! This bonus time is often at significant discounts during slower seasons, such as fall and spring. This works to the benefit of all owners by helping to cover resort fixed costs on what would otherwise be unoccupied non-revenue generating unit time.
Stability and management: As owners for over three decades, Bill has seen the difficulties and struggles of the hospitality industry. However, he says that through this time he has always admired Resort West’s stable financial condition and their quality management.
Are you interested in becoming an owner? Learn more about the Resorts West Vacation Club.