Lake Tahoe isn’t all casinos and late nights – there are many activities available for families and underage guests to experience the best active, outdoors and social opportunities in the area. Find some of our top recommendations below.
You don’t have to be over 21 to enjoy all that Tahoe has to offer. Credit: Tahoe South
Tennis, racquetball, and badminton: Take a whack on one of the many courts available on-site at the Ridge Tahoe. These activities will surely drive a few friendly competitions among family members and friends.
Mini golf at Heavenly Village: Bask in the sun as you work your way through the 18 hole mini golf course in the center of the Heavenly Village, which is only a short ride away from the Ridge Tahoe. The mini golf course turns into an ice rink during the winter months.
Workout: Just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean you can’t work out. The Ridge Tahoe includes a full fitness facility that is available to individuals 13 years and older. After working out, head to one of our many hot tubs to soothe your sore muscles.
Reach new heights with a snowshoe or hike. Courtesy: Tahoe South
Hiking and snowshoeing: Available directly from the Ridge Tahoe, hiking and snowshoeing is an immensely popular activity in Tahoe. With so many trails available, it’s hard not to strap on your snowshoes or hiking boots to explore the Sierra Nevada.
Kayak and paddleboard: When visiting Lake Tahoe, you must get on the lake at some point! Whether it’s on a cruise or on a kayak or paddleboard, it’s always a good idea to go out on the water. There are plenty of rentals available around the shores, including nearby Zephyr Cove Marina and Round Hill Pines.
Heavenly Epic Discovery: Winter isn’t the only time Heavenly Mountain is a source of endless fun – summer also provides adventure and beautiful sights with Epic Discovery. Activities include a scenic gondola ride to the top of the mountain, the Ridge Rider Mountain Coaster, tubing, multiple ropes courses, and a climbing wall.
Take the ride of your life at Heavenly Epic Discovery. Credit: Rachid Dahnoun / Heavenly Mountain Resort
Family Fun Arcade: Located at the Ridge Tahoe, the Family Fun Arcade allows you to let loose and play classic games. Challenge friends to a friendly game before heading to the billiards room also located in the arcade.
Wallyball Mixer: Try your hand at Wallyball, a fast-paced sport that includes playing volleyball in a racquetball court. These mixers are sure to work up a sweat and provide amble opportunities to make new friends.
Trapped in Tahoe: Trapped in Tahoe is an exhilarating test of your teamwork skills and ability to stay calm and collected in the face of danger. Work with friends and family to solve a puzzle that will lead you through a dangerous path to safety from zombies, vampires, killer clowns or a dangerous mine.
You won’t be underwhelmed with the abundance of under-21 activities available at the Ridge Tahoe and in Tahoe South. Which activities are on your must-do list?
Skiing to Stagecoach lift at Heavenly Mountain one day in 1983, Bill Wright saw construction on the ridge above. Curious, he decided to check out what was happening above the slopes and what he discovered was the building of the Ridge Resort, of which he became a multi-unit owner within a year. Now a bluebird day skier, Wright has spent the past 32 years visiting the Ridge Tahoe as an owner with his family and enjoying the various amenities available on-site, including the clubhouse and exercise facility.
Bill Wright poses with The Ridge Tahoe sign, 1987
Wright was first drawn to Lake Tahoe when he was exploring the country’s various ski resorts as part of the Columbus Ohio Ski Club. Along with Diane, his wife, they traveled to Taos, New Mexico, Aspen, Colorado, and eventually made their way to the Tahoe region where they discovered the Ridge Tahoe.
“I was an avid skier for 25 years, but I knew the day would come when the daily sunshine report would be of more interest to me than the snow report,” said Wright. His ownership at the Ridge was a natural choice due to his love for spring visits to Tahoe with its incredible skiing conditions and the opportunity to explore the mountain with clear views of the lake.
Diane Wright takes in the sights at The Ridge Tower
The resort, which the Wrights consider to be a second home and also share with their children, Austin and Alyssa, drew them in with its location, conveniences and breathtaking views beyond the skiing conditions outside their front door. Over the decades, the Wright family has spent time at their units with other families and most recently celebrated their daughter’s graduation from college by purchasing bonus time for a family trip touring the Lake Tahoe area.
When they were younger, Bill and Diane enjoyed the exercise facility and racquetball courts, as well as steamy saunas after a day of chilly skiing. However, thirty years later, Wright claims the Clubhouse is truly his favorite place at the Ridge.
“Mostly we just enjoy a cozy place to sit and talk,” said Wright.
Diane and Alyssa Wright enjoy the warmth of a Ridge fire
As an owner for the past 32 years, Wright has seen the Ridge go through some major changes, including the new Bistro for casual dining and the addition of another fireplace sitting area with computer workstations.
“Tahoe now has some wonderful and much more expensive resorts, but none of them can duplicate the feeling of this mountain top location,” said Wright. “We like that the resort maintains a cozy traditional Tahoe decorative décor style in every remodeling project. “
Wright has also gathered a few tips over the years that are applicable to those looking to make the most of their time at the Ridge Tahoe. He recommends visitors and owners alike research Tahoe and the Ridge Tahoe before visiting to find the best activities and sights for them.
Bill Wright discovers the perfect selfie spot at The Ridge Tahoe
“You don’t want to waste time once you get to the Ridge Tahoe learning and debating about where, when and what you should do,” said Wright. He recommends throwing out the calendar in lieu of a flexible schedule that allows guests to experience their vast interests by checking the Ridge Tahoe website, the Tahoe South website and even venturing to Tahoe North if so inclined.
Wright had one final recommendation for all visitors to the area: “Take the time to take some great family photos. Twenty years later you’re never going to say, ‘I wish I’d taken fewer family photos in Tahoe.’”
Guests visiting The Ridge Tahoe for the first time will likely have a lot of questions, such as:
“Where can I get a great meal?”
“How can I get to the ski resort?”
And our personal favorite: “How is this place so awesome?!”
Fortunately, The Ridge Tahoe has these and more questions answered below.
The Ridge Tahoe is situated at 7,500′ and privy to sweeping views.
Where are you located?
The Ridge Tahoe is located in Stateline, Nev., part of the Tahoe South area that spans from Zephyr Cove in Nevada to Emerald Bay in California. The resort is situated at 7,500’ and privy to sweeping views of Lake Tahoe, as well as Carson Valley. It’s conveniently located to ensure easy travel to Carson Valley and to the Stateline/Tahoe South area where gaming and activities abound.
What are my transportation options?
Guests traveling into the Reno-Tahoe International Airport can easily rent a car or hop on the South Tahoe Airporter for affordable transportation to Tahoe South. Round trip rides with South Tahoe Airporter run approximately $55 per person.
Once guests arrive in Tahoe South at the Stateline area, they can either call the complimentary Ridge Tahoe shuttle or hop onboard the BlueGo Casino Shuttle that departs the Stateline Transit Center every hour from 7:20 a.m. until 11:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 12:30 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
The Ridge Club Bistro is one of three dining options at The Ridge Tahoe. Photo credit: Bill Wright
My stomach is growling. Where can I eat?
A day of traveling can work up an appetite. The Ridge Tahoe offers three options for the hungry guest: Hungry Bear Restaurant, Bear Trap Lounge and the Ridge Club Bistro.
The Hungry Bear offers a more formal, sit-down dining experience with steaks, surf and turf, and daily fish specials. The Ridge Club Bistro has a less formal approach but is no less delicious with options like pasta, hot sandwiches, and options for kids. The Bear Trap Lounge is the place to be for happy hour specials for drinks and appetizers. It’s also the best place to catch a football game!
How close is the resort to skiing?
The Ridge Tahoe is located within a short ride to Stagecoach Lodge at Heavenly Mountain Resort. The lodge can be easily accessed via the Hilltrac Skier Express for the ultimate in convenience. Guests that want to explore all the different resorts in the Lake Tahoe Basin are recommended to rent a car to experience resorts like Northstar, Homewood, Mt. Rose, Squaw Valley and others. Shuttles are available to Kirkwood Mountain Resort and Sierra-at-Tahoe. Check individual resort websites for availability and schedules.
Before heading to one of the many mountains, suit up at the Resort Sports Ski & Snowboard Shop. With professional services like tuning and waxing, plus options to purchase ski accessories and rent equipment, the shop will have guests looking like pros.
Hit the slopes at a number of nearby resorts. Courtesy: Heavenly Mountain Resort
What about gaming?
Four casinos are located within ten minutes of the resort: Harveys, Harrah’s, MontBleu and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Guests can try their hand at craps, blackjack, and poker while also enjoying a complimentary shuttle to and from the casino corridor.
Pro tip: Before hitting the casinos, consider enrolling in a complimentary class with a Lakeside Inn dealer. Check the Ridge Guide for a current schedule.
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Fresh snow promises endless fun on the mountain but it can also cause travel issues for those unaccustomed with driving in the snow. To ensure a safe arrival to The Ridge Tahoe, heed our following recommendations to successfully navigate treks over mountain passes.
A beautiful winter landscape should be approached with caution when driving. Courtesy: Heavenly Mountain Resort
Before You Go:
- Check road conditions before leaving for a destination. The latest road conditions are available for California with Caltrans online and for Nevada on the Nevada Department of Transportation Up to date information is also available at (800) 427-7623 for California and Western Nevada (Lake Tahoe/Reno Area).
- Plan for additional travel time. Traffic moves slower during bad weather.
- Prepare your car by stocking it with emergency materials for a winter trip: blanket, booster cables, bottled water and non-perishable foods, first aid kit, maps, shovels, flares, spare tire, a bag of sand (aids in traction), extra windshield fluid, snowbrush/scraper, and old boots, as well as clothes.
- Carry chains even if the vehicle has 4-wheel drive.
- The gas tank should always be above halfway full when traveling in winter conditions. There is a possibility that traffic may be backed up due to weather conditions or accidents. A nearly full tank ensures the vehicle will not run out of gas while waiting.
On Your Way:
- Drive slowly and avoid braking. Braking on ice and on slick roads can cause brakes to lock, thus causing the car to drift out of the driver’s control. If the car does begin to slide, the best recommendation is to let off of the brakes. Turn the wheels in the same direction the rear of the car is sliding.
- Keep the distance between cars in case of sliding or sudden stops.
- Always put on chains in designated areas.
- Exercise caution at intersections and take time crossing streets, as well taking turns.
- If a drive feels uncomfortable due to the current weather conditions, take a break. When traveling from the Bay Area, El Dorado and Amador Counties offer a variety of wineries, restaurants and sites that
The Ridge Tahoe offers car free options for visitors.
Go Car Free:
There is also the option to go carless when visiting The Ridge Tahoe. Guests visiting from out of town will find easy transportation from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport on South Tahoe Airporter. In addition to a resort shuttle that may be requested by contacting the concierge at 6200, bus transportation is available for guests that would prefer to go car free when on vacation. The BlueGo Casino Shuttle is complimentary and drops off at the Heavenly Villages and Casino Corridor. Find the full schedule on page four of The Ridge Guide.
New Year’s resolutions can be difficult to maintain – and even more so when vacationing. While on holiday, it’s easy to say yes to dessert, yes to sleeping in and yes to that extra cocktail while forgoing any previous commitments to eat healthy or workout among other goals.
A new year begins at Lake Tahoe. Credit: Rachid Dahnoun
Fortunately, when visitors choose to stay at The Ridge Tahoe they can focus on their resolutions with amenities and features that allow them to pursue their accomplishments. Read on to find out how the Ridge Tahoe helps guests maintain and meet their resolutions.
#1. Work Out More: Exercising more is a popular resolution for many – and for many, this resolution falls to the side in only a couple of weeks, especially if a vacation occurs during this time. The Ridge Tahoe offers work out facilities and much more, including swimming pools, an indoor sports complex with tennis and basketball courts, outdoor tennis courts, water aerobics and indoor racquetball. There’s no excuse not to work out with the variety and convenience of the facilities offered at the resort.
Swim laps or just splash – your choice at The Ridge Tahoe!
#2. Eat Better: Eating healthier goes hand-in-hand with exercising more and also presents a challenge to the food lovers that can’t wait to experience new cuisines while traveling. One and two bedroom condominiums on property include a fully equipped kitchen for the home chef that wants to maintain a healthful diet while on the road. Guests are encouraged to bring their own groceries to cook up in their private kitchens. The Hungry Bear also offers tasty healthier options like the Portobello burger and artisan salad among others.
#3. Explore the Great Outdoors: Lake Tahoe is the perfect place to fulfill this New Year’s resolution: with miles and miles of trails, as well as a large, wide lake to explore, the Basin has enough outdoor adventure to last a lifetime. The Ridge Tahoe is located within walking distance to the Tahoe Rim Trail. On this trail, visitors can hike or mountain bike. The resort is also close enough to the lake that visitors can easily access the water for kayaking, paddle boarding and swimming.
The Tahoe Rim Trail is easily accessed from The Ridge Tahoe. Credit: Tahoe Rim Trail
#4. Experience New Things: There is no shortage of activities at The Ridge Tahoe and the adventurous will certainly find a new hobby or two from our various options:
- Evening with the Chef Cooking Series hosted by Executive Chef Stephen J. Moise
- Casino Gaming Classes
- Craft Classes
- Group Snow Shoe and Trail Hikes
- Tennis Clinics and Private Lessons
- Dermalogica Skin Care Classes
- Cooking Demonstrations
- Wine Tasting Classes
- Rock Climbing Class (On Natural Rock)
- Bingo Nights
- WallyBall Mixer
#5. Make More Time for Yourself: A vacation isn’t truly a vacation without rest and relaxation. If a New Year’s resolution involves making more time to take care of one’s self, The Ridge Tahoe has an on-site full service spa with an indoor/outdoor year-round heated pool, eucalyptus steam room and a Roman soaking tub. Treatments include massage therapy, facials, body treatments and waxing. Call (775) 588-3553, ext. 6000.
Good luck to all that have taken on New Year’s resolutions! Reserve a room now to work on these at The Ridge Tahoe.
Traveling during the holidays can be stressful and all around unappealing with crowds, delays and general grumpiness – but this is not the case for visitors of The Ridge Tahoe! The resort offers a celebratory and comfortable environment that will make visitors feel like they’re home for the holidays. Guests are invited to sit back and settle in because Santa is on his way and with him comes a snow forecast that will fill skiers and snowboarders with glee.
Holiday cheer is all around you at The Ridge Tahoe.
Nothing says the holidays are here like twinkling lights. Guests of The Ridge Tahoe can take a tour through the property to experience the many decorations, including Christmas trees and glowing reindeer, reminiscent of their own neighborhoods. Children’s eyes will be full of delight when they see the sparkling illuminations throughout the lobby and outdoors.
Families can venture to the Shops at Heavenly Village to experience Heavenly Holidays for additional light-peeping and to catch a glimpse of Santa Claus! Other activities at the Shops at Heavenly Village include ice skating and magic shows at The Loft.
Some holiday traditions include sitting around the fire and watching old movies. Other traditions include zipping down a mountain of white, but regardless Ridge guests can celebrate old traditions – and even make a few more while they’re at it!
The Hilltrac Skier Express can fit your whole family for easy transport to Heavenly.
One new holiday tradition guests can adopt is riding the Hilltrac Skier Express to the Stagecoach Lodge at Heavenly Mountain Resort. With over a foot of snow forecasted for Christmas weekend, ski in/ski out access allows visitors to make the most of their time on the mountain sans the hassle of getting to the resort.
Guests can also create a new holiday tradition by embracing the hot tub and hot cocoa combo that will certainly take the chill from the bones after a day of skiing.
Christmas Day Cheer
Guests don’t have to be at home to eat food that tastes like a warm hug from a favorite relative. The Hungry Bear will serve up a festive fete of delicious dishes Christmas Day, Dec. 25.
Sit around the cozy fire for a Christmas you won’t soon forget. Photo credit: Bill Wright
Families are invited to experience three courses of cuisine inspired by the season. The first course includes a crab salad profiterole with micro greens and pomegranate vinaigrette. The second course has three choices to choose from that include honey maple glazed turkey paired with stuffing, mashed potatoes, brussel sprouts and cranberry relish; Chilean sea bass with leek and lentil salad, artichoke hearts, parsnips and a winter vegetable sauce; or prime rib complete with pancetta white bean ragout, asparagus and cauliflower, and au jus and creamy horseradish. The meal is bookended with the most festive of desserts – a yuletide log with eggnog pastry cream and peppermint bark.
A morning of opening presents and general holiday cheer will certainly work up an appetite. Dial 775-588-3553 ext. 3150 to make a reservation. View the full menu here.