Visitors may notice that everything moves slower in Lake Tahoe. Locals refer to this slowdown as “Tahoe time” and though it offers an opportunity for some quality R&R, sometimes a visit is all about the fresh powder. Read on to find out how The Ridge Tahoe can help guests make the most out of their ski trip to the Sierra Nevada.
The sights from Heavenly Mountain Resort are “ski-tacular.” Photo credit: Matt Gibson
Choosing accommodations is the first step to success in Tahoe and being centrally located is key. The Ridge Tahoe is located at the top of Kingsbury, which is only a short drive to casinos, Heavenly Mountain Resort and the Tahoe Rim Trail, which is a very popular trail that loops around the entirety of the lake. In minutes visitors are carving lines in the mountain, taking in the sights and experiencing all the area offers.
The Ridge Tahoe also offers transportation to and from the resort to the local casinos. Public transportation is also easily accessible from the resort if guests want to explore different winter activities.
Grab and Go
It’s essential to have the necessary sustenance to explore the numerous trails in Tahoe South, but sometimes a sit-down breakfast is not on the itinerary. Fortunately, there are quick and nutritious options for those that take pride in first chair. The Market Place offers guests of The Ridge Tahoe a complimentary cup of coffee and a daily newspaper, plus several portable food options. The Market Place is open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, meaning individuals can grab and go before they’re at the lifts.
Nothing is worse than forgetting an essential clothing item or gear. In addition to snacks and other essentials, the Ridge Market Place offers winter clothing, including men’s and women’s jackets, and sunglasses. If a visitor left a snowboard or skis at home, the Resort Sports Ski & Snowboard Shop has everything a snow bunny could possibly want, like new equipment for every skill level, accessories, rentals and even discounted lift tickets to area resorts. The shop is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Ridge Resort Center.
Hop on board the on-site Hilltrac Skier Express for a quick ride to the mountain.
Take the Express Train
For an even quicker route to the mountaintop, the Hilltrac Skier Express is available for guests of the resort who’d like ski in/ski out access to Heavenly’s Stagecoach chairlift. This self-operated eight passenger gondola type transport whisks skiers and snowboarders from the resort to Stagecoach in less than three minutes.
Of course a Tahoe ski trip is incomplete without après options! With new extended hours, The Bear Trap Lounge is open 3 to 9 p.m. daily with happy hour specials until 6 p.m. Stop in on Tuesdays for “Après Ski” specials and on Wednesdays for “Margarita Madness.”
Find more information for a visit to The Ridge Tahoe in The Ridge Guide.
Skiers and snowboarders are eagerly gearing up for the winter season – and for good reason! With the first few snowfalls already under its belt, Lake Tahoe and the Ridge are ready to welcome shredders of all levels to experience the sweet Sierra pow. You’ll want to plan your trip now as Heavenly Mountain Resort and Kirkwood Mountain Resort open Nov. 18 with more following suit shortly thereafter.
Drop into some powder opening day at Heavenly, Nov. 18. Courtesy of Heavenly Mountain Resort / Photo credit: Rachid Dahnoun
One-Stop Ski Lodge
Worry only about carving lines when you stay at the Ridge with inclusive on-site amenities and resources. The Resort Sports Ski & Snowboard Shop fulfills all rental needs, with the newest and highest quality equipment available at various performance levels. Services include ski and board rentals, hot waxing, tune-ups, repairs, ski accessories and clothing rentals and ski locker storage.
Children will be delighted when they hop aboard the Hilltrac Skier Express! Ridge visitors can conveniently access the Skier Express to speed up their arrival to Heavenly. This enclosed gondola is easily accessible from the resort and drops visitors off at the Stagecoach Chairlift. There are also complimentary ski shuttles to both the Stagecoach and Boulder Lodges.
Take the express lane via the Hilltrac Skier Express.
Insider Tips Before Hitting the Slopes
Before you’re officially on the mountain facing a glorious run of white, it’s important to ensure you follow a few general rules for maximum safety and fun.
- Dress warmly: Wear layers under the ski jacket and pants that are tighter to the body and insulate heat. Another great option is using hand and foot warmers to stay cozy. Remaining comfortable during a chilly ski outing will not only make the adventure more enjoyable, but will help prevent injuries if falls occur.
- Make sure the gear fits: Utilize the Ridge’s ski shop resources and ensure all gear, helmets, goggles, boots, etc. fit correctly. Equipment that is too big or small will make skiing uncomfortable and can be a safety hazard.
- Falling without injury: Even the best skiers trip and fall on the mountain; what’s important is to position the body in a way that minimizes pain or potential injuries. Tuck the body as much as possible and wait until the movement has stopped before trying to stand.
- Move to the sides of the runs: If a break is needed or you’re waiting for friends to catch up, be helpful to other skiers and snowboarders by pausing on the sides of the runs. This prevents frustration from other mountain users and makes it less likely for accidents.
- Stretch before and after: Take a few minutes in the morning and afternoon to stretch and heal the body. This helps loosen up the muscles and joints so you are more limber.
- Sleep: The beds at the Ridge are mighty comfy so guests should take advantage of a good night’s sleep to prepare the mind and body for action-packed days!
- Hot cocoa: Dare we say this is the most important tip? Nothing toasts an accomplished ski day quite like a warm mug of hot cocoa shared with family and friends.
Rejoice for snow at the Ridge Tahoe!
Helpful Mobile Apps
- Heavenly GPS Ski and Snowboard Trail Maps: This app provides detailed maps, descriptions and conditions of all Heavenly Mountain Resort runs and trails. Users can track their progress and share their mountain days on social media platforms.
- Ski Pursuit: Record data and statistics such as speed, duration and distance to track activity. Set a personal goal and try to beat it with this app’s help.
- Action Shot: Capture fast runs, tricks and jumps seamlessly and with minimal editing.
For more information on passes, conditions and resort details visit Heavenly Mountain Resort and Kirkwood Mountain Resort. See you on the slopes!
The time of year has come for ghouls, witches and vampires to reveal themselves, celebrating the holiday of tricks, treats and scares. Halloween brings a week filled with spooktacular festivities to Tahoe South, with events suited for all ages.
It’s time to get spooky with fun activities at The Ridge Tahoe!
The Ridge is the perfect place for families who enjoy spending Halloween in the cozy indoors watching scary movies with plenty of seating for everyone. Get into the spirit of the season and carve Jack-O-Lanterns or bake scrumptious Halloween treats in fully-equipped kitchens. The Ridge will be celebrating All Hallows Eve with a special screening of “Hotel Transylvania” and a Halloween extravaganza at the Kids Club. Festivities kick off with a costume party from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. followed by spooky crafts at 11 a.m. and finally games from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
If you’d prefer to venture out onto the spooky streets, trick-or-treat in a fun (and safe) environment at the 14th annual Treat Street at Lake Tahoe Community College, on Oct. 31 at 5 p.m. Local businesses and non-profits hand out candy, while children enjoy games, spooky stories, a haunted house, a mad scientist laboratory and more surprises.
Tahoe South is the place to go all out on your costume. Courtesy: MontBleu / Photo credit: Brian Walker
Kahle Community Center is hosting their annual Halloween Carnival Celebration, Oct. 31 at 4 p.m. Sponsored by Kiwanis of Lake Tahoe, this event allows children to show off their costumes while play carnival games to win treats and wonderful prizes.
The Beach Retreat and Lodge is hosting a Halloween Party, where families can trick-or-treat throughout the property, Oct. 31 at 6 p.m. The evening includes a bounce house, live entertainment, music, s’mores and costume contests.
Grab a group of friends for a scary and challenging puzzle adventure with Trapped in Tahoe. The locally owned entertainment business is designed to take guests through various themed rooms, where groups have to work together to for a way out. Current storylines include avoiding being a vampire’s victim in Dracula’s Castle; an escape from an evil girl and a burning house in Funny Faces; and a terrifying zombie apocalypse in Sector 11.
Let your freak flag fly at MontBleu’s Halloween bash. Courtesy: MontBleu
Adults can indulge their inner ghoul with a few of Tahoe South’s hottest parties of the year. The Rockin’ Dead Halloween Bash at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino features DJ Chris Payne mixing beats, Oct. 28 starting at 9 p.m. The bash culminates with a costume contest with $5,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs.
The 38th annual Freaker’s Ball spans throughout three MontBleu venues and guests bring their best costume game, Oct 29 starting at 8 p.m. The oldest and most extravagant Halloween party in Tahoe features hit DJs and dancers, as well as a costume contest with $10,000 in cash and prizes.
Stay safe this weekend and Halloween with the Ridge’s free shuttle service to the casinos.
Fall is a festive time of year when nature undergoes beautiful transformations and the harvest season yields delicious produce ideal for seasonal feasting. When staying at the Ridge, guests are just an hour’s drive away from a treasure trove of farms, orchards and wineries at Apple Hill. Apple Hill Growers Association, located between Pollock Pines and Placerville, is comprised of more than 50 ranches that include apple orchards, pumpkin patches, Christmas tree farms and wineries. This is the perfect way to squeeze in some traditional Autumn activities and fixings – and so conveniently close to your destination, too!
Rows of farm fresh produce available in Apple Hill.
In order to experience all of Apple Hill’s offerings, visitors are recommended to follow the looped road where all the farms and orchards reside in the area. Grab a map available at any stop and decide which activities sound most appealing as each farmer has something unique to offer.
One of the most popular sites is High Hill Ranch. Overlooking incredible valley views, this spot has High Hill’s popular apple cider, apple pies and homemade fudge. The grassy areas near the pond make for a great picnic and children’s play area, so buy some goodies and enjoy a scenic lunch.
Nothing says “Fall” like tons of pumpkins!
Another must-see is Rainbow Orchards. Here visitors can fill up bags with apples and gourds to take home, as well as buying ready-made pies to bake back at the Ridge in the full kitchens of our one and two-bedroom condominium suites. Don’t be alarmed by the line of people; they are waiting for Rainbow Orchards’ famous warm, fluffy Apple Cider Donuts that are definitely worth the wait!
Despite its name, Kids Inc. is a great choice both for kids and adults. Visitors can watch the apple pies being made moments before they’re eaten, pick pumpkins from the patch to turn into Jack-O-Lanterns or yummy treats, interact with farm animals in the petting area, explore the corn maze, and sample the craft-brewed hard apple cider. This popular ranch also has a gorgeous nature trail that leads guests on a winding path through the orchard and down to a picturesque creek.
Apple Hill is an easy day trip from The Ridge Tahoe – and so relaxing!
Apple Hill is also proud to host award-winning wineries that are available for guests to tour and taste the seasonal fare. Offering wine tasting menus under $10 a person, each winery has a unique atmosphere and breathtaking views of vineyards.
After a day packed with traditional fall adventures, it’s comforting to return to a warm and cozy room at the Ridge. Open up a bottle of the favorite wine sampled at Apple Hill and bake an apple pie to enjoy.
The requirements for a great vacation includes sightseeing, relaxing and experiencing the local lifestyle. Undoubtedly what’s on anyone’s list is trying some delicious new food and discovering local cuisine! Fortunately for those visiting Tahoe South, the local dining scene is evolving and offers endless tasty options, including the Ridge Tahoe.
Your home away from home – complete with the delicious food!
With two restaurants on property, you can stay on site for all of your dining needs. The Hungry Bear and Ridge Club Bistro, which can accommodate your dining needs from special occasions and family meals to quick bites, provide superior dining options available on site. Expect elevated experiences at The Hungry Bear with fine dining on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Reservations are required for this restaurant; dial 3150 to make a reservation.
The Ridge Club Bistro prepares you for a full day of adventures and exploration with waffles, breakfast burritos and skillets. The omelet bar on Saturday and Sunday mornings will bring a smile to the face of even the grouchiest person. Other meal items include garlic shrimp, steak frites and mushroom ravioli for delectable dinners. A taco bar on Saturdays offers a flavor of the South. Ole!
In addition to on-site restaurants, the Ridge hosts culinary events throughout the week including complimentary cooking demonstrations on Thursdays in the Castle Rock View Room. The demo is followed by wine tasting at 4 p.m. in the Bear Trap Lounge.
The Ridge Tahoe isn’t the only place growing its gastronomic prowess: Tahoe South is gaining quite the reputation for great food, delicious wine and farm-to-fork flavors. You can experience this ongoing culinary revolution during the 7th annual Sample the Sierra, which features farm-to-fork food and wine during a one-day festival in Tahoe South. With more than 20 Tahoe South restaurants, the event celebrates bountiful regional resources with local specialties and flavorful menus. The participating restaurants will pair fresh fare with local wineries, distilleries and breweries making for an all-encompassing dining experience.
In conjunction with Sample the Sierra, Tahoe South will also host Restaurant Week, Sept. 16-23. The event will feature favorite South Shore restaurants, offering pre-fixe dinner specials and discounts.
Regardless of the dining experience you prefer, you have seemingly endless options when you visit The Ridge Tahoe for vacation.
The Ridge elevates the average family vacation with endless on-property amenities and close proximity to Tahoe South activities. Gather the kiddos for a trip that you won’t soon forget with activities at the Ridge Tahoe and throughout Tahoe South.
Home base for family fun.
Put on your game face and challenge the family to a friendly competition in the Ridge’s indoor and outdoor sports complex. Courts are available for tennis, basketball and racquetball where a true family champion can be crowned. Days can be gleefully wasted in the indoor and outdoor pools while nights are spent watching family flicks in the on-site 30-seat movie theater, which shows films twice a day.
The fun never stops with the Ridge arcade and the Kid’s Club, a complimentary day camp filled with adventures, arts and crafts and snacks. With the kids away, parents can enjoy adult time during a rejuvenating session at the Elevation Spa.
Take a Hike
The Ridge is steps away from the Tahoe Rim Trail, a 165-mile loop around the Lake Tahoe Basin. With many trailheads and different paths, hikers can personalize the hike to desired duration and difficulty meaning it can be as kid-friendly as you’d like.
All smiles all the time in Tahoe. Photo credit:Jamie Kingham
Score a Hole-in-One
For a guaranteed good time, try one of the two popular miniature golf courses in Tahoe South. Magic Carpet Mini Golf takes players on an enchanted journey through fairytales and fantasy worlds with three courses of varying difficulty. Fantastical creatures like dragons, dinosaurs and even pirates are featured at each hole. At the end of the round, the golf balls can be dropped in a lot machine for a chance to win one free round or play. Another great mini golf location is Heavenly Village Mini Golf centrally located and accented with hanging lights and dazzling music.
Take On a Challenge
Through September, the family can experience Heavenly Epic Discovery Center, which provides great outdoor adventures that are customizable to each family’s interests and abilities. Activities such as ropes courses, zip lining and an alpine coaster are available on top of Heavenly Mountain.
Be Amazed by Magic
The Magic Fusion show at the Loft Theatre & Lounge brings live entertainment in the form of comedy and illusions with options for dinner and drinks. On Sundays, the Loft host a “Kids Free” matinee where children attend the show for free, with the purchase of an adult ticket.
Tahoe Trout Farm teaches children of all ages how to fish while also educating them about Tahoe’s ecosystem. Visitors can try their hand at one of the two ponds stocked with rainbow trout. Fishing licenses are not required and guests can bring their own bait and tackle or borrow from the farm.
Good times on the water. Photo credit: Birkholm’s Water Ski School
Learn to Glide on the Water
A trip to Tahoe is incomplete without time spent on the water. One of the more active water options is learning how to water ski at Birkholm’s Water Ski School, which specializes in children and family lessons. Available to pick visitors up from various locations, Birkholm’s hosts lessons that provide quick progressions and successful water ski attempts. A full-package deal includes boats, drivers, instructors, wetsuits, life jackets, skis and fuel.
See Things from a Different Perspective
For the thrill of a lifetime, soar over Lake Tahoe with Reno-Tahoe Helicopter Tours. The helicopters are based at the Lake Tahoe Airport and offer spectacular tours year-round, weather permitting. Take in the views of the crystal blue lake and the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Having the opportunity to get a clear view of the region really creates memorable experiences for all ages.
Whatever you choose, the Ridge Tahoe has family friendly accommodations that provide the right amount of togetherness.