Tahoe is gearing up for an eventful holiday weekend with a plethora of entertainment, recreation, and new food. For those staying at The Ridge Tahoe, these President’s Day Weekend events and activities are only minutes from your room.
Get outdoors during Ski with a Ranger at Heavenly Mountain Resort, Feb. 17. This hour-long ski-venture with a US Forest Service Ranger aims to educate the public about the role Forest Service plays in ski area management, as well as to improve individuals’ understanding of natural resources and stewardship. All participants must be intermediate skiers/boarders and provide their own lift ticket.
Get ready for the Snowshoe Cocktail Races by practicing with friends! Photo credit: Lauren McMillin Photography/Adventurette
Another outdoor adventure option is located at Camp Richardson’s Beacon Bar & Grill on Feb. 18 with Snowshoe Cocktail Races. This race tests participants’ hand-eye coordination and balance as they meander through a snowy obstacle course while wearing snowshoes and carrying cocktails. Prizes are awarded for the fastest and cleanest at the finish line.
For a good cause – and a good time – the Head 2 Head Ski Challenge at Kirkwood Mountain hosts a race and dinner auction on Feb. 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. All abilities and ages of skiers and boarders are welcome to compete in before an auction and dinner in the evening. Proceeds will benefit junior ski race programs.
Taste a different side of The Ridge Tahoe with two new menus at the Ridge Club Bistro and the Hungry Bear Restaurant. The Hungry Bear Restaurant now includes delicious pastas such as tortellini carbonara, wild mushroom ravioli, and shrimp Provencal, Asian pressed chicken thighs with pineapple ginger chile glaze, classics like beef tenderloin medallion and surf and turf, and new favorites like grilled Idaho River Trout and pan-seared Chilean Verlasso Salmon. View the full menu here.
For a less formal dining experience, the Ridge Club Bistro offers all of your favorites: seasonal soups, salads, sandwiches, nachos, and a children’s menu. Bonus: both the Hungry Bear Restaurant and the Ridge Club Bistro are located on-site at The Ridge Tahoe!
Get your party on with entertainment options this President’s Day Weekend. Courtesy: Hard Rock Cafe Lake Tahoe
If it’s entertainment you crave, Tahoe South offers several options during President’s Day Weekend. After riding, stay on the mountain a little bit longer to experience the Unbuckle Après Party with the Heavenly Angels, Feb. 17 and Feb. 18. Unbuckle your boots, sip on some half-priced drinks and leave the kids at home for this new type of après ski.
Once you’re down from the mountain, choose from a number of late night options: Rock On! Live Band Karaoke at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Feb. 17; Disco night at the Loft Theater, Feb. 17; free Mark Mackay concert in Vinyl at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Feb. 18; Dark Star Orchestra at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, Feb. 19; Sunday Night Music Session with the Heidi Incident!, Feb. 19; and Howie Nave and guest Joshua Mann at the Improv at Harveys through Feb. 19.
Have a safe and fun holiday weekend!
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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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.
‘Tis the season for hot cocoa, fresh snow and a month of festive events. For those lucky enough to be visiting during this time, they’ll discover Tahoe South does the holidays right.
Music to Your Ears
Whether it’s the sound of EDM or classic rock tunes floating through the winter air, music is an integral part to the holiday season in the South Shore of Lake Tahoe. A wide variety of concerts occur in December and offer something different for everyone.
Be carried away with visions of sugar plums and more with TOCCATA, Dec. 16. Courtesy: TOCCATA Tahoe
Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus hosts Handel’s Messiah at St. Theresa Catholic Church, Dec. 16. The TOCCATA production includes holiday favorites from Messiah Parts One and Three and classic Christmas carols.
Legendary rock band Blue Öyster Cult takes the stage at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, Dec. 17. Hits such as “Don’t Fear the Reaper,” “Godzilla” and “Burnin’ For You” are led by original founding member Eric Bloom.
Heavenly Mountain Resort’s Winter Ignite kicks off the ski season at Heavenly Village with a free performance by the Cold War Kids, Dec. 10. Jam along to this Long Beach band after a long day surfing powder.
Coming later this month, SnowGlobe Music Festival launches the New Year celebrations with a three-day festival on the grounds of Lake Tahoe Community College, Dec. 29-31. Musical acts for this year’s dance party include The Chainsmokers, Odesza, Flume and Major Lazer.
Festive Fun for Families
A new event in the South Shore community, the Ski Run Holiday Stroll at Lake Tahoe features strolling carolers, an appearance by Santa Claus, face painting and hot chocolate. Businesses and homes on Ski Run Blvd. are expected to be decked out in holiday lights and decorations that will inspire child-like wonder in all ages.
Take a cruise on the lake with Santa Claus, Dec. 11. The M.S. Dixie II invites the whole family aboard this historic paddle wheeler for a special meet and greet with Santa, festive music and hot chocolate.
Look no further than Heavenly Holidays for festival fun for the whole family, Dec. 19-31. Courtesy: Heavenly Mountain Resort
Starting Dec. 19 and continuing through Dec. 31, Heavenly Holidays is a family festival that includes live music, magicians and even the big man himself – Santa Claus! Stick around for New Year’s Eve to see the gondola ball-drop and fireworks at 9 p.m. This celebration is ideal for families with youngsters that quite can’t make it until midnight.
Adventure Off the Mountain
Guided by the light of the full moon, a guided snowshoe trek at Kirkwood Mountain Resort offers a new way to see the region, Dec. 10. Interested parties must call the Cross Country & Snowshoe Center to make reservations.
Get inspired at the Tahoe Adventure Film Festival, Dec. 10. Courtesy: Tahoe Adventure Film Festival
A day on the slopes is nicely accompanied by the Tahoe Adventure Film Festival at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa, Dec. 10. Watch shorts focusing on skiing, snowboarding, biking and climbing. Expect DJs, prizes and more.
A night of illusion and theatrics await visitors at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe with the Magic of Rob Lake. Shows run Dec. 22-23, Dec. 26-28, Jan. 1 and Jan. 6-7.
With Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, Mt. Rose, Sierra-at-Tahoe and Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows open to the masses, winter is official under way in Lake Tahoe. But what if a visitor doesn’t ski or snowboard? With countless must-dos and sees, guests will certainly be looking beyond their skis for winter fun.
Fancy Fannette Island in the Winter: Emerald Bay is one of the most visited sites in the world – and the visitors don’t stop coming just because it’s winter. Covered in a blanket of white, the pristine blue lake and Emerald Bay’s accompanying Fannette Island are a sight to behold in the colder months. However, before venturing out to Emerald Bay, please check current road conditions as the highway closes during storms.
It may be possible that Emerald Bay is even more striking in the winter. Photo credit: Brad Scott
Cruise Big Blue: The M.S. Dixie II rides the waves throughout the year and offers an alternative way to spend a winter’s day or evening in Tahoe South. The M.S. Dixie II departs daily on a sightseeing cruise and on Saturday evenings for a dinner cruise. Cruise guests will visit the iconic Emerald Bay during the day trips, which allows visitors to strike off two must-sees in one trip.
Dashing Through the Snow: Since 1967 Borges Sleigh Rides has delighted visitors of Tahoe South with sleighs that go “over the meadow and through the woods” with incredible snowy views of the lake. The ride even takes guests on the original Pony Express. Available for parties of two to 20, Borges will entice a feeling of holiday magic and child-like whimsy.
Trace portions of the original Pony Express aboard the horse drawn carriage. Photo credit: Jamie Kingham
Check Off Your Holiday List: The Shops at Heavenly Village offer something for everyone with retailers like Patagonia, Earthbound Trading Company, Up Shirt Creek, Village Toys, What a Girl Wants and many others. Visitors will easily finish shopping for their holiday list in this one-stop shopping and entertainment center. Other retailers for unique and personal gifts include GaiaLicious Boutique and Wildwood Makers Market on Harrison Avenue in South Lake Tahoe.
See the World Differently on Snowshoes: For those that prefer the flatland when it comes to winter sports, snowshoeing is a delightful option for individuals of all skill abilities. Camp Richardson is one option for snowshoe exploring along the lake’s Southwest shores and forests. Guests of the Ridge can also take advantage of the terrain around the Ridge to find quiet trails of untouched snow on the Valley View Hike (weather permitting).
Gain a different perspective on snowshoes. Courtesy: Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
Ridge Activities for All: A winter retreat can easily be spent at the Ridge Tahoe with activities to fill each day. The Activity Guide is updated weekly with new programs and adventures that all Ridge guests can take advantage of while visiting. Wallyball, pilates, dermatology seminars, movies in the Ridge Tahoe Theater and many other activities are offered on-site and complimentary for guests.
How will you explore Tahoe this season?
Ready for the winter? November and early December are perfect months to visit Tahoe South, as there is an abundance of merriment with winter events celebrating snow, adventure, music and family fun. Even if you’re not racing down the slopes on your skis or snowboard, Tahoe South has you covered for entertainment during the chilly months ahead!
Sierra-at-Tahoe is hosting the annual Sierra Snowball Fight: A Dodgeball Tournament to celebrate the upcoming ski season. The event at Steamer’s Bar & Grill includes live music, giveaways and drink specials, Nov. 10.
Pray for snow parties aim to bring the white stuff all season!
With Heavenly Mountain and Kirkwood Mountain opening Dec. 18, it’s time to fill your free time with plenty of activities to get you stoked for the winter season. The Fresh Ketch will host their annual “Pray for Snow Party” on Nov. 17. The second annual Blizzardfest at Beach Retreat and Lodge will summon the snow gods to provide precipitation early and often. The “Pray for Snow Party” hosts games, vendors, raffle contests and live music from jazz funk artist Scott Pemberton, Nov. 19. Raffle proceeds go to the Tahoe Coalition for the Homeless.
The Tahoe Adventure Film Festival fuels outdoor passion by premiering short edits from the industry’s best adventure sports films at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa, Dec. 10. The festival captures the intensity and thrill of outdoor activities ranging from skiing/snowboarding, climbing, biking, surfing, along with a night of DJs, break-dancers and giveaways. It may just inspire you to take up a new hobby!
Ignite the winter season during Winter Ignite at Heavenly Village. Courtesy of Heavenly Mountain Resort
Winter Ignite rings in the holiday season at the Heavenly Village with a high-energy performance from Cold War Kids, an American indie rock band from Long Beach, Calif., Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. The free concert by Heavenly Mountain Resort serves as a celebration for winter adventures on the mountain combined with 24-7 nightlife and entertainment. The after party is at Vinyl at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe with dancing, live music and drink specials.
Here’s to a great winter season of entertainment!