Tahoe is the ideal place to ring in the New Year, as there are plenty of opportunities to say goodbye to the old and hello to 2018! From music festivals to gourmet dinners and mountain sunsets, you’ll enjoy 2017 until the very last second. Check out a few of our recommendations for New Year’s Eve fun below.
Hit the slopes at Kirkwood, one of three local resorts in Tahoe South. Photo credit: Lauren Lindley / Ski Lake Tahoe
Ski at One of Three Resorts
Begin your day with fresh air and fresh snow by hitting the slopes at Heavenly, Kirkwood or Sierra-at-Tahoe, all within a half hour from the Ridge Tahoe. You can also ski in and ski out of the resort with the Hilltrac Skier Express, an eight-person passenger car that transports resort guests to the Stagecoach Lodge of Heavenly. You can read more about the ways to access the mountain here.
Close out the year with a beautiful Tahoe sunset. Courtesy: Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
Watch the Sunset
The Ridge Tahoe has numerous vantage points for sunsets. Embrace the après ski lifestyle and soak in a hot tub while soaking in the sunset. With several rooftop hot tubs on-property, you’ll have the ability to relax and prepare for the festivities ahead. Another option is to head down to nearby Nevada Beach, a public area that faces the West Shore of the Lake and immensely popular for sunset viewing.
Dance through the end of 2017 at the annual SnowGlobe Music Festival. Photo credit: Andrew Jorgensen / SnowGlobe
Dance at SnowGlobe
SnowGlobe Music Festival returns to South Lake Tahoe Dec. 29 through New Year’s Eve. Music lovers will enjoy this electronica and dance music festival set in the idyllic mountains of Lake Tahoe. Artists like Dillon Francis, Khalid, Zedd, and others will grace the stage during the 3-day festival.
SnowGlobe does sell out every year so it’s imperative to buy tickets as soon as possible.
Make your plans to dine at the Hungry Bear Restaurant before the clock strikes midnight. Courtesy: The Ridge Tahoe
Dine at the Ridge
Say goodbye to 2017 with a delicious dinner at the Hungry Bear Restaurant on site at the Ridge Tahoe. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., we will host musical entertainment, dinner and an East Coast ball drop celebration.
Dinner includes a first course of golden herb consommé with crab wonton, followed by a duet of half butter poached live Maine lobster with drawn butter and lemon; a deconstructed beef wellington with spinach, wild mushroom, pastry and béarnaise sauce; or dry pack diver sea scallops with preserved lemon vinaigrette. Each entrée includes yam au gratin potatoes and braised broccoli. Dessert will be a sacher torte with eggnog crème anglaise.
Dinner and entertainment are $75 per person and includes party favors, as well as a complimentary glass of champagne. The children’s menu is $19.95. Make a reservation by calling the concierge at 775-588-3553 ext. 3150.
2017 has flown by, so it should come as no surprise that the holidays are already upon us in Tahoe South. Regardless of what you’re celebrating this season, there are several festive activities occurring near the Ridge Tahoe that will surely have you feeling spirited!
Zoomin’ through the New Year in Lake Tahoe. Courtesy: Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority / Rachid Dahnoun
Heavenly Holidays at the Heavenly Village
Running Dec. 18 through Dec. 31, Heavenly Holidays at the Heavenly Village includes many of the season’s classics: ice skating under twinkling lights, ice sculptures and a giant 16-foot snow globe with plenty of photo opportunities with Santa Claus himself. This two-week festival also includes holiday-themed happy hours for those 21 and older, DJs, live music and magicians.
Heavenly Holidays on the ice at the Heavenly Village. Courtesy: Heavenly Mountain Resort
Sierra Cinemas Movie Night
One Saturday each month, Sierra Cinemas comes to life at Lake Tahoe AleWorx, a family-friendly restaurant, and bar located at The Crossings. This outdoor movie screening will feature numerous films on Saturday, Dec. 23 including Passenger Ski film, “Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Frosty the Snowman,” “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and Dr. Seuss’s “The Grinch.” This evening’s event benefits the Boys & Girls Club of Lake Tahoe. Dress warmly, as this event is held outside among firepits.
Christmas Dinner at the Ridge
The Hungry Bear Restaurant, conveniently located on property at the Ridge Tahoe, will host Christmas dinner for those spending the holiday at the resort. From 3 to 7 p.m., dinner will be available $45 per person and $16.95 for children ages 3-11.
The first course will include a crab salad profiterole with micro greens and a pomegranate vinaigrette, then a second course that includes your choice of the following: roasted Chilean sea bass with warm leek and lentil salad, artichoke hearts, parsnips and roasted winter vegetable sauce; honey maple glazed roast turkey with cornbread sausage stuffing, mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes, Brussel sprouts and citrus cranberry relish; or slow roasted prime rib served with pancetta white bean ragout, asparagus and cauliflower with au jus and creamy horseradish. Dinner is capped with a yuletide log with eggnog pastry cream and peppermint bark.
Get in the Christmas spirit with decorated halls and Christmas dinner at the Ridge. Courtesy: The Ridge Tahoe
Reservations are encouraged. Contact the concierge at 775-588-3553 ext. 3150 to make reservations.
Happy Holidays from the Ridge Tahoe!
Another Thanksgiving is upon us and this time of year offers the opportunity for all of us to reflect on what we are grateful for, such as friends, family, and good health. We wanted to take a moment to detail a few of the things that we are grateful for this year. Check them out below!
Summer was even better with a full lake! Credit: Kristin Rust / Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
The great outdoors
Last winter’s record-breaking snowfall gave us months of glorious weather that filled the lake for an unforgettable summer. Not only did the heavy snowfall immensely improve the snowpack, but it also led to gushing waterfalls, lush landscapes and plenty of water to play in!
Start drooling now… Courtesy: The Ridge Tahoe
Even greater food
We’re lucky at the Ridge Tahoe because we have the best head chef in the region, Chef Stephen Moise! Chef Stephen brings his passion and talent to every meal he makes. When he’s not in the kitchen, Chef Stephen can be found in the Castle Rock Room for complimentary cooking demonstrations Wednesdays at 3 p.m. We’re also thankful for the variety of food options at the Ridge with the introduction of daily chef specials.
Snow, rain or sunshine – every view is amazing at the Ridge. Courtesy: The Ridge Tahoe
Views for days!
Sunrise or sunset and every time in between offers the most incredible views of Lake Tahoe and the Carson Valley. We love heading to one of our many rooftop hot tubs to soak in the warm water and the great landscapes surrounding the resort. Experiencing a little bit of FOMO? You can see what we see at the Ridge Tahoe any time you’d like on our web cam.
Ridge staff help make incredible moments, like this one, happen! Credit: CJ Varela/Divided Line Media
Our resort wouldn’t run without the highly effective, passionate and kind people that make up our staff. From our wedding coordinators to our housekeepers, reservation specialists to front desk personnel, the Ridge Tahoe has the best employees!
These views would be wasted without our wonderful guests and owners. Courtesy: The Ridge Tahoe
Our owners and guests! That’s right – the number one thing we are grateful for this year is YOU! Without our owners and guests, we wouldn’t be able to share unique experiences and the beauty of Lake Tahoe. We appreciate all the support we receive from our valued guests and owners.
Join us in giving thanks for a wonderful year on Thanksgiving Day at the Hungry Bear Restaurant. We will host a Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, Nov. 23 from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Dinner is $45 for adults and $17.95 for children. A children’s menu is available. Call the concierge at extension 3150 for reservations.
Happy Thanksgiving to all!
Regardless if you are traveling for business or for pleasure, it can be hard to be away from home during the holidays. If you find yourself in Tahoe this Thanksgiving, gobble up these tips to make Turkey Day even better than being at home!
Leave the Cooking to the Pros
The Ridge Tahoe’s on-site restaurant the Hungry Bear Restaurant will host Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, Nov. 23 from 3:30 to 7 p.m.
The dinner begins with the first course of roasted butternut squash soup served in a festive baby pumpkin with crab and celery root salad. This is followed by a choice of the classic honey maple glazed roast turkey served with cornbread sausage stuffing, gravy, whipped potatoes, Brussel sprouts and citrus cranberry relish; pan-roasted Alaskan halibut with shrimp, yam hash, and a saffron tomato sauce; or a slow roasted prime rib served with grilled asparagus, twice baked sweet potato cake, au jus and creamy horseradish. The meal is perfectly ended with a homemade pumpkin pie topped with caramel sauce, vanilla whipped cream, and seasonal berries.
Dinner is $45 for adults and $17.95 for children. A children’s menu is available. Call the concierge at extension 3150 for reservations.
Catch some pow this Thanksgiving at Kirkwood. Photo credit: Lauren Lindley/Ski Lake Tahoe
Hit the Slopes
This may not be a holiday tradition back home, but here in Tahoe, it is customary to take a few laps before sitting down for Thanksgiving dinner. Several Lake Tahoe ski resorts will be open for the holiday, including Heavenly and Kirkwood, the latter which will open the day before Thanksgiving.
Forgot your gear? The Ridge Tahoe Resort Sports Ski & Snowboard Shop has rentals available, as well as tune-ups and items available for purchase.
Relax in one of our many hot tubs – weather permitting!
Soak Up Family Time
If you’re traveling with your family, the Ridge Tahoe is an ideal place to be for the holiday. Not only is our resort situated only minutes away from the bustling Stateline area and Heavenly Village, it is also set in the mountains where you can easily take a hike or snowshoe (weather permitting), relax at one of our rooftop hot tubs, get competitive at the family game room in the Naegle building, or spend time in your spacious suite, complete with amazing views of the Carson Valley.
Halloween is next Tuesday, but the festivities kick into high gear this weekend. The streets of Taoe will be full of ghouls, goblins and more with Halloween events starting this Friday and continuing through Tuesday. Plan your attack with our quick guide to Halloween happening below.
By far one of the largest and most popular Halloween events is the Freakers Ball at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa. This event invites attendees to get a little wicked on Oct. 28 with the 39th annual party that includes not one, but three parties in one location. This event includes go-go dancers, DJs, live music and drink specials that start at 8 p.m. and continue until the early morning hours. If you’re going all out on your Halloween costume this year, we recommend checking out this party for your chance at a share of $10,000 in cash and prizes.
The Loft, one of the coolest spots in South Lake Tahoe for a drink and a magic show, is hosting its second annual Halloween Bash on Oct. 28. Festivities include scary movies in the Loft’s theatre and Live Deep House DJ spinning house music until 2:00 am. The Loft will give away $1,000 in prizes for the best costumes of the night and attendees will also enjoy dinner and cocktails.
Rockin’ Dead Halloween Bash
The 3rd annual Rockin’ Dead Halloween Bash at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will feature a DJ and a costume contest with $5,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs on Oct. 27. Those who are 21 and older are encouraged to wear their scariest costumes for a chance to win these prizes and swag for various categories including most realistic costume, most original costume and more. Bash entry is $10 per person.
Peek a Boo Masquerade Ball at Peek Nightclub
Don your spookiest outfit and attend the Masquerade Ball at Peek Nightclub inside of Harrah’s Lake Tahoe. This Halloween celebration goes from 10:30 p.m. until 4:30 a.m. so make sure that you have your dancing shoes on for an all-night extravaganza! $10 for women and $20 for men.
The Peek a Boo Masquerade is preceded by the South Lake Tahoe Food & Wine Festival, Oct. 27 through Oct. 29.
Treat Street is a safe environment in which trick-or-treaters and their families can visit local businesses and non-profits for candy and gifts. This year’s Treat Street is held at the Lake Tahoe Community College from 5 to 8 p.m. on Halloween. This free event will include hot cocoa, popcorn, s’mores and pizza, as well as a mad scientist laboratory, a fortune teller and a haunted house.
Keep an eye on our Ridge Guide for Kids Club Halloween activities and more spooky fun on property.
Summer may be ending, but there’s no reason to be sad! End your summer on a high note during this upcoming Labor Day weekend and beyond with live music, food and wine, and plenty of activities to make you summer but a distant dream.
Enjoy the last days of summer at the beach or a number of fun events. Photo credit: Rachid Dahnoun / Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
New this year, the Heavenly Village Carnival, Art & Music Festival will bring family-friendly entertainment to the Heavenly Village, only a 10-minute drive from the Ridge Tahoe. Starting on Friday, Sept. 1, the festival will include carnival themed rides, foods, and games, as well as live music from Hit Parade and Holidae House among others. The carnival will also feature a car show and specialty acts from stilt walkers, plein air artists, and jugglers.
Send off summer with a carnival at Heavenly Village.
Also on Sept. 1, Beach Retreat & Lodge will host their Summer Luau on the Lake. Eat and drink Island favorites while watching traditional Hawaiian performances and music.
Harvey’s Outdoor Arena will celebrate their last outdoor arena concert of the summer with country music sensation Eric Church. The two-day performance will take place on Sep. 2-3, giving everyone a chance to sing and dance along this Labor Day Weekend to hits like “Record Year,” “Give Me Back My Hometown” and “Drink in My Hand.” Church has been featured on the “Billboard Hot 100” 10 times in the last eight years. Joining Eric Church will be country singer Margo Price.
Fresh squeezed local foods and flavors at Sample the Sierra, Sept. 16. Photo credit: Matt Morning / Tahoe Chamber
The diverse and growing Lake Tahoe culinary scene will be celebrated during September with the 8th annual Sample the Sierra, Sept. 16, featuring locally sourced food, wine, beer, and spirits exploring the regional palate. This major event is the basin’s largest farm-to-fork food and wine festival featuring 20 of South Shore’s restaurants and local chefs with neighboring growers and producers to create delicious samples appropriately paired with a wine, spirit or brew. There will also be fun local goods and crafts in the marketplace for people to pick up some souvenirs!
Locals and visitors alike will rejoice at the return of Oktoberfest at Camp Richardson, Oct. 7-8. The festival features traditional German foods and desserts complemented by authentic German beers and wines. Attractions include craft booths, pumpkin patch, climbing wall and live music.
See salmon spawn at the Fall Fish Fest, Oct. 7-8. Photo credit: Brad Scott / Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
Right next door to Oktoberfest is the Fall Fish Fest, which celebrates the annual migration of Kokanee salmon at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center, Oct. 7-8. Children and families will learn about the Lake Tahoe ecosystem while participating in activities such as treasure hunts, crafts and visits from Smokey Bear and Lulu the Lahontan Cutthroat Trout.
Valhalla Art, Music & Theater Festival is wrapping up their summer events with an array of musical performances. The Songwriter Celebration series will feature songwriters with unique musical sounds on Sep. 6 and SambaDa will be performing their Brazilian masterpieces on Sep. 20.
The Lake Tahoe Marathon offers amazing views around the Lake, Oct. 13-15. Photo credit: Dan Thrift / Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
The 22nd annual 3-day Lake Tahoe Marathon, Oct. 13-15, includes multiple options: 5k, 10k, half marathon, 18-miler, 144-miler, or a four-day 288-mile run. The kids will have the option to kayak or swim in the beautiful lake!
It’s been a wonderful summer at Lake Tahoe and we look forward to sharing the end of it with you at the Ridge Tahoe!