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!
Still feeling a little heavy from Thanksgiving dinner? You’re not alone. With days darkening earlier and earlier, it’s been difficult for us to get outside and work off the turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, pie… the list goes on! Here are a few tips to work off the Turkey Day bloat and get back on track with healthy living.
Drink in the fresh air – and plenty of water – while visiting the Ridge. Courtesy: The Ridge Tahoe
One of the best ways to work off a big meal is by drinking water. Water aids in digestion and helps you feel full so you’re not tempted to gorge on seconds or leftovers. Drinking plenty of fluids helps your body flush toxins, which also makes you feel less bloated.
Take in views like these while also working off some off your feast. Win, win. Courtesy: The Ridge Tahoe
Take a walk
Working off the bloat is as simple as taking a leisurely stroll. Burn off some of the calories you consumed, as well as work on your digestion while lowering your blood sugar levels, which in turn lowers your risk of diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. There are plenty of trails near the Ridge Tahoe Resort, including the Tahoe Rim Trail, that will help you get outside.
Take a refreshing dip in the indoor/outdoor pool. Courtesy: The Ridge Tahoe
Another great physical option is swimming. Swimming is less hard on your body than jogging but we recommend waiting at least an hour to jump into the deep end. Your body will work harder swimming after a big meal, but to avoid discomfort or nausea, waiting is suggested. The Ridge Tahoe has an indoor/outdoor pool that will wake you up in the crisp air and warm you up inside.
Excuse us while we mop up our drool over this grilled chicken salad at the Bistro. Courtesy: The Ridge Tahoe
Choose healthier options
Easier said than done, right? However, this is the only way you can get back on the healthy habits train. It may be tempting to have a burger and fries, but you’ll only be adding to your sodium intake after a very heavy meal (salt means more bloating). The Ridge Bistro has plenty of options like tasty salads topped with grilled chicken, yogurts and others that will help you make better choices.
Open up our spa menu and find the treatment that’ll treat you right. Courtesy: The Ridge Tahoe
Relieve some tension
If it’s not the food that’s weighing you down, but the stress of the holiday, we recommend a visit to the spa for some me time. A Swedish massage, a therapeutic deep tissue massage or one specifically centered on your neck, back and shoulders (hello, tension!) will open you up and have you feeling chill in no time. Appointments can be made at the Elevation Spa by calling 775-588-3553 ext. 6000.
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.
The temperature is dipping, and snow is in the forecast. Though autumn won’t officially end until December 21, it sure feels like winter is here with the arrival of November. Help send off fall and welcome what we hope is a wonderful winter with these November events!
Opening Ski Resorts
Nothing signals the beginning of the winter season like the openings of our favorite local mountains! Heavenly Mountain Resort, Squaw Valley and Northstar California are projected to open on Nov. 17 with Kirkwood Mountain Resort not far behind on Nov. 22. Sugar Bowl is projected for a Nov. 24 opening and Sierra-at-Tahoe is scheduled for a Nov. 25 opening.
Catch some air starting this November at local Tahoe ski resorts. Credit: Lauren Lindley / Ski Lake Tahoe
Tahoe Donner, Homewood and other ski resorts in the area are projected to open in December.
Tahoe has a lively music scene and November is no exception with the Black Dahlia Murder on Nov. 3, the world’s premier country all-vocal band Home Free on Nov. 4, The New Mastersounds with Kung Fu on Nov. 5, Noam Pikelny on Nov. 18, and Abbacadabra – The Ultimate ABBA Tribute Concert on Nov. 24.
Put on your dancing shoes for Abbacadabra this November. Courtesy: Harrah’s Lake Tahoe / Abbacadabra
Beyond concerts, Tahoe also has several other events scheduled for the month of November. These include the UFC 217 Viewing Party on Nov. 4, the 47th annual Evening of Food, Wine and Beer Tasting and Competition on Nov. 10, the 12th annual Reel Rock Film Tour on Nov. 15, the Transworld Snowboarding: Arcadia Premiere on Nov. 17, and the Ron Stubbs Rock N’ Roll Hypnosis Show Nov. 24-25.
The Annual Valhalla Holiday Faire is Nov. 17-19 and the perfect opportunity to get a jumpstart on holiday shopping. 30 local vendors will sell their crafts and artisanal goods while families can enjoy Christmas decorations in the historic Valhalla Tahoe.
Get in the holiday spirit and get your shopping done early at the Valhalla Holiday Faire. Courtesy: Valhalla Tahoe
Starting on Nov. 30, Barton Health’s 9th annual Festival of Trees & Lights begins at MontBleu Resort & Casino. Local businesses and individuals create their own decorated Christmas trees and wreaths while attendees enjoy entertainment including visits with Santa Claus, silent auctions and raffle prizes. The event features holiday fun through Dec. 3 with all proceeds going back into the community.
Check out the Ridge Guide for the latest on-site events and specials.