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.
It’s that time of the year again when everyone’s a little Irish and also a little full from too much corned beef and cabbage! If you’re spending time in Tahoe for this wonderful holiday, then you will find there are plenty of ways for you to don your green and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
First on your must-do St. Patrick’s Day list should be a hearty helping of corned beef and cabbage. A St. Patrick’s Day celebration is incomplete without it! Luckily for guests of the Ridge Tahoe, the Bistro will be hosting a very festive meal on Friday, March 18, with a corned beef and cabbage special. The Bistro is open 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m.
Say “cheers!” to St. Patrick’s Day. Credit: Lauren Lindley
From dinner, continue the merriments with live music and drink specials with no cover at McP’s Taphouse. McP’s will offer over 40 beers, giveaways to patrons and the Guinness and Bud Light girls. For another festive option, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will host the Sham Rockin’ Celebration with drink specials, live music at Vinyl, DJs, and March basketball viewing. You can also catch all of the basketball action at MontBleu’s March Hoops on St. Patrick’s Day with HD televisions and all-you-can-eat food from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The house will be rockin’ with the likes of Lake Street Dive with special guest Joey Dosik at MontBleu, March 17. These crooners will celebrate the holiday with their infectious pop music that blends genres and will certainly make for a memorable St. Patrick’s Day.
For a change of pace, try out Tahoe Beach Retreat & Lodge St. Patrick’s Day Bingo. The bingo will be free and St. Patrick’s Day themed with plenty of prizes up for grabs, as well as drink specials starting at 4 p.m.
Snowshoe Cocktail Races come to Tahoe on March 18. Credit: Camp Richardson / Chris Talbot
The fun continues into the weekend with Lake Tahoe Golf Course’s Super Sloppy Reubens St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, March 18. Accompanied by live music, the happy hour and dinner includes delicious reubens, Irish coffee and green beers on special. Additionally, Camp Richardson’s last Snowshoe Cocktail Races of the season kicks up the snow, March 18.
If you imbibe too much, be aware that the BlueGo Casino Shuttle is available to get you back safely to the Ridge Tahoe. Our Ridge shuttle is also available and on-call!
Enjoy the holiday and have a safe weekend!
Things are about to get romantic at The Ridge Tahoe. Couples won’t even have to leave the resort to have a memorable and intimate Valentine’s Day. The Ridge also offers several ways for those individuals who are unattached to relax, unwind and make Valentine’s Day all their own.
The Ridge Tahoe has gone pink and purple for the holiday!
For some, V-Day is all about pampering and relaxing, regardless if one’s in a relationship or single. The Elevation Spa at The Ridge Tahoe offers a prime opportunity for some bonding time between couples or well-deserved R&R from the dating scene.
Several packages offer just the right amount of relaxation. Choose from:
- Tahoe Refresher Petite Package is ideal for the indecisive and includes both a massage and a facial. A 30-minute back, neck and shoulders massage precedes a 30-minute Pick-Me-Up Petite Facial.
- Tahoe Refresher Deluxe Package is a step above the Petite Package with a 60-minute Swedish massage and a 60-minute Elevation Spa European Facial.
- Elevation Spa Super Spoiler guarantees to rejuvenate from top to toe! This package involves the Elevation Spa European Facial, along with a one-hour full body massage combined with your choice of body treatment (scrub of wrap).
Nothing says “I love you” like a deep tissue massage at the Elevation Spa.
Special just for Valentine’s Day, guests that book a spa treatment (60 minutes or longer) or a spa gift certificate by Feb. 14, 2017 will receive a complimentary skin care gift. Now that’s a gift that says “I love you.” Dial (775) 588-3553, ext. 6000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make a reservation.
An unforgettable Valentine’s Day has to include an equally memorable meal – and the Ridge Tahoe has two options for fantastic fare.
Amp up the romance with a three-course meal at the Hungry Bear Restaurant.
The Hungry Bear Restaurant will host a journey through love with their Valentine’s Day dinner consisting of three courses:
- The First Impression includes an organic beet and goat cheese napoleon with chive crème fraiche, beet oil, candied pecans and watercress.
- The Longing, a duet, follows with the choice of two: grilled filet medallion with smoked bacon and cipollini onion demi-glace, half Maine lobster with drawn butter and lemon, pan seared diver sea scallops with caramelized pear vinaigrette, and grilled lamp chops with mint pesto. Each Longing is accompanied by marble au gratin and seasonal field vegetables.
- The Forever Remembering is aptly named with white chocolate mousse in a Belgian dark chocolate cup with raspberry curd.
The Valentine’s Day menu is $60 per person and reservations are recommended.
For an alternative V-Day meal, the Bear Trap Lounge recently launched a new bar menu that includes classic bar fare like fish and chips and cheeseburgers, as well as delicious appetizers like the Ridge cheese board that includes a selection of cheeses, meats and spreads, and calamari steak strips. The Portobello burger is a bold choice – and a tasty favorite – that is also more calorie conscious than the average burger.
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.
‘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.