Tahoe in November: Events, Resort Openings and More!

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.

Upcoming Concerts
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

Special Events
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.

Holiday Happenings
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.

The Ridge Takes Center Stage as Spotlight Award Winner

Perched atop the Sierra Nevada mountains, The Ridge has remarkably set itself apart as the picturesque resort when visiting Lake Tahoe. It has always been considered a local gem, but now it has been recognized by Douglas County with the Spotlight Award in Tourism & Hospitality.

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The picturesque Ridge Tahoe as seen from our Prism Cam

For the last three years, Douglas County has awarded Spotlight Awards to businesses that have gone above and beyond to take care of their customers. There are seven categories in which businesses are awarded, including retail, restaurant, manufacturing and production, sports and recreation, entrepreneur, business and professional service, and tourism and hospitality.

It is not surprising that the Ridge has been recognized for its Tourism and Hospitality. When planning your vacation to Lake Tahoe, the Ridge has all your needs covered – and more!

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Relax in our pool at 7,600 feet.

The Douglas County Spotlight Awards are chosen by staff knowledge and business community organizations. The businesses that are awarded embody inspiring characteristics such as community involvement, uniqueness, employment growth opportunities and more. The Ridge sets an example for others in the South Lake Tahoe region because it always makes sure that visitors have an exceptional stay.

If you are looking for a resort vacation, the in-house amenities will offer something for everyone, regardless if you are on a family trip or a romantic getaway. Get some much need R&R at the indoor and outdoor pools or the full service spa. Play an exhilarating game of racquetball or basketball with the kids at the indoor sports complex. Feel like learning something new? Take one of the enriching classes offered, such as wine tasting or glass painting. You truly have everything you could ask for at your fingertips and that’s without leaving the premises.

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Jump in! The water’s just right in Lake Tahoe.

The Ridge is also an excellent starting point when exploring all Lake Tahoe has in store. Nearby you can access the Tahoe Rim Trail for an adventurous hike. Down the mountain, you can explore the many beaches, trails and watersports that are readily available. The Ridge even provides a free shuttle service to the Stateline Casinos at your convenience. The wonderful concierge services will help you plan fulfilling itineraries, ensuring that you take advantage of every opportunity.

 

 

The Ridge Tahoe Proudly Presents the Mountain Side Eatery

The wait is over and a new name for the former Ridge Club Deli has picked, thanks to an online poll this summer.

Names were created by Ridge Tahoe guests, the community and beyond that best describe the restaurant and its fresh, natural and simple food selections. The names were narrowed to three and the public was asked to pick again. Now The Ridge Tahoe proudly presents the Mountain Side Eatery.

What will you put in your Mountain Side Eatery omelet?

What will you put in your Mountain Side Eatery omelet?

“We love it because it says exactly what we are: a place to enjoy delicious, savory, wholesome food atop a high Sierra resort,” said The Ridge Tahoe Executive Chef Stephen J. Moise.

Open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and a lighter dinner, the Mountain Side Eatery offers a casual and innovative menu that you can eat-in or take back to your room.

Breakfast features bacon and eggs, waffles, breakfast sandwiches, and other goodies to help start your day off deliciously and a full-menu of coffee drinks are available throughout the day.

Deli salads and sandwiches can be packed to take on the go as you tour Lake Tahoe or enjoyed in the comfortable dining setting at the Mountain Side Eatery. Lunch menu features traditional sandwiches (think turkey and cranberry) but also includes tasty specials like a Cobb Salad loaded with bacon and blue cheese, or a Shrimp Louis Wrap of beautiful fresh vegetables and plenty of tine shrimp.

Dinners vary daily and include favorites like salmon with wild rice, prime rib with garlic mashed potatoes, fried chicken with roasted vegetables, giant chicken burritos, and other tempting dishes.

Pizzas, burgers and homemade soups are available throughout the day. Fresh baked goods from the pastry chef are the perfect sweet accompaniment to a meal or a delight on their own.

The Mountain Side Eatery also features an omelet bar Saturday and Sunday mornings, a stir fry dinner on select nights, and a taco bar on Saturdays from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

What’s your favorite dish at the new Mountain Side Eatery?

Ridge Tahoe names Adam Matzkin its new tennis pro

The Ridge Tahoe has a new head tennis professional. Adam Matzkin, 46, is a highly accomplished multiple sport athlete with a primary emphasis on tennis.

The Ridge Tahoe is pleased to welcome our new tennis pro, Adam.

The Ridge Tahoe is pleased to welcome our new tennis pro, Adam Matzkin.

He joins The Ridge Tahoe team with quite the background as a student and teacher of the game. Adam has been playing since the age of three where he got his start at Green Valley Country Club in Fairfield, Calif. under the schooling of Master Level tennis professional, Jeff Cook.

Adam also played at The Episcopal Academy, one of the oldest and most prestigious prep schools in the United States. He participated in the Gold Cup tennis program.

Later, he went on to be taught by Pancho Segura at La Costa in Carlsbad, Calif., before playing tennis at The University Of Colorado. Adam has competed in tournaments in the U.S., Italy, France, Mexico and the Virgin Islands.

Adam employs the teaching methods of “The Quiet Eye,” a sports physiology method first developed by Dr. Joan Vickers of the University of Calgary. This method has been shown to improve hand-eye coordination at an exponential level.

Either through free clinics for guests at The Ridge Tahoe or during a private lesson, Adam will help you take your tennis game to the next level. Free clinics are held Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for all ages and levels. He advises Ridge guests to call ahead for the clinics, (775) 588-3553 ext. 6000, because they typically fill up. Adam is also available for private lessons that range from $45 to $60 an hour.

Speaking of the next level, Adam speaks highly of The Ridge Tahoe tennis facilities, noting The Ridge has the only indoor court in the entire Lake Tahoe basin, making it perfect for those winter guests looking to brush up on their game in between ski runs at nearby Heavenly Mountain Resort. The Ridge also has two outdoor courts for year-round tennis enjoyment.

Summer or winter it is an all-inclusive resort. Once you are at The Ridge, you don’t have to go anywhere else,” he said. “In winter you can ski in the morning and play tennis in the bubble, then go for a swim and hit the hot tub. It’s a trifecta in one day.”

In 2015 Adam hopes to launch the inaugural Top of Tahoe mixed doubles tournament. If you’re a Ridge Tahoe guest, stop by the clubhouse or give him a call at (775) 588-3553 ext. 6000.

A holiday letter from our GM to you

Dan Garrison – General Manager

The resort team is working hard to prepare for the up-coming holidays and winter season. In fact, the snow is falling as I type this message to you right now!  30 years later and I am still awe struck by the beauty we call Lake Tahoe and the Sierra.

The Food and Beverage team lead by Simon Generalao and Stephan Moise have put together two outstanding menus to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas with our special New Year’s Eve dinner following at one of the best values in town.  Reserve your seat by calling concierge at 775-588-3553 x3150.

Believe it or not (where have I heard that before…) we are pulling out the Christmas decorations and yes, in a few weeks we will hold our annual Christmas Decoration Day where the management staff, under the good direction of an Engineer, spend the day turning the Ridge Club and the resort properties into a Holiday Winter Wonderland. The holidays are truly a special time to spend here in the High Sierra.  There is just something about the light of a fireplace, favorite beverage, cozy chair with a throw blanket over your lap and a good book. Of course it’s hard to focus when the sights outside the window are so breathtaking.

Join us at the Resort and enjoy special rates during a special time of the year.

For local businesses, be sure to consider us for your company Christmas party, we have some dates still available and it is affordable. Treat your staff or friends and family to a Christmas Celebration at the top. For more information and available dates contact Josh Forsyth at jforsyth@ridge-resorts.com.  Josh will find just the right fit for you. Big, medium or small groups are welcomed.

Engineers put the final touches on our Skier Express so that when Heavenly opens on Wednesday we will be ready!  Sitting at 7,500 feet, they are also placing snow steaks along the road! Resorts Sports is busy tuning up all their ski’s and boards preparing for the season ahead. Bring on the snow!

All our staff received their annual Christmas Party invite and order forms today so we can purchase Christmas Presents for their children.  This event each year ranks number one for our team.  An afternoon of Christmas Presents, pictures with Santa, full Christmas Buffet, live Christmas Music and awesome company.

All of us hope to see you soon at the resort and we send our warm thoughts to you and your families for a wonderful and safe Holiday Season.

Cheers!

Dan

 

Who’s Working at The Ridge?

This week’s featured associate…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeff Schwarz

My name is Jeff Schwarz and I am the Assistant Resort Manager here at The Ridge Tahoe. Originally from California, I graduated from Cal Poly, Pomona, CA with a bachelor degree in Accounting.  I moved to Lake Tahoe in 1994 and has worked in timeshare management for the last 15 years.  Just a few years ago in 2010, I decided to join The Ridge Tahoe as the Assistant Resort Manager.  My responsibilities are to oversee some of the Resorts largest departments including Engineering, Housekeeping and Transportation. I look forward to seeing you on your next visit to Tahoe!

Nestled on a spectacular Sierra Nevada ridge above Lake Tahoe, and overlooking the breathtaking and beautiful Carson Valley, this 11 acre hotel resort offers year-round vacation rentals with panoramic views and luxurious accommodations. Complimentary Health Club, Indoor Sports Complex, Indoor/Outdoor Swimming Pools and Jacuzzis, Restaurant, Deli, Market, Full Service Spa and more are all on-site. Complimentary shuttle service whisks guests 5 miles to Lake Tahoe and casino nightlife.

The Ridge provides a variety of great Lake Tahoe lodging options with choices perfect for family vacations or romantic getaways. Options include deluxe hotel rooms, one and two bedroom condominium suites with full kitchens.

Summer offers an exciting array of activities on property and on Lake Tahoe. Our pool, spa, tennis courts, rock climbing wall and hiking trails are all a few minutes from your front door. Just down the hill are Lake Tahoe’s beautiful beaches, boating, paddleboarding and kayaking

. In the winter our Skier Express provides ski in / ski out access to Heavenly Ski Resort’s Stagecoach Chairlift. The Ridge Ski Shop can satisfy your entire ski and snowboard needs onsite, so you can quickly hit the slopes. We also offer a variety of classes and indoor activities when the weather doesn’t cooperate or you’re not up for tackling the great outdoors.

The Ridge’s expansive property is an ideal venue for weddings, meetings and reunions. We have a variety of meeting and gathering spaces that can accommodate groups from 10 – 200. 

For your wedding day we have ceremony sites with breathtaking views and the experienced staff to help make it the perfect day. For your business meetings we have all the A/V and technical resources you require to maximize your productivity. For family reunions our variety of lodging choices and countless onsite activities make it the perfect location to bring everyone together.