The New Year is a time to think about the things we could do better. Now is the time to make resolutions that’ll stick through 2018 and beyond to make each year better and better. If you’re stuck for resolutions, consider our top resolutions for the New Year below.
Soak it all in during 2018. Photo credit: le_milady
More Relaxation: Sometimes it can be hard to unwind after a busy day at work or with family. Luckily this becomes a little bit easier when the time is scheduled to relax, such as on a vacation. Our top tip for more relaxation time in 2018 is taking advantage of the many roof top and indoor hot tubs available on our property. Nothing says relaxation like bubbles and a gorgeous sunset.
Expand your food palate at the Bistro or Hungry Bear Restaurant.
Try New Foods: Shed the label of “picky eater” by trying new foods at two on-site restaurants, the Bistro and the Hungry Bear Restaurant. Chef Stephen creates elegant dining experiences that include steak, seafood, pastas and many other favorites. Never had lamb? This is your time to try it with mint pesto and a pomegranate Syrah reduction!
Try your hand – or rather, your feet – at snowshoeing this year.
Try New Hobbies: The New Year is the ideal time to try something new. Whether it’s skiing or refining your palate with a wine tasting seminar, the Ridge Tahoe is the perfect gateway for new diversions. Our property offers cooking demonstrations, skin care classes, tennis clinics, card making and so much more. Guests will be sure to find their favorite pastime while visiting the Ridge Tahoe. Check our Ridge Guide for current classes.
Work it out this 2018 at the Ridge Tahoe gym.
Take Care of Your Body: The most popular resolution by far is to work out and eat right. For those that have resolved to just that, the Ridge Tahoe can help with a full gym and classes for aerobics.
Time for a glow up at the Elevation Spa.
Take Care of Your Skin: The largest organ in the body needs extra TLC and now is the time to get on a skincare regimen that’ll work for your specific needs. Facial treatments at Elevation Spa will help to rebalance, rehydrate and improve skin with European facials that use high-quality skincare lines like Dermalogica. You’ll glow in no time!
Explore the great outdoors, including the Carson Valley, and Lake Tahoe.
Go Outside More: John Muir said, “The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.” We agree with his sentiment and if you do too, then a commitment to more exploration should be a no-brainer. Lake Tahoe is ripe with adventure including snowboarding, snowshoeing, swimming, hiking, rock climbing… the list goes on! Many of these activities are accessible from your room at the Ridge Tahoe, which makes this resolution even easier to fulfill.
Number one resolution: more family time, more fun.
Make Time for Family and Friends: People are important and if your relationships slacked in 2017, time to plan a getaway with friends and family at the Ridge Tahoe. Our suites are large enough to accommodate groups and there is no shortage of activities on site. Book now and mark this resolution off your list.
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.
You land in Lake Tahoe. Your main objective: get on the mountain for some skiing – and quick! We don’t blame you, as that would be our goal, too! If you’ve never been to the South Shore of Lake Tahoe or if you’ve never stayed at the Ridge Tahoe, you may be wondering just how you can achieve this. Fortunately, we’re familiar with the various ways to access Heavenly Mountain Resort and have detailed these below for your convenience.
Stagecoach Lodge: the closest ski lodge to the Ridge Tahoe. PC: Instagram user apertureistic
To Stagecoach Lodge: Guests of the Ridge Tahoe have the ultimate convenience when it comes to riding Heavenly Mountain, which is located next to the resort on the South Shore of the lake. Only Ridge guests have access to the Hilltrac Skier Express, an 8-person passenger car that transports guests to the Stagecoach Lodge at Heavenly.
A recently completed $120,000 overhaul to the Skier Express includes a complete rework of the electronics and computer systems that drive the passenger car. Also new this year is an updated charging system, which powers the unit. The driving mechanism and the 680-foot track to Stagecoach were also updated for a smoother, more comfortable ride. It’s the best way to ski in and ski out when staying at the Ridge!
Additionally, on property Ridge Shuttles can drop off at Stagecoach Lodge (after going around the loop).
The newly updated Hilltrac Skier Express is the best way to ski in and ski out at the Ridge Tahoe. PC: Aldrey Torres
To Boulder Lodge: For those that want to explore more terrain within Heavenly Mountain, guests can take the Skier Express or Ridge Shuttle to Stagecoach Lodge then transfer to the Boulder shuttle.
To Heavenly Village: If you’d like a classic gondola experience, take the BlueGo bus that travels every hour on the hour from the Ridge Tahoe to the Casino Corridor and Heavenly Village, the home of the Heavenly Gondola. This gondola affords breathtaking views of the lake as it travels to the top of Heavenly
Another option to get to the Heavenly Village is to take the above transportation to Stagecoach Lodge then transfer to the Village shuttle.
Heaven awaits you at Heavenly Mountain Resort. PC: Heavenly Mountain Resort
To California Lodge: Venture outside of Nevada and experience California by traveling to the California Lodge. Guests may take the BlueGo bus to the Heavenly Village, then transfer at the Village Transport station to the California Lodge.
Regardless of which Lodge you prefer during your ski-venture, make your home base the Ridge Tahoe. With easy access to the mountain, how could you not?
Tahoe has already experienced its first of many storms and winter is well on its way to set up shop for a few months in the Sierra Nevada. Don’t let Winter take you by surprise – be prepared for the ski season with a few of the tips below.
The Ridge Tahoe will soon be covered in white. Are you ready?
Mark Your Calendar
Do you feel the need? The need to ski?! You’re not alone and you won’t have to wait long until you’re thousands of feet in the sky. Lake Tahoe ski resorts will open this month at Heavenly Mountain Resort (the Hilltrac Skier Express can take you from the Ridge to Stagecoach Lodge), Squaw Valley and Northstar California opening Nov. 17. Kirkwood Mountain Resort opens on Nov. 22 while Sugar Bowl opens Nov. 24.
Tahoe Donner, Homewood and others will open in December
Condition Your Body
Before you pull on your ski boots for the first time since winter, we recommend hitting the gym to begin to acclimate your body to more physical fitness. Exercises like deadlifts, leg presses, squats and running on the treadmill will begin to prep you for the slopes. The Ridge Tahoe’s gym has the equipment you need to get into fighting shape for those epic pow days.
The slopes of Heavenly Mountain Resort are a great place for family bonding. Credit: Rachid Dahnoun/Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
Prep Your Gear
Now is the time to tune your board, wax your skis and check last year’s gear for any wear and tear that may prevent you from being safe or comfortable. The Ridge Tahoe Ski Shop offers full-service rentals, tunes and repairs for your gear. If you’ve forgotten your gear or chose to travel without it, you can demo skis and boards!
Care for Your Skin
Winter is harsh even for the happiest skin. Cold temperatures and strong winds can leave you chapped, sunburned and sore. Sunscreen is a must and don’t forget a tube of Chapstick before you venture onto Heavenly or another nearby ski resort. After an unforgettable time on the mountain, a day at the spa is in order. The Elevation Spa will set you up for the pampering you need to recover and recharge for another day on the slopes.
Celebrate the last rays of a successful pow day with drinks or a spa treatment at the Ridge Tahoe. Credit: Brad Scott/Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
Another tip? Après ski at the Bear Trap Lounge for Happy Hour! See you on the slopes!
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.
After a historic snowfall, Lake Tahoe has (mostly) thawed out to reveal rushing waterfalls and cautious wildflower buds. Unsurprisingly, it has also encouraged a mass exodus to Lake Tahoe’s beaches to soak in the Sierra sun.
If you’re visiting Tahoe in May and June, you’re in for a treat with some of the best of summer and winter activities at your fingertips. Check out a few of our favorite spring pastimes below.
With spring melt comes waterfalls. The warm months are ideal times to view Tahoe waterfalls and with so many to see, you may have to make two trips to fit them all in! Some of our absolute must-sees include Glen Alpine Falls, Eagle Falls (with a bonus view of Emerald Bay!), and Horsetail Falls.
Of course, you can always fit in a hike during your waterfall trek. Check out a few our favorite springtime hikes – and always check if the trail is accessible before heading out! There’s a strong possibility of snow still leftover on some trails in the Sierra.
The weather is warmer, which means there are ample opportunities to get out on the biggest draw of the area – the lake! Bear in mind that the water is still cold (it won’t be warm until mid-summer), but there are plenty of ways that you can mostly avoid the water by kayaking, paddle boarding or taking a cruise aboard the M.S. Dixie II. Ridge Tahoe guests receive special discounts with Zephyr Cove Resort.
You can also discover the different ways to explore Tahoe by water on our blog.
Explore the Village
The Heavenly Village is always teeming with special events, live music, delicious food and lively bars. Only a short ride away from the Ridge Tahoe, you can spend a full day exploring the various shops and people watching.
That’s right! While most of the region’s ski resorts are closed, Squaw Valley will remain open through June and the 4th of July. Of course, you can always try your hand at backcountry, too!
No matter which spring activity you choose, the Ridge Tahoe is the perfect home base