Holiday Happenings from Executive Chef Stephen Moise

Winter is here!

The Ridge Tahoe is blanketed in snow; the Hilltrac Skier Express is taking skiers right down to the Stagecoach lift at Heavenly Mountain Resort and the resort is decked out in Christmas decorations. It always amazes me how quickly it changes, not only the weather but the feel of the resort. It is like a different resort in the snow, almost a step back in time.

The Ridge Tahoe is ready for the holidays. How about you?

The Ridge Tahoe is ready for the holidays. How about you?

This is a sample of or holiday offerings at The Ridge, dinner or Christmas party, come and check it out!

Roasted Pear Salad: dried cherries, pistachios brie cheese and a raspberry vinaigrette

Enjoy something off of our holiday menu during your stay at The Ridge Tahoe.

Enjoy something off of our holiday menu during your stay at The Ridge Tahoe.

The Mountain Side Eatery is set for those cold days with pumpkin spiced coffee specials and the best house made chili on the hill. Daily lunch specials, hose made comfort soups and great dinner specials.

Tapas are offered in the bar on select nights, please call to find the times.

The Bear Trap Lounge is open 7 days a week at 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm, great after finishing on the slopes for hot toddies, relaxing, watching a football game or unwinding.

The Ski shop has open, hours- 7 days a week, 8:00 am-6:00 pm. Come in and see Bert for rentals of skis, boards, poles even pants and jackets.

Check out our Hilltrac Skier Express that will take you from the resort to the Stagecoach lift. Ski in and ski out. We want your Tahoe ski time to be as easy as possible.

Elevation Spa has winter specials all winter long. You can even have the massage in your own guest room. There are daily specials on treatments and a special on Dermalogica Gift bags.

Come spend your holidays at The Ridge Tahoe and enjoy a worry free stay in a winter wonderland.

Spring Skiing, Hiking, Biking and Golf Underway at Tahoe South

Even as the ski season winds down, you can still get some last turns in while enjoying a midweek or weekend stay at The Ridge Tahoe. And with the spring thaw underway, many of Tahoe South’s hiking and biking trails are now open. You can even play golf.

Spring has sprung and is the perfect time to explore Tahoe South. Try a hike to Big Meadow Trail. Photo: Nanda Dozier from Tahoe South's flickr.

Spring has sprung and is the perfect time to explore Tahoe South. Try a hike to Big Meadow Trail.
Photo: Nanda Dozier from Tahoe South’s flickr.

Book a deluxe hotel room or a one or two bedroom condominium suite and take advantage of our complimentary health club, indoor sports complex, indoor/outdoor swimming pools and jacuzzis, a full service spa, Hungry Bear Restaurant, Mountain Side Eatery, or have an adult beverage at happy hour  at the Bear Trap Bar. The Ridge Tahoe offers a shuttle service that will whisk you to the Stateline area for casino nightlife.

Heavenly Mountain Resort offers access via the Heavenly Gondola in the Heavenly Village for the remainder of the season and Stagecoach Express, adjacent to The Ridge Tahoe, through Sunday, April 5. All mountain operations on the California side are closed March 30, a week ahead of schedule. The resort will operate 11 lifts, accessing 27 trails. Mountain Operations staff continue to closely monitor and assess conditions daily. The resort is closing on April 19.

The Ridge Tahoe partners Kirkwood Mountain Resort and Northstar will also be open for spring skiing and boarding, with closing dates slated for April 19. Squaw Valley will close April 12 and Alpine Meadows, April 5.

Spring also means plenty of hiking and biking opportunities around Tahoe South. Given the Sierra thaw underway, you may want to hike to area waterfalls. Grab your camera, a walking stick and take to the backcountry. Want to know where to ride your bike? The Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition has a complete list of maps of local trails.

Hoping to get in your first round of golf this spring? You’re in a luck. A number of area golf courses are open or will be in the coming weeks.

Do your spring recreation plans include a stay at The Ridge Tahoe?

Northstar toasts California laid-back style with on-mountain thrill

Known for its impeccable grooming, incredible tree skiing, world-class terrain parks and enough variety to challenge every level of skier, Northstar California Resort combines California laid-back luxury with on-mountain excitement to make for a great ski and board experience. It’s no wonder then that beginning this season, Northstar asks its guests to celebrate the mountains and Lake Tahoe with them and raise their flutes with a toast of bubbles every day at 2 p.m.

Partnering with The Ridge Tahoe, interchangeable lift tickets to Northstar are available with any Ridge Tahoe ski vacation package. Northstar is a 45-minute drive to the north shore side of Lake Tahoe. It offers 3,170 acres of skiable terrain on 97 trails. Of the terrain, 27% of the mountain is considered advanced, 60% intermediate, 13% beginner.


Northstar’s elevation ranges from 6,330 feet at the village, 6,800 feet at mid-mountain, and 8,610 at the summit for a total of 2,280 vertical feet. You can see the interactive trail map online.

The longest run is the 1.4 mile Logger’s Loop and there are nine other runs that are 1-mile long with advanced runs on The Backside. Lookout Mountain offers 443 acres of advanced terrain, while Sawtooth Ridge has 344 acres of backcountry terrain open for experts when conditions permit. Northstar has the largest snowmaking system of any resort in North Lake Tahoe, covering more than 50% of the resort’s trails.

Getting up the mountain is easy. Northstar has 20 lifts, two gondolas, one six-pack express, seven quad express chairs, one quad fixed-grip chair, two triple chairs, two tow/surface lifts, and five magic carpets for an uphill capacity of 34,799 skiers per hour.

Northstar has seven terrain parks —the Burton Progression Park, Moonshine (currently closed), The Straits (currently closed), Pipeline, The Stash (currently closed), Lil’ Stash, Pinball — as well as the 13-foot halfpipe.

Learning to ski or just need a refresher? Northstar offers a ski and snowboard school for children and adults, with group and private lessons.

If you enjoy exploring beyond the crowds, Northstar’s Cross-Country Ski & Snowshoe Center offers 23.7 km of groomed and tracked trails for cross country and telemark skiing and 32.5 km for snowshoeing.

Off the slopes there’s world class ice skating at the 9,000 square foot skating rink surrounded by plenty of shops at the Village at Northstar.

The dining options abound on-mountain and in the village with food on-the-go breakfasts to jump start your day, mid-day lunch choices, casual and fine dining, to Apres Ski, bars and nightlife.

Do your Ridge Tahoe ski and board plans include a trip to Northstar?

Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows: A winning Lake Tahoe combination

Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows are two of Lake Tahoe‘s premier ski resorts boasting 6,000 skiable acres and 42 lifts accessing wide open bowls, impeccably groomed trails, small to large terrain parks and steeps that will challenge any novice skier or rider.

Check out the skiing on the north shore while you visit The Ridge Tahoe.  Photo: Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

Check out the skiing on the north shore while you visit The Ridge Tahoe.
Photo: Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

Home of the 1960 Winter Olympics, Squaw Valley offers 3,600 skiable acres and 29 lifts accessing wide open bowls, impeccably groomed trails, small to large terrain parks and steeps that will challenge any novice skier or rider.

Tucked between Truckee and Tahoe City, Alpine Meadows Resort is a picturesque playground for families and off-the-radar thrill-seekers alike. Chalet-style lodges and approachable hospitality mean that the skiing and riding experience always comes first.

From easy-riding progression parks to wide-open bowls, Alpine Meadows brings an exciting challenge to any level of skier or snowboarder. And with more than 100 trails spread over 2,400 acres, mountain adventures (and groomed runs) await at every bump, jump and chairlift.

Partnering with The Ridge Tahoe, interchangeable lift tickets to Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows are available with any Ridge Tahoe ski vacation package.

Because of its reputation and terrain across six mountain peaks, Squaw Valley is consistently ranked as one of the top ski areas in the country by national ski publications.

Located off Highway 89, between Truckee and Tahoe City, at Lake Tahoe’s north shore, Squaw Valley’s longest run is Mountain Run at 3.2 miles. Squaw also has an impressive lift system with aerial trams, a Funitel, and numerous high speed quads and six-packs.

Alpine Meadows offers seven bowls and one terrain park. It has 13 lifts, including a High Speed six-Pack, two High Speed Quads, three fixed grip triple chairs, five fixed grip double chairs and two surface lifts.

Are you looking to brush up on your skiing or boarding skills or are a first-timer, Squaw Valley/ Alpine Meadows offers private, group or specialty lessons that allow skiers and boarders of all ages to feel comfortable on the snow.

Off the slopes Après-ski, The Village at Squaw Valley are famous for their breakfasts, burgers and beer set around a fire pit surrounded by mountain peaks. Whether you’re up for a sushi lunch or a steak dinner or would rather sip a microbrew, there are more than two dozen different places to quench your thirst, warm yourself and satisfy your appetite.

Shopping opportunities in Squaw Valley abound. A new pair of skis or snowboard, gloves, goggles and all the essentials, home accents, fine jewelry or little knick knacks to take home, are all easy to find at the Village.

The new Wanderlust Yoga Studio is a source of inspiration where all guests are encouraged to strengthen their mind, body and spirit. The 1,000 square foot studio is a sanctuary for all to further their practice in the pristine mountain landscape of Squaw Valley.

New to Squaw Valley this spring is WinterWonderGrass Tahoe, March 20-22, 2015. It is being billed as a world-class winter music and beer festival featuring three nights of national, regional and local bluegrass bands and acoustic roots artists, complemented by a variety of craft brews and local wines, spirits and foods.

Do your Ridge Tahoe stay and ski plans include a trip to Squaw/Alpine?

Kirkwood Mountain Resort goes big with epic runs and expedition adventure series

Known for its deep snow, spectacular Sierra scenery and some of the best and steepest ski terrain in the west, Kirkwood Mountain Resort is a resort that stands apart from all the rest.

Less than an hour’s drive from The Ridge Tahoe, Kirkwood Mountain Resort sits on the northern edge of the high Sierra, has a base elevation of 7,800 feet and is directly in the path of the huge Pacific storms that roll across Northern California every winter.

Rare Earth. Photo: Kirkwood Mountain Resort.

Rare Earth.
Photo: Kirkwood Mountain Resort.

The resort straddles three counties: El Dorado, Amador and Alpine. Kirkwood consistently receives the most snowfall in the Tahoe region averaging 600 inches of snow annually, more than 40 feet. Because of its terrain and location it is less reliant on snowmaking machines, and is usually the first resort to see significant accumulation and the last resort to see all the snow melt off in the spring. Snowmaking accounts for 5% of mountain trails.

Kirkwood has a summit elevation of 9,800 feet, a vertical rise of 2,000 feet, has 2,300 acres of skiable terrain and 80-plus trails. It is known as the skier’s ski resort because of its epic runs. Twenty percent of the terrain at Kirkwood is considered expert, 38% advanced, 30% intermediate and 12% beginning.

The resort has 15 lifts, including two high speed quads, six triple chairs, three surface lifts, two magic carpets and one fixed grip quad. It has two terrain parks, Bandit Park with eight features, and the larger Outlaw Park, with 10 features. Kirkwood offers two zones of cross country skiing at its Cross Country and Snowshoe Center. There are 80 kilometers of skating and snowshoe lanes, beginner to expert.

Kirkwood’s signature mountain adventure series, Expedition: Kirkwood (or E:K), invites skiers and riders to experience the mountain’s legendary terrain in a variety of clinics, camps and guided tours. Offered exclusively at Kirkwood, E:K Beyond Boundaries offers guests the opportunity to explore the mountain’s famous ridgelines, chutes and bowls with one of Kirkwood’s professional private guides.

Explore steeps of lore such as Cliff Chutes, Lost Cabin and Lightning, as well as a few secret descents which remain off the map, known only by Kirkwood’s veteran skiers and riders.  E:K Beyond Boundaries offers skiers and riders the “inside scoop” of Kirkwood – all while benefitting from professional coaching of tenured expert guides.

Kirkwood offers you a range of dining options with restaurants at the Red Cliffs Cafe, Kirkwood Inn, The Wall Bar and Grill, The Cornice Grill, Monte Wolfe’s Mountain Kitchen, Mountain Burger and Barbecue, Timber Creek Cafe/Snowshoe Thompson’s, the K-Bar, Outback Mountain Grill and the Kirkwood General Store.

See the latest mountain action on its live resort cam at Kirkwood Base and Cornice. The new snow stake cam offers still images of the snow stake which are updated within minutes.

Do your winter or spring ski plans include a trip to the Kirkwood?

Tahoe Mountain Action On and Off the Slopes during MLK Weekend

Whether you’re returning to Tahoe after the holidays or making your first ski trip of the year over the three-day Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, there’s plenty of action for when you arrive.

Have you booked your room yet? The Ridge Tahoe has deluxe hotel rooms, one or two bedroom condominium suites available for your holiday stay. After you’ve checked in, you’ll want to check out the on-property activities lined up and, when you’re ready, head to the mountain for high altitude adventure, both on and off the slopes.

Special events at nearby resorts include a Ripperoo Parade Saturday, 4:30 p.m. at Heavenly Village, the Little Groover’s Challenge Series for children 12 and under Sunday, Jan. 18 at Heavenly Mountain Resort.

In what has become a popular Martin Luther King Jr., holiday tradition, Sierra-at-Tahoe hosts members of UC Berkeley’s Cal Band on the slopes and in the base area Friday and Saturday. Ski, board and rock out big time with the big, big band. Play times both days are:

  • 9 to 9:30 a.m. – The Solstice Plaza
  • 12:30 – 1 p.m. – Broadway
  • 3:30 to 4 p.m. – The Solstice Plaza
UC Berkley's Cal Band performs for the guests at Sierra-at-Tahoe last year. Photo: Brian Walker.

UC Berkley’s Cal Band performs for the guests at Sierra-at-Tahoe last year.
Photo: Brian Walker.

Meanwhile, Sunday is Sierra Game Day. In addition to broadcasting the NFL Championship games in The Sierra Pub & Solstice Eatery, Sierra play host to loads of games for the family including races, a field goal competition and a bubble wrap dance party.

At Kirkwood Mountain Resort, National Safety Week has been combined with Martin Luther King Jr. weekend with several activities planned including a scavenger hunt, ski patrol open house, a lift snow sculpture contest, a barbecue plus helmet and equipment checks.

The holiday weekend activities at Squaw Valley feature a Friday moonlit snowshoe tour and dinner, a Mighty Mites Race for children, the Squaw Cup competition open to free ride and freestyle teams, and Après ski music live in the Village Events Plaza.

Here are some events going around Tahoe South for the weekend:

Friday, Jan. 16, internationally acclaimed psychic medium, lecturer, and author of several New York Times best sellers, John Edward will hold a one-night-only seminar at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe. Edward is known for his popular internationally syndicated television shows, Crossing Over with John Edward and John Edward Cross Country.

Skiing and boarding will be the big attraction during the day, but what about outdoor activities at night? Camp Richardson’s first Snowshoe Cocktail Race of the season is Saturday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. Racers run with cocktail trays in hand through obstacles and up and down the beach. The winner is the fastest and cleanest at the finish. Spilling drinks is not a winning strategy. Signups start at 5 p.m. at the  Beacon Bar and Grill. Snowshoes will be provided. All levels welcome.

R&B mega-band Kool & The Gang returns to Lake Tahoe’s MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa bringing their bullet proof fresh funk sound and high-energy guitar and jazzy horn section, Saturday, Jan. 17 for a one-night only concert.

San Francisco’s best 80’s cover band Tainted Love will be at the Harrah’s South Shore Room Saturday to take you back to the 80’s. Show begins at 7:30 p.m.

Do your Martin Luther King Jr. weekend plans include a weekend getaway at The Ridge 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.