Blue skies and warm days are here with more on the way as we hurtle through spring and into the summer season. For those itching to explore the great outdoors now that the snow has (mostly) melted and the trails are clearing up, there are numerous options available in the Tahoe South area from hiking to kayaking and more. For those that are looking for entertainment, well, there’s no shortage of that either!
Clear skies await you in Tahoe this spring. Photo credit: Kristen Rust
April wraps up with some favorites including the Genoa Cowboy Festival April 27-29. Just over Kingsbury Grade in Genoa, this festival celebrates all things cowboy and cowgirl with special events scheduled throughout the weekend. Back up the hill, musicians Dweezil Zappa plays Harrah’s on April 28 and Rebel Soul takes the stage at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on April 29.
Beginning in May, Pints & Paddles Cruise with Ike & Martin takes off aboard the M.S. Dixie II on May 3. Combining a scenic cruise on the lake with live music from local favorites, this is great after hours event that will leave you humming some familiar tunes. Similarly, the Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular Show May 6 brings classic rock to Harrah’s with cult favorites synced to incredible lighting effects.
The Amgen Tour of California: racing near you soon! Photo credit: Boyd Dangtongdee
Also on May 6, the WFC 71 – World Fighting Championships take place at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa. While these fighters certainly have the strength, the men and women of the Amgen Tour of California would certainly beat them in endurance and speed contests when they descend upon the Lake Tahoe area May 11-12. We recommend spectators stake out a spot on Highway 50 for a glimpse of these world-class athletes.
Returning to MontBleu, Nick Swardson will get the masses laughing when he performs May 13. Todrick Hall will keep the yuks coming when he performs on May 15. MontBleu also welcomes the Eli Young Band on May 25 while Harrah’s hosts Robin Trower of Procol Harum and Robin Trower Band fame on May 27.
The hits keep coming with The Yardbirds at Harrah’s on June 3. These classic English crooners will play fan favorites like “For Your Love” and “Heart Full of Soul.” (Did you know that this band kicked off the careers of Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page?!)
Retrace the steps of the Old West during the Annual Highway 50 Wagon Train. Photo credit: Brian Williams/Media West
The Annual Highway 50 Wagon Train rolls into the South Shore during the only bi-state historic event that retraces the route taken during the Gold Rush. Traveling at only three miles per hour, this week-long event includes campfires and family-friendly storytelling. During the same week, America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride will speed through the area on June 4, as will the DeCelle Memorial Lake Tahoe Relay on June 10. Get a taste of olden times the Valhalla Renaissance Faire is slated for June 10-11 or try out libations from 10 local breweries at Lake Tahoe Brewfest at Cold Water Brewery & Grill June 10.
Whatever you decide to do during your spring visit, set up home base at the Ridge Tahoe.
Owner Bill Wright is back with his top reasons why you should visit Lake Tahoe and stay at the Ridge Tahoe. For Bill’s previous article, click here.
Bill Wright has been an owner at the Ridge Tahoe for 32 years. And while he could give us more than 32 reasons why he continues to come back year after year, he distilled down his favorite reasons why Tahoe is his second home.
Sunrise at Eagle Falls. Photo credit: Brad Scott
1: The natural geological beauty of Lake Tahoe combined with the Ridge Tahoe Resort’s one of a kind Sierra Nevada scenic mountain ridge setting. Overlooking Carson Valley on the east and Lake Tahoe on the west, the resort offers year-round panoramic views and luxurious accommodations. Lake Tahoe’s deep blue waters, majestic pines, and giant granite boulders make up a landscape apart from anywhere else in the world.
2: The wonderful ski resorts. With seven wonderful ski resorts to choose from, there is no shortage of fresh powder and new views. The two largest and best known, Heavenly Mountain Resort, and Squaw Valley, are easily accessible from the Ridge.
These views, only minutes from your accommodations. Photo credit: Brad Scott
3: Easy and fast access from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport to the Ridge and ski resorts. It’s almost four hours from the Boulder, Colorado airport to Aspen and three hours from the Albuquerque airport to the Taos ski resort. Even during snow storms – which normally come in from California in the west – Wright found access to the Ridge Tahoe easy and a joy to drive compared to other ski resort.
“Locals call us ‘Lucky Charms’ because we’ve never needed snow chains on all our trips up the mountain to Lake Tahoe,” Wright said. “I don’t even know how to put chains on tires.”
The access is especially beneficial for individuals who only want to ski Heavenly and want to avoid driving in snowy conditions. Individuals can also forego the cost of a rental car with the South Tahoe Airporter, which transports individuals from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport to Lake Tahoe. This combined with the Ridge Tahoe transportation to and from the South Lake Tahoe casinos provides guests with exceptional car-free experiences.
Mount Tallac reflects in Taylor Creek at Kiva Beach in the summer. Photo credit: Rachid Dahnoun
4: Lake Tahoe is a year-round vacation destination. Summer water sports, hiking and biking, and winter skiing. Toss in year-round entertainment and you have a non-stop entertainment destination that is ideal for a second home or timeshare at the Ridge Tahoe.
“Even in our youth, we knew the time would come when we wouldn’t be as dedicated winter skiers as we were [at the time],” Wright said. “We wanted to select a location that we could enjoy year-round without skiing.”
5: Lake Tahoe’s bluebird days. On average, there are 249 sunny days per year in South Lake Tahoe, California. The July high is around 80 degrees. The January low is 19. Having learned to ski in frigid night conditions in the Midwest, as well as skiing in freezing Quebec Mont Saint Anne, Canada, Wright and his family fell in love with Lake Tahoe’s mild spring skiing sunshine temperatures.
If this list has convinced you, book your reservation at the Ridge Tahoe to experiences these perks and more.
With the promise of a cloudless day, sun kissing your skin and just the slightest breeze, a warm weather wedding sounds like an absolute dream. At Lake Tahoe, warmer months are ideal times to get married with temperatures ranging from the 60s to 80s with little humidity. While there are tons of benefits to get married during the spring or summer in the Sierra Nevada, there are a few details to keep in mind to ensure your wedding is as flawless as possible.
Take in the views and the sunset at a Ridge wedding. Credit: Divided Line Media
#1 Protect Yourself!
Getting married in the Sierra means you’re just that much closer to the sun. At 7,600 elevation, the Ridge Tahoe is perfectly positioned above Lake Tahoe and the Carson Valley. However, with that elevation comes a greater chance of a sunburn. While temperatures may feel cool with a breeze at times, the sun is much hotter at elevation and you may find yourself a bit red at the end of the day. Fortunately, there’s an easy fix: sunscreen! Apply a sunscreen that does not provide a white cast in photos.
If you’d like to stay out of the sun altogether, the Ridge Tahoe also has an indoor ceremony site available. The Stagecoach View Room still affords you amazing views without the worry of a burn.
The Grand Garden View is an ideal setting for a summer wedding. Credit: Tracy Lynn Photography
#2 Stay Refreshed
Consider creating a signature cocktail for a spring or summer wedding. Not only will this be refreshing if the wedding is held outside, but it will also show off the couple’s personalities. Fresh lemonade or even popsicles are a welcome sight during a warm weather wedding. Additionally, altitude can dehydrate individuals who are unaccustomed to the elevation so be sure to have plenty of non-alcoholic fluids on hand! Some Ridge Tahoe wedding packages include unlimited coffee, tea, and soda or lemonade and punch stations.
Of course, if you opt to have your wedding at our beachfront ceremony site at Round Hill Pines or Lakeside Beach, you can always refresh yourself with a dip in the lake!
A beachfront wedding is another way to keep your venue refreshing. Credit: Divided Line Media
#3 Create Functional Favors
If your wedding is set outside, such as in the Grand View Garden or the Elevation Deck 7500 at the Ridge, it tends to get warm in the sun. Make your wedding favors functional and fun by handing out sunglasses or fans branded with your wedding hashtag. Not only will these help your guests stay cool, they’ll also look cool and provide plenty of great photo opportunities.
Ahh. Wedded bliss. Credit: Divided Line Media
Bonus Tip: Hiring a professional planner like the wedding coordinators at the Ridge Tahoe will ensure that every possible detail is considered for your day. Contact us now to start planning!
Skiing to Stagecoach lift at Heavenly Mountain one day in 1983, Bill Wright saw construction on the ridge above. Curious, he decided to check out what was happening above the slopes and what he discovered was the building of the Ridge Resort, of which he became a multi-unit owner within a year. Now a bluebird day skier, Wright has spent the past 32 years visiting the Ridge Tahoe as an owner with his family and enjoying the various amenities available on-site, including the clubhouse and exercise facility.
Bill Wright poses with The Ridge Tahoe sign, 1987
Wright was first drawn to Lake Tahoe when he was exploring the country’s various ski resorts as part of the Columbus Ohio Ski Club. Along with Diane, his wife, they traveled to Taos, New Mexico, Aspen, Colorado, and eventually made their way to the Tahoe region where they discovered the Ridge Tahoe.
“I was an avid skier for 25 years, but I knew the day would come when the daily sunshine report would be of more interest to me than the snow report,” said Wright. His ownership at the Ridge was a natural choice due to his love for spring visits to Tahoe with its incredible skiing conditions and the opportunity to explore the mountain with clear views of the lake.
Diane Wright takes in the sights at The Ridge Tower
The resort, which the Wrights consider to be a second home and also share with their children, Austin and Alyssa, drew them in with its location, conveniences and breathtaking views beyond the skiing conditions outside their front door. Over the decades, the Wright family has spent time at their units with other families and most recently celebrated their daughter’s graduation from college by purchasing bonus time for a family trip touring the Lake Tahoe area.
When they were younger, Bill and Diane enjoyed the exercise facility and racquetball courts, as well as steamy saunas after a day of chilly skiing. However, thirty years later, Wright claims the Clubhouse is truly his favorite place at the Ridge.
“Mostly we just enjoy a cozy place to sit and talk,” said Wright.
Diane and Alyssa Wright enjoy the warmth of a Ridge fire
As an owner for the past 32 years, Wright has seen the Ridge go through some major changes, including the new Bistro for casual dining and the addition of another fireplace sitting area with computer workstations.
“Tahoe now has some wonderful and much more expensive resorts, but none of them can duplicate the feeling of this mountain top location,” said Wright. “We like that the resort maintains a cozy traditional Tahoe decorative décor style in every remodeling project. “
Wright has also gathered a few tips over the years that are applicable to those looking to make the most of their time at the Ridge Tahoe. He recommends visitors and owners alike research Tahoe and the Ridge Tahoe before visiting to find the best activities and sights for them.
Bill Wright discovers the perfect selfie spot at The Ridge Tahoe
“You don’t want to waste time once you get to the Ridge Tahoe learning and debating about where, when and what you should do,” said Wright. He recommends throwing out the calendar in lieu of a flexible schedule that allows guests to experience their vast interests by checking the Ridge Tahoe website, the Tahoe South website and even venturing to Tahoe North if so inclined.
Wright had one final recommendation for all visitors to the area: “Take the time to take some great family photos. Twenty years later you’re never going to say, ‘I wish I’d taken fewer family photos in Tahoe.’”
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!
For most of the country, spring is signaled by budding flowers and warmer temperatures, but for Lake Tahoe, it is heralded by some of the year’s best skiing. With over 500+ inches of snow this season alone, springtime is one of the best times to book your next trip to The Ridge Tahoe, then hit the slopes!
Get pumped for amazing spring skiing! Credit: Ski Lake Tahoe / Lauren Lindley
This winter has been marked by several atmospheric rivers delivering more snow than in the region’s recent history and the ski resorts are truly swimming in powder. Due to the amount of snow that’s fallen in the 2016/2017 season, many resorts are opting to stay open until mid-April and later, which gives you more time to visit the area and experience the historic conditions. South and North Shore ski resorts are prepared to welcome skiers and snowboarders with all lifts fully operational and plenty of terrains open and accessible to explore. In addition to endless terrain options, the weather will also warm up a bit in the spring. Bask in the sun and enjoy bluebird days that don’t leave you freezing after a few runs.
Views for days at Sierra-at-Tahoe. Credit: Ski Lake Tahoe / Kyle McCoy
As well as warmer days and great conditions, spring also does not include any holidays, except for St. Patrick’s Day. No major holidays mean fewer crowds to contend with for all the best lines. All your other favorite winter activities and sports are available during springtime, including ice skating at Heavenly Village, snowmobiling at Zephyr Cove Resort and snowshoeing on the various trails.
This way to spring skiing heaven! Courtesy: Heavenly Mountain Resort
Check out the following ski resorts for a calendar of events and current lift statuses:
Diamond Peak: 775-832-1177
Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe: 775-849-0704
Northstar California: 530-562-2267
Squaw Valley I Alpine Meadows: 800-403-0206
Homewood Mountain Resort: 530-584-6800
Sugar Bowl Ski Resort: 530-426-9000
Boreal Mountain Resort: 530-426-3666
Tahoe Donner: 530-587-9400
What are you waiting for? It’s time to visit Tahoe and experience the snow the whole country’s been talking about!