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.

Go Full On Fall this Month

Autumn goes by way too fast and sometimes there isn’t enough time to wrap yourself in your favorite scarf, grab a Pumpkin Spice Latte and revel in the fall of it all. To ensure that you have a full on fall experience that will get you through until the next year, we’ve compiled a list of must-dos in the Tahoe area.

A classic fall experience is available at Apple Hill, right outside of Lake Tahoe. Photo courtesy of Apple Hill

Apple Hill
Apple Hill is a fall fan’s favorite, with rolling apple orchards, wineries, and tons of baked goods made from fresh produce. You can pick your own apples, sip apple cider, pick out that perfect pumpkin, have a picnic, eat your weight in fudge… and much more.

Get Crafty
Spooky sun catchers and scary paintings are the names of the game this fall season at the Kids Club! Parents can get a break – and so can the kids with fun crafts that also double as souvenirs. The Kids Club is in the Terrace building on the third floor. Dial #4FUN when on-site to register for one of the many Kids Club activities.

Hope Valley is alive with autumnal colors and photo opportunities! Credit: Rachid Dahnoun / Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority

Hope Valley
One of the best spots for fall colors is Hope Valley. South of Lake Tahoe, this area is full of aspen groves that turn the golden tones that Instagrammers dream of and you can capture after a quick 30-minute drive from the Ridge Tahoe.

Scary Movies
Daily showings at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. in our Movie Theater in the Ridge Resort Center will feature seasonal favorites. See page 23 for our current movie line up. Or opt for a night in with a fire roaring in your Ridge Tahoe suite. Curl up with a loved one and scare yourself senseless with a scary movie!

Cruise the open waters and take in a classic Tahoe sunset. Credit: Rachid Dahnoun / Aramark

Cruise the Lake
Lake Tahoe Cruises operates through the fall season with the M.S. Dixie II cruising from Zephyr Cove to Emerald Bay and back daily. Ridge guests receive discounted tickets when purchased at the Ridge Market Place.

Beach Days
While it’s a bit too chilly to swim in the water this time of the year, beach days are still possible and a great option for a picnic or sunset. Pick up a few to go items from the Bistro or Market Place and make yourself at home on one of Tahoe’s many shores.

Remember the season with fall photos at colorful spots in Tahoe. Credit: Brad Scott / Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority

Photo Shoot
The golden hour, which happens right before sunrise or sunset, is an ideal time to take photographs. What could make it even better? Autumn hues! Head to one of your favorite spots adorned with fall foliage and start snapping away!

Happy October!

Essential Items for Your Tahoe Trip

Packing for a trip can be stressful, especially if you’ve never visited the area before and you’re unfamiliar with the destination’s climate. Tahoe’s weather forecast is typically full of sunshine, which means that the weather is pleasant during the day with lower temperatures during the evening. Depending on the season you’re visiting, Tahoe can be extremely snowy, temperate, breezy or just right.

While your packing needs will change in the winter (we’re talking snow boots, parkas and more), we’ve compiled a list of must-have items for your trip to the Ridge Tahoe during the autumn season.

Hiking Shoes or Boots
Lake Tahoe is a year-round recreation playground and hiking is a very popular activity for those in the Sierra Nevada region. With hundreds of hikes, it’s impossible to become bored with the possibilities. Plus, hiking shoes are great options for exploring in general, as many of the outdoor sights in the fall make use of trails.

Pack a jacket and your hiking shoes for unforgettable hikes in Tahoe. Credit: Rachid Dahnoun/Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority

Jacket
Daytime temps may reach the 60s and 70s during autumn, but nighttime temperatures may give you a chill! Once the sun goes down, temperatures can dip into the 20s and 30s, which means you’ll need to pack a jacket that will keep you warm if you’re venturing outside during the evening hours for sunset or for area entertainment.

Swimsuit
Okay, okay, so it might be a little chilly, but you’ll want to pack a swimsuit for a brave dip in the lake or to take advantage of one of the many hot tubs on property at the Ridge Tahoe. What sounds better after a strenuous hike than a soak in a rooftop tub? We’re guessing nothing!

Take a dip if you dare! Credit: Rachid Dahnoun/Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority

Sunscreen
Regardless if there are clouds in the sky, UV rays are still very present, especially at high altitudes. We recommend applying sunscreen to any exposed skin before exploring Lake Tahoe. You’ll be surprised by how warm the sun can feel and how quickly skin can burn!

Hat
Regardless if it’s snowing or pure sunshine, a hat is always a good bet in Lake Tahoe. Like our sunscreen suggestion, a hat can help protect you from sun rays, while also offering a stylish addition to your outfit. To fit in with the locals, we recommend a trucker hat or a beanie!

Explore Lake Tahoe this fall with all the necessities you need for fun! Credit: Merrick Rickman/Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority

Reusable Water Bottle
High elevations can dry you out and it’s recommended that those unaccustomed to Tahoe’s elevation drink plenty of fluids to avoid altitude sickness. What better way to stay hydrated and environmentally conscious with a reusable water bottle? Tahoe tap is some of the purest tap water in the country so you’ll quench your thirst with Big Blue itself.

If you’ve forgotten an item, you’ll find an affordable replacement at the Ridge Marketplace.

 

Autumn in Tahoe: What’s Not to Fall For?

There is no bad season in Tahoe. No, really! Winter brings epic snowfall and some of the best powder conditions in the country. In spring, you can ski, bike and paddle board all in one day. Summer brings consistent sunny weather and plenty of beach time.

Then there’s fall. Tahoe during fall is magical. It includes your season staples like turning leaves and cooler temps, but it also provides some much-needed respite from a busy summer season. With many people returning to school, autumn is an ideal time to visit the Ridge Tahoe and the Tahoe region. Discover more of the reasons why Tahoe should be on your must-visit list this fall.

The Kokanee salmon come to town for the Fall Fish Festival, Oct. 7-8 at Taylor Creek.

The wildlife
Tahoe is home to a variety of wildlife including coyotes and Ospreys. Salmon spawn annually in Taylor Creek during the Fall Fish Festival, Oct. 7-8. This is a great time to visit the Taylor Creek Visitors Center as you will not only see the hooked faces of brilliant red Kokanee salmon, but you may even spy a mama bear and her cubs trying to snag dinner. But, be careful – we recommend that you never approach a bear in the wild!

Hawley Grade begins showing the signs of the season.

The colors
It wouldn’t be fall without a helping of colorful foliage and fortunately, there is no shortage of that in the Tahoe area! A popular destination for golds, greens and all colors in between is Hope Valley. Located about 45 minutes from the Ridge Tahoe, you’ll find a rushing river and picture perfect cabins framed by colorful Quaking Aspens.

Autumn is a wonderful time for mountain biking on the Flume Trail. Credit: Ben Fish

The recreation
Just because the temps aren’t high doesn’t mean it’s time to pack it in for the season! Fall offers more moderate weather for your favorite activities, including hiking, mountain biking and cruising on the lake. The only thing we would advise against is swimming – unless you find yourself on a particularly warm day at the beach and the urge is too strong to resist!

Take a break from leaf peeping for a few fall favorite events. Credit: Tahoe South

The events
Of course, there are also plenty of events to attend during the early fall season:

Tahoe Games Bike Nights, Sept. 29

SciFi-Fantasy Con, Sept. 29 – Oct. 1

Dave Mason, Oct. 1

Los Lobos, Oct. 6

Oktoberfest at Camp Richardson, Oct. 7-8

Eric Burdon and the Animals, Oct. 7

Lake Tahoe Marathon, Oct. 13

Los Lonely Boys, Oct. 14

The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Oct. 14

Grand Funk Railroad, Oct. 21

Chris Botti, Oct. 28

Whichever reason you are drawn to Tahoe in autumn set up base camp at the Ridge Tahoe.

Push Yourself with These Challenging Tahoe Hikes

Hiking can be a leisurely activity spent with friends or it can be a challenging adventure that can take you to the very top of the world. For those in either category, Tahoe provides many trails that travel to hidden waterfalls, crystal clear alpine lakes and the highest peaks in the Basin. Individuals looking for a real test of their endurance and strength need look no further than the following hikes rated hard in the Tahoe Basin.

 

The summit of Mt. Tallac offers stunning views of Tahoe. Credit: Rachid Dahnoun / Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority

Mt. Tallac
9.6 miles | 3,323 elevation gain
Mt. Tallac is the towering peak that marks the South Shore of Lake Tahoe. Its iconic cross, which typically bears the final remnants of an epic winter, can be seen throughout the southern community. In addition to its staggering height and beauty, Tallac offers an extremely difficult, but very rewarding hike that takes you through troves of wildflowers to its summit where you can peer into Desolation Wilderness and view the many alpine lakes dotting the region.

Tips: Leave early to beat the heat and the crowds. We recommend leaving by first light.

Freel Peak
6.2 miles | 3,228 elevation gain
Freel Peak sits at 10,892 ft. (just over 1,000 feet higher than Mt. Tallac) and claims the title for tallest peak in Tahoe. With this status, it’s easy to imagine that a hike to its summit would be, well, staggering! By many accounts, Freel is much more difficult than Tallac with sand accounting for much of its final ascent. Like Tallac, Freel provides very gratifying views of not only Lake Tahoe and its surroundings, but also of Carson Valley. If you want to claim that you’ve hiked the highest peak in Tahoe, then Freel is for you!

Tips: Take it slow when approaching the summit as it’s mostly sand and your footing may stumble.

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Ralston Peak
6.4 miles | 3,018 elevation gain
For wildflowers and impressive mountain overlooks, hikers will find a stimulating, albeit thigh burning, hike in Ralston Peak. Much of the hike is uphill and steep, so be prepared for a long climb to the top. However, this hike is much less populated than Freel and Tallac, which means you’ll have the gorgeous summit mostly to yourself

Tips: Check the weather before you head out as weather can change quickly towards the top.

Take in multiple lakes and views of Emerald Bay from Maggies Peaks. Credit: Robbie Graves

Maggies Peaks
3.7 miles | 1,774 elevation gain
The more moderate option of the aforementioned hikes, Maggies Peak is a fairly steep, mostly uphill hike that provides generous views of Emerald Bay and Desolation Wilderness. Choose between the north peak to see more of the bay and the south peak for more of Desolation. Butterflies abound at the top, making it the perfect picnic spot.

Tips: If you’re new to more difficult trails, try Maggies before attempting any of the first three hikes.

See you out on the trails!

Top Spots to Get the Shot in Tahoe

When it comes to Instagram hot spots, Tahoe South has quite a few you’d be proud to feature on your feed. Whether you’re looking for colorful vistas, rustic charm, or a signature Tahoe splash of blue, we’ve got you covered on places to explore for that perfect shot.

One of the most iconic spots in Tahoe South is Emerald Bay. Its beautiful, calm waters attract viewers every day. With several trails leading down to the shore line, or up to higher elevation, helps you create the right photo you are looking for.

While in the Emerald Bay area, be sure to explore a few of the surrounding lakes and water falls within a few miles distance from the bay. Each small lake offers something different. One popular Insta-spot is Fallen Leaf Lake, a more secluded lake than Tahoe. Discover bridges, docks, and streams in the area or saddle up to the crystal-clear shores for an iconic shot of Mt. Tallac, which resides on Fallen Leaf’s shores.

Another Instagrammable spot in Tahoe is Eagle Lake. Nestled high in the mountains, the trail to this lake offers scenic views, rock stair cases, and magnificent water falls along the way. There are several spots to admire the area and, of course, take a few snaps for your social media.

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Tahoe South has several unique rock faces, including Cave Rock, located along Highway 50 on the Nevada side of the South Shore. The rock, which houses two tunnels, sits directly on the lake and referred to as the “Lady of the Lake” for the rock’s distinctive profile that resembles a woman’s face. In addition to giving good face, this is also a popular spot for its unique vantage for sunset when the lake is bathed in warm, colorful light.

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Fortunately for guests of the Ridge, there are Instagram worthy spots right outside your door! Since the Ridge Tahoe is nestled in the Sierras, there is an amazing view at almost every corner of the resort’s property. Get cozy in the hot tubs or relax in a pool chair at one of three pools to overlook the Carson Valley or even the lake. Sunset is a favorite time to visit these spots because the clouds regularly light up in different colors.

With many areas to visit, we hope this guide can bring some ideas spark adventure during your stay at the Ridge. Don’t forget to tag us

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.