Regardless if you are traveling for business or for pleasure, it can be hard to be away from home during the holidays. If you find yourself in Tahoe this Thanksgiving, gobble up these tips to make Turkey Day even better than being at home!
Leave the Cooking to the Pros
The Ridge Tahoe’s on-site restaurant the Hungry Bear Restaurant will host Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, Nov. 23 from 3:30 to 7 p.m.
The dinner begins with the first course of roasted butternut squash soup served in a festive baby pumpkin with crab and celery root salad. This is followed by a choice of the classic honey maple glazed roast turkey served with cornbread sausage stuffing, gravy, whipped potatoes, Brussel sprouts and citrus cranberry relish; pan-roasted Alaskan halibut with shrimp, yam hash, and a saffron tomato sauce; or a slow roasted prime rib served with grilled asparagus, twice baked sweet potato cake, au jus and creamy horseradish. The meal is perfectly ended with a homemade pumpkin pie topped with caramel sauce, vanilla whipped cream, and seasonal berries.
Dinner is $45 for adults and $17.95 for children. A children’s menu is available. Call the concierge at extension 3150 for reservations.
Catch some pow this Thanksgiving at Kirkwood. Photo credit: Lauren Lindley/Ski Lake Tahoe
Hit the Slopes
This may not be a holiday tradition back home, but here in Tahoe, it is customary to take a few laps before sitting down for Thanksgiving dinner. Several Lake Tahoe ski resorts will be open for the holiday, including Heavenly and Kirkwood, the latter which will open the day before Thanksgiving.
Forgot your gear? The Ridge Tahoe Resort Sports Ski & Snowboard Shop has rentals available, as well as tune-ups and items available for purchase.
Relax in one of our many hot tubs – weather permitting!
Soak Up Family Time
If you’re traveling with your family, the Ridge Tahoe is an ideal place to be for the holiday. Not only is our resort situated only minutes away from the bustling Stateline area and Heavenly Village, it is also set in the mountains where you can easily take a hike or snowshoe (weather permitting), relax at one of our rooftop hot tubs, get competitive at the family game room in the Naegle building, or spend time in your spacious suite, complete with amazing views of the Carson Valley.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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
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!
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
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.