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.
Summer is fading, but we can’t help but fall for the romantic allure of autumn and winter. When it comes to weddings, these two seasons offer a magical quality unmatched in the warmer months, which is why the Ridge Tahoe is offering a wedding special for couples that book by Oct. 31, 2017.
Ever wanted to make snowballs at your wedding? You can during our wedding special! Courtesy: The Ridge Tahoe
Couples that celebrate their nuptials at the Ridge Tahoe between October and May 15, 2018, will take advantage of the Ridge Tahoe Simplistic Lifestyle Ceremony and Cocktail Party Package.
Those brides and grooms that book this time-limited deal will gather up to 25 of their closest friends and family at the indoor ceremony site and say, “I do” under the Ridge Tahoe’s new indoor ceremony arbor. The package also includes 25 white ceremony chairs, an event attendant for those last-minute details and an officiate to, well, make it official!
Get as festive as you’d like during your fall or winter wedding at the Ridge. Courtesy: Ridge Tahoe Resort
iPod amplification will set the soundtrack for cocktails from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Couples will choose from a choice of three appetizers in addition to imported cheese platters, a hot beverage station with tea, coffee and Belgium hot chocolate to warm up! The reception will also include an unlimited selection of sodas and juices, as well a one hour hosted bar of beer and wine. Finish off the evening with a six-inch cutting cake topped with fresh flowers and paired with your choice of three mini desserts.
Couples will remember the day forever with a one-hour photo session with 75 images. Smile, pose and be merry as you celebrate the best day of your lives at the Ridge Tahoe!
Are you drooling yet? Your wedding will include delicious appetizers and desserts. Courtesy: Ridge Tahoe Resort
Additional benefits of this package include hair and makeup for the bride, a bridal bouquet and groom boutonniere, four vases for decoration, Chiavari reception chairs, linens, banquet staff, china, and glassware.
This special also includes exclusive room rates as low as $79, and better yet: the happily wedded couple will enjoy a complimentary 2-night stay in a one-bedroom suite.
If you’re searching for the perfect venue for your fall or winter wedding, the Ridge Tahoe is happy to host you and your loved ones for a day you won’t soon forget. This wedding special is $5395.00* ( Inclusive of tax and service fees).
For more information, call Blair Butler at (775) 588-3553, extension 3160 or email@example.com.
Make your “I do” an event to remember at the Ridge Tahoe.
At the Ridge Tahoe, we know that the journey to the altar can sometimes be long and stressful, but we also know that it can be loads of fun. With an experienced Ridge Tahoe wedding coordinator’s help, we’ll focus on the big picture stuff and you can go wild with the details, which will make your day as delightful as possible for you and your guests!
Here are some of our recommendations for details that will make each moment even more memorable.
Functional favors. While the day is all about your love, it’s also about creating a good time for your guests. Think about what you would want as a favor if you were a guest. Our recommendation is to hand out a favor that is fun and functional. If you’re getting married in the summer as part of our garden ceremony, consider handing out hand fans that include your initials and wedding anniversary. Not only will they keep you cool, but they’ll also make for some great photo opportunities!
Other favors that put the fun in functional include cozies for beers for when you want a frosty beverage, but not a frozen hand, and snack packs for later in the evening when dancing works up an appetite.
Your guests will remember the little touches during your wedding.
Amp up your guestbook. A guestbook is an essential for a wedding so that you’ll remember the guests that spent your special day with you. If you are interested in making your guestbook more interactive, we suggest including more interactive elements to it, such as asking for their best advice for the couple, what their favorite part of the wedding was or to describe their favorite memory of the couple.
Another great idea includes handing out Polaroid cameras to guests and asking them to take a selfie to pop into your guestbook. And, of course, they can snap a selfie to keep for themselves to remember the night!
Make your day uniquely you with small touches.
Keep it intimate. Just because you’re getting married doesn’t mean you should have a huge blowout for your nuptials. At the Ridge Tahoe, we have numerous options available to brides and grooms that’ll accommodate smaller parties to larger groups. Our latest promotional package includes a ceremony, photography, buffet reception with beer and wine for 30 of your closest friends and family if you book your wedding before September 30. You can keep it intimate and under budget for $6,495, which includes all the above, as well as all taxes and service fees.
Additional items included in this package:
- Ceremony for up to 30 Guests
- Garden Ceremony
- Quaking Aspen Reception
- Classic White Wedding Chairs
- Wedding Arbor with Floral Decorations
- Event Coordinator
- One Hour Photography
- Hair and Makeup for the Bride
- IPOD Amplification
- Custom Floral Bridal Bouquet and Groom Boutonniere
- 4 Custom Centerpieces
- Tuscan Buffet
- Unlimited Coffee, Tea, and Sodas
- Custom Wedding Cake with Fresh Flowers
- One Hour Hosted House Beer and Wine
- Chiavari Reception Chairs
- White Table Linens and White Napkins
- China and Glassware
You don’t have to wait to set your date. Contact us now to start planning your wedding.
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.’”