Winter time brings fun to Lake Tahoe. Photo credit: Rachid Dahnoun
Coming to the Ridge Tahoe in the next month? You’re in for a treat with numerous local events happening throughout January and February. Check out a few of our picks below.
Railroad Earth: MontBleu Resort, Casino & Spa will host bluegrass band Railroad Earth on Friday, Jan. 19. This wildly popular band has released critically acclaimed studio albums, as well as a live album, that hhasearned them a loyal following. More info
Magic After Dark: The Loft Tahoe puts some magic in your week with Magic After Dark: Robert Hall #Unfiltered. This adults-only magic experience combines mind games and comedy in a unique performance that is a great option for date night. Magic After Dark is set for Friday, Jan. 19. More info
UFC 220: The Ultimate Fighting Championship World Heavyweight Championship is slated for Saturday, Jan. 20 with Miocic facing off against Ngannou. Haveys will host the UFC 220 viewing experience in the Harveys Video Stadium. More info
Saved by the ‘90s: Be transported to the 1990s with Saved by the ‘90s, a cover band that runs the gamut from the Spice Girls to The Beastie Boys and beyond. Dance the night away with some new oldies at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe on Saturday, Jan. 20. More info
Zion I: Get funky with Zion I at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Saturday, Jan. 20. Zion I will perform along with Z-Man, DJ True Justice, Feeki and Dreda Dre Galactik Vibes and Connected. More info
Full Moon Snowshoe Tours: For a truly unique outdoor experience, snowshoe by moonlight on Saturday, Jan. 27 at the Hellman-Ehrman estate at Sugar Pine Point State Park. A beginner’s clinic will be available prior to the guided hike. More info
Jim Breuer: Get ready to laugh with Jim Breuer at Harrah’s on Saturday, Jan. 27. Known for Saturday Night Live, “Half Baked,” and as Comedy Central’s “100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time,” Breuer will perform inside the South Shore Room. More info
Tower of Power: Soul band Tower of Power takes the stage at MontBleu Resort, Casino & Spa on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 2 and 3. Enjoy rhythm and blues from a band that has performed together almost five decades. More info
National Championship Snow Bike Series: Watch men and women compete in this series, which includes a snow bar, live music and fires to keep attendees warm throughout the exhilarating event. This event is set for Saturday, Feb. 10 at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. More info
Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen: Legends Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen will play an intimate show at the South Shore Room at Harrah’s on Saturday, Feb. 10. These Texas singer and songwriters will perform some of their most beloved songs together. More info
Beth Hart: Beth Hart’s Fire On The Floor Tour will come to MontBleu Resort, Casino & Spa on Saturday, Feb. 10. Beth Hart is a Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter that will serenade the crowds with hits like “LA Song (Out of This Town).” More info
Mike Gordon: MontBleu Resort, Casino & Spa will present An Evening with Mike Gordon on Sunday, Feb. 11. Mike Gordon is the co-founder of Phish and will lead his own band to promote his new album, OGOGO. More info
When Tahoe is covered in snow, you may feel the urge to curl up by a warm fire instead of head out in wintry conditions but some of the best Tahoe experiences are had in the winter! In addition to skiing and snowboarding, snowshoeing offers a fun way to explore a white wonderland with numerous trails in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Check out a few of our recommended snowshoe hikes below.
Snow means more fun and adventure outside! Courtesy: The Ridge Tahoe
Castle Rock: The closest snowshoe hike to the Ridge Tahoe is Castle Rock, an easy to moderate snowshoe hike with views of Lake Tahoe along the way. This trail, which includes parts of the Tahoe Rim Trail, can be accessed via Kingsbury Grade and is a 2.8-mile loop with less than 600 elevation gain.
Vikingsholm: Situated in iconic Emerald Bay, the Vikingsholm Trail is a great option for an easy snowshoe hike under two miles. Elevation gain is minimal during this hike that takes you to the shores of Emerald Bay where Vikingsholm Castle resides. This home, which was designed in the Scandinavian style, is not the only striking part of this hike – hikers will also be privy to up-close views of the only island in Tahoe, Fannette Island.
Watch Eagle Falls rush into Emerald Bay after a hike to Eagle Lake. Photo credit: Kyle McCoy / Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
Eagle Lake: Close by to Vikingsholm is Eagle Lake, accessible by the Eagle Lake Trailhead. A very popular hike for families, this short trail takes hikers to a serene alpine lake and is accessible during the winter months. Stop by Eagle Falls across the highway to see where Eagle Lake’s water ends up.
Van Sickle Bi-State Park: For those interested in epic views of the South Shore and Lake Tahoe, Van Sickle Bi-State Park is an ideal setting for snowshoeing. Hikers can choose to go as short or as far as they prefer, though the trailhead to Tahoe Rim trail is just over three miles and includes stunning vistas of the lake.
The Ridge Tahoe also offers snowshoe tours, as well as rentals for guests. Other great options for snowshoeing around the Basin includes Fallen Leaf Lake, Rabe Meadows, and Nevada Beach.
Experience a new world of winter hiking when snowshoeing. Photo credit: Kyle Smaine / Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
Before heading out to snowshoe, there are a few things to consider:
- Check the weather forecast before heading out to snowshoe. Though a trail may seem easy, it can become treacherous if it’s icy or temperatures are low.
- Know your limits! If you’re uncomfortable on a trail, don’t push it. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
- Pack extra necessities including clothing, food, and water, as well as a first aid kit in case of emergencies.
- Consider using trekking poles for easier navigating through deep snow. Ski poles work great in a pinch!
After a snowshoe adventure, stop by the Bear Trap Lounge to warm up with a drink or a soak in one of our many rooftop hot tubs.
Sources: AllTrails, Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
The New Year is a time to think about the things we could do better. Now is the time to make resolutions that’ll stick through 2018 and beyond to make each year better and better. If you’re stuck for resolutions, consider our top resolutions for the New Year below.
Soak it all in during 2018. Photo credit: le_milady
More Relaxation: Sometimes it can be hard to unwind after a busy day at work or with family. Luckily this becomes a little bit easier when the time is scheduled to relax, such as on a vacation. Our top tip for more relaxation time in 2018 is taking advantage of the many roof top and indoor hot tubs available on our property. Nothing says relaxation like bubbles and a gorgeous sunset.
Expand your food palate at the Bistro or Hungry Bear Restaurant.
Try New Foods: Shed the label of “picky eater” by trying new foods at two on-site restaurants, the Bistro and the Hungry Bear Restaurant. Chef Stephen creates elegant dining experiences that include steak, seafood, pastas and many other favorites. Never had lamb? This is your time to try it with mint pesto and a pomegranate Syrah reduction!
Try your hand – or rather, your feet – at snowshoeing this year.
Try New Hobbies: The New Year is the ideal time to try something new. Whether it’s skiing or refining your palate with a wine tasting seminar, the Ridge Tahoe is the perfect gateway for new diversions. Our property offers cooking demonstrations, skin care classes, tennis clinics, card making and so much more. Guests will be sure to find their favorite pastime while visiting the Ridge Tahoe. Check our Ridge Guide for current classes.
Work it out this 2018 at the Ridge Tahoe gym.
Take Care of Your Body: The most popular resolution by far is to work out and eat right. For those that have resolved to just that, the Ridge Tahoe can help with a full gym and classes for aerobics.
Time for a glow up at the Elevation Spa.
Take Care of Your Skin: The largest organ in the body needs extra TLC and now is the time to get on a skincare regimen that’ll work for your specific needs. Facial treatments at Elevation Spa will help to rebalance, rehydrate and improve skin with European facials that use high-quality skincare lines like Dermalogica. You’ll glow in no time!
Explore the great outdoors, including the Carson Valley, and Lake Tahoe.
Go Outside More: John Muir said, “The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.” We agree with his sentiment and if you do too, then a commitment to more exploration should be a no-brainer. Lake Tahoe is ripe with adventure including snowboarding, snowshoeing, swimming, hiking, rock climbing… the list goes on! Many of these activities are accessible from your room at the Ridge Tahoe, which makes this resolution even easier to fulfill.
Number one resolution: more family time, more fun.
Make Time for Family and Friends: People are important and if your relationships slacked in 2017, time to plan a getaway with friends and family at the Ridge Tahoe. Our suites are large enough to accommodate groups and there is no shortage of activities on site. Book now and mark this resolution off your list.
Tahoe is the ideal place to ring in the New Year, as there are plenty of opportunities to say goodbye to the old and hello to 2018! From music festivals to gourmet dinners and mountain sunsets, you’ll enjoy 2017 until the very last second. Check out a few of our recommendations for New Year’s Eve fun below.
Hit the slopes at Kirkwood, one of three local resorts in Tahoe South. Photo credit: Lauren Lindley / Ski Lake Tahoe
Ski at One of Three Resorts
Begin your day with fresh air and fresh snow by hitting the slopes at Heavenly, Kirkwood or Sierra-at-Tahoe, all within a half hour from the Ridge Tahoe. You can also ski in and ski out of the resort with the Hilltrac Skier Express, an eight-person passenger car that transports resort guests to the Stagecoach Lodge of Heavenly. You can read more about the ways to access the mountain here.
Close out the year with a beautiful Tahoe sunset. Courtesy: Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
Watch the Sunset
The Ridge Tahoe has numerous vantage points for sunsets. Embrace the après ski lifestyle and soak in a hot tub while soaking in the sunset. With several rooftop hot tubs on-property, you’ll have the ability to relax and prepare for the festivities ahead. Another option is to head down to nearby Nevada Beach, a public area that faces the West Shore of the Lake and immensely popular for sunset viewing.
Dance through the end of 2017 at the annual SnowGlobe Music Festival. Photo credit: Andrew Jorgensen / SnowGlobe
Dance at SnowGlobe
SnowGlobe Music Festival returns to South Lake Tahoe Dec. 29 through New Year’s Eve. Music lovers will enjoy this electronica and dance music festival set in the idyllic mountains of Lake Tahoe. Artists like Dillon Francis, Khalid, Zedd, and others will grace the stage during the 3-day festival.
SnowGlobe does sell out every year so it’s imperative to buy tickets as soon as possible.
Make your plans to dine at the Hungry Bear Restaurant before the clock strikes midnight. Courtesy: The Ridge Tahoe
Dine at the Ridge
Say goodbye to 2017 with a delicious dinner at the Hungry Bear Restaurant on site at the Ridge Tahoe. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., we will host musical entertainment, dinner and an East Coast ball drop celebration.
Dinner includes a first course of golden herb consommé with crab wonton, followed by a duet of half butter poached live Maine lobster with drawn butter and lemon; a deconstructed beef wellington with spinach, wild mushroom, pastry and béarnaise sauce; or dry pack diver sea scallops with preserved lemon vinaigrette. Each entrée includes yam au gratin potatoes and braised broccoli. Dessert will be a sacher torte with eggnog crème anglaise.
Dinner and entertainment are $75 per person and includes party favors, as well as a complimentary glass of champagne. The children’s menu is $19.95. Make a reservation by calling the concierge at 775-588-3553 ext. 3150.
2017 has flown by, so it should come as no surprise that the holidays are already upon us in Tahoe South. Regardless of what you’re celebrating this season, there are several festive activities occurring near the Ridge Tahoe that will surely have you feeling spirited!
Zoomin’ through the New Year in Lake Tahoe. Courtesy: Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority / Rachid Dahnoun
Heavenly Holidays at the Heavenly Village
Running Dec. 18 through Dec. 31, Heavenly Holidays at the Heavenly Village includes many of the season’s classics: ice skating under twinkling lights, ice sculptures and a giant 16-foot snow globe with plenty of photo opportunities with Santa Claus himself. This two-week festival also includes holiday-themed happy hours for those 21 and older, DJs, live music and magicians.
Heavenly Holidays on the ice at the Heavenly Village. Courtesy: Heavenly Mountain Resort
Sierra Cinemas Movie Night
One Saturday each month, Sierra Cinemas comes to life at Lake Tahoe AleWorx, a family-friendly restaurant, and bar located at The Crossings. This outdoor movie screening will feature numerous films on Saturday, Dec. 23 including Passenger Ski film, “Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Frosty the Snowman,” “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and Dr. Seuss’s “The Grinch.” This evening’s event benefits the Boys & Girls Club of Lake Tahoe. Dress warmly, as this event is held outside among firepits.
Christmas Dinner at the Ridge
The Hungry Bear Restaurant, conveniently located on property at the Ridge Tahoe, will host Christmas dinner for those spending the holiday at the resort. From 3 to 7 p.m., dinner will be available $45 per person and $16.95 for children ages 3-11.
The first course will include a crab salad profiterole with micro greens and a pomegranate vinaigrette, then a second course that includes your choice of the following: roasted Chilean sea bass with warm leek and lentil salad, artichoke hearts, parsnips and roasted winter vegetable sauce; honey maple glazed roast turkey with cornbread sausage stuffing, mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes, Brussel sprouts and citrus cranberry relish; or slow roasted prime rib served with pancetta white bean ragout, asparagus and cauliflower with au jus and creamy horseradish. Dinner is capped with a yuletide log with eggnog pastry cream and peppermint bark.
Get in the Christmas spirit with decorated halls and Christmas dinner at the Ridge. Courtesy: The Ridge Tahoe
Reservations are encouraged. Contact the concierge at 775-588-3553 ext. 3150 to make reservations.
Happy Holidays from the Ridge Tahoe!
You land in Lake Tahoe. Your main objective: get on the mountain for some skiing – and quick! We don’t blame you, as that would be our goal, too! If you’ve never been to the South Shore of Lake Tahoe or if you’ve never stayed at the Ridge Tahoe, you may be wondering just how you can achieve this. Fortunately, we’re familiar with the various ways to access Heavenly Mountain Resort and have detailed these below for your convenience.
Stagecoach Lodge: the closest ski lodge to the Ridge Tahoe. PC: Instagram user apertureistic
To Stagecoach Lodge: Guests of the Ridge Tahoe have the ultimate convenience when it comes to riding Heavenly Mountain, which is located next to the resort on the South Shore of the lake. Only Ridge guests have access to the Hilltrac Skier Express, an 8-person passenger car that transports guests to the Stagecoach Lodge at Heavenly.
A recently completed $120,000 overhaul to the Skier Express includes a complete rework of the electronics and computer systems that drive the passenger car. Also new this year is an updated charging system, which powers the unit. The driving mechanism and the 680-foot track to Stagecoach were also updated for a smoother, more comfortable ride. It’s the best way to ski in and ski out when staying at the Ridge!
Additionally, on property Ridge Shuttles can drop off at Stagecoach Lodge (after going around the loop).
The newly updated Hilltrac Skier Express is the best way to ski in and ski out at the Ridge Tahoe. PC: Aldrey Torres
To Boulder Lodge: For those that want to explore more terrain within Heavenly Mountain, guests can take the Skier Express or Ridge Shuttle to Stagecoach Lodge then transfer to the Boulder shuttle.
To Heavenly Village: If you’d like a classic gondola experience, take the BlueGo bus that travels every hour on the hour from the Ridge Tahoe to the Casino Corridor and Heavenly Village, the home of the Heavenly Gondola. This gondola affords breathtaking views of the lake as it travels to the top of Heavenly
Another option to get to the Heavenly Village is to take the above transportation to Stagecoach Lodge then transfer to the Village shuttle.
Heaven awaits you at Heavenly Mountain Resort. PC: Heavenly Mountain Resort
To California Lodge: Venture outside of Nevada and experience California by traveling to the California Lodge. Guests may take the BlueGo bus to the Heavenly Village, then transfer at the Village Transport station to the California Lodge.
Regardless of which Lodge you prefer during your ski-venture, make your home base the Ridge Tahoe. With easy access to the mountain, how could you not?