Spring Skiing in the Sierra Nevada

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!

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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.

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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.

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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:

South Shore
Heavenly: 775-586-7000
Sierra-at-Tahoe: 530-659-7475
Kirkwood: 209-258-3000

North Shore
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!

A Very Presidential Weekend in Lake Tahoe

Tahoe is gearing up for an eventful holiday weekend with a plethora of entertainment, recreation, and new food. For those staying at The Ridge Tahoe, these President’s Day Weekend events and activities are only minutes from your room.

Get outdoors during Ski with a Ranger at Heavenly Mountain Resort, Feb. 17. This hour-long ski-venture with a US Forest Service Ranger aims to educate the public about the role Forest Service plays in ski area management, as well as to improve individuals’ understanding of natural resources and stewardship. All participants must be intermediate skiers/boarders and provide their own lift ticket.

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Get ready for the Snowshoe Cocktail Races by practicing with friends! Photo credit: Lauren McMillin Photography/Adventurette

Another outdoor adventure option is located at Camp Richardson’s Beacon Bar & Grill on Feb. 18 with Snowshoe Cocktail Races. This race tests participants’ hand-eye coordination and balance as they meander through a snowy obstacle course while wearing snowshoes and carrying cocktails. Prizes are awarded for the fastest and cleanest at the finish line.

For a good cause – and a good time – the Head 2 Head Ski Challenge at Kirkwood Mountain hosts a race and dinner auction on Feb. 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. All abilities and ages of skiers and boarders are welcome to compete in before an auction and dinner in the evening. Proceeds will benefit junior ski race programs.

Taste a different side of The Ridge Tahoe with two new menus at the Ridge Club Bistro and the Hungry Bear Restaurant. The Hungry Bear Restaurant now includes delicious pastas such as tortellini carbonara, wild mushroom ravioli, and shrimp Provencal, Asian pressed chicken thighs with pineapple ginger chile glaze, classics like beef tenderloin medallion and surf and turf, and new favorites like grilled Idaho River Trout and pan-seared Chilean Verlasso Salmon. View the full menu here.

For a less formal dining experience, the Ridge Club Bistro offers all of your favorites: seasonal soups, salads, sandwiches, nachos, and a children’s menu. Bonus: both the Hungry Bear Restaurant and the Ridge Club Bistro are located on-site at The Ridge Tahoe!

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Get your party on with entertainment options this President’s Day Weekend. Courtesy: Hard Rock Cafe Lake Tahoe

If it’s entertainment you crave, Tahoe South offers several options during President’s Day Weekend. After riding, stay on the mountain a little bit longer to experience the Unbuckle Après Party with the Heavenly Angels, Feb. 17 and Feb. 18. Unbuckle your boots, sip on some half-priced drinks and leave the kids at home for this new type of après ski.

Once you’re down from the mountain, choose from a number of late night options: Rock On! Live Band Karaoke at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Feb. 17; Disco night at the Loft Theater, Feb. 17; free Mark Mackay concert in Vinyl at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Feb. 18; Dark Star Orchestra at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, Feb. 19; Sunday Night Music Session with the Heidi Incident!, Feb. 19; and Howie Nave and guest Joshua Mann at the Improv at Harveys through Feb. 19.

Have a safe and fun holiday weekend!

Turn Up the Romance at The Ridge Tahoe

Things are about to get romantic at The Ridge Tahoe. Couples won’t even have to leave the resort to have a memorable and intimate Valentine’s Day. The Ridge also offers several ways for those individuals who are unattached to relax, unwind and make Valentine’s Day all their own.

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The Ridge Tahoe has gone pink and purple for the holiday!

Spa-Tacular Deals
For some, V-Day is all about pampering and relaxing, regardless if one’s in a relationship or single. The Elevation Spa at The Ridge Tahoe offers a prime opportunity for some bonding time between couples or well-deserved R&R from the dating scene.

Several packages offer just the right amount of relaxation. Choose from:

  • Tahoe Refresher Petite Package is ideal for the indecisive and includes both a massage and a facial. A 30-minute back, neck and shoulders massage precedes a 30-minute Pick-Me-Up Petite Facial.
  • Tahoe Refresher Deluxe Package is a step above the Petite Package with a 60-minute Swedish massage and a 60-minute Elevation Spa European Facial.
  • Elevation Spa Super Spoiler guarantees to rejuvenate from top to toe! This package involves the Elevation Spa European Facial, along with a one-hour full body massage combined with your choice of body treatment (scrub of wrap).

Work out the kinks of a successful weekend at The Ridge Tahoe's Elevation Spa.

Nothing says “I love you” like a deep tissue massage at the Elevation Spa.

Special just for Valentine’s Day, guests that book a spa treatment (60 minutes or longer) or a spa gift certificate by Feb. 14, 2017 will receive a complimentary skin care gift. Now that’s a gift that says “I love you.” Dial (775) 588-3553, ext. 6000 or email spa@ridge-resorts.com to make a reservation.

Delish Dinners
An unforgettable Valentine’s Day has to include an equally memorable meal – and the Ridge Tahoe has two options for fantastic fare.pexels-photo-11140

Amp up the romance with a three-course meal at the Hungry Bear Restaurant.

The Hungry Bear Restaurant will host a journey through love with their Valentine’s Day dinner consisting of three courses:

  • The First Impression includes an organic beet and goat cheese napoleon with chive crème fraiche, beet oil, candied pecans and watercress.
  • The Longing, a duet, follows with the choice of two: grilled filet medallion with smoked bacon and cipollini onion demi-glace, half Maine lobster with drawn butter and lemon, pan seared diver sea scallops with caramelized pear vinaigrette, and grilled lamp chops with mint pesto. Each Longing is accompanied by marble au gratin and seasonal field vegetables.
  • The Forever Remembering is aptly named with white chocolate mousse in a Belgian dark chocolate cup with raspberry curd.

The Valentine’s Day menu is $60 per person and reservations are recommended.

For an alternative V-Day meal, the Bear Trap Lounge recently launched a new bar menu that includes classic bar fare like fish and chips and cheeseburgers, as well as delicious appetizers like the Ridge cheese board that includes a selection of cheeses, meats and spreads, and calamari steak strips. The Portobello burger is a bold choice – and a tasty favorite – that is also more calorie conscious than the average burger.

 

Your Burning Questions Answered

Guests visiting The Ridge Tahoe for the first time will likely have a lot of questions, such as:

“Where can I get a great meal?”

“How can I get to the ski resort?”

And our personal favorite: “How is this place so awesome?!”

Fortunately, The Ridge Tahoe has these and more questions answered below.

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The Ridge Tahoe is situated at 7,500′ and privy to sweeping views.

Where are you located?
The Ridge Tahoe is located in Stateline, Nev., part of the Tahoe South area that spans from Zephyr Cove in Nevada to Emerald Bay in California. The resort is situated at 7,500’ and privy to sweeping views of Lake Tahoe, as well as Carson Valley. It’s conveniently located to ensure easy travel to Carson Valley and to the Stateline/Tahoe South area where gaming and activities abound.

What are my transportation options?
Guests traveling into the Reno-Tahoe International Airport can easily rent a car or hop on the South Tahoe Airporter for affordable transportation to Tahoe South. Round trip rides with South Tahoe Airporter run approximately $55 per person.

Once guests arrive in Tahoe South at the Stateline area, they can either call the complimentary Ridge Tahoe shuttle or hop onboard the BlueGo Casino Shuttle that departs the Stateline Transit Center every hour from 7:20 a.m. until 11:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 12:30 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

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The Ridge Club Bistro is one of three dining options at The Ridge Tahoe. Photo credit: Bill Wright

My stomach is growling. Where can I eat?
A day of traveling can work up an appetite. The Ridge Tahoe offers three options for the hungry guest: Hungry Bear Restaurant, Bear Trap Lounge and the Ridge Club Bistro.

The Hungry Bear offers a more formal, sit-down dining experience with steaks, surf and turf, and daily fish specials. The Ridge Club Bistro has a less formal approach but is no less delicious with options like pasta, hot sandwiches, and options for kids. The Bear Trap Lounge is the place to be for happy hour specials for drinks and appetizers. It’s also the best place to catch a football game!

How close is the resort to skiing?
The Ridge Tahoe is located within a short ride to Stagecoach Lodge at Heavenly Mountain Resort. The lodge can be easily accessed via the Hilltrac Skier Express for the ultimate in convenience. Guests that want to explore all the different resorts in the Lake Tahoe Basin are recommended to rent a car to experience resorts like Northstar, Homewood, Mt. Rose, Squaw Valley and others. Shuttles are available to Kirkwood Mountain Resort and Sierra-at-Tahoe. Check individual resort websites for availability and schedules.

Before heading to one of the many mountains, suit up at the Resort Sports Ski & Snowboard Shop. With professional services like tuning and waxing, plus options to purchase ski accessories and rent equipment, the shop will have guests looking like pros.

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Hit the slopes at a number of nearby resorts. Courtesy: Heavenly Mountain Resort

What about gaming?
Four casinos are located within ten minutes of the resort: Harveys, Harrah’s, MontBleu and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Guests can try their hand at craps, blackjack, and poker while also enjoying a complimentary shuttle to and from the casino corridor.

Pro tip: Before hitting the casinos, consider enrolling in a complimentary class with a Lakeside Inn dealer. Check the Ridge Guide for a current schedule.

Do you have other questions that weren’t answered? Ask us on Facebook!

A Wedding All Your Own 

A wedding is unique to each person. Even with similar tastes and preferences, one person’s wedding will be vastly different from another’s. For those looking for a distinct experience, Lake Tahoe offers opportunities to make a wedding distinctive and memorable. One of the best places to ensure a wedding is true to the brides and/or grooms is The Ridge Tahoe.

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Your wedding, your way at The Ridge Tahoe. Credit: Divided Line Media

Packages Galore

An experienced Ridge Tahoe wedding coordinator can inform couples about the various options available for wedding planning. A number of packages are available for weddings and offers customization so each wedding stands alone.

Available options included in packages are:

  • Location of ceremony
  • Floral decorations
  • Food selections, including appetizers
  • Custom wedding cake
  • Cupcake display
  • Officiates
  • Photography
  • Wedding coordinators
  • Types of chairs
  • Hair and makeup

Some options are only available with certain packages.

Location is Everything

A wedding at The Ridge Tahoe offers more than all-inclusive packages, it also offers picture perfect locations for nuptials – which is crucial when a photographer and a videographer will be capturing every moment.

Several locations are available:

  • Grand View Garden is perfect for the nature-loving bride that prefers sweeping views and just the right amount of nature. The Grand View Garden is situated at 7,500 views, looks over the Carson Valley and surrounding mountains, and offers granite pathway for an easy trip down the aisle.

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A Grand View Garden wedding has the best spots for photos opps! Credit: Divided Line Media

  • Stagecoach View Room is ideal for a winter ceremony and accommodates up to 120 guests. Keep out of the cold while still enjoying views of Stagecoach Lodge and chairlift at Heavenly Mountain.
  • Elevation Deck 7500 also overlooks the Sierra Nevada Mountains and can be used during the winter months. Intimate daytime ceremonies are also recommended for this space.
  • Beach front weddings are available for Ridge Tahoe brides. Choose to say “I do” at Round Hill Pines or Lakeside Beach for a ceremony that will have guests gaping not only at the bride’s dress but also the scenery.

Go Seasonal

Everyone prefers a certain season over the others and this also extends to the desired season for a wedding. The Ridge Tahoe offers weddings in all seasons and each offers different attributes that contribute to a wedding that feels all one’s own.

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Winter is a great time to be married at The Ridge Tahoe. Credit: Divided Line Media

Winter, for example, offers breathtaking views bathed in white and opportunities for stunning photography of falling snow. Summer, on the other hand, almost guarantees perfect, sunny weather with 249 sunny days per year in South Lake Tahoe. Summer also provides the most options for venues, while winter is more limited.

For additional information about weddings at The Ridge Tahoe, contact Blair Varela at (775) 588-3553, extension 3160 or bvarela@ridge-resorts.com.

Drive Safe in Tahoe

Fresh snow promises endless fun on the mountain but it can also cause travel issues for those unaccustomed with driving in the snow. To ensure a safe arrival to The Ridge Tahoe, heed our following recommendations to successfully navigate treks over mountain passes.

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A beautiful winter landscape should be approached with caution when driving. Courtesy: Heavenly Mountain Resort

Before You Go:

  • Check road conditions before leaving for a destination. The latest road conditions are available for California with Caltrans online and for Nevada on the Nevada Department of Transportation Up to date information is also available at (800) 427-7623 for California and Western Nevada (Lake Tahoe/Reno Area).
  • Plan for additional travel time. Traffic moves slower during bad weather.
  • Prepare your car by stocking it with emergency materials for a winter trip: blanket, booster cables, bottled water and non-perishable foods, first aid kit, maps, shovels, flares, spare tire, a bag of sand (aids in traction), extra windshield fluid, snowbrush/scraper, and old boots, as well as clothes.
  • Carry chains even if the vehicle has 4-wheel drive.
  • The gas tank should always be above halfway full when traveling in winter conditions. There is a possibility that traffic may be backed up due to weather conditions or accidents. A nearly full tank ensures the vehicle will not run out of gas while waiting.

On Your Way:

  • Drive slowly and avoid braking. Braking on ice and on slick roads can cause brakes to lock, thus causing the car to drift out of the driver’s control. If the car does begin to slide, the best recommendation is to let off of the brakes. Turn the wheels in the same direction the rear of the car is sliding.
  • Keep the distance between cars in case of sliding or sudden stops.
  • Always put on chains in designated areas.
  • Exercise caution at intersections and take time crossing streets, as well taking turns.
  • If a drive feels uncomfortable due to the current weather conditions, take a break. When traveling from the Bay Area, El Dorado and Amador Counties offer a variety of wineries, restaurants and sites that

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The Ridge Tahoe offers car free options for visitors.

Go Car Free:

There is also the option to go carless when visiting The Ridge Tahoe. Guests visiting from out of town will find easy transportation from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport on South Tahoe Airporter. In addition to a resort shuttle that may be requested by contacting the concierge at 6200, bus transportation is available for guests that would prefer to go car free when on vacation. The BlueGo Casino Shuttle is complimentary and drops off at the Heavenly Villages and Casino Corridor. Find the full schedule on page four of The Ridge Guide.

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.