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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
Your wedding, your way at The Ridge Tahoe. Credit: Divided Line Media
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
- 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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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
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.
Traveling during the holidays can be stressful and all around unappealing with crowds, delays and general grumpiness – but this is not the case for visitors of The Ridge Tahoe! The resort offers a celebratory and comfortable environment that will make visitors feel like they’re home for the holidays. Guests are invited to sit back and settle in because Santa is on his way and with him comes a snow forecast that will fill skiers and snowboarders with glee.
Holiday cheer is all around you at The Ridge Tahoe.
Nothing says the holidays are here like twinkling lights. Guests of The Ridge Tahoe can take a tour through the property to experience the many decorations, including Christmas trees and glowing reindeer, reminiscent of their own neighborhoods. Children’s eyes will be full of delight when they see the sparkling illuminations throughout the lobby and outdoors.
Families can venture to the Shops at Heavenly Village to experience Heavenly Holidays for additional light-peeping and to catch a glimpse of Santa Claus! Other activities at the Shops at Heavenly Village include ice skating and magic shows at The Loft.
Some holiday traditions include sitting around the fire and watching old movies. Other traditions include zipping down a mountain of white, but regardless Ridge guests can celebrate old traditions – and even make a few more while they’re at it!
The Hilltrac Skier Express can fit your whole family for easy transport to Heavenly.
One new holiday tradition guests can adopt is riding the Hilltrac Skier Express to the Stagecoach Lodge at Heavenly Mountain Resort. With over a foot of snow forecasted for Christmas weekend, ski in/ski out access allows visitors to make the most of their time on the mountain sans the hassle of getting to the resort.
Guests can also create a new holiday tradition by embracing the hot tub and hot cocoa combo that will certainly take the chill from the bones after a day of skiing.
Christmas Day Cheer
Guests don’t have to be at home to eat food that tastes like a warm hug from a favorite relative. The Hungry Bear will serve up a festive fete of delicious dishes Christmas Day, Dec. 25.
Sit around the cozy fire for a Christmas you won’t soon forget. Photo credit: Bill Wright
Families are invited to experience three courses of cuisine inspired by the season. The first course includes a crab salad profiterole with micro greens and pomegranate vinaigrette. The second course has three choices to choose from that include honey maple glazed turkey paired with stuffing, mashed potatoes, brussel sprouts and cranberry relish; Chilean sea bass with leek and lentil salad, artichoke hearts, parsnips and a winter vegetable sauce; or prime rib complete with pancetta white bean ragout, asparagus and cauliflower, and au jus and creamy horseradish. The meal is bookended with the most festive of desserts – a yuletide log with eggnog pastry cream and peppermint bark.
A morning of opening presents and general holiday cheer will certainly work up an appetite. Dial 775-588-3553 ext. 3150 to make a reservation. View the full menu here.
Visitors may notice that everything moves slower in Lake Tahoe. Locals refer to this slowdown as “Tahoe time” and though it offers an opportunity for some quality R&R, sometimes a visit is all about the fresh powder. Read on to find out how The Ridge Tahoe can help guests make the most out of their ski trip to the Sierra Nevada.
The sights from Heavenly Mountain Resort are “ski-tacular.” Photo credit: Matt Gibson
Choosing accommodations is the first step to success in Tahoe and being centrally located is key. The Ridge Tahoe is located at the top of Kingsbury, which is only a short drive to casinos, Heavenly Mountain Resort and the Tahoe Rim Trail, which is a very popular trail that loops around the entirety of the lake. In minutes visitors are carving lines in the mountain, taking in the sights and experiencing all the area offers.
The Ridge Tahoe also offers transportation to and from the resort to the local casinos. Public transportation is also easily accessible from the resort if guests want to explore different winter activities.
Grab and Go
It’s essential to have the necessary sustenance to explore the numerous trails in Tahoe South, but sometimes a sit-down breakfast is not on the itinerary. Fortunately, there are quick and nutritious options for those that take pride in first chair. The Market Place offers guests of The Ridge Tahoe a complimentary cup of coffee and a daily newspaper, plus several portable food options. The Market Place is open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, meaning individuals can grab and go before they’re at the lifts.
Nothing is worse than forgetting an essential clothing item or gear. In addition to snacks and other essentials, the Ridge Market Place offers winter clothing, including men’s and women’s jackets, and sunglasses. If a visitor left a snowboard or skis at home, the Resort Sports Ski & Snowboard Shop has everything a snow bunny could possibly want, like new equipment for every skill level, accessories, rentals and even discounted lift tickets to area resorts. The shop is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Ridge Resort Center.
Hop on board the on-site Hilltrac Skier Express for a quick ride to the mountain.
Take the Express Train
For an even quicker route to the mountaintop, the Hilltrac Skier Express is available for guests of the resort who’d like ski in/ski out access to Heavenly’s Stagecoach chairlift. This self-operated eight passenger gondola type transport whisks skiers and snowboarders from the resort to Stagecoach in less than three minutes.
Of course a Tahoe ski trip is incomplete without après options! With new extended hours, The Bear Trap Lounge is open 3 to 9 p.m. daily with happy hour specials until 6 p.m. Stop in on Tuesdays for “Après Ski” specials and on Wednesdays for “Margarita Madness.”
Find more information for a visit to The Ridge Tahoe in The Ridge Guide.
‘Tis the season for hot cocoa, fresh snow and a month of festive events. For those lucky enough to be visiting during this time, they’ll discover Tahoe South does the holidays right.
Music to Your Ears
Whether it’s the sound of EDM or classic rock tunes floating through the winter air, music is an integral part to the holiday season in the South Shore of Lake Tahoe. A wide variety of concerts occur in December and offer something different for everyone.
Be carried away with visions of sugar plums and more with TOCCATA, Dec. 16. Courtesy: TOCCATA Tahoe
Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus hosts Handel’s Messiah at St. Theresa Catholic Church, Dec. 16. The TOCCATA production includes holiday favorites from Messiah Parts One and Three and classic Christmas carols.
Legendary rock band Blue Öyster Cult takes the stage at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, Dec. 17. Hits such as “Don’t Fear the Reaper,” “Godzilla” and “Burnin’ For You” are led by original founding member Eric Bloom.
Heavenly Mountain Resort’s Winter Ignite kicks off the ski season at Heavenly Village with a free performance by the Cold War Kids, Dec. 10. Jam along to this Long Beach band after a long day surfing powder.
Coming later this month, SnowGlobe Music Festival launches the New Year celebrations with a three-day festival on the grounds of Lake Tahoe Community College, Dec. 29-31. Musical acts for this year’s dance party include The Chainsmokers, Odesza, Flume and Major Lazer.
Festive Fun for Families
A new event in the South Shore community, the Ski Run Holiday Stroll at Lake Tahoe features strolling carolers, an appearance by Santa Claus, face painting and hot chocolate. Businesses and homes on Ski Run Blvd. are expected to be decked out in holiday lights and decorations that will inspire child-like wonder in all ages.
Take a cruise on the lake with Santa Claus, Dec. 11. The M.S. Dixie II invites the whole family aboard this historic paddle wheeler for a special meet and greet with Santa, festive music and hot chocolate.
Look no further than Heavenly Holidays for festival fun for the whole family, Dec. 19-31. Courtesy: Heavenly Mountain Resort
Starting Dec. 19 and continuing through Dec. 31, Heavenly Holidays is a family festival that includes live music, magicians and even the big man himself – Santa Claus! Stick around for New Year’s Eve to see the gondola ball-drop and fireworks at 9 p.m. This celebration is ideal for families with youngsters that quite can’t make it until midnight.
Adventure Off the Mountain
Guided by the light of the full moon, a guided snowshoe trek at Kirkwood Mountain Resort offers a new way to see the region, Dec. 10. Interested parties must call the Cross Country & Snowshoe Center to make reservations.
Get inspired at the Tahoe Adventure Film Festival, Dec. 10. Courtesy: Tahoe Adventure Film Festival
A day on the slopes is nicely accompanied by the Tahoe Adventure Film Festival at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa, Dec. 10. Watch shorts focusing on skiing, snowboarding, biking and climbing. Expect DJs, prizes and more.
A night of illusion and theatrics await visitors at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe with the Magic of Rob Lake. Shows run Dec. 22-23, Dec. 26-28, Jan. 1 and Jan. 6-7.