Explore Lake Tahoe with a winter hike

Hikers looking for trails with or without snow can use their sneaks or strap on a pair of snowshoes and head out in the backcountry. Guided tours are available in and around Lake Tahoe or if you want to stick closer to your room, The Ridge Tahoe offers guided snowshoe tours in winter (check with The Ridge Tahoe concierge).

Try some snowshoes or just use your sneakers if the trails are bare and explore Lake Tahoe this winter. Photo: Tahoe South.

Try some snowshoes or just use your sneakers if the trails are bare and explore Lake Tahoe this winter.
Photo: Tahoe South.

Here are some of our favorite places:

Historic Camp Richardson Resort: With plenty of fair-weather terrain and gentle slopes and grades that winds through the forest, Camp Rich offers a day’s worth of exercise and scenery. Snowshoe rentals (and cross country ski equipment) are available at the Mountain Sports Center. Check with them about moonlight-guided night adventure tours.

Van Sickle Bi-State Park: Located minutes from the Ridge Tahoe down Kingsbury Grade, the the 150-acre park allows for nearby hikes with some spectacular views. Expect easy, moderate and steep climbs along trails that wind their way up, setting the course for some amazing views of the lake, Mt. Tallac and Tahoe’s north shore off in the distance.

Fallen Leaf: The trail begins where the road ends with a moderate 5.5 mile roundtrip walk along Angora Ridge Road. Hikers will find themselves in a gentle but strenuous climb for about two miles along the Angora Ridge Lookout. Breathtaking not only lends itself to the pitches upward, but what one sees once they reach the crescendo about a half-mile past the lookout: an off-trail vista where hikers get a spectacular view of Lake Tahoe and Fallen Leaf. Bring a camera.

Spooner Lake Loop Trail: Slightly more than two miles, this is a family-friendly trail with very little changes in elevation. For the more strenuous, Spooner Lake is also a major trailhead for gaining access to the Spooner Backcountry. The backcountry comprises more than 12,000 acres of forested open space with more than 50 trails.

Sierra-at-Tahoe: Pack your snowshoes along with your skis and snowboard and bring them to Sierra-at-Tahoe. The resort maintains three miles of snowshoe trails that wind through scenic hideaways and pristine alpine terrain. Take a self-guided romp through the woods and enjoy the mountain environment. Trails are open depending on the weather.

Where’s your favorite place to hike in the winter?

Upcoming Winter Events in Tahoe

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

Make the Most of Thanksgiving When Traveling

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.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Essential Items for Your Tahoe Trip

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

Jacket
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.

Swimsuit
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

Sunscreen
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!

Hat
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.

 

Best Tahoe Hiking Trails for Beginners

You’ve made it to Tahoe and you’ve checked into the Ridge Tahoe. Now, your first stop may be taking a nap or grabbing food at the Bistro, but your next step should be snagging a map for a local hike! You’ll find an abundance of trails for hikers of all experience levels that’ll take you up granite slopes, near hidden waterfalls and through alpine meadows. Tahoe is truly a hiker’s dream, but for those visitors unaccustomed to strenuous treks, we’ve compiled a few of the best hiking trails for beginners.

A personal favorite of ours is the Castle Rock Trail. It’s two miles round-trip and offers a steady incline throughout the trail. Hikers will take in gorgeous views of the Tahoe region and views of the Ridge Tahoe emerge in the distance. Once hikers reach the appropriately named peak, they’ll experience panoramic views of the lake and its surrounding valleys.

Van Sickle Bi-State Park Rim Trail has everything an adventurer could want to be packed in a 6.6-mile round-trip hike. From views of the valley to the lake and towering pine trees, this trail has much to offer novices of any age. It is a great hike for beginners and those seeking a general hike conveniently located in the center of the South Shore.

 

Hiking in Van Sickle Rim Trail is accompanied by beautiful views. Credit: Rod Hanna / Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority

There are numerous small lakes that are accessible via relaxed trails. A favorite lake of many locals and visitors alike is Fallen Leaf Lake. Catch a glimpse of this peaceful lake on the 8.1-mile round-trip loop around the lake. This is also a dog accessible hike, so bring your favorite hiking buddy – but please leave him or her on a leash!

Two well-loved trails in the South shore are Cascade Falls and Eagle Falls . Both trails begin near Emerald Bay with Eagle Falls visible from the highway. These are must-do hikes in the region due to a large amount of snowfall this past year generating literal tons of runoff water.

Eagle Falls pictured during after a very active snow season. Credit: Kristin Rust / Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority

If hikers are interested in a leisurely stroll through a blooming meadow, check out the Lam Watah Nature Trail. This trail has a low level of difficulty but offers magnificent views of the Tahoe’s meadows. It also takes you right up along the lake to Nevada Beach for a relaxing and scenic pit stop.

These are just a few of the trails you can experience while staying at the Ridge Tahoe. If you are seeking more adventure and difficulty, download the All Trails app on your phone or find more posts about our favorite hikes in the area. Happy trails!

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.