This summer has reached some extreme temperatures, and even the mountains can’t hide from the beating sun! If you are heating up, we have some tips to cool off this summer.
Easy and Breezy
The Ridge Tahoe includes three pools that are short walks from any room on property. Not only do the pools help you chill out, but they also have beautiful views of Lake Tahoe to the west, and Carson Valley to the east. This is one of the most convenient, easy, and fun ways to cool off when staying at the Ridge Tahoe. Check out the property map to find a pool near you.
The bear necessities: just you and the clubhouse pool.
Life is Better at the Lake
The lake is a natural choice on a summer’s day. Our resort offers complimentary transportation that takes guests from the Ridge Clubhouse to Heavenly Village, from which you can take a short walk to Lakeside Beach.
If you’d like to explore other beaches, consider taking the water taxi offered by Round Hill Marina. The water taxi can take you to three other South Shore beaches: Camp Richardson, Round Hill Pines and Timber Cove. This is great option to bypass traffic while also enjoying the lake breeze as you bounce from beach to beach.
The water’s just right! Jump in. Photo credit: Jamie Kingham / Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
Explore the great outdoors, take in some gorgeous views and find natural waterfalls to jump in with a hike!
If you’re looking for a hike close to the Ridge Tahoe, take a ride on the Ridge Shuttle to Heavenly Village, then walk straight to Van Sickle Bi-State Park where you will find yourself hiking among tall pine trees near Heavenly Mountain Resort. With several shaded resting stops, this hike is a great option for working up a sweat and then cooling off in a natural waterfall at the top of the trail.
Is there a better reward after a hike than a waterfall? This one is seen at Van Sickle Bi-State Park. Photo credit: Rod Hanna / Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
Another great hike near Emerald Bay is Eagle Falls, which is the perfect for alpine lake swimming. With stone walking steps, this hike includes a beautiful canyon, an abundance of shade and beautiful views of Emerald Bay during your hike.
If you want to find more hikes that offer water falls great for swimming, check out TahoeSouth.com.
More Pro Tips
Now that you’re equipped with great ideas to cool off while visiting Tahoe, there are few things you can do right in your own room to prevent hot temperatures from sneaking in:
- Blackout Shades: Utilize the shade in your room! The temperatures reach their warmest between the hours of 1 p.m. and 6 p.m., so make sure you while you’re out lying by the pool, that your blinds are closed to prevent sunrays from entering your room.
- Fresh, Mountain Air: Around 7 p.m. we recommend you open your windows while keeping your blinds closed until the sun is completely out of sight. Average nighttime temperatures in August dip down to 50°F. The natural air will seep into your room, cooling it down much like an air conditioner.
- Don’t Use Heavy Material: Even when you are on the mountain in the summer, keep your heavy blankets and clothing at home. Strip your bed of any heavy blankets and store them away. Any large blanket can lock in heat, making it difficult to cool down at night.
- Refresh Yourself at the Bear Trap Lounge: Happy hour starts at 3 p.m. every day at the Bear Trap Lounge, which is located in the clubhouse. Enjoy a glass of wine or beer, unwind and cool off!
Celebrate the last weeks of summer at the Ridge Tahoe!
Tahoe outdoes itself during the summer with concerts, water skiing, boating, and shopping galore. In addition to these easy-going activities, Tahoe also has plenty of entertainment for adrenaline junkies looking for a fix! Summer is the perfect time to check out those blood-pumping adventures and we’ve compiled a few of our favorites.
Heavenly Mountain Epic Discovery
Our first choice takes us to Heavenly Mountain Resort, the Ridge Tahoe’s neighbor (and easily accessed from the resort’s on-site Hilltrac Skier Express)!
Heavenly not only offers an array of skiing slopes during the winter time but also a jungle of ropes courses and ziplines at Epic Discovery, Heavenly’s adventure park, which is home to two of their popular scenic ziplines. The Hot Shot zipline provides gorgeous views of Mt. Tallac and Pyramid Peak while ziplining alongside three of your friends or family members. Alternately, the Blue Streak Zipline offers incredible views of Lake Tahoe as you glide through the sky on the 3,300 ft. zip line. Talk about heart pounding! Click here for more information.
Sky Combat Ace
Ready to pilot your very own fighter jet? Sky Combat Ace offers you an opportunity like no other with a truly unique aviation experience. You’ll have the chance to either ride along or get behind the controls of a fighter jet under the supervision of one of SCA’s highly trained fighter pilots. You can choose from four types of aviation experiences: aerobatics, air combat, combination or flight training.
Another aviation experience offered only a short drive from the Ridge Tahoe is Soaring NV. Soaring is a unique concept, using art, science and the natural environment to keep yourself afloat. As you are sitting in a glider, which is a plane without an engine, you are attached to another plane by a string, and then released in the air to control your movement. The glider will safely travel to the ground or any other way you would like to go. The sky is the limit!
See Lake Tahoe from a new perspective with Soaring NV. Photo courtesy of Soaring NV
What kind of adrenaline-soaked Tahoe adventure would be complete without mountain biking? Tahoe South has several mountain biking trails that will leave you speechless. A very popular mountain biking option is the Tahoe Rim Trail, which takes you along a slim ridge with views of Lake Tahoe. Another fan favorite is the Flume trail, a 4.5-mile-long narrow single-track trail that follows the ridge from the west end of Lake Tahoe to the north nearly 2,000 feet above the lake. It is a highly rated trail, as well as one of the most photographed. Check out more bikes trails offered here.
Hit the trails for heart pounding mountain biking in Tahoe South. Photo credit: Jamie Kingham / Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
It’s clear that Tahoe has endless options for people of all ages and types. Whether you’re looking to go dancing, enjoy cocktails lakeside, ski, hike, go shopping, or get your heart pumping, Tahoe has it all. At a convenient location to all the action, the Ridge Tahoe is the place to stay if you’re looking for a healthy dose of adrenaline!
The weather is warm, the sun is shining and it’s been a long winter, which means we are eager to get outside! If you need some vitamin D and you’re also staying at the Ridge Tahoe, then check out a few of our recommendations for (almost) summer fun.
- Hit the beach: This past season’s historic precipitation filled the lake to its brim, which means now is the time to spend a day (or two) on its shores, lounging in its sands. Check out one of the nearby beaches for a wonderful day near the pristine waters of Lake Tahoe – or venture out to a secluded beach!
- Rock out: Rock climbing is one of Tahoe’s most exhilarating and challenging activities. Ease into it with a rock climbing class at the Ridge Tahoe. You’ll practice on natural rock so you’ll be prepared for the real thing in no time.
- See the sights: Hop aboard the S. Dixie II paddle wheeler for a cruise to the iconic Emerald Bay. Discount activity tickets are sold at the Ridge Market Place. Call 800-23-TAHOE to make your reservations.
- Learn something new: Did you know that the Ridge Tahoe offers an array of classes for guests? That’s right! This summer you can take up a new hobby like tennis or learn how to make cards, as well as using essential oils. Activities are regularly updated in the Ridge Guide.
- Map your skin: Summer means you’ll be showing more skin. Sign up for one of our Dermalogica skin care classes through the Elevation Spa to make sure it’s in the best shape. MicroZone skin mapping is now available so you know your skin’s specific needs.
- Watch a master chef: Our complimentary cooking demo with Chef Stephen happens every Thursday at 3 p.m. in the Castle Rock View Room. Watch Chef create a fabulous dish right before your eyes.
- Work up a sweat: Regardless if it’s outside or indoors, now is the time to get in fighting shape for the summer season! Our fitness center is equipped with everything you need to stay buff.
- Take a hike: The Tahoe Rim Trail is only moments from the Ridge Tahoe and you can easily access other trails in the basin. Some of our favorites include the Glen Alpine Trail and nearby Van Sickle Bi-State Park among others.
- Try a new food: With in-room kitchens, a vacation at the Ridge Tahoe is the ideal time to try out a new recipe. The Sierra Nevada is rich with fresh produce and a quick trip to the farms of El Dorado County or Carson Valley will yield a bounty of fruits and veggies!
- Relax a little: Dip your toes or go ahead and cannonball into one of our outdoor pools! This is the perfect time to take advantage of warm afternoons in the Sierra sun. Or if you’re in a mood for rejuvenation, we recommend heading to the Elevation Spa for a massage.
After a historic snowfall, Lake Tahoe has (mostly) thawed out to reveal rushing waterfalls and cautious wildflower buds. Unsurprisingly, it has also encouraged a mass exodus to Lake Tahoe’s beaches to soak in the Sierra sun.
If you’re visiting Tahoe in May and June, you’re in for a treat with some of the best of summer and winter activities at your fingertips. Check out a few of our favorite spring pastimes below.
With spring melt comes waterfalls. The warm months are ideal times to view Tahoe waterfalls and with so many to see, you may have to make two trips to fit them all in! Some of our absolute must-sees include Glen Alpine Falls, Eagle Falls (with a bonus view of Emerald Bay!), and Horsetail Falls.
Of course, you can always fit in a hike during your waterfall trek. Check out a few our favorite springtime hikes – and always check if the trail is accessible before heading out! There’s a strong possibility of snow still leftover on some trails in the Sierra.
The weather is warmer, which means there are ample opportunities to get out on the biggest draw of the area – the lake! Bear in mind that the water is still cold (it won’t be warm until mid-summer), but there are plenty of ways that you can mostly avoid the water by kayaking, paddle boarding or taking a cruise aboard the M.S. Dixie II. Ridge Tahoe guests receive special discounts with Zephyr Cove Resort.
You can also discover the different ways to explore Tahoe by water on our blog.
Explore the Village
The Heavenly Village is always teeming with special events, live music, delicious food and lively bars. Only a short ride away from the Ridge Tahoe, you can spend a full day exploring the various shops and people watching.
That’s right! While most of the region’s ski resorts are closed, Squaw Valley will remain open through June and the 4th of July. Of course, you can always try your hand at backcountry, too!
No matter which spring activity you choose, the Ridge Tahoe is the perfect home base
Lake Tahoe isn’t all casinos and late nights – there are many activities available for families and underage guests to experience the best active, outdoors and social opportunities in the area. Find some of our top recommendations below.
You don’t have to be over 21 to enjoy all that Tahoe has to offer. Credit: Tahoe South
Tennis, racquetball, and badminton: Take a whack on one of the many courts available on-site at the Ridge Tahoe. These activities will surely drive a few friendly competitions among family members and friends.
Mini golf at Heavenly Village: Bask in the sun as you work your way through the 18 hole mini golf course in the center of the Heavenly Village, which is only a short ride away from the Ridge Tahoe. The mini golf course turns into an ice rink during the winter months.
Workout: Just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean you can’t work out. The Ridge Tahoe includes a full fitness facility that is available to individuals 13 years and older. After working out, head to one of our many hot tubs to soothe your sore muscles.
Reach new heights with a snowshoe or hike. Courtesy: Tahoe South
Hiking and snowshoeing: Available directly from the Ridge Tahoe, hiking and snowshoeing is an immensely popular activity in Tahoe. With so many trails available, it’s hard not to strap on your snowshoes or hiking boots to explore the Sierra Nevada.
Kayak and paddleboard: When visiting Lake Tahoe, you must get on the lake at some point! Whether it’s on a cruise or on a kayak or paddleboard, it’s always a good idea to go out on the water. There are plenty of rentals available around the shores, including nearby Zephyr Cove Marina and Round Hill Pines.
Heavenly Epic Discovery: Winter isn’t the only time Heavenly Mountain is a source of endless fun – summer also provides adventure and beautiful sights with Epic Discovery. Activities include a scenic gondola ride to the top of the mountain, the Ridge Rider Mountain Coaster, tubing, multiple ropes courses, and a climbing wall.
Take the ride of your life at Heavenly Epic Discovery. Credit: Rachid Dahnoun / Heavenly Mountain Resort
Family Fun Arcade: Located at the Ridge Tahoe, the Family Fun Arcade allows you to let loose and play classic games. Challenge friends to a friendly game before heading to the billiards room also located in the arcade.
Wallyball Mixer: Try your hand at Wallyball, a fast-paced sport that includes playing volleyball in a racquetball court. These mixers are sure to work up a sweat and provide amble opportunities to make new friends.
Trapped in Tahoe: Trapped in Tahoe is an exhilarating test of your teamwork skills and ability to stay calm and collected in the face of danger. Work with friends and family to solve a puzzle that will lead you through a dangerous path to safety from zombies, vampires, killer clowns or a dangerous mine.
You won’t be underwhelmed with the abundance of under-21 activities available at the Ridge Tahoe and in Tahoe South. Which activities are on your must-do list?