Cool Off at the Ridge Tahoe
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!