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5 Reasons to Plan Your Lake Tahoe Winter Vacation

Thinking about heading to Lake Tahoe this winter? Let us help make that decision easier with five reasons why you need put Tahoe on your must-ski list this winter.

1. Convenient Access – From New York, getting to Lake Tahoe is easier than you think. JetBlue offers nonstop air service from JFK to Reno-Tahoe International Airport. Once you land, world-class skiing is only 30 minutes away on all weather highways.

2. Stunning Scenery (that lake!)Lake Tahoe invites superlatives. Spectacular. Majestic. Beautiful. Admittedly, not all of us are as poetic as Mark Twain, who described it as ‘the fairest picture the whole world affords’, but you get the picture. Tahoe’s clear blue waters are truly magnificent (see what we did there?), and when surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada range, make the perfect backdrop to a ski and snowboard vacation – and your vacation photos.

3. Unparalleled Nightlife and Entertainment – Things don’t wind down when the lifts close here. On the contrary, that’s when the fun begins. Après ski parties, live music, dancing, and that unique Nevada style nightlife make Lake Tahoe unlike any other ski destination. If your type of nightlife involves an intimate gourmet meal or s’mores around a fire pit, you’ll find that here too.

4. West Coast Sunshine – The Tahoe region receives an average of 300+ days of sunshine a year *and* an average annual snowfall of 400 inches. This seeming contradiction means you can get both your powder fix and your goggle tan, sometimes at the same time.

5. North America’s largest concentration of ski resorts – The Ski Lake Tahoe resorts boast over 22,000 acres of terrain for you to explore, from groomers to bumps, tight chutes to wide open bowls, parks and pipes, and everything in between. Are you ready?

Learn more about planning your Lake Tahoe ski and snowboard vacation.

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Six-Pack Lift Tickets on Sale for 2015-16 Season

Six Days of Skiing or Riding at Lake Tahoe’s World-Class Resorts for $379; the Ultimate Deal in Terms of Variety, Flexibility and Affordability

Lake Tahoe, CA & NV​- With Labor Day now in the rearview mirror, skiers and snowboarders are turning their attention toward the upcoming winter season as timing is critical in finding the best values on lift tickets and multi-day passes. For those in the know, the Ski Lake Tahoe Six-Pack Lift Ticket represents the ultimate deal in terms of variety, flexibility and savings for destination guests planning a ski vacation to the region. The Ski Lake Tahoe Six-Pack Lift Ticket includes six days of skiing or snowboarding at Lake Tahoe’s world-class resorts for only $379, less than $64 per day.

A limited number of Ski Lake Tahoe Six-Pack Lift Tickets will be available for purchase and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. The Six-Pack lift tickets are valid throughout the 2015-16 season (see blackout dates below) and do not have to be used on consecutive days. Given Lake Tahoe’s typically long winter season, ticket holders can use one lift ticket as early as November and another as late as the month of April. The lift tickets are also fully transferrable to family and friends.

The Ski Lake Tahoe Six-Pack Lift Ticket includes:

  • 1 lift ticket valid at Heavenly, Kirkwood or Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe
  • 1 lift ticket valid at Heavenly or Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort
  • 1 lift ticket valid at Kirkwood or Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort
  • 1 lift ticket valid at Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows or Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe
  • 1 lift ticket valid at Squaw Valley or Northstar California
  • 1 lift ticket valid at Alpine Meadows or Northstar California

Additional pass perks include unlimited breath-taking lake views as well as access to more than 125 chairlifts, 22,000 acres of legendary terrain and 24/7 Vegas-style nightlife and entertainment. The Lake Tahoe region continues to capture the national spotlight as a result of ongoing capital improvements both on and off the slopes including new lifts, new lodging properties and more than 30,000 square feet of new retail storefronts and dining options.
Boasting more resorts in close proximity than any other winter destination in North America, Lake Tahoe receives more than 400 inches of snow during a typical season while still averaging close to 300 days of sunshine. This truly unique weather pattern regularly results in bottomless bluebird powder days and reliable snow conditions from November through the end of April.

Special notes:

  • Only 1 voucher per Six-Pack redeemable per resort, per day
  • The following blackout dates apply: November 27-28, 2015; December 26-31, 2015; January 16-17, 2016; February 13-14, 2016
  • Lift tickets cannot be resold; not valid for resale on eBay or other online auctions

For more information or to purchase a Ski Lake Tahoe Six-Pack lift ticket, guests should visit

About Ski Lake Tahoe

Surrounding North America’s largest alpine lake, the collection of resorts that make up Ski Lake Tahoe are Heavenly Mountain Resort, Kirkwood Mountain Resort, Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe, Northstar California Resort, Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort, and Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows. Lake Tahoe boasts over 300 days of sunshine a year, and the region has some of the highest annual snowfall amounts in North America. The ski resorts, all offering unparalleled scenic vistas of panoramic mountain and lake views, are conveniently located near the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. For complete details on booking a winter getaway to Lake Tahoe, please visit

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Whats New at Lake Tahoe

New Casinos, VIP Experiences and World-Class Entertainment Top List of “What’s New” for the 2014-15 Season

Lake Tahoe, CA & NV (October 23, 2014) – The spending spree continues at Lake Tahoe resorts with ongoing capital improvements topping the $100 million mark over the course of the last three seasons. This upcoming winter season’s highlights include new lifts, new lakefront lodges, two new resort casino properties and more than 30,000 square feet of new retail storefronts and dining options.

  • Bigger, bolder nightlife and non-stop fun for the entire family
    Lake Tahoe will be welcoming two completely renovated casino resort properties to its shores this season, the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino and the Cal Neva Resort, upping the ante in terms of Vegas-style entertainment and boundary-pushing nightlife. The resorts will also be unveiling new family-friendly attractions to ensure unforgettable ski vacations for years to come for guests of all ages. New ziplines, treetop canopy tours, themed kid zones and expanded tubing parks will keep the young ones busy long after the lifts stop turning.
  • New on-mountain amenities and VIP experiences
    The resorts will also be unveiling exclusive opportunities for destination guests to get the most out of their ski vacations by tapping into the knowledge of longtime locals. Guided snowcat operations, first tracks programs, instructor concierge services and insider apps for smartphones and Google Glass will all be making their debuts this season. Skiers and snowboarders can also enjoy daily après ski parties and complimentary champagne toasts, a true nod to Lake Tahoe’s laidback California vibe.
  • World-class music festivals and competitions
    The calendar is action-packed this season with special events, music festivals, spectator-friendly competitions and even a 75th anniversary celebration at one of the ski resorts. The SnowGlobe Music Festival has become a massive success leading up to the biggest slope-side block party on the planet for New Year’s Eve. Lake Tahoe has also been chosen to host a World Cup event this winter and the region will once again serve as the backdrop for the multi-stop Rahlves Banzai Tour.
  • Lake Tahoe: play more, end less
    Boasting more resorts in close proximity than any other winter destination in North America, Lake Tahoe represents the ultimate ski vacation in terms of variety, affordability and accessibility. To fully appreciate the experience, guests can purchase the Ski Lake Tahoe Six-Pack Lift Ticket boasting six days of skiing or riding at Lake Tahoe’s world-class resorts for only $359, less than $60 per day. The lift tickets are completely transferrable and do not have to be used on consecutive days. Quantities are limited. For complete details on booking a winter vacation to Lake Tahoe, please visit to conveniently access resort profiles, weather forecasts, real-time snow reports, webcams and online discounts on both lift tickets and lodging. The following overview offers a sneak peek of what’s new at the Ski Lake Tahoe resorts and the destination as a whole heading into the 2014-15 winter season.

What’s new for 2014-15 at Ski Lake Tahoe resorts

  • Alpine Meadows has renamed its upper terrain to the Pacific Crest Bowls in tribute to the famed Pacific Crest Trail which spans the entire length of Alpine’s ridgeline. Adventurous skiers and snowboarders can enlist in the new The North Face Mountain Guide program to gain priority lift-line access and explore these hike-to powder stashes with the resort’s most experienced guides, even venturing to neighboring Squaw Valley as the service will be offered there, as well. Guests can also anticipate two new dining experiences, the first being Stoked Oak blending St. Louis barbeque with Santa Maria-style grilling and the second combining a pleasant snowshoe hike under the stars to the mid-mountain Chalet at Alpine Meadows for an intimate Swiss-style dinner. For more details, please visit
  • Heavenly Mountain Resort continues to turn up the volume on its high-energy offerings this season with two new on-slope parties, a bash each Friday and Saturday at East Peak Lodge and Tailgate at Tamarack on Sundays showcasing NFL games and drink specials, both supplementing the resort’s signature Unbuckle at Tamarack après ski parties featuring the Heavenly Angels. The resort will be kicking things off with Winter Ignite, a two-weekend event that is headlined by a free concert by Young the Giant on December 13. On the slopes, Heavenly has expanded the West Coast’s largest snowmaking system, focusing on the beginner terrain at the top of the Heavenly Gondola, as well as the Skyline Trail connecting the California and Nevada sides of the resort. Heavenly Sports will be doubling the size of its rental fleet and streamlining the process by integrating with Heavenly’s Ski and Ride School. Guests can also peruse more than 30,000 square feet of new retail storefronts and dining options at The Chateau, a new modern shopping facility adjacent to Heavenly Village. Log on to for the entire story.
  • Kirkwood Mountain Resort continues to benefit from its recent acquisition by Vail Resorts. Given the resort’s propensity for huge snowfall, significant investments have been made in both mountain operations and snow removal equipment with a goal of opening the mountain as soon as possible following big storms. Guests can now gain an insider’s perspective to the resort’s legendary terrain and powder stashes thanks to the new EpicMix Guide, an interactive application that draws from over 350 unique itineraries to generate a customized trail map to experience Kirkwood like a long-time local. Expedition: Kirkwood, known for CAT Tours, Private Guides and Avalanche Education, has added an exciting element of discovery this season. The new Discovery Series has been designed to take intermediate skiers and rider’s skills to the next level on the unique and challenging terrain found at Kirkwood. These camps can be taken individually or as part of a series of three. Check out or to learn more.
  • Boasting Lake Tahoe’s highest base elevation and the closest skiing to the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary this season and the 10th Anniversary of the opening of The Chutes, the 200 acres of double black diamond terrain that was once taboo at the resort. Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe has also increased its snowmaking capabilities by more than 50%, particularly in their beginner areas, which were also the focus of significant upgrades in the form of widened runs and smoother trail transitions. The resort will also once again be partnering with Reno resort casino properties to offer unbeatable stay-and-ski packages starting as low as $89 for lift ticket and lodging. The latest resort information can be found at
  • Having invested more than $30 million in capital improvements during recent years, Northstar California Resort has become synonymous with casual elegance and quintessential laid-back luxury and style. To celebrate, the resort is unveiling a new daily tōst where guests are invited to raise a glass and sip bubbly on the mountain each day at 2:00pm. Northstar will also debut Mountain Table, a new culinary experience showcasing the best of California’s freshly-sourced produce, meats and seasonal ingredients masterfully paired with regional artisan wines, craft beers, and distilled spirits. The mountaintop dinners will be served in Northstar’s Zephyr Lodge, renowned for its unmistakable, panoramic view of the Pacific Crest through floor-to-ceiling windows. The resort will also introduce Primo Private Lessons granting carte blanche access to the mountain including expedited lift privileges, exclusive on-mountain dining experiences and customized on-mountain instruction. Olympic gold medalist David Wise has also put his stamp of approval on a new family-focused Progression Park designed to ease the transition between beginner, intermediate and advanced features. Visit for more details.
  • Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort has invested $5 million to construct the Solstice Plaza, a new 30,000 square foot deck and 9,000 square foot base area facility that houses a new retail shop, demo center and restaurant. The new Solstice Plaza facility will serve as an ideal venue for hosting the second annual Equinox Spring Festival embracing Lake Tahoe’s perfect blend of springtime sun and snow with free concerts, themed parties and plenty of giveaways. Sierra has also expanded the Burton Star WarsTM Experience to include a new Echo Base, a themed educational experience for kids ages 7-12 that features unique chainsaw carvings of Star WarsTM characters and terrain-based teaching programs designed to accelerate the learning curve. On March 28, Sierra-at-Tahoe will host the NewSchoolers Invitational featuring the best in freestyle skiing competitors including multiple X Games gold medalists and one-of-a-kind features built by Snow Park technologies. Further information can be found at
  • Squaw Valley is in the midst of a five year, $70 million “renaissance” that has included new chairlifts, major base renovations and the world’s first ski-in/ski-out Starbucks. This season the resort will be hosting a number of world-class festivals and competitions including two World Cup events in April, the Audi FIS Skicross World Cup and the FIS Snowboard World Cup. Following in the footsteps of the resort’s very successful Wanderlust Festival, Squaw Valley will be hosting the entirely new WinterWonderGrass Tahoe during late March, a festival that combines bluegrass and roots music with craft beers and regional wines. Speaking of the Wanderlust, the resort will be launching new “Mountain to Mat” workshops this season incorporating a guided half day on the mountain, afternoon yoga classes at the Wanderlust Yoga Studio, mini-spa treatments at Trilogy Spa and locally-sourced breakfast/lunch for $169 per person, $229 including lift ticket. Visit for complete details.

About Ski Lake Tahoe

Surrounding North America’s largest alpine lake, the collection of resorts that make up Ski Lake Tahoe are Alpine Meadows, Heavenly Mountain Resort, Kirkwood Mountain Resort, Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe, Northstar California Resort, Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort, and Squaw Valley. Lake Tahoe boasts over 300 days of sunshine a year, and the region has some of the highest annual snowfall amounts in North America. The seven resorts, all offering unparalleled scenic vistas of panoramic mountain and lake views, are conveniently located near the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. For complete details on booking a winter getaway to Lake Tahoe, please visit

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Top 10 Things to do at Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows

The 2015-16 ski season is shaping up to be one for the books! With so much to do on and off the slopes, we’re here to help you figure out how to maximize your winter fun. Here are our top 10 experiences at Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows that we strongly suggest you add to your Tahoe bucket list:

    1. Ice Bar at Alpine Meadows
      Slide up to the Ice Bar tucked away on the backside of Alpine Meadows and soak up the casual, inviting ambiance usually reserved for the beach. Kick back in a lounge chair and enjoy a cold beverage and barbecued bratwurst.
    2. Dawn Patrol at Squaw Valley
      Serious about first chair? Get on the lifts before anyone else for first tracks down untouched powder or perfectly groomed corduroy depending on the day’s conditions. The sunrise over Lake Tahoe isn’t too shabby either.
    3. Snowshoe Dinner Tours at Alpine
      Experience the magic of the Tahoe forest under the light of a winter moon. Snowshoe up to the mid-mountain Chalet at Alpine Meadows for an intimate seated dinner, then come out into the crisp night air for a refreshing walk back downhill.
    4. The North Face Mountain Guides
      A good mountain hides her secrets well. Discover the secret spots of Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows with a professional guide from The North Face. Comes with priority lift line access and a free ThermoBall jacket as well.
    5. PCT Bowls at Alpine
      Arguably the best terrain on the mountain, these bowls deliver deep pow turns, full face grins and are best experienced with a North Face Mountain Guide.
    6. Scenic Aerial Tram Ride
      Take the scenic Aerial Tram 2,000 vertical feet up to High Camp where you can take in jaw-dropping, panoramic views of Lake Tahoe as well as access to a mountaintop pool and ice skating rink.
    7. WinterWonderGrass
      The music will echo off the mountains and reverberate through the meadows. Bluegrass music was born in the mountains and it just sounds better here. Join us for the biggest bluegrass festival of the season, right here in Squaw Valley.
    8. Top of Alpine Bowl to Base
      Cruise down 1,802 vertical feet of wide open groomers from the top of Alpine Meadows, where the view of Lake Tahoe is so immense it completely takes up your goggle vision.
    9. SnoVentures
      You love snow. You want your kids to love snow. Get them addicted to winter fun with tubing, mini snowmobiles and plenty of hot chocolate, topped with what they love the best – spending time with you.
    10. Stay at the Village
      Park the car and forget about it. When you stay in the Village at Squaw Valley, everything is right at your fingertips. Walk to the lifts, the hot tubs, the fire pits (don’t forget the marshmallows), restaurants and shopping. We’re pretty sure you’ll forget that traffic even exists.
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Winter Events at Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows


After the mountain closes and the winter moon rises, experience a snowshoe tour to the mid-mountain Chalet at Alpine Meadows. Enjoy an intimate seated dinner where you’ll be served an Alps-inspired menu with dishes like potato cheese soup, chicken cordon bleu and apple strudel. This unique experience is only available for 50 guests and available during select dates during the winter season.


This winter, enjoy a cozy and family-friendly Farm to Table dinner created by our talented chefs in collaboration with the Tahoe Food Hub and other local farmers. Families will gather with new and old friends at our long farm tables to enjoy the four-course family-style meal. The event is capped with an all-ages movie for the kids to enjoy in comfortable seating while the parents sit back and enjoy dessert and cocktails.


Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows comes alive in February with a week-long kid’s extravaganza. Kid-O-Rama offers non-stop fun for kids of all ages. As part of Kid-O-Rama, kids can check out the Big Truck Event featuring fire trucks, snowplows, and grooming machines, as well as street parties and kids’ concerts, an all-kid game & craft room and many more events! February 18, 2016 – February 21, 2016

2ND ANNUAL WinterWonderGrass TAHOE

This April, WinterWonderGrass returns to Tahoe for 3 days of world-class Bluegrass/Acoustic Roots music on three stages, California craft breweries and beer tasting all under the snow covered peaks at Squaw Valley. It’s going to be an epic weekend bringing together those who love music, mountains and a good time. Get your lift ticket and festival combo pack today!


The 26th Annual Cushing Crossing is the best event of the spring season. The original pond skimming event that started a spring resort ritual will take place on April 16, 2016. Every year we gather a celebrity judging panel and amazing emcee’s for this spectacle. Filled with big spills and laughable thrills this is one spring event that you don’t want to miss. Event kicks off at 1pm, awards at 3pm at the KT Base Bar.

For details and a full list of events, check out the events calendar. 

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On Mountain Dining at Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows


A locals’ favorite where skiers and riders on the backside can kick back in a lounge chair with a cold beverage and barbecued bratwurst. The Ice Bar is located at the base of the Sherwood Chair.


Located mid-mountain at Alpine Meadows, the Chalet has been transformed into a Bavarian-style beer garden. Try the signature raclette (melted Swiss cheese) or a delicious pressed sandwich with one of six different beers on tap. For real beer lovers ask for the ‘Bierstiefln’, a liter of beer in a plastic boot you can ski away with!


Squaw Valley’s most breathtaking venue, The Terrace, was renovated to a sit-down restaurant serving lunch daily. Located at High Camp, elevation 8200 feet, The Terrace features panoramic views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding Sierra. The Terrace will be serving up dishes such as Portobello fries and everyone’s favorite signature smoked pheasant soup.


Located at the top of Squaw Valley’s Gold Coast Funitel, the Arc features specialty food stations ranging in distinctive soups, such made-to-order salads, gourmet pizzas, grilled fare, and Asian cuisine.


Our ski-in/ski-out Starbucks, located at the top of Squaw’s Gold Coast Funitel, allows skiers and riders to warm up with a delicious coffee without missing a beat on the slopes.


Perfect pairing with spring skiing! The Poolside Café, which overlooks the High Camp Pool and Hot Tub offers delicious lunch options with seating either inside or outside on the beautiful sun deck. The poolside menu includes soup and salad bar, hot sandwiches, burgers, wraps, and more.

For even more delicious and convenient spots in the Village at Squaw Valley and the Alpine Meadows Base Area, check out Squaw Alpine Dining & Après.

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Top 5 things to do at Lake Tahoe after the lifts close

Lake Tahoe is not your typical ski destination. Not only does it boast the highest concentration of ski resorts in North America, it’s home to unparalleled nightlife and entertainment, eclectic and varied dining, and an après scene that’s not to be missed. Check out our top picks for things to do once you’re off the slopes and get inspired for a ski vacation that’s more than just skiing and riding. Note: removing your ski boots is optional.

 1. Après-ski – Tahoe’s après ski isn’t something to be trifled with. Heavenly ups the ante with its daily après party, Unbuckle at Tamarack Lodge, complete with all the necessary elements for fun – DJs, half-price drinks and food specials, and the Heavenly Angel dancers. You can toast snow, friends, and all things Tahoe at Northstar California’s töst, where you can enjoy a complimentary glass of bubble every day at 2pm on the East Ridge. And you’ll find plenty of happy hour drink and food specials at all the ski resorts, from Mt. Rose’s Timbers bar to Squaw’s Bar One.

2. Family friendly après activities – When the lifts close, the fun continues for the younger set. You can find tubing, ice-skating, mini-snowmobiles, dog sledding, and a sky jump at Squaw Valley, and ice skating, crafts, a bungee trampoline and ropes challenge, and free s’mores at Northstar California. Around the lake more options abound, including boat cruises, arcades, movies, and museums. There are plenty of ways to keep kids and kids-at-heart entertained.

3. Dining – Lake Tahoe’s restaurant options are seemingly endless, and run the gamut from award-winning homegrown favorites like Wolfdale’s, Campo and Café Fiore to local breweries such as Great Basin Brewing and Alibi Ale Works. You’ll find pretty much anything else you crave, from hand-crafted burgers to fresh sushi to creative tapas. Trust us – it’s hard to go hungry here.

4. Entertainment – Live music your thing? You’re in the right place. Thing big name performers and DJs, can’t miss events like the SnowGlobe Music Festival, and a ton of great venues such as Harrah’s South Shore Room, Vinyl at the Hard Rock Hotel Casino, the Crown Room at the Crystal Bay Casino, Grand Sierra Resort’s Grand Theatre, and The Knitting Factory in Reno.

5. Nightlife – Tahoe’s 24/7 casino nightlife means you can play all day – and all night. You’ll find the unique Nevada style nightlife in Reno, North Lake Tahoe, and Tahoe South. Hit the tables to try your luck, or hit the clubs to dance the night away – the choice is yours.

Photo: Heavenly Mountain Resort

Outdoor dining at Heavenly | Photo: Heavenly Mountain Resort

Winter Girls’ Getaway in South Lake Tahoe

Planning a winter getaway with the girls? Here are three steps to having a great vacation in South Lake Tahoe!

Step One: Pick your mountain(s)
With three resorts within easy distance from South Lake Tahoe, Tahoe South is the perfect basecamp for your girls’ getaway. Why not try all three?

  • Sierra at Tahoe: Laid-back vibe, fun terrain for all skill levels, and small enough you’re never too far from your friends – or a glass of wine.
  • Kirkwood Mountain Resort: It’s about an hour’s drive from South Lake Tahoe, but so worth it. Kirkwood has challenging terrain, wide open bowls, and delicious burgers served with sunshine and views.
  • Heavenly Mountain Resort: Right in the heart of the South Shore, Heavenly is the largest resort at Lake Tahoe, covering both California and Nevada terrain. The lake views from the runs are not to be missed!
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Photo: Ski Lake Tahoe/ Lauren Lindley

Step Two: Refuel
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day – especially when you’re planning on skiing or snowboarding for the better part of it. If you can get everyone out the door in the morning, stop in at one of the local breakfast joints. Personal favorites: Bert’s Café, Getaway Café in Meyers (on the way to Sierra!).

Picking a restaurant for dinner for a group can be challenging, but the comprehensive menus at The Beacon at Camp Richardson and the Restaurant at Zephyr Cove Resort will have something for everyone. Basecamp Pizza located in the Heavenly Village has yummy pizzas and a fun atmosphere. Plus, they’re at the base of the Heavenly Gondola.

Of course, your trip is not complete without a cocktail (or two). Stop in at Riva Grill for happy hour Wet Woody’s, and at Jimmy’s at The Landing for wine tastings and delicious appetizers. MacDuff’s Public House has a nice local’s vibe, and Toast Tahoe has an upscale atmosphere without being stuffy.

Step Three: Recover
When it’s time to relax those sore muscles, Onsen Spa at MontBleu Casino Resort is a full-service salon and spa, along with a fitness center, saunas, massage rooms, whirlpool baths and fabulous eucalyptus steam rooms. Get a relaxing massage or facial, or just hang out in the 10,000 sq. ft. pool with a 10 ft. waterfall.

If you’re looking for a little more pampering, Perfectly Polished Nail Spa, located in Heavenly Village, has enough stations for any size group. Share a bottle of wine at Red Poets and Skyhawk Lanes tasting room a few doors down before settling into your mani/pedi.

Step Four: Dance!
It’s not just the ski slopes that are action-packed… try to save some energy for the nightclubs! For the hottest parties in town, try PEEK at Harrah’s or Opal Ultra Lounge at MontBleu.

Don’t forget to take pictures! In addition to the bathroom selfies and group shots on the slopes, take some time to drive out to Emerald Bay. It’s an iconic view, and you wouldn’t want to miss it. Plus, this will be the one photo you’d be able to share with your jealous co-workers when you get back home!

Words by Georgette Hartley
Photos by Lauren Lindley

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Jimmy’s Restaurant in South Lake Tahoe

One of the best parts of my job is that I am able to tell people about new, fun stuff in my favorite place on earth, South Lake Tahoe. And when I was recently invited to newly opened Jimmy’s Restaurant at The Landing Resort and Spa, I jumped at the chance to check it out.

When I arrived at the bar at 5:15, it was comfortably full, with a mix of hotel guests and locals. I enjoyed a lovely 2007 Russian River Zinfandel as I waited for the rest of my party – while charging my phone! The individual outlets (and under-counter purse hooks) are a definite bonus; and really, if you’re going to Instagram your evening (as we do), it helps to have a full battery.

For Tahoe South Restaurant Week, Executive Chef Maria Elia has carefully selected a variety of small plates, and we tried them all! Each plate was artfully composed, without looking overly engineered or pretentious. Here are my personal standouts:

  • Carrot Keftedes: Chef Maria Elia’s signature plate, this roasted carrot, tabouleh vegetarian “meatball” is perfectly balanced with tzatziki sauce and pomegranate seeds.
  • Kataifi wrapped Feta: Shredded fillo dough is wrapped around deliciously salty Feta cheese, and deep fried.
  • Kalamata Toast: My favorite savory dish, with pulled lamb, baba ghanoush, and pomegranate on toasted bread; amazingly delicious!
  • Seared Tuna: Perfectly seared ahi tuna, with capers and wood roasted cauliflower. Beautiful and delicious!
  • Wood Roasted Confit Chicken Wings: The wings were tasty, and the salty-citrus olives complemented the wings perfectly.
  • Roasted Beets and Apple Salad: I love roasted beets, and this dish was truly beautiful as well as yummy.
  • Chicken Liver Pâté: I am not personally a fan of pâté. I did try a bite, because it would be rude not to, but Lauren was over the moon for this dish with its balanced sweet and earthy flavors.
  • Brandy Hot Chocolate Shot: A generous shot of brandy and a homemade walnut and cinnamon marshmallow put this hot chocolate to the top of all of my lists. This is how every meal should end. Even breakfast.

The dining room is beautifully appointed, with enough “nooks and crannies” to provide an intimate atmosphere for your meal. The lighting was perfect as well – lights were dimmed enough to soften the mood, but bright enough to read the menu and actually see your food. Conversation ranged from the usual “What brought you to Tahoe,” to the recent construction progress in town, to “I like pâté! I didn’t know I like pâté!”

Overall, the food was wonderful; the staff was professional, knowledgeable and friendly; and the attention to detail both in the décor and the menu was evident and appreciated. For a visitor, this is a lovely gem in South Lake Tahoe’s growing culinary crown. It’s dressy without being stuffy. For the locals, pull the high heels out from the back of your gear closet and pretend like you’re back in the big city. You don’t have to dress up, but you won’t feel out of place if you do. Add Jimmy’s to your short list of restaurants to try for Tahoe South Restaurant Week and beyond!

Words by Georgette Hartley
Photos by Lauren Lindley