We love Labor Day. Some may mourn it as the end of summer, but we celebrate it as the countdown to winter. And here at Lake Tahoe, it’s definitely a celebration. Think ski resort sales, wine and food events, mountain run, a boat race, and even fireworks. Read on for details on the many awesome events (and great pass deals).
Friday, August 30
Squaw Labor Day Sidewalk Sale - Want to save big on winter and summer equipment and apparel? Then get thee to The Village at Squaw Valley for the Labor Day Sidewalk sale August 30 - September 2 for the best deal on everything you need this summer and upcoming winter including outerwear, skis, boots, boards and more. Save up to 60% on accessories and apparel – and pick up your Tahoe Super Pass while you’re at it.
Blizzard Ski & Snowboard Tent Sale at the Village at Northstar – Find the best deals of the season at outdoor roller rink including skis, snowboards, boots, bindings, winter apparel and everything needed to complete your winter closet. Factory representatives from brands including Armada, Burton, Salomon, Patagonia, North Face and more, plus Northstar Sports specialists will be on-site to personally find the best fit for the upcoming winter season. Pick up your Tahoe Local or Tahoe Value Pass while you’re here too.
Saturday, August 31
27th Annual Heavenly Sports Tent Sale – As the saying goes, when the tent goes up the prices go down. Starting on Saturday, Heavenly will the flood gate to the thousands that come looking for the best deals on anything ski or snowboard including apparel, accessories, packs, boots, skis, boards, bindings, kids equipment and gear, plus back to school and casual apparel and so much more.
Kiwanis Community Fair at Heavenly – After you’ve scored some great deals at the Heavenly Tent Fair, be sure to visit the Kiwanis Community Fair at the California Main Lodge, a free event that will include carnival rides, craft fair booths, cooking contest, jam contest, floral displays and more. The event is hosted by Kiwanis, Optimist, Boys & Girls Club, Choices for Children, Live Violence Free and Tahoe Turning Point to benefit local nonprofits that provide services to families and children in South Lake Tahoe.
Labor Day Weekend Wine Walk and Brew Walk at Northstar – Enjoy varietals from Argentina including Calina, Terraza, Punto and Astica with wines ranging from Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec to Pinot Noir and Rosé. Beer lovers can rejoice with Northstar’s first brew walk that features from around the region and beyond including Auburn Alehouse, Deschutes, Oskar Blues, Rouge, Sierra Nevada and more. Food tastings and live music are included with both the wine and brew walk.
Into Thin Air Chili Cookoff at Kirkwood – Chili tasting, featuring the region’s top chili makers begins at noon on the Plaza. Sponsored by the Kirkwood Community Association, the event benefits the Kirkwood Volunteer Fire Department and includes wine, beer and chili tasting for adults, plus live music and fun activities for the kids.
Great Sternwheeler Race – What other ski destination can boast not one, but two Mississippi paddlewheeler boats? Watch them both, The Tahoe Queen and M.S. Dixie II, as they battle it out in a four-mile race along the shoreline to determine the coveted Tahoe Cup and lake supremacy.
Sunday, September 1
Heavenly Mountain Run – Like to run uphill? Then has Heavenly got an event for you! Run, walk or crawl your way to the finish. The Heavenly Mountain Run takes runners from the California Base Lodge at 6,565 feet up to the top of Heavenly with inspiring views of Lake Tahoe along the way, finishing at Tamarack Lodge at 9,150 feet.
4th Annual Sample the Sierra Farm-to-Fork Festival - Imagine sipping a big bold El Dorado County wine, perfectly paired with fare from the region’s best chefs, prepared with fresh seasonal produce grown within a 100 miles from where you stand. If you like that mental image, then you won’t want to miss the 4th Annual “Sample the Sierra,” a farm-to-fork festival celebrating the best food, wine, and art in the Sierra Nevada.
Annual Alpen Wine Festival - The 25th anniversary of this wine tasting event takes place in the Village at Squaw Valley on September 1. Come on out for wine tasting, live music, and a silent auction & raffle. $40 includes a Spiegelau crystal souvenir wine glass and tastings from over 40 vineyards.
Labor Day Fireworks over Lake Tahoe - This pyrotechnic exhibition explodes over Lake Tahoe after dusk and features a variety of patterns, shapes and designs. The show features a simultaneous music broadcast that can be heard on local stations KRLT-FM 93.9 and KOWL - AM 1490. The performance begins at 8:30pm.
Pass Deals (aka Winter is just around the corner)
Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe Passes - Cooler temps are just around the corner, so make it the best winter possible with a Mt. Rose season pass . Whether it's the Premier Pass ($399) giving you unlimited mountain access or the new mega-value why buy Off-Peak Pass ($299), these two options allow you to make the best choice to get the most out of your skiing dollar.
Sierra-at-Tahoe Season Passes - Enjoy the Powder Alliance, and don't miss any powder days, Saturdays or holidays next season with an Unlimited Season Pass. Or, if midweek skiing/riding is more your jam, pick up a Sierra Value Pass, only $229! Start your snow dances and we'll see you on the mountain!
Tahoe Super Pass - Guaranteed Pricing through September 2. Ski and ride Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows this winter with your Tahoe Super Pass. Prices start as low as $499 for adult season passes and prices are guaranteed through September 2. Enjoy Tahoe’s best benefits package including Free Tram all summer long and Passholder Sundays.
Tahoe Value and Tahoe Local Season Passes - Labor Day (September 2) is the last chance to get the best value in 2013-14 season passes guaranteed, including the Tahoe Local Pass that provides access to more than 10,000 total skiable acres between Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood, marking the most combined terrain on a single season pass in Tahoe.