We love this time of year. And not just because we’re skiing and snowboarding again! We’re huge holiday fans (seriously, who can get tired of wassail?), and the Ski Lake Tahoe resorts put on their festive garb to host a slew of events this time of year that run the gamut from skiing in costume to carolers to parades to Chocolate Decadence.
The festivities begin this weekend, as Mt. Rose hosts its annual Santa Ski Crawl on December 14, where skiers and riders are invited to dress up as Santa, Mrs. Claus, reindeers and pretty much anything holiday themed. Lift tickets are only $39 for those sporting holiday garb. This event is a warm-up for the annual Reno Santa Pub Crawl that will be held that same evening, which draws over 10,000 holiday clad revelers.
Unable to locate your Santa beard or elf costume? Squaw Valley’s holiday celebration also kick off this weekend, and will include Santa on the slopes (just one), a chance to ski with Chief Mountain Host Johnny Moseley, ice skating, carolers, festivities in the Village and more. Sister resort Alpine Meadows will feature Santa on the slopes, holiday carolers and other festivities during its holiday celebration December 22-24.
If you’re looking for the ultimate holiday fix, check out Northstar’s Noel Nights (the first three Thursdays in December), where the village is transformed into a winter wonderland complete with a 35-foot tree, ice skating, holiday carolers, shopping deals, pictures with Santa, and sleigh rides. The Village will remain in full holiday mode December 21-24, ensuring you have ample opportunity for cookie decorating and other family friendly activities.
Starting December 20, Heavenly starts its annual two-week holiday festival in the Heavenly Village. Think professional ice skating shows, ice sculptors, carolers, local artists and a 16-foot interactive snow globe where kids can get photos taken with Santa. It culminates December 31 with an unparalleled New Year’s Celebration, featuring ice sculptors, an outdoor concert, fire dancers and a 9:00 pm ball drop and fireworks show.
Santa’s scheduled a special appearance at Sierra-at-Tahoe on December 22, which will also include ‘Candy Cane Limbo’ for the more adventurous. Consider yourself warned.
Like a good party for New Year’s Eve? Lake Tahoe’s unparalleled nightlife and entertainment make it unlike any other ski destination in North America, and the perfect location to celebrate the new year. Whether it’s the third annual SnowGlobe Music Festival, one of many celebrations at the ski resorts, you can ring in 2014 at Lake Tahoe any way you want to. Just remember a designated driver!
Photo: Alpine Meadows Ski Resort