Summertime at Lake Tahoe means much more than long days and bright California sunshine. It’s a time to play outside on the lake, on the trails or on the links. It’s also an ideal time to sample some of the varied events happening at the Ski Lake Tahoe resorts.
Fourth of July falls on a Friday this year – can you say long weekend? Make it a memorable one by starting Independence Day at one of the Ski Lake Tahoe resorts open for summer operations - Heavenly, Kirkwood, Squaw Valley or Northstar. Go hiking or mountain biking, take a scenic cable car ride or thrill yourself on a zip line.
If your definition of a great July 4th includes pyrotechnics, you’re in luck. Lake Tahoe is home to not one but several fireworks displays, some over the lake itself. Fireworks shows can be found in Tahoe City and Incline Village, as well as in South Lake Tahoe, whose ‘Lights on the Lake’ is recognized as one of the country's top Fourth of July weekend celebrations by NBC Today.
The next day, take it easy. After brunch, maybe a leisurely walk along the beach, head to Northstar’s Beer & Bluegrass Festival for beer tastings from dozens of breweries and live music from Snap Jackson & the Knock on Wood Players and other bluegrass bands.
There’s more the following weekend, specifically the Art, Wine and Music Fest at Squaw Valley July 12-13. This fundraiser for Disabled Sports USA combines live music, fine art and wine tasting. Listening to music and drinking wine for a good cause doesn’t sound like too much of a hardship, does it?
For those looking for something more challenging that same weekend, the Death Ride, also known as the Tour of the California Alps, is an endurance road ride not far from Kirkwood, boasting more than 15,000 feet of climbing over five passes. It will be held on Saturday, July 12th, which gives you just enough time to train if you start now.
Hoping for something a little less strenuous? The 25th Annual American Century Golf Championship starts July 15th, combining celebrities, golf, and stunning views of Lake Tahoe. Hit it up during Tuesday - Thursday if you want to get up close and personal with your favorite celebs for autographs and selfies.
Round out your month with a little yoga, nature and music and at Wanderlust at Squaw Valley July 17-20. This unique festival features a slew of yoga, along with musical performances, nature hikes, mountain biking, meditation and wellness, with picturesque Squaw Valley as the backdrop.
Posted by Jenn Gleckman
Photo: Squaw Valley