Ranging from a unique technology-meets-snow conference to the pinnacle in U.S. Ski Team national competition, the calendar of events awaiting destination guests headed to the slopes of Lake Tahoe this season truly has something for everyone.
Upcoming special events and family-friendly festivals
Home to the 1960 Winter Olympics and a potential host city for the 2026 Winter Games, Lake Tahoe has long been a proving grounds for aspiring athletes and up-and-coming competitors. Keeping this spirit alive, the Olympic Heritage Celebration will take place on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe January 12-21 with a series of public events embracing the region's storied past.
Northstar California will serve as the host resort for the inaugural Carve Tahoe taking place February 8-13 showcasing international teams in a celebrated snow sculpture competition. With representatives on hand from Finland, Germany, Japan, Russia, Canada and the US, teams will be transforming 20-ton blocks of pure Sierra Nevada snow into breathtaking masterpieces for captivated crowds.
Squaw Valley will come alive February 15-23 for Kid-O-Rama, a week-long extravaganza filled with street parties, balloon animals, skating parties, kids' concerts and special appearances by renowned children's performer Todd Wees and his band. From activities sure to entertain Squaw Valley's smallest visitors to the action-packed Squaw Sessions Teen Camp, Kid-O-Rama offers non-stop fun for kids of all ages including two Big Truck Nights in the Village at Squaw featuring fire trucks, snowplows and grooming machines.
Described as "The Sundance Festival for the Facebook Generation," Heavenly Mountain Resort will be hosting the fifth annual Snowcial slated to take place February 27 through March 2. This four-day gathering brings together the most connected leaders in the digital, mobile and social media industries to network, ski and party. This year's lineup includes informative presentations by industry leaders Tariq M. Shaukat with Caesars Entertainment, Ian Swinson from Salesforce.com and Barbara DeLollis for USA Today along with a musical performance by G Love and Special Sauce.
Destination guests in search of a family-friendly winter festival should mark their calendars for March 1-10 as the 32nd Annual SnowFest takes over the North Shore of Lake Tahoe with ten days and nights jam-packed with parades, parties, concerts, firework displays and friendly competitions. Special events are also scheduled to take place on the slopes at Alpine Meadows, Northstar California Resort and Squaw Valley.
The slopes of Lake Tahoe have long been home to the most outrageous spring festivals with scenes seemingly straight out of Hot Dog the Movie. This season looks to be no different with Heavenly Mountain Resort holding its annual SpringLoaded at Heavenly event March 27 through April 14, Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe hosting its annual Pond Skim on April 6, Northstar California getting into the action with its Spring It On event on April 7 and Squaw Valley rounding out the spring season with its annual SnowBash on April 13-14.
The 10th Annual Telegrass Festival will be held at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort on April 7 consisting of telemark clinics, bluegrass bands, beer on tap from local breweries, relay races and equipment demos. Guests will enjoy live music, win raffle prizes and sip on seasonal brews while taking in the wild costumes and zany competitions.
World-class competitions and spectator-friendly events
The North Face Masters of Snowboarding will pull into Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley during the dates of February 13-18 for one of only three stops on this highly competitive tour specifically designed to test these riders' creativity, athleticism and ability to push themselves to their personal limits. Always a crowd pleaser, the course consists of the exposed cliffs, tight chutes and steep powder stashes found under Squaw's Silverado chairlift making it a very spectator-friendly venue.
Former Olympian and longtime Lake Tahoe local Daron Rahlves is the brainchild behind the motocross meets Skier/Boarder X Banzai Tour which positions four competitors in head-to-head heats with the overall tour winner pitted against Rahlves himself for the Banzai Champ belt. With more than $80,000 in cash purses up for grabs, scheduled tour stops include Kirkwood Mountain Resort February 2-3, Alpine Meadows February 9-10, Squaw Valley March 2-3 and the tour finale at Sugar Bowl Resort March 9-10.
Kirkwood Mountain Resort's freeride team members will defend their home turf during the recently merged Swatch Freeride World Tour by The North Face scheduled to take place from February 27 through March 3. The only confirmed U.S. stop on the newly unified tour, Kirkwood's daunting terrain including the permanently closed faces of The Cirque will serve as an ideal venue for these competitors to push the limits of big mountain skiing and riding.
With five-time Olympian Shaun White selecting Northstar California Resort as his home training mountain, the resort has constructed a custom built 22-foot Superpipe that will serve as the centerpiece for the North Face Park & Pipe Series slated to take place March 7-10. A worldwide roster of accomplished athletes will be on hand to vie for the chance to claim FIS points and a prize purse worth over $20,000 at this always-entertaining event.
Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe will be showcasing the once-off-limits terrain found in The Chutes during the annual Stake Your Claim event scheduled on the calendar for March 9. The venue consists of more than 27 individually named chutes, some more than 50 degrees, spread out over nearly 200 acres with the winning contestant earning an all-expenses-paid trip to compete in the World Freeride Championships held as part of the annual Flow Tailgate Alaska gathering near Valdez.
Squaw Valley has been chosen to host the US National Alpine Championships from March 17-23 with hundreds of the most promising athletes from across the country competing for a coveted spot on the U.S. Ski Team. This highly regarded event is a culmination of the ski racing year complete with opening ceremonies, celebrations and world-class competition.
Heavenly Mountain Resort's own Sho Kashima will be a top contender as he competes against the nation's top moguls and aerials athletes for the U.S. Freestyle National title during the USSA Freestyle Championships that will take place on the resort's infamous Gunbarrel run during March 29-31. Event admission will be free and spectator seating will be available on a limited basis at Heavenly's freestyle arena located at the California Lodge base.
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About Ski Lake Tahoe
Surrounding North America's largest alpine lake, the seven 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 located less than an hour from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. For further information or to book travel, lodging and transportation for Ski Lake Tahoe resorts and their travel partners, visit www.SkiLakeTahoe.com.