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Fresh Powder in Lake Tahoe

Dust off your skis and come visit Lake Tahoe. Ski resorts are reporting up to two feet of fresh snow this morning.

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We are up early in Lake Tahoe this morning enjoying the sunshine while digging out our cars and walkways. Many Thanksgiving visitors are heading home today so its the perfect time to take a personal day and enjoy the mountain. Expect chain controls over the mountain passes.

Heavenly Mountain Resort: 9″ of snow in the last 24 hours. The resort will have 1 percent of the mountain open: 35/4800 acres, 5/28 lifts open, 5/97 runs open.

Kirkwood: 14″ of snow in the last 24 hours. The resort will have 3 percent of their terrain open: 60/2300 acres, 3/15 lifts and 6/86 runs.

Sierra at Tahoe: 16″ (base) to 24″(summit) of snow in the last 24 hours. They will have 4 lifts and 3 trails open.

Sledding in Lake Tahoe

Sledding opportunities abound when you visit Lake Tahoe.

Visitors often risk life and limb by stopping along a busy highway when a slope of snow is spotted. This is so very unnecessary. There are a plethora of sledding opportunities available in Lake Tahoe. Plan a day of family fun that will not lead you to the emergency room. Let me help you find a safe place to play in the snow.  Tahoe offers both free and fee friendly sledding options.

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Fee Friendly

Adventure Mountain at the top of Echo Summit offers groomed sledding runs, sled & tube rental, snow play, sledding and tubing, snowshoe trails and rentals, and dining in The Lodge with store, cafe, and rental center! This is the perfect place for those who want to show up and pay for someone else to do all the work. Bring $30 cash for each vehicle you choose to park.

Once in the Park, you can use Visa for your other purchases. Sleds will run you $12 for the day, inner tubes are $30 for the day and helmets are $8 for the day. Please make your children wear a helmet and you should as well. You may purchase your equipment if you prefer. Snacks and meals are available for purchase or you may bring your food and “picnic” throughout the day.

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Adventure Mountain is located on Echo Summit at the top of Highway 50.

Boreal’s Playland is a children’s snow tubing park designed for the entire family. Playland offers groomed tubing lanes, moving carpet and quality tubes, with access to all the amenities of Boreal Mountain Resort. An all day pass for individuals 42 inches and taller will cost you $49.

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Located off Hwy. 80 about a 35 minute drive from North Lake Tahoe you at 19749 Boreal Ridge Road, Soda Springs, California.

Hansen’s Resort offers sledding and lodging right in the heart of South Lake Tahoe. Located on Ski Run at the Base of Heavenly Ski Resort, Hansen’s Resort provides the old Tahoe feel and hospitality it is famous for.  Sledding prices run about $20 an hour with discounts provided to those billeted at the resort.

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Hansen’s Resort is located at 1360 Ski Run Boulevard, just 11 block from Highway 50 in South Lake Tahoe, CA.

Blizzard Mountain offers “two lift-accessible snow tubing lanes, an expanded snow play and sledding area that allows little (and big) ones to explore the winter outdoors at their own pace, and visits from Ralston the snow bear all make Blizzard Mountain one of the most entertaining spots to spend an afternoon at the mountain.” Two hours of tubing fun will cost you $30 per person. You will also have access to all the amenities that Sierra-at-Tahoe has to offer.

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Sierra-at-Tahoe is located a t 1111 Sierra at Tahoe Road, Twin Bridges, California on Highway 50 on the west side of Echo Summit.

Heavenly Mountain Adventure Peak tubing runs are designed for the true daredevil in each of us. Named the “#1 Snow Tubing Hill” in the country by Fox News, this ride is for the serious outdoor adventurer. Four lanes, a 65 foot drop and open year round, you will not find a bigger adrenaline rush delivered by an inner tube hill. Kids must be 42 inches to ride. Tubing at Heavenly will cost you $30 an hour. As if it couldn’t get any better, you will have access to all the amenities that Heavenly Ski Resort has to offer. Stay at the Marriott Hotel South Lake Tahoe for convenience and luxury.

Heavenly Mountain Resort: Lake Tahoe, CA

Heavenly Ski Resort is located on Highway 50 in South Lake Tahoe just south of the Nevada State line.

North Tahoe Regional Park offers snow play and sledding for children and adults. A popular wintertime Park activity is the children’s sled hill at the park entrance. Through a partnership with North Tahoe Winter Adventures, you can ride the adult sledding hill or rent a snowmobile. A concession stand is also provided for your dining pleasure. Visit the park’s Facebook page for seasonal updates.

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North Tahoe Regional Park is located at 6600 Donner Road in Tahoe Vista, California.

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Sawmill Pond is a favorite spot for fishing in the summer and sledding in the winter. Slopes are gradual, perfect for the first time sledding experience and for young children. There is plenty of parking in the lot off of Sawmill Road, just past the pond. There are benches and picnic tables and a vault toilet restroom.

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Sawmill Pond is located 2.5 miles west of the “Y” intersection (Hwy 89, Hwy 50 and Lake Tahoe Blvd.) on the Corner of Sawmill Road and Lake Tahoe Blvd.

Kahle Park is a great location to take children for the full park experience. Snow men are a popular theme at Kahle, where kids can enjoy the children’s playground, indoor climbing wall and jungle gym. Parents will appreciate the indoor bathroom facilities, full exercise gym and ¼ mile running track. Parking is safe, plentiful and free. There is a small fee to use the indoor playground and gym. All outdoor activities are free as well.

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To get there go out of California into Nevada on Highway 50 about one mile to Kahle Road. (There is a signal light at Kahle Road. If you get to Safeway, you have gone too far.) Take a right on Kahle Road until you land in the parking lot. Enjoy yourself!

Spooner Summit Slide Park is a “side-of –the-road” sledding option that is safer than most. There is a small area at the junction of Highway 50 and Highway 28 to park your vehicle.  If you are coming from Carson City this would be your closest free sledding park. This area is not great for younger children but offers some fun sledding opportunities for older children and adults.

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You can reach Spooner Summit Slide Park from the South Lake Tahoe by taking Hwy 50 north or from Incline Village by taking Highway 28 south. From Carson City, take Highway 50 west. The park is located at the corner of Highway 50 and Highway 28.

Taylor Creek Sno-Park is a great choice for families with toddlers and younger first time snow enthusiasts. Taylor Creek is a forest service location with plenty of safe parking but several of sledding options. If you would like to try cross country skiing, snow shoeing or snow man building, Taylor Creek is your place. Taylor Creek loves dogs, so bring them along to romp in the snow. This location is usually very busy, so plan ahead and enjoy the crowds.

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Taylor creek is located on Highway 89 about 5 miles north of the “y” in South Lake Tahoe.

Hidden gems

Zephyr Cove Park is right off Highway 50 and open to the public free of charge. There is an enormous amount of safe parking. Children can create sled runs to their hearts content. Zephyr Cove Park is home of the local library, tennis courts, disc golf course, soccer and softball fields. There is a children’s playground and a large selection of picnic spots.  Bring a picnic lunch and appreciate a snow day with the family. Feeling like a hot meal instead? Enjoy a cozy meal by the fire at the Zephyr Cove Lodge restaurant directly across the street from the park.

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Zephyr Cove Park is located 4.6 miles from the California/Nevada state line, in Nevada. Travel north from South Lake Tahoe on highway 50 for 4.6 miles. You will see Zephyr Cove Resort and Beach on your left. Take the next right (at the fire house) onto Warrior Way. You will see an elementary school on your left and the park facilities on your right. If you turn right immediately on Warrior Way you can park in the rear by the Playground, picnic areas, and disc golf course. If you take the second right, you can park by the library, tennis courts and softball/soccer field.

Tahoe Rim Trail Kingsbury North Trailhead is an excellent place to take children and adults of all ages. Located at one of the entrances to US Forestry land, the space is wide open offering a multitude of sledding, tubing and riding options. Bring your thermos of hot chocolate, a couple of camping chairs and your digital camera to capture the photos of a lifetime. There are no amenities so you will need to bring all your own toys and snacks. This location is not frequented by many tourists, so enjoy the serenity.

You will find this spot at the end of Andria Lane. Travel North on Highway 50 out of South Lake Tahoe into Nevada. Take a right on Kingsbury Grade/SR 207. About ¼ mile before you get to the summit, take a left on North Benjamin lane. North Benjamin becomes Andria after a couple blocks. You will be traveling through a neighborhood. Do not worry, you are going the right way. When you get to the end of Andria Lane you have arrived. Enjoy the forest and be sure to bring back with you everything that you brought in.

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Lake Tahoe Weather Conditions

Search www.OpenSnow.com when you make plans to visit Lake Tahoe.

Locals trust Open Snow forecaster, Bryan Allegretto, for accurate and timely weather reports of the Lake Tahoe Basin and Truckee.

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Landscapes frosted in sparkling snow excites the imagination. Piles of snow blanketing the mountains, draw skiers and snowboarders from around the world to the Sierra Nevada Mountains and scenic Lake Tahoe.

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Finding the perfect snow weekend takes a lot of planning and more than a little meteorological luck. Snow for recreation = fun. Snow for traveling = less than fun.

North-West Lake Tahoe – Snow Cams

northstar-logo  Northstar

alpine-logo  Alpine Meadows

 SquawValley_3D_4c_Blk-large  Squaw Valley

North-East Lake Tahoe – Snow Cams

mt-rose  Mt. Rose

diamond-peak-logo  Diamond Peak

South Lake Tahoe Web Cams

heavenly-logo  Heavenly

KirkwoodLogo_3  Kirkwood

sierra-at-tahoe  Sierra at Tahoe

West Lake Tahoe – Snow Cams

homewood  Homewood

Truckee (outside North Lake Tahoe) – Snow Cams

  tahoe-donner Tahoe Donner

donner-ski-ranch  Donner Ski Ranch

boreal  Boreal

sugar-bowl  Sugar Bowl

soda-springs  Soda Springs

Lake Tahoe Area – Traffic Cameras

So, do what the locals do, become a frequent visitor of Bryan Allegretto and his daily snow forecasts. His predictions are not just accurate, they are relevant to the specific region of the Lake Tahoe basin that you plan to visit.  Find out when the biggest snow falls are coming and how much powder is expected.

Lake Tahoe Ski Resort map
Lake Tahoe Ski Resort map

 

 

 

http://opensnow.com/dailysnow/tahoe

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Ski Lake Tahoe – Ski Resorts Open Soon

Winter is coming and it’s time to make plans to visit Lake Tahoe. Ski Resorts are preparing for the best season of the year – Ski Season!

Opening Day around Lake Tahoe is dependent on mother nature. However, the following ski resorts have set a target opening day to make sure they are ready to make your ski dreams come true. So, where would you like to go when you visit Lake Tahoe?

Lake Tahoe Ski Resort map
Lake Tahoe Ski Resort map
North-West Lake Tahoe – Opening Day

  northstar-logo Northstar: November 18, 2016

 alpine-logo Alpine Meadows: November 11

 SquawValley_3D_4c_Blk-large Squaw Valley: November 11

North-East Lake Tahoe – Opening Day

mt-roseMt. Rose: October 31, 2016

diamond-peak-logo Diamond Peak: December 15

South Lake Tahoe – Opening Day

 heavenly-logo Heavenly: November 18, 2016

 KirkwoodLogo_3  Kirkwood: November 18, 2016

 sierra-at-tahoe  Sierra at Tahoe: November 25, 2016

West Lake Tahoe – Opening Day

homewood  Homewood: December 9, 2016

Truckee (Outside North Lake Tahoe) – Opening Day

tahoe-donnerTahoe Donner: December 9

donner-ski-ranchDonner Ski Ranch: December 3

borealBoreal: October 28

sugar-bowl Sugar Bowl: December 10

  soda-springs Soda Springs:  November 24

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Tahoe Paradise Park – South Lake Tahoe Park

Hidden among a sleepy little Meyers neighborhood is a storybook park wrapped around beautiful Lake Baron. You must take a moment to enjoy Tahoe Paradise Park when you visit Lake Tahoe.

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Lake Baron – South Lake Tahoe Parks

The heart of Tahoe Paradise Park is a beautiful 9-acre lake favored by locals for both fishing and swimming. You will find few visitors as you soak in the serenity of this alpine lake. Don’t forget your canoes, kayaks and other beach toys when you visit this South Lake Tahoe Park. Lake Baron has a two fish maximum for all anglers.

Paradise Playground - South Lake Tahoe Parks
Paradise Playground – South Lake Tahoe Parks

The children’s playground keeps even the most adventurous kids busy all day. The slides, swings, obstacle course are perfect for every age.

Paradise Picnic Area - South Lake Tahoe Parks
Paradise Picnic Area – South Lake Tahoe Parks

Adjacent to a large picnic area with barbecues, the playground provides an ideal location for family functions, birthday parties or just a relaxing day among friends when you visit Lake Tahoe.

Upper Truckee River Tributary - South Lake Tahoe Parks
Upper Truckee River Tributary – South Lake Tahoe Parks

Tahoe Paradise Park is located between Lake Baron and a tributary of the Upper Truckee River. Paradise Park provides access to the river with a trail running along its banks. Leashed dogs are welcome throughout the park and on the trail.

Gazebo Location - South Lake Tahoe Parks
Gazebo Location – South Lake Tahoe Parks

If you are looking for a charming outdoor wedding venue, look no further. Vows are shared beneath the majesty of the Sierra Pines overlooking the serenity of Lake Baron.

Lake Baron Wedding Venue - South Lake Tahoe Parks
Lake Baron Wedding Venue – South Lake Tahoe Parks

Paradise Park is host to both wedding ceremonies and receptions nearly every weekend during the late spring, summer and early fall. A clubhouse is available for rent with indoor restrooms and kitchen facilities.

Paradise Tennis Courts - South Lake Tahoe Parks
Paradise Tennis Courts – South Lake Tahoe Parks

Tennis anyone? Tahoe Paradise Park has two beautiful, newly resurfaced tennis courts available for visitors. Hiking trails, tennis, kayaking, picnics and fishing, are all available at Paradise Park. Parking and admission is free!

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Tahoe Paradise Park is located at: 1011 E San Bernardino Ave, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150.  Directions – Follow Hwy 50 from South Lake Tahoe to Meyers. Turn right on Apache Drive just before agricultural checkpoint. Turn left when the road ends at the Lake Tahoe Environmental Science Magnet School on E. San Bernardino Ave, head to the end near Lake Baron and the Upper Truckee River.

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Oktoberfest in Lake Tahoe – October 1st & 2nd

Beer overflows at the 22nd Annual Oktoberfest in South Lake Tahoe.

Oktoberfest in Lake Tahoe
Oktoberfest in Lake Tahoe

Don’t miss the 22nd Annual Oktoberfest when you visit Lake Tahoe October 1st and 2nd, 2016. Oktoberfest celebrations at Camp Richardson provide entertainment for the whole family. Join locals at Oktoberfest in Lake Tahoe to enjoy fabulous food, live music, and the famous Beer and Wine Garden.

Oktoberfest celebrations for the entire family.
Oktoberfest celebrations for the entire family.

Oktoberfest Activities Feature:

  • German Food & Desserts
  • Craft Booths
  • Beer & Wine Garden
  • Live Music featuring the “Gruber Family Band”
  • Pumpkin Patch
  • Bouncy Castle
  • Face Painting
  • Costume Contest for you & your dog
Gruber Family Band
Gruber Family Band

Join in the celebrations at Oktoberfest in Lake Tahoe located at Camp Richardson Resort. Website: www.camprichardson.com.

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Map to Camp Richardson’s Oktoberfest in Lake Tahoe

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Celebrities arrive in South Lake Tahoe – Lake Tahoe Summit

Obama, Feinstein and The Killers – Oh My!

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You may run into celebrities when you visit Lake Tahoe.  Trump sold out his event at Harrah’s on August 26th starting off a week of political celebrities in South Lake Tahoe. President Obama will arrive on August 31st for the 20th Annual Lake Tahoe Summit and will speak at Harvey’s Outdoor Arena following a concert by The Killers.

20th Annual Lake Tahoe Summit
20th Annual Lake Tahoe Summit

Politicians who represent both California and Nevada, including their governors, will visit Lake Tahoe in bi-partisan support of protecting our beautiful  environment. Tickets for the event are still available at Ticketmaster. Come for the Summit, or the music and stay for the fun. Enjoy our restaurants and stay at one of our great hotels.

Harvey's Outdoor Arena
Harvey’s Outdoor Arena

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Life is Sweeter in Incline Village – Incline Village Lake Tahoe

Life is sweeter when you visit Lake Tahoe.

Ernie Feld is the head pastry chef and owner of Ernie’s International Pastries in Incline Village, Lake Tahoe. He has been operating his successful bakery in Incline Village since 1976. Come try a Poppy Seed Strudel, one of his specialties.

Ernie Feld
Ernie Feld

Ernie learned to cook in Lucenec, Czechoslovakia, where he was born in 1925. Yes, Ernie is 91 years old. Ernie’s mother ran a restaurant in town. In 1942 the Nazis rounded up all the Jews in Czechoslovakia, including young Ernie.

Ernie's Bakery
Ernie’s Bakery

As a teenager Ernie baked exclusively for the Third Reich who held him captive during World War 2.  Ernie had a skill the German’s valued and requested that the Germans send him additional captives to work in his kitchen, saving many souls from certain death.  During Ernie’s time in captivity many other members of his family were sent to Auschwitz and never seen again.

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Outdoor seating

Ernie has been feeding the residents and visitors of Incline Village, Lake Tahoe since 1976. He speaks seven languages and is often asked to take a picture with young tourists. Ernie is ready for a little relaxation and has put his business up for sale.  To read the full story of Ernie Feld visit the Las Vegas Review Journal. To try one of his treats, visit Ernie’s International Pastries, 120 Country Club Drive,  Incline Village.

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Zephyr Cove Park – South Lake Tahoe Gem

Zephyr Cove Park is a must visit if you have children, tennis players, disc golfers or hikers with you when you visit Lake Tahoe.

Zephyr Cove Park - Picnic Gazebo
Zephyr Cove Park – Picnic Gazebo

Zephyr Cove Park is the perfect place for a picnic and barbecue. There are picnic tables everywhere, by the tennis courts, by the ball field, by the volleyball court, by the disc golf course and by the playground. There are picnic areas that are more secluded, away from activities as well. You will also find a huge group picnic area. Because of its hidden location, many tourists have never heard of Zephyr Cove Park, so there is usually plenty of room for everyone.

Zephyr Cove Park - tennis courts
Zephyr Cove Park – tennis courts

You will find the following amenities at Zephyr Cove Park:

  • Picnic tables
  • Barbecue facilities
  • 6 tennis courts
  • Softball/soccer field
  • Library
  • Playground
  • Hiking trails
  • Sledding hills
  • 18 hole disc golf course
  • Volleyball court
  • Restrooms
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Zephyr Cove Park – playground

Parking is free. Hiking is free. Sledding is free. Playing is free. Everything is free, thanks to the generosity or the local residents of Douglas County. Come enjoy our hospitality!

Zephyr Cove Park - softball & soccer field
Zephyr Cove Park – softball & soccer field

Zephyr Cove Park is located 4.6 miles from the California/Nevada state line, in Nevada. Travel north from South Lake Tahoe on highway 50 for 4.6 miles. You will see Zephyr Cove Resort and Beach on your left. Take the next right (at the fire house) onto Warrior Way. You will see an elementary school on your left and the park facilities on your right. If you turn right immediately on Warrior Way you can park in the rear by the Playground, picnic areas, and disc golf course. If you take the second right, you can park by the library, tennis courts and softball/soccer field.

Zephyr Cove Park - map
Zephyr Cove Park – map

Best Restaurant in South Lake Tahoe – The Beacon Bar & Grill

Feel like a local when you visit Lake Tahoe.

The Beacon Bar & Grill is my favorite restaurant in South Lake Tahoe. The Beacon marries great food, friendly service and the perfect atmosphere, creating the best restaurant in South Lake Tahoe.

Drinks at the Beacon Bar & Grill
Drinks at the Beacon Bar & Grill

Enjoy live music and outdoor seating on the beach with unobstructed views of the entire lake. Generous umbrellas provide shade on super sunny days, while fire pits and elegant heaters keep you comfy when it gets chilly. Sunset at Lake Tahoe is an unforgettable event and the Beacon Bar & Grill offers premium seating for each evening show.

Beacon Bar & Grill Outdoor seating
Beacon Bar & Grill Outdoor seating

The Beacon offers typical pub food with gourmet flavor. You will find appetizers like Deep Fried Calamari or Chipotle Shrimp & Sausage Nachos for under $20.  Lunch entrees include the best fish & chips in South Lake Tahoe for $14. Dinner surf and turf offerings for dinner range from Clam Chowder in a bread bowl for only $10 to Filet Mignon for $39. Kids will enjoy tasty treats like Slider Burgers or Mac & Cheese from the children’s menu.

Beacon Bar & Grill Indoor Dining
Beacon Bar & Grill Indoor Dining

The Beacon Bar & Grill has a full service bar with HDTVs tuned to your favorite sporting event. Try their house special Rum Runner, absolutely the best Rum Runner on the planet!

Beacon Bar & Grill Rum Runner
Beacon Bar & Grill Rum Runner

The Beacon Bar & Grill is located in Historic Camp Richardson Resort at 1900 Jameson Beach Road. From South Lake Tahoe take Highway 89 toward Emerald Bay. You will find the turn off for the Beacon Bar & Grill approximately 2.6 miles from the ‘Y’ in South Lake Tahoe.

Map to the Beacon Bar & Grill
Map to the Beacon Bar & Grill

The Beacon Bar & Grill is open 7 days a week from 10:30 am to close. Live music is feature from 1-5pm every day (except Tuesday) during the summer.