Top 5 things to look forward to in Lake Tahoe this spring

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Lake Tahoe is enjoying abundance. Winter storms resulted in the wettest year on record in the Sierra Nevada. Here are some suggestions for enjoying spring’s bounty in South Lake Tahoe.

Water, water, everywhere, and there’s plenty to drink, marvel at, and more. It’s time to play at Lake Tahoe.

  1. Water runs downhill and makes spectacular waterfalls. Splash through the mud puddles like a kid and marvel in the spectacular power show that will be going on around the lake. (We recap some of the best for you in our top waterfall hikes blog. Van Sickle Bi-State Park, located right behind the hotel, Rim Trail Connector trail also has a waterfall.)
  2. Before everyone gets their power vessels in the water, take advantage of the crystal calm waters and kayak or paddleboard the lake. Get a map of the Lake Tahoe Water Trail and take off. Lake Tahoe is officially above its natural rim so there is plenty of water to explore.
  3. Spring showers bring riots of color. The wildflower season should be longer than normal this year. Tahoe’s first blooms will be found at lake level as the high country still has some melting to do.
  4. Go fishing. Mackinaw season is open year-round in Lake Tahoe and they are reeling in some big ones. Check out the latest catch with Mile High Fishing Charters.

    Caught the big one on May 1 with Mile High Fishing Charters.

    Caught the big one on May 1 with Mile High Fishing Charters.

  5. Quality time – before summer comes swinging in South Lake Tahoe enjoys a slowdown that makes spring one of the best times to visit.
  6. Bonus: Saving your money by taking advantage of the special deals offered by Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel!  Stay with us!  Yahoo!

Special rates now through June 29 with rooms as little as $89 a night, with offer code 2TAHOE17.

Still time to catch the winter wave in Lake Tahoe

The fates, Mother Nature, and atmospheric rivers blessed Lake Tahoe this winter, and as the mountain season eases into spring it provides some uniquely Tahoe opportunities.

Not sure what to do on your vacation? How about skiing, golfing, and paddle boarding all in the same day?

With area resorts staying open almost through April, Heavenly’s closing date is set for April 30, Sierra-at-Tahoe, April 23, and Kirkwood April 16; there is snow to be skied and celebrations to join. Heavenly’s Spring Loaded runs through April 8 and includes live entertainment, pond skimming, the Gunbarrel 25 race, and outdoor concerts.

Sierra-at-Tahoe has several slopestyle events still to come in April and they’re closing down the place with a Salsa Showdown on April 22.

The water is cold, but it’s not unusual to see paddle boarders out on the lake in April. The glass-like surface is just too beautiful to resist and with the temps rising to an average of 55 degrees during the day it feels pretty good. Just remember to wear your life vest in case you take a dip.

Golf courses at the lake usually open in May, but a short half-hour drive down the mountain to the Carson Valley offers several options including Genoa Lakes, with two courses to chose from – the Lakes Course or Resort Course. The Lakes Course, designed by PGA Champion Peter Jacobsen and John Harbottle III, meets head-on with the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada as it weaves through lush wetlands and the winding Carson River. The Resort Course designed by Johnny Miller and Harbottle offers wide open spaces and high desert views with over 300 feet of elevation changes.

Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel can help you with tee times by clicking on “Build Your Own Golf Adventure” on the specials page.

Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel is your base for a spring break that’s going to be truly awesome this year. Check out the resort’s Snow Special with rooms from $89 a night through April 30. Suites at this great rate have limited availability so book now. Use offer code SKI17.

Ringing in the New Year

Finishing off 2016 with a traditional Lake Tahoe white Christmas sent us into 2017 with visions of many more powder ski days in our heads: or snowshoeing, or cross country skiing, or sledding…   fill in your favorite winter activity here. You get the picture. Winter is special.

Photo: Heavenly Mountain Resort / www.skiheavenly.com

Photo: Heavenly Mountain Resort / www.skiheavenly.com

Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel’s “Winter Special” with rooms from $129 a night for stays Jan. 8 through April 13, definitely ups the ante. Shhh, there is limited availability so make sure you grab your room before sharing with your friends. Now go to reservations and plan your next trip. Use the code SKI17.

Done? Good.

Now here’s some of the fun happening in January in South Lake Tahoe. The full moon is due to make an appearance around Jan. 14. Catch her in all her glory on a full moon snowshoe tour at the Hellman-Ehrman Mansion. State park interpreters will take you on a hike to explore the natural and cultural history around the estate and Lake Tahoe’s shoreline in Sugar Pine State Park.

On Jan. 21 try your luck in Camp Richardson’s snowshoe cocktail races. This popular annual event pits racers against each other with cocktail trays in hand. The winner is the fastest through the course with the least spills. Entry is free and you can win prizes.

Heavenly Village, right next door to Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel, offers quick access to the mountain via the gondola or take a spin on the outdoor ice skating rink. Heavenly Mountain Resort is also offering new thrills this winter with the Ridge Rider Mountain Coaster.  Experience the thrill of this gravity-propelled mountain coaster as you race down the 3,400-foot track, descend 300 vertical feet, and accelerate around two lateral loops.

Start off the new year with a winter escape at Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel.