On-mountain thrills and culinary highlights kick off 2016

Lake Tahoe slides into 2016 with skis and snowboards rooted on several feet of snow and the promise of much more to come thanks to a series of El Niño-driven winter storms. From Tahoe South’s Restaurant Week to Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend, the first month of 2016 promises a bounty of sun up to sundown mountain thrills and spectacular night life.

Check into Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel with our Winter Special, offering rooms as low as $109 a night, Sunday through Thursday with a two night minimum. Use the offer code SKI16 while booking your room from our website to get the best rate.

Skiing, riding and snowboarding are just a walk away from your room at Heavenly Mountain Resort. Take a gondola ride to the top for breathtaking views and a spectacular adventure down the mountain.

Those looking for tree skiing or half-pipe action will want to head out to Sierra-at-Tahoe, which is enjoying some of the finest and deepest snow in years. If you’re skiing or boarding at Sierra, you’ll want to catch some of the best amateur action with the USASA Slopestyle – South Tahoe Series with competition all the way into March.

Here’s what’s on tap through January:

Save the date for the 3rd Annual Tahoe South Restaurant Week, Jan. 8 – 15, 2016 featuring our very own Echo Restaurant.

Gourmet burgers, handmade pasta, mouthwatering steaks, fresh seafood, inventive small plates, and decadent desserts are on the menu, as the South Shore’s restaurants roll out an extraordinary culinary experience for California Restaurant Month. With Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel as your home base Tahoe South Restaurant Week, “Made with Altitude” is an incredible opportunity to experience some of the best wine and food on Lake Tahoe’s South Shore at a value you can’t get any other time of the year.

Participating restaurants feature specially-priced and prix fixe menus highlighting the theme “Made with Altitude.” There are no passes, tickets or coupons, diners simply visit their favorite participating restaurants throughout the week to enjoy the special menus.

January has a touch of magic thanks to the full moon. You can experience the beauty at the Hellman-Ehrman Mansion on Tahoe’s west shore and join a Spectacular Full Moon Snowshoe Tours, 7 p.m., Saturdays, Jan. 23, Feb. 20, and March 19, 2016. Join Park Rangers for moonlight adventures around the Hellman-Ehrman Mansion and along Lake Tahoe’s shoreline.Sunrise

SNOW! SNOW! SNOW!

Photo: Heavenly Mountain Resort

We always knew it, but it’s nice to hear it anyway — Lake Tahoe is above average. This week back-to-back winter storms pushed California’s snowpack to higher than average. What does that mean for us? Simply put, it means FUN, with a capital F.

It means more runs on the mountain, more trips down the sledding hill, and more terrain to go out and explore South Tahoe’s recreational activities and attractions. And after a day of winter wonderland, frosty cheeks, and snowball fights, Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel is your home away from home in the mountains complete with a roaring fireplace to warm up after your adventures. Check out our amazing rates for winter stays.

Next door to the resort, Heavenly Village is filled with holiday happenings including Heavenly Holidays with Santa’s workshop recreated in a 16-foot snow globe, ice sculpting, and a New Year’s Eve celebration with a free outdoor concert by The LA All Stars, and an East Coast, 9 p.m. gondola ball drop followed by fireworks. We will be ringing in the New Year in the hotel’s main atrium with a midnight balloon drop.

Enjoy Christmas or New Year’s Eve dinner at Echo Restaurant. Our award winning Chef Sal has created special menus of fresh farm-to-table items. Due to the holiday, we do require reservations for these dinners; please call soon as seats may fill up!

There are still some rooms available for the holiday. Come enjoy the snow. We dressed up just for you.

For current snow and weather conditions at Lake Tahoe South Shore resorts go to www.skiheavenly.comwww.kirkwood.com; www.sierraattahoe.com.

Or look for yourself on these Tahoe area webcams: Heavenly; Kirkwood; Sierra-at-Tahoe.

The ‘Call of the White’ is in full swing in Lake Tahoe

Photo: Heavenly Mountain

Photo: Heavenly Mountain

Winter is in the air, and on the mountains, and piling up on the ground here in Lake Tahoe. It’s the perfect weather to “Build Your Own Ski and Board Adventure” here at Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel.

Pick your date, your suite, and your mountain resort through our website. All lodging accommodations include a comfortable two-room suite and daily buffet breakfast so you can fuel up for your day in Lake Tahoe’s winter wonderland.

Choose lift tickets to one or more of 11 world-class Lake Tahoe winter resorts, most within an hour of our full service all suite property, or simply walk down the street to Heavenly Mountain Resort to enjoy skiing/riding with spectacular views of America’s largest alpine lake. Participating resorts also include Sierra-at-Tahoe, Kirkwood Mountain Resort, Northstar, Mt. Rose, Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley.

Whether you love skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing or sight-seeing, you can do it all when you stay at Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel. Start designing your own “My Tahoe” winter vacation package. Or call 1.866.916.4653 for more information.

Package Restrictions: Minimum 2-night stay. Ski/board packages are booked through BookRenoTahoe.com, a Silvervoyages LLC Company. Restrictions, refunds, and redemption information is provided by Silvervoyages, LLC.

Holiday feasts are cooking at Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel

If your plans include staying over the Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s holidays, Echo Restaurant has some incredible dining options.

Treat your family to a delicious Thanksgiving dinner at our buffet. Here’s what’s on the menu:

Our market fresh, tossed to order salad with all the combinations you can dream up and soup station with gingered butternut squash soup, and assorted Sugar Pine Bakery breads with whipped butter.

Our Carving Station features: Cider brined, free range roasted turkey with gravy, orange glazed ham, and herb roasted Black Angus tri tip.

Family favorite traditional sides include house made cranberry sauce, buttery mashed potatoes, maple kissed sweet potatoes, sage stuffing, lemon scented green beans and oven-roasted beets.

And for dessert we’re offering a Thanksgiving twist – Pumpkin or Bananas Foster with vanilla bean ice cream, pecan pie, cheesecakes and apple crisp.

Our Thanksgiving buffet is $32 adults, $10.95 for children under 12. Dinner times are from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Please call (530) 543-2144 to make a reservation.

After a full day on the mountain Christmas Day dinner will be taken care of by us. The buffet menu includes:Our market fresh tossed to order salad and soup station with carrot and parsnip soup, and assorted Sugar Pine Bakery breads with whipped butter.

Our Carving Station will feature slow roasted, grass-fed prime rib with Au Jus, pork loin stuffed with bacon and Bloomsdale Spinach; whole natural slow roasted Tom Turkey with gravy and cranberry relish.

Family favorite sides are roasted winter vegetables, Au Gratin potatoes, wild rice, sage stuffing, asparagus with aged balsamic and penne pasta tossed with spinach, roasted tomatoes and virgin olive oil.

Desserts make for a sweet ending. Ours will include Apple or Bananas Foster with vanilla bean ice cream plus a tasting of many holiday treats.

Our Christmas dinner is $36 adults, $12 for children under 12. Call (530) 543-2144 for a reservation.

Ring in the New Year with dinner early at Echo Restaurant, served from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The dinner features a starter of iced wild jumbo Mexican prawns with spicy avocado cocktail sauce; gold turnip and red Kuri Squash Cake with Arugula and Cranberry Chutney. There’s Charcuterie with pink pearl apples and Fromage cheese; chilled smoked tenderloin and fresh mozzarella with Chervil vinegar.

Our second course is crispy lobster salad with sweet lime and celery root chip served with white balsamic vinaigrette and roasted sweet potato soup with vanilla foam.

Our entrée course includes your choice of a 6 oz. grilled natural Black Angus filet and 8 oz. Brazilian lobster with black truffle, garlic and brandy sauce; Chilean sea bass with lemon fennel cream sauce; a natural roasted elk chop with Satsuma tangerine slaw and brandied Kabocha puree; organic baby tomato and roasted Brocoflower Risotto with Yuzu lemon and pomegranate broth; or a 14-ounce natural Colorado rack of lamb with Rosemary Cabernet Jus.

Dessert includes a frozen chocolate soufflé with Grand Marnier Ganache and sparkling wine for the perfect New Year’s toast.

Dinner is $95 plus tax and gratuity. Call (530) 543-2144 for a reservation.

We look forward to serving you this holiday season.