Spring break is “spring loaded” in Lake Tahoe

The March weather gods sent a blizzard of white coating Lake Tahoe with several feet of fresh powder just in time for spring break. To go along with all this fresh winter goodness there is a full slate of activities, events, dining specials, and lodging deals on tap March 16 through April 1. And it all starts with your headquarters at Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel.

Get the best deal on your two-room suite with the promo code RIDE18. After you check in, make the most of your stay by checking out Tahoe South’s #SpringLoaded festivities. From on mountain events to happy hours, and dining deals — including a free appetizer special at our own Echo Restaurant — the value-add of a spring break vacation on Lake Tahoe’s south shore is undeniable.

On Mountain Events

What would spring break be without a little silliness? Tahoe’s answer is Pond Skimming. Outrageous costumes, tricks, and crash landings face first in an icy pond are all crowd pleasers. Fun is really what it’s all about. You don’t even have to make it across the pond to get the loudest cheer. You can test the waters for yourself or just spectate at Heavenly Mountain Resort. Where you will also find slope-side concerts, pop-up DJ Cat dance parties, and Unbuckle Après parties.

Catch the 14th annual Gunbarrel25 on March 31. This race of endurance that includes 25 or more laps on Heavenly’s famous mogul run, Gunbarrel is a highly anticipated tradition. Open to skiers and snowboarders, the winner with the quickest finishing time earns a place on the famous Gunbarrel25 plaque that resides in Heavenly’s California Lodge.

Sierra-at-Tahoe is hosting Vans Hi-Standard Series on March 18. This free event brings snowboarding “back to basics” rewarding riders for individual style, creativity, and self-expression, all at the resort that is the home mountain for three Olympic gold medalists – Jaime Anderson, Maddie Bowman, and Hannah Teter.

Fun, Food and More

Lake Tahoe’s famed waters are crystal clear and cold, especially in March, but a group of brave souls will take the plunge to raise money for Special Olympics on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17 at Zephyr Cove Beach. From plunges to racing all in the same day, on the opposite side of the lake, Camp Richardson will host a Saint Paddy’s Day Snowshoe cocktail race. Participants balance a full cocktail tray race with snowshoes through obstacles on the beach in front of the Beacon Bar & Grill. The races are free to enter, and prizes are offered for the fastest and cleanest at the finish line. Racing starts at 7 p.m.

The Shops at Heavenly Village, right next door to Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel, is hosting a Wine Walk March 22, from 5 to 8 p.m. Sample wines, food specials and chances to win great prizes for a $20 donation. Or if a beer is more your thing, check out the Brew Fest & IPA Ski Fun Run March 30-31. The Brew Fest includes live music, beer tasting, 5k run, Tito’s Corn Hole Tournament, Homebrew Contest, and Brewery Speaker Series with tips from regional brewers, as well as major beer companies.

With the March snow lions roaring Spring Break 2018 in South Lake Tahoe is shaping up to be one of the best yet.

Catching the peak of Fall Foliage in the Sierra Nevada

Lake Tahoe Fall Colors

Science is cool and so are interactive maps. Thanks to some programming whiz kids at SmokyMountains.com and their use of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data (including historical and forecast temperatures and precipitation), historical leaf peak trends, and peak observation trends, travelers now have an online map that lets them in on the best weeks to catch fall foliage splendor around the country. https://smokymountains.com/fall-foliage-map/

What does it tell us? Well, while the North-East Coast’s burst of colors is past its peak by the first week in October, Lake Tahoe is just hitting its prime. According to the fall foliage map, the week of Oct. 15, 2017, is prime time for Sierra’s display.

Top 5 Lake Tahoe Fall Foliage Hikes:

Fall Foliage hits its peak in Lake Tahoe in October.

Rabe Meadow

Easily accessible from U.S. Highway 50 with a paved bike and hiking trails, this meadow pops with color in the fall and leads down to the shoreline at Nevada Beach.

Fallen Leaf Lake

Fallen Leaf Lake got its name for a reason. The beautiful lake has large swaths of Aspens along its shoreline. With parking options at the campground or snow park lot off Highway 89, the lake has trails that meander along the shoreline and through stands of Aspen groves and past historical ruins like Anita Baldwin’s private house on the lake’s west shore. Anita was the daughter of E.J. “Lucky” Baldwin the colorful mining and turf figure of the old west with ties to California including the Santa Anita Racetrack.

Big Meadow to Round Lake

Start at Big Meadow Trailhead on Highway 89 headed south toward Luther Pass. Fall brings fewer crowds and more parking spots at the trailhead. After crossing back over the highway there is a half-mile uphill hike to Big Meadow which sits at about 7,500 feet in elevation. After enjoying the meadow view head back into the forest and follow the signs to Round Lake.

Hope Valley

Further along Highway 89 at the junction with Highway 88 there plenty of road pullouts for a long or short hike among a network of trails that work their way through brilliant stands of Aspens. The West Carson River flows through the valley and offers excellent fishing opportunities.

Van Sickle Bi-State Park

With trails that start at lake level at the California/Nevada state line and go all the way to the Tahoe Rim Trail, Van Sickle bi-state park is a great way to get a panoramic view of fall color on the South Shore.


Take advantage of Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel’s fall special and catch Lake Tahoe’s peak season of color.

Farm to Fork Festival brings tasty treats to South Shore

Sample the Sierra, South Shore’s own Farm to Fork festival, returns for its eighth year Sept. 16, and Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel’s own Chef Salvador Cortex Delgado will be on hand showcasing what he does best at Echo Restaurant.

Delgado’s Adventure menu is a hit featuring the best of Sierra seasonal ingredients and meat choices like the locally sourced grass-fed, all natural beef.  Echo’s outdoor deck is the perfect place to indulge. Through Sept. 30 diners can grab an Adirondack chair and enjoy an ice cold beer and burger with fries for just $14.


To sweeten the weekend of food and fun book your room with our Summer Fun package. Use code SUMFUN17 for the best rates.

Sample the Sierra tickets are on sale now at www.samplethesierra.com. Full tasting tickets are $40 for full tasting tickets and $30 for under 21 tickets.

Eclipse of the Sun – Monday, Aug. 21

At 9:04 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 21, South Lake Tahoe will be treated to an eclipse of the sun or at least 80 percent of one. Crossing the U.S. from Salem, Ore., to Charleston, S.C., festivals and events are planned across the country in the path of totality where the moon will completely cover the sun, leaving only the sun’s corona visible, but here in South Lake Tahoe we are still in for quite a show.

The maximum eclipse will hit here at 10:19 a.m., with the sun returning at 11:42 a.m.  A solar filter is needed to view this awe-inspiring event safely.  Read up on all the guidelines at https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety

Take advantage of our extended Tahoe Summer Fun package and watch the eclipse with us. Use code SUMFUN17 when booking.

Read up on the eclipse at https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/ .

This image shows the Aug. 1, 2008, solar eclipse at the point of totality, when the moon completely blocks out the body of the sun, revealing the normally hidden, halo-like corona. Image Credit: The Exploratorium

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.