If you’re not a frequent skier or snowboarder, planning a ski trip can seem intimidating. It really shouldn’t be! While it takes some practice, most people get the hang of things in no no time! If you’re planning a ski trip to Lake Tahoe, and you’re feeling a little nervous, don’t be. We’ve got your back. We’ve compiled some of the common rookie mistakes we see first-time skiers make and some handy tips to help you hit the Tahoe slopes like a pro.
After a lot of 2020 plans were dashed, we’re looking forward to 2021 with our fingers crossed and a lot of excitement. We’re ready to start planning some epic adventures and can’t wait to welcome more visitors back to Lake Tahoe in the new year. While we don’t know exactly what 2021 will hold, we’re optimistic that some of our favorite Lake Tahoe events will make a triumphant return this coming year. If you’re looking forward to traveling again and already dreaming of visiting South Tahoe, definitely add these events to your radar and Tahoe vacation itinerary!
If you’re sticking close to home this holiday season, you’re not alone. While this may be a different holiday season than most of us are used to, that doesn’t mean the holiday magic is gone — especially if you’re in the Lake Tahoe area. If you’re looking for things to do in Lake Tahoe, keep reading. We’ve put together a list of must-do holiday-themed activities to make your holiday staycation celebrations merry and bright!
How is it the holiday season always seems to sneak up on us? We’ve only got a few days left until Christmas — have you finished up your holiday shopping? If not, don’t fret. You don’t have to go far to find great gifts. We’ve got a few last-minute Lake Tahoe gift ideas for everyone on your list. Not only will your family and friends love them, but you’ll also be supporting local businesses and showing off your love for our beloved Lake Tahoe! Ready…set…shop!
Beer from South Lake Tahoe Brewing
For the beer lover on your list, be sure to check out South Lake Tahoe Brewing. You can place an order for one of their delicious beers to-go, or have it shipped to loved ones throughout California and beyond. Plus, they have an awesome selection of branded/Lake Tahoe hoodies, hats, and other merch.
A round of golf at one of our world-class courses
Lake Tahoe is known for some amazing golf courses with picturesque views— including Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, Lake Tahoe Golf Course, Genoa Lakes Golf Club & Resort, and many more. Contact your favorite and see about gift certificates for the spring, golf lessons, and simulators for the golf lovers and athletes on your list!
A relaxing spa day
We all know the holiday season can be stressful. Why not treat your loved one to some “me time” with a massage and wellness package at one of our amazing Lake Tahoe spas? Elements Day Spa, BioSpirit Day Spa, and Serenity Spa are all great options. Some offer gift certificates or even have scrubs, oils, and other beauty products available for purchase.
Ski gear & lift tickets
Heavenly Mountain Resort and other amazing ski resorts near Lake Tahoe are open — and an epic day on the slopes makes a great gift! Consider buying your loved one’s pass so they can enjoy the fresh Tahoe area and rush of adrenaline. Ski gear is always in style here in Tahoe, so you can also consider investing in a new pair of skis, masks, gloves, or other essentials for them!
Soaps & lotions
Looking for a practical gift that anyone on your list can use? How about some locally made soaps and lotions. Check out Tahoe Mountain Soap Company and Tahoe Soap Company, two locally-based beauty companies with some great natural products.
Lake Tahoe is so picturesque, it tends to inspire a lot of creativity and all different kinds of art. Investing in locally-made art and crafts is a great way to find something truly unique and support local artists in the process. Wildwood Makers Market has some great pieces from local makers — everything from handmade keychains and stickers to jewelry, prints, and more! You can also explore the many art galleries in the area — including the Marcus Ashley Gallery, Benko Art Gallery, and Pacific Crest Gallery — for hidden treasures and special pieces available for purchase.
Of course, you can also go the DIY route for budding artists on your list. Compass Clay Studio offers to-go kits so your loved ones can create clay masterpieces from the comfort of their own home.
Who doesn’t love sweets around the holidays? Check out some of our local bakeries and sweet shops — including Crazy Good Bakery Cafe, Sugar Pine Bakery, Rocket Fizz, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and so many more! Candy, chocolates, cake pops, and hot cocoa bombs make for great stocking stuffers, office holiday gifts, and desserts for your holiday festivities.
Of course, if you or Santa Claus are looking for some last-minute toys, there’s no better place to visit than Village Toys, right in Heavenly Village. They have everything — puzzles, puppets, educational toys, board games, classic toys, and everything in between. It’s a great local shop that’s definitely worth checking out for the kids and kids-at-heart on your list.
Wine is simple, easy, and classy — which makes it a great gift for anyone 21+ on your list. For great selections locally, check out The Cork & More, The Idle Hour, or Revive Coffee & Wine. Your loved ones are sure to toast in your honor as they’re sipping on their new favorite wine.
A getaway at Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel
A stay at one of Lake Tahoe’s best hotels could be the perfect gift that your loved ones can use in the future. Maybe you can surprise your significant other with a romantic weekend or plan a future visit with loved ones who you couldn’t see over the holiday season this year. Our hotel is steps away from all the Lake Tahoe action, including the scenic Heavenly Gondola and Heavenly Mountain Resort. Plus, the two-room suites are spacious and relaxing for when you just need to get away from it all.
We hope this helps you find the perfect last-minute gift for that special someone and inspires you to support local this holiday season. Got other great local, last-minute gift ideas? Share them with us on Facebook or Instagram! Happy Holidays from Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel!
The winter ski and snowboard season is upon us! We love this time of year and can’t wait to strap on some skis ourselves. As one of the top hotels near Heavenly Mountain Resort, we connect with a lot of skiers and snowboarders each year. Many of them, especially first-timers, have questions about the weather, gear rentals, and more. We’re always happy to help, which is why we compiled some of the most common questions in this handy guide. These will answer your questions about skiing and snowboarding in Lake Tahoe and gets you psyched to hit the slopes.