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Alpine Meadows kicks off its Spring Music Series

Spring-Music-SeriesDoes it get better than this? Skiing, riding, Lake Tahoe, music.

Spring means awesome conditions for many of the ski resorts at Lake Tahoe. Alpine Meadows Ski Resort is upping the ante by combining killer spring skiing conditions and great music. Beginning March 20, Alpine will host new talent as well as tried-and-true favorites in the weekly Spring Music Series.

Skiers and riders can find an energetic mix of live music and sunshine on the Sun Deck from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and all bands are all-age friendly and free. What could be better? Performances include:

  • Boca do Rio, March 20;
  • Tracorum, March 27;
  • Monophonics, March 28;
  • DJ Man Club, April 3;
  • Jelly Bread, April 3;
  • Sambada, April 10;
  • Allmond Brothers Clan, April 17 and 18.

For more on the Spring Music Series, visit Alpine Meadows

Freezing our Feathers Off!

FREE Family Fun Snowshoe Hike

Birds of a feather flock together and fly south for the winter, right?
Well…almost right. Did you know that there are actually some birds that stick around and tough out the cold, sierra winters? Are they a bit cuckoo or do they actually like snowstorms and frigid temperatures? You will learn the answers to this question, and more when you convince your parents to join you on a FREE family snowshoe hike sponsored by the Tahoe Rim Trail Association! We will explore the amazing world of winter and try to determine how birds and other animals survive the winter months, all while practicing our snowshoe skills. And…after playing and having fun in the snow, there will be some hot chocolate, hot apple cider, and treats waiting for you at the end.

This hike will wind through the trees and flat meadow. This program will go from 10 am – noon. Families with children, ages six and up, are encouraged to sign up for this hike. Please leave your cute puppies at home! Because it can be so cold and windy in the meadows, it is a good idea to leave very small children and infants at home with a family member or caretaker. The hike will not be strenuous, and will be broken up with games, stories, and other hands-on activities. Please be prepared for the temperamental weather of the  Lake Tahoe Meadows. Please do not dress yourselves or your children in cotton, as it will leave all of you damp and cold. Gloves, beanies, mittens, long underwear, warm socks, waterproof boots and winter jackets are necessary. Each person in your group should have a couple water bottles, because walking and active games work up a good thirst! If you are bringing your own snowshoes or are renting snowshoes, please practice putting them on before the hike, so you know how the bindings work! Note that the high elevation level (8740 ft.) can be a challenge, especially for those of you who live at sea level.

Date: Saturday, February 27th, 10am – noon
Meeting Place/Time: Tahoe Meadows non-motorized side, down by the tree-line, 9:45 am, meeting time
Distance: 3 miles, approximately
Level: Easy
Hours: approximately 2

More Information: 775-298-0012 or programs@tahoerimtrail.org

Become a part of the 1960 Winter Olympics

1960 Winter OlympicsAn exhibit memorializing the 50th anniversary of the 1960 Winter Games at Squaw Valley will go on display at today at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, four days before the start of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games.

The exhibit will allow passengers to position themselves on the very platforms used during the awards ceremony at the Squaw Valley Winter Olympics just 50 years ago, with the American flag hanging above the gold podium, providing for a great photo opportunity.

The museum will feature flags from all countries represented at the 1960 Games,  photos,  magazines, uniforms and more.  As well as two television monitors will run and display videos about the 1960 Winter Games.

The Olympic History Museum will be on exhibit at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, through the spring of 2010.

Top Ten Reasons the Roaming Gnome should have come to Tahoe

travelocity-gnome-tahoeTop Ten Reasons the Roaming Gnome should should have broken his Cabin Fever in Tahoe rather than Utah in Travelocity’s Top Ski Destination contest.

1.     Ski in two states at the same time at Heavenly while looking at the deep blue of Lake Tahoe, even with your narrow gnome stance

2.     Go on a blind date with Tahoe Tessie (Lake Tahoe’s mythical resident “sea creature”).

3.     Depending on how the date goes, perhaps a quick wedding and an even quicker divorce in Reno.

4.     50 Tram laps at Squaw Valley USA to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first televised Winter Olympic Games.

5.     Tempt fate with a visit to the Donner Party museum,  just hope they don’t think you’re a chocolate filled gnome.

6.     Our drinks have personality with drinks like the ‘Wet Woody’, the ‘Scorpion’ and the ‘Flaming Kava Kava’. Gnomes keep your beards away from the flames!

7.     Forgot your skis?  No problem, where else but in Sparks can you get your skis, ride a Ferris Wheel and drive a NASCAR simulator in one mega sports store?

8.     Follow in the footsteps of Ol’ Blue Eyes and Marilyn Monroe in the tunnels at the historic Cal Neva Lodge

9.     Spend a little downtime at the spa before heading out for a long night in Reno

10.    Satisfy a late night hunger at what has been heralded as one of the best burgers in the country, the Awful Awful, awfully big, awfully good, don’t be scared my friend, you can do it.

Snowy conditions in Reno Tahoe won’t stop the Santa Crawlers

Flights have been grounded, cars are stalling, power-lines are down and Reno Tahoe is all but buried under record low temperatures and snow, but all that won’t make a difference to this year’s Reno Santa Crawl which is expected to draw nearly 5,000 Santa-clad visitors this year for the weekend-long events.

In fact, the blizzard makes for an improved event and another surge in attendance if the pass remains open, says Matty Goedert, event founder and San Francisco based tax-attorney-by-day. “In our eight-year history we’ve lived through two huge snow storms, and the crawlers love it. This is the first year we’re doing Santa Skiing so if conditions continue, it will be the best fresh powder to kick off the season.”

Dubbed “Reindeer Games,” the weekend of Dec. 11-13 kicks off Friday night with a Santa Crawl Pajama Ball at Reno’s National Bowling Stadium. Then, all day Saturday, discounted Santa Skiing at Mt. Rose ski resort for those dressed as Santa.

The games come to head on Saturday night when more than 45 bars, pubs and casinos within a half-mile radius in downtown Reno host a flurry of Red, White and Beards for the eighth annual Reno Santa Crawl into the wee hours of the morning.

Beginning with only a handful of participants, the crawl has steadily grown each year. At the onset of the recession in 2008, organizers experienced a significant and unexpected surge when attendance doubled from 1,500 to 3,000 participants. This year, they are expecting close to 5,000.

In true holiday spirit, proceeds from the event go to the Hashimoto Widows and Orphans Fund for the families of fallen law officers of the Reno-Sparks area.


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It’s never too early to think about skiing! 2009-10 Lake Tahoe Six-Pack now on sale!

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The Ski Lake Tahoe Six-Pack offers 6 days of skiing or riding at 7 fantastic resorts, all for $269. The lift tickets are flexible, allowing you to go choose one of two resorts with each ticket.

The Ski Lake Tahoe Six-Pack includes:

  • 1 ticket valid at either Heavenly, Kirkwood or Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe
  • 1 ticket valid at either Heavenly or Sierra-at-Tahoe®
  • 1 ticket valid at either Kirkwood or Sierra-at-Tahoe®
  • 1 ticket valid at either Alpine Meadows or Northstar-at-Tahoe™
  • 1 ticket valid at either Squaw Valley USA, Northstar-at-Tahoe™  or Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe
  • 1 ticket valid at either Squaw Valley USA or Alpine Meadows

Note: Only 1 voucher per Six-Pack redeemable per resort, per day.

Holiday Blackout Dates include: Nov. 28-29, 2009; Dec. 26, 2009 – Jan. 2, 2010; Jan. 16-17, 2010; Feb. 13-14, 2010.

Want to learn more about the Six-Pack? Go online

Top 10 highlights for a Reno-Tahoe getaway

truckeeriverbodyboard300Reno-Tahoe is a family-friendly getaway, offering tons of fun for kids and adults alike. Add some of these Top 10 attractions to your travel itinerary:

  1. Catch a ballgame: Downtown Reno is home to a new ballpark and the Reno Aces, a Triple A team. The boys of summer are playing in Reno-Tahoe.
  2. Hit the slopes: Reno-Tahoe offers the largest concentration of ski and board resorts in North America — 18 within an hour drive of Reno-Tahoe International Airport.
  3. Shop till you drop: The shopping is great in Reno-Tahoe, including the new Legends at Sparks Marina in Sparks, Nev., which boasts more than 70 stores and restaurants, including Scheel’s, the World’s Largest All Sports Store at almost 300,000 square feet.
  4. A river runs through it: The Truckee River winds through downtown Reno and downtown Sparks, offering great opportunities for recreation and relaxation during the warm months. Whitewater enthusiasts can paddle to their heart’s content in the two whitewater parks.
  5. Nevada-style casino action: In Reno-Tahoe the action goes 24-7, with deluxe, modern resort casinos that offer fun gaming action without the Vegas crowds.
  6. The Jewel of the Sierra: Lake Tahoe is 45 minutes from Reno-Tahoe International Airport and downtown Reno — a great day trip whether it is summer or winter.
  7. The Comstock Lode: Step back to Wild West times in Virginia City. The preserved epicenter of the Comstock Lode features classic buildings, old saloons and a cast of characters that is always entertaining.
  8. V&T Railroad: Ride the rails of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad in Carson City, Nevada’s capitol. Working steam engines hearken back to the golden age of rail travel.
  9. Wine and dine: Reno-Tahoe is known for adventure and Nevada-style gaming, but hundreds of restaurants serving everything from casual to five-star fare also make it a great destination for culinary enthusiasts.
  10. Culture connection: Reno-Tahoe is home to 31 museums, including the Nevada Museum of Art, the National Automobile Museum and the Nevada State Museum – live Nevada’s rich culture.

Video: Get on board the Fun Train to Reno

Our own Jill Stockton went for a ride aboard Amtrak’s Fun Train for a scenic ride from Sacramento to Reno. But this was no tame sightseeing tour …

There may be no easier way to get to Reno-Tahoe than aboard the Weekend Fun Train or Midweek Snow Train. There is no other train like it in America. The Fun Train is ideal for anyone looking to have a good time while enjoying the beautiful scenery of the Donner Pass route – one of the most historic and scenic rail lines in America.

From departure to arrival, traveling on the Fun Train was, well, fun! I boarded the train in Sacramento and was greeted by ‘Fun Rick,’ a member of the Fun Train team. Fun Rick helped me feel welcome aboard and made finding my seat a breeze.  After boarding the train, which was decorated with a Western theme, we promptly departed for Reno. The ride through the Sacramento valley and along Donner Pass was simply spectacular. The views were amazing and fresh snow was falling, making this ride to Reno extra special.

The entertainment on board was outstanding. It was like nothing I’d ever seen before. Dozens of people dancing to the live music of the “FunAntics” while winding through the mountains headed for Reno. This is surely something that you’d never experience in a car or airplane!

If listening, not dancing, to live music is more your style, then the Piano Lounge Car is for you. With live entertainment in the Piano Car you can meet new friends, enjoy a drink from the cocktail bar and relax. The Fun Train also has strolling minstrels, musicians, and magicians to entertain you – if the beautiful scenery is not enough.

When we arrived in Reno, the good times just got better. After exiting the train, passengers were greeted by a jazz band directing them to their chartered bus which would take them to their designated hotel. The simplicity and ease of this trip was truly amazing.

The trip includes a roundtrip rail ticket from Emeryville, Martinez, Suisun, Sacramento or Roseville to Reno with reserved seat, two nights hotel accommodations, a Winner’s Book – good for discounted meals, 50 percent off the show at Harrah’s and more. For more information on packages and pricing information visit Key Holidays online or call (800) 783-0783.

Elvis sighting at Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe

Mt. Rose ski resort’s annual tribute to the birth of “The King” is slated for this Saturday, Jan. 10. Resort employees – from ticket sellers to lift operators and instructors – will be in full Elvis regalia for this fun annual event. Visitors also dress for the occasion, and show off their Elvis chops.

Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe is located just 25 minutes from Reno, and features the highest base elevation of Lake Tahoe’s 18 ski and board resorts. With nearly 1,200 acres and eight lifts, including two high-speed six-seaters, it offers some of the best, most convenient terrain in the Lake Tahoe Basin.

For weather, resort and ticket information for Mt. Rose and other regional ski resorts, log on to our searchable ski page.

December, the tale of two months


Peek of Tahoe

Originally uploaded by RenoTahoe

The month of December started on a somber note for skiers and boarders in Reno-Tahoe – at the beginning of the month a couple of good early storms put down a base, but it was dwindling. But Mother Nature served up enough snow this week to more than make up for the paltry beginning of the season.

Powder hounds woke up to more than two feet of fresh snow today, and bluebird conditions at Alpine Meadows, where blue skies and moderate temperatures made for the perfect Sierra Nevada ski day. Check out more pics from Alpine over at our flickr site.

Reno-Tahoe’s 18 ski and board resorts all received strong snow totals from a week of on-again, off-again storms, with the biggest system hitting Christmas Day. Alpine’s official measurement as of Dec. 26 was nine feet of snow at the base, and more than 13 feet at the summit, ensuring plenty of snow for a long season.

Now is the time to book your Reno-Tahoe getaway and get a taste of this great snow. Shop online and get discounts on lodging and lift-ticket combos.