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Ring in 2015 with Reno Tahoe!

Reno Tahoe is wrapping up 2014 and beginning 2015 with a bang. Various locations around town are pulling out all the stops to celebrate the new year in a big way!

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The Nugget will be offering New Year’s meals at all of their restaurants, and the Celebrity Showroom will feature dinner and a show with live entertainment. In the casino there will be a free champagne toast and a countdown to midnight, complete with party favors.

Peppermill has a number of events going on the ring in the New Year. The Capri Ballroom Party starts at 9:30 pm on December 31. Come dance to the sounds of Maxxt Outt, who will be performing live. At midnight there will be party favors, a balloon drop, and a champagne toast. In The Terrace the Inciters, an 11-piece Northern Soul band, will be performing live. On the casino floor, the party keeps going with free champagne and festive party favors from 8 pm to 12:30 am. EDGE nightspot will host their Tick Tock NYE party with DJ Four Color Zack. Many Peppermill eateries will be serving special New Year’s menus to make your night of celebration complete.

Circus Circus Reno is planning a night of free live music with Escalade, free party favors, and fireworks at midnight. Some Circus Circus eateries, such as The Steakhouse at Circus, Courtyard Buffet, and Americana Café, will be offering New Year’s menus throughout the day. Visit their website for all the information!

Grand Sierra Resort and Casino’s LEX Nightclub will be partying the night away at The Black Tie Affair. This “exquisite night of celebration” will feature sounds by Enfo and Nick Ferrer. Ticket options include general admission entry at 10 pm or early admission, which grants you access to an open bar from 8 pm to 10 pm.

Silver Legacy Resort Casino Reno will be hosting their New Year’s Even Rockin’ the Dome Dance Party starting at 10 pm on December 31. The night will include a drinks, party favors, live performance by DJ Kentot, champagne toast at midnight, fireworks, and one big party in the Silver Baron Ballroom all night long.

Cargo will be playing host to Apple Z on December 31. This “shiny new band” is composed of multiple music veterans from a wide range of genres. Their collective experience in all types of performance arenas has allowed them to rethink and remake timeless popular music. Tickets for this Cargo event can be purchased at the front desk of Whitney Peak Hotel or by calling (775) 398-5400. Whitney Peak Hotel will have a special New Year’s package for all guests. The package, which is priced at $250, features a Deluxe Room, full-course Chef’s Table dinner and champagne at Heritage Restaurant, two tickets to the Apple Z show in Cargo, and a bottle of champagne in your room.

Reno’s Knitting Factory and Amplified Entertainment present Amplified DJ’s for their New Year’s Eve celebration. Starting at 10:00 pm, party the night away to great music at one of Reno’s most popular concert houses. The Knitting Factory is 18 and over and has a full bar for visitors 21 and older.

Heavenly Lake Tahoe is also throwing a New Years bash. Head to the Village at 6:00 pm for a night of fun and celebration. The event will include games, a performance by The Fire Groove dancers, a photo booth, face painting, live music by Wes Quave, ice sculpting by “Fear-No-Ice”, and a fireworks show and a Gondola Ball Drop at 9:00 pm (in unison with the Ball Drop in New York City’s Time Square). Guests are then encouraged to spend the rest of the night and ring in 2015 at some of Lake Tahoe’s many casinos, bars, and clubs.

The Bounce Festival and Bass Heavy are teaming up for another New Year’s Eve event at Tahoe Biltmore. Starting at 8pm head up to the lake for music and entertainment from acts such as LNR, Smasheltooth, and Andrew the Pirate. Get ready to dance the night (and 2014) away and celebrate the New Year with such a unique show. Check out their event page on Facebook for more information.

Snowglobe Music Festival will be held at the Lake Tahoe Community College Campus Deember 29 – 31. Spend a few days up at the Lake listening and dancing along to some of the best DJs and artists around. The lineup includes major acts like Disclosure, Skrillex, Phantogram, Cherub, and many more. 3-day tickets have already sold out, but single-day tickets and shuttle passes are still available.

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At VEX Nightclub at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe you can celebrate New Years Eve at a party featuring DJ Rockwell. Hats and party favors will be provided, along with complimentary champagne for all VIPs. Doors open at 9 pm and dance acts will perform throughout the night until 1 am. Andreotti’s at Harrah’s will be hosting a New Year’s Eve drinks and four-course dinner (view the menu here), along with live performances by local musicians Pier Perotti and Corky Bennett.

If you’re looking for a place in Reno to watch the firework display and countdown to midnight, head to the streets of downtown for a 15 minute show taking place from multiple casino rooftops. The main crowd of party-goers will join under and around the Reno Arch to watch the display, so be sure to watch the display put on by Circus Circus Hotel Casino, Eldorado Resort Casino, Silver Legacy Resort Casino, and the City of Reno! Countdown to 2015 and send 2014 out with a bang! After the main event, keep the party going and head out to the plethora of local bars that are within walking distance from the Reno Arch and Downtown.

Heavenly Snowboard Foundation Hosts Bijou Battle Skate Jam

Heavenly foundationThe Heavenly Snowboard Foundation  will host the Bijou Battle Skate Jam, Saturday, October 23 at the Bijou Skate Park in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. This event is a family event and all ages are welcome to register and participate. The event is a fundraiser for the Heavenly Snowboard Foundation, a non-profit that helps youth in the community experience snowboarding. 

“We’re very excited about the event, we know we’re going to put smiles on a lot of faces that day,” said Travis Chatwin, head snowboard coach. “The community support has been awesome and we really appreciate all the assistance we’ve received from the Parks and Recreation Department.”

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a rider’s meeting at 10:30 a.m. and event kick-off at 11:00 a.m. Helmets are required. Cost is $10 and includes an event T-shirt (supplies are limited). The competition will be a jam format, with each division allotted ten minutes, only ten riders will be allowed per session. Three judges will be judging on overall impression, trick difficulty, landings and style. Males and females will compete together; divisions are: 9 & under, 10-13, 14-17, and 18 and over. Prizes will be given to the top finishers in each division and include skate decks, trucks, wheels, backpacks, and tons of other donated items.

The Bijou Battle will feature a tent village with vendor tents from the Heavenly Snowboard Foundation, U.S.A.S.A., Shoreline, the Heavenly TPC and others. There will also be a bake sale, food vendors and a huge raffle; tickets will be available at the event for $2 each, 3 for $5 and 5 for $10. Raffle prizes include skate items, backpacks, gift certificates, snow items.

The Heavenly Snowboard Foundation appreciates the support of our local community, the Parks and Recreation Department, Shoreline of Tahoe, U.S.A.S.A., Labor of Love, The Village Board Shop, Tahoe Sports LTD., and On Course Events.

If you have additional questions please contact Aimi Xistra-Rich at 530.314.9285 or heavenlyssf@yahoo.com.

For more information about the Heavenly Ski and Snowboard Foundation’s programs for youth please click here.

About the Heavenly Ski and Snowboard Foundation

The Heavenly Ski and Snowboard Foundation is committed to facilitating and leading the local community in the development of programs to encourage youth to participate in winter sports, alpine skiing and snowboarding. The HSSF operates independently on donations and fundraisers. In addition to providing a safe skiing and riding experience to those within the foundation, outreach and community involvement also play a big part of the base of the Foundation. Throughout the winter season the HSSF provides scholarships to families whose children would not be able to participate in the race program; hosts a non-race Blue Angels program through the middle school; works with the SOS (Snowboard Outreach Society); works with the Boys and Girls Club of South Lake Tahoe; and organizes multiple events, like the Kinder Kup series, and fundraisers including the annual spring wine gala, Grapes and Gates, at Edgewood. 

About the Heavenly Ski and Snowboard Foundation: The Heavenly Ski and Snowboard Foundation is committed to facilitating and leading the local community in the development of programs to encourage youth to participate in winter sports, alpine skiing and snowboarding. The HSSF operates independently on donations and fundraisers. In addition to providing a safe skiing and riding experience to those within the foundation, outreach and community involvement also play a big part of the base of the Foundation. Throughout the winter season the HSSF provides scholarships to families whose children would not be able to participate in the race program; hosts a non-race Blue Angels program through the middle school; works with the SOS (Snowboard Outreach Society); works with the Boys and Girls Club of South Lake Tahoe; and organizes multiple events, like the Kinder Kup series, and fundraisers including the annual spring wine gala, Grapes and Gates, at Edgewood.

Heavenly opening for 2009-2010 ski season, other resorts to follow

Sierra resorts are giving thanks, after Mother Nature dropped a few inches of fresh powder over the holiday. Heavenly announced a Friday opening, with more openings on the horizon. Check out our resorts finder and check in for announced opening days.

Tahoe recognized in Top Resorts ranking

If you haven’t seen the latest issue of Ski Magazine, the cover story is the “Top 50 Resort Guide,” with Reno-Tahoe-area resorts getting some major props from readers.

In the last decade, the resort industry has definitely taken a turn, shifting its attention from a niche of solely ski/board enthusiasts, to travelers and families who want the fresh tracks, but also after-hours activities, shopping, restaurants and nightlife.

Throughout Reno-Tahoe, resorts have been keeping up with demand – and readers of Ski have taken notice. Here are some of the rankings:

  • Squaw Valley USA, ranked number 15 overall, was recognized as “A giant playground. Never boring and always challenging,” with it’s 4,000 acres sprawled across six peaks.
  • Heavenly Mountain Resort’s addition of a new gondola a few years back certainly helped it earn the 17th spot in the poll, along with its expansive terrain bridging two states and 300 days of sunshine a year.
  • Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort, ranked 23rd overall, is a local favorite, and with a “terrific” new village, its reputation is growing in the larger ski community. The resort recently added expert terrain at Lookout Mountain, and the Ritz Carlton Club under development at mid-mountain will add a touch of class when it is finalized in a year.
  • Alpine Meadows, earning a ranking of 29th overall, looks like a hometown mountain at first peek, but the 2,400 acres of awesome terrain and snowfall that tops 500 inches some years tells a different story. Alpine is a good fit for skiers of every ability, but still exudes that Old Tahoe charm.

Other notable Ski Magazine rankings:

  • Family Programs: 8. Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort
  • Best Terrain Park: 3. Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort
  • Best Scenery: 2. Heavenly Mountain Resort
  • Best Terrain/Variety: 5. Squaw Valley USA
  • Best Terrain/Challenge: 6. Squaw Valley USA
  • Best Lifts: 9. Squaw Valley USA
  • Best Apres Ski: 4. Heavenly Mountain Resort
  • Best Off-Hill Activities: 5. Heavenly Mountain Resort

In other news, Squaw Valley USA received high marks in Outside Magazine’s November listing of the 15 Best Ski Resorts in North America, coming in at a respectable number nine.

What is your favorite Reno-Tahoe resort (and why)?