#WinterWOW: North Lake Tahoe Welcomes an Early Winter Season

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Winter in North Lake Tahoe kicks off Oct. 25, with a season of #WinterWOW moments, capital improvements, new après experiences, expanded events, ski & ride specials and lodging deals.

Courtesy of Jeff Dow/North Lake Tahoe

Winter came early to North Lake Tahoe, as Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe opened its lifts on Oct. 25, followed by Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows, Nov. 15, Northstar California, Nov. 22 and Sugar Bowl, Nov. 29. With twelve downhill ski and ride resorts, the region offers diverse terrain and activities for all abilities, while continuing its commitment toward sustainability, accessibility, increased snowmaking capacity and expanded winter events.

SUSTAINABILITY & CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS
Squaw Valley is powered by 100 percent renewable energy, reducing its carbon footprint by 49 percent. Similarly, Boreal Mountain California and Woodward Tahoe installed over 700 solar panels for sustainable energy this season. As a result of Vail Resorts’ “epic promise” for a zero-carbon footprint by 2030, Northstar California pilots the use of renewable diesel fuel in transit and hauling vehicles, which emits 80 percent fewer lifecycle emissions compared to fossil fuel diesel.

Expansions across all ski resorts increase efficiency, safety and guest experience. Mt. Rose has invested over $1.5 million in a new RFID lift gate system, as well as enhanced snowmaking capabilities and ticketing system. Homewood expands snowmaking and grooming capabilities with new access to water resources and the purchase of a new PistenBully. Sugar Bowl opens a new 240-foot covered surface lift for beginners, as well as adding drop posts to safety bars in support of the nationwide Kids on Lifts safety initiative.

CHECK OUT WHAT’S NEW
The region is growing! Three new lakeside luxury resorts are underway, including Boulder Bay Resort, a complete redevelopment of the Tahoe Biltmore; the CalNeva, which is being redeveloped by Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison; and the eco-friendly Tahoe City Lodge, which will add 118 total units. Dive into the many lodging deals and adventure packages that various resorts are offering throughout the season

Northstar Village opens Bourbon Pub by Chef Michael Mina ahead of the winter season. Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows opens two new imbibe spots—the Tram Car Bar, serving drinks from a restored 70’s era tram cabin; and a new Mexican restaurant & tequila bar from owners of the Auld Dubliner. In Incline Village, Alibi Ale Works opens a new Public House, offering gastro faire for the first time with craft brews made from pure Lake Tahoe water.

The new Treeline Cirque chairlift at Alpine Meadows is a $10 million detachable, high-speed quad chair that will transport skiers and riders from base area to the Sherwood ridge in a total of five minutes. The lift will feature a mid-station for quick access to some of Alpine’s best low-intermediate terrain.

Alpenglow Expeditions will introduce two new winter activities for the 2019-20 season. Based in The Village at Squaw Valley, the local mountain-guide service will be leading half-day guided snowshoe tours through the beautiful Shirley Canyon starting Dec. 2019.

North Lake Tahoe and Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows are featured in the new Out Of Bounds movie, a giant screen 3D experience following Olympian snowboarder Torah Bright as she journeys through the world’s longest chain of
mountain ranges extending from Antarctica all the way to Alaska. Along the journey, Torah will ride with backcountry legend and Squaw Alpine athlete, Jeremy Jones.

North Lake Tahoe offers all-inclusive activities for the whole family, including sledding, snowmobiling, ice skating, fat tire snow biking and nordic skiing. Take a moonlit snowshoe tour with Tahoe Adventure Company, discover snow play activities at North Tahoe Regional Park, or enjoy a magical sleigh ride with Borges Sleigh & Carriage Rides.

COME FOR THE PARTY
North Lake Tahoe’s 12 alpine communities host season-long events, from snowy music festivals to holiday themed activities for the entire family. Highlights include:

  • Nov. - Dec. - Northern Lights at Incline Village and Crystal Bay, a series of over 30 events, including Christmas mixers, snow parties, craft fairs, live music and more.
  • Nov. 29 - Dec. 20 - Noel Nights at the Village at Northstar, a majestic winter wonderland with live music, ice skating, face painting, activities and a visit from Santa Claus.
  • Dec. 5-8 – Tahoe Film Fest, celebrating internationally acclaimed environmental and foreign films.
  • Nov. - Feb. - Winter Speaker Series by Alpenglow Sports, where premier outdoor athletes share personal stories of adventure at Olympic Lodge in Squaw Valley.
  • Dec. 14 - Santa Ski Day at Mt. Rose, where ski/riders come dressed up as their best Santa.
  • Dec. 14-31 - Merry Days and Holly Nights at Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows, a series of holiday events in the Village.
  • Dec. 21 - Jan. 1 - 13 Days of Magic, a series of holiday-themed events, including a winter solstice celebration, snowman building contests and holiday trunk shows at The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe.
  • Feb. 28 – Mar. 8 – SnowFest! The original “winter mountain carnival” with live music and weeklong activities.
  • Feb. 29 - Leap of Love at Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows, a collective leap day wedding.
  • Mar. 19-22 - U.S. Freestyle Moguls National Championships at Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows.
  • Mar. 27-28 – WinterWonderGrass, a mountain bluegrass and craft beer festival.
  • Mar. 29-29 - Pride Ride at Homewood Mountain Resort, including a Slalom Drag Race and Ski Parade down the Rainbow Ridge run.

For more information and activity suggestions, visit https://www.gotahoenorth.com/seasons/winter/.

About North Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe is a crown jewel of the Sierra. Formed approximately two million years ago, it is the largest alpine lake in North America and the second deepest in the United States. North Lake Tahoe spans two states and boasts two dozen beaches, twelve ski resorts, hundreds of miles of biking trails, half a dozen communities, and a growing number of nationally recognized human-powered events, races and festivals. North Lake Tahoe is a 45-minute drive from the Reno Tahoe International Airport, two hours from Sacramento International Airport and just over three hours from San Francisco International Airport. Visitor information centers are located at 100 North Lake Boulevard in Tahoe City and 969 Tahoe Boulevard in Incline Village. For more information, visit: gotahoenorth.com.

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