North Lake Tahoe’s imminent renaissance includes capital developments and renovations of major resort properties, expanded infrastructure at ski resorts, green promises and expanded activities and programs for guests. Easily accessible from over 20 direct flights to the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, the spring season combines the best of winter and summer recreation, including lodging specials,
See the list below for new and expanded developments, programs, events and activities in spring 2018.
New Nonstop Flights to Reno-Tahoe International Airport
Just a 30 to 55-minute drive from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport to North Lake Tahoe, new nonstop flights include Denver and Austin via Frontier Airlines ($39-$49 one way); and nonstop from Chicago via United Airlines. Additional nonstop routes include:
- North: Oakland, San Francisco, San Jose
- South: Long Beach, Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego
- >West: Las Vegas, Seattle, Portland, Boise, Salt Lake City
- Southwest: Phoenix, Austin, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Dallas Love Field, Houston
- East: New York (JFK)
- Southeast: Atlanta (seasonal)
Tahoe City and Kings Beach have invested in new roundabouts, pedestrian walkways and beautification elements to improve traffic flow, safety and recreation. Nearby in Crystal Bay, the iconic Cal Neva (formerly owned by Frank Sinatra) was purchased by Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison. Development of the property is yet to be announced. The Biltmore Casino is undergoing a massive redevelopment into a multi-use retail, wellness and residential community, called Boulder Bay. The new Tahoe City Lodge, a projected 118-room hotel with a rooftop bar and restaurant, which will be Tahoe City’s first new hotel in 50 years was approved in January 2018.
In summer 2017, the Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe launched the Lake Club, making it the only luxury property with both mountain and lake access. Development of the Nevada Stateline-to-Stateline Bikeway North Demonstration Project (SR 28 Shared-Use Path) will finish construction this summer. The project will improve safety, mobility, water quality, and recreational access from Incline Village to Sand Harbor. The Granlibakken Resort completed construction on its new Soul Shelter meditation space, gym and a meditation and reflection garden.
Winter investments for the 2018-19 season are also underway! Alterra Mountain Company, which encompasses 12 mountain resorts across North America, including Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows, will invest $555 million toward capital improvements and technology, chairlifts and gondolas, snowmaking, food and beverage, and guest experiences. In 2017-18, Northstar California committed to a zero footprint by 2030, and Squaw-Alpine partnered with Tesla to insert a large, energy-efficient battery pack on the mountain to eliminate emissions. Squaw-Alpine also announced an $8 million snowmaking system upgrade and expansion.
Overall, the renovations, improvements and additions throughout North Lake Tahoe have upleveled its reputation among national and international travelers, while maintaining its boutique authenticity.
Lone Eagle Grille Partners With Niman Ranch – Lone Eagle Grille at Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino announced a partnership with Niman Ranch, a national leader in sustainable agriculture and humane livestock practices. Through June 30, 2018, Lone Eagle Grille will donate $1 from each order of its seasonal Niman Ranch menu items to the Niman Ranch Next Generation Scholarship Fund. The fund is designed to raise awareness around the loss of traditional farming and ranching practices and to ultimately help maintain agriculture opportunities by providing funding for college students.
Mother’s Day Brunch, May 13: Granlibakken Tahoe hosts its annual Mother’s Day brunch with complimentary mimosas, flowers and live music. The event is free to lodging guests and open to the public for an additional fee of $45 for adults and $25 for children 12 and under.
Made in Tahoe Festival, May 26-27: Made in Tahoe celebrates all things local, hosted in The Village at Squaw Valley. Discover local artisans, culinarians, organizations and entertainers, Saturday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Restorative Arts and Yoga Festival June 1-3: Nestled in 74-acres of forest, this unique event will treat attendees to over 12 workshops in therapeutics, yoga, guided meditation and metaphysical teachings by local Tahoe practitioners, instructors and professionals.
Private Cooking Class with Chef Douglas Dale, Wolfdale’s Cuisine Unique – Thursdays, July 12 – Aug. 23
Learn how to select seasonal produce and prepare fresh dishes with Chef Douglas Dale! Meet Chef Douglas Dale at Wolfdale’s at 9 a.m. for an educational, farmers market shopping experience. Then, head back to Wolfdale’s to prepare a four-course luncheon with wine pairings. Class size is limited. Cost: $125 per person. For reservations, call 530.583.5700.
Activities and Adventure
Tahoe City Golf Course celebrates 100 years
Tahoe City Golf Course, the oldest course at Lake Tahoe, celebrates its centennial anniversary with a season of events, promotions and activities for adults and children. Designed by female pro golfer May “Queenie” Dunn-Webb in 1918, ladies can enjoy a 9-hole round of golf every Thursday for $19.18.
The new Lake Club, which opened summer 2017, provides exclusive lake access for guests of the Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe. The multi-level facility offers intimate dining, leisure, and water activities with the luxury of a 5-star resort.
The Wild Society adds new tour options
The Wild Society debuts new light-up kayaks for night tours, in addition to sunset picnic tours, yoga, and paddleboarding.
Tahoe Treetop Adventure adds new courses
Tahoe Treetop Adventure at the Granlibakken Resort now has nine courses for team building, corporate events and family excursions.
Tahoe Flow Arts Studio, aerial fabrics
North Lake Tahoe welcomes a six-week introduction to aerial fabrics series with Kelly Smiley, Wednesdays at Truckee Dance Factory, April 18 – May 23, 7:30- 9 p.m. Cost: $150.
Tahoe Adventure Company, spring mountain bike program and multi-day guide backcountry hiking
Tahoe Adventure Company (TAC) offers a bike rental program and daily mountain bike tours at Tahoe Cross Country in Tahoe City. Featuring a fleet of new Specialized mountain bikes, guests can utilize the vast network of single-track trails and dirt roads. TAC also offers guided backpacking tours along the Pacific Crest Trail, available for 2 to 8 days. Excursions follow trail system along high alpine lakes, old growth conifers and colorful wildflowers at 8,000-10,000 feet in elevation.
Resort at Squaw Creek offers summer helicopter tours
Heli-Vertex leads scenic helicopter tours over Squaw Valley, Emerald Bay, Sand Harbor and Shirley Canyon.
Crystal Bay Club offers live music and performances
Set inside an iconic, rat-pack era hotel and casino, the Crystal Bay Club offers late-night music, dancing and gaming.
North Lake Tahoe spas offer nature-inspired treatments, including indigenous stones and alpine oils:
The North Lake Tahoe Ale Trail is a map that connects the region’s best bars and eateries with diverse modes of transportation. The Ale Trail highlights North Tahoe’s burgeoning craft beer scene along with its world-class hiking, mountain biking, road cycling and kayaking.
Discover lupines and other native flora and fauna on various natural trails.
Hauserman Rental Group: From now through June 28, enjoy 20 percent off midweek stays.
Granlibakken Tahoe: Rates from $133/night this spring with promo code APR18 at checkout.
Tahoe Treetop Adventure: Now offering discounts in the Spring before Memorial Day Weekend. 10-20 percent for groups of 12 or more, military, scouts, schools, and lodging guests of both Granlibakken in Tahoe City and the Franciscan Lakeside Lodge in Tahoe Vista.
Lighthouse Spa: $25 off two-hour Bliss Therapy Spa Package.
Tahoe Biltmore: Reduced midweek hotel room rates, including wedding packages through May.
Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe: Tranquil Tuesdays/Therapy Thursdays – features a 25 minute facial or massage at a discounted rate of $70 in Stillwater Spa & Salon.
Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows: IKON PASS features access to 63,000 acres across 26 premier ski resorts. Purchase one Child Pass (12 and under) for $199 with purchase of one Adult Ikon Pass or for $149 with the purchase of one Adult Ikon Base Pass.
Mt. Rose: Purchase lift tickets online in advance to save as much as $46 per day. Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe offers daily specials that include Twofer Tuesdays, $49 Ladies Day Thursdays, $69 Active Duty Military lift tickets and $69 “Ski the day you fly” tickets.
Sugar Bowl: New 2018-19 pass options include Unrestricted, Slightly Restricted, Mid-week, Royal Gorge Only. The resorts offers a 100-day guarantee to those who purchase a 2018-19 Sugar Bowl season pass, meaning that Sugar Bowl Resort will operate for skiing and snowboarding at least 100 days during the 2018-19 winter season or credit will be offered to pass holders for the number of days under 100 that the resort is not open.
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.