Lake Tahoe has a spring in its step with multiple feet of fresh snow for ideal skiing conditions plus entertainment on and off the slopes to celebrate the arrival of a new season. Tahoe South and its partners will host the second annual Spring Loaded, March 14 – April 7, 2019, offering dining and lodging deals, events and mountain fun. South Lake Tahoe has been touted as one of the “top spring destinations” (Wall Street Journal, 2015) and a “great value spring vacation” (TripAdvisor, 2018). (www.tahoesouth.com)
“We own spring skiing with bluebird powder days and action that continues off the slopes,” said Carol Chaplin, CEO and president of the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority. “South Tahoe is known as one of the country’s most popular spring skiing towns and Spring Loaded adds to the reputation.”
ON THE SLOPES
Ride for a good cause and benefit cancer patients in the greater South Lake Tahoe area during the inaugural Barton Foundation’s Pink Heavenly. This slope side fundraising event at Heavenly Mountain Resort is making tracks, March 23. Heavenly will also host Gunbarrel 25, March 30, taking place on the mountain’s famous mogul run, “The Face,” challenging participants to lap the run 25 times; the Spring Fling Rail Jam, April 6, at the base of World Cup features professional and amateur snowboarders and skiers performing rail tricks at this family friendly event; and the Pond Skim Competition, April 13, with contestants attempting to ski or snowboard across a pond of water at the resort.
Vans Methodology at Sierra-at-Tahoe, March 16, features a banked slalom concept. New elements of competition include a double-sided hip before the finish line allowing riders to shave time off their runs by completing big-air tricks. The competition is for all ages with men’s and women’s classes. Registration is $10 per ride with 100 percent of proceeds going to The Revert Foundation, which provides youth an opportunity to experience outdoor recreation.
Kirkwood Mountain Resort welcomes back the International Freeskiers and Snowboarders Association World Tour 4 Star Qualifier, April 2-6. Big mountain freeride is a unique discipline of skiing and snowboarding that encompasses riding in natural terrain and snow conditions – no groomed surfaces or man-made terrain features.
OFF THE SLOPES
Throughout Spring Loaded, kids 3-11 ride free with purchase of an adult ticket on the MS Dixie II Sightseeing Cruise, as well as on Snowmobile Tours, courtesy of Aramark, the management firm of Zephyr Cove Resort.
An annual tradition with winners determined by time and unspilled drinks, the Snowshoe Cocktail Races at the Beacon Bar & Grill at historic Camp Richardson Resort returns March 30.
BREWS ON THE MOVE
The spirit of the Irish will be at South Lake Brewing Company for “St. Barles Day”, March 17 to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day as well as the brewery owner’s dog who turns five. Patrons who bring their dog in on a leash and/or wear an Irish costume, receive $1 off pints all night long. The evening will include a new beer release, Irish-themed of course, along with live music, and food for purchase.
The Spring Loaded Brew Bus Tour, March 20-21 will take brewthusiasts to numerous South Lake Tahoe’s breweries including Lake Tahoe AleWorX, Cold Water Brewery & Grill, The Hangar, Sidellis Lake Tahoe, South Lake Brewing Company and South of North Brewing Co. (formerly Outpost Brewing Co.). The tour includes beer tastings at three breweries each day, an appetizer and bottle of water. Tickets are $30 per person.
Missed the bus? Experience the South Tahoe Beer Trail throughout Spring Loaded. Those who check-in with all nine local breweries receive a pint glass from the Tahoe Chamber. A local craft beer is the ideal ending to a day of adventure at the Lake. Unique brews include the Trail Builder IPA from South Lake Brewing Company, with proceeds benefitting the Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association, and small production barrel aged beers like Brower Sour, a raspberry berlinerweiss from Sidellis Lake Tahoe Brewery & Restaurant.
Spring Loaded Brewfest & 5k Fun Run kicks off with live music and a party presented by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. on March 29 then followed by the 5k Fun Run and Brew Fest on March 30. Festivities include a corn hole tournament, a margarita mixing seminar and a poker walk at the Heavenly Village.
After riding in prime spring conditions, a memorable après experience is in order with Tahoe South’s restaurants and bars set to deliver. Choose from drink specials at Fire + Ice, Lucky Beaver Bar & Burger, Alpine Union inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe, South Lake Brewing Company, and Lake Tahoe AleWorX.
Dining specials include discounted appetizers at Brooks’ Bar & Deck at Edgewood Tahoe; at MontBleu, it’s a prix fixe menu and happy hour tapas at Ciera Steak & Chop House, and all-you-can-eat sushi at Fortune; Fish Taco Fridays returns to Riva Grill; and prix fixe three-course menu and wine pairings at Park Prime at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa will host musical acts including moe., March 7, for a one-night only performance during the band’s latest state-side tour; Shakey Graves, March 17; Cheech & Chong, March 23.
Harrah’s Lake Tahoe brings the Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular Show back to Tahoe, March 9. The multi-media laser and light show features the music of Pink Floyd during an array of visual displays. Chris English will play March 7 and 10 at the newly opened TaCo. Cantina & Restaurant in Harveys Lake Tahoe. Don McLean of classic song fame, “American Pie” will play the South Shore Room at Harrah’s, March 30.
NIGHTLIFE & ENTERTAINMENT
Things are about to get steamy at the Smoke and Mirrors Cabaret at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe, Fridays and Saturdays through March 30. Reflecting the vibe and culture of rock and roll, Smoke & Mirrors takes guests on a journey through the ages with stops at the Motown and disco eras among others. Visually intriguing surprises create a tantalizing performance from a cast that exudes sensuality beyond the smoke and sparklers seen on stage.
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe also hosts free weekly events including Late Night DJ on Fridays and Saturdays, as well as Stampede Country Night every Thursday.
Looking for a little magic in March? The Loft Tahoe features nightly entertainment with special Magic Fusion appearances from Joel Ward, March 7-19, Robert Hall, March 20-27, and Taylor Hughes, March 28-April 2. Magicians also roam the restaurant where they perform tableside illusions.
Harveys Lake Tahoe fires up audiences with Ignite Cabaret, now until April 16. Every Saturday the Harveys Lake Tahoe Cabaret transforms into a “cabaresque,” hybrid entertainment that blends circus and cabaret with a touch of burlesque. The show features singing, comedy, illusion, aerial, contortion, acrobatics and classically trained dancers to heat up a Tahoe night.
Opal Nightclub at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa is a great option for a nightcap, Fridays and Saturdays through March. Ladies receive free entry until midnight.