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Spring it On: Spring break arrives at Lake Tahoe

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

With February dropping several feet of snow, March has arrived at Lake Tahoe with the roar of thousands of fresh faces ready to ski and board over spring break.

Whether you’re a college student in between semesters or are a parent with kids looking for some quality family time on the slopes before the snow melts, Granlibakken is the place to stay.

Tahoe’s best ski packages start at $113 with the Homewood Mountain Resort plan to $150 where you can ski Alpine Meadows, Mt. Rose, Northstar California, Squaw Valley, Sugar Bowl and Heavenly. Weekend lodging options are available as well as getaway packages.

Granlibakken offers onsite skiing, sledding, and high-flying zipline action at the Treetop Adventure Park or you could venture to a nearby resort for spring skiing fun.

The more outrageous your gear the better when it comes to the Pain McShlonkey. Don't miss the 4th annual Saturday, March 29. Photo: Squaw Valley.

The more outrageous your gear the better when it comes to the Pain McShlonkey. Don’t miss the 4th annual Saturday, March 29.
Photo: Squaw Valley.

Enjoy free live music every Saturday on the Sundeck at Alpine Meadows beginning at 1 p.m.

March 19-23, you can catch the 2014 Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships at Squaw Valley. The U.S. Alpine Championships are a culmination of the ski racing year which brings the U.S. Ski Team and young athletes from U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association clubs across the country together.

Show off your superhuman dance moves March 21 in Tahoe City at the Superhero Dance Party with music by Jeremy Curl and Mr. Rooney at Jakes on the Lake. Dress as your favorite super hero or create your own.

Looking for a new snowboard and want try it out first? Check out the Boards in Motion Demo Day at Sugar Bowl, March 22. Boards in Motion staff and factory reps will offer free demos to everyone interested in riding 2015 snowboards all day. Manufactures reps from Capita, Ride, Burton, K2, Lib Tech, Academy, Arbor, Rome, Lobster, Batelon and Jones will have tents set up across from the Judah Lodge.

Legendary skier Shane McConkey will be celebrated March 29 with the 4th annual Pain McShlonkey Classic at Squaw Valley. Dress up in your most outrageous ski duds and come out for a day full of celebrating McConkey. Stick around Sunday for the Skinny-Ski-a-Thon at KT-22. Participants will get pledges from family, friends and businesses for each lap they ski. They will then strap on a pair of skinny skis (70mm or less) and see how many laps they can complete in a day. All proceeds benefit the High Fives Non-Profit Foundation.

April 5 brings the Pond Skim Beach Party at Winters Creek Lodge at Mt. Rose Ski Area. Come out for some laughs as skiers skim across water in a party atmosphere.

Shred the love at Sugar Bowl April 5 for its Boarding for Breast Cancer event. The resort will host a rail jam in the Switching Yard Terrain Park with all entry fees benefiting the Foundation. Sugar Bowl will also be selling pink lanyards with proceeds going towards B4BC. A DJ will be featured in the park during the Jam with live music performing after the awards.

More pond skimming is planned for April 6 at Northstar California with Spring It On! Pond Skim, Party and Retro Dress Day. Soak up the California sun and spring skiing scene at Northstar as the winter season winds down.

How do you plan to spend your spring break at Lake Tahoe?

Even the Vikings turn to the Irish for plenty of “top of the morning” good cheer

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

With St. Patrick’s Day falling on Monday, March 17, a weekend of adventure awaits at Granlibakken, with plenty of onsite skiing, sledding, and high-flying zipline action at the Treetop Adventure Park. Weekend lodging options are available as well as getaway packages. Dining options feature Granlibakken’s famous breakfast buffet that will fill the belly and warm the noodle before before venturing out.

Find the leprechaun at Homewood on March 16 for your chance to win a 2014-15 season pass. Photo: Homewood Mountain Resort.

Find the leprechaun at Homewood on March 16 for your chance to win a 2014-15 season pass.
Photo: Homewood Mountain Resort.

Arrive at Granlibakken on Friday and enjoy a sunset snowshoe tour hosted by Tahoe Adventure Company. Watch the sun cast a purple alpenglow onto the Sierra while trekking through Tahoe’s peaceful forest. Experience the solitude of winter at this special time of day while learning local, natural and human history.

Squaw Valley will host a Jibs and Jumps event, Friday, March 14. Jibs and Jumps guides both skiers and snowboarders into the playful realm of manmade and natural features: boxes, rails, tabletops, tree jibs, wind lips and more. Learn to play in the terrain parks and off the trails with confidence, awareness and safety. For solid intermediate to advanced riders; whether just starting out in the park or looking for some coaching to take your skills to the next level.

Saturday, March 15, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. brings the Burton Women’s Ride & Yoga Special at Squaw Valley. Start the day with an all-levels yoga class with Sherry McConkey. Spend the morning riding. End the day relaxing and treating your body to mini-treatments at Trilogy Spa.

If you’re up at Alpine Meadows, be sure to catch Joy & Madness, live beginning at 1 p.m. on the Sundeck for an afternoon of funky beats and good times during the spring season at Alpine Meadows. The music series is free and open to the public.

Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. is Jibs for Kids at Homewood Mountain Resort. The event geared towards kids 12 years old and younger. The competition will be in the beginner area at Happy Park. All competitors are welcomed. Helmets are mandatory.

An afternoon family snowshoe tour hosted by Northstar from 1-4 p.m. is a wonderful way to introduce your little ones to the great outdoors in a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere.

Saturday night beginning at 6:30 p.m. settle in for a snowshoe trek before dinner at Sugar Pine Point. Explore Lake Tahoe‘s beauty in a different light as the full moon reflects off the water. Discover the natural and cultural history of the area with a ranger on a 90 minute snowshoe tour. Reservations required.

A pre-Irish warm-up begins Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Homewood Mountain Resort with its St. Patrick’s Day Urban Park Competition & 2014 Bash. Not only is Homewood hosting the St. Patrick’s Day bash, but it is also throwing an urban slopestyle competition in its new slopestyle park, located at mid-mountain with a full view of the lake. If you chase the skiing leprechaun and catch him you may just get lucky and win a 2014-15 Season Pass.

Tahoe bars and restaurants will be featuring food and drink specials for additional Irish fun.

How will you celebrate this festive day?

Action-packed February lineup

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Lake Tahoe ski resorts look to more snow in the forecast with big events. Granlibakken offers week day stay and ski packages with access to seven different local resorts.

Take a twilight snowshoe tour through the Lake Tahoe area with Northstar. {via}

Take a twilight snowshoe tour through the Lake Tahoe area with Northstar.
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Going on now at Squaw Valley through Feb. 23 is the 2014 Winter Games Festival with televised events, daily drink specials, competitions and ice skating.

Jibs and Jumps guides both skiers and snowboarders into the playful realm of man-made and natural features: boxes, rails, tabletops, tree jibs and wind lips Feb. 28, March 7 and March 14.

Competitions for the little ones are currently being highlighted through Feb. 22 with a weeklong kids extravaganza. Kid-O-Rama offers non-stop fun for kids of all ages. Be sure to check out Big Truck Night in the Village featuring fire trucks, snowplows and grooming machines in the Village.

A twilight snowshoe tour at Northstar California is set for Feb. 21 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Take in the beautiful Tahoe winter nights in a peaceful and serene mountain setting – all while getting some great exercise. There will be two to three different routes ranging in difficulty and distance so you can choose the group you’re most comfortable with.

Ever wonder how Lake Tahoe’s earliest pioneers got around? Check out the Feb. 22 Snowshoe Through History Tour at Sugar Pine Point State Park. Join a State Park Interpreter at 11 a.m. for an easy, informative and free 90 minute hike along Lake Tahoe’s shore. Discover what attracted Tahoe’s earliest settlers and uncover secrets of the Hellman-Ehrman Estate in Sugar Pine Point State Park.

Looking for some high-flying action? Catch the Butterbox Rail Jam at Northstar California Feb. 22 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Northstar Park Crew will build a custom feature in the beach area of the Village.

Need more adventure? Don’t miss any of the SnowFest! activities during your February stay at Granlibakken.

Granlibakken hosts ski and snowboard race as part of SnowFest!

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

With fresh snow at Lake Tahoe ski resorts and more in the forecast, Granlibakken looks to move towards this year’s SnowFest! celebration, Feb. 28 through March 9.

SnowFest! arrives with a Kick off to SnowFest! Party, Feb. 27 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Garwoods Grill. Every spring since 1982, North Lake Tahoe comes alive with ten action-packed days and nights of events and activities for all ages. This kick-off event starts with great food, Garwoods signature drink – the “Wet Woody,” raffle prizes and music.

SnowFest! opening ceremonies and fireworks will be Friday, Feb. 28. The 33rd annual event pays tribute to Lake Tahoe’s north and west shores with winter activities. Squaw Valley will kick of the celebration with a colorful fireworks show, extreme food eating challenge, and live music. SnowFest! action continues through March 9 with games, events, activities, competition and snow.

The Granlibakken Ski Hut can take care of all of your race needs.

The Granlibakken Ski Hut can take care of all of your race needs.

Catch high-flying action when the US Airbag Tour at Homewood touches ground Feb. 28 through March 2, daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A 14 foot kicker launches willing daredevils into a 50-foot-by-50-foot giant airbag overlooking Lake Tahoe. Stomp that trick you have always wanted to do – without fear and get killer pictures doing it.

As part of 2014 SnowFest! activities, Granlibakken joins in the winter madness festival with the Granlibakken’s Gone Bonkers Kids Ski and Snowboard Race, Sunday, March 2 from 1 to 4 p.m.

The first-time event features a top to bottom race on Granlibakken’s ski area’s natural terrain, complete with gates, obstacles, bumps and thrills.

Race registration is $5 for Granlibakken guests and $25 for non-guests. Competition will be divided by age groups: 5/6, 7/8, 9/10, 11/12 with one race per participant. The prizes include gift certificates for pizza, ice cream, art shops and items provided by local ski shops.

Besides the competition, there are family activities including the resort’s Tree Top Adventure Park voted No. 1 as a Lake Tahoe activity by TripAdvisor.com. The obstacle course playground is set in the trees, 30 feet off the ground. Fully harnessed guests can zip, climb, walk, and maneuver their way through a number of obstacles, each with varying degrees of skills and challenges.

What SnowFest! events are you looking forward to seeing?

Squaw Valley offers 3,600 acres across six world-class peaks

Monday, January 27th, 2014

A short drive from Granlibakken is Squaw Valley, home of the 1960 Winter Olympics, and one of Lake Tahoe‘s world class resorts with 3,600 skiable acres and 30 lifts accessing wide open bowls, impeccably groomed trails, small to large terrain parks and steeps that will challenge any novice skier or rider.

Test your skills in one of Squaw's six terrain parks.  Photo: Squaw Valley.

Test your skills in one of Squaw’s six terrain parks.
Photo: Squaw Valley.

Granlibakken’s stay and ski packages begin at $150 and include lodging, a lift ticket, access to onsite skiing and sledding hills, heated outdoor pool, hot tub and sauna, plus Granlibakken‘s famous hot breakfast buffet. There is shuttle service that runs from Granlibakken to Squaw so getting there could not be easier.

Because of its Olympic reputation and terrain that is spread across six mountain peaks, Squaw Valley is consistently ranked as one of the top ski areas in the country by national ski publications.

Squaw Valley begins with a base elevation of 6,200 feet and tops out with Granite Chief at 9,050 feet. With an average of 450 inches of snow annually and snowmaking capabilities that stretch over 600 acres, skiers have plenty of options to choose across Snow King, Broken Arrow, KT-22, Emigrant, Squaw Peak and Granite Chief. Check out the trail maps before you go.

Squaw offers an impressive number of lifts to choose from including a 110-person Aerial, a 28-person Funitel gondola, four Express 6-pacs, three Express Quads, a Fixed-Grip Quad, nine Triple Chairs, six Double Chairs, three Surface Lifts and two Magic Carpets. Check out the live webcam for current conditions.

Squaw has six challenging terrain parks and was ranked No. 6 Resort and No. 10 Pipe in the 2013 Transworld SNOWboarding resort poll.

Squaw Valley also offers Lake Tahoe’s most extensive night skiing terrain including the 3.2 mile Mountain Run – all under the light of a specially-made floodlight system, utilizing 1000 watt, color-corrected High Pressure Sodium bulbs, that allow for superior contrast and easier vision on the snow.

Are you looking to brush up on your skiing or boarding skills or are a first-timer, Squaw Valley offers private, group or specialty lessons that allow skiers and boarders of all ages to feel comfortable on the snow.

Burton’s Learn to Ride program is designed to make learning to snowboard fun and easy by combining proven teaching methodologies with beginner-specific equipment. As part of the Learn To Ride program, Squaw offers specially designed equipment for beginner snowboarders for kids and adults.

Off the slopes, The Village at Squaw Valley is famous for its breakfasts, burgers and beer set around a fire pit surrounded by mountain peaks. Whether you’re up for a sushi lunch or a steak dinner or would rather sip a microbrew, The Village has 25 different restaurants to quench your thirst and satisfy your appetite.

Shopping opportunities in Squaw Valley abound. Whether you’re looking for a new pair of skis or snowboard, gloves, goggles, home accents, fine jewelry or little knick knacks to take home, they’re easy to find at the Village.

Is Squaw Valley a part of your winter or spring ski vacation plans at Granlibakken?

Tahoe’s Olympic roots celebrated at Granlibakken’s Nordic Legends Dinner

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Olympic greatness returns to Lake Tahoe Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 with the Nordic Legends Dinner at Granlibakken Conference Center & Lodge featuring 1960 Olympic medal winner Joe Pete Wilson.

joe pete wilson

The event is part of Olympic Heritage Celebration week, Jan. 11-19. The program begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Cedar House Pub and features live music, Olympic athletes from around the region, presentations and an all-inclusive gourmet dinner prepared by Granlibakken head chef Rob Eber, featuring Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish and Hungarian dishes. The cost is $35 and reservations are required. Call 530-581-7582 or email to ensure your spot.

Cedar House Pub will donate 50% of the evening’s profits to the Sierra State Parks Olympic Snow Trail Restoration efforts.

Guest speakers include Nordic Olympian Wilson who represented the U.S. along with his teammates in the 1960 Olympics held at Squaw Valley. The team won the bronze medal in the four-man bobsledding event.

It is widely held that the seeds of Squaw’s Olympic glory were sown at Granlibakken, famous for its Olympic Hill ski jump and home of the 1932 ski jumping trials. Guest speakers will talk about Tahoe and its contributions to Nordic skiing and the Olympics.

Wilson, a well-known administrator in the resort industry, a founder of what would become the Cross Country Ski Areas Association and author of several books, is now a consultant with Granlibakken’s ski and sled operation.

Olympic Heritage Celebration week champions Tahoe’s place in Olympic history with special events, guided snowshoe tours and meet and greets with past Olympians. Don’t miss your chance to relive Olympic history!

Holidays filled with events, festivities at Granlibakken and around Tahoe

Monday, December 9th, 2013

A winter wonderland is happening now at Granlibakken, with plenty of snow, food, holiday entertainment and activities.

The Cedar House Pub will be decorated accordingly for Christmas Dinner.

The Cedar House Pub will be decorated accordingly for Christmas Dinner.

Book your rooms for the holidays – starting at $205 a night, enjoy the cozy setting of a lodge room or try condos ranging from two to eight bedroom condos and Christmas dinner.

Granlibakken will host its annual Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade featuring a visit from Santa with gifts, cookies and hot chocolate for the kids, mulled wine for adults. The popular Christmas buffet dinner starts at 6 p.m.

The Treetop Adventure Park will be open daily throughout the holidays plus the Sledding Hill is open now with the Ski Hill and snack bar to follow shortly. A family of four can ski and sled all day for $60 if they are Granlibakken guests. The Cedar House Pub opens Dec. 19 from 5 – 9 p.m. and offers casual dining by the fire. Don’t forget to wake up each morning and enjoy a hot breakfast buffet.

Upcoming events begin this weekend in Tahoe City and include a daylong visit by Santa Claus at the Tahoe City Winter Sports Park at Tahoe City Golf Course Dec. 14. Join the Tahoe City Public Utility District and the Rotary Club of Tahoe City for a day of sledding, pancakes and Santa.

Now through Dec. 30 you can visit the Holly Arts at North Tahoe Arts in Tahoe City. This traditional holiday festival features gifts, holiday decorations and décor. Eleven local artists share their original winter and holiday themed art and gift items that are perfect for holiday shopping, such as wreaths, cards, fine art, photography, soap, botanicals, glasswork and knitware.

If you’re at Mt. Rose Ski Area on Saturday, Dec. 14 and see more than one Santa Claus, don’t worry, you’re not losing your mind; you’ve just stumbled upon the annual Santa Ski Crawl where skiers who dress in Santa garb receive lift ticket discounts.

Ongoing holiday events include Holidays at Squaw Valley, Dec. 14-31. Celebrate the holidays and enjoy the winter conditions, Santa on the slopes, festive cheer in The Village and plenty of surprises. Grab a hot chocolate and nestle up next to the fire pit while you listen to the carolers or take the family to SnoVentures for snow tubing.

Elsewhere there’s Noel Nights at Northstar California the first three Thursdays of December from 5 – 8 p.m. This winter wonderland features a decorated 35-foot tree, ice skating until 9 p.m., fire pits to warm you, holiday carolers and shopping deals. Don’t forget to bring the little ones because Santa will be there for photos and to find out what’s on their Christmas lists.

Daytime and nighttime Christmas festivities at Northstar California get underway Dec. 21 through Dec. 24 and feature live music in the Village and Santa at different locations in the Village from 12 – 2:30 p.m. Guests can enjoy Village sleigh rides, refreshments, cookie decorating and ice skating at the 9,000 square foot skating rink.

What will your holiday plans include during your visit to Granlibakken?

Step outside Granlibakken and into adventure at nearby Alpine Meadows

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Alpine Meadows is a favorite ski resort to visit among Granlibakken guests and set to open on Dec. 13.

Located in Tahoe City, Alpine Meadows is an easy jaunt from the resort. Midweek stay and ski packages are available to Granlibakken guests.

Alpine Meadows has terrain for every type of skier.  Photo: Alpine Meadows.

Alpine Meadows has terrain for every type of skier.
Photo: Alpine Meadows.

Alpine Meadows was founded in 1961 by a group of avid skiers from San Francisco who discovered the potential at Alpine Meadows while skiing at neighboring Squaw Valley. A number of families pooled resources to develop the resort and John Reily originally founded Alpine Meadows as Ward Peak. Alpine Meadows opened for the 1961-1962 season with three lifts. JMA Ventures purchased Alpine Meadows from Powdr Corporation in July 2007 and operated the resort until the Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows joined forces in November 2011.

Alpine Meadows offers 2,400 acres of breathtaking skiable terrain on more than 100 trails. It has a base elevation of 6,385 feet, a summit elevation of 8,637 feet at Wards Peak. Alpine Meadows has a vertical rise of 1,802 feet.

There are 13 lifts to take you where you want to go. If you like skiing bowls, Alpine has seven of them: Alpine, Estelle, Beaver, Wolverine, Sun Bowl, Big Bend Bowl and S.P Bowl. You can catch all the action on the live skicam here.

If you’re a boarder you’ll gush over Alpine’s terrain parks, featuring the mile-long Firing Line, the Sidewinder, The Bunker, Cannonball and the Barracks.

The resort offers a complimentary shuttle service so it is easy to get to Granlibakken and back. The shuttle provides enough room for equipment so that guests can travel comfortably to and from the mountain while enjoying the view.

Alpine’s main lodge amenities and facilities make it easy for guests to enjoy a day of mountain adventure. Skiers and boarders can relax on the expansive Sundeck and soak up the views facing the mountain and watch as skiers and riders ascend down the slopes.

Family friendly, Alpine offers the The Kid Zone which includes an indoor play area featuring games, indoor jungle gyms for small children, and a dining area for a relaxing lunch or après-ski spot.

Lessons are available for children learning to ski and board in either group or private settings.

Alpine Meadows ski and snowboard instruction for adults is one of Tahoe’s best combinations of instruction, adventure, and fun. Top instructors and coaches provide superior instruction for beginner and novice skiers and riders.

Hungry? Thirsty? Before, during or just finishing up on the slopes, check out any number of on-mountain dining options including the Meadows Cafe, Espresso and Gourmet Coffee Bar, Treats Cafe, Alpine Bar, Treats Bar, Spoon Cafe, Sundeck BBQ, Mid Mountain Chalet or the Ice Bar.

Will you visit Alpine Meadows during your next trip to Granlibakken?

Granlibakken delivers 2013-14 ski and stay packages

Monday, October 28th, 2013

With winter and the holiday season around the corner, Granlibakken Conference Center and Lodge again offers value-added ski and stay packages for the 2013-14 ski and board season.

Granlibakken offers options including lift tickets to ride at seven nearby Lake Tahoe ski areas, high-flying zip rides and ropes courses at the Treetop Adventure Park, a day of cross country skiing or snowshoeing at the Tahoe Cross Country Center or a trip to the onsite Day Spa.

Hit the slopes at nearby Homewood Mountain or one of the other local mountains with our Ski and Stay Package. Photo: Homewood Mountain Resort.

Hit the slopes at nearby Homewood Mountain or one of the other local mountains with our Ski and Stay Package.
Photo: Homewood Mountain Resort.

The resort’s popular and affordable stay and ski packages includes lodging and lift tickets to your choice of Squaw Valley USA, Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort, Alpine Meadows, Homewood Mountain Resort, Sugar Bowl, Mt. Rose, Heavenly Mountain Resort and Sierra-at-Tahoe with rates starting at $150 mid-week.

If you prefer to cross-country ski try the Tahoe Cross Country Center. Granlibakken offers plenty of Sierra terrain to explore. Guests have easy access to popular cross-country trailheads which provide miles of ungroomed Lake Tahoe skiing and snowshoeing terrain. Ski and snowshoe rentals are available, and our warming hut is open 7 days a week to help keep the chill off. We’re currently offering early season snowshoe rentals for $5.

Looking for a winter skiing alternative? Guests can choose the ultimate physical challenge at California’s first-of-its-kind Treetop Adventure Park, recently voted No. 1 as a Lake Tahoe activity by TripAdvisor.com. This action-packed playground is an obstacle course set along the tree tops, 30 feet off the ground. Fully harnessed guests can zip, climb, walk, and maneuver their way through a number of obstacles, each with varying degrees of skills and challenges.

Maybe you’re instead wanting some added relaxation during your stay. If so there’s the Granlibakken’s Day Spa option which offers a menu of wellness packages including therapeutic massage, skin care, holistic body treatments from a staff of professional therapists.

Accommodations range from cozy lodge rooms to studios with fireplaces and kitchens to one to eight bedroom townhomes. Packages include Granlibakken’s famous hot buffet breakfast – heavy carbs optional, and comfortable amenities such as a heated outdoor pool, hot tub and sauna. There’s also an on-site ski and sledding hill, plus downhill and cross-country skis, snowboards and snowshoe rentals available. Community ski shuttles operate Saturday, Sundays and holidays. The Homewood shuttle operates daily to and from Granlibakken.

The lodging on the midweek ski package is valid Sunday through Thursday nights and skiing is Monday through Friday. Rates are per person, per night double occupancy, plus 10% room tax. There is a two night minimum stay on weekends.

Where do you plan to ski during your winter getaway?

Fall family activities within minutes of Granlibakken

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Whether you’re looking to stay in or venture out, there’s plenty to do and see within minutes of Granlibakken Conference Center & Lodge. Summer is winding down, but there’s no shortage of activities now through fall in and around Tahoe City. Here are a few you won’t want to miss:

Who doesn’t like fine food and wine? Take a stroll and sample Lake Tahoe’s finest gourmet dishes during the 27th Annual Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival, Sept. 1-9 at multiple venues around Lake Tahoe’s west and north shores. The annual Tahoe City Grape Stomp, a favorite during this festival, at the Cobblestone Center in the middle of Tahoe City is Friday, Sept. 7 from 5-7 p.m. Teams of four will stomp their feet for a  chance to win great prizes. Come and watch or participate.

Bring a picnic, chairs and blankets and enjoy the music of North Tahoe Jazz Band a Commons Beach Sunday, Sept. 9 at 3:00 p.m. If you don’t pack a picnic, enjoy community barbecue and beer garden.

Ever look up at the night sky and wonder which constellation is what? Bring the family and join with fellow star gazers from 4:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 15 for a guided star tour and hike adventure. Tahoe Adventure Company and professional astronomer Tony Berendsen feature the telescopic tours, beginning with a 2-hour guided sunset hike, followed by a brilliant 1.5 hour tour of the sky where Berendsen shows you what to look for through high-powered Celestron telescopes.

Mountain bikers unite at the Tahoe Fat Tire Festival, Sept 20-23, at Squaw Valley. This inaugural event celebrates all things mountain biking and features cross country, short track and gravity racing, rides, trail work, demos and vendor expos. Let the kids ride with you during the day and then at night enjoy the beer garden which features movie screenings and local bands.

The Gatekeeper’s Museum will feature Native American intricate basket making Sept. 22-23, during the 9th Annual Basketweavers’ Gathering. Weavers throughout California and Nevada will provide demonstrations. Also featured will be “Soup to Nuts” where participants will process acorns from the raw nut to the finished soup. Ancient traditions of the Washoe will be shared and explained throughout the events.

Celebrate OktoberFest at Squaw Valley Saturday, Sept. 29. The event will feature traditional Bavarian music, folk dancers, bratwursts and sauerkraut, beer and games for adults and kids. The event runs from 2-6 p.m.

Even more fine food will be dished up with the 3rd annual Lake Tahoe Restaurant Week, Oct. 7-14. The week gives food aficionados an opportunity to enjoy a 3-course, prix-fixe menu at over 25 participating restaurants, both new and established favorites, throughout the Lake Tahoe region for $20-40 per person.

Looking for a good run? Check out two events: The Truckee River OktoberFest Trail Run, Oct. 6 and the Snowfest Scarecrow Sprint & Stroll, Oct. 13. The OktoberFest run is a 7.9 mile trek from scenic Tahoe City along the Truckee River with a finish at Squaw Valley. The Oct. 13 Scarecrow Run starts at Commons Beach and goes along the new Tahoe City Trail. It offers 5K and 10K races or races designed for kids. Scarecrow costumes are encouraged!

 
 
 
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