10 things to do at South Shore Lake Tahoe for the holidays
While winter at South Shore Lake Tahoe is acclaimed for skiing and boarding, the combination of indoor and outdoor activities continues to earn the destination resort numerous accolades from national media.
Add to it the most recent: 2007 top billing from Orbitz.com based on bookings for hotel rooms and vacation packages.
Then there’s SKI Magazine’s October 2007 Resort Guide, ranking Heavenly Mountain Resort No. 3 for scenery, off-hill activities and apres skiing. The same issue featured Kirkwood Mountain Resort on the cover along with a No. 8 rating for “Snow” in North America. Transworld Snowboarding had Sierra-at-Tahoe No. 4 for terrain parks and No. 7 for best pipes and overall snowboard resort (Winter 2006).
All those awards combined with the recent snowfall that blanketed Lake Tahoe is just another reminder that winter at the country’s No. 1 resort is in full swing.
While skiing/riding are king, other winter activities complement Tahoe’s “royal couple”:
” Heavenly Gondola – Prepare to lose your breath and take lots of photos with the magnificent views of Lake Tahoe. There are several snowshoe/hiking trails on the mountain, ranging from 1.6 miles to just under four miles round-trip, that meander through the high Sierra forest. Visit: http://www.skiheavenly.com.
” M.S. Dixie or Tahoe Queen Paddlewheelers – Get out onto Tahoe and enjoy the views of 10,000-foot snow-capped mountains reflecting across the waters of North America’s largest alpine lake. Catch some local history and a good meal in heated comfort. The two-three hour tours depart from the historic Zephyr Cove or Ski Run Blvd. and loop around Emerald Bay. Visit: http://www.laketahoecruises.com.
” Ice Skating – Glide under the stars in the Heavenly Village among galleries, shops, restaurants and a movie theater. For indoor ice skating, there’s the City of South Lake Tahoe ice rink is located in the Recreation Complex 1.5 miles from the Village. The rink is an NHL standard-size and offers the occasional pick-up hockey game. Visit: http://www.theshopsatheavenly.com and http://www.recreationintahoe.com.
” HeliTahoe Helicopter Services – Take it another level with daily flights over the lake and spectacular full moon tours shimmering over the water. Tours include the Nevada Shoreline, Secret Harbor and other small coves. Looking for an adventurous way to tie the knot and celebrate that special day? HeliTahoe has partnered with Simple Tahoe Weddings to allow the bride and groom to ‘take the plunge’ over the Lake. Call 530-544-2211 or visit http://www.helitahoe.com.
” Fantastic Events – “Get Down Tonight” and “Shake Your Booty” with KC & The Sunshine Band during the action-packed second annual Blue Gay-La, gay and lesbian ski week in South Shore Lake Tahoe, Jan. 23-27, 2008. Blue Gay-La combines skiing and riding with 24-hour gaming and nightlife, headliner entertainment – English Beat, renowned comedians Paula Poundstone and Anthony “ANT” Kalloniatis, top-rated DJ Chris Cox, apres ski parties, hot nightclubs and on-mountain activities. Visit: http://www.BlueLakeTahoe.com.
” Shopping – Find that special mountain or “made-in-Tahoe” gift at The Shops at Heavenly Village, The Village Center or the Factory Stores at the Y. The Heavenly Village features 22 high-end clothing stores, sporting apparel and equipment, and jewelry stores.
The Village Center next-door expands the options with additional 29 retail spots. Find great bargains at the Factory Stores at the Y, located at the intersection of Highway 50 and 89 with 18 stores offering bargains on name brand sportswear, footwear, training apparel, winter and ski wear and accessories. Spend some time viewing the captivating and creative works at numerous art and photo galleries located throughout South Shore. Over 20 galleries provide quite the selection, of fine arts, magnificent oil and acrylic paintings, limited edition prints, sculpture, art glass, and jewelry. Visit: http://www.theshopsatheavenly.com, http://www.shopthe-y.com and http://www.tahoeartleague.org.
” Nevada Gaming – The longtime appeal of going home a millionaire continues to tickle the fancy at one of the 7,000 slot machines or 400 gaming tables located throughout the six, 24-hour casinos on the Nevada side: Harrah’s, Harveys, MontBleu, Horizon, Bill’s and Lakeside Inn. (http://www.tia.org/Travel/traveltrends.asp).
” Dining – South Shore means choices, from the AAA 4-Diamond Award winning Ciera Steak + Chophouse at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa and The Summit at Harrah’s, to an eclectic collection of local burger joints, ethnic options, classic steakhouses and quaint restaurants tucked away on side streets, the variety and quality attract have been attracting growing numbers of discerning diners. Visit: http://www.montbleuresort.com or http://www.harrahstahoe.com.
” Bookin’ – How much better can a good book get around a fire with a drink, unwinding from a busy day? There are plenty of bookstores, including Neighbors in the Village Center.
” Spas – To completely unplug, unwind and relax, there are numerous spas throughout town, from the major hotel/casinos to independent shops. The scents, the quiet, the pampering await.
It’s an award-winning winter in paradise. For lodging and packages: http://www.BlueLakeTahoe.com.
For information about South Shore Lake Tahoe, call the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority, 1-800-AT-TAHOE (1-800-288-2463) or log onto http://www.BlueLakeTahoe.com.