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Experience Lake Tahoe in the off-season

Autumn Whitney
Heavenly Village features shops, restaurants, a movie theater and more, making it a great place to spend time during the off-season.
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Let me guess: you’re looking for things to do in Tahoe because you’re stuck in the off-season. It’s too cold for water sports, but there isn’t enough snow to enjoy tearing it up on the mountain. But it’s OK — there are still things for you to enjoy (apart from everyone’s go-to: observing fall colors) during this awkward time.

Ski films

Gather the tribe — there’s no better way to get excited for the snow than by enjoying winter films like “Braaap 16” and “Tight Loose.” Both will screen at The Loft in the upcoming weeks.

“Braaap 16,” a snowmobile film, premieres on Wednesday, Nov. 16. “Tight Loose,” a Teton Gravity Research ski and snowboard film, made its first South Lake Tahoe stop at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa on Thursday, Oct. 20. It premieres at The Loft on Wednesday, Dec. 7.

Stay tuned for Warren Miller’s “Here, There & Everywhere,” which plays at Squaw Valley on Nov. 25-26 and Dec. 10, and at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe on South Shore on Dec. 2-3.

Pray for snow parties

The Fresh Ketch and Tahoe Beach Retreat & Lodge both host pray for snow parties. The Fresh Ketch celebrates its 34th annual fest on Thursday, Nov. 17, from 6-10 p.m. The beach retreat follows two days later, and hosts its second annual Blizzardfest-Pray for Snow Party on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 4-8 p.m. With live music, games, entertainment, raffle and vendors, it’s going to be a party you won’t want to miss.

Local holiday shopping

It’s never too early to start getting presents for your loved ones. Apart from the shops at Heavenly Village, boutiques like Gaia-Licious Global Gifts are great spots to grab a Tahoe gift you can’t get anywhere else.

Bonus — with the launch of Tahoe Chamber’s GO Local campaign, shopping at local retailers gives you the chance to win prizes. Learn more at http://www.tahoechamber.org.

The Loft

Known as one of South Shore’s premiere entertainment venues, The Loft hosts multiple events each week. ElectroSwing Burlesque has made its return and is held every other Wednesday. The music and dance revue is held in a saucy, speakeasy-style lounge and is sure to provide ultimate entertainment. The next performance is Nov. 9 — grab your tickets now!

Magic Fusion runs six nights each week throughout the off-season. This blend of magic and comedy is appropriate for all ages and is perfect for families looking for something to do while waiting for the time of year to hit the slopes.

Other South Shore events

Headed to South Lake Tahoe are festivities such as the annual Soroptimist Wine Tasting on Nov. 11 and the White Winter Carnival on Nov. 19.

Soroptimist International of South Lake Tahoe’s 46th annual “An Evening of Food & Wine Tasting,” held at the MontBleu Resort Casino Convention Center, takes place on Friday, Nov. 11, from 6-9:30 p.m. Nearly 30 wineries and 20 restaurants will be featured at the event, which this year has a theme of “Red, Wine and Blue.” Back by popular demand are the mystery wine bags, priced at $20 per bottle.

Tahoe Regional Young Professionals hosts the White Winter Carnival on Saturday, Nov. 19, to raise money for SOS Outreach Tahoe, a nonprofit focused on youth development. The event features carnival-style games, and upon entry attendees receive a gift bag with game tickets. A costume contest will also be conducted, so start preparing your costume now. Outfits must be primarily white, and creativity is key — utilize pop culture references and connections to Tahoe.

While these events aren’t immediate, they are definitely things to look forward to and make sure you have marked down on your calendar.

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