Lake Tahoe Adventures owners retire, but business changes hands, lives on |

Lake Tahoe Adventures owners retire, but business changes hands, lives on

Laney Griffo
Lake Tahoe Adventures offers snowmobile trips at Hope Valley.

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Tina and Ari Makinen ran a business in South Lake Tahoe for two decades but have decided to retire.

The Makinens owned and operated Lake Tahoe Adventures in Meyers for 20 years but have recently stepped down. Instead of shuttering their doors, they reached out to Zephyr Cove Resort parent company, Aramark, about taking over their business.

“Aramark is thrilled to preserve the legacy of Lake Tahoe Adventures,” said Maggie Garcia-Nook, district manager for Aramark. “We’re looking forward to continuing our strong partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and to begin new collaborative partnerships with the Bureau of Land Management and Placer County.”

Lake Tahoe Adventures offers ATV and RZR tours June through October and snowmobile tours throughout the winter, weather permitting. With tours for beginners, intermediate or advanced, there is something for everyone.

Lake Tahoe Adventures has a new website and logo but nothing else will change.

The Makinens’ son-in-law, John Dion, was the company’s general manager and will be staying on in that role.

“We’re delighted that he will remain with the company, he knows the business inside and out,” Garcia-Nook said.

To book a tour or for information, visit

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