Goodbye Tahoe. Hello California.
That’s the track Northstar resort is taking after the recent decision to make an adjustment to its moniker.
“There was a massive line of debate on whether we should make the change,” said Bill Rock, the resort’s chief operating officer. “But (the change) is a statement of where the brand is going.”
So, instead of going to Northstar-at-Tahoe, a popular Truckee-area destination for San Francisco snowsports enthusiasts since its opening in 1972, skiers and snowboarders will now be making tracks at Northstar California (that little star logo seen around the resort has been tweaked a bit as well).
Tahoe is intrinsically relaxing: mountain air, lake views, mellow townies, and countless activities to satiate an athletic appetite. Whether an avid skier or river floater, most people leave Tahoe with an overall feeling of greatness. Tahoe is also an ideal retreat for gaining wellness while lapping in luxury. The 4th annual Lake Tahoe Wellness Weekend at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa & Casino offers an all-inclusive two days packed with fitness and healthy living classes and seminars at an alpine oasis.
With Tahoe just a breath away from the Bay Area, it's easy to pop over for a long weekend of relaxation. The icing on the cake? A luxurious place to stay tucked in the mountains bathed in gorgeous fall colors on the shores of South Lake and minutes away from all the action. You can get that at Embassy Suites Lake Tahoe, which offers a ton of travel packages so visitors can immerse themselves in the beauty of Tahoe and tailor their stays to their moods.
Here's how to take your Tahoe badassery to the next level: Mountain biking. The whole area's a massive playground for it come summertime, offering miles and miles of both technical and free-wheeling trails to soak up all those postcard-worthy lake vistas. Below, a Tahoe mountain biking weekend sampler:
Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) has been reeling in some A-list devotees for some time now, likely because of its toning promise. Balancing on the board keeps your legs and core engaged while paddling adds cardio and strength training for a low impact, full body workout. SUP started decades ago in Waikiki as a way for beach guides to keep tabs on tourists, and is now one of the fastest growing sports in the world. It's easy to learn, versatile and great exercise. And above all, it's a ton of fun.
Below, our guide to getting out for a paddle in Tahoe and the Bay Area's waters:
The best place for beginners to start is Tahoe. Warm temperatures and relatively calm waters make it easy to get comfortable on the board and familiar with the technique.
There's a first time for everything. After a historical season, novelty skiing — and riding — will be in full effect this Fourth of July in Lake Tahoe. If May skiing didn't satiate your snow appetite, there's more, lots more. The last time I spent the 4th in Tahoe I tubbed down the river, wakeboarded, and hiked. This time, I can do all of the above...and SKI.
You won’t get a chance to see the Amgen Tour of California come through San Francisco this year, but you don’t have to travel far to see the pro peloton, which begins this Sunday and races its way though the state over the next eight days.
Though in its infancy compared to established Euro races, the Tour of California has positioned itself as a world-class race, and it’s the largest cycling event in the nation. Nineteen of the elite teams, like Radioshack and Rabobank, will compete in our state, and even without Lance Armstrong, it will still be a cycling superhero showcase. Among the crowd favorites will be Andy Schleck, who came in second at the Tour de France last year, and Santa Rosa local, Levi Leipheimer, who has won the Tour of California three times and held multiple top ten finishes in the Tour de France.
Stage One begins in South Lake Tahoe on Sunday at 10:30 am. At 6,300 feet, it’s the highest elevation start in the six-year history, and one of the most beautiful and grueling routes of the Tour. The route skirts the entire lake on Stage 1 and heads out to Sacramento for Stage 2. In poor timing, Highway 50 will be down to one lane for repairs, so plan your road trip accordingly.
Sometimes you just need a weekend away with the girls. So, tell the boyfriend to go climb something while you make your way to the Hyatt Regency at Incline Village—it's the only north shore resort right on the water (hello, unbeatable views).
Back by popular demand (last year's attendees are still raving), the all-inclusive getaway combines the best of health, wellness, and beauty in the form of fitness classes (think pilates and belly dancing), skincare presentations by experts in the field (think consultant to the A-list Marilyn Jaeger), and plenty of spa treatments to go around (everyone gets $100 spa credits).
Prom night was relived for some at the 007 James Bond themed Squaw Valley Prom 2011 at Squaw Valley's Olympic House. The 7th installment ran and was presented by High Fives Non-Profit Foundation and Biking for a Better World since 2010. Since its inception, there's been a tremendous growth and Squaw Valley Prom is one of North Lake Tahoe's most successful winter parties and fundraisers. Prizes were given to those who came in the best 007 James Bond, Bond girl, or Bond villain costume.
Squaw Valley is reporting its highest season snowfall on record (which dates back to 1970) this year as the resort nears the 700-inch milestone (they're at around 690 inches now). The last season that was this snowy was 1994-1995, which weighed in at 662 inches. To herald the snow gods, Squaw Valley is extending its 2011 ski season through Memorial Day Weekend (May 30) and offering a Spring Pass for $199, valid from April 4 through the end of the season. If you've already purchased a 2011-2012 season pass, you can add on the Spring pass for $129.