The Lake Tahoe area has been given a bit of a reprieve from the last few dismal months. Last week's storms have dumped another 6-12 inches of snow on the slopes–just in time for spring skiing and spring lake and mountain events.
Northstar is not the only Tahoe resort giving away free skiing this spring. To make up for the less-than-stellar conditions this time of year, several additional resorts in the area are giving away free buddy lift tickets to visitors who gas up at a participating Shell Station in Nevada.
There's been a pretty minimal amount of Sierra snow that's fallen over the past many weeks (with no change in sight) and conditions in Tahoe have been less than stellar (more like frozen granular, or soft corn snow if you happen upon a 50 degree day). As a result, resorts are implementing some sweetened measures to tempt the Bay Area naysayers to head east. Northstar, for one, will be handing out free weekend getaways over the next six weeks.
If you have never been snowshoeing in Lake Tahoe before, make your first trip a celestial one by snowshoeing through the mountains while learning about the universe and listening to some poetry with Tony Berendsen of Tahoe Star Tours.
The monthly snowshoe tours start at the Cross Country, Telemark + Snowshoe Center at the Ritz Carlton at Northstar near Truckee. For $50 for adults and $35 for children ages 10-12, snowshoes, the tour, some time spent with a telescope and a some wine or hot cider around a fire pit are provided.
Lake Tahoe is not just a place to go skiing or boarding (even though that's pretty great). There are hundreds of other indoor and outdoor things to do in this mountain area in the winter — we've just narrowed it down to 50.
Now that Tahoe is blanketed in beautiful snow and in the throes of winter, it's time to plan a getaway, starting with a stay at Embassy Suites Lake Tahoe. With its super-central locale just a breathe away from all of the very best Tahoe has to offer, you'll probably have a hard time returning to real life once your stay is over.
The newest Lake Tahoe nightclub, PEEK, will be opening on February 16, 2013 with a guest host appearance by celebrity socialite Paris Hilton. The opening night will also feature a weekend mega-party with BeatClan, the Las Vegas artist management and DJ booking company. There will also be a soft opening of the nightclub on Valentine's Day that will run for four nights.