The last few winter storms have left up to three feet of snow in some areas of Lake Tahoe, perfect for experiencing all the new things the winter wonderland has to offer. New resort experiences, hotels, eateries, and high mountain adventures are now available to ensure you start the winter off right.
The local favorite, Homewood Mountain Resort now offers snowcat access to more than 750 acres of steeps, powder bowls, and tree runs off Ellis Peak. Homewood is the only resort to offer snowcat tours in the Tahoe basin. All-day packages will feature small group sizes (10 skier/rider max) and a fully guided experience in the out-of-bounds terrain accessed only by snowcat. Once on top of the 1,828 vertical feet runs of Ellis Peak you're in for panoramic views of Lake Tahoe and Desolation Wilderness. All-day packages begin at $399 per person, per day.
The Landing Lake Tahoe Resort & Spa is South Lake Tahoe's newest boutique hotel that offers lakefront suites and garden rooms equipped with gas fireplaces, a luxurious day spa, and a wedding venue. Jimmy's Restaurant, inside the Landing, features wood fired Greek seafood and locally sourced California products, overseen by British celebrity chef Maria Elia.
A new $4.5 million Cross Country Ski Center at Tahoe Donner will improve service for XC skiers. The center is designed to meet the needs of the growing community, and new amenities includes an energy efficient and environmentally conscious design, improved usage for school teams, enhanced rental facility with public locker room, parking lot designed to protect adjacent wetlands, and improved food and beverage options. Construction is expected to be complete in early 2015. Cross-country ski trails and warming huts will be accessible all season long, weather permitting, throughout construction.
Fans of Southern fare can now enjoy pulled pork and lima beans with Moe's signature vinegar sauces right on the lake. Moe's in Tahoe City is located right in front of the Tahoe City Marina across the parking lot from Christy Hill. The restaurant, outdoor tables, and bar serve all Moe's favorites including the delicious sweet potato casserole as a side dish.
Northstar will host tōst, a celebratory culinary tradition that redefines the art of the daily toast. Celebrating the mountains and Lake Tahoe, Champagne, Prosecco, and sparkling wine will be served each day on the mountain at 2pm.
If you are a beginner skier or rider, Northstar's Progression Snow Park caters to both you and families. Highlights include a smoother, more refined transition between beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels during Burton Learn-to-Ride instruction.
This winter, guests can experience a snowshoe hike under the stars to The Chalet at Alpine Meadows, where they'll enjoy an intimate seated dinner at the Swiss-style mid-mountain lodge. Menu items include Alps-inspired dishes such as Sierra Nevada porter potato cheese soup, prime rib, chicken cordon bleu, and apple strudel. The Snowshoe Dinners at The Chalet will be offered for up to 50 guests per seating on peak weekends and holidays throughout the 2014-15 winter season. Price: $69/person.
The artistic endeavors at Restaurant Trokay have been moved from their old location to downtown Truckee, so access to their beautiful, seasonal dishes served in unusual displays are now readily available to snow bunnies. Trokay's winter menu includes a Prix Fixe Menu for $85 that includes bisque of Kabocha squash with Tasmanian pepperberry and red ribbon sorrel finished with marshmallow brulée and sugar pie pumpkin cheesecake on a graham crumble. Trokay also offers 2-hour cooking classes.