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Lake views and no cooking; that's what we call Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving can either make you feel elated or totally stressed out—usually some combination thereof. After that Pumpkin Pie high, your mind might turn to thoughts of dishes that need to be washed, relatives that need to be entertained, and horrific Black Friday shopping. The benefit of hightailing it out of town during this time is being able to push some of these worries away, while still enjoying the Thanksgiving spirit.
Lake Tahoe is always a favorite holiday destination, for its views of the water, skiing, and the fact that it's pretty much the opposite of a harried urban setting, however overrun with tourists it can get. We found some last minute event deals at the Hyatt Regency Resort that offer easy and relatively cheap remedies to some of the problems we mentioned above.
If you’ve never been to Lake Tahoe, now's the time to go, as Zephyr Cove Resort is offering 25 reasons to visit the lake and stay with them. It’s actually only about three hours from the Bay Area and eight hours from Los Angeles, and you can even swing by Yosemite National Park for a total earth lovin’ vacation—except for that carbon emissions thing.
The biggest of those 25 reasons to visit Zephyr Cove is its newest deal--50 percent off all its rooms, suites, chalets, and cabins through June 30. Just enter mayjune25 when booking, and that lakefront cabin will be yours—just try to keep the John Candy reenactments from The Great Outdoors to a minimum. If you'd rather stay in the lodge, we found rooms for less than $80 for this weekend—not too shabby.
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By the time May rolls around, thoughts of skiing have pretty much disappeared like a hill of moguls under the blazing sun. But Squaw Valley USA is still going strong with top-to-bottom skiing. With a snow base of 60-80" at 8,200 feet, this isn't your average spring riding, though the snow will be a little soft. An all day ticket will cost you $55--not exactly cheap, but it's less than you'd have paid during the winter season.
If you'd rather pack up the sticks for the season and think summer, the Incline Village Golf Courses have your game. The driving range is open to help you knock the rust off your swing before tackling the Championship Course. It's slated to open for play on May 11.
[Photo: Telstar Logistics]
The big Presidents Day weekend is over, which usually means the long, painful death of the ski season has begun. At least, that's usually the case. But at Lake Tahoe, forecasts are calling for 2-3 feet of snow today in the higher elevations. That's on top of the 3 feet of snow most resorts got yesterday.
What's the best strategy for tackling the powder? We'll leave the age old question of "To ski or to snowboard" up to you--though we heart monoskiing. But when it comes to tickets, your best bet is the Ski Tahoe North Interchangeable Lift Ticket. Offered by the local visitor's bureau, the $58 pass is valid at seven resorts, so you can go where the powder is deepest. The only catch is that you have to buy the tix for multiple days, so your minimum commitment is $116. Still, not a lot to pay to shred six feet of fresh snow.
· Go Tahoe North [Official Site]
Last month we told you about Lake Tahoe's new transit service, North Lake Tahoe Express. Now that you can take the Express to your hotel from the airport, there's no need to rent a car, right? Well, not exactly. In our pre-season excitement, we forgot that you probably will want to do a little more than ride the slopes, sleep in your room and eat a mediocre breakfast buffet at your hotel.
Not to worry. The transportation junkies in the town of Truckee are starting a new, free, nighttime shuttle service today. The plan is to have it stop at hotels and apres-ski spots around town. (We know, we know, the "apres-ski scene" is sort of '90s. But call it what you will, it's fun to go out drinking after being on the mountain all day.) If you want to get out of Truckee, there are longer distance routes that hop around mountains and towns on the north side of the lake. All the info of course is online.
[Photo: Tom Zikas/North Lake Tahoe]
Remember when we told you all about getting out to Lake Tahoe for learn-to-ski-on-the-cheap weekend? You might have been wondering, "How am I supposed to get from the airport to my hotel?!" Well wonder no longer: The North Lake Tahoe Express launches today, with round trips service from Reno-Tahoe Airport to your crash pad for just $60.
You see, until now, ski bums had to take lengthy cab rides or rent cars (that would end up pretty much unused except for getting to or from the airport.) The new service, which is similar to buses in other snow-happy destinations, runs three different routes to hotels and lodging along the north shore. Shuttles also stop at Northstar-at-Tahoe, so you can go straight from the plane to the slopes, if that's your thing. We like to hit the hot tub first, but hey, that's just us.
· Active Travel: Idaho? No, You Tahoe [Jaunted]
Last week we turned you on to Mont Tremblant, where the sussing is Canadian but the apres scene is a la francais. But where to go if you're a good old American in need of some homeland slopes? Lake Tahoe is one of the country's foremost winter playgrounds, and even novices can get in on the fun December 9-10 with the 7th Annual Learn to Ski and Board Weekend.
It goes like this, if you're a Shaun White, yeah that redheaded Olympic dude aka The Flying Tomato, wannabes. You get an all-day beginner-slopes lift ticket for many of the Tahoe area ski resorts, a rental ski or board set up and a lesson to get you on your feet for just $25. It's a sweet deal: a rental alone normally costs $34 at Alpine Meadows. You'd be well-advised to show up to the ticket windows early. All the deets, of course, are online.