Spring Loaded at Heavenly is Back in Action

While spring might mean fresh blossoms and green grass for many, in South Lake Tahoe it means rays of sunshine beaming down on still snowy mountains. Heavenly Mountain Resort celebrates this seasonal union of winter and spring weather by putting on their annual Spring Loaded event.

The event consists of two weeks of live entertainment in the form of DJs and outdoor concerts, costume theme days, snow sculpture contests, corn hole competitions, hot dog and wing eating contests, food specials, rental gear deals, and even more mountain fun.

When: March 25th – April 9th, 2017

Where: Heavenly Mountain Resort. Different events will take place at various locations of the resort, including Tamarack Lodge, the Gondola Base Area, throughout the Heavenly Village, and of course up and down the slopes.

What else? For more information and full list of daily events, visit the Heavenly Lake Tahoe website: http://www.skiheavenly.com/nightlife-and-activities/events/springloaded.aspx?page=viewall

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RnR Vacation Rentals is at your service when it comes to finding lodging for all South Lake Tahoe events. Visit our website RnRVR.com today to start planning your stay for any season.

 Featured photo courtesy of SkiHeavenly.com.

Amgen Tour of California Comes to South Lake Tahoe

The Amgen Breakaway from Heart Disease Women’s Race empowered with SRAM is coming to Tahoe once again. On May 11th-12th of 2017, stages 1 and 2 of the bike race will start in South Lake Tahoe.

This race is put on by Amgen, an innovative biotechnology company aiming to cure serious illnesses, which hosts bike races for men and women throughout California that put forth money to curing cancers, heart disease, and other health conditions. The Amgen Tour of California has been to Lake Tahoe in previous years and it will return this year for the women’s division.

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Stage 1 – the Overall Stage Start for women will take place on Thursday, May 11th and will begin and end at Heavenly Mountain Resort. Cyclists will span 72.1 miles and reach up to 5000 ft in elevation gain as they ride clockwise around Lake Tahoe. Click here to see the route map.

Stage 2 for women will take place on Friday, May 12th and will also start at Heavenly Mountain Resort. This route will take the women south on CA-89, over Luther Pass, down into Carson River Basin, loop through Washoe Reservation, and up Kingsbury Grade in Nevada. This route will be a challenging 67.1 mile ride with an elevation gain of 6100 ft.

These two days of competitive rides promise to present new challenges in climbs and stunning views of the Tahoe landscape along the way. For more on the race, sponsors, teams, and jersey information visit amgentourofcalifornia.com.

If you are already registered for the race and still need to figure out your accommodations, RnR Vacation Rentals is at your service. We have plenty of homes available for the weekend of the Amgen race. If you’re looking for a place for the whole family or team members to fit comfortably and relax in a private hot tub after your race, take a look at our Tahoe Keys Villa home with 5 bedrooms/4 bathrooms, or our Grand Chalet at Tahoe Keys home with 4 bedrooms/3 bathrooms and plenty of space to gather.

St. Patrick’s Day in South Lake Tahoe 2017

The luck of the Irish has struck the shores of South Lake. Bring your March cheer and get ready to celebrate the holiday around town.

49th Annual Tahoe-Douglas Rotary St. Patrick’s Celebration & Fundraiser 

About: The Tahoe-Douglas Rotary Club is throwing their annual St. Paddy’s celebration, complete with an evening of festive drinks, an all-you-can-eat buffet, an award ceremony for local heroes, dancing, a Mystery Wine Game, and an auction with tons of Tahoe-centered prizes. For a list of items available to bid on, click here. The donations raised from the evening go back into supporting the South Shore Lake Tahoe community.

Details: The event will take place at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Convention Center from 6:00-10:00pm on Friday, March 17th. Coat check is available, but all you need to bring is your everyday attire with a splash of green thrown in the mix. Please note, you must be at least 21 years of age to attend. For more information, check out their website.

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McP’s TapHouse Grill

About: McP’s TapHouse Grill will be bringing in live music from the band Bread & Butter, and rolling out food and drink specials specific to the holiday. They always serve up scrumptious Bangers & Mash, their take on Corned Beef Hash, a Corned Beef Sandwich with Pub Fries, Shepard’s Pie, Beef Stew, and more delicious Irish as well as American food options. Wash it all down with one of their many beers on tap or mixed drinks.

Details: McP’s is located at 4125 Lake Tahoe Blvd Suite A in South Lake Tahoe. They are open 11:00am-2:00am. The band goes on at 8:00pm. For more information, check out their Yelp page here.

MacDuff’s Public House

About: MacDuff’s always has a delicious selection of Irish cuisine, and St. Patrick’s Day will be no exception. Try their Real Shepard’s Pie, Steak and Guinness Stew, Corned Beef and Cabbage, and top it off with a frothy Guinness on tap or specialty MacMule cocktail concoction.

Details: MacDuff’s is located at 1041 Fremont Ave. in South Lake Tahoe. Their hours are 11:30am-9:30pm, though their website suggests they may stay open later when busy.

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Day of the Young Child in South Lake Tahoe

Looking for a FREE family-friendly event this weekend? If you’re vacationing in the greater South Lake region, you won’t want to miss out on this fun and memorable day of kid-centered entertainment.

The South Lake Tahoe Recreation Center is hosting a free event in honor of the Day of the Young Child on Saturday, March 11th, 2017. Come participate in activities that will expand your child’s mind, develop their fine motor skills, and bring forth memories for the whole family.

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The City is working with Choices for Children to provide a space for parents and kids to come together to get creative with paint, learn patterns with beading, work those hand muscles into some clay, dance around with bubbles, giggle endlessly at a puppet show, and even more.

Day of the Young Child is part of the nationwide Week of the Young Child by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) to promote the importance of growth and development of children in their early years.

Details 

Location: South Lake Tahoe Recreation Center – 1180 Rufus Allen Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

Time: 10:ooam – 2:00pm, the puppet show is scheduled at 12:00pm

Cost: Free! No purchase necessary, payment of smiles welcome

Stay: RnR Vacation Rentals still has homes available this weekend that are perfect for hosting families with young children. Our Lakeland Village #603 See & Ski Tahoe unit has 4 bedrooms/3 bathrooms and a loft that is perfect for the littlest members of the family. The unit’s back deck overlooks beautiful blue Lake Tahoe, and comes with access to communal pools, hot tubs, tennis and volleyball courts, the beach, and even a play structure.

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Visit our website or give us a call at 530-208-5001 x 1 today to book these homes and enjoy a family-oriented weekend away!

 

Register & Start Training for South Lake Tahoe Events

Between cycling up high mountains, running strides along the lakeshore, and taking plunges in those deep blue waters, South Lake Tahoe is a mecca for all things active.

It’s time to register and start training for a couple big summer events: Rock Tahoe Half Marathon and America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride – Lake Tahoe. 

Rock Tahoe Half Marathon

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When: Saturday, June 17th, 2017

What: This 13.1 mile run weaves through the forested eastern shoreline of Lake Tahoe, starting at Spooner Summit and finishing at stateline’s Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. With gorgeous lake views, completely clear bike paths, and a massive party at the finish line, this race has it all.

For more infohttp://www.epictahoe.com/.

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Registerhttps://register.chronotrack.com/r/21697

Trainhttp://www.epictahoe.com/single-post/2017/02/22/2017-TRAINING-PLANS

Stay: Our Tahoe Woods at Stateline home is less than a mile to Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, where the shuttles will take you to the start of the race, and where the finish line is. The home has 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a large HDTV and gas fireplace to curl up and recover in front of, a deck to enjoy a much-deserved cocktail on after the race, and a shuffleboard table in the living room to keep the fun going after you’ve recovered.

 

America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride – Lake Tahoe

When: Sunday, June 4th, 2017

What: This bike race offers stunning views at new heights. Ride 72 miles around the lake or opt for the 100 mile route to make it an even century. The ride supports Lake Tahoe Bikeway, which is aiming to connect bike paths and trails all the way around Lake Tahoe. If you train for the ride with Team in Training, you will also support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

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For more informationhttps://www.bikethewest.com/americas-most-beautiful-bike-ride/

Registerhttps://www.bikethewest.com/register-to-ride/

Trainhttp://forms.teamintraining.org/forms/events-ambbr.html

Stay: Our Bijou’s Best home has 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and a private hot tub to soak your sore muscles in after the big ride. The home is only 2.6 miles from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, where the race begins and finishes.

 

Ski and Snowboard Lessons for Kids

What better way to grow your passion for snow sports than to pass it on to your little ones? Each mountain resort surrounding South Lake Tahoe offers various packages for teaching kids of all ages how to ski and snowboard.

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No matter the age range, Heavenly offers three lesson types: Group Lessons, Private Lessons, and Small Group Lessons. All lessons are offered at each of their three separate locations: California, Gondola, and Boulder.

Ski Lessons & Snowboard Lessons:

How old? 4-5 years or 6-13 years old for skiing, 5-6 years or 7-13 years old for snowboarding

How long? All day starting at 9:00am

How much? You can purchase tickets online or at the window, purchasing online ahead of time will save you some money.

  • Group 1 day lesson $203 (online price, does not include lift ticket)
  • Group 2 day lesson $366 (online price, does not include lift ticket)
  • Group 3 day lesson $549 (online price, does not include lift ticket)

For a full list of rate and to purchase tickets, click here.

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Photo Courtesy of SkiHeavenly.com

Sierra at Tahoe

Sierra offers private lessons and group programs for kids of differing ages and abilities.

Discovery Program: Ski and snowboard lessons for 3-4 year olds at the beginner level. This program is to introduce kids to all things snow related.

  • A 3-day pack costs $80 per day
  • For rates and more information, click here.

Pioneer Program: Ski and snowboard lessons for 5-6 year olds at the beginner and intermediate levels. This programs helps to teach more specific skills in skiing and snowboarding for new learners.

  • A 3-day pack costs $125 per day, and non-consecutive days are allowed
  • For rates and more information, click here.

Explorers Program: Ski and snowboard lessons for 7-12 year olds at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. This programs focuses on broadening skills and learning more about equipment, terrain, and conditions.

  • A 3-day pack costs $125 per day, and non-consecutive days are allowed
  • For rates and more information, click here.

You can purchase tickets online and check out more information on the Sierra at Tahoe website.

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Image Courtesy of Kirkwood.com

Kirkwood

Kirkwood also offers group, private, and small group lessons, all of which are held at the Timber Creek location.

There are ski lessons for 3-4 year olds (Mini Rippers), as well as 5-12 year olds (Mt. Explorers). The lessons are broken down by skill level, are offered for a half day or a full day, have am and pm sessions, and come in 1-3 day packages. The prices range from $90-$375.

  • For more details and to purchase discounted tickets online, click here.

There are snowboard lessons for 3-4 year olds (Mini Groms), as well as 5-12 year olds (Groms). The lessons are broken down by skill level, are offered for a half day or a full day, have am and pm sessions, and come in 1-2 day packages. The prices range from $117-$250.

  • For more details and to purchase discounted tickets online, click here.

Make a Weekend of It

Plan a trip up to Tahoe and make a weekend vacation out of watching your little groms learn new skills in the snow. RnR Vacation Rentals has plenty of homes available all winter long, and into the sure-to-be-snowy spring as well. Our Wintershire is a 3 bedroom plus loft home ideal for 1-2 families with kids. You can enjoy the slopes, and then come back to cozy up by the fireplace and large HDTV to swap stories of your adventure-filled day.


Featured image courtesy of SierraAtTahoe.com.

2017 Audi FIS Ski World Cup Coming to Squaw Valley

This stupendously snowy winter is getting rewarded with the return of the International Ski Federation World Cup. It has been 19 years since an FIS World Cup was held in CA, but all that changes as the 2017 Audi FIS Ski World Cup comes to Squaw Valley on March 9th-12th.

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows will be hosting a full weekend of events, including bound-to-be-epic slalom skiing by Julia Mancuso and Mikaela Shiffrin on the Olympic famous Red Dog run.

Events: Thursday, March 9th – Sunday, March 12th

Thursday Event Highlights:

  • Community Kickoff Parade – 4:15pm @ The Village at Squaw Valley
  • Welcome Party – 6:30pm @ Village Events Plaza

Friday Event Highlights:

  • Gates Open – 8:00am @ World Cup Venue
  • Vendor Village open all day – 9:00am-5:00pm @ The Village at Squaw Valley
  • 1st Run Ladies Giant Slalom – 10:00am @ Red Dog 
  • 2nd Run Ladies Giant Slalom – 1:00pm @ Red Dog
  • Official FIS Award Ceremony of Ladies Giant Slalom – 1:45pm @ World Cup Finish Venue
  • Rusted Root Concert -6:00pm @ KT Base Bar Main Stage
  • Fireworks – 8:00pm @ KT Base Bar

Saturday, March 11th Event Highlights:

  • Vendor Village Opens – 8:00am @ The Village at Squaw Valley
  • 1st Run Ladies Slalom – 10:00am @ Red Dog
  • 2nd Run Ladies Slalom – 1:00pm @ Red Dog
  • Official FIS Award Ceremony of Ladies Slalom – 1:45pm @ World Cup Finish Venue
  • HoneyHoney concert – 2:45pm @ KT Base Bar Main Stage

Sunday, March 12th Event Highlights:

  • Vendor Village open – 9:00am-5:00pm @ The Village at Squaw Valley
  • ProAm Race – 10:ooam @ Red Dog 
  • ProAm Awards – 2:30pm @ KT Base Bar Main Stage

For a full list of events, visit the Squaw Alpine website. This legendary event will sell out fast, you can still purchase VIP tickets on the Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows website. Your other option for viewing is to snag a spot in the free standing room area surrounding the finish arena. Or you can always catch the live-stream available on the big screens of The Village at Squaw Valley restaurants.

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Make a vacation out of this historic event and stay in one of our South Lake Tahoe homes. Our Blitzen Bliss home is located 1 hour from Squaw, and just 20 miles to Heavenly & Sierra at Tahoe as well as 40 minutes from Kirkwood. That way you can get fired up watching the pros, then come back and experience all the skiing Tahoe South has to offer. We also have plenty of other homes available close to all the action, look at our portfolio or give us a call at 530-208-5001 x 1 today.

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Blitzen Bliss