Diamond Peak and June Mountain Partner Up

Diamond Peak Expands Season Pass Partnership 
Boreal Mountain Resort and June Mountain Ski Area Added for 2014-15
Incline Village, NV– 2014-15 Diamond Peak Ski Resort season pass holders will now receive bonus days at Boreal Mountain Resort and June Mountain Ski Area in addition to Homewood Mountain Resort and Red Lodge Mountain, for a total of 16 complimentary non-holiday lift tickets, four at each partner resort.

Season pass holders must present their valid 2014-15 season pass at the partner resort’s ticket window to receive one complimentary lift ticket redeemable on that day only. Complimentary lift tickets will not be issued during each resort’s holiday blackout periods. Details and restrictions are listed on the Season Passes & Perks page at DiamondPeak.com.

Both Homewood Mountain Resort and Boreal Mountain Resort are about 40 minutes away from Diamond Peak. Homewood is known for their fantastic views from the West Shore and Boreal boasts an extensive terrain park with night skiing. “Boreal is usually the first ski resort to open in Tahoe so this partnership will allow our season pass holders to get in some early season skiing,” said Brad Wilson, Diamond Peak General Manager.  June Mountain Ski Area is about a 3-hour drive from Tahoe and “a great weekend trip from Tahoe with affordable lodging options,” said Eric Kertzman, Diamond Peak Sales Manager. “June has great skiing for all ability levels and is another legendary Sierra secret stash to explore this winter.”

As an added bonus, 2014-15 Diamond Peak Ski Resort season pass holders receive 50% off Woodward Tahoe Core Memberships and Daily Session Bunker Passes plus $100 off 2015 Woodward Tahoe Summer Camp programs at Boreal.

2013-14 and 2014-15 Homewood, Boreal, and June season pass holders receive discounts at the Incline Village Golf Courses for the remainder of the 2014 golf season. Discounts can be redeemed at both the Incline Village Championship Golf Course and Mountain Course. Incline Village Golf Courses will be open until mid to late October, weather permitting. Guests must reserve a tee time by calling (866) 925-GOLF. More information may be found at www.golfincline.com.

Diamond Peak 2014-15 Season Pass* Early Bird Rates (July 1st – Oct 31st)

Full* Midweek*
Adult (24 – 64) $349 $249
Youth (13 – 23) / College $199 $159
Child (7 – 12) / Senior (65 – 69) $139 $125
Super Senior (70 – 79) $59 $49
6 & under / 80+ Free Free

*Non- IVGID Picture Pass holder rates. IVGID Picture Pass holders get special discounted rates.

About Diamond Peak Ski Resort 
Diamond Peak Ski Resort is North Lake Tahoe’s hidden gem. Located in Nevada’s Incline Village, the affordable, family friendly resort offers breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe, a summit elevation of 8,540-feet and a 1,840-foot vertical drop. Skiers and boarders can experience 655 acres of beginner to advanced terrain that include open glades. For more information on Incline Village and the Diamond Peak Resort visit InclineVillageReservations.com

About Boreal Mountain Resort
Nearly always the first resort open in the area and open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. 7 days a week, Boreal routinely provides skiers and riders more access to the mountain than any other resort in the country. Located directly off Interstate-80, Boreal has become a mecca for terrain park enthusiasts. RideBoreal.com

About Homewood Mountain Resort
Homewood Mountain Resort, founded in 1961, is one of California’s first winter recreation resorts. Homewood is accessible via Interstate 80 to California State Route 89, just 55 miles from Reno Tahoe International Airport. www.skihomewood.com

About June Mountain Ski Area
June Mountain Ski Area, California’s Family Mountain and sister resort to Mammoth Mountain. June enjoys an average of 250 inches of snowfall each year, over 1,400 acres, and is known for its family-friendly feel and broad range of terrain. June Mountain is open for skiing and snowboarding from mid-December to mid-April. June Mountain is the Eastern Sierra gem.

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Fun at Sand Harbor, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival

shakespeare-blogEntertainment, food, family and friends will converge under the stars on the scenic shore of Lake Tahoe this summer as Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival- a premiere summer event in the Reno/Tahoe region – launches its 2014 season. Featuring live entertainment seven nights a week from July 11 – August 24, 2014 at Sand Harbor State Park, the season is anchored by the Festival’s main stage production of William Shakespeare’s enchanting romantic comedy As You Like It; performed Tuesdays through Sundays each week at 7:30 p.m.
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The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival is annual event with different famous works being produced.  Past productions include “Two Gentleman of Verona”, “Romeo and Juliet”, “Twelfth Night”, and “Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

“We are thrilled to continue Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival’s four-decade legacy of producing extraordinary professional theater under the stars for the residents of and visitors to the Lake Tahoe region,” said Artistic Director, Charles Fee. “The breathtaking view of Lake Tahoe is the perfect backdrop for our 2014 season.”

“Featuring gorgeous costumes, stunning sets and one of the most talented professional acting companies in the West, our production of Shakespeare’s As You Like It is sure to delight the entire family,” continued Fee. Comic twists and turns abound in the fertile Forest of Arden, where a disguised Rosalind seeks refuge after being wrongfully banished by her uncle. Her unfortunate exile is transformed into a charming adventure when she encounters some of Shakespeare’s most beloved characters – colorful fools, witty rustics, and the handsome, lovesick Orlando. A clandestine, gender-bending courtship ensues, changing the lost into unexpected lovers, in this timeless and transcendent tale.

Sand Harbor is located next to popular Incline Village, a sand and ski resort in North Tahoe. Incline Village Nevada offers a complete vacation experience with quaint shops, gourmet restaurants and boutique stores set within walking distance to the sand.  Pamper and relax at one of the local spas, sit on the beach, and then go around the corner to Sand Harbor for the Show.

The Sand Harbor experience is complimented by al fresco dining at its on-site restaurant – Shakespeare’s Kitchen, or customers may choose to bring their own food or drink for picnicking. It’s like the Hollywood Bowl but on the beach says “Jefferson Lanz” Chief Everything Officer for the Lake Tahoe City Concierge, whose corporate offices are in …Hollywood.

Concours d’Elegance returns to its history in Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe Boat Show

Classic wooden boat show features a parade of boats

Lake Tahoe has been home to Boat Week for 20 years. With a long run in Carnelian Bay at the Sierra Boat Company, the annual Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance will move to the west side of the lake. The Tahoe Yacht Club sponsors of the prestigious wooden boat show have declared the west side of the lake and home to the Tahoe Maritime Museum in Homewood will be the new home. The new location will elevate this classic wooden boat show and parade to new levels in this very intimate setting.

For spectators, the parade of these classic boats is unparalleled and guests often journey quite the distance as this kind of show is not seen anywhere else. Each summer it is a highlight event on the North Tahoe shore, so guest will want to find accommodations in vacation rentals along the Lake Tahoe coast, or in the surrounding neighborhoods of Homewood, Tahoe City, Tahoe Vista and Truckee. This event is and equivalent to a giant vintage car show… just on water. The historic venue offers unbelievable views of the lake and lends itself to incredible shopping and dining experiences with the show’s vendors and community. It usually takes place the first weeks of August.

Lake Tahoe is synonymous with wooden boats and the oldest boat company Obexer’s will be the host. The goal has always been to blend the history of these magnificent craft with the history of the Lake and the venue where wooden boats were first introduced to Tahoe. The partnership strives to bring back the authenticity of Lake Tahoe to the show and reinforce the exclusivity of this premier wooden boat show.

“We are also thrilled to bring the show to the Homewood community, also rich in history and home to the Tahoe Maritime Museum,” Dave Olson, Founder. “

The Tahoe Yacht Club is a private membership club founded in 1925 and ranks among the oldest boating associations in the West. It offers an 18-week summer program of laser and keel boat regattas, rallies and cruises for power boats. Off the water, the club is host to an array of parties and social events at their lakefront location. More information is available Lake Tahoe Concourse website.

Pineapple Express hits Lake Tahoe

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Heavenly Valley After the Pineapple Express Hit

We are hearing all about the Pineapple Express, how much snow it is bringing, and how it comes from off shore. So what is the “Pineapple Express”. It is a non-technical term for a meteorological phenomenon characterized by a strong and persistent flow of moisture always tied to the Hawaiian Islands. A Pineapple Express is an example of a meteorgical event where water vapor is moved abournd by an arctic troughs from the Northwestern United States. It leads to the one thing we all want this time of the year which is snow. And Lake Tahoe is getting dumped on!

This is the current snow report as of Sunday, February 9 at 6:02 a.m. PT Check out why Northstar and Lake Tahoe are having a booming month, and it is the place for a February vacation . New Snow: 32″

Mid-Mountain (Elevation 6,800′)Last 24-hrs (5a-5a): 2″

Last 48-hrs (5a-5a): 6″

Last 7-days (5a-5a): 9″

Base Depth: 20

Summit (Elevation 8,610′)Last 24-hrs (5a-5a): 32″

Last 48-hrs (5a-5a): 37″

Last 7-days (5a-5a): 43″

Base Depth: 26

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Heavenly Valley after a snow dump. Powder everywhere!

2013-2014 Total Summit Snowfall: 76″

So if you’re following the numbers, you can see that Northstar has had very little snow up until this weather pattern.  Great news for skiers and for those who are looking at a late winter vacation.   This is an unbelievable dump of snow. It is as if the weather man was 2 months late on his forecast as this much of a snow dump on Lake Tahoe was originally planned for December and January and now it looks like it is going to continue into March!  The means it looks like vacations to the ski resorts in California will continue on through Easter Sunday which is April 20 2014 this year.

Past 24 hours Approximate Base Depth
February 6900′ 8300′ 6900′ 8300′
4 Tuesday 0″ 1″ 18″ 21″
2 Sunday 1″ 2″ 18″ 21″
TOTAL 1″ 3″
January 6900′ 8300′ 6900′ 8300′
31 Friday 4″ 7″ 18″ 21″
30 Thursday 4″ 7″ 18″ 21″
11 Sunday 1″ 4″ 18″ 18″
TOTAL 10″ 18″

Forecast last updated on Sunday, February 09, 2014 at 2:26:48 AM.

Today

snow

snow High: 35° F

Precip chance: 100%

Monday

chance of snow

chance of snow High: 41° F

Precip chance: 40%

Tuesday

mostly cloudy

mostly cloudy High: 43° F

Precip chance: 0%

Wednesday

chance rain

chance of rain High: 44° F

Precip chance: 40%

Thursday

chance of rain

chance of rain High: 45° F

Precip chance: 0%

Tonight

snow

snow Low: 28° F

Precip chance: 100%

Monday Night

mostly cloudy

mostly cloudy Low: 26° F

Precip chance: 0%

Tuesday Night

slight chance rain

slight chance of rain Low: 30° F

Precip chance: 20%

Wednesday Night

chance rain

chance rain Low: 34° F

Precip chance: 0%

Thursday Night

chance rain

chance rain Low: 30° F

Precip chance: 0%

Today: Snow. High near 35. Breezy, with a southwest wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 10 to 14 inches possible.
Tonight: Snow. Low around 28. Southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.
Monday: A 40 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 41. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
Monday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph after midnight.
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 43. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
Tuesday Night: A 20 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30.
Wednesday: A 40 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 44. Breezy.
Wednesday Night: A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34. Breezy.
Thursday: A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 45.
Thursday Night: A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30.

To check out what is happening with the Pineapple Express, and read more about Northstar’s open terrain and snow conditions Visit Northstar’s Mountain Report.

California’s Mammoth Mountain and Lake Tahoe’s Northstar Bike Parks Make The “Top 10 Bike Parks in the World”

 

 

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This week, I’d like to feature some excerpts from the title article written by Dave Scorer, business creator of the best and most comprehensive Mountain Bike Park Web site around – World Bike Parks.com . Although Dave’s informative and interesting piece covers great top ten bike parks from around the world, we’re going to take a look at two of these winners, right here in our own backyard mountain resort towns of Mammoth Lakes and Lake Tahoe. So here’s what he has to say about how to pick a winner!

“So how do you identify the top 10 bike parks…? I mean number one is obvious. Few people would argue that Whistler Bike Park leads the pack in probably every single metric you’d care to choose, from the number of trails to offering the best development programs for kids. But who is in the chasing pack?

First, we have to…

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How Did Incline Village Get Its Name?

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Incline Village got its name thanks to the Incline Railway that serviced the area back in the late 1800s. The name came from the loggers, who in 1878 built a railway to ship the logs to build the towns of Lake Tahoe. The logging company relied upon the Incline Railway, which was also known as a cable railway, to help transport its timber. And like its name, Incline Village is not flat! It truly sits at an Incline.

In 1935, the area that is now known as Incline Village was bought up by George Whittell from these timber interests, as he had an idea as to the area’s most viable, as well as valuable, use. Whittell took his property at the north end of Lake Tahoe and sold off individual parcels to developers. Then over the years these parcels grew into developments that blossomed into the new towns at Incline Village and Crystal Bay, named after the Crystal Bay Construction Company.

Today, Incline Village has some of the most expensive homes in Lake Tahoe and has become a playground for these stunning mountain retreats. Incline Village vacations are one of the more exciting getaways in the Lake Tahoe area. The pristine alpine environment is the perfect setting for this four season resort with great outdoor activities, fun and entertainment, and rejuvenating spas and relaxation. One of the most beautiful things to do while in Incline Village is the drive around the lake. It takes about 2 hours in summer plus a little extra if you make several stops at all the vistas and scenic points along the route.

The beaches of California are amazing. Laying on the sand, playing in the water, riding the surf then kicking back to relax, it is what has made California famous and it’s what we do. And Lake Tahoe beaches are pristine and with the sport boats and paddle boards. Incline Village has one of those remarkable beaches. Here the sun is dazzling, the climate temperate and relaxing, and there are an abundance of water toys. Walking along the lakeside, cooling off in the water, lounging in the sand, it is part romance and part relaxation rolled into one. For those of you who swim, you can actually swim from Nevada to California. That’s what makes staying in a beach rental in Incline Village special.

Incline Village has more beautiful luxury lodging than any other Tahoe community. Large estates are available as five star luxury rentals with gourmet kitchens, modern living spaces, comfortable bedrooms, plenty of bathrooms, some with private hot tubs, pool tables or more.

Sitting on the shoreline, beach rentals in Incline Village are usually condominiums. With just steps to the water you’ll find an array of custom home rentals from small to large with many features you’d expect in Incline Village accommodations. Perfect vacations start with great lodging in Incline Village Tahoe.

From luxury lakefront homes to beachfront condos or villas on the golf course rentals in Incline Village are the start of a perfect retreat. It’s come a long way from its historical logging and railroad roots, yet the natural setting on the shores of “the lake in the sky” mixed with the unique charm of the town and the top-class lodging makes Incline village a vacation experience found nowhere else.

South Lake Tahoe – A Water Lover’s Paradise

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Looking for paradise? Then look no further than South Lake Tahoe, which is the perfect oasis for you if you are a water loving outdoor enthusiast. With the lake’s crystal waters, forested pines and snow-covered mountain peaks, there is an abundance of things to do in this panoramic playground. The refreshing air and open space makes you feel happy – such a nice change from city congestion. And making reservations for your South Lake Tahoe summer vacation is easy and the ideal way to enjoy these surroundings in a vacation rental property along the water, in the marina or tucked into the forest yet close to all the activities.

Nobody has to be sold on wanting to experience the beautiful and fun water of Lake Tahoe. In 2012, Lake Tahoe won the “Best Lake in America” title: “Lake Tahoe has been named the “Best Lake in America,” according to results of a summer 2012 reader’s poll released by USA Today. Various magazine editors narrowed national nominations to the top 16; readers weighed in, and the largest and most popular alpine lake in North America took home top honors by garnering more than 5,000 votes via Facebook and Twitter.”

So, to make your vacation special, you’ll want a rental home that is as nice as your own home, or even a step up. Lake Tahoe was built with the idea that there are some people who like to stay in hotels, but there are others who want different kinds of vacation lodging. And fortunately for those folks, situated all through this breathtaking area there are many varieties of vacation homes and condos for rent, from quality-cozy to jaw-dropping luxurious.

If you want to “try on” some top-quality lakeside lodging, there is the Tahoe Keys, which is a marina with every house on the water in a bay, many with boat docks so you can bring your boat and pull it right up to the private dock. You’ll find that the home rentals in South Lake Tahoe come complete with fully-stocked kitchens with all the traditional appliances. Many have added gourmet kitchens, which is especially nice if your family is large and you want to have home cooked meals or parties. The living rooms have varieties of “entertainment centers” with TVs, DVD players, stereos and plenty of room so everyone in your group can spread out and not feel cramped. Many even have bonus rooms with game tables such as foos ball, ping pong or billiards. Of course a vacation wouldn’t be a vacation without a hot tub. And if you’re close to the lake or right on the beach, you’ll have a great day relaxing in the sun of South Lake Tahoe.

But if you believe that there are different strokes for different folks, then staying in a rustic cabin Lake Tahoe style may sound appealing to you where you can find some pretty fine examples of what life is like living beneath the firs and pines. Just moments from the city are the forests that line the perimeters of the lake, and a place away from the activities means you’ll hear the birds chirp and frogs croak at night. So if this is your idea of truly getting away from it all, some of the areas you might want to consider are the neighborhoods of Meyers or Kingsbury.

And what if you want something on the swanky side and are leaning toward a more high-end luxury property. Some travelers who only travel and stay in a “Ritz” property love the beach front homes and other vacation homes that have private indoor swimming pools. These are gorgeous properties are close to all the activities but just far enough to have some privacy. Many are right in South Lake Tahoe, nearby Zephyr Cove or just on the Nevada side of South Lake Tahoe in Stateline. Often these luxury vacation rentals are large enough for the entire family, grandma and the rest, to stay. And an extended family trip, groups of friends, or even a couple of families jointly off to the lake to share a vacation home is the new “in” thing.

As far as things to do – the “Lake of the Sky” offers plenty of hiking, biking, waterskiing, jet skiing, sailing, paddle boarding, fishing, kayaking and much more during the summer months. And if you love concerts, Harrah’s and Harvey’s Hotels (on the Nevada side of Tahoe) run a summer concert season with headline entertainment packed with amazing groups including Jefferson Starship, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Vanilla Ice, The Steve Miller Band, Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley and The Dave Matthew’s Band.

South Lake vacation rentals generally are placed around stunning Lake Tahoe so you can experience the most relaxing and convenient vacation possible. Whether you are visiting in the summer for the water activities and jumping nightlife, or decide to come up for the winter ski and snowboarding season at the three different resorts, you can find the perfect home or condo for you that makes it easy to take advantage of everything South Lake Tahoe offers to its visitors.

According to Jefferson Lanz of City Concierge, the vacation expert’s central reservation and concierge company that exclusively handles the reservations for these many different vacation rentals, also often puts together Lake Tahoe travel packages. And with the desirability of a “Get Into the Water” Lake Tahoe vacation, these special packages, as well as the best properties, are always subject to availability, so travelers will want to preserve their spots as soon as they can. City Concierge is the local authority to vacation planning in South Lake Tahoe and vacation rentals are our specialty. So we’d like to share a tip with you: for the best in lodging, consider the South Lake Tahoe home rentals for your upcoming vacation to beautiful blue Lake Tahoe.