Tahoe South Press Releases
Summer Activities Expand at Tahoe South
May 29, 2013 (South Lake Tahoe, Calif./Nev.) – Summer in Tahoe, “America’s Best Lake” (USA Today, Aug. 2012) is expanding activities for visitors as investors renovate and add to popular amenities, like bike trails, rock climbing, ziplining and dining.
For cyclists, park it and leave it. This summer visitors can ride to many of Tahoe South’s top attractions as bike projects come to fruition. A growing mix of bike paths and lanes cross South Shore providing cyclists a variety of views, from mountain meadows to neighborhoods and beaches.
Completion of America's Most Beautiful Bikeway - South Demonstration Project, a 3.2 mile route between Stateline and Round Hill on the Nevada side, is slated for completion in fall 2013 and allows access to Nevada Beach and beyond. The first mile of the project opened October 2012. The route is part of an eventual 30+ mile segment of the Nevada Stateline to Stateline Bikeway along the east shore. The route, which is ADA accessible, begins below Kahle Park.
El Dorado County’s Sawmill 2A Bike Path opened to the public from Lake Tahoe Boulevard to Echo View Estates subdivision in 2012. This year the path will extend to U.S. Highway 50 where the bike bridge meets Sawmill Road. This is critical link in the county’s plans to link Meyers (the gateway from Sacramento at the bottom of Echo Summit) to the “Y,” the intersection where Highway 50 meets Highway 89, in South Lake Tahoe.
Visitors can take advantage of weekly organized rides offered by Pearl Izumi bike shop, located at the Factory Stores at the Y. Tuesday rides are with Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association and road biking excursions on Wednesdays with Alta Alpina Cycling Women’s Club, both departing from the store at 5:30 p.m.
Heavenly Mountain Resort will increase summer adventure options at the top of the Gondola with a new, four-linezipline center, approximately 1,000 feet in length, located between the tubing hill and the Big Easy chair lift. The resort will also add two ropes courses, the Black Bear Challenge and the Boulder Cove Challenge, and a canopy tour, the Discovery Forest Canopy Tour. Construction is set to begin mid-June, with an estimated opening in either late summer or in time for the 2013-2014 winter season. These new activities will be open year-round, weather permitting.
The Discovery Forest Canopy Tour is a tree-based zipline tour that will give the visitor the feeling of entering and experiencing a raised village. Small gathering areas at both ends will allow the sharing of environmental and interpretive information between guides and visitors.
Black Bear Challenge adds a self-guided ropes course adjacent to the existing Bear Cave Children’s Ski & Ride School. Participants will be tethered to the structure with safety harness equipment and can move back and forth across the different climbing elements as well as vertically on different levels.
Boulder Cove Challenge is a self-guided challenge ropes course with a series of vertical wooden columns, platforms and rope walkways/bridges. The routes are designed to accommodate skill levels that range from the very young to the very athletic. Participants are outfitted with harnesses and secured to an overhead belay line.
The Heavenly Gondola whisks visitors up the mountain for adventure peak activities, including hiking and dining at Tamarack Lodge. The resort opens June 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for seven-day-a-week summer operations. www.heavenlymountainrun.com.
The Tahoe Queen paddlewheeler is flashing a new paint job this summer and a complete paddle retrofit estimated at $100,000 investment in the Tahoe landmark. The boat was pulled off line in April but will be open to the public again in early May.
The nights will sizzle with $1 million in entertainment plans and renovations PEEK, the popular nightclub at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe. MontBleu keeps the party going with Boogie Nights at Blu every Saturday. The nightclub installed a $30,000 LED dance floor that grooves with the music.
The City of South Lake Tahoe is once again sponsoring The Live at Lakeview Summer Music Series. The free concerts return to Lakeview Commons every Thursday this summer starting June 20 through Aug. 29 (excluding July 4).
The Timbers (formerly the Timber House) at Lakeside Inn and Casino completed more than $125,000 in improvements that include contemporary décor, limestone entry, concrete floors, patinaed steel accents and feature walls. Innovative menu items have been added to the traditional favorites.
At Himmel Haus pull up a communal table and ask for a 3-litter Boot. Patrons can challenge their companions to a game of foosball or electronic darts while watching the game on any of the multiple TV screens, all added this year. Opened in 2012, the German eatery and with American and California twists recently added a stage in the dining room to accommodate more live music acts. Included in the ambience are dining tables built by owner Zak Latzka from locally milled reclaimed wood.
Base Camp Pizza located in the Heavenly Village opened last summer and added an outdoor bar with additional seating along with fire pits for cool summer nights.
Al Fresco 1181 a 1,000 square-ft. outdoor event/dining space ideal for gatherings of 30-65, opened last summer adjacent to the family-owned Passaretti's Italian Restaurant located at the “Y” off of Highway 89.
Belly up to the bar for craft beers, local wines, a cocktail or a cup of Joe at the 968 Park Hotel CoffeePub. Friday evenings offer free wine tasting from El Dorado wineries while Saturdays include live acoustic music in the bar or when weather allows at a newly remodeled pool. In addition, the environmental-friendly LEED-compliant, boutique hotel has added a Keurig single-serve coffee maker in every room.
For real time updates on events, promotions, packages, conditions and events in Tahoe South, The Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority is on Facebook: www.facebook.com/TahoeSouth, Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TahoeSouth, YouTube: www.youtube.com/LTVA. For Tahoe South information: 1-800-288-2463 or www.tahoesouth.com.
Contact: Jenn Boyd or Phil Weidinger, Weidinger Public Relations, 775-588-2412 or [email protected]
About the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
Designated the “America’s Best Lake” by USA TODAY readers (2012), Tahoe South combines the distinctive appeal of two worlds: spectacular natural beauty and a modern tourism destination with an array of outdoor recreation, entertainment, nightlife and gaming. Tahoe’s timeless splendor and an emerging economic diversity toward health and wellness, green business practices and sustainability continue to define its inimitable personality. For information about lodging, recreation and family packages at Tahoe South, call 1-800-288-2463 or log onto www.TahoeSouth.com.