The temperatures have dropped fast in North Lake Tahoe, and the local ski resorts are busy hosting job fairs and firing up their snow guns.
Mount Rose opened on October 27th with limited operations, and once Northstar California, Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows and others follow suit with a solid layer of white on their trails, then they’ll be announcing their opening dates, too.
All sorts of gyms around North Lake Tahoe are offering winter conditioning classes to help you get your ski legs ready for the snow. The Incline Recreation Center hosts group classes that focus on strength, balance, endurance, flexibility, and coordination three days a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Sundays from 9am-10am.
On November 7, Incline Elementary School will be hosting its 5th Annual Dia De Los Muertos celebration.
From 5-7pm, the community can enjoy games, crafts, traditional Mexican dance, a student art gallery, ofrenda, Latino food for purchase, and a homemade salsa-making contest. Money raised from this event will support literacy efforts at IES, so come celebrate Day of the Dead at IES this fall.
While you’re out shopping for the holidays, consider stopping by Gus’ Open Pit Barbeque in Incline Village on November 17. From 5:30pm-7:30pm, local plein air artist Monika Johnson will help you paint your very own version of Lake Tahoe that you can give to that special someone or hang proudly on your wall. Reserve your canvas for the Nov. 17 event at Gus’ BBQ at Easel and Wine.
Since we’re on the topic of food, where are the best places to have Thanksgiving dinner in North Lake Tahoe? If you are looking for an intimate lake-view setting with upscale options, check out Gar Woods Grill & Pier on Carnelian Bay (530-546-3366 or 775-883-1234), the Lone Eagle Grille in Incline Village (775-886-6899), or River Ranch (530-583-4264) on the Truckee River at Alpine Meadows. (Be sure to make reservations ahead.)
If you want to spend Thanksgiving in a more enlivened, merrier atmosphere, then head over to the North Tahoe Event Center in Kings Beach for its 5th Annual Tahoe Community Thanksgiving Celebration. Starting at 2pm – 6:30pm, people can enjoy food, fun, live music, and even go home with leftovers. This Thanksgiving celebration is open to the public and is the kickoff party of Toys 4 Tots.
— Kayla Anderson