Snow Castle in Squaw Valley, Kid-O-Rama Week February 2013

Snow Castle in Squaw Valley, Kid-O-Rama Week February 2013

Snow Castle in Squaw Valley, Kid-O-Rama Week February 2013 Squaw Valley is known for its premiere skiing, and luxury resort living.  This week, February 15 – 23, Squaw Valley will host a week long children event with their Kid-O-Rama extravaganza, featuring a real life sized snow castle!

The Kid-O-Rama extravaganza is just in time for the President’s Holiday weekend!  What a great way to spend the winter holiday than by enjoying all that Lake Tahoe and Squaw Valley have to offer!

Don’t let the name fool you, the Kid-O-Rama event will offer non-stop fun for kids of all ages. New this year is an enormous castle made entirely of snow located at the SnoVentures Activity Zone, which is located by the Far East Express chair lift at the east end of the Squaw Valley Village parking lot in Olympic Valley, California 96146.

The snow castle is 5,000 square feet and was built using 30,000 cubic feet of snow and features four towers, three slides, and four staircases.

The Kid-O-Rama Castle is now open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is FREE to tour.  The castle will remain open provided weather conditions permit use.

Here is the schedule of some of the other Kid-O-Rama events in Squaw Valley this week:

Kid-O-Rama Week, Squaw Valley, February 15 – 23, 2013

Saturday, February 16, 2013,  2 p.m. – 5 p.m.  Kid-O-Rama Street Party  Meet in the Events Plaza at the Village at Squaw Valley for the Kid-O-Rama Street Party featuring, a DJ, face painting, and glow sticks galore.

Saturday and Sunday, February 16 and 17, 2013, 5p.m. – 7 p.m.  SnowVentures Party and S’mores  After checking out the Kid-O-Rama Castle, enjoy s’mores.

Saturday – Saturday, February 16 -23, 2013, 9:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Teen Group Ski or Snowboard Lessons – Teens (ages 13-18) can ski, or snowboard on Squaw Valley’s terrain with friends their own age and similar ability levels every morning of Kid-O-Rama week.  Special pricing – $89 for lesson only, or $149 for lesson and lift ticket.  Save $20 by booking online three days in advance.  Call 1-800-403-0206 to book a reservation.

Thursday, February 21, 2013, 3p.m. – 5p.m. Kid-O-Rama Big Truck Night  Who isn’t impressed by a big truck, or the massive machinery that it takes to make the ski mountain a great place to be.  This is your chance to check out the big trucks and equipment that make the mountain work.  Meet the drivers who operate these machines at the Tram Promenade (next to the Funitel) in the Village at Squaw Valley.

Friday, February 22, 2013,  1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Kid-O-Rama Dance Party on Ice The party on ice will take place at the High Camp in Squaw Valley.  Ice skating is $12 for adults, $6 for kids.  Fee includes skate rentals, but does not include the Tram Ticket fee to get to High Camp.

Saturday, February 23, 2013, 11 a.m. –  12:30 p.m. Snowbomb Lil’ Air Mountain Festival Children 12 and younger can show off their park skills.  Registration is $10 on the day of the event and there are prizes for all participants.  Meet at the SnoVentures area at Squaw Valley.  Registration is from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., ad practice is from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

All Week Long – February 15 – 23, 2013, The Crafts Room will be Open The kids craft game room will be open all week in the Palisades Room in the Village at Squaw Valley.  Kids can play ping pong, air hockey, foosball, and cornhhole, along with arts and crafts.  Game room is $10 per child, and complimentary to Village guests.  For more information www.squaw.com/the-village.

For more information on the Kid-O-Rama week click here.

Take advantage of the upcoming holiday weekend and check out the Snow Castle in Squaw Valley, during Kid-O-Rama Week February 2013!

For all of your Tahoe real estate needs – Laura Allen, 530.414.1260, Broker Associate, REALTOR®, CRS, ABR®, RSPS, ePRO, Previews Property Specialist,  Laura@TahoeLaura.com  DRE# 01473598 www.TahoeLauraLuxuryHomes.com ,  Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Tahoe City, California.

Snow Castle in Squaw Valley, Kid-O-Rama Week February 2013

Romantic dinners on Valentine’s Day in North Lake Tahoe, California

Romantic dinners on Valentine’s Day in North Lake Tahoe, California

Romantic dinners on Valentine’s Day in North Lake Tahoe, CaliforniaIt’s that time of year when you can almost smell the flowers, or taste the sweet candy.  This year Valentine’s Day falls on Thursday, February 14, 2013.

Perhaps you’re a true romantic and you’ll celebrate on Valentine’s Day on February 14, or if you’re like me and my Sweetheart, we’ll wait and go out this weekend.

If you’ll be in North Lake Tahoe on Valentine’s Day, or for this coming President’s Holiday Weekend, here are a few of my favorite romantic area restaurants that are always a hit for dinner.

Romantic dinners on Valentine’s Day in North Lake Tahoe, CaliforniaGraham’s – 1650 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley, CA Reservations 530.581.0454 www.dinewine.com

Graham’s offers unique California cuisine with a European influence.  They offer a full bar and an extensive world class, award winning wine list with over 800 bottles to choose from.    The atmosphere is always inviting with white table linens, candle light, and during the winter you’ll enjoy the warmth and glow of the wood burning fireplaces.  Graham’s is located near the Village at Squaw Valley and reservations are highly recommended for this local area favorite.

Romantic dinners on Valentine’s Day in North Lake Tahoe, CaliforniaSoule Domain – 9983 Cove Street, Crystal Bay, CA Reservations 530.546.7529 www.SouleDomain.com

Soule Domain offers a variety of California cuisine.  This cozy and romantic restaurant is set in a Tahoe log cabin with a rock fireplace.  You’ll find the mountain charm of this place inviting and romantic.  Soule Domain is located just past Kings Beach, at the California / Nevada Stateline in Crystal Bay.  Reservations are highly recommended for this romantic local favorite.

Romantic dinners on Valentine’s Day in North Lake Tahoe, CaliforniaChristy Hill – 115 Grove Street, Tahoe City, California Reservations 530.583.8551 www.ChristyHillcom

Christy Hill offers a variety of seasonal California cuisine with a French influence.  They have an extensive wine by the glass and wine list.  This intimate lakeside restaurant offers wonderful views of Lake Tahoe perfect for a romantic evening.  Christy Hill is located in the heart of downtown Tahoe City, California.  Reservations are highly recommended for this popular lake view restaurant.

All three restaurants will be open for dinner on February 14, 2013 to celebrate this day of love and romance!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

If you’re in the mood for a romantic dinner on Valentine’s Day in North Lake Tahoe, California now is the time to make your reservations!

Romantic dinners on Valentine’s Day in North Lake Tahoe, California

For all of your Tahoe real estate needs – Laura Allen, 530.414.1260, Broker Associate, REALTOR®, CRS,

Laura@TahoeLaura.com  DRE# 01473598 www.TahoeLauraLuxuryHomes.com  Tahoe City, California.

Romantic dinners on Valentine’s Day in North Lake Tahoe, California

New Year’s Eve Fireworks – Squaw Valley, California – December 31, 2012

New Year’s Eve Fireworks – Squaw Valley, California – December 31, 2012 

New Year’s Eve Fireworks - Squaw Valley, California – December 31, 2012  If you’ll be in the Squaw Valley area on December 31, 2012, plan to be at the KT Base Bar area to watch the Free Fireworks that will start at 9 p.m. After the fireworks, if you’re over the age of 21, the Olympic House will be the place to be.  A $10 cover charge at the door will get you in and you’ll be able to keep the party going and bring in the New Year in style!

Here is the schedule of their events:

New Year’s Eve – Squaw Valley, California – December 31, 2012 

9 p.m. Fireworks at the Squaw Valley Village.  Best viewing area will be at the KT Base Bar area, but if you have a view of the Squaw Valley ski slopes you’ll have a view of the fireworks!

9:30 p.m. until Closing – The Olympic House $10 cover charge must be 21+

For more information on events at Squaw Valley check out their website at www.squaw.com

Happy New Year!

There are a lot of ways to get home safely.  Check out the Tahoe area bus system for their expanded night service for a free ride.  Service will run until 2 a.m.  Be safe, don’t drink and drive!

Check out the fireworks at Squaw Valley, California tonight, December 31, 2012! 
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New Year’s Eve Fireworks – Squaw Valley, California – December 31, 2012 

New Year’s Eve – Northstar, California – December 31, 2012

New Year’s Eve – Northstar, California – December 31, 2012 

New Year’s Eve – Northstar, California – December 31, 2012It’s the last day of 2012 and if you’re still trying to decide how you’ll spend New Year’s Eve, consider the FREE events and activities that are planned at Northstar, tonight New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2012.

Northstar does a great job with their annual Fire and Ice New Year’s Eve Celebration, which is appropriate for all ages.  Dress warmly as the weather for tonight is expected to be clear, but cold with temperatures down into the single digits!

Here is the schedule of their events:

New Year’s Eve – Northstar, California – December 31, 2012 

12 noon  – 3 p.m. DJ Fidjital will be playing in the Northstar Village

4:45 p.m.   Northstar will be putting on a Ripperroo Parade for all ages (Ripperroo is the ski and snowboard mascot), beads, noise makers, singing, dancing, you get the idea, and should be a lot of fun for everyone.  The parade will be in the Village

7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Enjoy an evening with live music by Livin’ on a Prayer.  This live band will play at the ice skating rink stage, so get there early to get a good spot to watch the performance.

9 p.m.  Fireworks at Northstar at 9 p.m.

For more information check out their website at www.northstarcalifornia.com

We went and celebrated at Northstar last year.  Take a look at last New Year’s Eve in Northstar!

 Happy New Year!

Don’t forget Alpine Meadows will start the celebrations early with their afternoon kick-off party.  Remember if you drink, don’t drive.  Check out the Tahoe area bus system for their expanded night service for a safe ride home.

See you at the New Year’s Eve celebration in Northstar, California tonight, December 31, 2012! 

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New Year’s Eve – Northstar, California – December 31, 2012 

Torchlight Parade – Christmas Eve in Squaw Valley, California 2012

Torchlight Parade – Christmas Eve in Squaw Valley, California 2012

Torchlight Parade – Christmas Eve in Squaw Valley, California 2012If you’ll be spending the holidays here in the North Lake Tahoe area, one local Tahoe favorite is to watch the Torchlight Parade at Squaw Valley, California on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2012.

The Torchlight Parade will begin at 6 p.m. and the best viewing will be at the KT Base Bar area.  Events do start on time, and if you do get there a little early you’ll have time to grab a hot chocolate from Starbucks in the Squaw Valley Village, or to get a libation at the KT Base Bar.

Dress warmly as the weather is forecasted to be cold and with the big winter weather snow storm we are about to get in the next few days right before the big holiday, you may need extra time to just get around.

My family went last year, so check out last year’s Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade video in Squaw Valley.  Get ready for some Tahoe holiday magic!

Here are the details:

Torchlight Parade – Christmas Eve in Squaw Valley, California 2012 Torchlight Parade – Christmas Eve in Squaw Valley, California 2012

Where: KT Base Bar, The Village at Squaw Valley, Olympic Valley, CA.  While you’ll be able to see the Torchlight Parade from any location that has a view of the Squaw Valley Ski Resort Mountain, being at the KT Base Bar is going to give you a great place to view the event.

When:  Monday, December 31, 2012 –  6 p.m.

For more information on all of the holiday events going on in Squaw Valley, check out their website: http://www.squaw.com/

If you’ll be in the greater Tahoe City area for the holidays make sure you watch the holiday Torchlight Parade in Squaw Valley this year!

See you at the Torchlight Parade on Christmas Eve in Squaw Valley, California!

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Torchlight Parade – Christmas Eve in Squaw Valley, California 2012

New Year’s Eve in Alpine Meadows, California – December 2012

New Year’s Eve in Alpine Meadows, California – December 2012

New Year’s Eve in Alpine Meadows, California Are you ready to get your New Year’s Eve celebrations off to an early start?  Check out the Alpine Meadows afternoon New Year’s Eve celebration on Monday, December 31, 2012.

Alpine Meadows will host an après-ski New Year’s celebration from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Alpine Bar this New Year’s Eve! The Alpine Meadows après party is the perfect way to jump-start the holiday fun!

They will feature festive cocktails and live music.  The Alpine Meadows New Year’s kickoff celebration invites skiers and riders to join in late afternoon party fun.

Here are the details:

New Year’s Eve in Alpine Meadows, California – December 2012

Where: Alpine Meadow Ski Resort at the Alpine Bar, 2600 Alpine Meadows Road, Alpine Meadows, California

When:  Monday, December 31, 2012 –  2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information www.SkiAlpine.com or 800.403.0206

If you’ll be in the greater Tahoe City area for the holidays and are making your plans for New Year’s Eve, check out the afternoon celebration at Alpine Meadows Ski Resort!

Start your countdown to midnight at the New Year’s Eve afternoon celebration at the Alpine Meadows Ski Resort on December 31, 2012!


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Toys for Tots, River Ranch Lodge – Alpine Meadows, California

Toys for Tots, River Ranch Lodge – Alpine Meadows, California

The River Ranch Lodge and the United States Marine Corps Reserve are hosting the last of their Toys for Tots Collection Party tonight, Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at the River Ranch Lodge in Alpine Meadows, California.

Toys for Tots, River Ranch Lodge - Alpine Meadows, California This is your last chance to have some holiday fun and be a part of the Toys for Tots kick-off parties.    Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage along with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots campaign has set a goal to collect 1,500 toys for local North Lake Tahoe children in need and they are well on their way, but the still need your help.

You’ll find toy collection sites through-out the North Lake Tahoe – Truckee area in many local businesses, but the final drop-off deadline is only 2 days away – Friday, December 14, 2012.

The River Ranch will be offering discounted appetizers, free s’mores, cookies, and cocoa will be served, along with half priced dinners and $3 cocktails.  There will also be live music by the North Tahoe Jazz Band.

Toys for Tots, River Ranch Lodge - Alpine Meadows, California Here are the details:

Toys for Tots, River Ranch Lodge – Alpine Meadows, California

Where: River Ranch Lodge, Highway 89 South and Alpine Meadows Road, Alpine Meadows, California

When:  Wednesday, December 12, 2012 –  5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Cost:  Bring a new, unwrapped toy for children ages newborn to 17 years

To make a donation, contact Elaine Durazo, LCO at 530.583.5581, or check out http://TahoeTruckee.ToysForTots.com

If you don’t know what toy to buy you can always write a check (make it payable to “Toys for Tots Tahoe-Truckee”) and give a monetary donation.  Any new, unwrapped toy/gift is greatly appreciated.

There are only two more days after today to get your new, unwrapped toy to a donation center.  Tonight is the last chance to enjoy a Toys for Tots Kick-Off party.

If you miss tonight, don’t forget Moody’s Bistro in Truckee is giving each customer one drink and/or dessert with every toy donated by December 14, 2012, so even if you can’t get to the last kick-off party there are still many ways to enjoy in the collection efforts.

Every gift and donation counts!  This is your chance to make a difference in a holiday for the local Tahoe-Truckee area children so come out and have some fun at the River Ranch Lodge event and bring a new toy!

See you at Toys for Tots, River Ranch party tonight, Wednesday, December 12, 2012 in Alpine Meadows, California!

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For all of your Tahoe real estate needs – Laura Allen, 530.414.1260, Broker Associate, REALTOR®, CRS, ABR®, RSPS, ePRO, Previews Property Specialist,  Laura@TahoeLaura.com  DRE# 01473598 www.TahoeLauraLuxuryHomes.com ,  Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Tahoe City, California.

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