November is known in Tahoe/Truckee as the region’s “secret season.” Leaves change colors, the weather is mild and crowds have thinned, making way for a more quiet, picturesque time in the mountains. Resorts cross their fingers for opening days this month, while community events help ramp everyone up for ski season and the holidays. You won’t want to miss an upscale chocolate and wine festival on the North Shore, South Shore’s annual Valhalla Holiday Faire or its holiday tree lighting at Heavenly, plus a ski and snowboard swap and a film fest in Truckee. Take it slow this month before the holiday rush, and wind down in Tahoe/Truckee.
Feature photo: Courtesy of Palisades Tahoe
North Lake Tahoe
Chocolate and Wine Festival
Is there anything better than chocolate and wine? Don’t miss the 32nd annual Tahoe Chocolate & Wine Festival, taking place in the elegant Lakeside Ballroom at the Hyatt in Incline Village. Taste artisan chocolate from local Tahoe purveyors, and sample boutique wine from acclaimed California vintners. There will also be a live auction, with all proceeds supporting local charitable programs.
More info: tahoechocolatefestival.org
Palisades Tahoe Opening Day
We’re all praying for snow, so keep your fingers crossed, then come kick off the season at Palisades Tahoe, scheduled to open for skiing and riding this month.
More info: palisadestahoe.com
South Lake Tahoe
Annual Valhalla Holiday Faire
Enjoy a favorite South Shore holiday tradition the weekend before Thanksgiving with the annual Valhalla Holiday Faire at the Heller Estate. Get a glimpse of Tahoe’s past while shopping for hand-made crafts, taking photos with Mr. and Mrs Claus, and enjoying local entertainment and holiday libations. Tahoe’s Children’s Choirs sing holiday songs throughout the day.
More info: valhallatahoe.com
Holiday Tree Lighting at Heavenly
Kick off this season’s celebrations with a 70-foot tall Christmas tree lighting. The Shops at Heavenly Village and Congressman Tom McClintock host this festive event.
More info: visitlaketahoe.com
Truckee Ski Swap
Check out the Annual Truckee Ski & Snowboard Swap for new and used winter gear to stoke out your season. Local reps from ski shops and resorts will be on hand to answer questions. There will be season passes, lift tickets, local gift cards and more available in a silent auction, with proceeds supporting Truckee Youth Sports Programs.
More info: tdrpd.org
Wild and Scenic Film Festival
This film fest features awe-inspiring, award-winning films about our natural world, the need for activism and outdoor adventure—with a cause. This year’s theme is Currents of Hope. Hosted by Mountain Area Preservation, the event is focused on utilizing film to promote stewardship, activism and positive change. The festival will include food, drinks, and a raffle.
More info: mountainareapreservation.org