The middle of winter is upon us and there’s no better way to get into the season’s spirit than with this month’s plethora of snow-centric events. From a 10-day Snowfest featuring a polar bear swim to a week-long, slopeside kid celebration to live music on the mountain to a scenic gondola ride to a twilight snowshoe tour — take advantage of all the area has to offer this February.
Featured Photo: Alpenglow Speaker Series, Hilaree Nelson / Courtesy of Chris Figenshau
North Lake Tahoe
Alpenglow Winter Speaker Series
February 3 and 17
Adventurer Hilaree Nelson (February 3) will share stories from an expedition to interior Antarctica. Conrad Anker and Malik Martin (February 17), who met during the filming of the documentary “Black Ice,” which follows a group of aspiring ice climbers from the Memphis Rox gym to the frozen wilds of Montana, will discuss the documentary and bringing inclusivity to the outdoors.
More info: alpenglowsports.com
February 25-March 6
For 40 years, North Shore’s famed Snowfest has been celebrating the coming of spring season (hello amazing weather and fewer crowds!). The 10-day winter festival features a parade, fireworks show, beer block party, polar bear swim, a luau, dog pull and more.
More info: tahoesnowfest.org
South Lake Tahoe
Scenic gondola ride
Even if you don’t ski or ride, you can still experience one of the best views of Lake Tahoe with a nearly 2.5-mile scenic gondola ride up Heavenly Mountain Resort. Stop at the Observation Deck for panoramic views of the lake and the surrounding Sierra Nevada mountains. Perfect for a Valentine’s Day date.
More info: skiheavenly.com
The Beach Boys
For almost six decades, The Beach Boys’ music has embodied California culture and has been an indelible part of American history. See their hits live, like “God Only Knows,” “California Girls,” and “Surfin’ USA” when the band comes to the South Shore Room at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe.
More info: southshoreroom.com
Rockin' the Bowl weekend music series at Sugar Bowl
Saturdays and Sundays
Get your groove on at Sugar Bowl Resort every weekend this month. Dance to live music and DJ sets every Saturday and Sunday from 1-4pm on the Village Deck and Judah Deck.
More info: sugarbowl.com/events
Twilight Snowshoe Tour
February 5 and 19
This two-hour tour begins at the Cross Country Ski, Telemark & Snowshoe Center at 5pm and sets off through the pine tree-lined forest, ending at The Village at Northstar’s fire pits with a cup of hot chocolate.
More info: northstarcalifornia.com