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                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Squaw Valley Lodge offers
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ideal location, amenities
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Nestled slope side at the base of Squaw               plus three terrain parks, one regular half-pipe
                                                                                                                                                                                                Valley USA the Squaw Valley Lodge offers                and one super-pipe. There is plenty of variety
                                                                                                                                                                                                spacious and well appointed accommoda-                  to satisfy the tastes of all alpine enthusiasts.
                                                                                                                                                                                                tions and Ski-in/Ski-out convenience to                 At Squaw Valley, the fun continues after dark
                                                                                                                                                                                                some of the world’s greatest skiing and                 as the resort is one of the only areas in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                snowboarding while just steps from din-                 Sierra to offer the thrill of night skiing and
                                                                                                                                                                                                ing, shopping and nightlife.                            riding until 9 p.m. during the high season.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lodge guests can unwind in the complimen-               Downhill skiing and riding are just one
                                                                                                                                                                                                tary private health club and spa with sauna,            option for outdoor winter recreation at the
                                                                                                                                                                                                steam room, complete exercise facility, three           Squaw Valley Lodge. Guests can explore
                                                                                                                                                                                                each outdoor and indoor spas. Massage                   miles of Lake Tahoe wilderness on snow-
                                                                                                                                                                                                therapy is also available. The Squaw Valley             mobile or go for a spin on one of several
                                                                                                                                                                                                Lodge features large and elegantly appointed            unique mountain ice-rinks including Squaw
                                                                                                                                                                                                condominium studios, one, two and three                 Valley’s mountain-top rink accessed via the
                                                                                                                                                                                                bedroom condominium suites with meticu-                 aerial cable car. The Squaw Valley meadow
                                                                                                                                                                                                lously equipped mini kitchens, oversized                is home to 18km of trails perfect for an
                                                                                                                                                                                                baths and designer furnishings.                         afternoon cross country ski, snowshoe hike
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        or a spirited sled ride behind a team of sled
                                                                                                                                                                                                  But a stay at the Squaw Valley Lodge also             dogs. In the afternoon, romantic horse drawn
                                                                                                                                                                                                puts guests just steps from 4,000 acres of the          sleigh rides wind through the meadow under
                                                                                                                                                                                                most legendary slopes available in the United           the sierra sky.
                                                                                                                                                                                                States. As host of the VIII Winter Olympic
                                                                                                                                                                                                Games, Squaw Valley USA continues to offer                Guests at the Squaw Valley Lodge are with-
                                                                                                                                                                                                an exciting destination for skiers and snow-            in a short drive to eight more ski resorts and
                                                                                                                                                                                                boarders of all ages with 34 lifts accessing            a short walk to dozens of shops, boutiques
                                                                                                                                                                                                miles of wide open bowls, boulevards of                 and a wide variety of restaurants.
                                                                                                                                                                                                beginner cruisers, thousands of feet of verti-             For more information call 877.200.4234, or
                                                                                                                                                                                                cal filled with bumps, steeps, and glades,              visit

                                                                                                                                                                                                    The largest selection of vacation rentals
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 at Lake Tahoe
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Northern Californians are quite lucky that            the site allows users to refine their search
                                                                                                                                                                                                Lake Tahoe has more rental homes than any               and choose from beautiful mountain homes,

                                                                                                                                                                                                mountain resort in the world, which results             large waterfront properties and cozy ski
                                                                                                                                                                                                in very reasonable rental prices. When vaca-            condos.
                                                                                                                                                                                                tioning with family and friends, staying in a             There are a host of options to meet the

                                                                                                                                                                                                house has many advantages other than price              needs and tastes of all visitors, whether they
                                                                                                                                                                                                alone. Kids can have their own rooms, and               are planning a family vacation or a romantic
                                                                                                                                                                                                friends and family can spend time together              retreat for two.
                                                                                                                                                                                                around the dining table and fireplace as well
                                                                                                                                                                                                as enjoy a private hot tub.                               Lake Tahoe Accommodations is giving two
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        prizes to readers of The Examiner: a Grand
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lake Tahoe Accommodations takes the                   Prize of four nights accommodations and a
                                                                                                                                                                                                chore out of the Tahoe vacation planning                Secondary Prize of two nights in any avail-
                                                                                                                                                                                                effort. Its website permits visitors to view and        able property (which could sleep upwards of
                                                                                                                                                                                                select from hundreds of quality vacation rent-          14 persons). All entrants to the contest will
                                                                                                                                                                                                als located in all the popular areas of Lake            receive a $50 Gift Certificate good for any
                                                                                                                                                                                                Tahoe including: South Lake Tahoe, North                non-holiday booking good for one year. To
                                                                                                                                                                                                Lake Tahoe, Incline Village and more.                   enter to win visit
                                                                                                                                                                                                  All properties have virtual tours winter and            View all the properties on
                                                                                                                                                                                                summer, showing the inside of all rooms. To    or give us a call
                                                                                                                                                                                                help visitors find their ideal vacation setting,        at 877.497.2069 24/7

                                        Lake Tahoe Accommodations offers the largest
                                         selection of vacation rentals at Lake Tahoe.                                                                                                                                                                  6821 West Lake Blvd – PO BOX 234
                                           Staying in a house has many advantages: Kids can have their own rooms; friends and family can spend                                                                                                                        Tahoma, CA 96142
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        (866) 525-1553

                                        time together around the dining table and fireplace and enjoy a private hot-tub. Our website permits visitors
                                         to view and select from hundreds of quality vacation rentals located in all the popular areas of Lake Tahoe.
                                          All properties have virtual tours, winter and summer, showing the neighborhoods and inside every room.
                                                           View all the properties on
                                                                    or give us a call at 877 497-2069 24/7
                                                                    ENTER TO WIN at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Holiday House
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   At the Holiday House you will enjoy six lakefront suites with panoramic views
                                                                                                                                                                                             overlooking beautiful Lake Tahoe and the surrounding Sierra Mountains. We are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   walking distance to some of the finest restaurants on the North Shore. For evening
                                         2 Prizes are offered to readers of the SF Examiner, a Grand Prize of 4 nights accommodations and a Secondary Prize of 2 nights in any                                                     e
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   entertainment and gambling, the Casinos are just a 7 minute drive. All suites have
                                           available property of the 300 managed by Lake Tahoe Accommodations which can sleep upwards of 14 persons. Additionally, each                                                                       eq
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      a fully equipped kitchen, TV, phone, internet, amazing views and sunny decks.
                                        prize will include free adult ski lift tickets at 4 Lake Tahoe ski resorts and free ski or snowboard rentals. These prizes must be redeemed                                                            The Holiday House has a fun and relaxed atmosphere. We love pets
                                         by March 31, 2011. Also, all entrants to the contest will receive a $50 Gift Certificate good for any non-holiday booking good through                                                                 and welcome them to enjoy our piece of Heaven. For larger families or
                                        February 28, 2012. No purchase necessary to enter. Void where prohibited. For full contest rules go to                                                                   c
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               couples traveling together, a two bedroom two bathroom unit with a full
                                                                                     Must be at least 21 to enter. Limit one coupon per family.                                                                                                k
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               kitchen is also available. Please visit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             7276 N. Lake Blvd | P.O. Box 229 | Tahoe Vista, CA 96148

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             (800) 294-6378 or (530) 546-2369
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 Winter is here and the best way to beat that cabin fever and keep momentum with those
New Year’s resolutions is a fun-filled weekend getaway to breathtaking Lake Tahoe with
Hauserman Rental Group!
 Condos and cabins, lakefronts and riverfronts, Hauserman Rental Group features over 200
rental properties on the North and West Shores of Tahoe, plus Alpine Meadows and Olympic
Valley. We also offer dog-friendly houses and provide a wide range of amenities including
discounted lift tickets, hot tubs and saunas and in the summer, private beaches, pools, ten-
nis courts and buoy access. With over 40 years of experience and office hours seven days
a week plus 24/7 online booking, our knowledgeable and friendly agents will help you relax,
explore and enjoy Tahoe through a very “local” experience.

   DOG FRIENDLY PROPERTIES                                        SKI HAVENS

   Dogs are a go-everywhere part of the               Complimenting the array of high-end prop-
 family. Bring your best friend to share in         erties is the bulk of our business: convenient
 your winter vacation! Go on adventures,            and affordable condos and houses! We
 cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or just         have mid-range properties that can accom-
 playing in the snow. With so many dog-             modate small to large groups that are just a
 friendly activities at the resorts and around      short drive to the ski resorts. Hit the powder
 town, the pooch can come along almost              during the day then warm your bones by
 anywhere! And with 1/3 of our rental prop-         the fire in one of our cozy and inviting ski
 erties welcoming dogs, your Tahoe vacation         havens.
 rental will feel even more like a home away          Leveen: Beautiful large 4 bedroom/3 bath
 from home!                                         home in secluded Ward Valley with breath-
                                                    takingly serene surroundings. This home is a
                                                    very special Tahoe treasure for your week-
                                                    end getaway or extended vacation. Terrific
        LUXURY PROPERTIES                           for families, friends, colleagues- bring the
                                                    dog in the summer and fall! Walk to Sher-
   Hauserman Rental Groups also features            wood Express chairlift to Alpine Meadows
 many high-end and lake-front homes to              Ski Resort or hit the trails at Ward Canyon.
 accommodate those very special occasions 
 when you need extra room for the entire
                                                      Squaw Valley Condo #9: Within walking

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 family and want to create memories that will
 last for years to come. Just a sampling of         distance of the lifts and Village at Squaw
 our luxury properties include:                     Valley, this nicely furnished 2 bedroom/2
                                                    bath condo will put you right where the
                                                    action is. Only minutes to the Cable Car,
   Bella Vista: A private road leads to this        shopping and nightlife, you’ll be having fun
 amazing 4 bedroom home that is situated            before anyone else. Walk to the Village
 on an incredible estate-like setting with          at Squaw Valley, but escape to the quiet
 views of the lake and manicured grounds            comfort of this cozy condo nestled against
 surrounding it. WHAT A VIEW!! Bella Vista          the dramatic cliffs of Olympic Valley. Ideal
 is a very spacious home which has been             setting in every season, more information
 professionally decorated with high-end             at:
 quality furnishings throughout. Kitchen and        valley-9
 baths are custom designed and the house
 boasts an exquisitely appointed large dining            COBBLESTONE CENTER
 room that is perfect for your family dinner.              AND TAHOE CITY
 On the main level is the gourmet kitchen
 with 2 ovens, private dining room that sits          Not only does the Cobblestone Center in
 14, full bath off living room that has a beauti-   downtown Tahoe City feature the offices
 ful gas fireplace, large 1080 flat screen TV,      of Hauserman Rental Group and Brokers
 telescope for viewing the lake, as well as         Dan Hauserman and Russ Baruh, it is also
 spacious den with TV/DVD, stereo & 1/2             the home to dozens of shops, restaurants,
 bath attached. Rates from $900/night. More         activity vendors, salons and even a movie
 information about Bella Vista at                   theatre! Check out the list of sight-seeing            opportunities at

   Hoeck Lakefront: This 5 BR home affords                   WINTER ACTIVITIES
 its renters all of the finest touches, offering      Whether you want to hit the slopes, go
 a most spectacular lakefront experience!           snowmobiling, take the kids sledding or
 A fabulous Tahoe vacation rental home              find the best place to sit by a fire and enjoy
 with private pier and rocky beach, it also         a heartwarming meal – you can find many
 welcomes the family dog, the poker player,         options at and
 pool shark, & bartender, the princess, the
 director & producer, and the captain & skip-         Hauserman Rental Group is your one-
 per! The Hoeck Lakefront has almost every          stop-shop to get information on Lake Tahoe
 amenity you could dream of for a Tahoe             Vacation Rentals. Our office is open 7 days
 getaway, including an elevator! Panoramic          a week and you can book your vacation
 views are flaunted from every room in the          24 hours a day on
 house. Rates from $630/night. More informa-        We’ve been in business since 1966 and look
 tion Hoeck Lakefront can be found at www.          forward to working with you to book your              next Tahoe Vacation!

                 Hauserman Rental Group
             475 North Lake Blvd, Tahoe City, CA 95145, (800) 20-TAHOE, (530) 587-3793

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                                                                                                                                           Timeless Cottage Inn offers taste of Old Tahoe
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                                        The Most                                                                                            Although the appeal of the Lake Tahoe           room with a queen bed and sitting area. All

                                        Charming                                                                                          region is timeless, it isn't always easy for
                                                                                                                                          visitors to get a taste of Old Tahoe.
                                                                                                                                                                                            are available with fireplaces, televisions and
                                                                                                                                                                                            video tape players, and each with its own
                                                                                                                                                                                            special decor. The Cottage Inn is ideal for
                                             Place at                                                                                       However, that is exactly the look and atmo-

                                                                                                                                                                                            anglers, skiers, honeymooners or any guests
                                                                                                                                          sphere of the Cottage Inn of Lake Tahoe.          (age 12 and older).
                                                                                                                                            The cottages were built by the Pomin family

                                                                                                                                                                                              The Cottage Inn also offers private sauna,
                                                                                                                                          in 1938 in "Old Tahoe" style with knotty pine     beach access and snowy paths through
                                                                                                                                          paneling throughout. All rooms except the         picturesque wilderness. Included in the room
                                                                                                                                          loft suite are single level and offer private     charge is a hearty country breakfast from
                                                                                                                                          entrances and newly remodeled private             their own kitchen, served daily in the dining
                                        Your Stay Includes                                                                                baths with ceramic tile showers. Some rooms       room or on a lovely outdoor deck in the sum-
                                                                                                                                          have a view of the lake through the pines.
                                          Full Breakfast                                                                                                                                    mertime.
                                                                                                                                          Accommodations range from cozy studios
                                           in the Lodge                                                                                   with queen, or twin beds in a rustic log cabin.     The Cottage Inn is conveniently located
                                                                                                                                          Each room has its own unique theme with an        close to numerous regional attractions at
                                                                                                                                          inviting stone fireplace, television, VCR and     1690 W. Lake Blvd. in Tahoe City. For more

                                         530.581.4073        1690 W. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, CA               minifridge. The cottage suites offer a bed-       information visit

                                                                                                                                                    Tahoe’s Charming Mountain Chalet
                                                                                                                                            The Stanford Alpine Chalet is a charming
                                                                                                                                          mountain retreat offering individual accom-
                                                                                                                                          modations and exclusive use for groups.
                                                                                                                                          Nestled beneath the pines with panoramic
                                                                                                                                          mountain views, the Chalet is located in a
                                                                                                                                          quiet neighborhood at the base of Alpine
                                                                                                                                          Meadows Ski Resort, North Lake Tahoe,
                                                                                                                                            As the only lodging at the base of Alpine
                                                                                                                                          Meadows, the Chalet is the perfect location
                                                                                                                                          for your next Tahoe vacation. With the most
                                                                                                                                          early season snowfall in 40 years, there has
                                                                                                                                          never been a better time to make your way to
                                                                                                                                          Lake Tahoe!
                                                   Limited Availability — Call Now!

                                                                                                                                            Our 2011 Midweek Ski & Stay Special is
                                            Ask about our amazing midweek ski & stay specials.                                            the best value for lodging & skiing in the
                                                        1980 Chalet Rd, Alpine Meadows, CA 96145 | (530) 583-1550                         area. Call 530.583.1550 or email
                                                                                                                                 for more details!


                                                                                                                                               Lake Tahoe’s Boutique Mountain Resort
                                                                                                                                            The only boutique mountain resort in Lake       programs that incorporate successful tech-
                                                                                                                                          Tahoe, Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort is host to       niques previously only taught in Burton
                                                                                                                                          a recently-completed $55 million base area        Snowboard Academy lessons. Women’s
                                                                                                                                          village featuring 35 unique shops, galleries,     snowboard camps will be offered select Fri-
                                                                                                                                          California-based specialty stores and restau-     days during the winter season and will focus
                                                                                                                                          rants. The resort’s popular outdoor skating       on different skills and techniques during
                                                                                                                                          rink is surrounded by inviting fire pits and      each session.
                                                                                                                                          lounge areas perfect for roasting s’mores           For the first time, Northstar Resort will
                                                                                                                                          or hanging out with a warm beverage and           serve as host to a Nordic SuperTour event,
                                                                                                                                          catching up with friends and family.              the premiere cross-country race series in
                                                                                                                                            On-site lodging is available, ranging from      North America. Scheduled to take place
                                                                                                                                          affordable family-friendly hotel-style rooms to   at Northstar Resort on March 18, 2011, the
                                                                                                                                          luxury condominiums and mountain homes.           cross-country race will be spectator friendly,
                                                                                                                                          Last winter, Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort wel-       starting and finishing in the Village at North-
                                                                                                                                          comed the Lake Tahoe region’s first true          star, with participants striding or skating up
                                                                                                                                          luxury hotel when The Ritz-Carlton Highlands,     the mountain in between. Open to all ages,
                                                                                                                                          Lake Tahoe opened at mid-mountain at the          the course distance will be approximately
                                                                                                                                          resort. The hotel features ski-in, ski-out        1-1.5k.
                                                                                                                                          access, mountain valet services, a 17,000           Guests are encouraged to book their ski/
                                                                                                                                          square foot spa and fitness center, and           ride getaway to Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort,
                                                                                                                                          Manzanita, the resort’s signature restaurant      with Stay & Ski Free packages starting at just
                                                                                                                                          created by renowned San Francisco celebrity       $115 per person, per night (based on double
                                                                                                                                          chef Traci Des Jardins. The year-round des-       occupancy and a two night minimum stay).
                                                                                                                                          tination includes 170 guest rooms, 23 private     This offer includes two lift tickets per room,
                                                                                                                                          Ritz-Carlton Residences and 25 Ritz-Carlton       per night. Some restrictions apply.
                                                                                                                                          Club fractional ownership units.
                                                                                                                                                                                              Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort is conveniently
                                                                                                                                            A winter sport enthusiast’s paradise, North-    located six miles north of Lake Tahoe and
                                                                                                                                          star Resort offers 93 ski trails spread across    six miles south of historic downtown Truc-
                                                                                                                                          3,000 acres, award-winning terrain parks and      kee. For more information or reservations,
                                                                                                                                          snow sports including alpine and Telemark         visit or call
                                                                                                                                          skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing,       1.866.336.9053.
                                                                                                                                          snowshoeing and tubing.
                                                                                                                                            Skills clinics for advanced skiers and rid-
                                                                                                                                          ers focused on maximizing enjoyment of
                                                                                                                                          Northstar Resort’s one-mile long tree skiing
                                                                                                                                          trails on The Backside and Lookout Mountain
                                                                                                                                          will be offered this winter, and the resort’s
                                                                                                                                          women’s-specific snowboard camps have
                                                                                                                                          been revised. This winter, ladies interested
                                                                                                                                          in learning or improving their snowboard

                                                                                                                                          skills are invited to participate in one-day
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      Embrace Tahoe’s Most Beautiful Views                                                                        Tremendous mid-week specials offered

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  The Holiday House is a small lodge embrac-       shows are just a seven minute drive away,                              at two area lodges
ing Lake Tahoe and enjoying its most beauti-       Northstar skiing is only ten minutes away                   Two area lodges are offering midweek           minutes from Sugar Bowl downhill skiing,
ful views from six lakefront suites. It is the     (greatly discounted ski tickets at the Holiday            specials to provide visitors with tremendous     and an easy 10-minute drive to access to the
25th year that one of the owners is managing       House ) and Squaw Valley a mere twenty-                   value throughout the ski season.                 Royal Gorge cross country ski trails.
the Holiday House, and simply put, she can-        minute journey.
not leave such a wonderful location right on                                                                   Royal Gorge’s Rainbow Lodge is offering          Royal Gorge’s Icelakes Lodge is lakeside
Lake Tahoe.                                          So come and stay at the Lake! Contact                   free skiing on Thursday and Friday with a        and trailside, with easy access to all local
                                                   us at or                        Thursday night stay. Ice Lakes Lodge is offer-   activities and Royal Gorge’s Nordic Ski trails
  Not only are there a variety of wonder-          1.800.294.6378. For more lodging around the               ing free skiing on Monday and Tuesday with       right outside the door.
ful restaurants close by, but gambling and         Lake, go to                    a Monday night stay.                               Both lodges are surrounded by scenic set-
                                                                                                               Rainbow Lodge is a turn-of-the-century         tings, offer dining and warming fireplaces
                                                                                                             historic lodge situated along the Yuba River     and are comfortable setting for group and
               Looking for a Mountain Home?                                                                  on Donner Summit, right off Highway 80 and       corporate events.
                                                                                                             along the historic Old 40 Highway. Open year-
  Lake Tahoe’s prices are compelling! From         Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), Graduate,                                                            Restrictions apply, please visit websites for
                                                                                                             round, they provide exquisite indoor and out-
modest cabins to glorious lakefronts, choices      Realtors Institute (GRI), Leadership Training                                                              details, or
                                                                                                             door dining, river view rooms, and a peaceful
are plentiful. Lakefront sales doubled in 2010     Graduate (LTG) and Performance Management                                                        
                                                                                                             mountain setting. Rainbow Lodge also offers
over 2009 because sellers and buyers had a         Network (PMN) as well as Certified Luxury                 easy access to Donner Summit skiing – 15
meeting of the minds. With interest rates pre-     Home Marketing Specialist (CLHMS).
dicted to escalate, the cost of owning a home
is better today than purchasing for less later       Trinkie’s extensive leadership background
and paying more per month.                         began in school and continues today as an
                                                   officer or director of numerous organizations.
  Katrine ‘Trinkie’ Watson, a California and       She was President of the Lake Tahoe Music
Nevada Regional Lake Tahoe Broker, was the         Festival twice and is currently a member of
1995 President of the Incline Village Board of     the Cancer Advisory Council for the Tahoe
Realtors. In 1996, she was selected Realtor of     Forest Health System.
the Year in Incline Village, and she was 1997
President of the Tahoe Sierra Multiple Listing       Call or contact Trinkie today for great ser-
Service. In the real estate business for 44        vice at Lake Tahoe!
years, she is a resource for fine residential
properties in and around the Lake Tahoe                       Katrine ‘Trinkie’ Watson
Basin. Trinkie graduated with a BA from the                        530.582.0722

                                                                                                             SKI FREE
University of California, Berkeley, and is a   
believer in continuing education in her pro-

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      A D V E R T I S I N G F E AT U R E
  Through the National Association of Realtors,
she has earned the designations of Certified
International Property Specialist (CIPS), Certi-                                                        
fied Residential Brokerage Manager (CRB),


                                                                                                                                                        with an Avant Garde

                                                                                                                                                                           10918 Brockway Road
                                                                                                                                                                        Truckee CA 866.582.5655

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                                                                                                                                      On Lake Tahoe's Magical West Shore
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                                                                                                                               Step back in time at Lake                                         Tahoma Meadows is a proud
                                                                                                                             Tahoe and visit our historic                                      winners of the “Golden Bone
                                                                                                                             and charming little red cot-                                      Award” for excellence in
                                                                                                                             tages. This is what Tahoe                                         providing pet friendly accom-
                                                                                                                             was 50 years ago. Tahoma                                          modations, “Best Bed and
                                                                                                                             Meadows is located on                                             Breakfast” KCRA-3 A-List,
                                                                                                                             Lake Tahoe’s quiet West                                           and ”Jewel of the West “ by
                                                                                                                             Shore just two minutes                                            America 4 You Travel.
                                                                                                                             from Homewood and cen-                                              Enjoy the views of Tahoe
                                                                                                                             trally located for enjoying                                       from our common room any
                                                                                                                             the day at all 11 other Lake Tahoe ski areas.     time and get insider Tahoe tips during our
                                                                                                                               Tahoma Meadows offers cottages for cou-         wine and cheese hour. Our award–winning
                                                                                                                             ples, families, and even pets. Each of our 16     gourmet breakfast is served family style daily.
                                                                                                                             cottages is uniquely decorated with mountain      Snowshoe, cross-country skiing, downhill,
                                                                                                                             elegance and surrounded by huge pines. All        spa and dinner packages are available.
                                                                                                                             of our cottages have private entrances and          For more information on Tahoma Meadows
                                                                                                                             baths, many with claw foot soaking, jetted        B&B Cottages, go to
                                                                                                                             tubs, fireplaces and kitchens.                    or call 866.525.1553.

                                                                                                                                                Tahoe Donner Association
                                                                                                                                                                                 At the end of the day, Tahoe Donner has
                                                                                                                                                                               two dining facilities in which to wind down.
                                                                                                                                                                               The Lodge Restaurant and Pub is set in an
                                                                                                                                                                               impressive building on a golf course. The
                                                                                                                                                                               Lodge uses only the finest ingredients in
                                                                                                                                                                               its dishes, including organic meats, locally
                                                                                                                                                                               grown produce, and no trans fats. The clas-
                                                                                                                                                                               sic bistro-style menu, with French and Pacific
                                                                                                                                                                               Rim influences, is served in both the dining
                                                                                                                                                                               room and pub, with nightly specials and
                                                                                                                                                                               entrées ranging from $9 to $30. The Lodge
                                                                                                                               Tahoe Donner is a beautiful resort com-         also offers a healthy kids menu, as well as
                                                                                                                             munity in Truckee, California, with a wide        an award-winning wine list and a Manager’s
                                                                                                                             range of year-round recreational attractions.     Selection wine list – all providing interesting
                                                                                                                             In the winter, not surprisingly, skiing is the    and affordable choices. Pizza on the Hill is
                                                                                                                             main attraction. The slogan at the Tahoe          a more casual environment where guests

                                                                                                                             Donner Downhill Ski Area is “The best place       can grab a beer, watch the game and let the
                                                                                                                             to begin” and it’s an appropriate designation.    kids enjoy the arcade or playground. Besides
                                                                                                                             The ski area is an environment friendly to        pizza, the restaurant also offers rotisserie

                                                                                                                             beginners and families, with an infrastructure    chicken and tri-tip, as well as burritos and
                                                                                                                             to match. Gentle terrain, carpet lifts and an     quesadillas.
                                                                                                                             expert ski school staff make the task of learn-     In the summer months, Tahoe Donner has
                                                                                                                             ing to ski or ride not as daunting as it might    even more attractions – golf, an equestrian
                                                                                                                             be at larger areas. The “Candyland” terrain       center, kids camps, a campground, concerts
                                                                                                                             parks have been designed for beginners and        and plenty of other special events. All of this
                                                                                                                             rock stars alike. Just choose “Bite Size” or      fun stuff helps explain Tahoe Donner’s overall
                                                                                                                             “King Size.”                                      slogan: Where Traditions Begin.
                                                                                                                               At the Tahoe Donner Cross Country Center,
                                                                                                                             the slogan is “The skiing is out there…”
                                                                                                                             and that’s also true, to the tune of over 100
                                                                                                                             kilometers of world class terrain. While also
                                                                                                                             friendly for beginners, the cross country
                                                                                                                             center is known as one of the top Nordic
                                                                                                                             facilities in the country – attracting Olympic
                                                                                                                             athletes for training and events.
                                                                                                                               Tahoe Donner also offers Snowplay, where
                                                                                                                             kids and kids at heart can enjoy sledding and
                                                                                                                             tubing in a gorgeous Tahoe setting. No spe-
                                                                                                                             cial skills are required, just a willingness to
                                                                                                                             submit to the joys of gravity.

                                                                       March 4 - 6                                                          Celebrate Western Culture and
                                               February 25 - 27        Mardi Gras         March 11 - 13                                           Heritage in Genoa
                                               Mystery & Wine                             St. Patrick’s                        The Genoa Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival         From its 19th century beginnings, cowboys
                                                                                                                             is a wonderful blend of setting, heritage and     and ranching have shared work, words and
                                                                                                                             western culture and entertainment. Nestled        music here. In 2010, this made the inaugural
                                        FEB-MAR WEEKENDS:                                                                    at the base of the Sierra Nevada near Lake        Genoa Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival a
                                                                                       Package                               Tahoe in the beautiful Carson Valley, historic    natural. Visit
                                        Departs Fridays                           From                                       Genoa is the site of the first ranch in Nevada    and plan to join us in 2011!
                                        A Special Train with Dancing, Meals and Entertainment.                               and still has working cattle ranches literally
                                                                                                                             steps from the town.
                                        To ride this party train passengers must be 21 years of age or older.

                                            Packages include roundtrip reserved seats, 2-nights hotel,
                                         discount meals and shows, taxes & more. Subject to availability.
                                             Group Rates Vary. Prices Per Person, Double Occupancy

                                                                                                                                       A star- lled lineup of Cowboy Poets and Musicians along with ne
                                                                                                                                   western art, collectables, crafts and much more in Nevada’s rst settlement

                                                                                                                                         May 5th - 8th      

LODGING                                                                                                                                                                 B7
                      All Aboard the Fun Train

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  Value-hunting travelers looking for a week-
end getaway with unique entertainment and
spectacular scenery are again finding their
way to the Reno Fun Train.
  Avoid driving on Highway 80 or dealing with
the stress of flying. Instead, ride the Reno
Fun Train and Snow Train, where passengers
partake in the greatest party in the West,
enjoying spectacular, snowy Sierra Nevada
Mountain scenery in the comfort of reserved
  The famous Reno Fun Train will operate
February 11 and 25 and March 4 and 11,              Passengers must be at least 21 years old
departing Friday and returning Sunday.            to join this party. All-inclusive prices start at
                                                  $279 per person, double occupancy, with two
                                                  nights’ hotel, round-trip reserved seat and
                                                  light meals served round-trip. Also included
                                                  is a Winner’s Book of coupons including
                                                  show and dining discounts to enhance the
                                                  enjoyment of Reno.
                                                    The Midweek Reno Snow Train leaves on
                                                  Tuesday and returns Thursday, with depar-
                                                  tures February 8, 15, 22, March 1 and 8,
                                                  appealing to retirees and families. All-inclu-
                                                  sive prices are from $239 per person, double
                                                  occupancy and includes two nights’ hotel,
                                                  round-trip reserved seat, historical narration,
                                                  strolling minstrels, chair massage avail-
                                                  able for purchase, smoking car with (new)
 The Fun Train is celebrating 48 years of         Cigar Lounge, Great Dome Sightseer Lounge
operation and is a Bay Area institution with      and piano lounge, lunch on the return train,
no other train like it in America. This special   Winner’s Book of coupons and all taxes.
party train features a dance car with live        Discounted senior, group and child rates are
dance band “The Funatics,” Great Dome             available. Special themes are featured on
Sightseer Lounge, piano lounge featuring

                                                                                                                                                                      A D V E R T I S I N G F E AT U R E
                                                  each departure; Railroad Celebration, Valen-
John Lee Sanders, souvenir shop, smoking          tines, Motown ‘60, Rockin’ Round the 50’s and
car with (new) cigar lounge, card magician,       Fat Tuesday.
and round-trip meals served at reserved

seats. chair massage is also available for          For more information, contact your travel
purchase.                                         agent or call 800.783.0783 for free brochure
                                                  and reservations.

           North Tahoe Business Association
  Legend has it card shark and local gambler      parade held in March.
Joe King won the rights to what is today            After the first round, two players from each
known as Kings Beach in an all night poker
game held at the Thunderbird Lodge of Lake        table will move onto the championship round.
                                                  Tournament prizes will go to the top 10 final-
Tahoe, Nevada in 1925.                            ists at the championship table.
  King then used his winnings to develop            Participants and spectators are encouraged
several buildings, some of which are still        to dress in 1920s attire, and prizes will go to
standing today. The North Tahoe Business          the best-dressed man and woman. Attendees
Association’s annual Joe King Poker Tourna-       will also have the opportunity to compete for
ment pays tribute to the legend and, if you       raffle prizes.
play your cards right, you could be the next
mayor of Kings Beach.                               A portion of the proceeds of the event this
                                                  year will go to the Dennis J Oliver Memorial
  The North Tahoe Business Association’s          Arts & Environmental Education Fund. Oliver
Joe King Poker Tournament is slated for           was an avid poker player and passed away
Sunday, February 20, at 7 p.m., at the Tahoe      late last year from complications of a rare
Biltmore in Crystal Bay. The winner of the        virus. The tournament pays tribute to Dennis’
tourney will take home the grand prize and        memory this year by raising funds for this
act as honorary mayor of Kings Beach in the       new foundation in his name.
Kings Beach SnowFest Parade scheduled
for Saturday, March 12. Registration is $75         Tahoe Biltmore is offering a special Stay
per player before Feb. 15. After Feb. 15, reg-    and Play Package - $199 gets you two seats
istration goes to $85. Table sponsorships are     in the tournament and a room for the night!
available for $650.00, which includes registra-   For those not into Texas Hold-Em poker, there
tion for up to 10 players and signage at the      will also be a Slot Challenge, video poker, a
event.                                            casual poker table for non-tournament play-
                                                  ers, hors d’ourves and no host bar through-
  “This tournament is now in its fourth year,     out the evening.
and it will be hard to top last year’s excite-
ment,” Cheri Sprenger, executive director of        Registration is limited, and pre-registration
the NTBA said. “The event has given us an         is required by February 18. Call 530.546.9000
                                                                                                               ~ E
opportunity to share some of the history of
Kings Beach with the community, and it is
                                                  or e-mail for
                                                  details or to pay by credit card. Visit the                      S T. 2 0 0 7 ~
great fun for the gamblers and the attendees.     Special Events page at www.northtahoe-
Joe King was well known as a true ‘gambler’ for the latest information on the
throughout the Tahoe area; it’s like reliving     tournament.
the 1920s.”
  Grand prizes are awarded to the top 10
players in this Texas Hold-Em tournament,
with the top player earning bragging rights
and the ‘title’ of “Honorary Mayor of Kings

Beach.” The Mayor is the Grand Marshall                                                        Incline Village   775.831.1000

for the Kings Beach community SnowFest
                                          Where food is the focus
                                                                                                                              Spindleshanks restaurant pairs historic feel,
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                                                                                                                                         modern bistro fare
                                                                                                                                Spindleshanks American Bistro and Wine            Spindleshanks’ sizable and eclectic menu
                                                                                                                              Bar represents the best of both old and new       is worth studying before ordering because
                                                                                                                              Lake Tahoe.                                       little gems abound featuring the modern mul-
                                                                                                                                                                                ticultural influences that define the contem-
                                                                                                                                Its rustic building, which still evokes the     porary American bistro. An extensive wine
                                                                                                                              feel of a traditional mountain lodge despite      list offers plenty of variety and value and one
                                                                                                                              many incarnations, dates back to the days         of the best selections of after–dinner wine
                                                                                                                              when Lake Tahoe mainly was accessible by          and spirits. A dessert and children’s menu
                                                                                                                              steamship and train. Yet one look at it's con-    ensure that Spindleshanks can appease any
                                                                                                                              temporary menu and extensive wine list and        appetite.
                                                                                                                              it's clear that Spindleshanks is a restaurant
                                                                                                                              for the 21st century.                               A newly renovated Spindleshanks also has
                                                                                                                                                                                a strong lineup of regular entertainment on
                                                                                                                                Opened in 2000 by partners Steve Marks          weekends. A new private dining room for
                                                   Chef owned & operated                                                      and Herman Schuchmann, Spindleshanks              parties of up to 50 is also available.
                                                                                                                              has become a Tahoe Vista institution in a
                                                     Lunch 11:30-3 • Dinner 5-9                                               short amount of time. By offering regional          Spindleshanks American Bistro and Wine
                                                                                                                              American Cuisine and a variety of wines in a      Bar is located at 6873 N. Lake Boulevard in

                                        475 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City • 530.581.1401 •                  casual atmosphere, the pair created a dining      Tahoe Vista. For more information visit
                                                                                                                              experience that caters to both large families
                                                                                                                              and couples seeking a romantic setting.
                                                                            Our establishment reflects Lake Tahoe
                                                                             Style & represents the best of both                A neighborhood cafe on the Truckee River
                                                                                    old & new Lake Tahoe                        The first time I happened on the Crest Cafe     very satisfied and agreed that we had dis-
                                                                                                                              was an accident. I was turning around in the      covered an excellent place to have superior
                                             American Bistro                                                                  parking lot and I stopped to see if they had a    food for moderate prices.
                                                   &                                                                          morning paper. Once there, I decided to have        Since those visits, we have had many pleas-
                                               Wine Bar                                                                       a cup of coffee.                                  ant experiences at the Crest Cafe. We often
                                                                                                                                I hadn’t had breakfast, so I ordered what       call ahead when driving to our cabin from
                                                                                                                              turned out to be a wonderful breakfast sand-      Davis and order our lunch to go. We added
                                                                                                                              wich called “The Bomb Sando." As I sipped         our names to their customer list and now
                                                                                                                              coffee and glanced at the paper, the room         receive notices of fine special gourmet eve-
                                                                                                                              filled with the aroma of baking muffins and       nings where the excellent dishes of Chef Kyle
                                                                                                                              scones. I chose a seat with a view of a white     are paired with fine wines and sometimes
                                                                                                                              water section of the Truckee River and real-      beers. We have experienced several of these

                                                                                                                              ized that Crest customers must enjoy fine         events which are always well-attended.
                                                                                                                              outside dining during the warmer months on          We have also frequented their festive

                                                                                                                              the deck overlooking the river.
                                                                                                                                            special evening offerings such as Thursday
                                                                                                                                I soon returned to the cafe for lunch with      Sushi Nights and the Friday and Saturday
                                        6873 North Lake Tahoe Blvd., Tahoe Vista, CA • 530.546.2191                           my wife and several friends. We were              Apres Ski nights, which feature discount food
                                                                                                                              greeted with a friendly smile by Lisa, one of     and beverage specials. It is not often that
                                                                                                                              the owners. The lunch menu is varied and          one finds a comfortable and pleasant little
                                                                                                                              excellent. I had a tasty bowl of veggie chili     cafe that offers a homey atmosphere with
                                                                                                                              (vegan) with a delicious Crest house salad.       friendly owners like Lisa and Kyle.
                                                                                                                              My wife enjoyed a veggie panini with a cup          When we visit Tahoe we often enjoy having
                                                                                                                              of Chef Kyle’s (other owner) excellent roasted    lunch or breakfast, or benefiting from one of
                                                                                                                              cauliflower soup. One of our friends had the      many special events available at this great
                                                                                                                              Asian tri-tip mango wrap, while the other had     cafe.
                                                                                                                              the homemade meatball grinder. We were all

                                                                                                                                           Winter Winemaker Dinner Series
                                                                                                                                Tucked at the base of the Sierra Nevada         between 6 and 9 pm. Here is the schedule
                                                                                                                              Mountains in North Lake Tahoe just steps          through March:
                                                                                                                              away from the legendary ski lifts of Squaw
                                                                                                                              Valley USA, PlumpJack Cafe entertains             • February 3 Willakenzie Estate presented by owner
                                                                                                                              guests as if they were dignitaries at this Lake     Bernard Lacroute,
                                                                                                                              Tahoe resort.
                                                                                                                                                                                • February 10 Roessler Cellars with Dan Heim
                                                                                                                                Located inside the PlumpJack Squaw Val-
                                                                                                                              ley Inn, the award-winning Café invites you       • February 24 Donkey and Goat with Tracy Brandt
                                                                                                                              to celebrate wine this winter with the Winter

                                                                                                                              Winemaker, Dinner Series. The dinners offer       • March 3 CADE Winery with Tony Biagi
                                                                                                                              wine tasting hosted by a featured Winemaker
                                                                                                                              and prix fixe menus created each week by          • March 10 Nicholson Ranch with Ramona Nicholson
                                                                                                                              Executive Chef Ben Dufresne. On select            • March 24 Blackbird Vineyards with Heather Yargus
                                                                                                                              Thursdays in February and March you can
                                                                                                                              mingle with the Winemaker while enjoy-             Reservations: or
                                                                                                                              ing sips by the glass, flight or paired with      530.583.1578. 1920 Squaw Valley Rd., Olympic
                                                                                                                              the Chef’s Tasting Menu. The dinners are          Valley, CA 96146

                                         SZECHUAN DUNGENESS CRAB
                                              GLUTEN & WHEAT-FREE MENU
                                                    Take Out and Catering Available

                                           11253 Brockway Rd Truckee     (530) 582-9755

DINING                                                                                                                                                                           B9
       Truckee Pizza for a mountain high pie

                                                                                                                                                                              S U N DAY, JA N UA RY 3 0, 2 0 1 1
  Regional visitors need look no further for
fresh, quality pizza than the landmark Truc-
                                                      Pasta bowls and salad bowls add depth
                                                     and variety to the menu. So too do specialty
                                                                                                                                   NOW OFFERING
kee Pizza.                                           pastas, cheesy breads, pizza breads, pizza                                    GLUTEN-FREE PIZZA
                                                     chips and desserts including a caramel apple
  At Truckee Pizza, everything is homemade
and handmade. There are no cans to be                streusel pizza.                                                               • DINE IN, TAKE OUT
found. Dough and sauces are all made in-              Truckee Pizza is particularly prized by those
house and toppings are fresh. Everything is          with dietary restrictions. Every pizza can be                                     OR DELIVERY
made to order so that freshness and quality          made gluten-free (even the caramel apple
are guaranteed.                                      streusel), and the majority of sauces and top-                                    • CATERING
                                                     pings are gluten-free.
  Truckee Pizza offers a host of pizza variet-
ies. These include pizzas with marinara, BBQ,         Truckee Pizza offers takeout and delivery                                                  Pass Rd. Suite
picante, pesto and alfredo sauces, Thai piz-         service, with a handful of in-house tables as                                  12047 Donner
                                                                                                                                              Truc kee
zas and plain cheese pizzas in 12, ”, 14” and        well. It is located at 12047 Donner Pass Road,                                                           m
18” sizes. A chili-cilantro oil, basil oil or herb   Ste A4 in Truckee. For more information visit
mix drizzle can heighten any pie and appeal
to most tastes.
                                                                                                                                         (530) 587-6300

                     Breakfast and Barbecue at
                         Smokey's Kitchen
  Located just off Highway 80 near the outlet          Smokey’s, doesn’t turn its attention to bar-                      WE SMOKE IT, YOU’LL LOVE IT!
                                                                                                                          BARBECUE, BREAKFAST & CATERIN
shops in Truckee, Smokey’s Kitchen is par-           becue until later in the day, but from 7am to                                                      G
ticularly busy on Sundays. That’s when area          11am, Smokey’s offers breakfast service with
visitors headed back toward the Bay stop             a broad array of sweet and savory options,
for their last sample of Smokey’s coveted
Memphis-style barbecue.
                                                     plenty of egg dishes and more.
                                                       Whether it’s breakfast to start the day or
                                                                                                                                We offer indoor &
  Smokey’s has a host of local fans and
plenty from the Bay Area who appreciate the
                                                     barbecue to cap it off, diners appreciate that
                                                     everything is homemade at Smokey’s from                                  outdoor seating, family
convenience and quality of its gluten-free
sauced barbecue.
                                                     their own recipes.
                                                       Smokey’s Kitchen also offers full-service
                                                                                                                               meal deals, and fast,
  Smokey’s serves sweet Memphis–style
barbecue, smoked with flavored mesquite
                                                     catering and has experience in serving all
                                                     manner of events in the area.
                                                                                                                                  friendly service
wood. All the standard barbecue favorites              Smokey’s Kitchen is located at 12036 Don-

                                                                                                                                                                               A D V E R T I S I N G F E AT U R E
are on the menu - chicken and ribs, pulled
pork, brisket and much more. A solid variety         ner Pass Road in Truckee. For more informa-
                                                     tion visit                 12036 Donner Pass Rd. T
                                                                                                              D nn r      Rd Truckee        530.582.4535
of sandwiches, salads, burgers and shakes
fills out a well-rounded menu.                                                                               


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                                        The Crest Cafe and Catering — Lake Tahoe                                                                               The Soule Domain
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                                                                                                                                   This old Tahoe log cabin was built in the         tenderloin, organic chicken and all natural
                                                                                                                                 1930’s and houses one of North Shores culi-         pork tenderloin, all combined with a creative
                                                                                                                                 nary treasures, featuring chef/owner Charlie        sauce and presentation at reasonable pric-
                                                                                                                                 Soule’s contemporary American cuisine and           es…entrees run from $17 – $29 and include
                                                                                                                                 an intimate dining room managed by brother          soup and vegetable.
                                                                                                                                 Steve .                                               California wine aficionados will find a num-
                                                                                                                                   For the past 25 years the Soule brothers          ber of varietals from their favorite vineyards,
                                                                                                                                 have refined their techniques and knowledge         with an emphasis on family owned busi-
                                                                                                                                 at this rustic institution to enhance the mem-      nesses such as their own and again quality
                                                                                                                                 orable dining experience, combining passion,        with value, such as Ceja Napa Pinot/Syrah
                                                                                                                                 style and romance with quality ingredients,         blend at $34. Desserts are $6 and feature the
                                          Visit us on the                                                                        respect and value. Ultimately the desire to         signature chocolate Queen of Sheba cake,
                                                                                                                                 make their customers happy.                         traditional bread pudding and decadent white
                                          Truckee River...                                                                         The Soule Domain is known for its global          chocolate mousse with fresh berries.
                                                                                                                                 influences, from lobster wontons, thai curry          Both locally raised in Kings Beach, the
                                                                                                                                 scallops, duck salad with beets and goat            Soule family invite you to enjoy an intimate
                                                                                                                                 cheese, to a ginger carrot broth with shrimp,       dining experience in an authentic local set-
                                                                                                                                 lentils and almonds or lamb raviolis. Entrees       ting with a true taste of Lake Tahoe.
                                                                                                                                 feature sustainable fresh fish, grass-fed beef

                                                                                                ...for Breakfast,                              Snowmobile tours offer variety,
                                                                                                                                                   flexibility to visitors
                                                                                                   lunch and                       Those visitors seeking to add an entirely         for the more advanced snowmobilers looking
                                                                                                   special events.               new element to their Lake Tahoe visit can do
                                                                                                                                 just that and add flexible variety to their trip,
                                                                                                                                                                                     for an adventurous ride. Outings can range
                                                                                                                                                                                     from a couple of hours to a half day with
                                                                                                                                 thanks to Lake Tahoe Snowmobile Tours.              lunch, depending on the type of tour.
                                                                                                                                   Lake Tahoe Snowmobile Tours is North                Lake Tahoe Snowmobile Tours features the
                                                                                                                                 Shore’s only snowmobile tour company with           newest snowmobiles and include heated
                                                                                                                                 lake views. They are Lake Tahoe’s premier           handgrips for warmth and comfort. Their
                                                                                                                                 snowmobiling operation, offering family–            experienced staff is dedicated to providing
                                                                                                                                 friendly tours designed for all abilities.          an adventure that will create lasting memo-
                                                                                                                                   Participants from age five to 105 can enjoy
                                           530-581-3037                               Hours:                                     a variety of snowmobiling experiences along           For more information, including direction to

                                                                                      Sunday - Wednesday 7am - 5pm               clean, well-maintained trails surrounded by         the trailhead location, rates and tour options,
                                           150 Alpine Meadows Road                                                               spectacular scenery. Group tours and small          visit
                                                                                      Thursday - Saturday 7am - 8pm              group tours are available to enjoy the compa-       or call 530.546.4280.
                                           Tahoe City, CA 96145

                                                                                                                                 ny of others. Private tours are also available

                                                                                                                                              Who wants to wait in a line?
                                                       Bootleggers                                                                          Get more out of your Ski Vacation
                                                                                                                                  Traveling to Tahoe this winter and need ski
                                                                                                                                or board equipment but don’t want to stop
                                                                                                                                                                                       Founded in 2004, Ski Butlers now serves
                                                                                                                                                                                     over 30 North American resorts in Colo-
                                                                                                                                into a crowded rental shop and wait in line?         rado, California, Utah, Wyoming and British
                                                            Old Town Tavern & Grill                                             No problem. Call Ski Butlers and have your           Columbia, Canada. Ski Butlers award winning
                                                                                                                                equipment delivered.                                 service makes renting ski and snowboard
                                                                   Serving                                                                                                           equipment convenient and hassle-free all for
                                                                                                                                                                                     the same price or less than most resort ski
                                                               Lunch and Dinner                                                                                                      shops. Ski Butlers is the only ski shop in Vail/
                                                                                                                                                                                     Beaver Creek, Colorado to win the Vail Val-
                                                                                                                                                                                     ley Platinum Service Award for exceptional
                                                                                                                                                                                     customer service this past winter. Ski Butlers
                                                                                                                                                                                     is also Deer Valley’s preferred ski rental
                                                                                                                                                                                     delivery provider.
                                                                                                                                                                                       Reserve: Call 530.546.5100 or visit
                                                                                                                                                                            to reserve your equip-
                                                                                                                                                                                     ment and a convenient fitting time.
                                                                                                                                                                                       Delivery: Let our expert ski rental techni-
                                                                                                                                                                                     cians custom fit all of your snowboard and
                                                                                                                                                                                     ski rental needs in the comfort of your own
                                                                                                                                                                                     living room. We’ll bring all the sizes you
                                                                                                                                                                                     need– including extra boots to ensure that
                                                                                                                                                                                     perfect fit.
                                                                                                                                                                                       Support: We are available to service any
                                                                                                                                                                                     last minute requests (i.e. boot adjustments.
                                                                                                                                                                                     Just give Ski Butlers a call and we will arrive
                                                                                                                                                                                     at your accommodations or at major ski
                                                                                                                                  Ski Butlers Lake Tahoe is now entering its         resort base lodges to service any equipment
                                                                                                                                seventh season and is changing the way               issues that need to be resolved.
                                                                                                                                people rent skis. “The concept of ski rental           Pickup: Call Ski Butlers after your final day
                                                                                                                                delivery is simple,” said Sean Raftree, Presi-       of skiing and we will arrange a convenient
                                                                                                                                dent of Ski Butlers Lake Tahoe. “Make rent-          time and place to collect of your rental equip-
                                                                                                                                ing ski and snowboard equipment convenient           ment!
                                                                                                                                and hassle-free by delivering the best quality
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                                                 210 Washington Street * Auburn, CA *                                           customers with the highest level of customer         next ski vacation by calling Ski Butlers! We
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                                                                                                                                                                                     sible and give you more time on the slopes.
                                                                                                                                  Ski Butlers’ service area encompasses all
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DINING & SPORTS                                                                                                                                                                                                                 B11

                                                                                                                                                                                                                             S U N DAY, JA N UA RY 3 0, 2 0 1 1
              Bite unveils latest visiting chef
  Acclaimed Chef Mark Estee is the most          who has years of experience in the indus-
recent addition to a list of visiting chefs to   try from San Francisco to New York.
help develop the menu of Bite in Incline Vil-
lage.                                              Bite’s menu is tailor-made for diverse cre-
                                                 ative talent to help with design. Bite features
  Estee, who has opened and operated sev-        American tapas with no specific regional
eral regional restaurants including Moody’s,     specialization.
is the fourth chef to have a hand in the inno-
vative approach to dining found at Bite.           “We like that because it is not limiting, so
                                                 we can explore opportunities and play to the
  “We’re proud to have been received so well     strengths of the different chefs,” McCarthy
by the community over the last few years,”       says.
says Thomas McCarthy, who owns and oper-
ates Bite with wife Brooke, “and excited at        Bite’s wine list includes diverse varietals at
the opportunity to work with a chef of Mark’s    approachable prices, with the emphasis on
caliber.”                                        pairing with food. Each selection is available
                                                 to taste (2 oz.), drink (6 oz.) or share (carafe)
  From the beginning, the McCarthy’s plan        and all 36 wines on the menu are available by
was to provide an opportunity for several        the glass.
chefs to be able to have a hand in crafting
the restaurant’s menu. Once set in place,          Frequent travelers and passionate diners
the kitchen staff would be responsible for       themselves, the McCarthy’s believe their
replicating each chef’s dishes. With a staff     approach to cuisine and consistency are the
that has remained unchanged since Bite           hallmarks of the restaurant.
opened in 2007, the result has been terrific       Bite is located at 907 Tahoe Blvd. in Incline
consistency.                                     Village. For more information visit
  “This has been as consistent as any that I
have been associated with,” says McCarthy,

          Enjoy the fresh taste of the season
                     at Evergreen
  David Lutz, the chef/owner of Evergreen        but most would agree that one must try the
in Tahoe City, refers to his menu theme as       seasonal soups. Unique combinations like
“New American” – and for good reason.            curry cauliflower, mushroom miso, sweet
                                                 potato apple, or lentil apricot are commonly
  “We don’t really have a specific type of       served in the winter.
food as a focus on the menu, because it
changes with the season and available prod-        Dinner at Evergreen is often by reserva-
ucts,” Lutz says. “Our philosophy is fresh,      tion only, so plan ahead. The dinner menu

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              A D V E R T I S I N G F E AT U R E
                                                                                                                                                     Enjoy Chef & Owner Charlie Soule’s distinctive
local and seasonal with multicultural influ-     includes wood-grilled all-natural meats,                                                             cuisine from around the world in an intimate,
ences.”                                          homemade pasta, fresh fish and an array of                                                             cozy ambiance that is rustic yet refined.
                                                 unique starters. Each plate is crafted with
  Evergreen is a casual, family-friendly res-    mouth-watering sides which change season-                                                            503.546.7529 •

taurant, where the focus is on the food. The                                                                                                         1/2 block up Stateline Drive, next to Tahoe Biltmore Crystal Bay
                                                 ally – if you don’t get it today it might not be
lunch menu includes some classics like the       available tomorrow.
pulled pork sandwich, Angus beef burger and
Cobb salad, along with signature items like        Evergreen is located at 475 North Lake Blvd.
the roasted baby beet salad, Dungeness crab      in Tahoe City. For more information and cur-
salad, housemade salmon burger & falafel         rent menus visit
plate. Regular customers have their favorites,

            Sierra Adventures can help make
                  memorable vacations
  Every traveler has his distinct desires in a
vacation -- from sightseeing and shopping
to pure relaxation to hard-core athletics. For
the outdoor-oriented and adventure-seeking,
Sierra Adventures is the reigning king of
memorable vacation-making.
  Outdoor adventure is a passion for the peo-
ple at Sierra Adventures. What began more
than a decade ago when Jim Bell opened the
company in a warehouse to offer mountain
bike rentals and tours of Peavine Peak has
expanded to become a virtual regional clear-
inghouse of equipment, rentals, recreation,
information, transportation and guide ser-
vices. Sierra Adventures is the region’s first
and only multi-sport outfitter.
  Sierra Adventures offers virtually any type
of gear a visitor would need, from kayaks,         Sierra Adventures offers single-day trips,
rafts and bikes to snow boards, tubes and        multi-day trips, and adventure combos, which
hiking gear. Skilled experts make sure that      permit visitors to design their dream outing
customers are equipped with exactly what         -- and then enjoy it, having let the experts
they need.                                       handle all the arrangements.
  But Sierra Adventures provides much, much        Whether it’s the scenic relaxation of fly-
more -- structured or customized adventures      fishing or the rush of river rafting, Sierra
and a host of distinctive tours being offered    Adventures can custom design your dream
nowhere else. From golf and biking to horse-     adventures, with virtually limitless options
back riding and photography tours, and from      year-round.
rock climbing to ATV adventures and hot air        Sierra Adventures provides logistics and
ballooning. Virtually any type of adventure      guides, tour buses, shuttles, transfers, maps,
experience or tour can be customized to          destination support and much more. They
the desires of the traveler seeking to make      can package local and out bound adventure                     Let us take care of your needs to the perfect worry/stress-free packaged adventure!
memories of a lifetime.                          activities, corporate events and fun adven-
  Even the most uncommon of experiences          tures for the whole family.                                  Packaged price includes: Planning, Rental Gear, R/T shuttle, Guides, Snacks/
are available, such as Nevada ghost towns,         They are currently offering winter adven-                  Beverage, Vouchers & Tickets. Please call if your favorite activity is not listed.
dog sledding or for adventurous couples --       tures and snow activities for President’s Day
                                                 weekend and the remaining snow season.                       866.323.8928 / /

balloon weddings.

                                                   For more information, visit
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                                                 DINING & SPORTS

                                                                 Backcountry adventure finally
                                                                    available in Lake Tahoe
                                                    Backcountry skiing and other experiences        rare,” Rintala says. “Now for many people,
                                                  have become staples of many people’s vaca-        it is just part of their ski experience. But for
                                                  tions. However, until recently, these were        those who want to do it, Lake Tahoe wasn’t
                                                  components notably missing from the Lake          really on their map. This is something about
                                                  Tahoe environment.                                which we are passionate and it is our pas-
                                                                                                    sion that is driving us. We want people to be
                                                    Now though, a host of adventurous activi-       able to have the experience.”
                                                  ties are available to visitors through the
                                                  experienced guides and experts at Pacific           Pacific Crest Heli-Guides allows guests to
                                                  Crest Heli-Guides.                                access the truly remote gems hidden deep in
                                                                                                    the Sierra. Adventures range from helicopter
                                                   “This is a pioneering experience,” says          skiing and snowboarding to summertime
                                                  company President David Rintala. “We’re           adventures such as heli–fishing, heli–hiking,
                                                  actually skiing places that have never been       and downhill mountain biking. Other possibili-
                                                  skied before and are able to name places.”        ties include backcountry Snowcat skiing, heli
                                                                                                    –camping and scenic heli-tours.
                                                    Previous efforts to bring similar opportuni-
                                                  ties to the area failed, in part Rintala says,     Pacific Crest Heli-Guides can create
                                                  because they were initiated by people in the      custom adventures to meet the wildest of
                                                  aviation industry. Pacific Crest Heli-Guides      imaginations as well as stick to the strictest
                                                  was formed by a small group of dedicated          of budgets. They have experience in planning
                                                  local backcountry skiers, former ski patrol-      weddings, bachelor/bachelorette parties,
                                                  lers and veteran Alaskan heli-ski guides look-    gourmet catered affairs and/or helicopter taxi
                                                  ing to share the one-of-a-kind Sierra Neva-       shuttles to any number of destinations.
                                                  dan ski and snowboard experience found in
                                                  their own backyard.                                 For more information on Pacific Crest Heli-
                                                                                                    Guides, visit www.pacificcrestheliguides.
                                                   “Twenty years ago if you met someone who         com, call 530.581.1767 or send email to
                                                  had done something like this, it was very

                                                              Tahoe travelers feel like locals at

                                                    Since it opened in 1994, Bootleggers Old        vide a seasonal menu balanced with a blend
                                                  Town Tavern & Grill in has been making            of classical flavors and homestyle comfort

                                                  travelers en route to Lake Tahoe feel at home     food. Casual fine dining is enhanced by fine,
                                                  and like part of the community.                   fresh local products and innovative grilled
                                                                                                    cuisine. Bootleggers is a front runner in the
                                                    Located just a half a block off of Interstate   use of locally sustainable products and USDA
                                                  80 in Auburn, Bootleggers offers a decided        choice meats, and offers daily seafood spe-
                                                  difference from touristy stops elsewhere          cials grilled over a wood burning grill. From
                                                  between the Bay Area and Lake Tahoe. Ski-         hamburgers to escargot, Bootleggers’ menu
                                                  ers headed one way or the other join regional     succeeds in its commitment to appealing to
                                                  residents in a handsome dining room and           the tastes of travelers of all types.
                                                  bar and before a spectacular wood burning
                                                  fireplace. Many become regular patrons,             Belgian Ales and locally produced wines
                                                  returning on each ski trip, drawn to a local      are featured on their menu of more than 40
                                                  atmosphere that some also feels evokes the        beers and 50 wines served at the warm and
                                                  feel of old San Francisco restaurants and         festive bar or tables.
                                                  pubs. Regular guests include frequent skiers
                                                  from the Bay Area and those with cabins "up         Further endearing itself to all guests, Boot-
                                                  the hill."                                        leggers has a great kids menu, a dog-friendly
                                                                                                    patio and wi-fi access.
                                                   Executive Chef and co-owner Ty Rowe is a
                                                  graduate of the Culinary Institute of America       Bootleggers Old Town Tavern & Grill is
                                                  and that training is reflected in Bootleggers'    located at 201 Washington Street in Historic
                                                  menu. His style favors simple, fresh flavors      Old Town Auburn. For more information visit
                                                  prepared in many international cooking  
                                                  styles, using locally grown products to pro-

SPORTS                                                                                                                                                                         B13
         F  il F i   dl Cross C
         Family-Friendly C            Skiing
                              Country Skii

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  Tahoe Cross Country is conveniently located           Midweek specials such as $12 Tuesdays,
in Tahoe City on Lake Tahoe’s north shore.            free lesson Thursdays, and Early Bird dis-
Offering 65 kilometers of groomed cross coun-         counts are easy on the finances. Six miles
try trail and providing skiers and snowshoers         of dog-friendly trail and pull-behind sleds
with stunning views of Lake Tahoe, wide open          for children allow families to spend the day
meadows, challenging uphills and thrilling            together in the outdoors. Check them out at
descents, Tahoe XC has balance of terrain to for more information.
suit all ability levels. The day lodge offers state
of the art equipment for rental, ski school, and
a comfortable café with free WiFi.

 Snowmobiling Adventure with Eagle Ridge
     14 miles North of Truckee, CA on Hwy 89.           We provide the newest fleet of snowmo-

   A premier adventure experience that that           biles in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. In an
   turns time off, into the time of your life.        effort to protect the ecosystem and our forest
                                                      lands we have introduced state of the art,
                                                      2011 Grand Touring model snowmobiles, a
                                                      two-up touring sled that leaves all work-re-
                                                      lated thoughts in your snow spray. Thanks to
                                                      an ergonomically advanced REV-XR platform,
                                                      4 stroke, exceptional fuel economy and loads
                                                      of comfy features designed to spoil both
                                                      driver and passenger.
                                                        We stand above the rest because our trail
                                                      system consists of snow covered two-lane
                                                      forest service roads, covering the west
                                                      coast’s largest snow play area of forest wil-
                                                      derness, with up to 200 miles of maintained
  Eagle Ridge Snowmobiles caters to                   trails. Our high-light — we offer “Play Areas”
all experience levels, from beginner to               exclusive to guests of Eagle Ridge Snowmo-
advanced. We offer team building, VIP Tours,          bile Tours, here you can test your skills. We
family outings, weddings, and adventure               provide all necessary gear, a CPR Certified
tours. We are the closest adventure snow-             guide, and an experience you will never for-
mobiling to Reno, only 45 min from Lake               get. Call now for your reservation – 530-546-
Tahoe, 15 min from Truckee, and 4 hours from          8667,

                                                                                                                                                                             A D V E R T I S I N G F E AT U R E
San Francisco.

          Tahoe Adventure Company offers
        four-season adventures, for everyone

  Whether it’s snowshoeing under a canvas             from hiking and peak climbing to scenic star
of stars or full moon, kayaking, mountain bik-        tours with award-winning astronomer Tony
ing or rock climbing, if it is adventurous and        Berendsen. Each Tahoe Adventure excursion
takes advantage of the pristine region, Tahoe         is also an opportunity to learn more about the
Adventure Company is the region’s premier             local environment, geo-history and human
purveyor of healthy four-season fun.                  development.
  Tahoe Adventure offers a wide range of                Later this year, Tahoe Adventure Company
options for adventure and specializes in              will launch an entirely unique two- to four-
combining sports to maximize the fun of each          day, lodge-to-lodge kayaking tour. The first
trip. Day trips include all equipment, natural        ever of its kind in the region, the adventure
                                                                                                       • Full Moon, Astronomy & Day
and human history and a shuttle van when              will immerse participants in scenic kayaking       Snowshoe Adventures
necessary.                                            with overnight stays at different lake front
                                                                                                       • Lodge to Lodge Kayak Tour
                                                      accommodations each night.
  Tahoe Adventure offers a broad array of                                                              • Kayak Tours & Rentals
adventures pairing snowshoeing, kayaking,               For more information on Tahoe Adventure        • Mountain Biking
hiking and mountain biking. The options are           Company, visit    • Guided Hiking
immense and include adventures ranging                                                                 • Multisport Trips
                                                                                                       • Kayak & Sailing Trips
             Quality equipment and service at                                                          • Custom Adventures • Group
                    West Shore Sports                                                                  • Events • Company Outings

  Savvy travelers know that Lake Tahoe’s West                                                                 (530) 913-9212

Shore is the most prolific area to enjoy nature,                                             
offering a tremendous array of outdoor oppor-
  West Shore Sports serves area visitors with
                                                                                                        ALPINE/XC SKIS • SNOWBOARDS • SHOWSHOES
a two-pronged philosophy of providing the
best quality equipment at fair prices, in addi-
tion to personalized customer service.
  West Shore Sports can meet most winter
sports needs, offering alpine and cross coun-
try skis and gear, snowboards and snowshoes.
West Shore Sports offers alpine skis for men
and women from Blizzard, K2, Rossignol and                                                                                                    (530) 525-9920
Volkl. They offer Powder/Rocker (reverse
camber), Big Mountain, Mid-Fat All Terrains,                                                                                                    5395 W. Lake Blvd.
and Carvers. All brands have several models                                                            • Skis, Boards, X/C, Snowshoes
for men and women to choose from.                      West Shore Sports also works with Ed                                                        Homewood, CA
  In addition to quality rentals and demos, the       Z’Berg Sugar Pine Point State Park to offer      • Tuning, Repairs, Race Prep
emphasis at this small, friendly six-employee         Full Moon Snowshoe Tours. The next dates                                        (Next to Homewood Post Office)
shop is personalized quality service. Employ-         are Feb. 19 and Mar. 19, 2011.                   • Junior Ski Lease Program
ees are legitimate enthusiasts of the sports           West Shore Sports is located at 5395 West
with which they work. They are personable,            Lake Boulevard in Homewood. For more infor-      • Moonlight Snowshoe Tours
knowledgeable and take the extra step to              mation, visit, or

                                                                                                                Mention this Ad For $5 OFF 1 Day Demos!

make sure that customer needs are met.                call 530.525.9920.
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                                                                               Aston Hotels a successful import from tropical paradise
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                                          For more than 62 years, Aston Hotels and         Sun Valley, and in the resort area of Lake Las           While some resorts are geared toward                and handsomely designed to craft a home
                                        Resorts have been the exquisite vacation           Vegas, bringing Aston’s legacy of service and          prompting guests to spend their entire stay           away from home feeling of comfort. Rooms
                                        industry leader in the nation’s most beautiful     accommodation choices to travelers across              on-site, Aston has always had a philosophy            amenities include fully equipped kitchens,
                                        tropical destination, Hawaii.                      the Western U.S.                                       of encouraging visitors to explore everything         fireplaces and private balconies. There is
                                                                                                                                                  that their home communities have to offer.            daily maid service, available WiFi and deluxe
                                          The Honolulu based company manages                 Nestled on 19 wooded acres, Aston Lake-              Aston Lakeland Village provides complimen-            complimentary continental breakfast in ski
                                        4,400 units in over 27 properties on the four      land Village is a luxurious condominium resort         tary shuttle service to Heavenly Mountain             season. Twenty-four hour front desk and con-
                                        major Hawaiian Islands and elsewhere, and          featuring hotel amenities and a tranquil lake-         Resort and Lake Tahoe casinos, restaurants,           cierge service help make sure that all guest
                                        features three distinct collections of property    front environment on South Lake Tahoe. This            gondolas, ski/snowboard resorts, attractions          needs can be met.
                                        types that offer varying styles of accommoda-      all-season lakeside retreat with free shuttle          and shopping – all just minutes away.
                                        tions for different types of travelers and for     service is convenient to every winter activity                                                                 Although it is characteristic of all Aston
                                        those working with myriad budgets.                 imaginable. Combined with a host of summer                                                                   resorts to offer a range of price points, spe-
                                                                                           activities ranging from hiking and horseback                                                                 cial offers abound at Aston Lakeland Village.
                                                                                           riding to windsurfing and parasailing, Aston                                                                 In addition to routine special offerings posted
                                                                                           Lakeland Village exemplifies the benefits that                                                               on its website, Aston always offers free stays
                                                                                           have long buoyed the company’s international                                                                 for children. Most recently, Aston unveiled a
                                                                                           acclaim for hospitality. In addition to being                                                                remarkable special offering honeymoon stays
                                                                                           surrounded by Lake Tahoe’s magnificent                                                                       at one of two of their properties in Hawaii for
                                                                                           mountainside woodlands, Aston Lakeland                                                                       eligible guests who book their wedding at
                                                                                           Village also maintains a sandy private beach                                                                 Aston Lakeland Village.
                                                                                           and what might be the only water-fronting
                                                                                           meeting space in the area. Location and                                                                        Having provided acclaimed accommoda-
                                                                                           configuration provide guests at the notably                                                                  tions throughout Hawaii, it is little wonder
                                                                                           boutique hotel environment privacy whether                                                                   that Aston has successfully launched its
                                                                                           they are enjoying the beach, the heated pool,            Of course, there is much to enjoy at the            visionary new resorts on the mainland – a
                                                                                           playing tennis on private courts or lounging           resort, whether one is looking for active             welcome import.
                                                                                           in a hot tub. From beach volleyball to snow-           or entirely relaxing experiences. Accom-                  Aston Lakeland Village is located at 3535
                                          Today, mainland travelers can enjoy the sig-     shoeing, Lakeland Village sporting opportuni-          modations range from studios to suites and              Lake Tahoe Blvd. For more information visit
                                        nature qualities of Aston Hotels’ properties.      ties accentuate the year-round appeal of               townhomes, offering plenty of room for                   
                                        In 2010, Aston expanded to popular mountain        Lake Tahoe.                                            groups of all sizes. Units of all sizes are warm
                                        resort destinations in South Lake Tahoe and

                                                 The spectacular beauty of Lake Tahoe creates millions of smiles a year.
                                         Breathtaking views, clear mountain air and true serenity are its hallmarks. Very few destinations evoke the same level of delight and rejuvenation.
                                         For many, the excitement starts around November, as the first snow lures recreationists to play in the high country with views of a cobalt blue lake. For others, the warm temperatures of sum-
                                        mer draw people’s attention to hiking, camping and water recreation.

                                          If you love Lake Tahoe, help us Keep it Blue so that these smiles multiply and last for many generations to come.

                                                Why is the water so clear?                                                                                                                         What is clouding Lake Tahoe?
                                          One of the most inspiring aspects of Lake Tahoe is                                                                                                     The pollutants clouding the Lake are the simple
                                        its unusually clear water. In some places, objects can                                                                                                 result of urban development. Rain and snowmelt fall
                                        be seen at depths of over 70 feet. One reason for this                                                                                                 on parking lots and roads, where sediment and nutri-
                                        is that 40 percent of the precipitation falling into the                                                                                               ents hitch a ride to the lake. Believe it or not, fertilizer
                                        Lake Tahoe’s watershed falls directly upon the Lake.                                                                                                   is still allowed at Tahoe, including at golf courses,
                                        The remaining precipitation drains through marshes                                                                                                     resorts and private lake front residences. It’s also
                                        and meadows, which are a good filtering system for                                                                                                     becoming increasingly clear that sand used during
                                        water. Unfortunately, many of the Lake’s natural filter-                                                                                               snow removal operations is harmful to Tahoe. This
                                        ing systems have been disturbed by development                                                                                                         sand, once it is ground up by cars and travels into
                                        and Tahoe’s clarity is diminishing. In fact, only a few                                                                                                Tahoe, floats in the lake for years.
                                        decades ago, Tahoe’s clarity averaged over 100 feet.
                                                                                                                             Why is Tahoe so blue?
                                            How can we Keep Tahoe Blue?                                 Tahoe’s clean air and water are the keys to the lake’s dazzling blue                             Pick up after your pet.
                                                                                                       color. Lake Tahoe’s water is so pure and deep that it reflects the blue sky                  Scoop it up to help the lake.
                                            Cut down on driving: Tahoe’s air and water quality         and surrounding landscape. From afar, Lake Tahoe is a deep cobalt blue.
                                          are linked.                                                  Closer to shore, the water is crystal clear, reflecting dazzling turquoise,               Hundreds of thousands of dogs visit Lake Tahoe
                                            Avoid traffic and parking hassle. Ride your bike,          sunset reds and stormy purples.                      Photo Credit:
                                                                                                                                                                                               every year. Dog waste contains nutrients that can
                                          walk, carpool, take the free ski shuttles and ride                                                                                                   wash into the lake and contribute to algae growth.
                                          public transportation. Tahoe is working hard to pro-                                                                                                 Unlike some municipalities, doggy bags are not
                                          vide visitors and residents alternative ways to get                   Boat inspections. Keep out invaders.                                           always provided, but if you bring your own, the lake
                                          around. Ask at your hotel about the free ski shuttles          Many lakes in the United States have been devastated by non-native species of         will appreciate it. This is also a good practice to
                                          provided by all major ski resorts at Tahoe. During           mussels and aquatic plants. A vast effort is underway to prevent this from happen-      protect water quality everywhere. Did you know
                                          the summer, take advantage of Tahoe’s extensive              ing at Tahoe. Boat inspections are now required. Off-ramp inspection stations are       that for over 40 years, household sewage has been
                                          network of bike trails.                                      available throughout the region. The inspections are working: Boats have been           exported out of Lake Tahoe? This has been a major
                                                                                                       quarantined when mussels are found, and none have established in the lake yet. You      benefit to Keeping Tahoe Blue.
                                                                                                       can prepare your boat by arriving at the inspections cleaned, drained and dry.
                                                  Park in designated areas.                                                                                                                                    Prevent wildfire.
                                            Tires erode Tahoe’s sensitive soils.                                 Secure trash. Keep Tahoe’s bears wild.                                                      Watch that match.
                                            Tahoe offers many stunning photo opportunities               It’s no secret Tahoe has some brazen bears. But when these majestic                     Tahoe’s forests are prone to wildfire. When camp-
                                          and multiple beach and trail access points. If you            creatures lose their fear of humans, they could also lose their lives.                 ing or visiting the forest, use camp stoves responsi-
                                          are looking to pull over, please find a paved pullout.        Unsecured trash is the number one cause of bear problems at Tahoe. If                  bly and dispose of cigarettes wisely. Check with the
                                          Parking on the dirt causes erosion and hurts the              you are renting a vacation home, bear-proof trash containers are often                 Forest Service for campfire regulations and permit
                                          lake.                                                         provided. Protect Tahoe’s bears by securing your trash.                                information.

                                                     Support the League. Help preserve                                            Who makes that “Keep Tahoe Blue” sticker?
                                                       Tahoe for future generations.                                            The League to Save Lake Tahoe has issued over one million “Keep Tahoe
                                                                                                                               Blue” stickers since the 1980s. “Keep Tahoe Blue” has been the name of
                                           The League is Tahoe’s oldest and largest environmental watchdog orga-               our newsletter for over 40 years. The sticker has become an iconic rep-
                                          nization. We often function as the only voice for environmental protection           resentation of everyone’s love for Lake Tahoe. The sticker is available at
                                          at Tahoe. We are the recipient of the Environmental Protection Agency’s              over a hundred locations throughout the region. For locations or to get a
                                          Outstanding Environmental Achievement Award, and the California Gover-               sticker online, go to If you don’t prefer a sticker, show
                                          nor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award.                                                                                                                              League to Save Lake Tahoe
                                                                                                                               your support by finding us at “Keep Tahoe Blue” on Facebook.

                                            Famed Tahoe researcher Dr. Charles Goldman, who first documented that Lake Tahoe’s clarity is declining at a rapid rate, has said that “Without the continued efforts of the League, we would have lost
                                             the effort to save Lake Tahoe back in the 1960s and 70s.” Visit to make a donation and join the tens of thousands of people who have supported our work for over half a century.
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                Welcome to the Avalon Lodge

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  Cle Hospitality recently purchased the              At Cle Hospitality, we believe that when
Avalon Lodge in South Lake Tahoe. Located          you book a hotel room you should have a
in the Stateline neighborhood, the Lodge is        home away from home and that you should
just two blocks                                                                     have every-
from the Heav-                                                                      thing that you
enly Gondola and                                                                    need to feel
Village as well                                                                     comfortable
as two blocks                                                                       and accom-
from the beach.                                                                     modated. We
The Lodge fea-                                                                      believe in the
tures in-room                                                                       value of your
fireplaces, new                                                                     time, your
pillowtop beds,                                                                     money and
flat screen TVs,                                                                    your experi-
jacuzzi, compli-                                                                    ence. We look
mentary wire-                                                                       forward to
less internet,                                                                      introducing

and a delicious                                                                     you to our
complimen-                                                                          Lodge and
tary continental                                                                    creating the
breakfast including breakfasts breads from         first of many memorable vacations for you.
the Sugarpine Bakery and yogurt from Saint           As our Opening Gift to you, save up to 50%
Benoit Yogurt, served in our cozy lobby each       on your vacations April 1, 2011 – April 1, 2012,
morning.                                           when you book by February 16, 2011.

                    Play and Learn at KidZone
  KidZone Museum in Truckee is Tahoe’s only         March 12th is the Museum’s annual fund-
non-profit children’s museum!                      raiser, and this year’s will be SnowFest!
                                                   Bump & Jump Ski Party, where you will be
  Young children under seven can play in           sure to see an Olympian or two. Tahoe Family
the interactive exhibit “Lucky Duck Farm”,         Festival is an outdoor event in August with
climb and slide on the indoor play structure,      music, food, bubbles and other super fun
build structures with metal magnet pieces, or      activities for families.
spend hours creating art in the art room.

                                                                                                                                                                                         A D V E R T I S I N G F E AT U R E
                                                    Check out their website for details
  The Museum has natural science camps   
in summer that include Watershed Science,
Family Camp at Sagehen Creek and Farm

Camp, where kids can explore and learn
about natural science in the Sierra.

    History comes alive in Old Town Auburn
  History buffs and all proud Californians         antique stores and handy traveler services.
don't just have to imagine what the state          A visit here can last all afternoon or an entire
was like in its colorful past. Just exit I-80 at
Old Town Auburn and you will be immersed
                                                   evening. Nearly all of the historic structures
                                                   of Old Town are still at work, many function-                         OLD TOWN AUBURN
                                                                                                                         “Where History captures your heart.”
in one of California's oldest historic districts   ing in new ways.
and how it appeared during the Gold Rush.            Authentic antique shops line Commercial
Many of the original structures and much of        Street along with gift and specialty shops.
the texture and charm of this 49’er town lives     Old Town Auburn boasts handcrafted jewelry
on vibrantly.                                      shops, art galleries and specialty stores with
  Old Town Auburn is much more than a rest         products ranging from clothing to kitchen
stop. Old Town is a special place -- a living      accessories to collectibles.
link to a raucous time in history, when the
saloons, hotels and "sporting houses" were           Old Town Auburn hosts numerous year-                     A town for all seasons and a great place to relax and enjoy
jammed with gold miners, soldiers and for-         round events, including a weekly local farm-                   a slice of Old California’s pleasures and treasures.
                                                   er's market, antique festivals, blues festival,
tune seekers of all kinds.       Today, this       wine festival and vintage country Christmas.            Exit: I-80 @ Maple Street. Just 35 short miles east of Sacramento
compact set of twisty streets is set in a
narrow ravine and boasts a core of over 70           For more information, including easy direc-                             in the foothills of the Sierras.
restaurants, bars, unique shops, genuine           tions, visit


                                                                                                          Airport & Shuttle Service From Reno To North Lake Tahoe & Truckee

                                                                                                                 3:30am – Midnight


                                                                                                          For all other transit:

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                                        Tahoe Adventure. Aston Comfort.

                                         Aston Lakeland Village Beach & Mountain Resort
                                         Boasting 400 inches of snow a year, Lake Tahoe is a skier and snowboarder’s paradise. Aston Lakeland Village
                                         puts you close to the action with lakefront condominium resort studios and family-friendly townhomes, all with
                                         full kitchens. Catch the free shuttle to Heavenly Resort, check out the on-site ski & board shop and unwind in
                                         the heated pools and hot tubs. Complimentary continental breakfast included.

                                             Heavenly Resort Ski/Ride 2-Night Special
                                             from $259/night for two
                                              •   2 nights Deluxe Studio (upgrade available to a suite for an additional $30/night)
                                              •   2-day Heavenly lift tickets for two
                                              •   Continental breakfast daily
                                              •   Free Aston shuttle to Heavenly Resort

                                         Rate valid for travel through 4/15/11. 2-night minimum stay required. Rates based on midweek nights during
                                         the validity period and are subject to change. Rates do not include taxes or fees. Some restrictions apply.

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