2024 Brings Great Promise to South Tahoe: New Year, New Snowfall Blankets Area; $500 Million in Renovation Plans; Ongoing Focus on Sustainability Efforts

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Jan. 9, 2024 (SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif./Nev.) 2024 at South Tahoe is off to a promising start both indoors and out, with the timely arrival of more than a foot of snow (more in the forecast this week), plans for more than a half billion dollars in renovation plans at area resorts, hotels, casinos, and restaurants, and an ongoing commitment to sustainability efforts. www.visitlaketahoe.com.

“Popping champagne and powder is a favorite way to welcome the new year,” said Carol Chaplin, president and CEO of the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority “Skiers, riders, and visitors, as well as locals and businesses, have been patient, and now the wait is over. Happy 2024!”

This winter, major ski areas, including Heavenly Mountain Resort are offering guests several choices for parking this season, with a combination of both free and paid options, including a new reservations-based paid parking program starting mid-December on weekends (Saturday – Sunday) and peak periods at select parking lots – details can be found on the “Getting Here & Parking” page. Resorts encourage carpooling when visiting resorts.

New this winter at Kirkwood Mountain Resort and Heavenly, the My Epic app unlocks real-time resort updates, interactive trail maps with GPS location tracking, predictive lift line wait times, personalized stats, and account information that allows guests to activate their pass or lift ticket(s) directly on their phone and get scanned, hands-free, via Bluetooth® technology.

Forged from the flames of the 2021 Caldor Fire, Sierra-at-Tahoe is reopening its entire footprint this season with newly revealed terrain, fresh fall lines, open bowls, and an amphitheater of world-class terrain parks. The resort averages 400+ inches of natural snowfall a year with 48 trails, eight world-class terrain parks, 2,000 acres, and 2,212 vertical feet. After a day on the slopes, visit Sierra’s 360° BBQ Smokehouse at the top of Grandview Express for stunning Lake Tahoe views, or cheer with friends new and old in The Sierra Pub with weekly live music.

For a complete guide to winter snow play, including ice skating outdoors at Edgewood and Heavenly Village, indoors at the South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena, snowshoeing and groomed XC skiing trails at Camp Richardson as well as Kirkwood, snowmobiling at Zephyr Cove and Hope Valley, tubing at six different locations throughout South Shore, several year-round boat cruises and fishing charters, and even clear-bottom kayak tours with Clearly Tahoe.

A resurgence of investments at South Shore in excess of half a billion dollars with the new Tahoe Blue Event Center, rebranded casinos, the opening of Margaritaville Resort, expanded boutique hotel offerings, and several new restaurants have recently opened, with several planned for 2024–25.

The Tahoe Blue Event Center in Stateline, Nev., is the new multi-purpose venue driving interest and events during shoulder-season periods. Coming winter ’24-’25 is ECHL hockey team named Tahoe Knight Monsters. For a full schedule of entertainment,concerts, and, comedic acts visit: https://www.tahoeblueeventcenter.com/.

Margaritaville Resort Lake Tahoe opened in December 2023 and is the brand’s first lodging location in a ski destination and the only all-suite resort featuring 399 rooms in the Lake Tahoe basin to feature separate bedroom and living room spaces with a dining table and wet bar. New restaurants include LandShark Bar & Grill, a relaxed indoor/outdoor restaurant inspired by the traditional beach bars of the Atlantic Coast; and JWB Prime Steak and Seafood, an acclaimed, laid-back luxury restaurant serving fine cuts of meat and fresh seafood, perfect for special occasions. www.margaritavilleresorts.com

Camp Richardson Resort, the Lake Tahoe resort that has been welcoming travelers for more than a century, is entering a new era. ExplorUs will take over operations, on Jan. 6, 2024. The hospitality management company specializes in America’s most beautiful parks with more than 60 locations across the country. Camp Richardson Hospitality, LLC, an arm of ExplorUS, will operate the hotel, cabins, beachside inn, Richardson House, campgrounds and RV park, general store, ice cream parlor, mountain sports center, and restaurant. Immediate plans for the resort include an update of all the historic hotel furnishings in time for the summer season, a remodel of the general store, and cabin upgrades will also start in 2024. The restaurant will reopen in early 2024 with a full renovation planned for the building. The restaurant update will offer a casual family dining experience with unsurpassed views of Lake Tahoe. In total, the resort is slated for $12 million in renovations during the new permit period. https://camprichardsonresort.com/.

Golden Nugget Lake Tahoe (formerly Hard Rock) the property will be completely remodeled by early 2025 with new looks, VIP services, renovated hotel lobby, state of the art gaming options, a full room transformation, and adding new unrivaled VIP suites. The H20 Pool & Bar will feature contemporary, built-in seating areas, fire pits, hot tub, private cabanas, poolside bar and outdoor gaming. New dining offerings include Mastro’s Steakhouse, a sophisticated steakhouse recognized for their combination of world-class service, highly acclaimed cuisine, and live entertainment in an elegant, energetic atmosphere. Saltgrass Steak House offers a casual vibe with steaks, chicken, and seafood, chargrilled to perfection, with breads, soups, and desserts, made from scratch daily. https://www.goldennugget.com/lake-tahoe/.

Wolf by Vanderpump inside Harveys casino is scheduled to open in March with regionally sourced ingredients to craft seasonal menus as well as unique and decadent shareable bites. The casino floor at Harveys is on deck next with more details on property renovation coming later this year. https://www.caesars.com/harveys-tahoe

Edgewood Tahoe’s Brooks’ Bar & Deck will be updated and remodeled with a new bar as well as menu. The golf Pro-Shop adjacent to Brooks’ will be modernized with completion for both anticipated for May 2024. www.edgewoodtahoe.com.

Located near the Heavenly Gondola and lakeside beach, Coachman Hotel has renovated all 103 guest rooms and suites featuring a neutral color palette, leather accents and cozy textiles including handwoven wool rugs and heavy bed quilts. The property’s four new Business Suites feature built-in work nooks with adaptable desks, smart TVs, and select suites feature kitchenettes. The new Whirlpool Suite features a 72 x 48” jet-equipped soaking tub. Families can secure larger room options with a Three Bed Suite which sleeps 11 or a one-bedroom Bunk Suite, and Two Bedroom Suite with kitchenette and sleeping room for up to six. The next phase of Coachman Hotel’s renovations is slated for completion in February 2024, and will feature the addition of an all-new 900-square-foot, tech equipped meeting space with landscaped outdoor patio seating, bringing the property’s total meeting space to 1,900 square feet of flexible indoor/outdoor accommodations. An all-new food and beverage outlet is also scheduled to debut in mid-2024. https://coachmantahoe.com.

For 10 years RnR Vacation Rentals has partnered with the League to Save Lake Tahoe by participating in clean-ups, donating annually on behalf of their homeowners, and providing educational materials in each of our homes, promoting Tahoe Tap for drinking water to eliminate single-use plastic bottles. In addition, RnR provide shampoo, conditioner, hand soap, body wash, and dish soap in refillable pump bottles, which has reduced plastic consumption and waste dramatically. As a company, they utilize free and clear laundry detergent and cleaning products, recycling hundreds of pounds of cardboard weekly, and ensuring thousands of batteries are disposed of properly through the City’s hazardous waste program. https://www.rnrvr.com.

Zephyr Point Presbyterian Camp & Conference Center, located on the shores near Zephyr Cove Resort a few miles from the casino corridor,celebrates a century of connecting with nature, deepening faith, and growing in community, leading up to its remarkable 100-year anniversary in 2024. Over the years, Zephyr Point has transformed into a sprawling campus, boasting a variety of lodging and conference facilities, breathtaking views, and a rich history of nurturing personal and spiritual growth. https://zephyrpoint.org.

Tourism officials “Awe and then Some” tagline aims to inspire trips centered around the lake, and with “Preserving the Awe” it reinforces the desire for visitors to make memorable experiences while connecting with and respecting the beautiful natural environment. A simple way to accomplish this is to stay mid-week, off-peak visitation for a more intimate experience and to reduce impact to help preserve the awe and wonder of this special place. Visit Lake Tahoe along with 18 other partners, released a Destination Stewardship Plan that identifies 32 actions across four strategic pillars: foster a tourism economy that gives back; turn a shared vision into shared action; advance a culture of caring for the greater Lake Tahoe region; and improve the Tahoe experience for all. Key travel information is also available at “Know Before You Go.”

Tourism officials remind travelers to monitor official resources for road and weather conditions for a safe winter experience. During snowstorms, especially those that land on peak travel days or times (arriving Friday afternoon/evening and departing Sundays), officials encourage guests to check with Caltrans / Nevada Department of Transportation, follow winter driving tips (i.e. carry chains and know how to install them, give plenty of driving space, go slowly and don’t slam on brakes, bring extra supplies, etc.), and plan ahead for possible longer travel times. During snowfall, a fleet of city and state snow removal vehicles work throughout the Lake Tahoe Basin to keep roads clear and safe for travel. With the ability for many to work remotely, winter enthusiasts are encouraged to visit prior to the storm for work and play.

For more information on events, promotions, packages, and conditions, explore Visit Lake Tahoe at www.VisitLakeTahoe.com.

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Fresh snow at South Lake Tahoe, more on the way. Image taken: Sunday, Jan. 7, 2024. Credit Visit Lake Tahoe

Contact: Jenn Boyd Lemming or Phil Weidinger, Weidinger Public Relations, 775-588-2412 or jennifer@weidingerpr.com.


About the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
With more than 75 plaudits and accolades from national media outlets, Visit Lake Tahoe combines the distinctive appeal of two worlds: unparalleled natural beauty and an array of world-class outdoor recreation, entertainment, nightlife and gaming. As a responsible tourism destination, it offers a balanced approach regarding social and environmental impacts to preserve its appeal for generations. For information about lodging, recreation, events, and mindful travel at Visit Lake Tahoe, call 1-800-288-2463 or log onto www.VisitLakeTahoe.com

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