February 16–24 Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows www.squawalpine.com Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows will come to life with this weeklong event designed to entertain the kids. Kid-O-Rama features nonstop fun for little ones of all ages, highlighted by a bigtruck event complete with fire trucks, snowplows and grooming machines, as well...

February 1–2 Diamond Peak www.diamondpeak.com This celebratory weekend at Diamond Peak Ski Resort kicks off Friday night with a torchlight parade, bonfire, party and live music and continues with a gala dinner and auction at The Chateau on Saturday. Make sure to don your best Ullr attire, as...

December 29–31 South Lake Tahoe www.snowglobemusicfestival.com This three-day music festival returns to South Lake Tahoe from December 29–31. The event, now in its eighth year, attracts thousands of fans of electronic dance music to the Athletic Field at Lake Tahoe Community College. Just make sure to bring plenty...

December 18–31 Heavenly www.skiheavenly.com For a two-week stretch in December, Heavenly Holidays transforms the Heavenly Village into a holiday winter wonderland with lights, decorations, holiday music, ice sculpting, après parties, skiing with Santa and his elves, and more. It all cumulates on New Year’s Eve, with a live...

December 14–December 31 Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows www.squawalpine.com Family favorites return to Merry Days & Holly Nights this year, including professional theater, dance, jazz and orchestral performances, sleigh rides with Santa, skiing with Jonny Moseley, Sunset Happy Hours, train rides, ice-carving demonstrations, farm-to-table dinners and more. A special New...

December 7–9 South Lake Tahoe www.festivaloftreeslaketahoe.org The Barton Foundation’s largest fundraiser of the year, the 10th annual Festival of Trees and Lights returns to the MontBleu Resort Convention Center in December. This holiday extravaganza features elaborately decorated Christmas trees and wreaths, local entertainment from singing groups to magic...

November 3–4, November 10–11, November 17–18 www.snowbomb.com Snowbomb will stoke snow-starved skiers and snowboarders with three consecutive weekends of pre-winter festivities at the annual Ski and Snowboard Festivals. The shows—slated to take place at San Francisco Pier 35 (November 3–4), the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds (November 10–11)...

Aaron Fleenor flips off a bridge over the Yuba River, photo by Ryan Salm   In Tahoe and beyond, the adrenaline-inducing sport of cliff jumping is gaining steam   A granite cliff as high as a 10-story building falls away beneath my feet to the shimmering blue of Lake...

Tahoe-Truckee residents want renewable energy. Now, how do we get it?   Every seat was taken at the Town Council meeting in Truckee last November. The item on the agenda—a resolution for 100 percent renewable energy—was universally supported. Even in small towns, where roundabouts versus stoplights have...

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