North Lake Fun
Six things you gotta do in Tahoe this winter.
Sierra Snowkite Center/Derek Brown
Let the Wind Blow
Strap on your harness, and surf across hundreds of acres of snow at the Sierra Snowkite Center, California’s only snow-kiting school. Snowkite champion Tyler Brown offers a 90-minute crash course for newbies. 10106 High St., Truckee, (530) 816-0485, sierrasnowkite.com.
Refuel Between Runs
Take a break from the slopes at Backyard Bar & BBQ, the Ritz-Carlton’s new mid-mountain restaurant. Situated on the hotel’s ski-in, ski-out patio at Northstar, the restaurant serves pulled pork plates, wood-fired pizzas, and house-smoked ribs. 13031 Ritz-Carlton Highlands Ct., Truckee, (530) 562-3000, ritzcarlton.com/laketahoe.
Have an Epicurean Experience
Splurge on the chef’s seasonal tasting menu, or sip on Blue Bottle coffee at Trokay, a restaurant that offers big-city dining with a cozy, mountain-town vibe. 10046 Donner Pass Rd., Truckee, (530) 582-1040, restauranttrokay.com.
Check out Sugar Bowl Ski Resort’s new Crow’s Peak chairlift. The triple chair is 1,000 feet high, and creates easy access to the coveted powder at Strawberry Fields and Crow’s Nest Glades.
629 Sugar Bowl Rd., Norden, (530) 426-9000, sugarbowl.com.
Nom on Casual Fare
Ski at Squaw Valley or Alpine Meadows ’til your legs burn, and then descend to the base to one of two new Mtn Roots food trucks. Chow down on a changing menu of local and sustainably harvested après-ski grub, including street tacos and fresh caprese salad. 1960 Squaw Valley Rd., Olympic Valley, (530) 452-4331, squaw.com.
Catch Last Tracks
Take in the panoramic views of Lake Tahoe from Diamond Peak’s mid-mountain lodge, while feasting on Merlot paired with pork sausages, or Sauvignon Blanc and smoked salmon. Afterward, ski down the mountain’s freshly groomed runs. Last Tracks Beer/Wine Tasting, Saturdays starting in February, 1210 Ski Way, Incline Village, (775) 832-1132, diamondpeak.com.