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April 21, 2014 | 02:37 PM

IRONMAN Lake Tahoe adds Ironman 70.3 event

IRONMAN has just announced a new event as part of race weekend here in Lake Tahoe - IRONMAN 70.3. The scenery that will take your breath away if the 6,000 ft altitude doesn't.

For triathletes everywhere, the IRONMAN Lake Tahoe experience is considered one of the most challenging. Well, the finish line just got a little bit closer with the announcement of IRONMAN 70.3.

At half the distance of the full course, IRONMAN 70.3 will allow even more athletes to compete in one of the most exhilarating race destinations around the world. Lake Tahoe's IRONMAN 70.3 course mirrors the path of the full IRONMAN event with a swim that begins in Kings Beach, a bike course that goes through Tahoe City, Truckee, and Northstar, and a run from Squaw Valley to Tahoe City and back.

From the official IRONMAN web site: "As IRONMAN expands globally, there is an increased desire for athletes from all regions to have similar opportunities," said Steve Meckfessel, Managing Director of Global Race Operations for IRONMAN. "Lake Tahoe is the perfect venue for this program as it allows athletes with different fitness levels and goals to experience everything Lake Tahoe and the surrounding region has to offer."

Athletes and their families are welcome to stay at host hotel Resort at Squaw Creek, minutes from the finish line and along the running course. Suites with kitchens begin at just $249 and a complimentary late check-out allows athletes a full day of recovery with access to their room and all resort amenities. Book online and ask for your late check-out upon check-in.

 

Photo Credit: IRONMAN Lake Tahoe

April 09, 2014 | 03:46 PM

Trail running season in Lake Tahoe

As the snow melts off the trails, revealing Tahoe's soft carpet of sandy soil and pine needles, trail runners rejoice. With impossibly blue skies, mild summertime temperatures, breathtaking views around every corner, and miles and miles of perfectly graded backcountry trails, Lake Tahoe is a trail runner's paradise. 

At 22 miles long and 12 miles wide, Lake Tahoe sits in a basin carved by glaciers. Ringing the basin are some of the most scenic miles of singletrack in North America - most of it with a view of the lake itself. The views make the miles go by, as a recent article in Condé Nast Traveler highlighting Lake Tahoe trail runs points out.

Tahoe trail runners love the easy access to great trails - you feel like you are 10 miles out of town after a short jaunt from the trailhead - as well as the terrain and the weather. Casual and serious runners alike find it easy to motivate themselves to get out on the trail, even while they are on vacation. Plus, there's nothing better than a day relaxing on the beach after a great run.

One of the oldest and most famous endurance trail runs, the Western States Endurance Run, begins right here in Squaw Valley. Looking for something a little shorter than 100.2 miles? Check out the Tahoe Trail Running Series that takes place from early June through October at locations all around Lake Tahoe.

Or simply ask the team at Resort at Squaw Creek how to get out on the trails. We have several passionate runners on staff who would be happy to give you tips on how to experience Tahoe's best trail runs.

Photo from Condé Nast Traveler Daily Traveler

March 12, 2014 | 09:09 AM

Nightlife in Lake Tahoe

Wondering what to do after the sun goes down in Lake Tahoe? Options are as plentiful as the stars in the night sky.

Known for having an over-abundance of outdoor activities in both summer and winter, Lake Tahoe is a recreational mecca for visitors of all ages. From the beach and boating June through September, to the incredible skiing, snowboarding, and winter fun December through April, not to mention hiking and mountain biking perfection in September and October, there is no shortage of ways to fill your days on a trip to Lake Tahoe.

But what do you do when the sun goes down? Not to worry! There are plenty of nightlife options to keep you busy when the stars come out.

A veritable army of local bars and restaurants await in Tahoe City, Squaw Valley, and Truckee. You can find something that suits just about any taste or any atmosphere. From fine dining, an urban-feel, and high-end cocktails, to local hangout, craft beers, and simple food, North Lake Tahoe has it all.

Families will find an abundance of casual, kid-friendly dinner spots around Squaw Valley and Truckee, while an awesome playground on the shore of Lake Tahoe in Tahoe City is a great before-dinner activity to work out that last pint of energy.

And for the late-night crowd, there is live music all over town. From headliners to local acts, the venues in North Lake Tahoe host a lively music scene that can keep you busy every night of the week.

And if you want to keep it uber-local during your stay at Resort at Squaw Creek, stick to the Squaw Village, rated the #3 on USA Today's list of Top 10 Ski Resorts for Nightlife.    




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