Like many Americans, we've had the Winter Olympic Games coverage running non-stop here in North Lake Tahoe. The Games have a special place in our hearts, as we are a former host city for the winter games, the hometown of several Olympians, and a world class winter sports destination. If you're planning to be in Lake Tahoe over the next couple weeks, we have some great recommendations to help the Olympics come alive for your family. And if you don't have plans to be here yet...why not? After all, the Winter Olympic Games only come around once every four years!
Join us for a Toyota Olympic Watch Party
Home of the 1960 Olympics, the heritage of the Winter Games lives at Squaw Valley, and they host what just might be the best watch parties in town at their Plaza Bar. The Plaza Bar is located on the second floor of Olympic House, and is a great place to put up your feet up and hang out with friends after a day on the slopes. Menu items include signature flatbread pizzas, a unique twist on nachos and delectable finger foods.
Watch the Women's Figure Skating Finals and take a private lesson at the Truckee Ice Rink
Seeing the best women in the world pull off seemingly impossible feats on the ice can't help but inspire us. Have little ones that are excited about the magic of figure skating? Watch the Games with them, and then let them give it a try themselves! The Truckee Ice Rink is located just a 1/2 mile south of Downtown Truckee in the Truckee River Regional Park on Old Brockway Rd. The Truckee Ice Rink features public skating, skate rentals, a snack bar, and group and private lessons for all age groups taught by experienced instructors. The outdoor setting under tall pines, complete with bonfire, overhead lights, and music to skate by, makes for a truly enjoyable outing.
Visit the Olympic Museum
Take a trip back in time and learn about the 1960 Winter Olympics that took place at Squaw Valley. The recently renovated Olympic Museum, located at High Camp showcases a unique collection of memorabilia, news articles and video presentations detailing the many magical moments that took place at Squaw Valley. See authentic Team USA uniforms, current Squaw Valley athlete memorabilia, and a hockey stick and puck from the 1960 games. Admission is free with your Aerial Tram ride.
Watch Truckee Local Mark Engel Compete in the Slalom and Learn to Ski at his Sponsoring Mountain
Mark Engel made his Olympic Debut this year, but long before he was a member of the U.S. Ski Team he was learning the ropes at Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area. And while Mark may have only been 2 years old when he got his first pair of skis, Tahoe Donner is known regionally as the best place to learn to ski for all ages. Currently offering discounted lift tickets, ditch the crowds and take advantage of the great beginner terrain when your young skier becomes inspired after watching the games.