Spring in North Lake Tahoe is a popular time to visit, and starting March first visiors can participate in the jam packed events of SnowFest, an annual festival that runs until the 10th\. There will be over 60 activities taking place during the days and nights. On-snow events will take place at the resorts of Squaw Valley USA, Alpine meadows, Homewood, Diamond Peak and Northstar California, and there will also be special events include parades, races, parties,and concerts, along with wining and dining at the many fine restaurants.
The SnowFest festivities begin in Squaw Valley with the 23rd annual party, hosted by Gar Woods Grill & Pier, with beads, buttons, raffles, auction items, live music, food and drinks all for a $25 donation.
A 'Torchlight Parade', with incredible display of torches comes down the mountains and on the mountain a fireworks display will light up the sky and skiers with incredible colors. Participants can listen to the sounds of the 'Space Cowboys' performing outside Funitel Plaza or join the 'Hot Dog 80's Retro Party' at the Cornice Cantina, it goes untill 2 a.m.
The 23rd Gar Woods Polar Bear Swim, takes place on March 2 at 2:30 p.m. at Carnelian Bay. Everyone is invited to participate in a swimming race, in 40 degree water in freezing Lake Tahoe. The brave souls who decide to compete can register and pay in advance, the cost is $30. Last minute entrants, the day of the event, will pay $35 and prizes will be given for both men and women.
The 37th Annual Great Ski Race is on March 3 at 9 a.m. This is the main fundraising event for the Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue Team, a nonprofit all-volunteer organization. The funds are used mainly to purchase equipment for the team and provide avalanche and survival education. The Great Ski Race begins at the Tahoe X-CVountry Center, going over the hill and ending at the Cottonwood in Truckee. Register online, (link www.thegreatskirace.com) cost is $55 adults; $25 for kids under 18 years.
Jake's Mardi Gras on the Lake party, a New Orleans inspired theme, features foods such as jambalaya, gumbo, and hush puppies; and quenches thirsts with Hurricane punches. There will be discounts at the Cafe/Bar from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. From 6 p.m. the local favorites, the 'Beer Gardeners' entertain. Come in costume to the Boatworks Mall in Tahoe City.
The full schedule of activities can be seen here.