Happy Holidays, Tahoe

Dashing through the snow in a one-horse open sleigh. It’s not just lyrics to “Jingle Bells.” It’s also one of the many fun, winter activities to enjoy in Tahoe this season. Borges offers horse-drawn sleigh rides at Sand Harbor State Park on the East Shore. Photography by Martin Gollery | etsy.com/shop/LakeTahoePhoto

Happy Holidays, Tahoe
It’s my favorite holiday season of the year, and one of the best to enjoy in Tahoe. What could be more magical than a holiday season surrounded by snow-capped mountains, enjoying the bounty of early-season snow at one of the many downhill and Nordic ski areas in the region (the largest concentration of ski areas in North America), delectable dining options, time spent with friends and family, and, of course, the breathtaking scenery of Lake Tahoe – the Jewel of the Sierra herself.

To kick off your holiday season in Tahoe, be sure to check out our winter edition of Tahoe Music, Events & Festivals – our guide to all the fun holiday happenings, along with events, festivals and performances to fill your winter days in the coming months. I’m already making plans to attend many of these fun activities this winter.

Food Editor Priya Hutner shares some of her favorite “Holiday Spirits” to enjoy during the holidays from her Spiced Holiday Martini to mocktails to enjoy with the kids. If you want to leave the mixing to someone else, be sure to check out Kayla Anderson’s feature on the shop Champagne & Chocolates on the South Shore. (It’s now on my list to visit, too.)

Ski column returns
Former Tahoe Weekly staff member and columnist Mike Akay returns this season to pen his ski column after a much-too-long hiatus from writing for Tahoe Weekly. Mike kicks off his column with a profile on Dreyson Rahlves, son of Olympian Daron Rahlves, whom he interviewed more than 20 years ago for Tahoe Weekly. Mike is also the owner and creator of the delectable treats at Tahoe City Chocolates, which I can tell you from years of visits and hundreds of samplings is some of the best I’ve ever tasted.

KB boat finally removed
The entire community celebrated the recent removal of the abandoned sailboat that has been sitting off the shore of Lake Tahoe in Kings Beach for more than 2 years.

I want to congratulate Priya Hutner for bringing this critical issue to the public’s attention. Priya spent several months investigating who is responsible for removing wrecked and abandoned boats from Lake Tahoe and I credit her work with helping to get this trash removed from Lake Tahoe.

“Thank you for all your support and the Weekly! Would not have happened if we didn’t make some noise!,” Tahoe Vista resident Ryan Kelly wrote to Priya after the boat was removed.

You can read more about the removal in this edition and her original article at TheTahoeWeekly.com/trash.