Since many employees traditionally take the day off from work on New Year's Eve, Tahoe-based businesses are making it especially attractive to welcome in the new year there.
For instance, Northstar-at-Tahoe will host a family celebration Wednesday at its Lodge at Big Springs. The celebration includes a torch light parade at 7 p.m. and a fireworks show. Adult celebrations kick off at 9 p.m. at the Alpine Bar with free midnight champagne and party favors. Northstar-at-Tahoe is at the intersection of Highway 267 and Northstar Drive in Truckee. The family event is $5 for adults and free for children under 10. The adults-only party is $10. Call 562-1010 for more information about Northstar-at-Tahoe.
A New Year's Eve family party will be held at the Resort at Squaw Creek, complete with a 9 p.m. sparkling cider toast and balloon drop for the children followed by a midnight balloon drop and champagne toast for the adults, deejay music and children's games. Admission to the party is $20 for adults and $10 for children. The resort is on Squaw Valley Road and Highway 89 in Olympic Valley, which is six miles from Tahoe City and 12 miles from Truckee. Call 583-6300 for details.
Any day following New Year's Eve is just as opportune a time to take advantage of the snow. Tahoe is home to a large concentration of other ski areas, including Diamond Peak, Mount Rose Ski Tahoe and Alpine Meadows - all just a short drive from the foothills.
There's plenty of activities for nonskiers; other snow activities include sleigh rides, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, dog sledding, ice skating and snow tubing.
For more information on Lake Tahoe winter activities, call area visitors' bureaus at 583-3494, (800) 824-6348, 587-2757 or 541-5255.