This wild and rockin' winter sports celebration known as Lake Tahoe WinterFest takes place in early March (the dates this year are March 3 to March 10, 2013) at the famed Lake Tahoe ski area which straddles the California/Nevada border (about an hour south of Reno, Nev., and 3.5 hours east-northeast of San Francisco). This popular event, presented by the Nevada Gay and Lesbian Visitors & Convention Bureau, is now in its 18th year.
This year's event is already generating plenty of buzz, as a highlight this year is a comedy show on Friday, March 8, by talented comedian Dana Goldberg; and a private dinner and dance cruise on the lake on Saturday night, March 9. Check out the full slate of Lake Tahoe Winterfest events, which include a number of parties and gatherings at such popular local haunts as the Hard Rock Cafe in Harvey's Casino, Harrah's Lake Tahoe President's Lounge, Tep's Villa Roma, and at in the event spaces at the host hotel, the Aston Lakeland Village, which is right on the shore of Tahoe, and also steps from the ski slopes.
During the daytime, of course, there's group ski outings at area resorts, including Heavenly-Tahoe, Northstar, and Sierra at Tahoe. You can purchase several types of ski week passes online, plus individual tickets to different parties.
Lake Tahoe covers a large area, so it's best to check with the different area tourism offices and visitors bureaus for more information on dining, lodging, and travel in the region. Tahoe South covers South Lake Tahoe, which is the heart of Lake Tahoe Winterfest; while North Lake Tahoe has the details on communities and resorts like Crystal Bay, Incline Village, Squaw Valley, Northstar, Truckee, and more. Finally, if you're planning to tack on some extra time up in Reno, check out the helpful LGBT travel site of the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority.