Category Archives: Live

Wanderlust: Squaw Valley

Wanderlust returns to Squaw Valley this weekend with four days of yoga, music, nature and good vibes. A good time is promised for all, and tickets are still available here or at the door of most venues.

The village will be infused with beautiful minds and bodies as dozens of the world’s top yoga instructors, hundreds of their students, and innumerable musicians join together to create a peace army of thousands for a weekend of active and present living. Ideas will be exchanged, friendships formed, lives elevated. It’s like the meeting of caravans on the way to Mecca, a series of spectacles in Ancient Rome, a Midsummer’s Day gathering, the Super Bowl. This Wanderful meeting of the minds continues with the long human history of annual comings together to celebrate and spread knowledge learned over the past year. And like our ancestor’s parties, Wanderlust will feature plenty of music, art and discussion.

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Ski, Play, Make Memories this Weekend at Squaw

Your absolute last chance to ski and snowboard during the epic season of 2010-2011 is this Friday-Monday at Squaw Valley, USA. Celebrate Memorial Day with some bonus turns to your great ski season. We just got a nice 6-8” fresh coat and you will be amazed at how beautiful and full the mountain is in late May!

Blue skies returned on Thursday and the weekend looks to be a fiesta of fun in the sun. Ski hard and emit hoots of sheer joy, and then soak it up at the High Camp hot tub. Ride on down to the PJ Bar for some good après beers on our pool patio watching the spring sun set behind Tram Face.

Then it is time to go inside and watch the Giants game over a Balboa Burger and memories about a heckuva winter. California is a great state offering a multitude of activities, but the most unique day is to ski and golf, or ski and bike, ski and kayak, ski and hike, ski and hang by the lake. In Lake Tahoe in the spring, anything is possible. And for some reason, even with ‘offseason’ lodging rates and reduced cost lift tickets, restaurant deals abounding, Memorial Day events surrounding, not many people journey up the hill to take advantage.

So in addition to the myriad of majestic opportunities at your hotel doorstep, you get a Tahoe devoid of the crowds of summer and winter – you get an even more pure, an even more natural, an even more magical, Tahoe.

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If you choose to spend your Memorial Day with us up here in the mountains I believe that the fun, grandeur, and uniqueness of the weekend will entrench it vividly in your memory; and that twenty, thirty, fifty years down the line it will be one of the few Memorial Days you’re able to recall.

Visit us at PlumpJack Squaw Valley and call 530.583.1578 to make a reservation.

Blog post by Jon Grant.

12th Annual PlumpJack/LINK Golf Classic

Last Monday we hosted our 12th Annual PlumpJack/LINK Golf Classic at Lake Merced Golf and Country Club. Many local residents and businesses of the San Francisco Bay Area came together to raise funds for CPIC
which focuses on education about treatment choices, managing treatment side effects, family issues, health insurance, employment, family genetics, nutrition, self-advocacy in the medical system, and much more. This great event involved 18 holes of golf, several contests, silent auction, dinner, entertainment, live auction and more.

If you were unable to attend this year, we hope you can help support this amazing cause next May! Be on the lookout for more information here.

The entire day was captured by Dennis Urbiztondo – check it out!

Magical May in Squaw Valley


the calendar turns to May and the days become long and sun-filled here in the Golden State, the skiing at Squaw Valley remains great. The most snow ever recorded at Squaw Valley fell in this endless winter of 2010-2011, and the spring skiing is reaping the benefits. Coverage on the mountain is epic, and our legendary Sierra corn snow makes for soft and playful turns down the hill. Follow the inverse rotation of Apollo’s sun-chariot ride across the sky, starting off the day on south facing Tower 16 or KTs East face until they get a bit sticky then ascend up to Siberia Express and Shirley Lake, return to KT for some West Face and 75 Chute, then close out the day on Rock Garden as it soaks up the 3:00pm sun. And after your legs can’t take anymore goodness, take it on down to Le Chamois for some tasty suds with your day’s ski buds and recount how you shredded Squaw as the sun disappears behind Tram Face.

Squaw will once again be the last remaining Tahoe ski resort open, with Friday-Sunday skiing through Memorial Day. Come on up and take a few laps on KT then head up to High Camp and get your hot tub on with other California skiers who aren’t quite ready to put away the boards just yet either.

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A Skiing Essay by: Jon Grant

During Christmas Day Evening I brought out the computer with intent to watch a DVD I had received some twelve hours earlier as a gift.

By the time my damn laptop booted up, movie watching was trumped by the impulse to rummage through ‘My Documents’.

I read a couple pieces from the past, including one document titled, “skiing essay6”. I wrote it four years ago when I was still living two hour plus hours from decent chairlift. It helped me remember that the mere fact of living in a ski town does not make someone a skier.

True skiers live everywhere – and sometimes the flat land MD rips harder than the lifties, and the Bay Area family man with skinny skis is more hardcore than the local guy with all the sick gear.

It matters not where one resides, what or where he rides – the love and the fellowship is what presides.

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A PlumpJack Wedding: Squaw Valley Inn

PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn is pleased to be featured in Tahoe Unveiled–a blog dedicated to the prettiest weddings in Lake Tahoe. Our property’s scenic beauty and rugged mountains provided the backdrop for Genevieve and Ryan’s romantic and elegant wedding of their dreams. Tucked at the base

of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in North Lake Tahoe, PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn is the perfect place to make your Lake Tahoe Wedding come true!

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A Harvest Blog by PlumpJack Winemaker Tony Biagi

The 2010 harvest is upon us. Three weeks ago I was driving down the Silverado Trail and as I was passing Mumm, I spied hundreds of FYB’s (an insider acronym for F-ing Yellow Bins) on their crush pad. When you see these and you make Sauvignon Blanc you know you have about three weeks left of summer until crush hits, so it’s time to get crush equipment sanitized and set up, the 2009 red wines racked and put down for slumber and gear up your mind for crush.

Crush is extremely stressful, tiring, demanding and frustrating. Crush, however, is my favorite time of year! Not only are you a winemaker, you become a weatherman, camp counselor, strategic planner, mechanic, and I am sure my cellar crew would tell you a bit of a psychopath (oh I am sure they would call me worse.)

Weatherman, because every day in wine country during harvest we all look at the 5-day forecast making harvest decisions from them. I know more about jet streams, high pressure systems, off shore flow, and El Nino than I care to admit. Being a weatherman helps me with my next job which is negotiator.

For a lot of our growers, the crop they sell is their livelihood. I need to treat all of our growers with respect and dignity, we are in this together. However, sometimes the fruit needs to come off the vine and sometimes it needs to stay on. It is my job to talk with these growers and access their situation while calmly explaining to them CADE and PlumpJack’s situation. In the end you need to make a decision that is best for the winery but not one that totally leaves the grower hung out to dry- in essence a good partnership. This is where the negotiation comes in. Once the fruit is at the winery, the next three job titles come into play.

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Another Happy Bride and Groom at the Squaw Valley Inn

The PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn just finished up another wonderful wedding weekend as Tiffany Defrance married her best friend Jeff Guthmiller under the blessing of Tahoe sky. Families and friends began meandering in on Wednesday for the Friday wedding, with large contingents flocking from Nashville, Tennessee and Perth, Australia. Reunions ensued over hikes and gondola rides, poolside lounging, and food and drink in the bar and Café; Thursday’s sunset rehearsal dinner on the lake at nearby Commons Beach was also a highlight. Friday’s late afternoon ceremony was held on the lawn of Gatekeeper’s Cabin, the historic lakeside home of the Water Master, who controlled the level of the lake at its lone outlet, the Truckee River.

The party then gathered back on PlumpJack grounds to a beautiful dinner al fresco on our pool patio with Tuscan décor, smiling faces, and fine food served with the aura of a late summer eve in the mountains. Dining was followed by a rocking band, open bar, and nearly 100 friends dancing until wee hours in a transformed PJ Conference Center; guests were welcomed to a hip, Tahoe-meets-Miami lounge vibe, and the party really took flight.

The newly married, longtime married, one-time married, and just plain single woke up leisurely Saturday morning for

a brunch of bacon, eggs, potatoes, fresh fruit, pastries, coffee, juice, and hosted mimosas and bloody Mary’s, as well as a continuously looping slide show from the previous day’s festivities, affording everyone one more opportunity to relive the magic.

Real Tahoe Weddings at Tahoe Unveiled

Check our this gorgeous wedding at PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn featured on Tahoe Unveiled, then read PJSVI’s Liz Dugan’s interview about planning weddings at Squaw Valley Inn.

On October 16, 2010 the walls, ceilings, and floors of PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn will be redesigned to show you the talents and resources available for your luxury Lake Tahoe wedding. We will have speakers, design rooms, tastings, and of course, a gathering of Tahoe’s finest wedding vendors. Join us for an afternoon of inspiration, splendor, and luxury!
Enjoy the festivities of Tahoe Unveiled, and stay the night for only $145 per night, plus receive a pampering basket of PlumpJack goodies. Call 800.323.7666 to reserve!

Summer, Summer, Summertime

Jon Grant of PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn speaks of summer in the mountains…

“You move here for the winters – but you stick around because of the summers.”
I moved to Lake Tahoe this past November for snow and cold and to ski Squaw’s unbelievable terrain. So I was a little confused when I kept hearing this refrain from long-time locals.
And though winter 2009-2010 definitely justified my move here, this Tahoe summer lifestyle might just keep me here a while.

While winter is marked by an almost monotony of ski and work, summer brings a near endless supply of activities to do and places to go.

There is obviously the big Lake itself and its access to speed boating, jet skiing, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, lake-front dining, beaches, and all around fun in the sun. And there are so many other outdoor possibilities in this wonderful place; anyone caught inside watching the tele at 3:00pm should seriously re-think Life.

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