Lake Tahoe Stargazing
Courtesy: Tahoe Star Tours

Extraordinary family-friendly experience

TRUCKEE, Calif. – This season, visitors to North Lake Tahoe are invited to participate in an extraordinary experience under the winter night sky as Tahoe Star Tours hosts a series of memorable evenings that pair snowshoeing and stargazing. Scheduled to take place at Northstar California Resort and on Lake Tahoe’s north shore with Tahoe Adventure Company, Snowshoe Star Tours events will feature a captivating evening in the outdoors learning about the night sky, and are geared toward guests ages 8+.

“This season, participants in our snowshoe stargazing events will learn about star formation and galactic star clusters,” said Tony Berendsen, owner and producer of Tahoe Star Tours. “Thanks to limited light pollution that makes for incredibly dark skies, North Lake Tahoe truly is an ideal place for stargazing. I’ve been leading stargazing tours in the region for 20 years, and there’s nothing that compares to being able to share this unique astro-tourism experience with those visiting Lake Tahoe and Truckee.”

Berendsen leads every tour, with each one featuring a lively science-based talk about the cosmos and poetry reading, followed by the opportunity to view constellations through high-powered, professional telescopes. Manufactured by Celestron, the world’s leading telescope manufacturer, the large aperture telescopes use leading edge computerized technology enabling sharp, accurate pointing and tracking, with optics for clear, clean images.

Stargazing Snowshoe Tours at Northstar California Resort

Guests of all ages will enjoy an easy to moderate snowshoe walk with an unobstructed view of the cosmos. Stargazing Snowshoe Tours are two to two and a half hours in length, and meet at 5 p.m. at Northstar California Resort’s Cross Country, Telemark & Snowshoe Center. Tours conclude at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe with telescope viewing and hot beverages. Tours will take place December 28, 2019, January 18 & 25, 2020 and February 15 & 29, 2020.

Advance reservations are required as tours do sell out, and can be made online at www.NorthstarCalifornia.com. Tickets are available for $79 for guests ages 13+, and $57 for kids ages 12 and under. Snowshoe rentals are available for $27. Well behaved, leashed dogs are also welcome. Prices exclude Eventbrite reservation fees.

Snowshoe Star Tours with Tahoe Adventure Company

This winter, Tahoe Adventure Company will partner with Tahoe Star Tours to offer Snowshoe Star Tours on Lake Tahoe’s north shore. Starting with a 1-3 mile easy to moderate sunset snowshoe tour where guides teach about natural and human history of the area while participants enjoy the alpenglow and Tahoe’s majestic winter forest, the evening concludes with a brilliant tour of the night sky. Hot beverages and snacks are also included.

Advance reservations are recommended and can be made online at www.TahoeAdventureCompany.com. Tickets are $85 per person and include snowshoes, trekking poles, knowledgeable guides, permit fees and more. Tours are scheduled December 23, 2019, January 20 and February 24, 2020. All tours begin at 4:30 p.m. and conclude at approximately 8:30 p.m.

Guests are encouraged to wear warm clothing and sturdy shoes to all events. Learn more at www.tahoestartours.com.