GOOD NEWS: ban lifted, we’re open

Heavenly Valley, Kirkwood Ski Resorts Open

Due to the COVID pandemic all short term rentals in Tahoe have been closed. Happily, we just received word the ban has been lifted and Black Bear Lodge Tahoe can accept guests as of January 1. Ski resorts (Heavenly is just 10 minutes away and Kirkwood, 45 minutes) are open. Make sure to go online and reserve your place in the lift line and obey all the distancing rules.

We hope to welcome you soon so that you can take advantage of all the winter activities Tahoe has to offer.

HAPPY 2021!

Ski season new rules

Staying safe is what it’s all about his year and the ski resorts are implementing new rules that you should be aware of. Here are a few:

  • On mountain, our vast outdoor setting makes physical distancing easy. But in the base areas and other locations where it is more difficult to do so, there will be signage and decals to ensure guests remain six feet apart.
  • Guests will be required to wear face coverings in certain areas. This includes in lines, when loading and unloading chairlifts,, in indoor resort facilities, and for activities such as mountain coasters. Employees will be required to wear face coverings at all times.
  • Capacity of lifts will be reduced to allow for physical distancing. Guests will only be allowed on lifts with travelers in their party.
  • Employees may limit the number of guests in any area of the resort to ensure proper physical distancing (e.g. parking lots, indoor facilities, common spaces, etc.).

Heavenly Valley Ski Resort’s (10 minutes away from the Black Bear) message:

With our Pass Holder reservation system, you can rest assured knowing you will have the space you need when you visit our resorts this winter. The reservation system is exclusive to Pass Holders through Dec. 7 and is now live. Lock in your Priority Reservation Days and early season skiing and riding. Excitement is high, and we anticipate our reservation system will be busy during these first few days.  To help you navigate our site on the busiest days, we’ve implemented an online waiting room.
Don’t feel like waiting? There is no need to rush to reserve your Priority Reservation Days. We designed this exclusive month-long booking window to accommodate our Pass Holders’ requests, and we are confident that you will be able to reserve your days for the core season before lift tickets go on sale Dec. 8.

Come have fun this winter! Links to reserving our cabin are in previous posts.

It’s snowing at Tahoe. Come play!

Twelve inches, a nice base, a great start to winter activities at Lake Tahoe. If skiing, snowboarding, gaming, cocooning, or just getting away for a change in scenery, Black Bear Lodge Tahoe is the perfect target. We’re located in the heart of South Lake Tahoe near bike trails, ski resorts, the casinos, the magnificent lake. Cook your own meals, stay connected with our fast internet, play all day in the snow, enjoy the scenery (our back deck is on a very large private meadow).

The view, the possibilities . . . .

Reserve early. Tahoe has become a very popular destination!

Our back meadow has room to roam

This is the view from our back deck. If you keep walking you get to the Upper Truckee River that eventually joins pristine Lake Tahoe. This area is private, a perfect place where kids can play and leashed dogs can run. When winter arrives, get out your cross country skis, snowshoes, build a snowman or stay indoors by our cozy fire.

Tahoe has never been more popular now that COVID is still out of control. Make your reservations early!

See you soon!

Escape to Tahoe Now!

Lake Tahoe CA

It’s almost shoulder season (the time when most tourists don’t visit) and there’s still some activity at the ski resorts. Emerald Bay’s (pictured) trail to it’s pristine shoreline will soon be open. Nearby Pope and Kiva beaches you’ll have practically to yourself.  Wilflowers will be popping up and you’ll thank yourself you took the opportunity to get away.

Hope you didn’t have to cancel your trip to countries hit by the corona virus but if you did, you’ll find Tahoe a pretty good alternative.

Better start looking at your calendar, ours is filling up.  Reserve now:

Rates are low, mountain experiences high.

See you soon!

Ski. The season has just begun with a bang.




With Heavenly Ski Resort and Kirkwood so close, you’ll be on the slopes in no time. Lots of snow here and the time is now to reserve before someone beats you to it. Holiday times are especially popular. You’re invited, our deck is sunny, our cabin private and quiet and roomy.

Better start looking at your calendar, ours is filling up.  Reserve now:

Rates are low, mountain experiences high.

See you soon!


Plan your Tahoe Thanksgiving or Christmas vacation now


It’s already November and time to make reservations for your winter holiday. Black Bear Lodge Tahoe awaits your visit.

Fall at the Black Bear

Frisbee or snowshoe right out the backdoor

Located in the heart of South Lake Tahoe on a sunny meadow, we have the perfect location for accessing the best there is, be it lakeshore beaches, the Upper Truckee River, hiking and biking trails, outdoor adventures, shopping, gaming, restaurants. You don’t have to travel far once you’re cozily situated.  Such a deal for a 3 bedroom, 2 bath cabin and we’re pet friendly!


Our deck is right on a sunny meadow, the neighborhood is super quiet and parking is right out the door. Public transportation is a block away. It’s got it all.


Better start looking at your calendar, ours is filling up.  Reserve now:

Rates are low, mountain experiences high.

See you soon!

Janine and Jer






Don’t let Tahoe in August pass you by


The clarity of the lake will astound you, the outdoor options endless, and as most folks know, it’s prime time right now. It never gets too hot here, in summer it’s just right, and the romantic rustle of the pines let you know you are in the High Sierra.

We like to swim at Kiva Beach, about 15 minutes from the Black Bear. Our two favorite kayaking spots are Emerald Bay, about an hour paddle and Sand Harbor, more of a drive but if you get there early…..fairytale….where all the promo shots of the Lake are always taken.

Then there’s the Lake Tahoe for hikers.  Desolation Wildnerness is just up the road and the Tahoe Rim Trail is a half hour away. Bike trails are ten minutes away and we like the ride to Richardson’s Bay.  Yes, we’re all about location at our cabin and you’ll appreciate being close to shopping too.

Better start looking at your calendar, ours is filling up.  Reserve now:

Rates are low, mountain experiences high.

See you soon!

Tahoe spring/summer heating up


Planning ahead is always a good thing. Especially for Tahoe where summer months are the most popular and close-to-lake locations are hard to come by.  Black Bear Lodge Tahoe is situated on a big sunny meadow, close to the Upper Truckee River, a 10 minute drive to the Lake. If hiking is your thing, trails are less than a half hour. The bike path that circles the lake is 10 minutes away. Shopping is super close too.

To sum it up, yes, we’ve got the best location. If you choose not to drive, the bus is a 5 minute walk.

Make your reservations before someone else snags your dates:

Rates are low, mountain experiences high.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Summer!!

Good news, plenty of snow, as good as it gets


Winter sports, come and get ’em. There’s a good snow base and more is on the way. Snowboard, ski, sled, skate, snowball . . . it’s all happening now.

Black Bear Lodge Tahoe is ready. Our sunny deck invites you to barbecue, soak up the rays, relax on the quiet snowy meadow. Your getaway vacation to the Sierra can’t get much better.

Rates are low, mountain experiences high.

Reserve before it’s too late (snow melted).  Happy New Year!