US Hwy 50 Over Echo Summit Re-Opens, Sat., May 21

May 20, 2011(Stateline, Calif./Nev.) — US Hwy 50 over Echo Summit will re-open Saturday, May 21 providing convenient access prior to Memorial Day and a summer of outdoor recreation, events and headliner entertainment in Lake Tahoe South Shore According to Caltrans, the exact time on Saturday is subject to weather and temperatures. Check for updates.

The highway will be open with no controls every weekend, including Memorial Day Weekend, May 28-30. The construction project to replace a rock wall barrier has reached the point providing one-way, alternating-lane controlled access weekdays for up to six weeks.

“If we make it past the rapture, everything’s a go for summer, especially with the warmer weather,” said Carol Chaplin, executive director of the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority. “We’re in prime position to satisfy the pent-up demand for outdoor sports, recreation and relaxing – it’s our No. 1 pastime.”

Memorial Day weekend is set to bring the house down with music and comedy at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa. International House music sensation and two-time Grammy nominee Paul Oakenfold appears for a one-night performance “Concert for the Amazon” with Zen Freeman as special guest, Friday, May 27. “Saturday Night Live” funny man Seth Meyers takes the stage, Saturday, May 28. A member of the “SNL” staff for the past nine years, Meyers is the show’s head writer but is probably best known as the co-anchor of the “Weekend Update” segment and the other half of Tina Fey’s brilliant parodies of Sara Palin, with Meyers composing some of the sketches’ most memorable lines.

The summer line-up continues with hip hop artist Wiz Khalifa, June 21; The Crystal Method with Opulent Temple DJ’s, June 24; Kioki featuring Liquid Stranger, July 10; Todd Rundgren, July 14; comedian Lisa Lampanelli, July 23; Brandi Carlile, Aug. 2; Comedians of Chelsea Lately, Aug. 13; Aaron Lewis, Aug. 26; KC and the Sunshine Band, Aug. 7; Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Aug. 9 and Lotus with Big Gigantic, Aug. 10. Details: 775-588-3515 or

Headliner entertainment in Harrah’s South Shore room includes Pablo Cruise, May 21; Paul Revere and the Raiders, May 28; Elvin Bishop, June 11; The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards, June 25 and singer-songwriter KEB MO, Aug. 13. Details: 1-800-HARRAHS, or

The Harveys Outdoor Concert Series rocks June through September. Confirmed acts are Diana Krall with special guest Mose Allison, June 18; Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas, July 10; Lionel Richie, July 16; Slightly Stoopid with Rebelution and Shwayze, July 27; Lady Antebellum with Troy Olsen, July 29; Steve Miller Band, July 30; Phish (sold out), Aug. 9-10; The Big Four, Aug. 13; Miranda Lambert with Little Big Town, Aug. 19. and Sammy Hagar & The Wabos, Sept. 10.

Scenic rides on the Heavenly Gondola are available Saturday, May 28, through Monday, May 30 from 10 am – 4 pm. The Observation Deck offers bird’s-eye view of Lake Tahoe, Emerald Bay and Mount Tallac. At Adventure Peak, the longest snow tubing hill in the West Coast will be running throughout the weekend. To refuel the new Tamarack Lodge offers artisan pizzas, smoked tri-tip, pulled-pork sandwiches, a salad bar and full bar. Following Memorial Day, Heavenly will close again and will re-open for summer operations starting June 10.

Powder hounds still seeking to catch some turns, Kirkwood Mountain Resort will be open for Memorial Day weekend with adult tickets for $35.

South Lake Tahoe is offering lodging packages with rates beginning at $50 a nights and up to 50% off along with savings on gas, massages, spa treatments, dining, retail, galleries and more. Lodging properties include Avalon Lodge, Camp Richardson Historic Resort & Marina, Heavenly Inn Lake Tahoe, Howard Johnson, Lakeside Inn & Casino, Park Tahoe Inn, Secrets Inn Lake Tahoe, Tahoe Beach & Ski Club and Tahoe Valley Lodge. South Shore businesses consist of Aloha Ice Cream, Angel Touch Day Spa, Après Wine Company, Balance body studios, Bob Dog Pizza, Body Essentials, Exxon, Gary Air, Lake Tahoe Boat Rides, Lake Tahoe Cruises Zephyr Cove Resort, Lake Tahoe News, Lake Tahoe Sitters, Lakefront Wedding Chapel and Event Center, Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery, Paradise Real Estate, Pearl iZumi, Restaurant at Black Bear Inn, Stateline Brewery, Tahoe Java Café, Tahoe Paradise Chevron and Tranquility Massage. Details: South Tahoe Specials.

South Shore offers an array of outdoor recreation including road biking, mountain biking, hiking, golf, boating, rock climbing, horseback riding, motorcycling touring, shopping, patio dining at lakefront restaurants along with gaming, 24-nightlife and entertainment.

For real time updates on events, promotions, packages, conditions and what’s happening in South Lake Tahoe, The Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority is on Facebook:, Twitter:, YouTube: and now the Tahoe South mobile app in the App Store. For information about Lake Tahoe South Shore, call 1-800-AT-TAHOE (1-800-288-2463) or visit