Tahoe, Tahoe South, Snowglob

Snowglobe Music Festival is returning to Tahoe South for it’s second year and it’s not too late to join in on the fun. Three day passes and single day tickets are still on sale. With a line-up headlined by Canadian Electro House superstar Deadmau5, checking out that mouse that all the kids are into these days is probably worth the ticket price itself. For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, buy a single day ticket for New Year’s Eve to see Chromeo, whose vivid guitars and funky synths rooted in electro are sure sure to make even the electronic nay-sayer boogie.  Into rap? There’s a bit of that also this year, with Wiz Khalifa, whose single “Black and Yellow” found itself at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Regardless, as we count down to all things Snowglobe, keep an eye out for my insiders tips to all things both in and out of the festival. For now, if you haven’t planned your trip already, you’d best get on it!


  • $$$$ The Stardust Lodge is always a favorite recommendation of mine, not just for it’s quirky lovable retro sign: it’s close to numerous shuttle pickups for the event and striking distance from the casinos, but it’s not a casino itself, allowing guests the value and location of staying in our nightlife corridor, but not sleeping with it.
  • $$$ Basecamp Hotel in Tahoe South has partnered with Snowglobe to offer a travel package for two. At $950, it’s actually not as spendy as it sounds as your purchase price includes 2 VIP tickets to the festival, a 3 night stay at the boutique hotel with what I hear is an amazing bar on the rooftop, complimentary shuttle transportation to and from the event, continental breakfasts, and “hangover kits” in the room to help you recover from three nights of extreme dancing.
  • $$ The Motel 6 near the Y in Tahoe South has affordable rates (from $119 per night) and my parents have stayed there which means it’s clean, though without the frills you might find at the other motels. With the casinos charging close to $400/night for guests to ring in the New Years, I’d say this is a bargain and very close to pick up/drop off locations for the Snowglobe Shuttle.
  • $ Airbnb still has one private room in a shared house up for grabs for those dates. Airbnb is my favorite way to travel: staying in a local’s home offers a social, authentic and unique travel experience that far exceeds a hotel stay in my opinion.  It’s not for everyone, but if you are adventurous, outgoing and like to meet new people, it’s a wonderful way to travel.  My own rooms have been booked for weeks already. If you’re coming with a group, sites like Airbnb and VRBO are great resources for house rentals, which may be a more affordable way to visit than staying in a hotel.


If you aren’t driving yourself in, there are a number of options at your disposal:

  • $$ Amtrak offers daily service into Tahoe out of Sacramento.
  • $ All Craigslist regional forums have a rideshare option and there are daily requests for ride shares to the Tahoe area. Be adventurous, make a new friend, and get up here to ring in the New Year like it’s 1999.


  • Countdown to Snowglobe: Act Local – local shops with flavor, special deals for festival goers, and my favorite places to eat.
  • Countdown to Snowglobe: Daytime Activities – Did you actually manage to wake up before 10 am and not hungover?  Non-musical activities in Tahoe South to fill your day with.
  • Countdown to Snowglobe: Lauren’s Artist Picks – You have your tickets and the schedule is out, but how do you choose between Ana Sia and Boombox?