This winter, Tahoe Star Tours will pair snowshoeing and stargazing with exceptional views of the winter Milky Way during a series of events scheduled to take place at Northstar California Resort. Two Stars & S’mores events are also scheduled at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe. Tahoe Star Tours events offer an enchanting, educational evening in the outdoors learning about the night sky and are geared toward guests ages 10+.

“The winter Milky Way is a faint, whisky band of stars only visible on the darkest nights in the northern hemisphere winter,” said Tony Berendsen, owner and producer of Tahoe Star Tours. “North Lake Tahoe offers an incredible viewing location to see these stars during the winter because of its dark skies and wide horizons. I’m thrilled to be able to share this unique astro-tourism experience and my passion for the cosmos with those visiting Lake Tahoe and Truckee this winter.”

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 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. Events scheduled at Northstar California will take place December 29, 2018, and January 5, January 26, February 9 and February 23, 2019.

Reservations are recommended and can be made online at www.NorthstarCalifornia.com. Tickets are available for $72 for guests ages 13+, and $52 for kids ages 10-12. Snowshoe rentals are available for an additional fee. Prices exclude Eventbrite reservation fees.

Stars & S’mores at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe

Tahoe Star Tours will also host “Stars & S’mores” at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe this winter. Participants are invited to meet at the resort’s Fireside Terrace for an engaging fireside astronomy session with telescopic viewing followed by s’mores around the outdoor fire pit. These events will occur from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on December 21 and 28, 2018, weather and conditions permitting. The cost to participate is $45 per person. Advance reservations are recommended and can be made online at www.TahoeStarTours.com.

Guests are encouraged to wear warm clothing for all events, and sturdy shoes for the snowshoe stargazing events. Learn more at www.tahoestartours.com.

About Tony Berendsen and Tahoe Star Tours

Tony Berendsen is an award-winning amateur astronomer residing in Reno, Nevada. He is President of the Northern Nevada Science Coalition, a past President of the Astronomical Society of Nevada, and has been showing the skies above northern Nevada and California for the past 17 years, including five years at the Fleischmann Planetarium observatory in Reno. He writes astronomy articles for local publications including the bimonthly “Star Guide” for the Reno Gazette-Journal and specializes in astronomy outreach by conducting stargazing sessions of the Sierra sky. Every Tahoe Star Tours event is as different as the starry skies above, and each one opens with a poem, a compelling and passionate star talk, followed by telescopic viewing exclusively featuring Celestron telescopes.

Content provided by Jessica VanPernis Weaver, photos courtesy of Tahoe Star Tours