• 2013 Blue Ribbon Awards

  • Geotourism Award

    Blue Ribbon Awards 2013 - Geotourism Award - TAMBAWinner: Tahoe Area Mountain Bike Association (TAMBA)
    TAMBA trails enable locals and visitors alike to experience Lake Tahoe like no other. Through conservation and community involvement, TAMBA provides the community with trails that allow mountain bikers to traverse the Tahoe Basin.

    Want to know why they won? Watch TAMBA's video here.
    Honorable mention: Lake of the Sky Outfitters 

  • Tourism Award

    Winner: Bike The West
    Blue Ribbon Awards 2013 - Tourism Award - Bike The WestBike The West's two events, "World's Most Beautiful Bike Ride" and "Tour de Tahoe", bring thousands of visitors to Lake Tahoe each year, which has proven to be a powerful tourism tool for the Basin.

    Want to know why they won? Watch Bike The West's video here

    Honorable mention: Edgewood Tahoe 

  • Experience Award

    Winner: Lake Tahoe YogaBlue Ribbon Awards 2013 - Experience Award - Lake Tahoe Yoga
    Lake Tahoe Yoga provides yoga enthusiasts with personal attention in intimate classes, as well as professional training for aspiring teachers. Classes on stand up paddle boards are also offered to blend nature and yoga.

    Want to know why they won? Watch Lake Tahoe Yoga's video here.

    Honorable mention: Ciera Steak & Chophouse 

  • Entrepreneur Award

    Winner: Tahoe Sports EntertainmentBlue Ribbon Awards 2013 - Entrepreneur Award Tahoe Sports Entertainment
    Tahoe Sports Entertainment took over the City Ice Rink and transformed the venue into a vibrant and fun place for individuals of all ages. TSE experienced a revenue growth of 18% in their first fiscal year.

    Want to know why they won? Watch Tahoe Sports Entertainment's video here.

    Honorable mention: The Divided Sky 


  • Customer Service Award

    Blue Ribbon Awards 2013 - Customer Service Award Luke Bronken

    Winner: Luke Bronken, Lakeside Inn & Casino
    Luke's friendly and personable demeanor wins over every customer he encounters. He personifies customer service in Lake Tahoe.

    Honorable mention: Elfie Klementi, Harrah's & Harveys Lake Tahoe 

  • Public Agency Award

    Winner: Leah Brown, Child Protective ServicesBlue Ribbon Awards 2013 - Public Agency Award Leah Brown
    Leah treats her position with passion and respect. She has helped children during crucial times in their lives and has impacted thousands of people with her work.

    Want to know why Leah won? Watch her video here.

    Honorable mention: Debbie Beam, Douglas County Manager's Office 

  • Wendell Award for a Small Green Business

    Winner: Tahoe Beach & Ski ClubBlue Ribbon Awards 2013 - Small Green Business Award Lake Tahoe Beach and Ski Club
    The Lake Tahoe Beach & Ski Club is committed to eco-friendly practices that reduce their impact on the Earth. They currently use energy efficient lightblubs and request gests reuse their towels.

    Want to know why they won? Watch Lake Tahoe Beach & Ski's Club here.

    Honorable mention: Clean Tahoe 

  • Large Green Business Award

    Winner: Sierra-at-Tahoe ResortBlue Ribbon Awards 2013 - Large Green Business Award Sierra-at-Tahoe
    Sierra-at-Tahoe reduced its paper usage by 2,000 pieces per month by switching to employee pay cards from paper paychecks. Sierra reduced their energy consumption by switching to LED lightbulbs.

    Want to know why they won? Watch Sierra-at-Tahoe's video here.

    Honorable mention: Zephyr Cove Resort 


  • Award Categories

    The nomination period has closed. 

    Geotourism - Providing an authentic Tahoe experience
    Geotourism Definition  - sustains or enhances the  place  and engages the visitor

    Tourism - Innovative program, promotion or product for our visitors

    Experience - Business providing compelling and captivating experiences

    Entrepreneur - An innovative individual who assumed the risk of starting a new business. Business must have been in existence for a minimum of 2 years and should have a business plan in place.

    Customer Service (Business) - An individual who consistently provides quality service

    Customer Service (Public Agency) - Quality service in the not so usual places (DMV, City, County, TRPA, etc.)

    Small Green Business - Business that is minimizing impact on the environment

    Large Green Business
    - Business that is minimizing impact on the environment


  • Event Sponsors

    Tahoe South Logo - Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority

     Experience Award

    South Tahoe Alliance of Resorts - STAR


    Tourism Award


    Marriott Vacation Club Logo

     Geotourism Award

    Tahoe South Logo

    Entrepreneur Award


     El Dorado County Seal

     Customer Service

    Getaway Reno Tahoe Logo


    Public Agency Service


    Aramark Logo

    Large Green Business

    Tahoe Supply Company Logo


    Small Green Business

     Heavenly | Kirkwood Logos

     South Tahoe Refuse Logo



     South Shore Sponsors



    Wells Fargo Logo - Red


    US Bank Logo




    Tahoe Beach & Ski Club




    Blue Business Sponsors



    Barton Health Logo


    Nichols Consulting Engineers Logo


    Soaring NV Logo

    This event would not be possible without the suppport and generosity of our sponsors.