Blue Ribbon Awards 


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From quality shopping, accommodations, recreation and dining options to the myriad service providers and businesses, the Blue Ribbon Awards honor all that business should be.  This important awards program salutes those businesses that are making significant contributions to the South Shore economy.

Each year, TahoeChamber solicits nominations in the six key categories that represent the breadth of business on the South Shore of Lake Tahoe.  Each nomination is carefully considered by the Blue Ribbon Awards Task Force and after a series of discussions, eight award winners are chosen to receive one of the following honors.

2013 Winners

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 South Tahoe Alliance of Resorts - STAR



 Experience Award

Tourism Award

 Marriott Vacation Club Logo

 Tahoe South Logo



 Geotourism Award

Entrepreneur Award

 El Dorado County Seal

 Getaway Reno Tahoe Logo



 Customer Service

Public Agency Service

 Aramark Logo

 Tahoe Supply Company Logo



 Large Green Business

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.

2012 Blue Ribbon Award Winners

Click here to see photos and videos of all Blue Ribbon Award winners.