Things to do in Lake Tahoe in Winter

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe in Winter

Mix blue skies and sunshine with brilliant white snow, and lots of it, to get fantastic conditions for a long, action-packed winter retreat in the mountains.

Lake Tahoe winter activities are perfect for vacations for families, honeymooners, adventurers - or just about anyone. Sapphire-blue Lake Tahoe is mesmerizing to view year-round but winter means it's particularly beautiful surrounded by tall mountains covered in a blanket of pristine white snow. Head up the hills for awesome skiing and other snowsports. Enjoy après-ski comfort and entertainment in the many lodges, inns, restaurants and bars around the lake.

This region can legitimately claim heavenly skiing because that's the name of one of the local resorts. At the southern end of the lake, Heavenly Mountain Resort, Kirkwood Ski Resort and Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort all offer superb downhill skiing and snowboarding conditions in the Sierra Mountains. Each resort has trails ranging from beginner to expert, terrain parks, ski schools, equipment rental and plenty of spots to rest, eat and drink between runs. You couldn't ask for better snow season conditions.

Even if you're not skiing, ride Heavenly's gondola to an observation point high in the Sierras, get out your camera and start snapping. You can see for miles over the blue lake, green forests and white, white snow. Bring a picnic to have in the bright sunshine and take some selfies with the lake and mountain panorama as a striking backdrop.

Cross-country skiing is fun, affordable and convenient at Camp Richardson Historic Resort just off the southern highway around the lake. Get the family crew together to scope out the groomed trails through quiet wooded areas and open white meadows with stunning views of the lake and mountains. Here's something for the competitive ones in your group: join in Camp Richardson's Snowshoe Cocktail Races - you have to carry a tray filled with drinks while trying to keep your balance.

And that's not all the winter sports and activities on offer.... There's sledding, sleigh rides, snow tubing and ice-skating. Get the kids to make snow angels, snowmen or snow forts. For couples, there's romantic fireside cocktails or hot tubbing under a gentle snowfall.

Because the deep blue lake doesn't freeze over, cruising Lake Tahoe is a year-round activity. Join a lunch, cocktail or dinner cruise on the M.S. Dixie II out of Zephyr Cove. This nicely restored paddle wheeler will carry you to the middle of the lake where you can look back at the tall mountains that you've just skied.

When you want to head inside, find relaxation and excitement at the area's hotels, lodges and casinos. Innovative restaurants and craft breweries satisfy your dining and drinking appetite. The southern end of Lake Tahoe lies at the border of California and Nevada. Gambling is legal in Nevada, so you can literally walk to a casino from the base of Heavenly in California to try your luck at table games, bet on a sportsbook or play the slot machines. Find a show with top-name entertainment here too.

Whatever snowy sport you want, you'll find Lake Tahoe has the winter activities to meet your needs. Plan your next vacation here for mountains of fun on and off the slopes.

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Things to do in North Lake Tahoe in Winter

With its amazing views and consistently good snow, North Lake Tahoe lays it on thick in winter and all you have to do is make the most of it. Hit the ski resorts, go to festivals, chill out in a spa and soak up the warm welcome.

North Lake Tahoe's irresistible charm has never heard of the winter blues. Majestic mountains tower above the deep blue waters of the lake and reach for clear skies, presenting you with unmatched panoramic views. The landscape creates the perfect environment for winter snow sports and the small, lively towns are ideal bases for exploration. They are also renowned for their après-ski culture. Whether you're seeking a family getaway, a romantic escape or a snowy adventure, Lake Tahoe will present you with an unforgettable winter vacation.

When it comes to skiing and snowboarding, North Lake Tahoe is your go-to. There are 12 downhill ski resorts in the region, so no matter your experience and interests, your perfect fit lies somewhere in the mix. For fantastic panoramic views, head to Diamond Peak Ski Resort. Navigate the slopes of the 1960 Winter Olympics at the iconic Squaw Valley Ski Resort, or take the thrills even further on the adventure parks at Boreal Ski Resort. If you're after something a little more indulgent, Northstar California might be your match. With so many choices it's likely that you'll want to visit more than one resort, and their close proximity to one another means it's entirely possible.

Cross-country skiing has found an ideal home at North Lake Tahoe, with hundreds of kilometers of trails winding through the stunning landscape. In fact, it has the highest concentration of XC trails in North America. As you make your way through the wooded trails, you can be sure that the magical scenery will stop you in your tracks many times.

When it comes to winter sports in North Lake Tahoe, skiing is just the beginning. Explore the backcountry by snowshoeing and snow biking. Take the action up a notch and get your hands on a snowmobile. If you're a beginner, take a tour and then head out and enjoy the freedom that comes with being able to reach the most secluded areas of Lake Tahoe. For family-friendly fun, glide over the ice on a skating rink or keep it simple with a classic snowball fight and some snow angels.

The lake never freezes, so it's also free to explore. Boat tours are available, including fishing tours. If you'd rather a warmer body of water, try one of the many spas, some of which are open air and surrounded by trees and snowfall.

North Lake Tahoe is dotted with towns, home to friendly locals and fantastic things to do when you'd like to keep warm. Whatever you do, don't miss out on the vibrant culinary scene. There is no shortage of restaurants offering creative and delicious fare, many of which serve vistas with dinner. North Lake Tahoe's après-ski culture creates evenings of all kinds. Maybe it will be snuggling up with a loved one next to a bonfire, or dancing the night away at the casinos of Crystal Bay or Incline Village. Either way, it will be unforgettable.

In the colder months, North Lake Tahoe has it all. So forget about hiding away this winter season, come and have the vacation of your life among this spectacle of nature.

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