Lake Tahoe Travel Guide

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Lake Tahoe Winter Activities

A Comprehensive Guide to Lake Tahoe Winter Outdoor Activities

Discover Lake Tahoe through its amazing outdoor winter sports and recreational activities

With its world class ski resorts, mountains, and mile of trails, Lake Tahoe has a plethora of winter outdoor recreational activities for you to enjoy. Whether you are looking for a day on the slopes, snowshoeing along a pristine lake or hitting it hard on a snowmobile, you can do it all here. And after the fun and games are over, take a breather and enjoy one of its fine restaurants or test lady luck at one of the world famous Lake Tahoe casinos.
  

 

 

 

Cross Country Skiing

 Please go to our Lake Tahoe Cross Country Skiing page for a complete listing.
  
  
  

Sleigh and Carriage Rides

 Borges Carriage Rides

P.O. Box 5905 Stateline, Nevada 89449 (775) 588-2953

Handmade Sleigh and Carriage rides
  
  

Ice Skating

 Ice Arena

1176 Rufus Allen Blvd. South Lake Tahoe, California   (530) 542-6262  

The South Tahoe Ice Arena is a full-service, state of the art ice skating facility— we have a regulation NHL size sheet of ice, locker rooms, snack bar, retail store, arcade, and party rooms! 

This public facility offers ice skating and hockey lessons as well as public skate sessions .  And what a great place to hold your child’s birthday party !  For more information on parties, lessons, and leagues call the Ice Arena at (530) 542-6262.

Squaw Valley USA

Olympic Valley, CA  (530) 583-6985

Skate on the Olympic-sized ice rink overlooking the majestic Sierra and Lake Tahoe.
  
  
  

Snowshoe Tours

 Squaw Valley USA

Olympic Valley, CA  (530) 583-6985

Come on out and explore Squaw during the spectacular winter full moon. Join our experienced guides as you snowshoe to great moonlit views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding mountain peaks. Fun for all ages, cost includes snowshoe rentals (you must supply your own poles if needed).
  
  

 

Snowmobiling

 Lake Tahoe Adventures

Location: Hwy 89, just minutes north of Emerald Bay.    1-800-GoTahoe

Reservations required — Sign in for ATV (9am-5pm) and Snowmobile (1 hr, 2 hr and private) tours. All tours are subject to availability. 

Zephyr Cove Snowmobiles

Location: 760 Highway 50, Zephyr Cove, NV     (775) 588-3833

Tour Area: Carson Range south of Spooner Summit 
  
  
  

Snow Ski Resorts

Please go to our Lake Tahoe Snow Ski Resorts page for a complete listing.
  
  
  

  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  

What’s on Tap

Events

Lake Tahoe Festivals & Events:

 

Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival—7/8 – 8/21

North Lake—Imagine your toes in the sand, a fantastic bottle of wine nearby, a gourmet meal in hand and first-class entertainment before you…

Labor Day Lake Tahoe Fireworks Extravaganza—9/4/16 @ 08:30 PM

South Lake—This pyrotechnic exhibition explodes over Lake Tahoe after dusk and features a variety of patterns, shapes, and designs.

Big Band Jazz Concert at the Sugar Pine Point State Park—9/4/16

West Lake—Concert goers are encouraged to bring a picnic, low-back chairs, blankets, and be prepared to have fun.

The Great Reno Balloon Race—9/9 – 9/11/16

Reno—This is the 35th year for one of Reno’s most colorful and spectacular events! It attracts nearly 100 hot air balloons

For more event information, click on our Festivals & Events page for Half Moon Bay.
  
  

Attractions

Top Attractions:

Winter Outdoor Activities  – 2015/16

The ski areas were finally blessed with SNOW! The recent drought took its toll, but finally were seeing some action…

Summer Outdoor Activities – 2016

Lake Tahoe  – In a couple of months, Lake Tahoe will be bursting with outdoor activities!

Desolation Wilderness Area 

Awesome hiking from late spring to late summer. 

 

For more information on local attractions, click on the Lake Tahoe Attractions or Recreational Activities.
  
  

 

Advisories

The Region’s Fall Advisories:
  

Traffic Conditions. During the summer months, Lake Tahoe is inundated with tourists making driving challenging. Another issue, is the warm summer months are the best to complete road work. This combination can create very long delays in certain sections. Go to www.caltrans.com to learn about road conditions. 

Yes, It’s Still Water! California’s extreme drought has created some long-term consequences. If you are planning a lake vacation be sure to check about water levels. That rafting trip, fishing, or skiing may be impacted. It has also create EXTREME fire conditions, so be sure to check with local authorities about campfire and camp stove regulations.   

The Plague! It sounds medieval, but chipmunks and squirrels around Lake Tahoe can carry the Plague and health officials urge caution. Click here to learn more.

Yellow Jackets! I don’t know why it’s so bad this season, but from Tahoe City south  along the beaches the bees are everywhere! Click here to learn more.
  
  

  
  
  

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