Every season in North Lake Tahoe is filled with joy, but there are special moments attached to the winter season that makes it a favorite of many! Offering the cozy comforts that accompany an excellent snow day, a frigid landscape that is only enhanced by the rugged simplicity of leafless trees and snow topped mountains, and the warmth of friendly people welcoming visitors as they play under gray skies, winter in North Lake Tahoe is one of our favorite times. This guide to the top winter activities in Tahoe you can engage in during your unforgettable lake vacation will enhance your stay in our Tahoe Signature Properties winter escapes!
The Magic of a Ski Day
Whether you were born with sticks attached to your boots or this is your first time learning the intricacies of everyone’s favorite winter sport, your ski vacation in North Lake Tahoe is guaranteed to make memories you will never want to forget! And because this region loves the sport so much, there are actually 12 resorts for downhill skiing in the area and seven more that specialize in cross country skiing; narrowing down your options might be a little overwhelming, but we’ve got your back! Northstar California Resort, located in Truckee, is a favorite of ours, offering over 3000 skiable acres, 100 trails, and eight terrain parks for the snowboard fanciers who have fallen for this updated version of skiing! Also offering cross-country and snowshoeing trails, this one-stop ski resort offers something for every winter sports enthusiast in your family. During non-pandemic times, snow tubing is offered, but during the 2020-2021 season this option has been closed down, with plans to reopen in more certain times. For those who are pure in their love for cross-country skiing, the Tahoe Cross-Country Ski Area in Tahoe City offers a variety of well-groomed trails for enthusiasts of all ski abilities! Snowfall is still a little sparse this year, so the cross-country trails aren’t quite open yet, but keep checking back; this dry spell can’t last forever!
Snowmobile Tours in North Lake Tahoe
For those who prefer a little more horsepower to their winter activities, a snowmobile adventure is guaranteed to please! Eagle Ridge Snowmobile Outfitters in Truckee is one of the largest tour companies on the North Shore, offering tours that last as little as two hours or as long as five hours and promising an exciting time you won’t want to end. Lake Tahoe Snowmobile Tours in Tahoe City has been in business for over 35 years, bringing to the table an unmatched knowledge of the best spots in town! Offering tours designed to match your skill level, their guides are personable, professional, and knowledgeable. Granlibakken Tahoe (also located in Tahoe City) is actually a ski resort, offering classes for both skiing and snowboarding, and because they also offer snowmobile tours, you could consider it a one-stop winter fun destination!
Quiet Magic With These Winter Activities in Tahoe
Of course, not all adventures have to be grandiose and involve large engines; sometimes the smallest experiences will leave the largest imprints on your heart, and a quiet stroll through the winter wonderland that is North Lake Tahoe can be made absolutely magical with nothing more than the right company (which you already have) and the perfect cup of hot chocolate. That last part is actually quite important, and we at Tahoe Signature Properties have put a lot of research into finding the unicorn of cocoas, and although there may always be the next best cuppa, for the moment we are in love with the offerings found at Tahoe City Chocolates. Located in the Boatworks Shopping Mall in Tahoe City, their hot chocolate selection can be purchased and brought back to your winter escape for use after your walk or to simply be enjoyed whenever you feel the need to sweeten your disposition with a taste of something rich and chocolatey!
Shopping and Art
The best part of a winter adventures can sometimes be as simple as coming into the warmth and feeling the chill leave your fingers, toes, and bones, but that doesn’t mean you have to just cuddle in front of a roaring fire. The shops, stores, and boutiques that dot the Tahoe landscape offer the opportunity to warm your feet and stoke the fires of your soul as you browse for knickknacks, tchotchkes, and glittery items that have nothing to do with snow or ice! Pick up a thank you gift for your pet sitter at the Robin’s Nest in King’s Beach, something creative at Art Truckee in Truckee, or something that takes your breath away from Steve Schmier’s Jewelry in Tahoe City. Shopping and perusing the art galleries of the North Tahoe region may end up becoming your favorite winter sport!
When the Sun Drops Behind the Mountains
Coming home to the warmth and style of our Tahoe Signature Properties winter abodes promises to be the best adventure of all. Reserve your stay today!