Lake Tahoe: unforgettable winter adventures in the United States

What to do in Lake Tahoe – Your winter guide

Lake Tahoe is a winter getaway in California. Movie stars flock to its 5-star resorts to get away from the hustle and bustle of L.A., and it’s an open wonderland offering great adventure. These are the best Lake Tahoe activities in the winter months.

What to do in Lake Tahoe: A Winter Guide

What to do in Lake Tahoe - Your Winter Guide

We caught a winter wave last February to partake in all the snow on our Northern California trip. Tahoe surprised us with its diversity and how it changed from north to south.

Starting in the north, we explore the quieter part of the region before heading south where casinos, nightlife and pure energy await us.

Ski Lake Tahoe.

What to do in Lake Tahoe - Your Winter Guide

Everyone knows that Lake Tahoe is a great place to ski. It hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics and has never slowed down since! Of all the activities in Lake Tahoe, this is a must-see.

Lake Tahoe is home to 12 ski resorts with six major resorts offering world-class skiing and snowboarding.

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You’ll find the terrain and mountains to suit your skills and preferences.

Heavenly is the most popular and highest vertical drop in California. Located in South Lake Tahoe, it sees a lot of crowds, but because it is so massive, you can avoid it all.

Sugarberry is the closest to San Francisco and Sacramento, making it a favorite among locals. It has an old school atmosphere with the most snowfall in the region.

Polar Star It has a beautiful view of Lake Tahoe. This is a family resort with a village and our favorite Ritz Carlton Hotel.

What to do in Lake Tahoe - Your Winter Guide

Wherever you ski in Tahoe, you will not be disappointed.

Other ski resorts to check out:

Squaw Valley, the 2nd largest in the region and home to the 1960 Winter Olympics, Polaris , Alpine Meadows , and Mount Homewood.

Emerald Bay on snowshoes

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Emerald Bay is a gorgeous scenic stop worth seeing from above, but it’s better to hike!

You can rent snowshoes at Camp Richardson Mountain Sports Center and get all the information you need.

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Camp Richardson is also a winter ski resort with rented cabins, a historic hotel, and a place to stay.

If you don’t want to stay in Tahoe City South, this is a good option.

Tahoe City Winter Sports Park.

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If you want to bike, snowshoe, skate or cross-country ski, Winter Sports Park can help.

What makes it unique is that it’s a comprehensive park where you pay one price for admission and get to try all the activities.

There’s a Zenon Cafe located on the golf course so parents can relax while the kids have fun.

Olympic Museum.

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Take the Arial Tram up to High Camp for a panoramic view of Lake Tahoe and the High Sierras.

And while you’re there, visit the Olympic Museum, displaying memorabilia from the 1960 Olympic Winter Games.

Snowfest

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Every February or March (see their website for details) they hold 10 days of winter fun at a different location.

There are parties, polar diving, live music and outdoor fun waiting to be had.

Lighthouse Spa.

After snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or snowboarding, your body starts to beat.

Relax and unwind at the Lighthouse Spa, get a massage, a facial or a full body treatment like a warm aromatherapy wrap.

Celestial Gondola.

What to do in Lake Tahoe - Your Winter Guide

If you’re not a skier, you can still climb Heavenly Mountain. Taking the gondola is an adventure in itself (for those who don’t ski).

The 2.5-mile gondola ride takes you to an observation deck with panoramic views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and Lake Tahoe.

Note: The weather didn’t cooperate when we were there, so we didn’t get a view from the top of the gondola. But we did see pictures, it’s amazing!

Tahoe Casino South.

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We’re not much into gambling, but apparently everyone crosses the border and plays casinos on the Nevada side of South Tahoe, people love it.

There’s Bally’s, Hard Rock Hotel and Casino to name a few. Of all the things to do in South Lake Tahoe, this is probably one of the most popular places.

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South Lake Tahoe is full of excitement and nightlife, as well as a variety of restaurants.

Picturesque views of Lake Tahoe

A simple drive through the Tahoe area is worth seeing, and here are some of our favorite spots we stopped to photograph.

Donner Lake.

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On the way to the Sugar Bowl it looks great. Stop at one of the exits for a great view of the lake.

Emerald Bay.

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Driving from north to south Tahoe offers many on-site stops.

Be sure to stop at all sections of Emerald Bay and discover many views.

Zephyr Cove.

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It’s on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe, but it’s a beautiful scenic view of islands, beaches and the famous lone tree that has become popular on Instagram.

Where to stay Lake Tahoe North

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Cedar Crest Cottages – Great for large families or couples. It has its own kitchen and outdoor fireplace. It’s a little far away from everything, but it’s exactly what most people look for when they come to Lake Tahoe.

Sunnyside Resort – We have only eaten here, but the dinner was terrific and the owner was very friendly. It has a more central location and you feel like you are in more of a ski village when you are in the area.

Where to stay Lake Tahoe South.

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Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel is the most convenient location in close proximity to the Heavenly Gondola. It’s a lively hotel with lots of families, and I think it could definitely use an upgrade in service. But you can’t go wrong with the location or the price.

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Where to eat Lake Tahoe South.

What to do in Lake Tahoe - Your Winter Guide

There is no shortage of places to eat in Lake Tahoe South. All you have to do is go for a walk down the street and find the place you are looking for.

But a few places we have chosen and can recommend:

Riva Grill, a lakeside eatery beloved by locals. It offers modern American cuisine and plenty of parking.

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The Outpost Brewing Company is a great place to ski and hand-cook.

Azul Latin Cuisine Located next to the gondola, this restaurant offers a delicious Mexican menu.

Sushi off the Hook – Another local favorite, this hot spot is centrally located and will satisfy your craving for seafood.

  • See complete recommendations on where to eat in Tahoe South Food Guide

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Lake Tahoe is a year-round destination offering entertainment for families, couples and even bachelors and bachelorettes.

We enjoyed the laid-back pace and laid-back atmosphere of North Lake Tahoe, but families and young solo travelers are sure to appreciate the excitement and energy of South Tahoe’s nightlife and casinos.

Have you been to Lake Tahoe in the winter?

What are your favorite things to do?

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Lake Tahoe: unforgettable winter adventures in the United States

The picturesque Lake Tahoe is located in two states, Nevada and California . It is surrounded on all sides by mountains and national parks. The blue color of the water is striking in its richness. Although the lake itself is a unique natural monument, there are other places you can visit in addition to it.

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Lake Tahoe: unforgettable winter adventures in the United States

Near the lake (on the south shore) is the town of South Lake Tahoe, which offers all the charms of civilization. South Lake Tahoe plays host to tourists year-round, serving as a sort of staging ground. Come here for swimming and nature in summer and winter fun. In winter, the main difficulty on the way to the lake are the roads with ice and snow, and dangerous mountain passes. So experienced tourists are advised to take chains for the wheels, of course, if you get on a private vehicle. A common way to get to Tahoe is through Carson City and Sacramento.

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Lake Tahoe: unforgettable winter adventures in the United States

It’s not hard to guess that if there’s snow in these parts, there must be ski slopes . It’s true. Around the lake are scattered white ribbons of trails designed for riders of all skill levels. The slopes are located at an altitude of 2200 m and gradually descend into the valley. Elevators of different types slowly take its passengers to the tops of the snow-white slopes.

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Lake Tahoe: unforgettable winter adventures in the United States

Infrastructure

The infrastructure of Lake Tahoe is divided into two areas located on opposite shores. So on the North Shore there are cozy wooden houses in the cowboy style, various stores and cafes. Here you can relax and enjoy the peace and quiet in the bosom of a sleeping nature. The south coast is more lively and crowded. Here are most hotels, casinos, stores and clubs. Lovers of noisy and vivid recreation will enjoy the color of this place.

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Infrastructure

Where to stay?

Arriving in Tahoe, any tourist has a question where to stay here. Lodging is available everywhere – north, south, east, and west of the lake. Problems with the lack of sleeping accommodations usually do not happen. The types of accommodations in Lake Tahoe are as follows:

– Five-star hotels – a full range of services for a comfortable stay; – Casino hotels – for entertainment lovers; – Resort hotels – located on the lakeshore or small slopes; – Wooden cottages or cabins – the best option for privacy with nature; – City hotels – usually located in the city center, close to all necessary infrastructure; – Motels – suitable for a simple overnight stay and breakfast before the trip.

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Where to stay?

Prices a night’s stay in any, even budget hotels will cost quite a lot. During the tourist season (winter and summer) hotels are quickly flooded with tourists and travelers, so to be reinsured it is better to book a room in advance.

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What else can you do?

In addition to skiing and snowboarding, you can rent a tube, in a nearby tubing park, or rent a sled and plunge into childhood, screaming on the steep slopes. Of the more impressive means of transportation, snowboard rent is in demand . Also not to forget Camp Woodward with its interesting training facilities, and Nifland Theme Park, which back in 2009 hosted the U.S. Snowboarding Championships. Now people come to Nifland for the nighttime contrast lighting and the Northern Lights.

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In Emerald Bay, surrounded by peaks, rest Vikingsholm Castle, Fannett Island, the only and unique island in Tahoe, and the Eagle Falls Trail.

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Lake Tahoe is also a great place to shop or tour upscale restaurants. In the town of Truckee on the North Shore there is a gourmet restaurant called Cottonwood. The restaurant is popular because of renowned chef John Weatherson, who created his masterpieces in New York, but chose the quieter town life. A set dinner with wine here will cost $125, but it’s worth it!

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Another famous restaurant where you can enjoy continental cuisine is Manzanita . All dishes are made only from local ingredients. The average price for a meal is $90.

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For more modest establishments, check out the small Fiore Café in South Lake Tahoe, which is so nestled among the streets that it’s hard to find. Local chef Gilberto Ramoso makes unmatched things like fettuccini, veal with mushrooms, scallops sautéed with lemon and wine, and other delicacies that make your mouth water. Dinner for two in a cafe costs $100.

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So you see, Lake Tahoe is very popular in both summer and winter . A wide variety of accommodations, dining and recreational activities make it easy to find for newcomers and pleasing to seasoned tourists. In winter at the lake you can really have a great time, both in nature, admiring all its charms, and with friends, family or a large company.

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