On Friday night, as we sat gridlocked for an hour at the chain control checkpoint on Highway 80 just 15 miles outside of Tahoe, the snow and ice taunting our increasingly useless windshield wipers, we predicted a sad and skiless weekend. But, as we do, we made the most of it. Should you get stuck in Tahoe in a winter storm, find some fun by taking a walk in our (snow)shoes.
With this weekend's wet weather prediction, snow enthusiasts will be headed to Tahoe for one last run down the mountain before the spring thaw. But if extreme snow sports aren’t really your thing, there's still lots of reason to make the drive. Here are eight rad alternatives to hitting the slopes this weekend.
In need of a luxurious Tahoe getaway but stuck on a post-summer budget? Happily, fall is the most affordable time to visit the North Shore.
There's probably nothing better than the mountains in summer. The days are hot and sunny and the nights are cool with that perfect temperature for sleeping in a tent. Lake Tahoe really comes alive in the summer months with various outdoor sports and special events. Even though this list could go on ad infinitum, we narrowed it down to the top 50.
With so much to see and do in Lake Tahoe, sometimes it's nice to have a few go-to adventures that everyone in your group will really enjoy. Here is our list of easy, beautiful, and fun outdoor adventures in Tahoe.
As San Franciscans, we've all been to Tahoe—skiing in the winter, Truckee River in the summer, and all kinds of adventures in between. As the snow melts and more trails open up, it’s the perfect time to pack the car, head east, and do some hiking around our favorite crystal blue lake.
MaryAnn Sullivan and Dave Wiegand celebrated their love with an intimate wedding at the historic Thunderbird Lodge along the water's edge at Lake Tahoe. Beautiful white flowers made up the bulk of the bouquet along with a few hints of blue here and there. White pillars framed the couple against a picturesque backdrop as they said their vows. They took time to explore the historic grounds as their photographer snapped plenty of pictures. Following the nuptials, the new couple joined family for a boat ride on the Thunderbird.
Erica Ortiz & Jeff Harris got hitched in the hills of Tahoe overlooking the glistening lake. The bride stole the show in a classic white gown surrounded by all of her best friends who wore deep shades of magenta. Spotted feathers complimented bright flowers on the bridesmaids' wrists and the groomsmen's boutonnières.
The wedding party couldn't help busting a move or two together as the reception began and the dancing only continued as the bride and groom shared their first dance. These breathtaking wedding photo views range from the sandy beach to the cabin-like country club. Tahoe offers some of the most diverse and beautiful backdrops for special occasions like this.
In the Bay Area, the lines between outdoor gear and city wear are blurry. There aren't many other places where you see an abundance of North Face jackets at bars and Lululemon pants on the bus. Come winter, when weekend warriors take a powder to get to powder in Tahoe, their clothes must be snow tested and city approved. Enter Pop Outerwear, a San Francisco-based company that designs for “the 9-to-5'ers that dream of snow.”
Welcome to June-uary. That's what folks around Tahoe are calling this snowless time of year. And with the paucity of powder -- more than six weeks and counting -- and the endless sunshiny days, many outdoor enthusiasts are eschewing their skis and snowboards and snowshoes for toys more typically seen in the summer.