There's been a pretty minimal amount of Sierra snow that's fallen over the past many weeks (with no change in sight) and conditions in Tahoe have been less than stellar (more like frozen granular, or soft corn snow if you happen upon a 50 degree day). As a result, resorts are implementing some sweetened measures to tempt the Bay Area naysayers to head east. Northstar, for one, will be handing out free weekend getaways over the next six weeks.
If you have never been snowshoeing in Lake Tahoe before, make your first trip a celestial one by snowshoeing through the mountains while learning about the universe and listening to some poetry with Tony Berendsen of Tahoe Star Tours.
The monthly snowshoe tours start at the Cross Country, Telemark + Snowshoe Center at the Ritz Carlton at Northstar near Truckee. For $50 for adults and $35 for children ages 10-12, snowshoes, the tour, some time spent with a telescope and a some wine or hot cider around a fire pit are provided.
Lake Tahoe is not just a place to go skiing or boarding (even though that's pretty great). There are hundreds of other indoor and outdoor things to do in this mountain area in the winter — we've just narrowed it down to 50.
Now that Tahoe is blanketed in beautiful snow and in the throes of winter, it's time to plan a getaway, starting with a stay at Embassy Suites Lake Tahoe. With its super-central locale just a breathe away from all of the very best Tahoe has to offer, you'll probably have a hard time returning to real life once your stay is over.
The newest Lake Tahoe nightclub, PEEK, will be opening on February 16, 2013 with a guest host appearance by celebrity socialite Paris Hilton. The opening night will also feature a weekend mega-party with BeatClan, the Las Vegas artist management and DJ booking company. There will also be a soft opening of the nightclub on Valentine's Day that will run for four nights.
It has been super cold these past few weeks in Tahoe, but there are various ways to keep warm both inside and outside if you are up in the mountains enjoying various winter sports.
Visitors to the North Lake Tahoe area now have one less chore to do before being able to enjoy a weekend of snow skiing or boarding: Grocery shopping. A new grocery delivery service is now available in the areas of Tahoe Donner and Donner Lake in Truckee to Incline Village and down to Tahoma on the West Shore. This also includes properties at the North Shore ski resorts of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, Northstar, Diamond Peak and Sugar Bowl.
With more than four feet of snow in the Tahoe area so far this winter, a trip to this ski haven is in the weekend plans of many Bay Area residents. But you have to ask yourself what you want from your winter trip to Big Blue. Lake Tahoe has two faces: The touristy, party scene of the South Shore and the more quiet, nature oriented scene of the North Shore. What's your flavor?