50 Things to Do in Lake Tahoe This Winter
When your muscles need a break from snow sports, kick back and cuddle up for a scenic sleigh ride. (Courtesy of @borgessleighcarriageride)

50 Things to Do in Lake Tahoe This Winter


For many Bay Area snow sport junkies, the winter months mean just one thing: Tahoe.

But there's more to the region than just shredding on-slope: ‘Tis the season for Nordic treks, snow tubing, fat biking, hot tubbing, après, and lazing fireside. Here are 50 of our favorite things to do in Lake Tahoe this winter.

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1. Book a rural getaway at the 150-year-old, mountain-chic Rainbow Tavern & Lodge, on the Yuba River in Soda Springs. // therainbowlodge.com

2. Go dashing through the snow with Borges Sleigh & Carriage Rides, locations throughout the region. // sleighride.com

3. Are you a first-time downhill skier? Reserve a lesson at Tahoe Donner. // tahoedonner.com

4. Unwind with a Journey Through the Forest spa treatment—including native essential oils, full-body massage and exfoliation, and a private soaking tub—at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe. // ritzcarlton.com

5. Start your Sunday with a Bloody Mary from Rosie’s Café in Tahoe City. // rosiescafe.com

6. Win the gold with a Ski California Gold Pass, good for 35 ski resorts. // skicalifornia.org

7. Experience foraged ingredient “forest beers” at the Good Wolf Brewing’s cozy taproom. // goodwolfbrewing.com

8. Want to impress? Dine privately at a lavish historic estate on the lake. // thunderbirdtahoe.org

9. Do après at the Tram Car Bar, housed in a—surprise!—refurbished 1970s tram car. // palisadestahoe.com

10. Ski like a local at smaller, uncrowded resorts like Homewood, Sierra-at-Tahoe, Mt. Rose, and Diamond Peak.

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11. Go on a powered hang-gliding adventure (heated flight suit and footwear included) that includes a lesson and opportunity to take over the controls. // hangglidingtahoe.com

12. Take your four-legged friend skijoring at one of the dog-friendly trails at Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center. // tahoedonner.com

13. Snowshoe the Donner Summit Canyon Trail. // truckeedonnerlandtrust.org

14. Grab your GPS and explore the Tahoe Rim Trail by snowshoe or cross-country. // tahoerimtrail.org

15. Catch the sunset at Hidden Beach; don’t forget your thermos. // tahoepublicbeaches.org

16. Toast one another on a dinner cruise aboard a paddle wheeler; the M.S. Dixie II departs Zephyr Cove at sunset. //zephyrcove.com

17. Enjoy a romantic, memorable dinner at Moody’s Bistro, then stumble upstairs to bed in the historic Truckee Hotel. // truckeehotel.com

18. Rough it (kind of) at Camp Richardson, where year-round tent and RV camping is less than 30 minutes from South Shore ski resorts. // camprichardson.com

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19. Take a fat bike adventure tour with Tahoe Jack’s. // tahoejacks.com

20. Grab the kids and head to Soda Springs' Tube Town. // skisodasprings.com

21. Take a snowy stroll with your dog at Fallen Leaf Lake or a dog-friendly beach park. // gotahoenorth.com

22. Go glamping (or camping) in style at Wylder Hope Valley. Choose from a yurt, cabin, Airstream or campsite. // wylderhotels.com

23. Celebrate a winter wedding with valley views at Tannenbaum Event Center or farther afield at Portola’s exquisite Chalet View Lodge.

24. Take an avalanche safety or rescue course through Tahoe Mountain School. // tahoemountainschool.com

25. Practice your pirouette at the Lake Tahoe Ice Arena. // tahoearena.co

26. Revel in Bavarian style at Himmel Haus, Tahoe’s tastiest and rowdiest German restaurant and bierhaus. // himmelhaus.com

27. Don your red cowboy hat for Christmas on the Comstock, in Virginia City. // visitvirginiacitynv.com

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28. Swim in the heated outdoor pool at Edgewood Tahoe Resort. // edgewoodtahoe.com

29. Check out First Thursday in Reno’s buzzy MidTown arts district. // renomidtown.com

30. Bring the whole family: Kids under 17 are free at South Tahoe’s tasteful Hotel Azure. // hotelazuretahoe.com

31. Turn up the tranquility with a stay at Sierra Hot Springs Resort & Retreat Center. // sierrahotsprings.org

32. Support local makers and snag some apothecary goods, home décor, or jewelry from Truckee’s Bespoke Atelier. // bespoketruckee.com

33. Bunk at one of the four Clair Tappan Backcountry Huts, accessible only by skis or snowshoes; be sure to reserve ahead. //clairtappanlodge.com

34. Earn your multi-course chalet dinner after a guided snowshoe trek. // palisadestahoe.com

35. Airbnbing it? Pick up a chicken pot pie from Crazy Good Bakery in South Lake Tahoe. // crazygoodbakery.com

36. Warm up après ski with a steamy bowl of pho from Reno’s Phở Kietzke. // facebook.com

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37. Feel the need for speed on a Hope Valley snowmobile tour. // laketahoeadventures.com

38. Die-hard alpine aficionados will fall in love with the Museum of Sierra Ski History. // sierraskimuseum.com

39. Remember movie theaters? Catch a blockbuster or foreign release at Tahoe Art Haus, Tahoe City’s single-screen indie cinema. // tahoearthauscinema.com

40. Lake Tahoe’s depth means it doesn’t freeze, so rent a kayak or outrigger and get paddling. // watermanslanding.com

41. Carbo-load at South Shore’s most beloved breakfast spots: Red Hut Waffle Shop and Heidi’s Pancake House.

42. Shop for turquoise and Tahoe-themed pendants from Lala Jewelry. // lalajewelry.com

43. Channel Charles Dickens during the Nevada City Victorian Christmas. // nevadacitychamber.com

44. Let the kids loose at Hope Valley or Meiss Meadow Sno-Parks. Get your gear from Alpenglow Sports.

45. Do as the locals do and get your après on at “The Chammy,” aka Le Chamois & The Loft Bar. // squawchamois.com


46. Get off the beaten track and ski out-of-bounds terrain accessible by snowcat with Pacific Crest Snowcats or Homewood Snowcat Adventures.

47. Support small-town arts and culture by attending a production at Truckee Community Theater. // truckeecommunitytheater

48. DIY your dinner at Incline Village’s charming La Fondue. // tahoefondue.com

49. Sip on a Dirty Snowman by the ice at Northstar's Rink Bar. // northstarcalifornia.com

50. Ring in 2023 by watching the fireworks over Heavenly Valley. // visitlaketahoe.com

(Courtesy of Edgewood Tahoe Resort)

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