Lake Tahoe Things to Do in Winter

It’s no secret that the winter in Tahoe provides excellent conditions for skiing. The snow is plentiful, and the slopes are grand. Lake Tahoe things to do take advantage of Tahoe’s beach and mountain environments, and there are so many Lake Tahoe winter activities in the different towns to keep you entertained and busy throughout your entire vacation. Visit Truckee to enjoy some of the ever-popular alpine or cross-country skiing. Whether you’re a beginner or competitive skier, the variety of slopes and ski trails at all difficulty levels will cater the experience towards your desire. And when you want a break from swooshing through the mountains, check out a ski-themed village in Squaw Valley. There, the Lake Tahoe things to do range from restaurants to shops to even mini-golf.

Skiing is just one of many Lake Tahoe winter activities to enjoy — you can also partake in snowboarding, ice skating or hiking through the snow-coated Sierra Nevadas. Lake Tahoe things to do include winter activities you won’t find anywhere else. How do you like the idea of a sleigh ride along a portion of the Pony Express in South Lake Tahoe? Or maybe the act of sending a dummy in a snowboard careening down a mountain in Incline Village piques your interest.

Indoor Lake Tahoe Things to Do

If the outdoors isn’t your scene, you can still have tons of fun. Get a taste of Lake Tahoe culture by checking out art galleries in Tahoe City or movie theaters where you can stay up to date on the latest blockbusters. If you’re feeling lucky you can swing by a casino one night in the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe to try your hand at Blackjack, Texas Hold ‘Em and more.  Whether you’re on vacation or not, be sure to take some time for yourself with a Kings Beach thing to do, like visiting a local spa to get a little rest and relaxation.

Around Tahoe Tours

P.O. Box 5285, Incline Village, NV
(775) 560-5629

Around Tahoe Tours is your best bet for getting a true feel and knowledge of the local area. Created by Darin Talbot, the tour agency is a culmination of his knowledge that began in 1977 when he moved to the area with his fun attitude and amusing ways of sharing the tales of Tahoe. A musician and storyteller by heart, Talbot is able to create... read more

Black Tie Ski Delivery

12219 Business Park Drive Suite 6, Truckee, CA
(530) 550-1092
298 Kingsbury Grade Roadd #1a, Stateline, NV
(775) 588-5800
(866) 360-6433

With locations in all the top ski destinations in North America, it’s no surprise that Black Tie Ski Delivery brings all the top gear to visitors to North Lake Tahoe as well. They call themselves a ski concierge, meaning Black Tie staff set its customers up from head to toe with helmets, goggles, outerwear, boots and skis — all custom-fitted in your hotel room, condo... read more

Camp Richardson

1900 Jameson Beach Road, South Lake Tahoe, CA
(530) 541-1801

For more than a century, the Camp Richardson location has been a place for people to escape from the hectic urban life and rejuvenate their spirits in the natural beauty of Lake Tahoe. Operated today under a U.S. Forest Service special use permit (except for the marina, which is privately owned), the "Camp Rich" resort honors its storied history and continues to provide a vacation... read more

Clair Tappaan Lodge

19940 Donner Pass Road, Norden, CA
(530) 426-3632

One of Truckee’s hidden gems sits atop Donner Summit at 7,000 feet. Clair Tappaan Lodge was constructed in 1934 by Sierra Club volunteers and, just like Donner Summit itself, the rest is history. The stunningly rustic mountain lodge offers accommodations for up to 145 guests, many of whom are cross-country skiers and snowshoers in winter and hikers, rock climbers and cyclists in summer. The lodge... read more

Diamond Peak Ski Resort

1210 Ski Way, Incline Village, NV
(775) 832-1177

Diamond Peak opened in November of 1966 at the forefront of snow technology, being the first resort in the West to have a snow-making system. It is known for being affordable, family-friendly, uncrowded and – most of all – for its breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe. With 655 acres of useable terrain, including open glade, bowl and tree runs, it’s got a good mix of... read more

Flume Trail Mountain Bikes

1115 Tunnel Creek Road, Incline Village, NV
(775) 298-2501

The Flume Trail above Lake Tahoe is a mountain biking trail with a well-earned reputation. Between its historical significance and the incredible views that it offers, it is a route that practically everyone in the basin knows about, even people who have never once touched tire to trail. But for those who actually do like to get out and explore the back country on wheels... read more

Heavenly Mountain Resort

Heavenly Mountain Resort
4080 Lake Tahoe Boulevard, South Lake Tahoe, CA
(775) 586-7000

Heavenly Resort is omnipresent at South Tahoe. Along with the casinos on the Nevada side of South Shore, the ski resort drives the economy of this small Sierra community. Heavenly’s California Lodge was the resort’s original mountain base area, located nearly a straight shot up the hill from the lakeside Ski Run Marina. Appropriate for skiers of all skill levels, just about all ski services... read more

Heli-Vertex

12219 Business Park Drive, Truckee, CA
(530) 214-0711
1901 Airport Road, South Lake Tahoe, CA
(530) 544-2211

Anyone can drive around the lake, and it's a nice way to spend an afternoon. For a little more exclusive trip, you could take a cruise on one of the local yachts or paddleboats. But if you really want to experience the area in a way that will give you the memories of a lifetime and make you the envy of your friends and family,... read more

Homewood Mountain Resort

5145 West Lake Boulevard, Homewood, CA
(530) 525-2992

Homewood Mountain Resort is a fabulous ski hill for beginners, intermediates and those who enjoy smooth groomers. Although Homewood may be small, it has some of the best views of Lake Tahoe, as it is located directly across the street from the lake. The airy view from the ski runs and lifts are unlike any other ski area in Lake Tahoe. Its tiny stature lends... read more

Kirkwood Mountain Resort

1501 Kirkwood Meadows Drive, Kirkwood, CA
(209) 258-6000

Kirkwood Mountain is a South Lake Tahoe ski area tucked a little out of the way of the hustle and bustle that is seen in town. Kirkwood is about a 45-minute drive from the center of South Lake. This small distance creates positives: crowds are smaller and attention to personal service is higher. The ski area itself is great for all levels of skiers with... read more

Lakeshore Sports

8499 North Lake Boulevard, Kings Beach, CA
(530) 553-1660

If you believe that you can never have too much of a good thing, you’ll be glad to hear the news that Willard’s Sport Shop in Tahoe City has opened an additional location in Kings Beach under the name of Lakeshore Sports. Although the name is different, you’ll recognize the logo style from the original Willard’s signage, and the new shop is open seven days... read more

Northstar California Resort

Northstar California Resort
5001 Northstar Drive, Truckee, CA
(530) 562-1010

Of course Northstar at Tahoe Resort has skiing, but its range of offerings make the longtime Truckee fixture a four-seasons must visit. With upgrades, remodeling and the addition of a mid-mountain Ritz Carlton hotel, Northstar has upped its game in recent years. Considered to be the resort for families looking to ski on the North Shore, there is now more challenging terrain to be had... read more