Ultimate Lake Tahoe Winter Guide: 12 Exhilarating Winter Activities in Lake Tahoe
Updated: May 21
Lake Tahoe is an outdoor enthusiast's dream, especially in the winter. Lake Tahoe is known for its world-class ski resorts, but there is much more to do in the winter besides hitting the slopes. In this post, I'm sharing 12 exhilarating winter activities to experience in Lake Tahoe!
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SNOWSHOEING AT CHICKADEE RIDGE
One of my favorite spots to snowshoe in Lake Tahoe is Chickadee Ridge. The easygoing snowshoe trek starts at Tahoe Meadows, just north of Incline Village. It doesn't take long to reach the ridge, which has gorgeous views of Lake Tahoe. The trail to Chickadee Ridge features tons of pine trees, which look magical when covered in snow.
The area is also known for the friendly Chickadee Birds that live there. There have been many times that I skipped the hike to the ridge and made a day of visiting the chickadee birds.
SNOW TUBING ON FREE HILLS
There are quite a few places around Lake Tahoe where you can pay a pricey admission fee to snow tube down groomed tubing lanes. However, I prefer the free hills, which are just as if not more fun! Plus, there are no lines.
Several areas where you can find free snow tubing hills: Spooner Junction (where HWY 50 meets Route 28), Tahoe Meadows along Mt Rose HWY, and Fallen Leaf Lake Road.
ICE SKATING AT HEAVENLY VILLAGE
Ice skating at Heavenly Village in South Lake Tahoe is a lovely winter alternative if you're not into skiing. The small festive rink is within walking distance of shops, bars, and restaurants. Once you've had your fill on the ice, you can grab a bite or sip on hot chocolate at one of the firepits that overlook the rink.
SCENIC TRAM RIDE AT PALISADES TAHOE
One of the best places to take an aerial scenic tram ride is Palisades Tahoe. The 10-minute ride takes you 8,200 feet above sea level and features spectacular views of the mountains and Lake Tahoe in the distance. Once you reach the top, you can walk out onto the panoramic sundeck, snap a few pictures, and grab a drink at the Alpine Bar.