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9 Dreamy Photos That Will Make You Want to Visit Lake Tahoe in the Winter

Updated: Dec 29, 2023



Lake Tahoe is a stunning place to photograph any time of year but winter is by far my favorite season. The mountains surrounding the lake are heavily covered in snow and contrast beautifully against the crystal-clear turquoise lake. Some of the best beaches in Lake Tahoe are often deserted leaving the water undisturbed and glass-like. And the blanket of fresh snow adds something special to Tahoe’s already amazing views.


Here are 9 dreamy photos that will make you consider visiting Lake Tahoe in the winter.


paddle boarding sand harbor lake tahoe

Paddle boarders make for a great subject to photograph at Lake Tahoe. Not only do they add perspective, they always look so tranquil. This image was taken along Tahoe's east shore.

 

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Snow-covered morning at Hidden Beach on Lake Tahoe's east shore.

 

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Snowy views of Incline Village. This trail is usually busy during the summer months with hikers who like to take their picture with Monkey Rock.

 

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Winter sunrise at Emerald Bay.

 

snowy winter views of lake tahoe from flume trail hike

Winter views of Tahoe's curves facing Southwest from the Flume Trail.


One of my favorite shots from my last visit in March. I was a little nervous while hiking this trail because although it's a short trail; it was deserted, covered in snow, and I was by myself. There were previous foottracks that made me feel a little better and somewhat safe so I kept going. It was all worth it because I got to capture this beautiful snow-covered view at the top.

 

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Classic views of Sand Harbor Beach.

Sand Harbor Beach is one of the most beautiful sections of the lake but it's usually jam-packed with tourists during the summer months. However, during the winter it's often deserted and makes for a stunning location to photograph Lake Tahoe.

 

sunset views of lake tahoe from cave tunnel rock hike

Winter sunset from Cave Tunnel Rock.

 

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Paddle boarding on the crystal turquoise waters of the east shore. Tahoe's east shore is my favorite section of the lake to photograph.

 

Views from the Cave Tunnel Rock hike in Lake Tahoe

Snowy sunset views from the top of Cave Tunnel Rock facing northeast.

 

I hope you enjoyed these snowy pictures of Lake Tahoe. For more Lake Tahoe photos check out the gallery.


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Hi, I'm Gabriella, an outdoor photographer living in Lake Tahoe, California. 
 
I'm originally from New York and moved to Los Angeles in 2013 to try out living somewhere new and different.  I found myself loving the adventurous lifestyle and dramatic scenery on the west side of the country.  Eventually, I moved to Lake Tahoe in 2019 after falling in love with its natural beauty and outdoor lifestyle. 
 
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