Top Things to Do in Lake Tahoe During Winter
Located in the snowy Sierra Nevada mountains, Lake Tahoe is the ultimate destination for a winter weekend getaway.
With roughly 300 days of sunshine, world-class skiing and snowboarding attractions, and an array of slope-side activities, South Lake Tahoe is a sizzling hot spot during winter.
Here’s your guide to the top things to do in Lake Tahoe this winter:
Ski Two States in One Day
The Nevada-California state line runs down the middle of Heavenly ski resort, making it possible for bucket-listers and thrill-seekers to ski in two states on one day. The mountain features 4,600 acres of skiable terrain, 34-miles of wide-open cruisers, and jaw-dropping summit views.
There’s something for all skill levels at Heavenly. Glide down groomed cruisers, practice smaller jumps at the Groove Park terrain, or take on 1,600-foot plunges into double-black diamond canyons.
Enjoy Family-Friendly Sled Rides and Tube Slides
Lake Tahoe offers tons of fun things to do for all ages. Sierra-at-Tahoe features machine-groomed hills ideally maintained for sledding and tubing. At Heavenly, the tubing hill is over 500 feet long. Mini-tubing is also available for smaller kids.
Many of the resorts offer ski and snowboarding programs that are open to kids as young as 3-years old. Kirkwood, Sierra-at-Tahoe, and Heavenly provide a safety-first-environment, which is a great way to introduce little ones to snow sports.
Explore Tahoe’s Backcountry on a Snowmobile or ATV
Non-skiers can hit the slopes, too. Motorized vehicle tours are fun, fast-paced, and the perfect way to experience the back-country trails and wild Sierra high country.
When conditions are right, Lake Tahoe Adventures offers specialty Moonlight Tours. Experienced guides know where the ideal spots are for viewing gorgeous sunsets and spectacular mountain moonrises.
Experience the Snowy Forests, On Foot
Snowshoeing is a fun, easy, and inexpensive way to escape the crowds while still enjoying the outdoors. There are plenty of trails, tree-lined paths, and snow-covered meadows on Lake Tahoe’s south shore. Van-Sickle Bi-State Park (behind Heavenly Village) is easy to access and suitable for all fitness levels.
Snowshoes, boots, poles, and other equipment rentals are available at Powder House (located at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe). For a convenient and hassle-free experience, take advantage of Powder House’s equipment delivery or ski valet services.
The Ideal Winter Getaway
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is one of the top Lake Tahoe vacation resorts. We’re only minutes from Heavenly and within easy driving distance to a variety of popular winter weekend destinations.
After a thrilling day on the slopes, enjoy the comfort of well-appointed accommodations combined with unrivaled amenities and services. But wait, no trip to Lake Tahoe is complete until you:
Après to a Cozy Café (or Happy Hour)
Après ski is French for “after ski,” which means it’s time to dry your boots off, stash your gear, and enjoy dinner, drinks, and the warmth of a crackling fire. There are tons of local cafes, eateries, and pubs in South Lake Tahoe.
The gondola at Heavenly will take you directly to Tamarack Lodge. Hard Rock Lake Tahoe also offers an array of après activities. Choose from a selection of bars and lounges, casual and fine dining restaurants, and live music events. And don’t forget the 24-hour casino!