Winter is in full swing here in Lake Tahoe! If you're planning a getaway to this region of the world but have no intention of hitting the slopes, fear not! Tahoe is a winter wonderland with many activities waiting to be explored beyond skiing and snowboarding. Keep reading to learn about 16 fantastic activities to do in Tahoe during winter that don't involve carving down mountains.
1. Explore Snowshoeing, Cross-Country Skiing or Fat Biking
Tahoe offers endless trails for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and fat biking. Rent gear and embark on a snowy adventure. It's not just scenic; it's also a fantastic workout! Explore our sections on Snowshoeing and Cross-Country Skiing for businesses that can help you get going.
Snowshoe Tahoe serves up great adventures, great guides and great times. Photo courtesy of Snowshoe Tahoe
2. Dive into the Après-Ski Scene
Experience the lively après-ski atmosphere at local breweries and wine bars. Explore our Bars & Pubs section to find the perfect blend of relaxation and entertainment after a day in the snow.
3. Stroll Mountain Villages at Palisades Tahoe, Incline Village or Heavenly Village
Take a leisurely walk through charming villages like Villages at Palisades Tahoe, Incline Village or Heavenly Village. Each has its unique character, offering delightful cafes, shops and breathtaking views.
4. Enjoy Panoramic Views from Palisades Tahoe Tram or Heavenly Gondola
5. Experience the Thrill of Snowmobiling
Take a snowmobiling adventure to enjoy Tahoe's beautiful vistas without breaking a sweat. Consider guided tours for a hassle-free experience. See our Snowmobiling section for outfitters.
6. Glide Across the Ice-Skating Rinks
Heavenly Village offers a top-rated ice-skating experience, and you can see many others on our Ice Skating page. Whether during the day or under the stars, it's a fun-filled activity with a beautiful winter ambiance.
7. Relax in Hot Springs or Spas
Stillwater Spa is talented in the art of pampering. Photo courtesy of Stillwater Spa
8. Embark on a Magical Sleigh Ride
Explore the enchanting landscapes with a sleigh ride. Check out Borge's family sleigh riding company in South Lake Tahoe for a magical experience.
9. Savor Culinary Delights
Tahoe boasts fantastic restaurants. See our Restaurants section for the rundown on the local restaurants, searchable by location and style of dining.
10. Attend a Yoga Class or Retreat
Stay active during your visit by attending a yoga class or retreat. Tahoe offers fantastic studios like Lake Tahoe Yoga, The Yoga Room and Tahoe Yoga and Wellness Center. Bliss Experiences offers a wealth of classes and workshops, and Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District offers classes too. See our Yoga section for many more options.
11. Watch a Movie
12. Immerse Yourself in History at Museums
13. Take a Scenic Drive Around Lake Tahoe
If you have a car, embark on a scenic drive around Lake Tahoe, stopping at picturesque spots like Tahoe City, Emerald Bay Viewpoint and all the towns around the lake.
14. Indulge in Retail Therapy
Shopaholics, rejoice! Explore Villages at Palisades Tahoe, Downtown Truckee, King's Beach, Tahoe City or Incline Shopping Village for a diverse shopping experience. There are so many shops to explore, and you can see a full list in our Shopping section, searchable by location and type of store.
15. Test Your Luck at the Casinos
Explore the vibrant casino scene on the outskirts of Incline Village or in South Lake Tahoe, with popular spots like the Crystal Bay Casino, Grand Lodge Casino at the Hyatt, Harrah's or Harvey's offering a mix of entertainment and excitement. See the full list in our Casinos section.
Crystal Bay Casino serves up both gaming and fantastic music. Photo courtesy of CBC
16. Experience the Thrill of Sledding or Tubing
Unleash your inner child at Tahoe City Winter Sports Park, Tahoe Donner Snowplay Area or Heavenly's tubing hill for an exhilarating sledding or tubing adventure. There are many other options, so check our Sledding and Tubing section.
So, there you have it: 16 exciting alternatives to skiing and snowboarding that guarantee a memorable winter experience in beautiful Lake Tahoe. Whether you're seeking adventure, relaxation or cultural exploration, Tahoe has it all! To learn about the fun events happening around the basin, check out our Daytime and Nightlife pages.