Hikers looking for trails with or without snow can use their sneaks or strap on a pair of snowshoes and head out in the backcountry. Guided tours are available in and around Lake Tahoe or if you want to stick closer to your room, The Ridge Tahoe offers guided snowshoe tours in winter (check with The Ridge Tahoe concierge).

Try some snowshoes or just use your sneakers if the trails are bare and explore Lake Tahoe this winter. Photo: Tahoe South.

Try some snowshoes or just use your sneakers if the trails are bare and explore Lake Tahoe this winter.
Photo: Tahoe South.

Here are some of our favorite places:

Historic Camp Richardson Resort: With plenty of fair-weather terrain and gentle slopes and grades that winds through the forest, Camp Rich offers a day’s worth of exercise and scenery. Snowshoe rentals (and cross country ski equipment) are available at the Mountain Sports Center. Check with them about moonlight-guided night adventure tours.

Van Sickle Bi-State Park: Located minutes from the Ridge Tahoe down Kingsbury Grade, the the 150-acre park allows for nearby hikes with some spectacular views. Expect easy, moderate and steep climbs along trails that wind their way up, setting the course for some amazing views of the lake, Mt. Tallac and Tahoe’s north shore off in the distance.

Fallen Leaf: The trail begins where the road ends with a moderate 5.5 mile roundtrip walk along Angora Ridge Road. Hikers will find themselves in a gentle but strenuous climb for about two miles along the Angora Ridge Lookout. Breathtaking not only lends itself to the pitches upward, but what one sees once they reach the crescendo about a half-mile past the lookout: an off-trail vista where hikers get a spectacular view of Lake Tahoe and Fallen Leaf. Bring a camera.

Spooner Lake Loop Trail: Slightly more than two miles, this is a family-friendly trail with very little changes in elevation. For the more strenuous, Spooner Lake is also a major trailhead for gaining access to the Spooner Backcountry. The backcountry comprises more than 12,000 acres of forested open space with more than 50 trails.

Sierra-at-Tahoe: Pack your snowshoes along with your skis and snowboard and bring them to Sierra-at-Tahoe. The resort maintains three miles of snowshoe trails that wind through scenic hideaways and pristine alpine terrain. Take a self-guided romp through the woods and enjoy the mountain environment. Trails are open depending on the weather.

Where’s your favorite place to hike in the winter?

Nestled on a spectacular Sierra Nevada ridge above Lake Tahoe, and overlooking the breathtaking and beautiful Carson Valley, this 11 acre hotel resort offers year-round vacation rentals with panoramic views and luxurious accommodations. Complimentary Health Club, Indoor Sports Complex, Indoor/Outdoor Swimming Pools and Jacuzzis, Restaurant, Deli, Market, Full Service Spa and more are all on-site. Complimentary shuttle service whisks guests 5 miles to Lake Tahoe and casino nightlife.

The Ridge provides a variety of great Lake Tahoe lodging options with choices perfect for family vacations or romantic getaways. Options include deluxe hotel rooms, one and two bedroom condominium suites with full kitchens.

Summer offers an exciting array of activities on property and on Lake Tahoe. Our pool, spa, tennis courts, rock climbing wall and hiking trails are all a few minutes from your front door. Just down the hill are Lake Tahoe’s beautiful beaches, boating, paddleboarding and kayaking

. In the winter our Skier Express provides ski in / ski out access to Heavenly Ski Resort’s Stagecoach Chairlift. The Ridge Ski Shop can satisfy your entire ski and snowboard needs onsite, so you can quickly hit the slopes. We also offer a variety of classes and indoor activities when the weather doesn’t cooperate or you’re not up for tackling the great outdoors.

The Ridge’s expansive property is an ideal venue for weddings, meetings and reunions. We have a variety of meeting and gathering spaces that can accommodate groups from 10 – 200.

For your wedding day we have ceremony sites with breathtaking views and the experienced staff to help make it the perfect day. For your business meetings we have all the A/V and technical resources you require to maximize your productivity. For family reunions our variety of lodging choices and countless onsite activities make it the perfect location to bring everyone together.