10 things to do at Lake Tahoe this winter
With breathtaking views and a backyard that features world famous Lake Tahoe, Heavenly Mountain Resort and dozens of snow-capped peaks, The Ridge Tahoe is a virtual winter wonderland stretching far beyond what the eyes can see.
While the Tahoe bears bed down for their winter slumber, Lake Tahoe bustles with activities. The Ridge Tahoe offers a number of winter activities on site and shuttle service down the hill. Here are some of our favorite snowy activities.
- Skiing and boarding: Fresh powder and fresh tracks can be found outside the doors of Ridge Tahoe. Heavenly Mountain Resort features 4,800 acres of terrain for beginners, intermediate and experts. Opening Day is Nov. 22. Meanwhile, some of the best snowboarding half pipes in the world are found at nearby Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort. Like your snow especially deep and your ski runs heightened with breathtaking jumps? Some of the Sierra Nevada’s deepest snow and wildest rides are found at Kirkwood Mountain Resort.
- Cross Country skiing: Cross country skiing at historic Camp Richardson Resort was voted “Best Place to Cross Country Ski” by Tahoe locals. The Mountain Sports Center at Camp Richardson offers cross country ski equipment for beginners and experts and when the moon is high and wide, moonlight night adventures await.
- Snowshoeing: Hikers looking for trails in the snow can strap on a pair of snow shoes 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).
- Snowmobiling: The adventure begins where the road ends. Mount a sled and venture into the depths of Lake Tahoe’s wilderness with the wind in your face and your hands on the throttle. Be sure to follow all posted signs that detail private property and wilderness boundaries.
- Sledding: What could be more fun than enjoying the snow on a sled, saucer or snowtube? Bring back childhood memories and introduce your children to the thrill of coasting down a hill. There are plenty of sledding options around Tahoe South.
- Take a helicopter tour: View deep blue water, towering snow-capped mountain canyons and pristine waterfalls from 3,000 feet above Lake Tahoe. Soaring through the sky by way of South Lake Tahoe-based Reno Tahoe Helicopters is like riding sideways in an elevator with dramatic 180 degree views of Sierra’s crown jewel. Famed landmarks like Emerald Bay, Zephyr Cove and Cave Rock are explored with all of Lake Tahoe’s brilliant hues of blue.
- Take a sleigh ride: Nothing rings in the winter and holiday season more than a one or two-horse open sleigh. Since 1967 Borges Sleigh Rides has been in the business of providing families rides across the snowy, frosty countryside of South Shore. Take a 30 minute or 1 hour ride dashing through the snow, enjoy picturesque views and listen to stories of times long gone by.
- Cruise the lake on a paddlewheeler: The Tahoe Queen, an authentic Mississippi paddlewheeler, is one of the best ways to explore Lake Tahoe in winter. Take in a sightseeing tour or dinner cruise aboard the Tahoe Queen and M.S. Dixie II. Tickets can be bought at the Ridge Tahoe Market Place (ask the Ridge Tahoe concierge for a brochure).
- Ice skating: Grab a pair of blades and head down the hill in to South Shore, where there’s skating at Heavenly Village and indoors at the South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena.
- Shopping: For your convenience, the Ridge Club Marketplace and the Resort Sports Ski Shop offer a variety of items to make your stay enjoyable. You can find everything from groceries to winter apparel, to souvenirs. If you’re looking for variety off the hill and in the heart of Stateline and South Lake Tahoe, try the Shops at Heavenly Village, which offers an eclectic mix of merchandise, from fashionable lifestyle apparel and accessories to ski and board equipment and art. You can even take in a movie at the Heavenly Village Cinema.