- Jenn Gleckman
A version of this blog originally appeared on SkiLakeTahoe.com.
Sure, it’s natural to associate a ski vacation with winter. I love snowstorms, cold toes and hot chocolate by a fire pit as much as the next person, but if you’ve never been to Lake Tahoe for some spring skiing and riding, you’re missing out. Trust me on this one. To help you out, I’ve compiled a few reasons why you need to put Tahoe on your radar this spring.
Classic Sierra Sunshine
Lake Tahoe gets an average of 300 days of sunshine annually. Longer days and mild temperatures make for great spring conditions and corn snow. If you’ve never skied in short sleeves or shorts, or rocked a goggle tan, you’ve missed out.
Spring means parties, live music and events galore at the Ski Lake Tahoe resorts. The party atmosphere here is palpable, and whether its daily après ski parties, music festivals and concerts, or family friendly events such as resort mascot parades and pond skimming contests, it's pretty hard to claim boredom.
Glen Plake rocks his trademark mohawk in the Gunbarrel 25, part of Heavenly's Spring Loaded. Photo credit: Heavenly Mountain Resort
Got great deals? Lake Tahoe sure does. Free lodging nights, BOGO, savings on lift tickets and spring break packages are just a few of the offers on tap. You can find these and more on the Ski Lake Tahoe deals page.
So. Many. Resorts.
It’s been said many times, but I’ll say it again. Lake Tahoe has the greatest concentration of ski resorts in North America. That means over 21,000 acres of terrain, 100+ chairlifts and well over 500 runs, encompassing everything from groomers to chutes, half-pipes to natural features, and glades to cliffs.
Après and Nightlife
Who doesn’t enjoy relaxing after a day on the slopes with friends? Lake Tahoe’s got that in spades. If you’re into ‘going all in’ then check out Heavenly’s Unbuckle Après Party. For lower key options, Kirkwood’s new umbrella bar offers views of the slopes along with an array of refreshments. And Sierra’s new plaza deck is a great way to relax after a day of spring riding.
If you’re ready to keep partying after the sun goes down, Tahoe’s got you covered with 24/7 nightlife options at casinos and nightclubs around the lake, including big name entertainers like Yonder Mountain String Band and Taj Mahal.
After a long day of spring skiing, few things refresh the soul like a shot ski at Unbuckle. Photo credit: Heavenly Mountain Resort
We’ve got some pretty spectacular scenery here. The lake is stunning any time of year, but springtime is a terrific time to enjoy it firsthand. Get on a boat, or a stand up paddleboard, or take a walk along the shoreline. That’s not something you can do at just any ski destination.
Jenn, who moved to Lake Tahoe in 1999, is a tourism marketer for local agency Strategic Marketing Group. She admits to spending as much time as possible playing outside, ideally on her skis or mountain bike.