What to do in Tahoe while waiting for Snow

We all know Lake Tahoe is famous for its skiing and snowboarding scene. But what if you want to take a break from that and do something else. Or maybe the snow hasn’t come yet? Well, of course, you can still ski on man-made snow and the experience is great. However, there are a ton of things to do in Tahoe during the winter months that don’t need getting on a chairlift.

1. Lake Tahoe Cruise

Tahoe’s blue is best experienced from a boat. Book one of the Tahoe cruises and immerse yourself in the crisp mountain air and the blue water. Seeing the shores from a boat gives you a completely different experience. Your experience will be unique, whether you decide to do a morning cruise or a sunset cruise.

M.S. Dixie II Sightseeing Cruise on Lake Tahoe
Sightseeing Cruise on Lake Tahoe aboard the M.S. Dixie II.

2. Hit the Spa

Pampering the body as well as the soul is almost a rule when it comes to visiting Lake Tahoe. Pick one of the many spa options Tahoe South offers and indulge yourself. Besides getting a massage or a facial, pick some goodies from the spa for yourself or for gifts for your loved ones for the holidays. Featured below are products from Eminence available at the Spa at The Landing Tahoe. Holiday stress got you down? We have the cure for it.

Eminence Spa Products - Landing Tahoe
Eminence Spa Products – Landing Tahoe

3. Night Out

When you feel like you need some more action in your life, plan on an evening out. In December, the Heavenly Village is having full two weeks events culminating with a New Year’s concert. So, pack something warm in your bag and head out for a fun evening.

Heavenly Holidays - TahoeSouth.com
Heavenly Holidays – TahoeSouth.com

4. Night Life

If you miss the two weeks party at the Heavenly Village, don’t worry. There’s always something to do in Tahoe South in the evening. Check out the casinos if you are into gambling, or go see music. Comedians, musicians, and movies await you.

Peek Nightclub - Harrah's/Harveys Lake Tahoe
Peek Nightclub – Harrahs/Harveys Lake Tahoe

5. Ice Skating or Sledding

So what if the snow isn’t perfect right now? The entire family can have a blast ice skating or sledding in Tahoe South. Thanks to the chilly weather, most small lakes are frozen. Go out and play.

Ice skating in the Heavenly Village | Photo by Jamie Kingham
Ice skating in the Heavenly Village | Photo by Jamie Kingham

6. Hiking

Tahoe is always a great place to go hiking or snowshoeing. A few popular hikes are in Tahoe South that allow for amazing photography. Skip the selfies. This hike is at Cave Rock and it’s a pretty easy walk up, followed by a little rock climbing. You can do it! It’s best done at sunset.

7. Take the dog to the beach

South Lake Tahoe is a dog-friendly heaven. Why not bring the pooch with you to experience the lake. From gourmet pet stores to dog-friendly hikes and beaches, there’s plenty to explore. Check out this recent blog post for more details.

8. Just enjoy the Lake

Sit on the beach or at a lakefront restaurant and take it all in. Whether you are into meditation or not, the lake will calm your senses and relieve the stress. Then, you can go home refreshed and ready to enjoy the holidays.

Video shot from The Landing Tahoe. Photo Credit: Local snow groomer at Heavenly Mountain, Bryan Steele

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