We’ve gotten our first few snowfalls in Tahoe, and while the resorts aren’t opening until next month, now is the perfect time to start your winter preparations! From the best exercises to add into your routine, to making sure all your ski gear is ready to rip, read on for our top tips on how to get ready for winter now! Ski season will be here before you know it, so be prepared to get out and enjoy it with these tips.
Lunge and Squat
The best way to get ready for ripping down the slopes? Start incorporating these leg exercises now, so you won’t get the jelly-legs fatigue on day one! Trainers recommend incorporating this leg-blaster series into your routine: squats, alternating lunges, jump lunges, and jump squats. For each exercise, repeat each move 10-20 times, rest for 15 seconds, and then repeat the circuit a total of 6 times. Are you sweating yet?
Wax Your Skis
There’s nothing worse than hitting the fresh slopes with soft edges and slow sticks! Bring your skis or boards in for a tune-up now, before lines get long on the mountain. Ask for a hot wax and edge sharpening, and you’ll be ripping come opening day. If you have an at-home tuning station, take stock of your inventory and get any wax or tools you’ll need now so mid-season adjustments are quick and easy.
Check Your Pass
Have you double-checked your pass? If you haven’t already, there is limited time remaining to buy most season passes. Many resorts have new or adjusted rules this season regarding the number of passes sold, reservations required for ski days, or advanced lift-ticket purchases. Check out each individual resort for specific updates. If you already have your pass in hand, make sure to keep it somewhere safe until opening day. Maybe now is the time to stash it in your ski jacket so you’ll always know where it is.
Check Your Gear
Ever pull on your snow pants in the morning only to realize you forgot about that late-season snag and now there’s a hole in your knee? Or go to grab your gloves, but can only find one? Dedicate some time to pull out your ski gear now, go through what you have, if anything needs repairs, or you need to make any wardrobe updates. If you’re in need of gear and advice, check out any of our local Tahoe ski shops, staffed with the most knowledgeable folks who can answer questions about outerwear, gear, and everything in between!
Book Your Winter Rental
Your ski vacation won’t be complete without booking the perfect place to stay! We anticipate this will be another busy ski season in Tahoe, and bookings for popular weeks are already going fast! Check out our website for the latest availability, and if you need any help planning the perfect stay, we are here for you! Just give us a call or contact us through social media for anything you might need!
It’s finally starting to feel like fall in Tahoe – the days are getting shorter, the crowds have thinned, and there is a hint of crispness in the air. Although shoulder season in Tahoe is often overlooked, we are excited to settle back into the other season perfect for hiking, biking, and cruising the lake. With warm days and crisp nights, fall in Tahoe is the perfect time to explore. From outdoor adventures for all ages, to picturesque evenings and outstanding cuisine, now is the perfect time to experience Tahoe’s secret season.
Now that the smoke has cleared, we continue to be eternally grateful for the efforts of firefighters and first responder crews who have contained blazes and kept our beloved Tahoe safe. The sun has returned and we are more grateful than ever for the sight of blue skies over sparkling blue waters. September temperatures in Tahoe generally range from the high 60’s – high 70’s, and it’s rare to have clouds or rain this time of year. This makes it one of the best months to visit if you love outdoor activities!
The crisp evening air is the perfect complement to warm days under the sun. As our nights cool down, it’s the perfect time to enjoy a soak in the hot tub again! Relax and unwind under the cool night stars with your favorite apres beverage at one of our many homes offering a hot tub – check out the full list here. You might even see some shooting stars light up the sky if you’re lucky!
Now that summer vacation is over, visitors are dwindling and Tahoe is feeling quiet again for the first time in a long time. If you’re more into the serenity of nature than navigating crowds on the beach, this is the perfect time of year for you! The hiking paths are less crowded, the beaches are empty, and there aren’t long waits at local restaurants. See below for some great hikes in Tahoe that have beautiful fall foliage. Please note that all National Forests in Tahoe are temporarily closed through September 17th, so make sure you aren’t making plans to head into any closed areas before hitting the trails.
Hint of Color
As the weather cools, the leaves are starting to change on the trees. You can find the warm yellows and oranges of the Aspen trees scattered along the shores of the lake, or along parts of the Tahoe Rim Trail. The National Forests are temporarily closed through September 17th, but once they re-open you can check out trails in Mt. Rose Meadows or head up to Marlette Lake to see if any leaves are changing yet.
With fewer boats in the water and less wind whipping across the lake, September is also a great time to get out on the water. Early mornings are often calm and shrouded in mist, perfect for a quiet paddle or kayak trip. Did you know? Some of our lakefront rentals come equipped with paddleboards, kayaks, or canoes! If you’re in need of a rental, there are plenty of local businesses ready to help you out. Check out Willard’s Sport Shop in Tahoe City or West Shore Sports for all your rental needs. Looking for a longer excursion? You can paddle sections of the Tahoe Water Trail, a 72-mile water route that circumnavigates the entire lake!
Summer is winding down, and these lazy, hazy days of August are reminding us that all good things must come to an end. As the kids go back to school and there is a hint of cooler temps in the air, there are still plenty of ways to get in your final dose of summer activities. Here are our favorite ways to wind down summer in Tahoe.
Take in the Views
Cooler mornings are perfect for early hikes or bike rides, but if you’re not in the mood for a sunrise session, why not let the gondola do the hard work for you? Catch an Aerial Tram ride at Squaw Valley or a Scenic Gondola Ride at Heavenly. You can explore trails on the top of both mountains, enjoy gorgeous views of Lake Tahoe, and either hike or ride back down. If you’re looking for an exhilarating way down at Heavenly, take the Ridge Rider Mountain Coaster, a gravity-powered mountain coaster that winds all the way back down the mountain, with epic views to boot!
Make a Splash
The Lake is about as warm as it gets by this late in the summer, making it the perfect time for water sports. Swim, SUP, kayak or wake surf – however you want to get out on the water, there’s a way to enjoy it in Tahoe. Did you know some of our rentals come with a private pier or buoy? You can search for homes with a buoy here. Many of our lakefront homes also come equipped with paddleboards, canoes, or kayaks, so you can explore the shore right from your rental!
Catch a Sunset
Is there anything better than a lazy afternoon winding into a beautiful warm evening? Maybe not – unless you add a cocktail! Enjoy the sunset overlooking the lake from one of our lake view homes, or at one of our favorite cocktail spots in town. If you’re up for an adventure, head up to Eagle Rock and watch the with sunset with one of the best views of the lake. You can even make a delicious batch of pineapple margaritas to go and enjoy it at the top!
Summer has come to Tahoe, which means the temperatures are rising and the beaches are filling up. With 72 miles of shoreline, Lake Tahoe is without a doubt the biggest place to take a dip – but it’s not the only one! Lucky for us, Tahoe is surrounded by multiple lakes and rivers, and there are plenty of activities to enjoy while you’re cool off in them. Whether you’re ready to try out some new watersports or simply find a new place to take a dip, read on for our top picks of Water Activities to Keep Cool this summer!
Surf a Wake
Have you ever tried wake surfing? Quickly becoming the most popular boating sport, you’re bound to have seen many surfers riding waves behind boats on Tahoe. In general, wake surfing is a lot easier to do than wakeboarding or water skiing because it’s easier to get up on the board. Rather than being towed by a rope, you position the board on the wake put out by the boat, and get to ride an endless wave. If you’re ready to try, you can rent a boat complete with surfboards, tow lines, and all the safety equipment needed from Blue Wave Boat Rentals. They even have chartered boats available with drivers who know the best ways to teach newbies how to get up on the board, find their rhythm, and surf the wake like a pro in no time!
Dip a Paddle
Looking for some human-powered ways to get out on the water? Get out and test your paddle skills on a stand-up paddleboard or kayak. The Tahoe Water Trail is a 72-mile water route along the shoreline, complete with a guide to public launch and landing sites, wayfinding signage, paddle routes to match your ability and interests, navigation tools, and water safety tips to help you have a safe and fun paddle adventure. There is a section of the lake for all levels of experience – whether this is your first time or you’re a seasoned paddler. And there are plenty of places to rent gear from if you – or your rental house – don’t have your own. Check out Willards Sports Shop, or Tahoe City Kayak for all your rental needs.
Float the River
If you’re in the mood for a leisurely cool down, you can just inflate your favorite tube or giant floatie flamingo and let the ripples of the Truckee River take you away. The best section to float is from Tahoe City to River Ranch, a five-mile stretch with a few swift sections but no raging rapids. Make sure to drop a car at the end, where you can enjoy cocktails and fresh eats on the River Ranch Patio.
Take an Alpine Plunge
Is there anything better than jumping into an ice-cold lake after a long hike? We love the abundance of trails around the Tahoe basin, but summer heat can make for some sweaty summits. While Lake Tahoe is certainly the most talked-about lake in region, did you know there are actually hundreds of alpine lakes that span the Desolation Wilderness, State Parks, and National Forest Lands surrounding Lake Tahoe? If you’re looking for a day hike that ends with a great spot for swimming, check out Eagle Lake, which passes the famous Eagle Falls near Emerald bay, or from the East shore hike up to Marlette Lake, or even a loop to Spooner Lake. Remember to bring plenty of water and sunscreen before hitting the trail!
Memorial Day Weekend is often thought of as the official start to summer – and we are ready for it! The snow is (mostly) gone, the sun is shining, and the lake is looking pretty inviting! Here are some ideas for the best ways to spend Memorial Day Weekend in Tahoe!
Hit the Trails!
Hiking, biking, trail running – the options in Tahoe seem endless! The Tahoe Rim Trail has tons of options for all skills and ability levels of mountain biking, as well as great hiking sections. If you’re looking for epic views of the lake, head up Rubicon Peak – we especially love this trail because the dogs can come too! Keep an eye out for waterfalls and wildflowers this time of year.
Hang at the Beach
The days are warming up and the beaches are open. Whether you’re more into lounging, building sandcastles, or venturing out on a paddleboard, Tahoe beaches are famous for a reason. This time of year, the beaches are likely to start filling up early, so plan ahead and get out early to secure your spot at popular spots like King’s Beach and Sand Harbor. Bring plenty of food and water, and please take all your trash with you. We love the pristine Tahoe beaches, and everyone can do their part to keep them clean. And don’t forget the sunscreen! The alpine sun is already strong at this time of year, even if it doesn’t feel that hot.
Get Your Feet Wet
The water is still cold this early in the season, but the water also tends to be calmer, which means it’s a great time for kayaking, paddleboarding, or even wake surfing. Getting out on the water offers a different perspective of the lake, and some incredible views of Tahoe’s deep, clear water. You can rent kayaks and paddleboards from Willard’s Sport Shop, and boat rentals are available from Blue Wave Boat Rentals – you can even add on water sport accessories with your rental! Whenever you’re out on the water, don’t forget to wear your life jacket, as conditions can change rapidly, and the water is very cold. Enjoy your time on the water safely, so you can come back time after time and enjoy it again!
One of the things we love most about living in Tahoe is the abundance of adventures available all-year-round! With the end of the ski season comes hiking and biking, then beaches and boating, or kayaking or paddleboarding as we head into summer. Right now, the snow is melting, the streams are running, and it’s waterfalls and wildflower season! Here are our top five spring hikes to enjoy this season!
Nestled along the north side of Squaw Valley, Shirley Canyon Trail follows Squaw Creek through the woods and up the canyon and continues all the way up to High Camp. It’s a great hike in the spring when the waterfalls are flowing. Depending on the snowpack, you might not be able to make it all the way up the trail until later in the season, when all the snow melts. It can get busy during the high season, but it’s a popular hike for all ages. Kids love scrambling around the large boulders along the edge of the stream, and dogs love splashing in the many small pools along the way.
Tahoe Rim Trail
There are plenty of spots to access the Rim Trail, the 165-mile loop around Lake Tahoe. There are so many options for day hikes, ranging from easy meadow strolls to more strenuous climbs. This time of year, the waterfalls are sure to be flowing, so check out McCloud Falls or The Galena Waterfall Hike. You can see all the waterfall hike options here. If you’re heading out later in the season, early summer is the best time for beautiful wildflower viewing. The best wildflower hikes can be found here. Some sections of the Rim Trail also allow mountain biking. You can check the website for updated trail conditions and information.
Cascade Falls Trail
This popular trail near Emerald Bay climbs up to Cascade Falls and offers gorgeous views of the Cascade Lake and Lake Tahoe. This relatively short hike is great for kids, and there is plenty of space to spread out and enjoy a picnic lunch near the falls. You can also continue along the trail to the top of the falls for even more incredible views. There is limited parking near the Bayview Campground, which closes seasonally, but you can walk through the campground to access the trail.
Eagle Lake Trail
Another family-friendly hike near Emerald Bay, Eagle Lake Trail follows Eagle Creek past Eagle Falls to Eagle Lake. It’s a well-marked trail that can be quite popular in the summer months, and parking can be limited due to variety of trails and viewpoints in this area. If you head out earlier in the season though, you might have the trail to yourself, and you might even encounter a little snow! Make sure to check out Lower Eagle Falls on the other side of the road before you head home!
Who says après is just for skiing? With plenty of outdoor activities to keep you busy this spring, and long afternoons perfect for soaking up the sunshine, we’re convinced you can après-anything! It seems only fitting Read on for our favorite places to sit back, relax, and enjoy a well-deserved cocktail.
Pioneer Cocktail Club
If you’ve been missing exciting combinations and artistic cocktails with unique, fresh ingredients, then head over to Pioneer Cocktail Club. They are famous in Tahoe City for their seasonal cocktails, offering winter warmers like the Hot Buttered Rum, made with homemade “Brown butter batter,” and summer refreshers like the Oaxacan Old Fashioned, made with Mezcal. They also have a delicious food menu full of updated bar eats, from sassy wood-fired pizzas (try the Green Meanie or Nice Hawaiian Punch) to Lemongrass Chicken Wings and Cauliflower al Pastor. Check out their dog-friendly patio (complete with heaters), or enjoy limited capacity service indoors.
If the local’s bar is more your scene, then you’ll feel right at home at the Bridgetender. Famous for their burgers and Bloody Marys, “BT” as the locals say, has a large selection of beers on tap and generous portions of pub fare. Located right on the Truckee River at Fanny Bridge, their outdoor patio is the perfect place to soak up the afternoon sun. After a long day on the slopes or an epic mountain bike ride, we love to share the Totchos – tater tots smothered with nacho toppings!
If you’re more of a wine drinker, there is no better spot to peruse and sip on unique blends than Uncorked. With multiple locations in the Tahoe area, Uncorked focused on limited
production wines that are farmed mindfully from key regions and appellations around the globe. Enjoy a large selection of unique wines and extremely knowledgeable staff to help you pick out a bottle, or perhaps sample a few different varietals with a flight. And if you need some cheese to go with your wine, never fear, the Charcuterie Plate is divine.
Boasting locally sourced, seasonal ingredients and a rotating selection of house cocktails, Fat Cat is a casual bar, famous for its burgers and hometown feel. If you’re in the mood for a view and good people-watching, grab a seat on their pooch-friendly patio – they even have pup patties you can order for them!
Tahoe Tap Haus
Famous for their wide selection of local brews, Tahoe Tap Haus has 16 beers on draught and at least 8 are always from breweries within 100 miles. Their dog-friendly patio is the perfect spot to enjoy their selection of fresh California Pub Fare after a hike or bike ride along the Truckee River Path.
Tahoe is famous for many things, but one of our favorites is Spring Skiing! With plenty of sunshine followed by epic snow dumps, spring in Tahoe is famous for bluebird pow days – we call it Miracle March for a reason! Ski resorts in Tahoe have received up to 44″ of fresh snow in March alone, with another 12-17 inches projected in the next week! If you’re ready for a quick escape to the mountains, come experience why spring is the best time to ski Tahoe!
So Much Sunshine
Longer days mean more hours of sun to enjoy the slopes – and your après! Did you know? Tahoe typically receives about 300 days of sunshine a year? That means you’re 76% likely to see the sun during daylight hours – those are pretty good odds if you’re looking for some springtime sunshine! Don’t forget to bring your sunscreen to the slopes – the alpine environment combined with the reflection off the snow can sneak up on you quick!
The Tahoe region averages over 35″ of snowfall in March – making it similar to December and February in terms of new snow. As an added bonus, all this new snow is on top of the great base that’s been building up all season long, so you’re bound to find plenty of snow when you visit in the spring. The storms in this area generally roll in and out quickly, meaning conditions can transform overnight. Waking up to feet of new snow is more the rule than the exception in Tahoe!
That’s right, after those storms roll out, we are blessed with blue skies! No lingering gray days here – we’re spoiled by all the bluebird powder days we get in Tahoe. The conditions are also perfect for enjoying your lunch outside or taking a beer break when your legs get tired from endless runs.
If this season has taught us anything, it’s that après outside is just as fun! From parking lot basecamps to extended outdoor seating at resorts, enjoying snacks and drinks outside after skiing is only getting more enjoyable as the weather warms. Take advantage of the sunny afternoons and pack a cooler and some camp chairs to set up a car bar, grab a table at one of the restaurants now open for limited dine-in, or enjoy some local brews back in the comfort of your vacation rental hot tub – book one of our many homes with hot tubs here.
Although it’s still winter, we are seeing beautiful, sunshine-filled days in Tahoe, and many restaurants are open for outdoor dining and takeout. We love supporting the local businesses that are working hard to provide quality food and service during these trying times. If you’re visiting Tahoe this season, our local and shops and restaurants need your support! Here are our favorite spots to dine outside in Tahoe these days.
With some of the best views in Tahoe City, Za’s Lakefront overlooks the Tahoe City Marina and offers breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe. Their patio is now open for outdoor dining from 11:30 am – 8:00 pm daily. We love their delicious thin-crust pizzas and nightly specials: Prime Rib Sundays and Fried Chicken Tuesdays never disappoint! They also have a wonderful selection of hand-crafted cocktails and an extensive beer and wine list. Check out their website for current specials.
A longtime local’s favorite for a burger and a beer, The Bridgetender has converted much of their parking lot into outdoor tables and set up a number of heaters. They have a killer happy hour and are famous for their Bloody Mary’s, so it get’s busy during peak times, but it’s worth the wait! The menu is full of classic bar food, perfect to fill up on after a day out skiing or playing in the snow. Open from 11 am daily.
Tahoe House is a quaint little bakery and café famous for their amazing pastries, fresh-baked bread and cookies! You can count on them for a morning pick-me-up, and enjoy your breakfast or lunch on their outdoor tables or take it with you for a stroll along the West Shore Path. We love the croissants and scones for breakfast, fresh made sandwiches for lunch, and always pick up a pie to take home! Open from 6 am – 4 pm weekdays, and until 6 pm Friday and Saturday.
Moe’s Original Bar-B-Que
A no frills BBQ joint with amazing views of Lake Tahoe – what could be better? Moe’s dishes up classic BBQ meats with an amazing assortment of sides s. You can order a family platter or smaller plates, and enjoy them on the picnic tables outside, or take them down to Common’s Beach for a picnic. They even have live music outside sometimes, so check out their website for updates.
Now that the stay-at-home order has been lifted across the state, and certain businesses are reopening in Tahoe, travelers are returning to the area to experience the beauty of mountains in winter. We are happy to be able to offer safe accommodations to guests, and want to remind visitors to travel smart, and visit safely this winter. Plan your Tahoe visit with us – we’re committed to enhanced cleaning protocols and doing everything we can to make your visit safe. Here are more ways you can visit and enjoy Tahoe safely this season:
1. Abide by the California Responsible Travel Code
There are a million reasons to visit California, and whether you are coming from near or far, we ask that you respect the environment, local culture and all the different kinds of people who visit our state. The California Responsible Travel Code was developed to help promote the safe and respectful travel throughout our state. It’s important to know and understand what it means, as well as familiarize yourself with local guidelines before visiting. As the state reopens, different counties may have different rules. Please be sure to check CDC Guidelines and local restrictions to ensure you abide by all rules and regulations when traveling. You can find state-wide updates and county by country specifications here.
2. Ski Safely
Resorts in Tahoe are open for skiing and snowboarding this season, with varying adjustments to ticket sales, reservations, and enhanced safety protocols. Skiing and riding is an inherently safe, socially-distanced form of outdoor recreation – and staff and operations teams at the resorts are working hard to keep the slopes open this season. All guests are required to wear a mask when in public areas – this includes lift lines, bathrooms, and on the chairlift. Make sure to check with the resort ahead of time to see if you need to purchase tickets in advance. Some resorts are requiring reservations, some are limiting day tickets, and others may only allow those with a season pass. With a multitude of ski resorts in the area, it’s best to check with each one directly to make sure you know the rules and are staying up to date on current weather and mountain conditions before you go!
3. Eat Local
Restaurants have re-opened in Tahoe for outdoor dining and take-out, and ordering from local businesses is a great way to support our small mountain towns when visiting. Many restaurants are offering special to-go items, like family dinners or batch cocktails. Even in the middle of winter, Tahoe is blessed with plenty of sunny days. Why not order lunch from Moe’s BBQ and enjoy a picnic on the beach? Or cozy up under one of the many outdoor heaters at Za’s Lakefront! Enjoy some of the best views of the lake and their famous pizza, open for lunch and dinner on Saturdays & Sundays!
4. Take a Walk
The Truckee River bike path is fully paved and plowed, and meanders along the crystal blue waters of the Truckee River all the way from Squaw Valley to Lake Tahoe. Put on some warm layers, bring a thermos full of cocoa, and enjoy the snowy scene without the hassle of shoveling or struggling with snowshoes! The river path is the perfect stroll for families, dogs, or anyone just wanting to get out and enjoy nature.
5. Enjoy a Scenic Snowmobile Tour
Have you ever felt the exhilaration of speeding through the wilderness on packed snow? Snowmobiling is a fun and exciting way to get out and explore the vast natural beauty of the Tahoe area. With trails through pristine meadows and up into the mountains, snowmobile touring offers a new way to explore the wilderness, and some epic views of Lake Tahoe. Lake Tahoe Snowmobiling offers exciting tours for all ages and ability levels. Zoom across over 100 miles of trails that travel through the pristine National Forest, and enjoy a warm drink and unbeatable views from the top of Mt. Watson. You’ll be sure to come home with lots of memories and gorgeous pictures to share.