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.