We’re heading into winter here in Tahoe, and with colder weather and new regulations at state and county levels, we are once again asking that everyone do their part to help our community stay safe, and continue to support local small businesses. You know the drill: practice social distancing, avoid unnecessary gatherings, wear a mask, and wash your hands. You can read the updated county guidelines here.
Ski Resorts are Opening!
The first storms of the season have blanketed Tahoe in beautiful white snow, and cooler temperatures mean the resorts are making snow as fast as they can. With some resorts already open, a large number are also planning on opening in the coming weeks. When visiting resorts, please remember to check ahead for important weather and occupancy updates – some resorts are requiring tickets to be purchased in advance, while others are limiting the number of skiers and riders per day. As always, practice social distancing, wear a mask, and please be patient – we are all navigating these new restrictions and undoubtedly there will be delays. Remember, ’tis the season of giving, and it costs nothing to be kind.
Lake Tahoe Ski Area Opening Days
Northstar – November 20
Heavenly – November 20
Boreal – November 23
Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows – November 25
Kirkwood – December 4
Diamond Peak – December 10
Homewood – December 11
Sugarbowl – TBD
Mt. Rose – TBD
Exploring a new place is one of the best parts of traveling, especially when you have great recommendations from friends and family. We’ve rounded up a list of local favorites – from dining to activities – so the next time you are in Tahoe you can feel like a local and enjoy these hidden gems.
Step back in time at the River Ranch, located on the banks of the Truckee River, and full of old Tahoe charm. The River Ranch has been around since 1888, and was a popular watering hole along the narrow gauge railway. We think the Ranch has one of the most underrated happy hours in town, and the view from the riverfront tables on a spacious outdoor patio can’t be beat. Happy hour is from 3-5, first come first served, and dinner reservations are strongly recommended.
What started as a popular food truck, Red Truck has also taken up a permanent home at the Tahoe Truckee Airport – and it’s a favorite lunch spot for locals. You can grab a bite to go or enjoy it on the lawn outside. There is a little playground for kids and it’s always fun to watch the planes take off. With fresh, sustainable food full of flavor, you’re sure to find something delightful at the cafe. Open for breakfast and lunch, 9 am – 3 pm seven days a week. They also post daily specials on twitter and facebook!
If you’re in the mood for a longer hike, Ellis Peak is a lesser-known hike that still offers amazing Tahoe views and beautiful wildflowers in the spring. It is a multi-use trail, open to hikers and bikers, and dogs can come but have to be on a leash. It is just under 7 miles out and back, and the top scrambles along a cliff edge. There is a nice lake, Ellis Lake, to stop at and enjoy before or after reaching the top of the peak. Head up early in the morning to beat the crowds and the heat.
Charter Sailing Catamaran
The best way to enjoy the lake when it’s not quite swimming season – charter a catamaran! The 55 foot Sierra Cloud offers private tours, daily afternoon cruises, and a sunset tour. You can enjoy the easy cruise of a catamaran above the pristine waters of Lake Tahoe all season long. You can even do a Sunday morning Mimosa cruise!
Looking for some high alpine adventure that’s safe and fun for all skill levels? Via Ferrata is an assisted climbing course on the Tram Face above Squaw Valley. Via Ferrata, Italian for “iron way,” originated in the high Alps of Italy during the first and second world wars, and assisted troops traveling across rugged mountain terrain without any climbing experience. Using ropes, cables, anchored ladders, and suspension bridges, climbers scramble their way over the rocks with a professional guide. With multiple routes and varying difficulty levels, Via Ferrata is a fun and challenging activity that offers great new views of the valley floor.
Yes, Tahoe is famous for summers on the water and winter on the slopes, but have you ever visited us in the fall? Read on for our favorite things about Tahoe in the fall, and make sure to plan your getaway soon! Fall is wonderful and fleeting at our high mountain lake.
It’s no surprise that the crowds start to dwindle after Labor Day – with kids going back to school (however that looks these days) and summer vacations ending, the beaches and trails begin to feel emptier. With warm weather often lasting into October, you can still enjoy the picturesque Tahoe shores and sights, and you’ll have fewer crowds to compete with for the best spots. Bonus – the water in the lake is the warmest it will be right now!
It’s officially the low season! Many of our rentals have much lower rates after Labor Day, making it the perfect time to take advantage of all those vacation hours you have to use up before the end of the year. For even more savings, head up for a mid-week getaway – we have rates as low as $125/night. Check it out here.
Perfect for Daytime Adventures
Temperatures average in the 60’s in October, and with generally sunny skies it makes for perfect hiking and biking weather. Even though it’s cooler, don’t forget to wear sunscreen and pack plenty of water. You can still get sunburned and dehydrated more quickly at altitude.
Final Days on the Water
Most of the boating traffic has died down, but there are still plenty of beautiful days to get out on the water. Our friends at Lake Tahoe Boat Rides have plenty of rental options, from speed boats to party boats and even a private yacht charter. There truly is nothing like enjoying Tahoe out on the water. Make sure to check the weather often, as wind and waves can come up quickly on the lake.
There is just something about the trees turning yellow orange that makes everyone want a cozy cup of apple cider and a warm fire. While we may not get the stunning array of colors the east coast is famous for, we do have a plenty of aspen groves and colorful leaves scattered among the pines. Tw of our favorite spots to catch the foliage are hiking to Marlette Lake, or taking a little drive to Hope Valley.
Ready to plan your visit to Tahoe this fall? Head on over to our booking page to find the perfect spot for your fall getaway.