Find fun things to do in North Lake Tahoe, California. There’s a fabulous variety of totally fun tourist attractions and things to do in North Lake Tahoe to suit every taste, from skiing and snowboarding in winter to fishing and water sports in the summer. Plus, there is plenty of dining, shopping and activities when it’s time to come inside. Whether you’re looking to hit the slopes or hit the shops, restaurants, spas or the casino tables, you’ll find it all in beautiful Lake Tahoe, California. The Squaw Valley Lodge provides the perfect spot to experience it all!

Snowshoeing Squaw Valley

Bluebird days at Squaw Valley are unbeatable.

It is practically impossible to utter the words ‘Lake Tahoe’ without mention of its world renowned alpine skiing/snowboarding, and epic winter snowfalls averaging 300-500 inches per year. The location and amenities of Lake Tahoe as a winter destination is truly unique and astounding. There’s an age old local saying at Tahoe, “You come for the winter, stay for the summer, and never leave.” And here’s (generally) why: The largest alpine lake in the US, a deep color of blue and emerald green, stretches 22 miles long, and is surrounded by 12 world class ski resorts and 12 premier golf courses.

You don’t have to be a skier/snowboarder to fall in love with Tahoe winters. You can still make the most of winter/spring with all kinds of activities the whole family will love: ice-skating at High Camp, followed by a dip in the hot tubs; sledding or tubing at Tahoe Donner’s Sledding Hill; cross-country skiing at Royal Gorge; or snowshoeing through picturesque Squaw Valley. Or how about sitting back and allowing a furry friend to tug you along at your very first dog sled ride? The possibilities are endless when it comes to winter fun at Tahoe.

Choose groomed trails, or blaze your own through powder. Powder's a major work out!

Don't own snowshoes? You can rent them at Squaw Valley!

This winter season has actually been unseasonably warm, in stark comparison to last winter’s epic snowfall of over 643 inches! 2010-2011 was the 4th snowiest winter ever on record for this region. There were high hopes the Truckee-Tahoe area would enjoy another tremendous winter season, but November through February felt more like autumn than anything! It gave many residents and vacationers the rare opportunity to enjoy summer-like hobbies, such as kayaking on Donner Lake in January, or taking the dogs out for a run on dry trails in February. Even so, many locals and vacationers alike still ached for the blustering winter days we knew and loved so well.

Then, in Tahoe fashion the powder arrived in a flash! Last week, from Sunday night to Thursday evening Squaw Valley got dumped with a total of 57 inches of fresh snow. It was a blizzard of a week, but come Friday morning there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. A perfect bluebird day, with temperatures at a balmy 45 degrees. It’s perfectly blissful out there.

It’s tough to pass up skiing/riding in powder, but if you’re looking for a different kind of day at Squaw Valley, then grab your snowshoes and head out with the whole family for a hearty work out! If you don’t own snowshoes, you can rent them at the Nordic Center located at the Resort at Squaw Creek.

What do you think of snowshoeing?

[Photo Credit Alena Grace Photography]


North Lake Tahoe SnowFest!

It’s a Lake Tahoe tradition locals and tourists alike have enjoyed for thirty years.  North Lake Tahoe SnowFest! is a winter carnival featuring everything from town parades to ice carving competitions, torchlight parades to the infamous Polar Bear Swim.  This ten day celebration is jam packed with family-oriented activities, races, parties, concerts and on-snow events at  resorts like Squaw Valley USA, Alpine Meadows, Homewood, Diamond Peak, and Northstar-at-Tahoe.

SnowFest! Fundraiser Party

Thursday, January 19th 5pm-8pm

Blue Agave Restaurant, Tahoe City

As a prelude to the annual celebration, be sure to come out and support the Snowfest! Fundraiser Party in January!  This event gets everyone charged for SnowFest!, while donating proceeds to this non-profit organization.  Proceeds taken at the door ensure your entry to the event, taco bar and complimentary margarita!  A raffle and live music are offered as well.  Attendees are encouraged to wear their traditional SnowFest beads and feather boas to kick-off the event season in SnowFest spirit!

Here’s a rundown of the list of events.  Be sure to check back as they are updated closer to festival opening!

Friday, March 2

SnowFest! Opening Ceremonies with On-Mountain Fireworks presented by Coors Light

  1. 6:00pm SnowFest! Queen Coronation
  2. 9:00pm 3rd Annual “Hot Dog 80′s Retro Party”

Saturday, March 3

  1. 22nd Annual Gar Woods Polar Bear Swim
  2. 7:00am North Tahoe Firefighter’s Pancake Breakfast
  3. 9:00am Rahlves’ Banzai Tour-”KT-22 Banzai”
  4. 9:00pm 4th Annual “Snowdown” with the Space Cowboys

Sunday, March 4

  1. 9:00am 36th Annual “Great Ski Race”
  2. 9:00am Rahlves’ Banzai Tour – “KT-22 Banzai”
  3. 12:00pm 4th Annual “Snowdown” with the Space Cowboys
  4. 4:00pm Sunnyside “Luau”

 Tuesday, March 6

  1. 4:00pm Cornice Cantina’s “Sundeck Ski Race”

Wednesday, March 7

  1. Bunco Babes “Bunco Bash”
  2. 1:00pm Truckee River Winery’s “Ice Carving Extravaganza”

Thursday, March 8

  1. 4:00pm Cornice Cantina’s “Bloody Mary Masters Competition”

 Saturday, March 10

  1. 8:30am North Tahoe Public Utility District Pancake Breakfast
  2. 9:00am Rahlves’ Banzai Tour Final & Super Final- “Silver Belt Banzai”
  3. 9:00am Dress up your Dog Contest
  4. 11:30am SnowFest! Kings Beach Parade
  5. 12:30pm Calente! After Parade Party & SnowFest! Queen Raffle
  6. 1:30pm Kings Beach Friends of the Library Snow”what” Building Contest
  7.  5:00pm ARC & NLT Family Resource Center “2012 Snow Fiesta”

Sunday, March 11

SnowFest! Ends

  1.  9:00am Rahlves’ Banzai Tour Final & Super Final – “Silver Belt Banzai”
  2.  12:00pm River Ranch Annual Snow Sculpture Contest
  3.  1:00pm Tahoe Donner “Ididarun”

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