Lake Tahoe is well-known for downhill skiing, but a fun surprise is the wide variety of trails and support for cross country skiing and snowshoe hiking. The commitment to these sports runs deep. You can read about the Tahoe area XC Ski trails here.
If snowshoeing is your favorite, the Tahoe Rim Trail Association has guided hikes during the winter you’ll love. Other guided tours can be found at the Tahoe Adventure Company. For independent snowshoeing, visit a good listed of trails at Tahoe Truckee Outdoor.
One of my favorite things is to go off the beaten path and into the forest with my snowshoes. While there are many areas in which to try this, you will need permits to park in some areas and other areas do not allow parking on the roads in the winter months due to road maintenance equipment. Be in the know so you don’t ruin the zen of your day with a ticket or tow. Check out the areas you may park with permits here.
Always be prepared and let someone know where you are, when you leave and when you have returned. After 35 years of hitting the same paths, I have gotten turned around, tired or cold and have had to call for help.
Check out the many MeetUp groups online! I joined an Australian Sheppard snowshoe group for one exciting tail wagging adventure in the Tahoe national Forest. Noisy but fun!
While others are enjoying hot chocolate and peppermint schnapps after their Nordic day, I like Mexican Hot Chocolate (Ibara is best) and Tequila… ya gotta try it!
If you haven’t tried Tahoe Area Snow Shoe Hiking – DO! It’s an incredible way to enjoy the beauty of our area.