Springtime is one of the best seasons in Lake Tahoe! Warmer days and longer evenings bring loads of opportunity for fun, outdoor adventure, connecting with family and friends, and relaxation. Lake Tahoe is full of year-round activities and events, and spring is our best kept secret. With so much going on, the only challenge will be choosing where you want to stay. Don't worry, we are here to help. We've hightlighted our favorite sprintime action in each area for you!
With snow on the ground and warming temperatures, springtime in Tahoe means you can enjoy both winter and summer sports. Book your Tahoe lakefront vacation rental, pour some coffee and start your day watching the sunrise over Big Blue. Later, head out for a morning paddleboarding adventure just steps from your home. Or, take it up a notch and rent a boat, grab a picnic and some friends, and spend the day cruising around the lake. Or, head out to the ski resorts for some afternoon springtime skiing. When the sun hits the snow, the springtime corn makes for some of the best skiing around!
More in the mood for snow play? Book your spring stay in Northstar. Skiing and snowboarding, ice skating and apres ski (think: s’mores) are still underway at the Northstar Village into the warmer months. And while you’re there be sure to make your way over to Tost - one of Northstar’s most unique traditions, where they will serve an afternoon champagne 'Tost' on the mountain! Have a glass of champagne, some snacks, and celebrate the beauty of mother nature. Explore the nearby hiking trails at Martis Creek, which are some of the first trails to be ready after the winter snow melts away. Bring your (leashed) dog along and enjoy a springtime stroll. Annual springtime festivities include an Easter Eggstravaganza with an egg hunt for over 8,000 Easter Eggs and the Spring It On annual closing party.
There is no shortage of springtime activities, when you stay in Incline Village. Use the private sandy community beaches, or head up to two nearby ski resorts. Diamond Peak, Lake Tahoe's hidden gem with breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe and welcoming, uncrowded runs in a family friendly environment, is just up the road. Mt. Rose ski resort, with Tahoe's highest base elevation at 8260 ft. (and a summit at 9700 ft!) is a short drive away. Two golf courses typically open in May. Annual springtime festivities include the Dummy Downhill at Diamond Peak, where participants build a dummy on skis (or a snowboard) that gets launched off a big jump while spectators cheer them on from the Base Lodge Deck.
Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows
You won't find a bigger and crazier event calendar than at the Spring Skiing Capital! The sun is shining. The apres ski scene is in full form. Bands play on the sundeck and throughout the village, and the events are big parties! From the WinterWondergrass music festival to the annual Pond Skimming competition - the Cushing Crossing, to the Mothership Classic, the snow golf tournament, Earth Day celebrations and Easter events, weekends are packed with annual events that showcase Tahoe's love affair with spring! Athletes hit their hometown scene in the spring and the Red Bull Raid will invite both locals and out of towners to test their endurance in this uphill & downhill freeride event.
Book your Truckee vacation rental in Tahoe Donner and you'll get access to a private beach on Tahoe Donner, plus downhill and cross-country skiing without leaving the neighborhood. This family-friendly neighborhood sets the scene for family fun with a springtime event line-up designed to put smiles on faces. With wacky events like the Winter Beach Party, Banana Split Extravaganza (featuring a 200-FOOT banana split!), and snow bowling, everyone is sure to enjoy springtime festivities under the sun. When you're not off being crazy with the kids, take a leisurely drive up Old Highway 40 for some spectacular sightseeing, visit the Donner Park Museum, or take a historical hike through the abandoned train tunnels.
If you’re interested in a quieter, deep-woods feel, find your Lake Tahoe vacation rental on Tahoe's West Shore. The West Shore attracted the Washoe Indians, Lake Tahoe’s earliest residents, reportedly 9,000 years ago. Several years later, gold rush miners came to relax. In fact, Chambers Landing was established in 1875 and is the region’s oldest bar, still bustling today. Homewood Mountain Resort is where the mountain meets the lake. Homewood has an intimate, local feel and epic views you’ll remember forever. Head out to Homewood’s Big Blue View Bar for a party on the mountain. Weekend afternoons feature local DJs, drinks and views overlooking the stunning West Shore. Spring festivities includeGates & Wakes, a uniquely Tahoe race combining skiing and waterskiing, and the Beer & Gear festival.
You can enjoy all of the adventure, beauty and activity Lake Tahoe has to offer this spring when you book a Lake Tahoe vacation rental.