Ever ski and paddleboard in the same day? How about a quick snowshoe and a bike ride? Or perhaps sledding followed by a beach day suits you. In North Lake Tahoe and Truckee, you can do it all with dual (or even triple!) sports days. It's our absolute favorite thing about spring time in Tahoe and part of what makes our area so phenomenally unique. Where else in the world do you ski and then head to the beach??!! Ski and golf??!! The possibilities are endless!
We flip the concept of 'seasons' on its head. Spring is a true blend of winter and summer, and you can have them both!
North Tahoe & Truckee are known as the Spring Skiing Capital. It deserves this reputation-- Palisades Tahoe has announced they will be open through July 4 this year! Local's tip: head up to the mountain early to enjoy the best of the spring snow. The colder temperatures preserve the snow, and then you have the whole afternoon for other activities!
Although the snow is melting fast at lower elevations, there is still plenty of snow at higher elevations for sledding and snowshoeing. Mt. Rose Meadows has been retaining enough snow for some snow play this spring, with snowshoeing up to Chickadee Ridge still an option. All sledding resorts are closed for the season, however, you can still find hills to sled on around the basin and in higher elevations around Donner Summit.
Ready for your second sport? Rent a boat for the afternoon and cruise the shoreline of Lake Tahoe. You’ll enjoy crystal clear waters, stunning views, and the peaceful feeling of having the lake to yourself.
Want to spend your afternoon in human-powered pursuits? Try stand-up paddleboarding or kayaking. Fall in love with the growing sport of stand-up paddleboarding this spring--glassy waters make spring a perfect time to paddleboard. Is kayaking more your thing? Rent a kayak and go for a paddle, finding secret coves and beaches along the shoreline.
The snow is melting fast in Tahoe, and some hikes are becoming more accessible. You’ll want to stick to lower elevations until the summertime, but you won’t regret a hike around Shirley Canyon to see the waterfalls--they’re going off this year! Looking for lake views? Enjoy a quick hike to the top of Eagle Rock on Tahoe’s west shore for panoramic views of Lake Tahoe.
Another great way to explore the area is by bike. Rent a bike and cruise the bike paths around Tahoe/Truckee. The Tahoe City bike path and The Truckee Legacy Trail are cleared for the season.
Here’s another secret about Tahoe: the beaches are wonderful to visit in the spring. You probably won’t want to swim (unless polar plunges are your thing), but with the sun shining, the beaches empty, and the lake looking oh-so-beautiful, you won’t regret a springtime beach day in North Tahoe. Stick around for our famed alpenglow sunset. Tahoe really puts on a show this time of year.
Book your North Lake Tahoe vacation rental with us and be perfectly positioned to take advantage of all the spring activities that Tahoe has to offer!