Why We Love North Lake Tahoe, CA in the Winter
Your Guide to North Lake Tahoe
with xplore expert Jacquie

Why We Love North Lake Tahoe in the Winter

With an endless list of outdoor activities, it’s easy to see why North Lake Tahoe is considered the ultimate winter playground. Its world-renowned skiing and snowboarding, sun-filled skies, and relaxed California atmosphere make North Lake Tahoe one of the most desirable winter destinations in North America. To help you make the most of your trip, our Xplore Team expert, Jacquie, has outlined a sample 3-day itinerary with some of the area’s best winter experiences.

Seated in the Sierra Nevada Mountain range, Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in the United States with 71 miles of explorable shoreline. Even with 274 days of sunshine this cobalt blue oval remains unfrozen in the winter due to its extensive depth. Come see why outdoor sport enthusiasts, academics, and nature lovers flock to the unmatched blues of North Lake Tahoe.

Day 1

Impeccable Sierra Nevada Views

North Lake Tahoe: where deep snow and brilliant blue skies beckon.

Conquer the snow on two wheels this winter from a fat bike.


Snowshoe With a View

Greet the sun with an early morning snowshoe up to Chickadee Ridge/Jessie’s Peak and see spectacular views of the North Shore and the mountains on the west of the lake.


Snow Biking

Rent a fat tire from Tahoe Donner Cross Country and snow bike on over 11 miles of groomed trails.


Truckee Tavern & Grill

Enjoy wood fire cuisine featuring locally grown produce and meats. A favorite amongst the locals.

Day 2

Explore Northstar

Forget your troubles in the presence of the massive alpine lake and stunning Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Glide through the powdery slopes enclosed by the lush pine forest at Northstar.


The Log Cabin Cafe

Breakfast is served at this local favorite known for its handmade classics.


Skiing and Snowboarding at North Star

Spend the day on the slopes at Northstar Ski Resort. With over 3170 acres of groomed track there are runs for every ski level. If you’re feeling really adventurous check out the two-story halfpipe designed by Sean White.


Mikuni Sushi

Stop into this eclectic sushi restaurant for some great après ski culture.

Day 3

Downtown Exploration

The old railroad town of Truckee is rich with culture and history.

A North Lake Tahoe trip is never complete without a spin on the ice rink.


Ice Skating

Enjoy a true winter wonderland experience beneath the tall pines of Truckee Ice Rink complete with a bonfire and musical accompaniment.


Downtown Truckee

Discover the western charm of downtown Truckee by strolling through the plethora of museums and shops.



Boasting a Zagat rated menu, exceptional wine list, and live music this authentic lounge is the perfect place to end a memorable trip.

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North Lake Tahoe US Xplore Team

"It's easy to forget your troubles in the presence of the massive alpine lake and stunning Sierra Nevada Mountains."

Jaquie has 10+ years of hospitality experience working for companies like Disney and Hilton. A Colorado native, she is always exploring the nearby Rocky Mountains but also loves to visit new places and meet new people whenever possible. Three favorite things: food, wine, traveling!