Lake Tahoe is a winter wonderland in a thousand ways, its panoramas of lake, mountain, and endless open space rivaling the great landscapes of our fantasies. But you don’t need skis to marvel at the way winter’s silvery light glints off mirrored waters, blankets of steam settle on morning creeks, and snow cover shows only the tracks of critters.
Winter Sports Near Lake Tahoe
A few sporting opportunities in Tahoe City will keep you fit without hitting the mountain. Meander a half mile along the Lakeside Trail past the town’s boat harbor and along Commons Beach to the Yoga Room where, on the second floor of Cobblestone Center mall, you’ll find spiritual release in classes varying from Iyengar to Vinyasa Flow. Behind Cobblestone, at Tahoe City Winter Sports Park, glide around the ice-skating rink or find your inner child on the sledding hill. At the end of the day, warm your tired muscles with a happy hour margarita by the outdoor fire pit at River Grill.
Take a Sleigh Ride
Snuggle into a handmade sleigh pulled by Belgian draft horses through South Shore’s snowy Pony Express territory. The reigns are held by a lively narrator from the family-run Borges Sleigh Rides company. Afterward, spring for a bowl of crème of asparagus and morel soup and a 24-ounce ribeye steak at MontBleu Resort’s Ciera Steak and Chophouse.
Do a Spa Day
At the Stillwater Spa & Salon in the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort in Incline Village, enjoy a massage next to your partner on tables set by a crackling fireplace. Recover at Lone Eagle Grille next to one of the lake’s most magnificent multi-story views, sipping a warm Almond Joy steaming with hot chocolate, Amaretto, coconut rum, and whipped cream.