As the year flies by, it’s time to start planning your annual winter vacation to North Lake Tahoe. A favorite time of year for kids and adults alike, the winter season means snow play, enjoying s’mores by the fire pit and family adventures. And if you’ve never experienced the beauty of a North Lake Tahoe winter, now is the time to plan a trip to make wonderful memories.
North Lake Tahoe’s 12 alpine towns offer breathtaking winter experiences each year. Learn how you can spend less time on the road and more time having fun.
Preparation is key to staying safe on the road during winter, so before you leave, make sure that you are prepared for any occasion. Check the weather report for winter storm alerts that could delay travel or close major roads. Create a checklist of items you might need, including an ice scraper, a broom for brushing snow off your car and a shovel to free your car if it’s snowed in.
Four-wheel or all-wheel drive models are preferred for getting around snowy roads, but if you have a two-wheel drive car, bring chains along.
You can’t beat Tahoe Truckee Area Regional Transportation, also known as TART. A safe and direct means of transportation, TART Connect offers curb-to-curb service, connections to TART’s Truckee night service and Dial-a-Ride door-to-door service for persons with disabilities. It’s easy to reserve a trip via the TART app or by making a call, and better yet, it’s free. There’s a special winter service that starts Dec. 14 in both Placer and Washoe County on the North and West side from 6-10pm every day.
There are plenty of lodging options available, from luxury hotels to quaint bed-and-breakfasts. The area is known for its wonderful resorts, many of which provide plenty of skiing- and snow-related activities.