Snowshoes are a great way to see Lake Tahoe. It’s an easy sport to get the hang of, great exercise and a fun way to cover distance and enjoy a unique winter outing in the Sierras.
Remember to wear layers and leave the cotton at home, as you’re going to be heating up and cooling down when stopping and starting. Keep your feet and yourself happy with waterproof hiking boots and quality wool or polypropylene socks, and definitely spring for renting or buying a pair of gaiters to keep the snow out.
Bringing poles is a good idea, and of course plenty of water and some snacks. Add a trail map to your pack and check the local weather conditions before heading out. Remember that the weather can quickly change. Make sure you don’t get so caught up in the beauty of it all that you’re late starting the return leg of your trip. It’s always a good idea to make sure someone knows where you’re going in case you are late getting back. Cold temperatures at night are best observed from the hot tub of your Goldfish Properties vacation cabin.
You can start your snowshoeing adventure from many ski areas in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Alpine Meadows, Northstar, Royal Gorge, Spooner Lake and Squaw Valley are all great options for a fun day of seeing Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada Mountains on snowshoes.
Most resorts have rentals available. Other local Lake Tahoe snowshoe rental options can be found here.
Snowshoe Trails of Tahoe is a guidebook you can bring along in your daypack, or check Trails.com for listings and reviews of popular Lake Tahoe snowshoeing options.