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There is something magical about winter in Reno Tahoe. Maybe it’s the sight of fresh snow sparkling in the sunshine, the sound of skis racing down freshly-groomed runs or the wind in your face as you ride through the winter wonderland on a magical sleigh ride. With so many fresh activities in Reno and things to do in Lake Tahoe in winter, you will be sure to make this a trip for the books.

So grab your warmest coat, a fuzzy hat and some cozy gloves – you’re about to head out for an adventure. Take a look below at all of the exciting Reno Tahoe winter activities that make us a premier four-season destination—sunshine or snowfall.

Lake Tahoe Winter Activities

With our annual snowfall, it’s no surprise that we pride ourselves on our world-class ski resorts, but Reno and Lake Tahoe winter activities go well beyond chairlifts and corduroy ski runs. Anyone can play in the snow and enjoy Reno Tahoe’s winter activities even off the slopes. Maybe you’d prefer snowshoes or ice skates – or to explore the rustic town of South Lake Tahoe and catch a movie at Heavenly Village. Really, it’s just one big playground here, especially in the winter.

Reno Winter Activities

Skiing and snowboarding in Lake Tahoe may be just miles away in the Sierra Nevada, but locals and visitors alike can enjoy winter activities without even having to leave the Biggest Little City. Visit Grand Sierra Resort’s 8,000 square foot ice skating rink, and eat s’mores over one of the resort’s fire pits, or learn to figure skate on the NHL-sized rink of Reno Ice. Explore the city of Reno’s beautiful landscape by taking a winter stroll along the snow-covered Riverwalk and through the locally-loved Idlewild and Riverside Parks.

Best Winter Activities in Lake Tahoe for Kids

There are several Tahoe winter activities that are family-friendly, such as snow parks and ice skating. For visitors that love animals, cozy up with loved ones in a horse-drawn sleigh—just like in your favorite holiday songs. The search for beautiful views is easier with a pair of snowshoes that will help you get off the beaten path to find panoramic vistas. And if you’re feeling the need for speed, but don’t want to ski, you can always take an exciting snowmobile tour.

Reno and Lake Tahoe in the Winter

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Have more questions about winter activities around Reno and Lake Tahoe in the winter? Look no further.

Is Lake Tahoe Worth Visiting in the Winter?

Yes, Lake Tahoe is absolutely worth visiting in the winter, and every other season, if we’re being honest! From its breathtaking, panoramic views to plenty of options for winter activities, Lake Tahoe is a must-visit destination for adventure lovers, outdoor enthusiasts, families and even those who just want to chill in front of a roaring fireplace with a piping hot cup of cider.

Reno is only a quick 45 minutes from South Lake Tahoe. Not quite within driving distance? No problem. Fly into Reno-Tahoe International Airport!

North Lake Tahoe is only a two-hour drive from Sacramento and about four hours from the Bay Area in good weather conditions.


What Is There To Do in Lake Tahoe in the Winter?

Lake Tahoe in winter is an outdoor lover’s dream. With the highest concentration of ski resorts in North America, it’s pretty hard to beat Lake Tahoe as a skiing and snowboarding destination. Plus, winter sports fans can also experience stunning views of Lake Tahoe while challenging themselves to a cross-country skiing expedition.

More low-key visitors may enjoy catching views of snow-capped Emerald Bay, grabbing a beer in Incline Village or catching some live music at one of the many venues in Reno.

Which Part of Tahoe is Best to Visit in Winter?

You can’t go wrong when you’re visiting Lake Tahoe in winter – any part of the lake is sure to get you gorgeous views and opportunities for skiing, snowboarding, and much more. Visit Incline Village for amazing ski resorts and cozy lodging, and explore North Lake Tahoe’s selection of unforgettable hikes and world-famous ski spots!

What Are Winters Like in Reno Nevada?

Winters in Reno are much milder than winter conditions in Lake Tahoe, but Reno still gets some snow. However, the best snow play and skiing action is definitely in Lake Tahoe. Relax your sore muscles with some après-ski fun at the many restaurants and bars in downtown Reno, and then rest your head at one of the many award-winning Reno hotels.

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