If you’ve been dreaming of escaping to a winter wonderland, then it’s the perfect time to book a fun ski trip in North Lake Tahoe, California. From epic mountain and lake views to cozy cabins in the woods, here are some of our favorite places to stay and play in North Lake Tahoe during winter.
Winter Travel Guide: A Fun Ski Trip in North Lake Tahoe
Whether you’re an expert skier or just beginning, with all the recent snowfall in Lake Tahoe lately, the fresh powder makes it a great time to hit the slopes. Even if you’d prefer to stay cozied up by the fire while your beau goes skiing, here are some awesome places to visit on the beautiful North Shore of Lake Tahoe.
Where To Stay in North Lake Tahoe
When we’re not vacationing at the Resort at Squaw Creek, we enjoy booking a home rental on Airbnb or VRBO.
For our recent ski trip to North Lake Tahoe, we opted to book a cozy cabin in the woods via Airbnb. This particular property was built in the 1940s and still exuded that rustic Tahoe charm. Not only did it provide comfortable accommodations, but it was also ideally situated on the magical West Shore (near Tahoe City), just minutes away from great restaurants and lakeside views.
The 1-bedroom, 1-bath home was just a brief 5-minute drive to the lake and was located in a quiet residential neighborhood, which made it ideal for taking walks in the morning. In addition to being a warm and relaxed atmosphere, it was also dog-friendly and well-priced (at under $200/night), so we were able to bring our dog too.
The cabin was surrounded by towering snow-flocked trees and a picturesque woodside setting, making for a peaceful and ambient atmosphere to cozy up in on chilly days. With a stone fireplace, leather sofa, and quaint furnishings, the home was a relaxing respite to warm up in after a long day on the slopes.
What To Wear on a Ski Trip
To stay warm and comfortable, throughout our ski trip I wore a faux-fur hooded puffer jacket, which was designed to keep you warm even when temps outside reach far below freezing. For layering, I either wore a cozy cashmere sweater for casual outings or this fleece-lined activewear shirt for outdoor activities.
For pants, I opted for velvet skinny jeans (with thin fleece-lined leggings underneath). And, of course, I paired these with wool socks and insulated Uggs boots. Last, but certainly not least, I always sported a warm scarf in a festive plaid or check pattern. When I hit the slopes, I switched to stretchy bootleg ski pants.
Where To Go Skiing in North Lake Tahoe
From Squaw Valley to Northstar, there are several great places to go skiing in North Lake Tahoe. However, I’ve found that one of the most fun and inviting places to learn how to ski is Alpine Meadows Ski Resort. From friendly ski instructors to a relaxed, easy-going atmosphere, it’s one of the best places to go in North Lake Tahoe, especially if you’re a beginner or intermediate skier or snowboarder.
For just $79, we took a 2-hr beginner group ski lesson (which included ski instruction, all-day rental equipment, and our lift passes). During our lesson, we learned how to make turns, slow down and stop, and even how to use the lifts. Since I had only been downhill-skiing a few times before, I was super excited to be able to advance quickly enough during our class to go onto the 2nd level ski lift (which was higher than I had previously done).
My boyfriend (who only had been skiing once), felt comfortable and confident enough after our lesson to go off on his own onto even more advanced slopes. He went high enough to be able to see Lake Tahoe and beautiful mountain vistas, which is quite impressive, considering he just started learning how to ski.
Where To Go for Après Ski Coffee or Drinks
After a day of skiing on Alpine Meadows, a great place to go for coffee or drinks is The Village at Squaw Valley. Just a few minutes from Alpine Meadows Ski Resort, this charming pedestrian village features cozy coffee bars, cute shops and boutiques, and bars and restaurants.
Surrounding the Village you’ll find more beautiful ski slopes at this world-class, Olympic-level ski resort. Plus, you’ll discover gorgeous views over at The Resort at Squaw Creek (pictured below).
Where To Eat in North Lake Tahoe
From famed spots like Jake’s on the Lake and Christy Hill Restaurant to the Lone Eagle Grille at The Hyatt, there are lots of great lakeside restaurants in North Lake Tahoe we love. One in particular that offers beautiful lakeside views, a warm and relaxed setting, and an array of delicious dishes is called Sunnyside Restaurant.
For this trip, we booked our dining reservation at Sunnyside via OpenTable, which made it quick and easy to schedule. Plus we were able to accrue dining rewards points (which can be used later toward a dining credit at any of their participating restaurants). When traveling, I always recommend using the OpenTable app as it’s a simple way to find new places to eat, see their menus and photos, and quickly book a table.
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