After growing up in a state like Idaho, I’ve developed a deep, deep love for the mountains. The good news for me about living in San Francisco was that Tahoe was a quick 3 1/2 hours drive from the city. Just kidding, it’s not really quick and the traffic is horrendous, but it’s definitely worth the trip every time!

My girlfriends and I decided to head up to Tahoe for MLK weekend and I was so excited to snowboard for the first time on a Tahoe mountain! Why I have not done this before is beyond me! Unfortunately, I hurt my knee right before heading out and wasn’t able to snowboard AT ALL. 🙁

I decided to get a bit more creative this time and set off to find fun stuff to do besides sitting in the cabin and wishing I was boarding. Luckily, Tahoe winter is amazing and has a TON of other winter activities to do besides skiing!

Here’s what to do in Tahoe during winter!

7 things to do in tahoe in winter

►►PRO TIP: If you’re planning on going to Tahoe from San Francisco try and leave early morning on a Saturday to get there rather quickly and not have to sit in Friday “after work” traffic.

1. Go Snowshoeing or Cross Country Skiing

Tahoe has endless amounts of golf courses and trails that are great for snowshoeing and cross country skiing. Almost all of the rental shops have snowshoes and cross country skis for about $15 a day. I ventured over to Squaw Valley to the Squaw Creek Resort Nordic Center and paid to snowshoe across the valley floor on their trails. You can also rent snowshoes and go snowshoeing wherever there is snow! It’s a great workout too.

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2. Visit a Brewery or Wine Bar

Why not? I always like to hit up the Tahoe Mountain Brewing Co. in Tahoe City or try new little wine bars. I tried Uncorked for the first time this trip and really enjoyed it! Aprés Ski for the win!

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3. Walk around Squaw Valley Olympic Village or take the tram up to the top

The tram to the top is somewhat expensive (around $40) but the views are great! You can also take the tram up and eat lunch and have some drinks at the Terrace Restaurant. If you have time, be sure to grab a coffee and walk around the cute little Olympic Village at Squaw Valley.

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4. Ice Skating or Snowmobiling

Snowmobiling is also a fun way to get views of Tahoe without having to break too much of a sweat! There are also ice skating rink options all over the place.

5. Visit one of the many hot springs

What’s better than sitting in a relaxing hot spring in the middle of winter? Nothing! Check out this guide to the many different hot springs in Tahoe.

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6. Go on a sleigh ride!

I haven’t done this in Tahoe yet, but it’s one of my favorite things to do when I’m home in Sun Valley, Idaho for the holidays! Check out the Borge’s family sleigh riding company...it looks pretty magical.

7. Grab a book and sit by the fire.

It’s winter and you’re in the mountains so make a fire and get cozy.

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