Tips for Winter Travel in Lake Tahoe
• Plan ahead. There is much more to a Tahoe visit than the roof over your head! Make reservations at a great local restaurant, get tickets to a concert or book an activity ahead of time. You'll have some great highlights to look forward to and the legwork will be done by the time you head out. Check out the North Shore Events Calendar for great ideas.
• Drive Safely. Check in with the California Department of Transportation ahead of time for road conditions and chain controls. They have a website, app and phone line. Depending on weather conditions, Tahoe roads can be slippery, slow and at times, impassable. Be sure your vehicle is prepared for the journey with necessary items like tire chains, scraper, shovel, flashlight, and a full tank of gas. Purchase and learn the use of tire chains in advance of your trip to save you time, money and stress on the road. Arriving safely is the most important thing!
• Try a mid-week visit. Reduced rates, peaceful roads and uncrowded recreation will reward those who can get away mid-week. The vibe is still plenty boisterous for those looking for nightlife, with live music and mid-week happy hour deals that draw a fun crowd.
• Don't drink and drive! Tahoe Area Regional Transit offers a free Night Rider bus serving North Lake Tahoe and Truckee. Taxi services are also available.
• Try something new! Get away into the peaceful forest on a Sunset Snowshoe Tour. See a standup comedy show. Plan a special appetizer for your traveling companions. The sky is the limit!