It usually snows early, then there is a lull. In years past, it was a good sign to see the first snow around Halloween, but it would not stick and stay for long. The next snows would come around Thanksgiving (3rd week of Nov), and then the resorts could be operational early December.
But not knowing the year's trend, November and early December are not guaranteed. Late January and February will be the best snow. Take heed to avoid the winter break from schools if you do not want crowds. March and April are starting to get warmer and the snow is getting softer. If the winter was a good year for snow, later April and May is possible, but by then there are large bare patches.
Favorite thing: THE TRUCKEE RIVER IS VIRTUALLY UNSPOILED AND THE PEOPLE PRESSURE IS LOW DUE TO THE ACTIVITIES AVAILABLE ROUND LAKE TAHOE. THE PISCATORIAL MEMBERS OF THE POPULATION, COMMONLY CALLED, "FLYFISHERS" LOVE THIS IDEALIC STRETCH OF WATER.
What do you want to do? This place is made for fun! Biking, camping, rafting, rollerblading, fishing , shopping, boating, gambling, sunbathing, quicky
marriages, skiing, ghost towns. You can find it all here and the scenery is outstanding.
Joan Lee braced against the cold weather on the Lake in winter.
NORTH LAKE TAHOE has more ski resort choices. My favorite ski resorts are:
NORTHSTAR - off 267. Avoid Friday, Saturday, Sunday and possibly Mondays if you like less crowded slopes with more adult skiers. Northstar is a favorite of families with children because of many activity levels. The trails are well groomed. Beginners to Advanced skiiers will enjoy a great selection of trails and terrain. The Backside offers more challenging trails. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursdays are good to try group ski lessons. My twin sister, Joan, and I lucked out as the only 2 participants in level 5, so essentially got a 2 hour private lesson for the group rate; a savings of $220!
ALPINE Ski Resort on route 89 offers diverse well groomed trails with more adult skiiers. Advanced and mogul ski lovers will enjoy the alpine terraine. One of my favorite areas.
SUGAR BOWL off of route 80 by Truckee is blessed with plenty of snow when other resorts are making theirs. Sugar Bowl offers everything for any level of skiier.
SKI INCLINE is in Incline Village. (Also known as Diamond Peak). Spectacular views of Lake Tahoe greet the skier just off the lift. Skiing down the ridge, the illusion is you can just ski off a slope right into the Lake. Bring your camera. The bad part, is there is not the diversity of trails that less picturesque resorts offer. MT. ROSE Ski Resort off 431 on the way to Reno is at higher elevation and blessed with snow. The winds can e fierce so check weather reports. The view of Lake Tahoe and Carson Valley in Nevada are great. A 2 hour private lesson here cost as little as a group lesson at Northstar. The skiers tend more toward adult. The amenities are on the minimal side compared to other resorts. There is a loyal group who likes skiing Mt. Rose.
Fondest memory: Sunrise and sunsets over Lake Tahoe as the water changes hues of salmon to reds in concert with the ski and surrounding snowy peaks.
Go to the casinos. Harveys is my favorite but you can also check out ceasars palace, Bills casino, and the Horizon. They're all on hwy 50 right next to the most beautiful lake in America.
Fondest memory: Snowboarding at Heavenly is truley that...'Heavenly'. The largest resort in the tahoe area is split by the California-Nevada boarder so you can start your run in California and end up in Nevada. The views are spectacular and you can even hike around in the summer.
Actually, we had a rented car and went around the whole lake in one day. There are so many great views, from different sides of the lake.
Fondest memory: There is quite a bit of activities to do in this winter wonderland, from gambling to skying. I had friends that lived there at the time, so I visited with them and had a wonderful time.