Don’t let the sunny skies and clear roads at Lake level fool you – there is enough snow up high to start playing! And, for now, you can take advantage of clear roads and even some dirt trails available at lower elevations in the North Lake Tahoe area. It’s the best of all worlds, and just goes to show that there is no such thing as an “off season” in Tahoe!
1. Cross-country ski: Royal Gorge XC has a small (~5k) but lovely loop open for season pass holders only. More terrain and opening to the general public may happen by the weekend, depending on what Wednesday’s weather system brings in. Tahoe Donner XC will also open as soon as conditions permit.
2. Downhill ski / board: Reports from friends around town are that conditions have been surprisingly good at all the North Tahoe resorts. I’ve specifically heard enthusiastic reviews from locals about Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows and Sugar Bowl.
3. Run or hike on snow: Get up above 6500 feet on a north face and you’ll find pretty great snow coverage. Out my front door (in Tahoe Donner) the road is clear, but just behind the house I was delighted to find the dirt road with great snow coverage. Go with light snowshoes or shoe traction devices such as Stabilicers or Yaktrax.
4. Find some dirt: There are still dirt trail options available at lower elevations. Trails should be runnable at Martis Creek. For a longer adventure, head uphill from Martis Creek toward Northstar. The trails in Waddle Ranch (opposite side of Hwy 267 from Martis Creek) should also be fairly clear for now.
5. Hit the road: Most neighborhoods have clear roads right now and the “snow walls” haven’t taken over the shoulders yet. I ran 5k in Tahoe Donner yesterday, and the crisp, cool, brilliant air was delightful.
6. Ice skate: The fabulous ice rink at Truckee Regional Park opened last week. We went twice over the weekend and it never disappoints. Pack hot chocolate or buy some there to enjoy next to the fire pit.
7. Walk the Trucker River: Slow things down a bit (take the kids and dogs?) and enjoy the Truckee River from the paved Legacy Trail. Click here for a Truckee River Legacy Trail route description.
8. Run Barefoot: If the weather turns gnarly, head over to the indoor track and practice your barefoot strides. The indoor elevated track at the Community Recreation Center in Truckee may be short (about 12 laps to the mile), but it’s a great opportunity to take of your shoes and feel your foot strike. Click here to read more about the indoor track.
9. Learn to Move: Another indoor option is to take a movement class. Improve your body alignment and strength for optimal movement in running and all your sports at Full Circle Movement in Truckee. Instructors can work with you privately or in a class setting. Schedule a well-earned massage for after your session and make it a day!
10. Shop Downtown Truckee: So many can’t-miss shops! Riverside Studios is home to my favorite jewelry artist, Mary Guerra. Find your truckee love. (Think Lake Tahoe + Truckee) souvenir apparel at Kalifornia Jean Bar. Have lunch and an amazing latte (order “for here” and get a discount) at Coffeebar. Browse Bespoke for a unique, handmade gift.
Now get out there and take advantage of all we have at our doorsteps!