My Tahoe Winter Style and Weekend Adventure
Over the last four years we have celebrated our friend’s birthday with a long weekend up in Lake Tahoe. We’ve visited different parts in South and North Lake Tahoe. The primary difference? South Lake Tahoe has more of a night scene near Heavenly with casinos right over the border in Nevada, whereas North Lake Tahoe is catered to the larger ski resorts, après ski, beautiful big cabins and small towns by the lake. I’d say it is probably more family-oriented. Our friends are big skiers so the last two times we’ve come up we’ve stayed in North Lake Tahoe in King’s Beach/Carnelian Bay which are very close to Northstar and Squaw Valley ski resorts. On a side note, if you don’t have a four-wheel drive car I highly recommend you rent one for the weekend if you can, especially when blizzards are expected. Chain controls are very strict in Tahoe, and they’re a pain to take on and off your tires (especially when you have to put them on before the summit and it’s pouring rain), but with four-wheel drive you don’t need them. There were 4 of us driving from the city so we decided to rent a Range Rover from Sixt and ride up in style - best decision ever made!
This year was an extra special year because we were celebrating our friend’s 40th birthday. We found an amazing house on Airbnb. We’ve actually always used Airbnb and our #1 filter criteria is the must-have hot tub! No hot tub? It’s a no-go. We’re usually anywhere between 6-10 people when we go on these trips so the house must be large enough too. This was probably the most beautiful house we stayed in that backed up to a peaceful forest.
The first day a few of us went skiing but I had to work. I did take a couple of hours to explore the neighborhood. We had arrived at the tail end of a blizzard so the trees and landscape were covered in fresh white snow. Everywhere you looked was out of a movie or a postcard! I took advantage to wander around and do a photo shoot in the beautiful winter wonderland.
My style in Tahoe always centers around being warm and cozy. This cable-knit sweater is form-fitting but leaves room to breathe and keeps you warm. I also just love wearing pastels or soft colors, like this mauve turtleneck sweater (newer version here). I paired it all with warm leggings and my grey beanie, Patagonia jacket, and boots (mine are old but here’s a similar pair). I actually don’t own snow boots but rain boots will work with thick socks to keep your toes toasty.
After a day of skiing at Northstar our friend thought the next day would just consist of relaxing around the house and playing games. Little did he know we planned a surprise for him! We put on our ski gear, hopped in our cars, and drove up the mountains to go... SNOWMOBILING! I had never been snowmobiling before so I was pretty excited too.
Our snowmobiling experience was a two-hour guided tour. I was secretly happy about that because going really fast scares me so I knew that this would be somewhat controlled. The couples rode tandem and the singles in our group each had their own snowmobile.
The tour was AMAZING. First, it was a beautiful day so the views were stunning. Second, we went on a mix of defined trails and “off-road” trails surrounded by trees and forest so everything was just surreal! If you missed my Instastories, I’ve added videos from our snowmobile experience to my “Tahoe” highlight reel so definitely check it out.
Where are your favorite places to go in Tahoe? Do you ski, or snowboard, or snowmobile… or do it all? Share your fun snow-weekend adventures below!