There are many enjoyable experiences to be had when visiting Truckee. From a night out at an award-winning restaurant, shopping at one of the many boutique art galleries, home decor, or clothing stores, to exploring the historic Donner Party tragic expedition site at the Donner Memorial State Park museum. But, for those who want to play in the great outdoors, who opt to be outside, here is a bucket list of our top winter activities that are great for both the adventure seeker and fun for families!
TRY GUIDED BACKCOUNTRY SKIING
Be introduced to a backcountry skiing experience that combines taking a chairlift to the stunning views along the Sierra Nevada crest, accessing thousands of acres of amazing backcountry and untracked snow outside of Sugar Bowl resort boundaries. Practice procedures for leaving the ski resort boundary with an avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel, choosing terrain to reduce the hazards and tour smoothly and effectively with climbing skins. This experience is the perfect way to learn about backcountry skiing with a professional ski guide. Cost is from $179 – $269. Discover more by visiting www.truckee.com.
SUNSET FRIDAY SNOWSHOE TOURS
Experience the solitude of winter at this special time of day while learning local natural and human history. After meeting the group and previewing the trip, time will be spent fitting gear and a comprehensive lesson will be covered. You will trek on our easy to use snowshoes through Tahoe’s peaceful, wintery forest. We will also stop along the way to take in the beautiful sunset and enjoy snacks and hot drinks. Our unique Sunset Snowshoe Tours are popular with all levels of nature enthusiasts and are sure to please the whole family. Offered every Friday, December-April or by custom arrangement. Cost: $65 per person. Trip includes snowshoes, poles, knowledgeable guides, natural history discussions, hot drinks, trail snacks, and permit fees. For more information contact the Tahoe Adventure Company at www.tahoeadventurecompany.com or call (530) 913-9212.
LEARN LASER BIATHLON, JUST LIKE THE OLYMPIANS!
Laser biathlon combines cross-country skiing with laser target shooting. This high-energy sport with professional instruction is offered every winter at Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area. Popular for kids, adults or even the whole family! The cost varies by clinic and program offered. For more information visit www.truckee.com.
Experience a new fun way to explore the mountains with a Fat Bike on a variety of trails at Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area. Fat bikes are designed to handle in snow, mud and even sand. Bomb down a hard packed, snow covered single track! The cost is $19 for a trail pass; $34 for two-hour fat bike rental; prices are current for the 2016/2017 season and subject to change in 2017/18. For more information visit www.truckee.com.
TAKE A SNOWMOBILE ADVENTURE FOR THE BEST VIEWS
Experience the thrill of snowmobiling amidst the breathtaking beauty of the mountains through tall pines, aspen groves, powder-filled meadows, and along lake view ridges to the summits overlooking Lake Tahoe. From an elevation of 9000′ feet, spectacular unobstructed views of the Lake and surrounding ski resorts provide the backdrop for your snowmobile adventure. Pricing begins at $160 for a single-person 2-hour tour. For more information visit www.truckee.com.
GO SNOWSHOE STARGAZING
Explore the dark skies above Northstar California on a snowshoe tour featuring a telescopic viewing with a Star Guide. The 2 – 2.5 hour guided tour begins on the mountain at 5 p.m. and then the group will meander through the serene forest while observing the starry sky above, ultimately concluding the tour at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe. Each event will include a laser tour of the cosmos using state-of-the-art Celestron telescopes. The cost ranges from $45-63. For more information visit www.truckee.com.
GO ON A DOG SLEDDING ADVENTURE
Experience the thrill and excitement of a dog sled tour through the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountain wilderness. Take in the sights as the dog sled team takes you on an adventure the winds through the forest and open alpine meadows.
The cost ranges from $55 – $150. For more information visit www.truckee.com.
CELEBRATE OLYMPIC HISTORY
After riding the Aerial Tram at Squaw Valley to the top, visit the Olympic Museum at High Camp and take a trip back in time to learn about the 1960Winter Olympics that took place at Squaw Valley. Highlights include newly acquired Olympic Memorabilia from the 1960 Winter Games, authentic Team USA uniforms, and other Squaw Valley athlete memorabilia. The cost is $44 for adults and $22 for children. For more information visit www.squawalpine.com.
We look forward to your visit. Choose from a wide variety of Truckee hotels, resorts, and nightly rentals – all within a walk or short drive to charming historic downtown, trails, shops and restaurants, and 10-30 minutes from world class ski areas including Northstar California, Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows, Sugar Bowl Ski Area, Tahoe Donner Ski and Nordic Areas. The advantage to staying in Truckee is easy, quick on/off access to highway I-80 so you can save time arriving and departing! For more information to help plan your stay, visit www.truckee.com.