Spring in Lake Tahoe is a special time. There is a saying amongst locals that people “come for the winter and stay for the summer”. Springtime is the unique time where visitors and locals are able to experience the best of both seasons. My ideal spring day in Lake Tahoe goes something like this…. wake up to the bright sun peaking in the window, hit the slopes mid-morning to take a few turns, then put the skis and snowboards on the car and pull out the kayaks and SUP boards and sail on the Lake for the afternoon. End the day with a cool evening at a fire pit roasting s’mores under the clear starry skies.
In my opinion, here are the top 10 reasons why Spring makes Lake Tahoe … The Best Lake:
1. Less Crowds – Enjoy shorter lift lines, closer parking access and less crowded slopes as you take your last turns of the season while the rest of the ski goers have retired for the season.
2. Easy Driving – Do you hate winter driving whether it’s chain control, slippery roads or bad drivers? Late winter storms tend to stick to the high elevations with less impact on mountain passes. Plus the snow that does fall doesn’t stick as easy to the warmer roads making driving to the slopes a sinch!
3. Lighter Later – With Daylight Savings Time begining mid-march visitors are able to extend their outdoor adventures after a day on the slopes to sunset hikes, beach walks and more!
4. Best Time to Learn – Let’s be honest, not many people, kids especially, want to learn how to ski or snowboard in dumping snow conditions with freezing temperatures and scare visibility. The sunny temperatures and somewhat slushy snow make ideal conditions for learners to master their mountain skills.
5. Clothing Optional – That’s right… shed those heavy winter layers and enjoy your days on the mountain while catching sun rays in lighter apparel including shells, t-shirts and even shorts! I’ve seen it all.
6. Hot Deals – Celebrate the end of the season with some of the best pricing including killer early booking deals for next year’s season pass. To learn more about specific season pass deals read Spring It On with Season Pass Specials in Lake Tahoe!
7. Get Your Gear – It’s no secret that at the end of the season retailers put their equipment and apparel on sale to empty their shelves of “last season” lines. For information about the best equipment and retail locations in Lake Tahoe, learn more at the Lake Tahoe All Access Blog.
8. Doggone Days – The weather is getting warmer and that means everyone wants to be outside as much as possible and your pent up dogs do too! A great thing about spring is that you can enjoy the warm weather and still take your pups to the beaches around the lake before rules change.
9. Fore! – Golf courses around the basin including Old Brockway Golf Course as well as the courses in Reno begin to open for the season so why not ski one day and golf the next?
10. Skimming Along – End the season with a good ‘ole pond skim! Resorts around the basin celebrate the end of the season and the melting of snow with pond skim competitions that draw crowds and cheers. Most popular pond skim events are at Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe, Heavenly and Squaw Valley.
Is there another reason that you love Lake Tahoe in the spring? If so, please share it in the comments below!
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