Other Tahoe Snow Sports
1 hide detailSlide along on a sled
Available only in winter depending on snow, dog sled rides recreate one of the most crucial methods of transportation in snowy countries. Situated in Hope Valley just south of Lake Tahoe, the terrain resembles the Alaskan wilderness. The vigorous huskies are a delight to see. Each sled can carry up to 375 pounds, generally sufficient for a couple of adults and a child or two. It is an unforgettable experience that will make your winter vacation the one everyone talks about. Adult prices: USD85; children USD45. Minimum total for the sled is USD130. Advance reservations and deposit are necessary
2 hide detailHome of Tahoe's deepest snow
- P.O. Box 1
Kirkwood offers 12 lifts, a 2,000 foot vertical descent and over 68 runs to choose from. The lift system includes one high-speed quad chair, one fixed-grip quad, seven triple chairs, one double chair and two surface lifts. With its chutes, wide open bowls, rock drops and long gullies, Kirkwood provides an abundance of freeriding snowboard terrain. A man-made terrain park adds more fun for snowboarders.
Kirkwood Lodging Services rents privately owned slopeside condominiums all centrally located around the Mountain Village. The Village's Rocky Mountain-style pedestrian plaza is the center of activity with a bonfire, music, food and shopping all located there.
Kirkwood's 80 kilometers of cross-country ski trails offer diverse terrain for skiers of all abilities. Skiers or snowshoers can climb ridge tops, glide along the base of impressive lava cliffs and roll along creeks through picturesque meadows. The Cross Country Day Lodge houses a ski school and ski shop, as well as a rental shop fully stocked with standard, skating and telemark gear.
Woody's Family Fun Zone, adjacent to Chair #1 offers inner tubing, sledding, tray-sliding races and rides on the snow volcano. The park is open to all ages in the afternoons and evenings.
Kirkwood offers 2,300 acres of excellent ski and snowboard terrain. In addition, it also offers opportunities for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, tubing and sledding.
Kirkwood is located to the south of Lake Tahoe, off California Highway 88. Scenic Highway 88 provides hassle-free travel to Kirkwood from the Greater San Francisco Bay Area, the Central Valley and Lake Tahoe, as well as Reno and the Carson Valley. You'll find the lack of traffic on Highway 88 makes it an excellent alternative to the more congested Highway 50 and Interstate 80 when traveling to and from the Lake Tahoe area.
Kirkwood is approximately 90 minutes by car from the Reno/Tahoe International Airport, 35 minutes from the South Lake Tahoe Airport, 3 1/4 hours from the San Francisco Bay Area and 2 hours from Sacramento.
3 hide detailSit on the slopes
As long as the snowfall cooperates, a snowmobile may be the easiest way to explore wintertime Lake Tahoe's hills and trails. Enjoy a holiday guided tour through the wintry landscape. The mid-week tours include appropriate snow gear provided free of charge; on weekends and holidays bring your own or pay an additional fee. Helmets are always included. Reservations are recommended. South shore tours are also available. Season start and end dates may vary based on the weather. Departure times vary, so call for details.
hide detailScenic trail in the meadow
- US Highway 395
- (at Highway 431)
This trail is a great spot for a family outing or a place where you can be alone. In the spring, the wildflowers carpet the scenery in copious abundance and their scents almost empower one with a burst of energy. The variety of plant life changes with the seasons yet is always spectacular. This scenic trail is about 12-miles round-trip and provides an opportunity to see wildlife inhabiting the area. During the winter the meadows are a great place to cross country ski, snowshoe and sled. Dogs are welcome on this trail.