Scenes from a Snowy Weekend in Lake Tahoe

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What a winter it’s been here in Northern California! After years of drought–and virtually no snow in the mountains–we’re being treated to a very wet winter thanks to El Niño. Ski resorts in the Sierra Nevada have received a couple hundred inches of snow (!) this season, and more keeps coming. But, as we learned the hard way, that can also make travel more complicated (think highway closures, avalanche control, etc.).

We’re going to Tahoe two weekends in a row. Last weekend it snowed the whole time we were there, which meant lots of fresh, fluffy snow to play in and trees all coated in white, but also cloudy skies, barely a view of the mountains, and Lake Tahoe looking a bit dreary. This weekend we expect sunny skies and a completely different look to the area. I can’t wait! In the meantime, I thought I’d share a few scenes from last weekend. More from Tahoe coming soon both here and on Instagram. And if you have any recommendations for South Lake Tahoe, I’d love to hear them!

The view from our rooms at Tahoe Beach & Ski Club:

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The beach in front of Tahoe Beach & Ski Club during a storm:


Snowshoeing at Lake Tahoe:

Snowshoeing along the shore of Lake Tahoe was the highlight of the weekend. It’s easy to rent snowshoes at Camp Richardson and then walk along the lake–it’s a short walk, just right for kids, but longer walks can be done on their groomed trails.

images snow Lake Tahoe

images snow Lake Tahoe

images snow Lake Tahoe

images snow Lake Tahoe

images snow Lake Tahoe

images snow Lake Tahoe

Fresh snow at South Lake Tahoe:


The kids had fun just playing in the fresh snow and weren’t too bothered by the cold. We were well prepared with snow pants, Kamik snow boots (the best snow boots for kids!), and warm coats, which we keep just for winter trips to Lake Tahoe.



After the sun came out and the roads improved, our snow weekend in Lake Tahoe was over, and we were on our way home. Driving through the Sierra Nevada covered in fresh snow is an experience I’ll always remember.


P.S. Much more on Lake Tahoe here:

30 Things to Do at Lake Tahoe

5 Things to Do in South Lake Tahoe with Kids

48 Hours in Truckee


  • Cindy says:

    LOVE these photos!! So glad you & your family had this magical winter adventure. Thanks for sharing. We are inspired now to go to Tahoe and snowshoe or cross-country ski soon!

    • Jenna says:

      You should! I think you two will love spending a day outdoors walking among the tall trees there.

  • We were married at Lake Tahoe during the summer months when everything was brilliantly blue and green, and had a ceremonial winter wedding in Germany a few months later when our home city was dressed in snow. I’d love to get back to Tahoe and see it like this someday, and perhaps even partake in some active adventures like you have, Jenna. Curious if you got a chance to go cross-country skiing, and if so, how it compared to snowshoeing? I’m guessing the latter is more leisurely?

    • Jenna says:

      I love Tahoe in the summer but it’s so different in winter! We didn’t go cross-country skiing. I still hope to do so this season, if we get more snow, but I’m not sure if my kids will be up for it. They loved snow-shoeing so much that they hope to do that again. I think snow-shoeing is easier than cross-country skiing. I’ll let you know if and when I try it!

  • You guys seem to have really had much fun up there Tahoe. I like it when I see guys having fun in the snow instead of blankeing themselves indoors. Your weekend is an inspiration and I am also thinking of goign out skiing.
    Thanks for sharing.


    • Jenna says:

      I’m not much of a cold weather person, but I think that spending time in the fresh snow in Tahoe is a must every winter!

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