Sadly the ski season is officially over in Tahoe, which means we’ve entered the somewhat awkward shoulder season. The time between winter and summer where the slopes are closed, hiking trails are covered in snow and the sun isn’t quite warm enough to don a swimsuit.
Fret not my friends, the shoulder season still has a ton of outdoor pursuits to offer those living in or visiting the Tahoe area. Here are some of my favorite ways to get outside in April and May.
Hiking is one of my favorite summer activities in Tahoe, but when the trails are still covered with snow, it can be difficult. Thankfully I bought a pair of snow shoes last winter and use them quite often in the shoulder season. Being a new mom, this is also one of my favorite activities to do with my baby.
Weather in the off-season can be hit or miss, but typically it will be sunny and more mild than summer. Today (April 22) it is sunny skies and about 65 degrees. This is great weather for riding your bike. Whether that’s cycling around the lake or just renting bikes to ride through town.
It may not be quite warm enough to soak up sun at the beach in a bathing suit, but I still get to the sand often in the shoulder season for a cook out. There’s nothing better than getting together with friends over some burgers and hot dogs. My pick is Nevada Beach in Zephyr Cove. There are charcoal grills and plenty of picnic tables set up. Plus a large sandy beach and views of Heavenly.
The beauty of Tahoe is that the golf season is much longer than a typical four-season climate. I’ve already been hitting the driving range for weeks now and several courses in town are now open for business. One of my coworkers walked and played 64 holes of golf in 4 days this weekend! The shoulder season is a great time to get a leg up on your non-Tahoe friends when it comes to perfecting your swing.
Okay, so I wouldn’t recommend getting your personal motor boat out on the water in the shoulder season (brrrrr!), but you can still get your lake fix on one of the dinner boat cruises leaving from the south shore. I like the Tahoe Queen, which leaves from 900 Ski Run Blvd and travels through Emerald Bay during sunset.
The Lake Tahoe area provides many scenic routes for rock climbing. While some may not be ready quite yet, local favorite spot, 90-foot Wall, is already going off. Head to the Eagle Falls Trailhead next to Emerald Bay for the short hike to the spot.
Those are my top picks for shoulder-season activities in Tahoe. While I’m excited for summer to really ramp up, I’m looking forward to exploring Tahoe in the spring as well.
What activities do you enjoy doing in the off-season?