Lake Tahoe Winter Activities for Your Wedding Guests

Keeping your guests entertained is not something you’ll have to worry about when planning your winter wedding at Lake Tahoe. No matter what they are into or what the weather is – there are always plenty of activities on the docket around the Lake. From skiing to more “insider” events, here is your guide to giving your guests the best Tahoe experience in the colder months.

 

World Class Skiing and Snowboarding

Guests can take their pick of eight ski resorts in the North Lake Tahoe region. A Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows lift ticket gives access to over 6,000 acres of terrain across two resorts. Ski both in one day by taking the shuttles that run the six miles between them. Other options include Tahoe Engaged Member Northstar California, where you can cozy up next to a fire pit in the Village, and Homewood Mountain Resort, offering some of the best views of the Lake from the top.

skiing at Homewood Lake Tahoe wedding

 

Ice Skating

Nothing says winter quite like leisurely laps around an ice skating rink. The Northstar California skating rink, in the Northstar Village, is free to the public. Skate rentals are available. Perfect for the whole family, the rink is lined with outdoor fire pits. Free smores are served daily at 4 pm. Your guests can enjoy a hot cocktail by the fire while their kiddos roast gooey, chocolatey, marshmallows.

Northstar Village ice skating Lake Tahoe wedding

 

Snowmobiling Tours

Check out the Tahoe Forest backcountry with a snowmobiling tour. Tours accommodate beginners through the more adventurous. Lake Tahoe Snowmobiling offers tours through the wilderness, on groomed trails, in open meadows, and up the mountain where your guests can experience stunning views of Lake Tahoe.

Snowmobiling Lake Tahoe wedding activity

 

Sleigh Rides

Get romantic on a horse-drawn sleigh ride. All ages are welcome to experience a jaunt through the pines in an old-fashioned sleigh. Your guests will listen to their guide tell stories and they will have the opportunity to take unique photographs that will last them a lifetime.

sleigh rides at Sand Harbor Lake Tahoe wedding

 

Brewery Tours

For your craft beer enthusiasts or for those just wanting to get out of the cold, encourage your guests to check out North Lake’s burgeoning beer scene. Book through Tahoe Brew Tours so everyone can imbibe and not worry about driving the winter roads. Tours take guests to FiftyFifty Brewing Company, Alibi Ale Works, and Tahoe Mountain Brewing.

craft beer tours Lake Tahoe wedding

 

This is only a snippet of activities that are available for your guests. Tahoe also boasts an abundance of seasonal festivals, live music performances, and other fun events that happen along the North Shore. The North Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce and the Truckee Chamber of Commerce both offer an extensive calendar of events.  Whatever wintertime activities your guests choose to partake in, they will be left with warm memories of your destination wedding.

Group Bike Rides for Your Tahoe Destination Wedding

It’s no secret that many wedding couples have their destination weddings in Lake Tahoe so that guests can partake in experiential outdoor activities.  A bike “Tour de Tahoe” is a great way for your guests to take pleasure in the region’s scenic beauty, and there are many biking options available.

One of the safest – and one of our favorite – places to cycle is a paved bike path that runs for about 10 miles from Tahoe City along the West Shore to Sugar Pine Point State Park.  You can rent bikes at the Olympic Bike Shop or Willard’s Sport Shop, then enjoy the happy trails and beautiful views.

Bike Path Sugar Pine Point State ParkBike Path West Shore Lake TahoePhoto Credit: Laura Allen, TahoeLauraLuxuryHomes.com

 

Another great paved trail goes from Squaw Valley along the Truckee River to Tahoe City, a distance of about 7 miles.  Bike rentals are available from Parallel Mountain Sports and Mountain Mike’s Sports.

Squaw Valley bike pathTruckee River bike pathRight now, there is major road construction as you reach Tahoe City, so the trail may be closed occasionally at this location.  Otherwise, this Truckee River Trail connects with the West Shore Trail described above. So if you have a whole day available for bicycling, you can ride all the way from Squaw Valley to Sugar Pine Point State Park and back. The total round-trip distance is 34 miles.

If your group is staying in the town of Truckee, there is another paved trail along the Truckee River that’s worth cycling – the Legacy Trail. Rent a bicycle from Bike Truckee in the Historic District, and ask for directions to the trailhead.

Legacy Trail biking Truckee River Lake Tahoe

 

Perhaps your group wants something more adventurous than a paved path.  If so, there are many miles of mountain biking trails in the North Lake Tahoe region.  Our all-time favorite is the Flume Trail on the Nevada side of the lake.  If you rent from Flume Trail Bikes, you can be shuttled for no additional charge to Spooner Lake, where this epic 14-mile journey begins. 

From Spooner Lake, the trail starts with a climb of over 1,000 feet before it descends to Marlette Lake.  If your wedding is in the Fall, the aspen trees will put on a spectacular display of color.

Fall Color Marlette Lake near Lake TahoeAfter a mile-long ride along the shore of Marlette Lake, the Flume Trail begins.  The views of Lake Tahoe are absolutely jaw-dropping! 

Flume Trail with Lake Tahoe viewsFlume Trail above Lake TahoeBut there are many places along the Flume Trail where it is essential to keep your eyes on the trail, for safety’s sake.
Bicycle the Flume Trail Lake Tahoe

So if you want to take in the stunning vistas, look for a safe place to stop, then look to your heart’s content.

Finally, think “safety” if you’re cycling on a road with motor vehicles.   Our thanks to Curtis Fong, CEO of Bike the West, for providing these “Rules of The Road”:

  1. Keep your bike as far to the right of the road as possible to allow for vehicles to pass.
  2. If emergency vehicles are coming, pull off to the side of the road and stop.
  3. Ride single file except to pass.
  4. When passing anther cyclist, call out “passing on your left.”
  5. Stop signs and stop lights apply to bikes, too.
  6. Yield to pedestrians crossing the road. If you need to cross the road, make sure cars have come to a stop before proceeding.
  7. Make proper hand signals when turning.

May your path to wedded bliss include a beautiful bike ride in North Lake Tahoe!

Couple on bike - Hoffer PhotographyPhoto:  Hoffer Photography