HOT AIR BALLOON RIDES

Lake Tahoe Balloons proudly presents one of the most beautiful and unique Hot Air Balloon adventures in the world. Inflate and launch from the Tahoe Flyer, the World’s only U.S.C.G. certified Balloon launch and recovery aircraft carrier vessel. Float silently over the “Jewel of The Sierra”, Lake Tahoe, in one of our brand new state of the art, 2002 Hot Air Balloons. Gaze into her sapphire blue waters, punctuated by white sand beaches and framed with snow-capped peaks. I believe Mark Twain said it best “the fairest sight the whole earth affords” Couple this astounding alpine setting with hot air ballooning and you have the ultimate Lake Tahoe experience!

SNOWSHOEING

The Mountain Sports Center cross-country ski area is located at Historic Camp Richardson Resort along the shores of South Lake Tahoe. The Mountain Sports Center offers 35 kilometers of terrain for all skill levels with 20 kilometers of groomed trails, 10 kilometers of skating lanes and marked snowshoe trails that have beautiful lake views. You can enjoy snowshoeing and cross-country skiing along the shoreline of Lake Tahoe. Kids 12 and under get a free trail pass. The Mountain Sports Center offers the largest selection of snowshoe rentals in Tahoe. Cross-country skis and telemark skis are also rented. Snowshoe and ski lessons are available. The Mountain Sports Center is open daily between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., weather permitting.

  • Alpine Meadows Ski Resort
    2600 Alpine Meadows Road
    Tahoe City, CA
    800-441-4423
    530-583-4232

Alpine Meadows offers marked trails that begin near the lodge and meander through the old-grove forests around the base of the mountain. Atlas snowshoe rentals are available on-site.

  • Diamond Peak Ski Resort and Cross Country
    1260 Ski Way
    Incline Village
    Cross-Country Center: 775-742-9814
    Main Number: 775-832-1177

Diamond Peak offers an Adventure Pass which includes an All Day Trail Pass and unlimited interchangeable equipment rental for snowshoes, cross-country skis, skate-skis and new all-terrain adventure skis.

  • Heavenly's new Mountain Adventure Park
    775-586-7000
    Located at the top of the scenic Gondola at Heavenly
    Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing and Snow Tubing

At the heart of Heavenly's new Mountain Adventure Park is the lift-served tubing run. Groomed nightly, the 400-foot track is served by a specially designed Mighty Mite lift that provides up-hill transport for tubing guests. And, for Heavenly's littlest guests, the resort offers a smaller, gentler sledding hill, adjacent to the bigger tubing hill. Tubes and saucers are available inside the rental shop at the top of the Gondola, however, park guests are asked to come dressed ready to play in the snow.

In addition to the tubing and sledding activities, the new Mountain Adventure Park includes 2.5 kilometers of gently rolling cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails, perfect for beginner and intermediate cross-country skiers and snowshoers of all ages. The trails are groomed nightly and offer both skating lanes and track for diagonal stride, as well as designated snowshoe-only trails.

The park is open daily for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snow tubing from 10am - 3pm (weather permitting). Tubing hill access is $10 for two hours or $20 for the entire day and the use of a tube is included in the price. There are saucers, designed for use by small children only, available for complimentary use on the sledding hill and are. Cross-country equipment rental and snowshoe rentals are $10 for two hours or $20 all day. There will be a limited amount of sorel-type footwear available for those renting snowshoes. Those who already own their own cross-country skiing or snowshoe equipment may access the park free of rental charges provided they have purchased a Gondola sightseeing ticket.

Access to the new Adventure Park is via the Gonodola, South Lake Tahoe's newest must-see and do attraction. Located a block from the casinos, the Gondola provides an adventure in itself carrying park guests from the downtown area 2.4 miles up the mountainside in just under 12 minutes where they will enjoy unparalleled scenic views of Lake Tahoe, Desolation Wilderness and the Carson Valley. Gondola sightseeing tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for children 6-12. Children five and under are free.

  • Kirkwood Ski & Summer Resort
    Snowshoeing at Kirkwood

    SR 88 between Silver Lake and Caples Lake
    Cross Country Center: 209-258-7248
    Main Number: 209-258-6000

At Kirkwood you can snowshoe on all 80 kilometers of the cross-country trail system, and the entire mountain. Several brands of the new high-tech snowshoes are available for rent at the Cross Country Center.

  • Spooner Lake Cross Country Ski Area
    one-half mile from U.S. Hwy. 50 on SR 28 on the Nevada side
    775-749-5349

Spooner Lake offers picturesque views and fun snowshoe trails. Rentals are available at the day lodge.

SLEIGH RIDES

Borges Family Sleigh Rides
775-588-2953
800-726-7433

Sleigh Rides, Hay Rides, Carriage Rides, Weddings

DOG SLED TOURS

Husky Express
775-782-3047

Have you ever wanted to ride on a sled pulled by a team of eager huskies flying over the snow? Here's your chance! Join 25-year veteran musher Dotty Dennis with lead dogs Knikie, Aspen, Abby, Alexis, Rainy, Sky and the rest of the pack for an exciting and memorable winter adventure. We are the first and most experienced dog sled providers at Lake Tahoe and have been featured on Bay Area Backroads. Sleds hold 375 lbs; two adult size people and or two small children. Rides last approximately one hour. Rides are in a wilderness setting in scenic Hope Valley, 30 minutes south of South Lake Tahoe.

SLEDDING

Tube & Saucer Hill at Hansen's Resort
1360 Ski Run Blvd. Off Hwy. 50 on Ski Run & Needle Peak
3 blocks from Heavenly Valley
530-544-3361

All Equipment Furnished (No outside equipment allowed). Banked Turns and Packed Runs, Open 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Plus 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM on selected Fridays and Saturdays).

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