As a popular vacation spot for Californians, many who visit North Lake Tahoe love it here because of the four distinct seasons we experience. But the exceptional clarity and depth of this body of water helps to regulate the temperatures, so it’s comfortable year-round. Between the mountains, beaches and the lake itself, there are high-impact activities to do for the whole year in this incredibly beautiful vacation spot.
There’s a reason they call it “Big Blue.” Lake Tahoe never completely freezes, even in the dead of a very cold winter, because it’s simply too deep. This means that you’ll be treated to incredible views of this body of water whether you come for skiing in February or swimming on the Fourth of July. While the breathtaking natural surroundings shouldn’t be downplayed, the terrain lends itself to a whole host of physical activities each season.
In the snow
During the 2011-2012 season, the North Lake Tahoe area averaged 322 inches of snow, which means that there’s always an opportunity to ski or snowboard when you come here. Elite skiers and snowboarders love to come to Lake Tahoe to get some of the best runs in both for practice and during the competitions that are often held at area resorts.
North Lake Tahoe isn’t just good for winter sports. During the summer and fall, athletes from all over the world come here to participate in triathlons and other tests of strength. Whether you’ve always wanted to complete an Iron Man, are hoping to run a marathon or are interested in Tough Mudder, you’ll have a blast running, biking and swimming in the waters and trails of Big Blue.
Though the winter and summer are the most popular times of year for tourism in North Lake Tahoe, many people don’t realize that spring is one of the loveliest seasons here. When the flowers begin to bloom and it starts warming up on the ground, locals like to have barbecues and even get a little sunbathing in while still enjoying a trip down the mountain for some great spring skiing.
The lake provides many great opportunities for swimming, water skiing and boating, but you might just be tempted to relax on its beautiful shores. Every summer at Lake Tahoe is unforgettable, from the incredible Fourth of July fireworks to soaking up those last rays on Labor Day weekend. Temperatures this time of year are usually in the 70s and 80s, providing you with the perfect opportunity to get out that bathing suit.
There’s nothing quite as beautiful as seeing the fall foliage on the Tahoe Rim reflected in the mirror-like lake. High temperatures are in the 50s and 60s, so bring a sweater and experience the peace and relaxation of fall on these incredible shores. This is the perfect time to go biking or hiking without as many crowds and be one with the incredible nature like you’ve never seen it.