Family-Friendly Winter Fun at Lake Tahoe’s North Shore

Family-Friendly Winter Fun at Lake Tahoe’s North Shore

Lake Tahoe’s North Shore is packed with wintertime activities that will delight the whole family.

By: Kristine D.

Lake Tahoe is experiencing the best winter conditions it has had in some time! After suffering through years of drought, the area has seen record snowfall in recent years. Prime conditions await skiers and snowboarders hitting the slopes. A short drive from Hampton Inn & Suites Tahoe-Truckee is an array of winter experiences that will lead your family to only one conclusion: It’s time to visit Lake Tahoe’s North Shore! Here are some places and activities that should be on that itinerary.

5 Fun Things to Do in Lake Tahoe’s North Shore with Kids

Visit a Historic Mountain Town
The quaint little mountain town of Truckee is listed on the National Register of Historic Places – yes, the entire town! Once known for logging and ice manufacturing, it was also a supply hub handling many needs created by the influx of wealth seekers during the Gold Rush. Visitors come to Truckee today for its eclectic mix of shops, galleries, restaurants and events all against the backdrop of circa 1800s architecture.

Take to Slopes at Northstar
If you can do it while gliding across ice or snow, you can to it at Northstar: boarding, downhill skiing, tubing, cross country skiing, ice skating and more. And at the end of the day, enjoy one of the best après ski scenes in Tahoe. Guests gather around the fire pits by the ice rink to make s’mores and enjoy live entertainment in the center of the resort’s alpine village featuring high-end shops, an assortment of dining experiences and other activities.

Enjoy Lake Views at Kings Beach
Named for a card shark who won the town site in a lucky hand of poker, Kings Beach is located alongside Lake Tahoe itself. Stroll along the shoreline with your sweetie and your dog, play in the Kings Beach State Recreational Area, enjoy unique shopping and dining experiences, and play in the snow all while taking in gorgeous views of Lake Tahoe.

Take a Star Tour on Snow Shoes
Strap on snowshoes and head out on a two- to two-and-a-half-hour guided laser tour of the cosmos with Star Guide and poet Tony Berendsen of Tahoe Star Tours. Participants trek through the serene forest near Northstar’s Cross Country Ski, Telemark & Snowshoe Center enjoying a telescopic viewing of skies with state-of-the-art Celestron telescopes. Guests will have the chance to unwind beside a fire pit while sipping wine and hot cider. Each excursion includes a laser tour. This is a great activity to enjoy with kids ages 10 years and older. Participants should dress warmly and wear sturdy shoes.

Bask in Olympic History at Squaw Valley
The site of the 1960 Winter Olympics, Squaw Valley looks a bit different today. Athletes from 30 nations competed in four sports and 24 events at the 1960 Olympics. Women’s speed skating and biathlon made their debuts in Squaw Valley. Learn more about it at the Olympic Museum.

Squaw’s Olympic Village may have given way to a world-class alpine style hamlet with retail experiences and restaurants, but the resort has not strayed from its roots. Squaw Valley has a stellar ski and snowboarding school, the epic terrain that made Olympic champions, and activities kids will love including the opportunity to drive their own snow mobiles and go dog sledding. You can even get exclusive access to untouched intermediate and advanced slopes as part of the Dawn Patrol.

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Kristine writes for Hilton Mom Voyage and lives in Mountain View, California, where she is the mother of a gifted girl athlete and a special-needs charmer. Like almost everything in her house, traveling is a competitive sport. Married to a triathlete with a soccer star and a baseball player in the house, what else could one expect? Since her family doesn’t do staying home and sitting on the couch very well, they’re always out exploring the world.

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