Hot Wax Anyone? Spring in the High Sierra
The spring skiing scene in Lake Tahoe is legendary. Bluebird skies, comfortable temps, deep snowpacks and a laidback California vibe come together to attract thongs…scratch that…throngs of sun worshipers to the slopes of Lake Tahoe. The seven world-class Ski Lake Tahoe resorts offer an unparalleled variety of attractions unique to Lake Tahoe including slope-side swimming pools, lake view bars, spring festivals…even snow beaches and snow volleyball.
The party atmosphere even extends from the slopes to the region’s 24/7 nightclubs and casino properties showcasing Vegas-style entertainment and headlining musical acts in nearby Reno. Here are the seven best places to soak it all in…quite literally!
High Camp Pool and Hot Tubs
Located mid-mountain atop Squaw Valley’s aerial tram, the High Camp Pool and Hot Tub must be experienced to be believed. A true oasis smack dab in the middle of Squaw’s legendary upper mountain, skiers and snowboarders can sink laps on the slopes in the morning followed by swimming laps in the pool during the afternoon. Throw in the neighboring Umbrella Bar and Poolside Café and it gets hard to remember to catch the last tram back down the mountain.
Farming Corn at Alpine Meadows
They say the Icelandic language has over 100 names for snow; many Tahoe locals would argue that “corn” should be one of the most flattering. The spring freeze/thaw cycle leads to perfectly rounded snow that clings together during cold conditions but loosens up as the day warms. Hit the mountain during the mid-morning hours and the slopes have a smooth, buttery consistency. Alpine Meadows’ Sherwood Express accesses wide open, south-facing bowls ideal for cultivating perfect corn conditions in the spring. The Ice Bar at the bottom of the lift ain’t too shabby either.
Following two back-to-back, sold out seasons, WinterWonderGrass Tahoe returns to Squaw Valley from March 31 through April 2 blending together bluegrass and acoustic roots music, California craft beers, and locally-sourced organic food. Squaw Valley and the High Sierra are the glowing backdrops for families and friends to dance, mingle and reconnect. This community gathering focuses on sustainability, local non-profits and support of the arts as it continues to grow into one of the country’s premier winter bluegrass, roots music & beer festivals.
Session Tahoe’s Top Terrain Parks
Lake Tahoe is home to some of the rowdiest terrain park scenes on the West Coast and there is no better time to take in all the action than during spring months of March and April. T-shirt weather to say the least, oftentimes local will simply hang out at the halfpipes and park features to dial in their latest tricks on the soft spring snow. Be sure to check out Sierra-at-Tahoe’s superpipe scene and drop in on Northstar California to ride the resort’s signature terrain parks.
HSG Morning, SUP Afternoon
It’s hard to beat high-speed groomers during the morning hours at Heavenly. No crowds, mile-long runs, breath-taking lake views and the sound of corduroy being carved up below. But during the spring months, you can add a multi-sport option for the afternoon with one of the most popular options being stand up paddleboarding on the crystal clear waters of Lake Tahoe. Beach meets the mountain, the perfect way to spend a sunny spring day in Tahoe
Pond Skim at Mt. Rose
Mt. Rose is the type of ski resort that isn’t afraid to let its mullet down and its annual Pond Skimming competition is just one of many season traditions certain to bring out the zany costumes and hot dog maneuvers. After a sunny day on the slopes, many spring revelers head down the hill to the snow-free beaches found on the East Shore in an attempt to join the polar bear club by braving the ice cold waters of Lake Tahoe itself.