Lake Tahoe Activities in November
Early November (pre-Thanksgiving, at least) is a nice time to be in Lake Tahoe, because the summer rush is over and the holiday crowds haven't yet rushed in. The weather can be tricky---you might not see enough snow to have a satisfying run down the slopes---but the peace and idyllic scenery is simply bliss. If the winter season has gotten off to a good start with some heavy snowfall, Lake Tahoe will spring back to life in November. All you do is choose from snowboarding, skiing (both downhill or cross-country) or snow-shoeing to fill your days in this alpine paradise.
Ski or Snowboard
Skiing at Heavenly, overlooking Lake Tahoe
The most common reason for a trip to Lake Tahoe during the cold months is to hit the slopes on a snowboard or a pair of skis. From beautiful Heavenly with its view of the lake to Squaw Valley with its legendary terrain, there are 16 ski resorts around Lake Tahoe, and seven of those can be accessed with the Six-Pack lift ticket. Most resorts open for the winter season just before Thanksgiving.
SkiLakeTahoe.com, (800) 588-SNOW
SkiHeavenly.com, (800) HEAVENLY
Squaw.com, (530) 583-6985
A view of the lake from outside South Lake Tahoe
The mountains and pine trees that surround Lake Tahoe offer a myriad of hiking options, from gentle to tough. One of the most famous---and ambitious---is the 165-mile Tahoe Rim Trail that circles the lake. Snow begins to cover the ground in November, so consider snow-shoeing as an alternative to hiking. Or if you feel like taking it easy, hop on a horse---horseback riding is allowed on many parts of the trail.
TahoeRimTrail.org, (775) 298-0012
If you've arrived on the south shore of Lake Tahoe in November and the weather isn't quite right for snow sports, but not quite warm enough for time outdoors, head to the Nevada side of the lake and try your luck at the blackjack table. There are several casinos in the South Lake Tahoe area, including a branch of the famous Harrah's group. Maybe you'll win enough for that pair of skis you've been eying.
Harrah's: U.S. Highway 50, Stateline, Nevada, (775) 588-6611
Enjoy the View
A view of Lake Tahoe from the shore of Tahoe City, California
If the slopes haven't opened yet, or there's just not enough powder for you, grab your scarf and hat and get your daily exercise by going for a brisk walk around the lake shore. Spend your time exploring the lake with a cup of hot cocoa, browsing in and out of shops and cafes in the charming towns that surround Lake Tahoe like Tahoe City.
Tahoe City is on Highway 28 on the northwest side of the lake.
Leah Still has written about travel, fashion and home design since 2003. Her work has appeared in various print and online publications, including "SKI" magazine, Southernaccents.com and Gusto.com. She has a journalism degree from the University of Missouri and broadens her education with both domestic and international travel.
Lake Tahoe. By Leah Still