Non-Skiing Winter Activities in Truckee
There is much more to Truckee in the winter than downhill skiing and cozying up by the fire - though those are great ways to spend the day! Whether you want to relax or get a good workout in, there is some winter fun in Truckee and Lake Tahoe.
Activities Around Town
Spend the day at Truckee's Ice Rink or at the Village at Northstar ! You can bring your own skates or rent then on site. Various lessons are available, such as Ice Dancing, and can be private or with a group. At the Truckee ice rink, you can join a hockey or broomball league or just rent out the warming hut for a party (hot chocolate included).
Support Local Businesses
Historic Downtown Truckee serves as a great place to relax during the day. There are many local shops selling cooking ware, gifts, clothes, books, and more. Also stoll some of Truckee's art galleries like Art Truckee or Riverside Studios. Enjoy the views of the mountains and the crisp air as you wander from shop to shop.
Beer & Wine Tasting
There are many places to sample local wine and beer in Truckee. Right in downtown, you can taste wine at Uncorked or the Pour House. Head up the road, to Truckee's own winery, the Truckee River Winery. On a nice day grab a picnic and play a game of bocce. If beer is more your style, try a flight at Mellow Fellow or Alibi Ale Works' Truckee Public House.
Get a Workout In
Cross Country Skiing
Grab a pair of cross country skis and head out to Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center. Enjoy a great workout on these beautiful trails around Tahoe Donner. The Alder Creek Adventure Center offers rentals, lessons, outdoor firepits, a bar and a cafe. Don't forget to bring your dog along for the dog friendly trails!
Snowshoe Star Tour
Snowshoeing is a great winter counterpart to hiking and Lake Tahoe offers up a great snowshoeing experience: Snowshoe Star Tours. This tour from Tahoe Adventure Company starts with a guided sunset snowshoe hike and ends with a brilliant tour of the midnight sky. Hot beverages, snacks and all gear are provided.
Head Up the Mountain
Olympic Museum at Squaw Valley
Spend a day at the 1960 Winter Olympics Museum at Squaw Valley. You will get to see amazing 360 views of Lake Tahoe from the Aerial Tram as it lifts you over 2,000 feet to High Camp where the museum lives. Inside the museum is a unique collection of memorabilia, news articles, and video presentations. Afterwards, grab a beer or relax in the hot tub at High Camp.
Head over to the Granlibakken ski area in Tahoe City for the ultimate sledding day! Bring your own sled (circle sleds highly encouraged) or let Granlibakken supply you with one. Sledding has its very own hill, so no need to worry about getting in anyone's way!