While we’re sorry we can’t host your winter adventures in Lake Tahoe this year, we hope you’re already planning for next year’s fun! Camp Richardson Resort is currently closed, but hope you can use this blog as inspiration for your next snowy stay with us.

Everyone talks about the amazing downhill skiing and snowboarding here in Lake Tahoe, and other winter activities that are just as fun often get left out. This winter, we’ve been slowing things down a bit and exploring some of the more leisurely-paced winter activities Lake Tahoe has to offer! There’s no doubt Tahoe is a great place to explore with cross-country skiing, backcountry skiing, and snowshoeing too! As the snow starts to melt and we gear up for the next season of fun in Tahoe, here are some of our favorite tips and recommendations after a winter of quiet exploration.

Where are the best places to go cross-country skiing or snowshoeing in Lake Tahoe?

This is a tough one because South Lake Tahoe is full of fun and scenic cross-country ski and snowshoe trails! This winter, they were made even more beautiful by the crisp snow sparkling in the midday sun. We may be biased, but we think the best place to cross-country ski or snowshoe is right here at Camp Richardson.

Though currently closed due to current California COVID-19 restrictions, we believe in making it easy to explore our scenic grounds! When open, Camp Richardson Mountain Sports Center makes it easy to rent skis, snowshoes, sleds, and so much more for all your family-friendly winter fun. We offer 6+ miles (10 km) of groomed trails perfect for all skill levels and ages with gorgeous views along the Lake Tahoe shoreline and beyond. It’s a great place to start from if you want to explore Tallac Historic Site, Fallen Leaf Lake, and other nearby hotspots.

While Camp Richardson is closed for now, we can’t wait to open back up and be your home away from home as you explore all that Lake Tahoe has to offer! When we’re open, we have a variety of accommodations available so you can kick back and relax after you’re done exploring for the day! Check out our cozy, year-round cabins and historic hotel with a warm fireplace, and start daydreaming!

Beyond Camp Richardson, we ventured out and explored a few other great cross-country ski trails in the area this winter! Some of our other favorites include Echo Lake Trail, Kirkwood XC Center, Lake Tahoe Community College Nordic Center, and the Tallac Historic Site. There’s always something new to see, around every bend here in Lake Tahoe! Slowing things down on snowshoes or cross country skis gave us a new appreciation for this amazing place we call home!

Where can I rent snowshoes or cross-country skis in Lake Tahoe?

If you don’t want to purchase gear or deal with packing it on your Tahoe vacation, renting is a great option. As one of the top ski destinations in the world, there’s no shortage of ski rentals and shops here in Lake Tahoe. Experts are standing by to help you get just the right gear and share other tips and tricks along the way!

At Camp Rich, we try to keep things simple for our visitors and offer year-round gear for the whole family on-site at Mountain Sports! From full-suspension mountain bikes to snowshoes, cross-country skis, and sleds, we have it all! Beyond the equipment rentals, we also sell clothing and accessories and our team is here with the trail maps and local wisdom you need for a perfect day out!

Planning a trip to Tahoe while Camp Richardson is temporarily closed? You can also check out this handy list of nearby ski and snowshoe rentals in Tahoe South, including Powder House, Rip N’ Willies, Sunrise Ski and Snowboard Rental, and more from the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority!

Should I take lessons?

The majority of people pick up cross-country skiing or snowshoeing relatively quickly, plus you’re going at a much slower and more controlled pace, so lessons oftentimes are unnecessary to enjoy yourself out on the trails.

That being said, you can always benefit from additional expertise, so if you have the time and the budget to take lessons, we would recommend it. We don’t currently offer lessons on-site here at Camp Richardson, but our expert staff is always readily available to answer questions and offer their insights to get you started.

What should you wear when you hit the trails?

Dressing for outdoor physical activities in Lake Tahoe can be tricky. Being in an elevated area, we can experience a wide range of temperatures and weather throughout the day. You don’t want to end up being too hot or too cold, so your best bet is to dress in layers. And invest in some moisture-wicking athletic wear.

Layering allows you to easily add or remove clothing items as needed to keep you comfortable and dry throughout the day. Moisture-wicking fabrics help keep you dry while you’re out and about exploring the snowy trails and taking in the beautiful Tahoe views. Both make for a more comfortable outdoor experience!

Also, don’t forget to wear sunscreen and bring along some eye protection. The California sunshine can definitely be bright when reflecting off the snow.

Where can I find the latest COVID-19 and Lake Tahoe Travel information?

Stay tuned to our website and Facebook page for the latest updates on when Camp Richardson will reopen!

Another great resource for the latest travel information and updates is Tahoe South’s “Know Before You Go” page, which has current information from local health officials and more for both the Nevada and California sides of South Lake Tahoe. We also recommend calling any business ahead of time to ask about their specific requirements, business hours, reservations, and more.

Thank you so much for your understanding and support, we can’t wait to welcome you all again to Lake Tahoe and Camp Richardson Resort when we reopen! We hope this blog will serve you well when you come back to visit us for a snowy winter adventure, on and off the slopes!