Stars, Nature, and History with Tahoe Adventure Company

This winter, Tahoe Adventure Company and Tahoe Star Tours are partnering to offer Snowshoe Star Tours on Lake Tahoe’s North Shore. The tour starts with an easy 1- to 3-mile sunset snowshoe tour during which guides teach about the natural and human history of the area. Participants will enjoy the alpenglow and Tahoe’s majestic, snow-topped winter forest. The evening comes to an end with the brilliant night sky. Hot beverages and snacks are also included. 

This crew recommends advance reservations, which can be made online at tahoeadventurecompany.com. Tickets are $85 per person and include snowshoes, trekking poles, knowledgeable guides, permit fees, and more. Tours are scheduled Dec. 23, 2019, Jan. 20 and Feb. 24, 2020. All tours begin at 4:30 p.m. and conclude at approximately 8:30 p.m.

Diamond Peak Moonlight Hikes

Join the Incline Village Parks & Recreation for three community snowshoe hikes to the Snowflake Lodge at Diamond Peak. This award-winning event is intended for ages 10 and older and is part of the Community Health and Wellness Outreach Initiative. The 1.5-mile (3-mile round trip) hike includes guides, exclusive after-hour access to Diamond Peak and Snowflake Lodge, s’mores, and hot cocoa. Food and bar items will be available to purchase at the lodge. Participants are required to bring their own equipment; however, snowshoe rentals are available at the Village Ski Loft or Hyatt Sport Shop.

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Hikes are scheduled for Jan. 10, Feb. 7, and March 6, 2020. The group will meet at Diamond Peak’s Base Lodge Deck (upper parking lot) at 5:30 p.m. for the 1.5-mile hike to Snowflake Lodge and return to the Base Lodge around 9:30 p.m. Cost is $25 per person, or $20 with a valid IVGID pass. Preregistration is required and may be completed at the Incline Village Recreation Center by phone at (775) 832-1310, or online at register.yourtahoeplace.com.

View of the Cosmos at Northstar 

Guests of all ages will enjoy an easy-to-moderate snowshoe walk with an unobstructed view of the cosmos. Stargazing Snowshoe Tours are two to two and a half hours in length, and meet at 5 p.m. at Northstar California Resort’s Cross Country, Telemark & Snowshoe Center. Tours conclude at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe with telescope viewing and hot beverages. Tours will take place Dec. 28, 2019, Jan. 18 and 25, 2020, and Feb. 15 and 29, 2020.

Advance reservations are required, as tours do sell out, and can be made online at northstarcalifornia.com. Tickets are available for $79 for guests ages 13 and older and $57 for kids ages 12 and under. Snowshoe rentals are available for $27. Well-behaved, leashed dogs are also welcome. Prices exclude Eventbrite reservation fees.

Lake Tahoe Tours, Nine Options

This one is perfect for first-timers and athletic children ages 10 and up. The tour takes you on a 1- to 2-mile trek at a slow pace. During the two-and-a-half-hour guided tour, you’ll see mountaintop views, pristine wilderness, and North Tahoe wildlife. Lake Tahoe Snowshoe Tours have tons of different options, including a marriage proposal trek, a sunset and stargazing tour, and a morning wildlife photo tour. 

Check out all nine options on their website for ticket pricing: tahoesnowshoetours.com.

Olympic Valley with Alpenglow Expeditions

Known as a summer hiking trail, snowshoers can now explore the magical winter wonderland at Squaw Valley. Traveling past a rushing creek and icy waterfalls, Shirley Canyon is an incredible snowshoe hike not to be missed. Four-hour guided tours will leave The Village at Squaw Valley each Saturday and Sunday at 10:30am. The route leads up 2 miles to the Tram Ridge viewpoint, a comfortable plateau that makes for a fantastic lunch venue.

Visit alpengowexpeditions.com or call their office 877-873-5376 for more information.

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