Tahoe’s tail-waggin’ winter highlights 

By: DogTrekker Staff
Belgian Malinois at Kiva Beach at Lake Tahoe with snow
Snow dog at Kiva Beach, Lake Tahoe.

Lake Tahoe promises classic fun in any season, but this slice of California really sparkles during the winter. The destination is known for ski hills, cross-country trails, and more spectacular scenery than you can shake a stick at. There are also family-friendly treasures and low-key activities ideal for furry friends. And, when the weather gets wild, Tahoe’s plowed trails make it easy to get some fresh air without strapping on snowshoes or ski gear.

The Tahoe region boasts more than 20 miles of paved trails that are cleared of snow after winter storms. Options include the convenient Trout Creek Trail, which spans three miles between downtown Truckee and Tahoe Donner. Don’t miss the ice rink that’s near the five-mile Truckee River Legacy Trail. Or, head to South Lake Tahoe for plenty of bike trails that get plowed during the winter season.

Regional SNO-Parks and snowshoeing stops like Kirkwood XC & Snowshoe Center welcome four-legged adventurers when the snow flies. The Scandinavian-inspired sport of skijoring is also growing in popularity. Essentially, a dog gets attached to a cross-country skier’s waist with a towline, and together they set off across the snow-covered landscape.

Looking for Lake Tahoe lodging? On the north side of the lake, the Best Western Plus Truckee Tahoe is a moderately priced gem that welcomes dogs up to 80 pounds ($30 per-day pet fee). Splurge at The Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe, a luxury property with ski-in, ski-out access to Northstar California and no pet weight limits. The Beach Retreat & Lodge at Tahoe, on the lake’s south side, has beautiful views, first-floor pet rooms with patios, and two on-site restaurants. It’s home to Wild Blue Dogs dog camp, a DogTrekker favorite. For suites and cabins surrounded by nature, check into the Fireside Lodge B&B.