TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — There is another way to experience the scenic wonder of all that is North Lake Tahoe and it doesn’t involve skis.
Snowmobiling has become increasingly popular throughout the region as a means for all ages and abilities to explore the great outdoors. Whether venturing through the woods or learning how to climb mountains, read the snow and turn in deep powder, there is a handful of guide services that offer the best in instruction and equipment.
Located 14 miles north of Truckee on Highway 89, Eagle Ridge Snowmobile’s trail system consists of snowy two-lane forest service roads covering nearly 650 square miles in Tahoe National Forest. Guests will enjoy up to 200 miles of maintained roads, as well as “play areas,” allowing them to go off trail into large, open meadows, many of which are untracked. The company, in its 15th year of business, also has two special four-seat UTV’s that run on the snow; perfect for groups, families with small children, or those with special needs.
Lake Tahoe Snowmobile Tours, located on Brockway Summit off Highway 267, offers 100 miles of trails that travel through pristine forest with spectacular views of Lake Tahoe, including the top of Mt. Watson at an elevation of 8,200 feet. Guided tours depart three times daily and incorporate all ability levels with its machine-groomed trails.
Headquartered in Truckee, Coldstream Adventures provides the magic of the backcountry via private and groomed trails. Monday through Thursday guests can book the special, which includes a 3-hour-plus tour and lunch at a wilderness cabin.
Kids ages 6 to 12-years can strap on a helmet and ride a snowmobile that is just their size around Squaw Valley’s new SnoVentures mini snowmobile course. The groomed, oval snowmobile loop is in front of the remodeled SnoVentures Lodge, adjacent to the parking area, providing both easy access and an accommodating viewing area. Families can also warm up in the SnoVentures Lodge with beverages and bites.
For more information about snowmobiling in North Lake Tahoe, the best deals on lodging, special events, dining and winter activities, click to www.GoTahoeNorth.com.
About North Lake Tahoe
North Lake Tahoe is a 45-minute drive from the Reno Tahoe International Airport, two hours from Sacramento International Airport and just over three hours from San Francisco International Airport. For lodging reservations, recreation and event details, call North Lake Tahoe at 1-877-949-3296 or visit www.GoTahoeNorth.com. Visitor information centers are located at 380 North Lake Blvd. in Tahoe City and 969 Tahoe Blvd. in Incline Village, Nev. The North Lake Tahoe Visitors Bureaus, Incline Village Crystal Bay Visitors Bureau and the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association work together to promote North Lake Tahoe as a premier, year-round destination.
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