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Experience winter and spring in one Tahoe weekend

Autumn Whitney
awhitney@tahoedailytribune.com
Upgrade your spring hike by bringing a good book and taking in the views.
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Tahoe’s terrain offers many perks, but none compare to the one that comes with March and April: experiencing both winter and spring scenery and activities in the same day. During this time of year you get the best of both worlds — spend time in the snow before concluding the day with a nice sunset paddle on the lake. With so many options at arm’s length, consider combining some of the following ideas to get a feel for both seasons in the region.

Winter

As the snow begins to melt, there are still a few ways to wrap up winter. Get on the mountain on blue bird days and shred under the sun — snow gear optional — or whip out the snowshoes one last time.

This is also the time to get some sledding in, but be sure to pick up after yourself and avoid trashing any plastic sleds while you’re out there.

Insider recommendation: Upgrade any of these activities by packing a lunch and enjoying a nice picnic on the mountain.

After spending your morning reveling in winter (don’t save it for afternoons, as that’s when resorts begin closing for the day), it’s time to begin the spring activities.

Spring

With the extra hour of daylight, the world is your oyster. Go on a hike and bring a good book along so you can enjoy the views with a literary masterpiece once you reach your destination.

Now that the ice is thawing, it’s once again possible to get out on the water — but if you choose to kayak or paddleboard, still be sure to dress warm (while 50 degrees is rather stuffy, the cool breeze across the lake can chill to the bone).

The start of spring brings with it more opportunities to get on a bicycle. Check out some of Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association’s trails (visit http://www.tamba.org for more information), or take a casual ride to Camp Richardson and enjoy a refreshing Rum Runner as a reward for exercising.

Whatever you end up doing, be sure to grab that après drink even if you don’t make it to The Beacon — Cold Water Brewery, Sidellis Lake Tahoe and Heavenly Village are all solid options on the South Shore, as are North Shore’s Alibi Ale Works and Pete N Peters.


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