Best Time to Visit Lake Tahoe

The weather in Tahoe is perfect in for skiing in the winter and perfect for hiking in the summer, making this alpine destination a year-round attraction.

January is usually mild during the day, with temperatures hovering around freezing, though they may plummet at night. Heavier snowfall means that the ski resorts offer world-class skiing conditions; this is perhaps the best time to travel to Tahoe for skiing. February temperatures are still relatively cold, dropping below freezing at night, but there’s plenty to do—don’t miss the Tahoe Snow Festival in February.

March is still surprisingly cool, and unexpected blizzards can still strike in early spring. The Tahoe North American Freeskiing Championships are held in early March. April is the beginning of spring, but the ski season often continues. Check out the Kirkwood Jammin’ Spring Festival with live music and contests as the weather gets milder.

May brings in summer with the Tahoe South Shore Summer Kick-Off, a big event with family activities, music, and contests. Tahoe weather can fluctuate between quite cool at night to T-shirt weather during the day; be ready for anything.

June is a comfortable month for picnicking, hiking, and biking around the shores of the lake. Tahoe weather may not yet be warm enough for swimming, but many summer events such as the Valhalla Renaissance Faire are beginning.

July is the best time to travel to Tahoe in summer, with warm but not sweltering weather. The 4th of July fireworks are a magnificent sight when seen from the beach, and the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship is held at Edgewood Golf Resort.

August is when the waters of Lake Tahoe are the warmest, perfect for boating, jet skiing, and swimming in the shallower areas of the lake. September continues to be warm and sunny, and the Lake Tahoe Marathon takes advantage of the balmy weather with races, triathlons, and swimming events.

October is a wonderful time to go hiking around Lake Tahoe, as trees such as the quaking aspen display their finest colors. November temperatures drop, and several music and jazz festivals come to town. Late November also usually marks the first snowfalls and the opening of some of the ski slopes.

In December, holiday festivities take center stage, as well as skiing, snowshoeing, and even sleigh rides. The holiday tree in the center of South Lake Tahoe is festively lit, and there are all sorts of family-friendly celebrations.

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