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6 Key Items for Winter Adventure in Tahoe1. Quick drying layers: "Long Underwear" pants and two or more tops, depending on the weather and time of day. There are a myriad of quick drying fabric blends out there, both natural and synthetic, but they can be broadly identified by the keywords "wicking" and "fast-drying." These fabrics will keep you warm and dry, where your cotton t-shirt absorbs sweat and can leave you in an uncomfortable and possibly dangerous situation as it hinders your body's ability to retain heat.
2. Waterproof outer layers: Especially if the forecast is calling for precipitation, quality waterproof jacket and pants are a godsend. When it comes to waterproof materials, many brands claim it, but few stand up to the true test (Sun-wet Sierra Nevada snow will separate the best from the rest). Although it usually requires a healthy investment, Gore-Tex not only keeps you completely dry but also breathes out moisture created by your body. A shell layer combined with quick dry base layer(s) will do perfectly for rigorous day time activity. Go for an insulated version if you are prone to chill or aren't planning on working up a sweat.
3. Sun protection. Statistics vary but there is no arguing that the sun shines in Tahoe, a LOT. At high elevation, with surrounding snow serving as a skin-searing mirror, sunscreen is a must. Lip balm with sunscreen is crucial as well.
4. Refillable water bottle or a camelback.
5. High energy snacks: Even if you are planning a short snowshoe jaunt, be prepared with pack-friendly snacks like nuts, fruit or the dutiful Clif Bar. Winter activities can be surprisingly taxing because of the extra resistance that snow creates, so bringing along a simple refuel can really save the day.
6. Sturdy waterproof boots: Even if your favorite activity calls for different footwear, getting from here to there in snowy conditions is best done with a good pair of boots. The higher the cuff, the more protection you will get from powdery snow getting into your socks. Insulated boots will keep feet warm even when the car hasn't warmed up yet, and sturdy soles and tread will help maintain a safe footing. If you are planning on doing any snowshoeing, opt for a boot with a grippy shelf-like protrusion at the heel to keep the heel strap from slipping off.
(Posted 11/26/2013 by Liesl)
Tips for Winter Travel in Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe is an incredible Winter destination for good reason: The region boasts gorgeous landscapes, a bevy of incredible ski resorts, and towns and activities to suit all tastes. Whether you are a holiday visitor or a weekend warrior you'll want to relish every minute of your time here this winter. Here's how:
• Plan ahead. There is much more to a Tahoe visit than the roof over your head! Make reservations at a great local restaurant, get tickets to a concert or book an activity ahead of time. You'll have some great highlights to look forward to and the legwork will be done by the time you head out. Check out the North Shore Events Calendar for great ideas.
• Drive Safely. Check in with the California Department of Transportation ahead of time for road conditions and chain controls. They have a website, app and phone line. Depending on weather conditions, Tahoe roads can be slippery, slow and at times, impassable. Be sure your vehicle is prepared for the journey with necessary items like tire chains, scraper, shovel, flashlight, and a full tank of gas. Purchase and learn the use of tire chains in advance of your trip to save you time, money and stress on the road. Arriving safely is the most important thing!
• Try a mid-week visit. Reduced rates, peaceful roads and uncrowded recreation will reward those who can get away mid-week. The vibe is still plenty boisterous for those looking for nightlife, with live music and mid-week happy hour deals that draw a fun crowd.
• Don't drink and drive! Tahoe Area Regional Transit offers a free Night Rider bus serving North Lake Tahoe and Truckee. Taxi services are also available.
• Try something new! Get away into the peaceful forest on a Sunset Snowshoe Tour. See a standup comedy show. Plan a special appetizer for your traveling companions. The sky is the limit!
(Posted 11/13/2013 by Liesl)
As we batten down the hatches for the winter season and prepare for another fun season at our favorite Lake Tahoe ski resorts, it's easy to forget about one of wintertime's greatest activities: snowshoeing. Although it is often overshadowed by its high-octane compatriots, snowshoeing is a vastly popular sport, with roughly 5.5 million participants in the U.S., according to Snowshoes.com. Yet a crowd of people is the last thing one finds when out in the woods for a snowshoe excursion, and such is the glory of the sport. Here are the other reasons to love it:
• Snowshoeing is an incredible workout, burning 400-1000 calories an hour. A quick, high intensity jaunt before or after work is a great cure for the winter fitness lull.
• No pricey pass necessary! Find a snow-covered park or golf course or head out on your favorite trail. Be observant of posted signs and private property.
• Equipment is relatively inexpensive and easy to use. Shoes and poles can often be purchased as a package. Talk to your retailer about what types of terrain you will be tackling.
• Snowshoeing presents few safety hazards compared to its winter counterparts. Be careful of your footing, prepare properly, and be knowledgeable of avalanche hazards before heading into the backcountry.
• As a low-impact activity that is easy on joints, snowshoeing is truly a lifelong sport.
• Fido can come along!
• Snowshoeing can be great social time with friends and family, or provide welcome solitude during the hectic holiday season.
• Being outdoors provides numerous health and psychological benefits, and is a great way to enjoy your natural surroundings.
• Anyone can do it: if you can walk, you can snowshoe!
Incorporate Lake Tahoe history, knowledgeable instruction and navigation, equipment and a delicious lunch into your snowshoe experience with a professionally guided snowshoe tour. Sunset, Full Moon and Star Gazing Tours offer a unique setting for Lake Tahoe exploration as well as an opportunity to learn more about the skies above.
(Posted 11/6/2013 by Liesl)
18th Annual Truckee River Day
Living and traveling in the Lake Tahoe region provides an enormous benefit: outdoor recreation. With a diverse, impeccably maintained network of land and water trails, Lake Tahoe invites us to take advantage of its beauty. In our pure enjoyment of these stunning surroundings, however, it is easy to lose sight of the great impact that our feet, boats and bike tires have on these fantastic recreational passageways. Scores of volunteers from organizations such as the Tahoe Rim Trail Association, The League to Save Lake Tahoe, and the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation take on projects every year that make it possible for us to use these great resources. Erosion, invasive species, pollution, human impacts and a host of other issues constantly threaten these outdoor areas that we hold so dear, but with careful attention and dedication we can keep these places open for the enjoyment of the community and its visitors. Although most open-ground maintenance projects are closed for the season, this weekend presents one of the best opportunities to get involved: Truckee River Day. The Truckee River Watershed Council is hosting the event on Sunday, October 20th, and you can register online for a variety of projects. The Donner Lake Boat Ramp Cleanup and Planting is great for people of all ages, or work up a sweat with Martis Wildlife Area Trail Maintenance. Get outdoors with your family and friends, put your body to work and make a positive impact our spectacular environment.
(Posted 10/17/2013 by Liesl)
Lake Tahoe Fall Foliage
We are entering prime leaf-peeping season! The end of September through the month of October is the best time to enjoy the fall foliage in Lake Tahoe. Golden aspens earn their name this time of year, when their amber leaves make a striking contrast with the rich green of neighboring pine and fir trees. For a scenic drive, take Highway 89 from Truckee to South Lake Tahoe, following the Truckee River Canyon upstream to the lake and continuing south along the stunning West Shore. Pulling over at Emerald Bay is a must, where you can take in the contrast of turquoise water, green conifers, and vibrant foliage. Or, take a trip to Spooner Lake on Nevada's East Shore, where lakeside Aspen groves make a peaceful setting.
Curious about what really causes the leaves to change colors? Blake Engelhardt, botanist with the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, told Lake Tahoe News: "During the summer growing season, the leaves are constantly producing chlorophyll which gives them their green color. In the fall, longer nights trigger the formation of the abscission layer. This is essentially a thickened layer of cells at the base of the leaf where it attaches to the stem that blocks the transport of water and sugar into the leaf. Thin deciduous leaves won't survive the freezing temperatures of winter, so there's no reason to keep feeding them. Once chlorophyll synthesis stops, the green quickly disappears and other more persistent pigments become visible yellows, reds, purples. If the growing season is particularly dry, the abscission layer can form sooner and the leaves may turn color earlier or drop before a very brilliant display." Foliage season is difficult to predict in terms of length, as unexpected frosts cause leaves to drop quickly, so don't wait to get out there to enjoy it! To get a deeper look in the ecology and history of Lake Tahoe, join us for a guided hiking adventure. Hiking is a great way to get outside during these crisp fall days, and of course it maximizes your view of the gorgeous regional landscape!
(Posted 10/3/2013 by Liesl)
Deals on Paddle Gear
Labor Day has come and gone, the Lake is quiet and Autumn is in the air. Although thoughts may be looking forward to Winter, this is the best time of year for locals to get a great deal on paddle gear. Understanding that a kayak or stand up paddleboard is a significant investment, we are offering great deals on our rental fleet to get lake-lovers out on the water. Give us a call and come check out our used inventory at the Tahoe Vista Recreation Area. We carry Ocean Kayaks, including the stable yet maneuverable Malibu Two, Malibu Two XL, Scrambler 11 and Scrambler XT Angler editions. We have a variety of SUPs available as well, including the BIC Sport Ace Tec 11'6, which is a stable, durable board that all skill levels can enjoy. SUPs range from $600-$700 and kayaks from $100-$550. All kayaks are sold with a back band seat, and paddles are also affordable, ranging from $40-$60. We will be open on weekends at the Tahoe Vista Recreation Area and during the week by appointment. Learn more here.
(Posted 9/19/2013 by Liesl)
The Secret Season is Upon Us
The crazed summer months in Lake Tahoe are slowly calming down, which means it is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy the lasting warm weather. After all the back-to-school shopping is over, locals and last minute summer vacationers should kick back and enjoy the good weather that the Secret Season in Lake Tahoe brings us.
Get Out on the Water
Before we know it the lake will get that look about it, you know, the one that gets the teeth chattering even if you are bundled up and inside. Take advantage of the warm end of the summer sun and get out on the lake while it's still nice! Whether it's a stand up paddleboard adventure with the whole family, or a kayak excursion on the glassy lake, make sure you make time for some end of the season exploring on the lake!
With a few more dates for upcoming full moon and star gazing kayak tours, make sure to hop on a galactic adventure while it's still possible!
There is only one more date for getting out on a kayak and viewing the splendor of a Lake Tahoe night sky from the middle of the lake. Join in on the fun and learn about the glorious sky on Sept 7.
The full moon shining down on the calm waters of Lake Tahoe might be one of the most spectacular sights, and it is even better on a kayak! With one more summer full moon tour left, don't miss out on this opportunity to see the sky from a different perspective. The last chance to see this spectacular sight is Sept 19.
Explore on Land
From mountain biking to rock climbing, the Secret Season is the perfect time to plan those last minute summer adventures. With winter weather just around the corner, Lake Tahoe visitors and locals should be getting out in the summer sun while it's still around. Try your hand at rock climbing, or explore Lake Tahoe on mountain bike.
With so many outdoor things to do in Lake Tahoe, the Secret Season provides the perfect amount of everything: sunshine, time off, and opportunity for adventure! So grab your kids, your sweetheart, your grandma or your dog and get outside to enjoy the lasting warm weather and quiet end of the summer season in Lake Tahoe!
(Posted 8/22/2013 by Lindsey Skinner )
Ritz Carlton, Lake Tahoe PartnershipThe Tahoe Adventure Company has grown immensely since its quaint beginnings ten years ago. Owner, Kevin Hickey went out on a limb ten years ago with a few kayaks and a passion for showing people the beauty and history of Lake Tahoe. Over the years the business has flourished. They now offer a variety of tours on the lake as well as around the Tahoe Basin. The wide array of tours can accommodate folks who are looking for their first outdoor adventure as well as those seasoned veterans to the outdoors. In addition to all the great tours they have a wonderful beachfront rental location at the Tahoe Vista Recreation Area. Here they offer both stand-up paddle board and kayak rentals. This summer they have made another huge stride by fostering a partnership with the Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe. It is an honor to partner with a company that has a worldwide reach. If you are planning to stay at the Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe during your visit you will be able to take advantage of our daily trip offerings as well as a weekly stand-up paddle board demo in the backyard of the property. Check us out at http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/LakeTahoe/SummerRecreation/Default.htm
(Posted 8/20/2013 by Sarah Scott)
Astronomy Kayak Tour & Perseid Meteor Shower
Come join us Monday August 12, 2013 for an amazing evening of kayaking and star gazing during the height of the Perseid meteor shower. Our expert astronomer Tony Berendsen will guide you through the sky. As you kayak along the North shore during sunset keep an eye out for Saturn. It will be near the moon in the evening hours providing a nice prelude to the late night Perseid show. The Perseid meteor shower comes to the Northern Hemisphere when the weather is warm. At the peak of the shower it is common for viewers to see between 50 and 100 meteors an hour. Our clear mountain air and limited light pollution make Lake Tahoe a great destination to view this naturally occurring phenomenon. Ask Tony to show you Perseus the Hero constellation as the shower will mainly radiate through this section of the sky. The meteors are fast and bright leaving persistent trains as they fly through the sky. Don't forget to bring some warm layers and a comfy blanket because temperatures will drop if you choose to stay for the height of show, which will occur during late night and early morning hours. Click here for more information and to book your tour.
(Posted 8/10/2013 by Sarah Scott)
Tips for a Stress-free Trip to TahoeLake Tahoe is a hot summer spot that promises summer fun for the whole family, but before you throw all your swim suits into your suitcase and hop on a flight to Tahoe, check out these top tips for a lake vacation free of stress, altitude sickness, and sun burns!
Prepare for the High Altitudes
Some spots in Tahoe can reach 10,000 feet, and if your body's not used to it, you could be in for a big unpleasant surprise! High altitudes can cause altitude sickness, which often include symptoms such as nausea, shortness of breath, dizziness, and fatigue. To ward off potential uncomfortableness, pack nasal spray, moisturizer, and plenty of water.
Because of those high altitudes, and the fact that you're most likely engaging in physical activity while in Tahoe, focus on staying hydrated. And we mean with water! Be careful if you plan on drinking alcohol in Tahoe because the alcohol can have a stronger effect on those drinking cocktails at high elevations.
Slather on Sunscreen
You should always wear sunscreen to protect your skin, but be especially diligent about it in Lake Tahoe. The lake is situated in the mountains, which can make you more susceptible to the sun, so apply sunscreen with at least SPF 30 to avoid roasting like a lobster while on your vacation!
You might need nothing more than a bikini or swimming trunks during the warm summer days in Tahoe, but temperatures certainly drop at night. Pack a jacket or sweater, along with a pair of pants, to keep you warm in the case the evenings turn chilly.
Bring Your GPS
The locals mentally break up Lake Tahoe into several different areas, including the North Shore, Incline Village, and the South Shore. While it's possible to drive around the lake, map out your trip and destinations ahead of time to avoid any backtracking.
Brace Yourself for the Crowds
Lake Tahoe is an undeniably popular tourist destination especially in the summer months, so prepare yourself for the crowds. Book your hotel far in advance to ensure you receive your top pick, and the same goes for tours and restaurant reservations. Secure a spot at these popular locations ahead of time for a stress-free trip.
Check out the Tours
Why risk the chance of getting lost or missing out on a must-see attraction? Book a Tahoe tour with a guide and experience the scenery by air, land, and water! Witness the beauty of Lake Tahoe from up in the air in a helicopter, or take to the waters on kayaks, jet skis, and fishing charters. There's also numerous grounds tours such as hiking and mountain biking, where you can find some of the best sightseeing spots in the area. For multisport tours, book with Tahoe Adventure Company for your choice of exciting "human-powered" activities such as kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, rock climbing, paddle boarding, and backpacking!
(Posted 7/18/2013 by Chloe Mulliner)
Tahoe Adventure Company Celebrates its 10th Anniversary!
Ten years ago, Kevin Hickey started the Tahoe Adventure Company with a few kayaks and years of outdoor guiding experience already under his belt. Over the years, his passion for human-powered adventure has established Tahoe Adventure Company as one of the area's premier tour companies. A strong emphasis on education, including natural and human history, has remained a strong component of each and every tour. Knowledgeable guides, some of whom have been with Tahoe Adventure Company for all ten of its years, provide the type of fun and interest elements that leave guests with a lasting connection to the Tahoe area. A high-quality experience has ruled since Tahoe Adventure Company's inception, from gourmet deli spread lunches on the beach to custom-planned multisport trips. The repertoire, however, has expanded to include such offerings as a tour of legendary Thunderbird Lodge and an Astronomy Kayak tour featuring renowned Astronomer Tony Berendsen. A beach location at Tahoe Vista Recreation Area has provided a launch point for tours as well as a venue for Tahoe Adventure Company's full service rentals of kayaks and stand up paddleboards. Finally, Tahoe Adventure Company's shop in downtown Truckee has what you need to get out on the water, including locally made Lakeshore paddleboards.
Tahoe Adventure Company invites you to celebrate 10 years with us this summer! Keep an eye on our "Anniversary Specials" page for great discounts. Contact us to plan a tour that will enrich your Lake Tahoe experience, whether you are a longtime resident or are visiting just for one day!
(Posted 6/24/2013 by Liesl)
Mountain Biking is Open for the Season
Spring has sprung! Due to the early decline in snow cover this winter, most trails are snow-free earlier than usual. Mountain bikers are enjoying this early season, getting bikes tuned up and tackling trail maintenance. Although the majority of trails around Lake Tahoe are clear, snow patches still remain in spots, so be prepared before you head out. Learn what to expect by reading updated trail reports.* Remember, if you come upon a fallen tree or snow patch be sure to stay on the trail in order to maintain the integrity of the trail.
Mountain biking is an incredible way to explore the landscape. Last weekend I was pleased to find the Emigrant trail in great condition with wild shrubs and flowers blooming! As we closed in on the Stampede Reservoir the trail became increasingly narrow with obstructed views-tons of fun to ride but potentially dangerous for two way traffic. We had to stay alert and make sure that others knew we were on the trail, yielding to riders coming up hill.
If you don't have the equipment for a mountain biking adventure or you are looking for a knowledgeable guide to introduce you to the area, check out our Mountain Biking offerings here
Feel free to give us a call, too, at 530-913-9212.
*The Tahoe Area Mountain Bike Association (TAMBA) website provides weekly updates on trail conditions: TAMBA
(Posted 5/3/2013 by Liesl)
Fall Mountain Biking and Hiking ToursPeople often ask us about the best time to visit Lake Tahoe. We normally answer that anytime you can get here is the best time! However, if you are able to visit the Truckee Tahoe area in September, you will experience the best season for adventures of all sorts. Kayaking, paddle boarding and other water sport activities are still in full swing. Mountain biking and hiking trails are clear. The fall colors are starting to emerge and you just may have your chosen hike or mountain bike ride to yourself. So, anytime is a great time to visit the Truckee Tahoe area as there are endless activities and things to do, year round. If you are looking for a local to show you around, check out one of our custom guided Mountain Biking, Hiking or Multisport adventure tours and experience the best of Fall in Tahoe!
Please visit TahoeAdventureCompany.com for detailed information or call 530-913-9212.
(Posted 9/24/2012 by kevin)
Tahoe Adventure Company and Gar Woods Grill and Pier have teamed up! Tahoe Adventure Company and Gar Woods have teamed up for an exciting Kayak and Lake Front Dining experience! Join TAC as we launch from our Tahoe Vista beach location and head to Gar Woods Grill and Pier for a special price-fixed lunch. Enjoy lunch on Gar Woods famous pier with a refreshing beverage before starting your fantastic journey in the sun back to Tahoe Vista. Our kayak tours cover comprehensive paddling instruction, and allow our guests to experience the area from the unique perspective of a kayak. We point out ecology, geology, and natural and human history along the way. Click TahoeAdventureCompany.com for detailed information or call 530-913-9212.
(Posted 9/13/2012 by kevin)
Truckee Land Trust Protects Royal GorgeThe Truckee Land Trust to protect the Royal Gorge! Royal Gorge and its 3,000 acres of magnificent meadows, peaks, forests, streams and lakes are now be in the hands of the Truckee Land Trust who have made the preservation of this land a number one priority. Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing Trails abound in this High Sierra playground.
Please donate to the Truckee Land Trust to assist in the conservation of this property. Thousands of acres of important Sierra habitat and trails for hiking, biking, and winter activities will now be protected!
(Posted 9/2/2012 by kevin)
Truckee Tahoe Mountain Bike ToursTahoe Adventure Company (TAC) offers many custom Mountain Biking tours throughout the Tahoe basin and Truckee. The greater Tahoe area has trails with amazing views and brilliant history for all ages and abilities.
This season, TAC is introducing the Truckee Historical Bike Ride. This ride starts off in downtown Truckee, highlighting the wild west stories of the town. Riding along the Truckee River, bikers will learn about the significance the railroad and river served in the development of Truckee and food transport in America. Remnants of old settlements along the river are still visible. This ride is great for the whole family.
Tahoe Adventure Company plans custom bike trips that showcase Tahoe's beautiful scenery and impressive trails. Whether a beginner or experienced biker, TAC will organize a challenging and exhilarating ride. Their professional and knowledgeable guides offer biking tips as well as discussions about the local natural and human history.
TAC holds extensive permits for various trails throughout the Tahoe basin and Truckee. Trails range from a mellow ride along the river to technical trails for the seasoned rider.
Combine your mountain biking adventure with a morning kayak, hike or an afternoon sail on Lake Tahoe. Multi-sport options are endless and are a great way to see the Tahoe/Truckee area from different perspectives. Tours include all gear, professional guide, natural and human history discussions, permit fees, deli lunch and cold beverages.
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For more information about adventure tours, rentals, and sales, Please visit TahoeAdventureCompany.com for detailed information or call 530-913-9212. Tahoe Adventure Company is located at 10200 Donner Pass Road in Truckee.
(Posted 9/1/2012 by kevin)
Full Moon Kayak with Tahoe Adventure CompanyTahoe Adventure Company supplies full-moon fun and adventures. Join us every full-moon throughout the summer for a full moon kayak adventure. A perfect way to relax as the day draws to an end. Witness the full-moon rise above the sierras only to cast her spell on the waters of Lake Tahoe. A magical and unforgettable experience. Great for all ages and abilities! Join Tahoe Adventure Company, August 31 for your next full moon adventure! Please view TahoeAdventureCompany.com for detailed information.
(Posted 8/22/2012 by kevin)
Paddle Surfing - What's all the Hype?Paddle surfing combines the tranquility of paddling, the thrill of surfing and the excitement of sailing into one sport that is taking the industry by storm. It's the ultimate aerobic workout and easy to learn. It's fun for the whole family, and its affordable.
Paddle surfing has long been a part of Hawaiian culture, and its popularity is now spreading around the world. You can paddle anywhere there's water Oceans, lakes, rivers or ponds. Anyone can learn and take it to whatever level they choose. The simple rhythm of the paddle stroke makes it easy to forget the day's stress, and before you know it your strength and endurance have improved a lot.
Learn more about our $49 DISCOVER SUP Tours!
(Posted 7/23/2012 by kevin)
Geotourism in Tahoe TruckeeTahoe Adventure Company is proud to partner with the Sierra Business Council and the Geotourism project. Geotourism is defined as tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place - its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage and the well-being of its residents. Geotourism helps travelers to tread lightly and enjoy a locale's sense of place. Tahoe Adventure Company is honored to provide awesome high sierra adventures and activities for all levels and abilities. Our programs are designed for guests and locals to experience all that Tahoe/Truckee has to offer. Soak up the outdoor splendor by land and water.
Tahoe Adventure Company offers a special gift for those who donate to the Geotourism project. Make a donation of $35.00 and above and receive a 2 for 1 Kayak or SUP rental coupon two hours.
Visit Sierra Business Council and the Geotourism Project to learn more.
(Posted 7/17/2012 by kevin)