If you can’t make it there for ski season (which extends October through May some years!) then definitely go during the off season, when the mountains become a paradise for hikers and mountain bikers. Or you can do what I did, and swim leisurely laps in the spa pool under the warm sun all afternoon. Lake Tahoe itself is a short drive away—perfect for sailing or kayaking.
Last October I spent a beautiful couple of days at the Ritz-Carlton resort at Lake Tahoe, California. It’s a gorgeous place, both indoors and out. The resort is halfway up the mountain with gondola access to Northstar Village below.Above is a picture of what the the resort looks like now—covered in snow in the midst of what is shaping up to be a record-breaking season for the area. With on-site ski rentals, a snowboarding school, horse-drawn sleigh rides, and a jacuzzi that overlooks the slopes, there’s really not much more than you can ask for!