Six Reasons to Visit North Lake Tahoe in the Fall

6-reasons-to-visit-north-lake-tahoe-featuredYou might have noticed a trend. Ski resorts are increas­ing­ly try­ing to mar­ket them­selves as “four sea­sons” des­ti­na­tions. But let’s be hon­est: most of these areas are two-sea­son resorts at best. Spring and fall remain the qui­et shoul­der sea­sons (often lov­ing­ly referred to as “dead sea­sons”) for most. One excep­tion is North Lake Tahoe, where the “dead sea­sons” offer out­door lovers thin crowds, mod­er­ate weath­er and a ton to do. Here’s where you want to start:

Strap on your hel­met and grab your bike—XC moun­tain bike, down­hill moun­tain bike or a road bike will do, since there are plen­ty of options for all three. For down­hill enthu­si­asts, Northstar’s bike park stays open until Octo­ber, pro­vid­ing plen­ty of oppor­tu­ni­ties to catch your ver­ti­cal thrills. XC and road bik­ing are viable picks until the snow starts to fall. There are trails and routes of every dis­tance, for rid­ers of all levels.

Whoa, Nel­ly
There is arguably no bet­ter way to expe­ri­ence the breath­tak­ing Sier­ras than on the back of a horse. Hit the trails through ear­ly Octo­ber and mean­der amidst the Nation­al For­est and through fields of wild­flow­ers, feel­ing like a bona fide cowboy.

Fish­ing on the Fly
Mack­i­naw. Rain­bow trout. Brown trout. Koka­nee salmon. The lakes and streams around North Lake Tahoe have a sol­id rep­u­ta­tion among the nation’s fly fish­ers, and one rea­son is the vari­ety of fish team­ing its waters. Whether you cast solo or hire a guide to show you the best spots, be sure to start early—sunrise is the best time to fish in Tahoe.

6-reasons-to-visit-north-lake-tahoeFull Moon Magic
There is no short­age of incred­i­ble views in North Lake Tahoe, but see­ing the sur­round­ing vis­tas lit up by a full moon is a one-of-a-kind experience—one made even more spe­cial when you see it from the water. Tahoe Adven­ture Com­pa­ny offers night­time full moon kayak trips along the lake until mid-Octo­ber. They’ll even pro­vide you with hot drinks to stay toasty on cool fall evenings on the water.

Go With the Flow
Tahoe Flow Arts Stu­dio offers fit­ness class­es like no oth­er. There are dance ses­sions and yoga class­es, of course, but the cen­tral theme is relaxed, free-spir­it­ed play. Check out the aer­i­al arts class­es to expe­ri­ence total free­dom as you twist and turn using aer­i­al fab­rics sus­pend­ed from the ceil­ing. Or how about elec­tric bal­let, a class that uses clas­sic bal­let tech­nique twist­ed with pumped-up moves and music. There’s also hula hoop­ing and poi spin­ning. This isn’t your typ­i­cal fit­ness studio—and that’s a good thing.

Hit the Trails
If you love trail run­ning, then it won’t take you long to fall for North Lake Tahoe, with its seem­ing­ly infi­nite trails and run­ning loops. Make a race week­end of it with the Emer­ald Bay Trail Run in Sep­tem­ber, one of the most scenic runs in the coun­try. Road rac­ers might pre­fer to cel­e­brate the fall sea­son at the Scare­crow Sprint and Stroll in Octo­ber. The route show­cas­es fall in Tahoe in all its glo­ry, and par­tic­i­pants are encour­aged to dress like scarecrows.