Lake Tahoe offers tons of wonders, and it’s definitely one of the top destinations in California. The lake is it’s own iconic beautiful landmark, and during the winter.. Well, expect A LOT of snow, some great ski resorts to enjoy, and an array of other winter sports. Snowmobiling is one of them!
If you are heading to Tahoe during the winter months, from November through April, one fun activity to be considered is snowmobile. The adventure is a little pricey, but totally worth it!
AN INCREDIBLE SNOWMOBILE EXPERIENCE: LAKE TAHOE ADVENTURES
I had never tried snowmobiling before, so I was having mix feelings, excited and a little nervous at the same time. But, there is nothing to be nervous about. The whole experience is incredibly scenic and a lot of fun.
I went with a group of friends, there were 6 of us and we were all first timers. We called Lake Tahoe Adventures, and they accommodated our request very helpfully.
Lake Tahoe Adventures offers 6 different tour experiences, some of which are private tours. Click here for more information regarding tour and prices.
Checking in at the Lake Tahoe Adventures is easy. You gather at their main center where you gear up. Then, a bus takes you out to the snowmobile location. Alternatively, you can also drive yourself up (following the bus).
Talking about gearing up, make sure you bring your own goggles and wear ski gear. Luckily, the day we were there it was a bright sunny day, it was quite hot actually.. but you never know. Also, as part of your tour, gloves, hamlet and snow boots are included in your price.
- Open as conditions permit (usually Nov thru Apr)
- Gloves, hamlet, and snow boots are included
- Goggles and snowsuit are available for rent – best if you bring your own
- Complimentary shuttle bus available
- Reservations required
We ended up choosing the Summit Tour as our snowmobile adventure, which is a 2 hours snowmobile experience and their most popular tour. Our guide Max was super friendly, and made us feel very comfortable and tranquil about the whole adventure. You can rent the snowmobiles by singles, doubles, and triples. My husband and I booked a double for us and decided to share the driving (we all want to drive, right?). IMPORTANT: make sure to ask your guide discretely about swapping the driving as it may not be officially allowed. On a 2 hours tour, we thought this arrangement provided a great experience. As a passenger, you get to take in the views a lot more. As a driver, you can get your adrenaline pumped up by driving the snowmobile. All in all, doubles are not at all a bad option.
As we made our way through the snow, winding picturesque trails, we rapidly climb up to approx. 10,000 feet. Stopping half way through the tour with a stunning view of a peak named The Nipple. The views are breathtaking!
◊ SUMMIT TOUR
- Safety talk, and driving instructions are provided
- Most popular snowmobile tour
- Duration: 2 hrs
- $140 single ($150*) / $180 double ($200*) / $220 triple ($250*) – (*Holiday pricing)
- Difficulty: Easy. Beginner to Intermediate Level
- Guests drive themselves, following their guide
- Off roading not allowed
- Stunning views
- Reservations required
Good To Know
For safety reasons, you are not allowed to overtake, even though you pass plenty of good open fields. Within our group (there were 10 of us in total) we had one person that was quite slow, so at times we were all riding at that pace… slow. If you want to go faster or have a little bit more freedom, you might want to consider joining a private tour.
After 2 hours of riding, the bus takes you back to the drop point, where you return the gear. The whole experience felt quite smooth and well organized, and everyone in our group agreed that snowmobiling was the highlight of our Lake Tahoe weekend!
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