Touring Lake Tahoes awe-inspiring forests and mountains by snowmobile is one of the most versatile and rewarding ways to experience our winter wonderland. Along the way stop and take in the gorgeous vistas with eagle-eye views of Lake Tahoe. Often the days are clear and crisp with blankets of fresh snow. The forests and meadows are peacefully still with the snow glistening in the sunlight. This is an excellent way to get away from the crowds and immerse you in the wonder of nature. Its also a very exhilarating and fun experience as you carve steep turns in deep powder, blast full throttle across frozen lakes and meadows, and climb steep hills stopping at the top to take in panoramic views.
The most appropriate sleds for back country snowmobile travel in the Tahoe wilderness areas have powerful 600 to 800 cc two-stroke engines and long 144 to 151 inch tracks with 2 inch lugs. This provides enough power and traction for the deep snow that is commonly encountered off track. If you will only be running on groomed trails, regular trail sleds will be adequate.
Winter travel, beautiful and serene though it can be, has a dangerous side that takes many winter travelers by surprise. Avalanches, sudden storms, hypothermia, and awkward snow conditions can be life threatening. The best way to protect yourself from these hazards is to learn as much as you can about them before you go. Books, classes, and videos on back-country trekking are available in local libraries, outdoor stores, and book shops. Be sure to leave a detailed itinerary with friends before you head out, and do your research before you hit the trails.
If you have never tried Snowmobiling before, Tahoe is one of the most scenic and diverse areas for this must-do activity. Below find some of the local tour providers.
Eagle Ridge Snowmobile Outfitters
P.O. Box 2281
Truckee, CA 96160
Many different tours available.Major credit cards accepted. Travel in wonderful wilderness areas. Call for fees.
High Sierra Snowmobiling
7900 N. Lake Blvd.
Kings Beach, CA
Call for information
P.O. Box 1591
Tahoe City, CA 961145
Located at the junction of Hwy 267 and Hwy 28 in Kings Beach, at the Old Brockway Golf Course Clubhouse.
Many different tours available. Call for fees.
Drivers must be 16 years of age. Clothing rental is available at the trailhead.
Cold Stream Adventures
8975 Cold Stream Road
Truckee, CA 96161
Scenic Snowmobiling at Donner Lake, Donner Peak, Tinkers Knob, Lakeview Canyon and historic sights. Groomed and untracked powder, refreshments served halfway at a wilderness cabin. Also available are dog sled tours, customized to your request.
Lake Tahoe Winter Adventures
Located at the North Lake Tahoe Regional Park in Tahoe Vista. 530.546.0605
Call for details.
TC SNO MOS
P.O. Box 1198
300 River Road
Tahoe City, CA 96145
Wilderness tours, spectacular lake views, private tours available, single and double sleds available. Open seven days a week.