Here’s our roundup of the best things to do in Truckee during MLK weekend. This year might be different than you’re used to but there is still plenty of fun to be had outdoors! See how many of these activities you can check off over the long weekend or get adventurous and plan a multi-sport day of skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, climbing… you decide!
Snowshoeing is a relaxing and low impact activity that everyone can do! It’s a great way to explore your favorite trails in winter and there are countless places to go in Truckee. If you like hiking in the summer, you’ll love getting out into the mountains on a pair of snowshoes.
If you want a special experience on snowshoes, join the Tahoe Adventure Company for one of their guided snowshoe tours! They even offer full moon and stargazing tours where you can watch the forest come life in the moonlight or take in Tahoe’s brilliant night skies. View their new Covid-19 safety protocols.
Go Cross Country Skiing
When it hasn’t snowed in a while and backcountry conditions aren’t the best, grab a pair of cross country skis and head to one of the many nordic centers in the area.
Here’s some ideas of where to go:
And if you want to get off the beaten track (literally), check out our selection of backcountry-xc skis. These hybrid skis are perfect for fire roads or mellow rolling terrain like out at Prosser, Boca, or on some of the multi-use trails off of Highway 89N.
Truckee is home to world-class skiing and riding! And we are off to a good start this winter with early-season storms providing a great base. Resorts require reservations for daily lift tickets this year so make sure to book ahead of time.
Squaw Valley – Alpine Meadows – An international destination, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows has over 6000 acres of terrain and many shopping and dining options for the whole family.
Northstar – Great terrain and awesome views. Ski all day while taking in views of the beautiful Martis Valley in one direction and Lake Tahoe in the other.
Sugar Bowl – Sugar Bowl has been open since 1939, making it one of the oldest ski resorts in California. Nestled atop Donner Summit, it gets some of the best snow around.
Tahoe Donner – This family-friendly resort is coined “the best place to begin.” It offers affordable lift tickets and ski lessons for the whole family.
Boreal – This smaller resort is located right off of I-80 and has the best terrain parks in the North Lake Tahoe area: 8 parks and pipes in total! It also has night skiing 7 days a week from 3 – 9 pm.
Buy your tickets ahead of time and save big! Click here to purchase discounted lift tickets.
Sample Truckee’s Craft Brew Scene
You must be thirsty after spending the day doing all these outdoor activities! When the ski boots come off, it’s time to find the best of Truckee apres. So why not sample the brews that Truckee’s craft brewing scene has to offer. Here’s where to go to sample the best craft beer in Truckee:
- Bring the whole family to Alibi Ale Works – Truckee Public House and get cozy in their new Winter Beer Garden
- Sip one of a kind, forest-inspired brews at The Good Wolf
- Take in the sights and sounds of Historic Downtown Truckee from the Carriage House Patio at Tahoe Mountain Brewing Co.
- Grab some good eats and seasonal brews at Fifty Fifty
- Check out where the locals go at Truckee Brewing Company
Go Backcountry Skiing
Start with our Ultimate Guide to Backcountry Skiing for everything you need to know about hitting the skintrack in Truckee. This guide tells you where to go, what you need in your pack, the best safety equipment and gear on the market, and much more.
Rent Backcountry Gear
Backcountry gear is expensive and it can be a difficult sport to break into. Thankfully, you don’t have to own all of the gear to be able to enjoy this fun activity. Take a look at our winter rental fleet and reserve a backcountry ski package for MLK weekend.
Hire a Backcountry Ski Guide
If you’re new to backcountry skiing or want to find new terrain in Truckee and Lake Tahoe, consider hiring an experienced backcountry ski guide with Tahoe Mountain School. This guide company offers a variety of guided adventures and courses for backcountry enthusiasts of all levels.
Take the Family Ice Skating
This is a great family-friendly activity in Truckee that everyone can enjoy. Head to the Ice Rink at the Truckee Regional Park for a day or evening or family fun!
The Truckee Ice Rink has public skating, rentals, private lessons, and various other ice-related activities, like ice dancing classes! This year, the rink has moved to a reservation system to help mitigate Covid-19. Book your visit ahead of time. Click here to make a reservation online and view the schedule for public skating.
If you’re spending MLK weekend in Truckee, make sure to stop by Tahoe Mountain Sports and get geared up for wherever your winter adventure takes you!
Former park ranger turned writer/marketer. Always down for a sufferfest, as long as it ends with ice cream. Favorite activities include backcountry skiing, trail running, and backpacking.