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South Lake Tahoe in January 2012

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South Lake Tahoe in January 2012

Hi There,

My family are planning to stay for 2 nights at South Lake Tahoe. We'll be staying at one of the casino hotel at stateline.

Have been doing quite a bit of research on the net regarding "must go" places. However, it seems like the selection is rather limited here. So far, only Heavenly Ski Resort and eagle falls catches my eye.

Was just wondering if there's any place that I must go to see the beautiful Lake Tahoe? Fyi, I'm traveling with kids so those adventurous hikes are not suitable for me.

I hope I can get some recommendations. THank you! =)

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1. Re: South Lake Tahoe in January 2012

Are you planning to snowshoe hike to eagle falls? All hiking in January is going to be snowshoe hiking. You don't say old your kids are, but there is tubing down the snow, ice skating, snowmobiling, sleigh rides, dog sled rides, downhill and XC skiing. When you're at Lake Tahoe it's difficult not to want to be outside & look at the lake.

If you could give us the ages of your children, people will post with more ideas.

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2. Re: South Lake Tahoe in January 2012

My elder is 3 yr old and the younger one is just 1

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3. Re: South Lake Tahoe in January 2012

Well, I think snowshoeing is probably out. It is fairly strenuous. I don't think you can get to Eagle Falls in January.

Bumping this up for others to see.

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4. Re: South Lake Tahoe in January 2012

Adventures for kids ages 3 and 1 can be tough in the snow. They might enjoy taking the Heavenly Gondola ride (you don't have to ski).....or take one of the lake cruises as they run all year. There is a horse drawn sleigh ride that you can all take- in the field just to the east of MontBleu.

They will enjoy playing in the snow, but my expierence is that will not last too long.

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5. Re: South Lake Tahoe in January 2012

Oh... you mean Eagle Falls will be closed? I was thinking of seeing Emerald Bay, Vikingsholm Castle, Eagle Fall and probably Eagle Lake. Any idea on whether are they open in January?

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6. Re: South Lake Tahoe in January 2012

That section of road to get there is on a narrow saddle with a steep drop-off on each side without any shoulder. There are gates just before & after this section. I believe they close it all winter. Even if they didn't, the hike down to Vikingsholm through the snow would be very, very strenuous. Snowshoeing through un-groomed snow is the highest calorie burning activity you can do.

Your young one might enjoy a sleigh ride:

tahoebest.com/skiing/winter_activities.htm

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7. Re: South Lake Tahoe in January 2012

Below is a very nice video. The film doesn't show how beautiful the bay is, but the info is excellent. If there is a foot or less of snow, it wouldn't be too difficult to snowshoe. A boat tour might be another option if the weather is clear.

www.openroad.tv/index.php…

P.S. My neighbors used to take their boat out to the island, have lunch & stay the night moored to the shore. I think they mentioned that the tea house is no longer publicly accessible though.

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" I was thinking of seeing Emerald Bay, Vikingsholm Castle, Eagle Fall and probably Eagle Lake. Any idea on whether are they open in January?"

Those activities and hikes are best in the summer. Those hikes are not a good choice with small children in January. Although that section of Hwy 89 does not close in the winter, it does close quite often as that area can be too dangerous with ice and snow. If you wanted to view the above list, take one of the lake cruises. Unless it is very cloudy you should be able to view all of them except Eagle Lake.

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9. Re: South Lake Tahoe in January 2012

Hello,

Lake Tahoe is just not limited to the "South Shore" - All towns around the Lake offer millions of things to do, see, and explore. I will agree with the others, about Emerald Bay during the January. For starters, the road is ONLY closed in adverse conditions, or if they are doing avalanche control. The lookouts, are open year round. I would not recommend "shoeing" in that area with our young children. You don't have to hike to see the, end. of Eagle Falls, you can view it from the pull out. or if you continue, you can go the vehicle pull out, and view some of the falls from the lookouts.

Heavenly Ski Resort offers sledding, child care, etc. They should have plenty to do, once heading up the Gondola. The Village, also offers ice skating, and a movie theater.

Sled rides, snowmobile tours. are also an option. If the weather is clear, a nice ride around the lake, will further offer things to do and see. Boat tours, the Dixie also offers a shuttle to the North Shore of Lake Tahoe, this year.

Your options are endless. Enjoy your trip to beautiful Lake Tahoe!

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10. Re: South Lake Tahoe in January 2012

Snowmobile tours are probably not good for a 1 & 3 year old.