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In The News – Tahoe Winter Survival Guide

January 14, 2024 | Member Submitted

Originally Published in Moonshine Ink 12/14/2023, Written by Kellee Rich

As the cold weather descends on the Sierra Nevada mountains, locals and visitors alike delight in the drastic scenery changes. Fall mornings blanketed with frost and multi-colored leaves sweeping across pavement reminded us that winter is coming.

As a fourth-generation local to the Tahoe/Truckee area, I’ve seen the winter season go through its ups and downs, from the community coming together to help those less fortunate, to record-breaking snowstorms that shut down roads and commerce. Because of this, I’ve compiled a Tahoe Winter Survival Guide for anyone spending time in our sublime landscape this season. My intention is to offer you some practical tools and good practices to ensure you celebrate in style, stay safe, and respect the area. 

Stay Geared Up and Shop Local
Layers are key. So are warm jackets and good boots. Temperatures in the Tahoe Basin can range from 30 to 50 degrees in a single day, becoming warmer during the day and dropping to below freezing conditions in the evenings. Crampons, ice cleats, or snow grips? Not a bad idea if you need some extra support and traction on icy roads and sidewalks. Shop small at local businesses in downtown Truckee, Tahoe City, Kings Beach, and Incline Village. Find great deals at second hand shops like Mountain Kids/Echo Blue in Truckee or NUTS in Tahoe City. Pick up any needed gear and snow tools at employee-owned Ace Hardware. 


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