Socially Distant Winter Activities in Zephyr Cove

Wintertime in Zephyr Cove

While most people think of Lake Tahoe as a summer destination, there are lots of fun wintertime activities to keep visitors busy throughout the winter. The shining blue waters of Lake Tahoe sparkle even more brilliantly when surrounded by snow, while the crisp pine-scented air makes your vacation feel like a true getaway.

Zephyr Cove Winter Activities

From summer boat haven to winter escape, Zephyr Cove is a year-round destination.

Zephyr Cove lies along the shore of Lake Tahoe, which straddles the border of California and Nevada in the Sierra Mountains. Wintertime in Zephyr Cove turns the boat-friendly waters of Lake Tahoe into a winter wonderland where visitors can snowmobile, ski, and cozy up next to the fire after a long day out in the cold.

Wintertime in Zephyr Cove brings with it an abundance of snow. Daytime temperatures range from the high 30s to the low 40s. You’ll need a good winter coat, waterproof gear, and plenty of warm layers underneath if you plan to spend your time outside. The best part about winter at Zephyr Cove is the bright sunshine. You can rely on the sun to keep shining no matter what time of year it is.


Snowmobiling with Lake Tahoe Adventures is a great way to take in the winter views.

Lake Tahoe Adventures is the premier snowmobile rental and tour operator in the region. Whether you’re experienced or new to snowmobiling, Lake Tahoe Adventures makes it simple by providing the equipment, clothing, and transportation. With over 45 miles of trails, there’s plenty to see and do on your snowmobile adventures. Be sure to check out the revised services due to COVID-19.


Fresh powder and lake views. What more could you ask for on a Lake Tahoe ski trip?

A favorite winter activity of many when visiting Zephyr Cove is skiing. Whether you’re just starting or have been skiing all your life, you’ll find just the right trail at Heavenly Ski Resort, located just 9 minutes south of Zephyr Cove Resort. With over 4,500 acres of skiable land, you can enjoy skiing on different trails, taking in the views from the 28 chairlifts, and plunging down the 1600 foot chutes.

Snow Tubing

From snowmobiling to snow tubing, the mountains along Lake Tahoe have so much to offer.

When most people think of a snowy, alpine vacation, skiing comes to mind. But for those who don’t ski or are tired after days of skiing, there’s another option: snow tubing. Around the Zephyr Cove area, visitors can find several tubing and sledding sites to enjoy the thrill of the wind in your face and a downhill plunge. Just a quick drive, 12 minutes south of Zephyr Cove Resort is Hansen’s Tube & Saucer Hill.

Hike to Vikingsholm Castle

While many wintertime activities in Zephyr Cover are active, if you’re looking for a more restful activity, you can take the gentle hike to Vikingsholm Castle. You can access this gentle hike by parking at the top of the mountain and then taking the trail down to the castle. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes as this trail can get icy and slippery during the winter. Or, take the MS Dixie Sightseeing Cruise which will take you into Emerald Bay where you can view Vikingsholm Castle from the water.

Curl Up With Some Cocoa

S’mores, toasty fires, and hot cocoa. A perfect way to end a chilly day in Zephyr Cove.

After a long day outside in the cold, there’s truly nothing better than curling up by the fire with a good book and something warm to drink. Simply grab a cup of hot cocoa or coffee from the Zephyr Cove Restaurant and grab a seat by the fire. Dive into a good book or spend a few minutes checking email and catching up after a long day spent exploring nature.

Where to Stay: Zephyr Cove Lodge

Zephyr Cove Lodge

If you’re looking for somewhere to stay so you can enjoy all that Zephyr Cove has to offer in the winter, look no further than Zephyr Cove Lodge, located in South Lake Tahoe. Zephyr Cove Lodge has 28 cabins and 4 guest rooms available for visitors to Zephyr Cove. When booking your stay, be sure to review their COVID-19 policies to ensure a safe and socially distanced visit.

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