LAKE TAHOE, CA--(Marketwired - Jan 23, 2014) - Everyone loves Lake Tahoe for its incredible skiing and riding and the good news is that most ski resorts have been making snow at night working hard to keep the slopes in great condition by day. But with less snow this season than most, it may be that special opportunity to ski one day and play the next. Today, VirtualTahoe.com released a list of creative, fun, enjoyable, ingenious, and exciting things to do in Lake Tahoe this winter besides skiing and boarding.
"Once winter hits most people think Tahoe is all about the slopes. Skiing and boarding is obviously what makes Tahoe so special, but there are plenty of other things to do that are fun for the entire family, affordable and exciting," said Lindsey Skinner, editor at VirtualTahoe.com.
Here is Lindsey's list of things to do other than skiing and riding for 2014:
1 - Drive around Lake Tahoe: Free and priceless! The Lake Tahoe Scenic Drive is a 72-mile paved drive that takes a few leisurely hours. While the sun is out and the roads are clear, the recommendation is to pack a picnic and drive around the Lake. Best places to stop for lunch, a snack or a photo include Emerald Bay, Inspiration Point, Sand Harbor, Tahoe City, Tallac Historic Site, Inspiration Point, Sugar Pine, Cave Rock, Incline Village, Kiva Beach (with dog), and Logan Shoals.
2 - Enjoy the view from a helicopter: Everybody claims they know the best lookout point in Lake Tahoe, but none can beat the view from a helicopter. Reno Tahoe Helicopter provides spectacular tours of the Lake, so enjoy the view from a heated helicopter cabin.
3 - Search for the loosest slots: Try the loosest slots in Nevada this winter at one of the casino hotel resorts. From Horizon, Harrah's and Harveys in South Lake Tahoe to The Hyatt Regency in North Lake Tahoe, the slots and free drinks are calling.
4 - Try a cruise on Lake Tahoe: The sun is out, and though we would love some snow it is a great opportunity to get out on the Lake and enjoy a cruise. The M.S Dixie is in operation, with one Emerald Bay Sightseeing Cruise a day, and a dinner cruise on the weekend. So get out on the Lake and enjoy the day... See Lake Tahoe Cruises for updated information on day and night cruises and availability.
5 - Cast a reel: With few people venturing out on the winter Lake, now is the best time to try your luck catching dinner in Lake Tahoe. A trained fishing guide knows where to go and this time of year, the Mackinaw (Lake Trout) are biting. Lake Tahoe fishing charters are the way to go, so use the Virtual Tahoe fishing guide to find the best ones.
6 - Relax at a day spa: Take a deep breath in and relax at one of Lake Tahoe's rejuvenating day spas. The basin is known for its healing qualities, so there is no better place to enjoy a trip to the day spa. For a list of spas in South Lake Tahoe visit http://www.virtualtahoe.com/playground/massage.html.
7 - Spend the day in Tahoe City and Truckee: For visitors staying in South Lake Tahoe, a day trip to Tahoe City and Truckee is highly recommended. Both sport a lovely downtown area that is packed with delicious restaurants, shopping and friendly faces.
8 - Check out Fallen Leaf Lake: A hop and a skip away from the chaos of South Lake Tahoe sits Fallen Leaf Lake, a peaceful area just South of Lake Tahoe. Enjoy the beautiful views of this smaller and more tranquil lake.
9 - Go shopping: Both South and North Lake boast great places to go shopping. Try the Boatworks Mall in Tahoe City to Buffalo Trading Post in downtown South Lake Tahoe.
10 - Granlibakken snow hill in Tahoe City. Sledding is great for all ages, and Granlibakken is making snow right now, so grab a sled and hit the hills!