Lake Tahoe weather and snow conditions

Lake Tahoe weather and snow conditions


The soaring altitude of Lake Tahoe makes it one of the most reliable ski resorts in the world. But while heavy snows in winter can make for excellent ski conditions, they also make for horrific road conditions, so snow chains are an essential for those thinking of driving, and it’s worth planning for a few delays during peak season.

The ski season runs from November to May, and the conditions tend to be ideal during that time, with a steady snowfall keeping snow powder-light. Around 400 inches of snow fall per year, and it’s known for being powder soft and ideal for skiing. But, just in case the snow does not deliver as expected, Lake Tahoe also has enough snow cannons to cover 75 per cent of the runs on Diamond Peak.

Despite the seriously chilly conditions, the lake itself never freezes, due to its sheer depth. While that might not improve the skiing, it does help to create a spectacular backdrop.