July, August; December - February
Those traveling to the area in the winter are mostly snow sports enthusiasts anxious to spend time at Lake Tahoe’s ski resorts (the region has the most concentration of ski resorts—18—in North America). If visitors do not ski or care for the cold, summer is a great time to visit Lake Tahoe. Summertime offers temperatures hot enough to bare the lake’s cold waters, and beaches become central gathering places. There are also many great events happening in the summer such as Artown in July. The Truckee River, which runs through both Reno and Lake Tahoe, is best enjoyed during the summer. Its waters flow slowly enough to be safe for kayaking, tubing and even swimming.
April - June
In Lake Tahoe and Reno, the off-season is late spring, when ski resorts close and summer hasn’t yet arrived. Visitors will find deals during this time. But they must be more creative and independent when determining how to enjoy their vacation.
A great deal of snow is still prevalent throughout early spring in the region. In fact, spring skiing is a major lure, because the resorts have a solid snow base and the weather is warm. So it’s a good time to visit for cold-weather sports and indoor activities. Fall is perfect for those who like to hike, bike, shop and dine outdoors in delightfully mild weather.