The Best Things to do in Truckee MLK Weekend

The Best Things to do in Truckee MLK Weekend

Here’s our roundup of the best things to do MLK Weekend in Truckee. See how many of these activities you can check off over the long weekend. Take advantage of the great coverage and see how many types of skiing you can squeeze into a few days. Or plan a multi-sport adventure skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, climbing… you decide!

Go Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing is a relaxing and low impact activity that everyone can do! It’s a great way to explore your favorite trails in winter and there are countless places to go in Truckee. If you like hiking in the summer, you’ll love getting out into the mountains on a pair of snowshoes.

Ready to try it? Rent snowshoes from Tahoe Mountain Sports and get out to one of our favorite places to snowshoe.

If you want a special experience on snowshoes, join the Tahoe Adventure Company for one of their guided snowshoe tours! They even offer full moon and stargazing tours where you can watch the forest come life in the moonlight or take in Tahoe’s brilliant night skies.

For more information and booking click here.

Go Cross Country Skiing

When it hasn’t snowed in a while and backcountry conditions aren’t the best, grab a pair of cross country skis and head to one of the many nordic centers in the area.

Here’s some ideas of where to go:

Ready to start cross country skiing? Check out our Nordic Buying Guide or stop by Tahoe Mountain Sports to rent a pair of cross country skis.

Go Skiing

Truckee is home to world class skiing and riding! And we are off to a great start this winter with early season storms providing great coverage.

Squaw Valley – Alpine Meadows – An international destination, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows has over 6000 acres of terrain and many shopping and dining options for the whole family.

Northstar – Head here for the whole package – skiing, lodging, and amenities. Ski all day while taking in views of the beautiful Martis Valley then head into the village for world class Apres Ski.

Sugar Bowl – Sugar Bowl has been open since 1939, making it one of the oldest ski resorts in California. Nestled atop Donner Summit, it gets some of the best snow around.

Tahoe Donner – This family friendly resort is coined “the best place to begin.” It offers affordable lift tickets and ski lessons for the whole family.

Boreal – This smaller resort is located right off of I-80 and has the best terrain parks in the North Lake Tahoe area : 8 parks and pipes in total! It also has night skiing 7 days a week from 3 – 9 pm.

Buy your tickets ahead of time and save big! Click here to purchase discounted lift tickets.

Sample Truckee’s Craft Brew Scene

You must be thirsty after spending the day doing all these outdoor activities! When the ski boots come off, it’s time to find the best of Truckee apres. So why not sample the brews that Truckee’s craft brewing scene has to offer. Here’s where to go to sample the best craft beer in Truckee:

See a Movie

Head to the Tahoe Art Haus in Tahoe City for a unique movie viewing experience. This quaint independent theater also has a bar that serves beer and cider on tap, wine, premium bottled beer, and kombucha. Sit back with a beer in hand on one of their comfortable couches and enjoy the show!

Go Backcountry Skiing

Explore Truckee

Start with our Ultimate Guide to Backcountry Skiing for everything you need to know about hitting the skintrack in Truckee. This guide tells you where to go, what you need in your pack, the best safety equipment and gear on the market, and much more.

Rent Gear

Backcountry gear is expensive and it can be a difficult sport to break into. Thankfully, you don’t have to own all of the gear to be able to enjoy this fun activity. Take a look at our winter rental fleet and reserve a backcountry ski package for MLK weekend.

Hire a Guide

If you’re new to backcountry skiing or want to find new terrain in Truckee and Lake Tahoe, consider hiring an experienced backcountry ski guide with Tahoe Mountain School. This guide company offers a variety of guided adventures and courses for backcountry enthusiasts of all levels.

Take the Family to the Ice Skating Rink

This is a great family friendly activity in Truckee that everyone can enjoy. There are two ice skating rinks in Truckee, one at Northstar and one at the Truckee Regional Park.

The Truckee Regional Park has public skating, rentals, private lessons, and various other ice-related activities, like ice dancing classes! Click here to view the schedule for public skating and events and find the cost of admissions and rentals.

Northstar’s rink is located in the heart of the village. Plan an evening here and start with ice skating, then move onto dinner at one of the village restaurants and cap off the evening with a movie at the Northstar theater. The skating rink opens every day at 2 pm.  Skates are $20 to rent, or bring your own and skate for FREE!  Call before going to make sure they are open, operations are weather dependent. (530) 562-3689

If you’re spending MLK weekend in Truckee, make sure to stop by Tahoe Mountain Sports and get geared up for wherever your winter adventure takes you!



Siobhan works at Tahoe Mountain Sports and currently manages TMS blog content. She loves everything about living in the mountains, from snowy winter days on skis to the hot, dusty trails of the Sierra's in the summer. Favorite activities include skiing, trail running and backpacking.


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