Best Things to Do Thanksgiving Weekend in Truckee & North Lake Tahoe

Work off the turkey with these fun activities for the whole family! We’ve done the research for you and put together the top things to do around Truckee and North Lake Tahoe over Thanksgiving weekend.  After last weeks storm some of the higher elevation ski resorts are open with excellent early season conditions while lower elevations are snow free and great for hiking.  Check out our list of Best Activities for everything from skiing and hiking to Black Friday and Small Business Saturday shopping.

Go Skiing!  Check out the Ski Resorts Open Thanksgiving Weekend 2017

Here’s my daughter November 19, 2017 at Squaw. Look at all the snow!

Give thanks for cold temperatures and wet weather so we can make early season turns!  Here’s a list of some resorts that are open with links to the lift status at each one to save you time searching for it.

Squaw Valley USA /(Alpine Meadows is open but only has one lift running so I wouldn’t recommend buying a ticket to go here).  Squaw has quite a few lifts open and great coverage!

Mt Rose Ski Tahoe is another good place to go.  With a base of 8260 feet they claim to have superior conditions, which they do compared to most other resorts at this time of year.

Northstar – The website opening November 23 weather and conditions permitting.  Hmmmm…definitely check before you go.

Heavenly – I don’t usually focus on South Lake Tahoe since “it’s so far away” (haha) however it’s worth mentioning them since it’s open.  They have 4 lifts running.

Backcountry Skiing is an option for experienced skiers at a few high elevation locations around the Lake if you’re willing to work for it.  Stop by if you want more beta.  See our Facebook page for a live video of recent conditions (however that is from almost a week ago and it has rained and warmed up since the video was taken).

Shop the Tahoe Mountain Sports Black Friday and Small Business Saturday Sale!

We’ll have amazing deals all weekend long, great customer service, no special credit cards or coupons needed, lots of parking, no lines and every purchase qualifies for Rewards Points! (click the link to read about our Rewards Program).

The Black Friday and Small Business Saturday Deals start on Friday morning at 10 am and end on Monday at 6 pm.

Take a Hike

View from Stateline Fire Lookout, Crystal Bay, NV

The weather forecast is looking great for this weekend with increased winds on Saturday and Sunday, maybe some rain, so bring a rain jacket and layer up.  Here are some great family friendly hikes around Truckee and North Lake Tahoe that everyone will enjoy!

Martis Valley is a snow free, 5 mile loop through a meadow with little bridges and boardwalks that is great for walking, hiking or running.

Sagehen Creek Trail can be done as an out and back or as a loop.  This is a lovely trail alongside a stream.

Stateline Fire Lookout offers breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe and is the shortest hike on this list although there are some connecting trails up there if you want to explore and go further.

Picnic Rock from the Tahoe Rim Trail is a great hike with some nice elevation gain for epic views.  There might be some snow along this trail but it should still be easy to navigate.

Go Ice Skating

I love ice skating and Northstar has a fun rink.  They said they’re planning to open November 22 for skating from 5-9 pm everyday.  Skates are $15 to rent.  Call them before going to make sure they are open.  (530) 562-3689

Get Psyched for Winter with a Warren Miller Ski Movie

You can check out Warren Miller’s newest ski movie, Line of Descent at Squaw Valley on Friday and Saturday night.

There are also theaters in Incline Village, Northstar and Tahoe City.  Northstar and Tahoe City Art Haus are showing Justice League and Incline is showing Murder on the Orient Express.

Go Bowling

Bowl Incline is a great place for the whole family to have fun plus they serve beer and have TV’s for watching sports.  They are closed on Thanksgiving but open every other day.

Gobble Gobble Dance Party

On Friday night come shake off that turkey and get your groove on to some high-energy dance music from DJ Funksalot at Alibi Ale Works Truckee Public House! FREE Dance Party with no cover!

I love Thanksgiving because it’s all about being thankful and tasty food!  I’m extremely thankful for my family and friends, this amazing community I get to live in, the superstar team at Tahoe Mountain Sports and everyone who supports our business and shops local.


What are you thankful for this year?


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