Lake Tahoe Packing Guide

Lake Tahoe Packing Guide

Planning a trip up to the great Sierra Nevada mountains? This Lake Tahoe Packing Guide will help you determine what to pack for each season. 
 
Aerial Tram at Squaw Valley During Sunset
Winter (December - March)

Winter in Lake Tahoe is incredible! It can also bring some pretty incredible storms, so dress warm and be prepared if the highways in the area close. Don't worry: The Tahoe region is great at snow removal and about communicating conditions. Sometimes, snow can cause traffic delays, so just be ready to wait for a bit if this does happen. 

For yourself

  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Down/Puffy Jacket
  • Snowpants
  • Your season pass (or if you don't have a pass, be sure to purchase your tickets in advance
  • Insulated/Thermal Long Underwear
  • Waterproof Gloves
  • Winter hat
  • Neck gaiter or buff 
  • A swimsuit: For soaking in the hot tubs
  • Snowboots or waterproof hiking boots
  • Wool socks: Better for when your feet get wet.
  • T-shirts: Sometimes we have very sunny days here!
  • Sunscreen & sunglasses: Extremely important for on-snow activities! 
  • Chapstick with SPF 
  • Reusable water bottle: You can get easily dehydrated at high altitudes!
  • A camera or GoPro: Make sure that it's charged! 

For your vehicle

  • Chains for snow conditions
  • Blankets
  • Extra snacks, water & any necessary medication
The Spring Skiing Capital, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows
Spring (April - June) 

Weather conditions can be variable in Lake Tahoe in the spring, but we are known for our sunshine, t-shirt skiing, and multi-sport days. Bring your winter gear to be safe! We do get springtime blizzards in the Sierras.  

  • Bring layers. It tends to be cold at night, but warm during the day in the spring. T-shirts, flannels, and base layers are all great options. Vests and puffy jackets are the best mid-layers!
  • Bring your winter gear such as snowpants, thermal base layers, gloves, hat, etc. In the spring, however, be prepared to shed some layers, OR to dress up in costume! You will often see onesies, retro outfits, and even bikinis on the slopes of Squaw Valley in the spring. 
  • Hiking boots: While many areas will still have snow, melt-off will begin to open up certain spots for exploration! 
  • A swimsuit: Soak in our hot tub at 8,200 feet! 
  • Reusable water bottle: You can get easily dehydrated at high altitudes!
  • Wool socks: Better for when your feet get wet.
  • Sunscreen, chapstick & sunglasses: Extremely important for on-snow activities! 
An Aerial View of North Lake Tahoe
Summer (June - August) 

Around here, people say that you come for the winters and stay for the summers. Summer in Lake Tahoe is remarkable, complete with sunny skies, breathtaking views, abundant hiking trails, and classic Tahoe multi-sport days. 

  • Bring a warm outer layer. It can get cold at night, so you'll want to be prepared!
  • Hiking boots & breathable clothing 
  • Sturdy summer sandals, like Tevas or Chacos 
  • A swimsuit: Swim in our pool or soak in our hot tub at 8,200 feet! 
  • Reusable water bottle: You can get easily dehydrated at high altitudes!
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, & a sun hat: Especially important if you are out on the water! 
  • Chapstick with SPF
  • A camera or GoPro: Make sure that it's charged! 
trees in the fall
Fall (September - November) 

Fall is one of the most mellow, beautiful times of the year in Lake Tahoe. With fewer vacation crowds and breathtaking autumn colors, hiking and sightseeing are both great activities during this season. We can get rogue Fall blizzards here, so be prepared! 

  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Down/Puffy Jacket
  • Waterproof Gloves
  • Winter hat
  • Waterproof hiking boots & breathable clothing 
  • Wool socks: Better for when your feet get wet.
  • T-shirts & Flannels: The temperature tends to fluctuate in Autumn! 
  • Sunscreen & sunglasses
  • Reusable water bottle: You can get easily dehydrated at high altitudes!
Before You Arrive 
  1. Download the Squaw Alpine App. In the winter, you can track your performance, find friends, book lodging & more! In the summer, use the App while hiking as a GPS. 
  2. Fully charge all of your devices, such as your phone or your GoPro. 
  3. Purchase your lift tickets in advance to get the maximum discount. Pro Tip: Download the Squaw Alpine App and use promo code APP2020 to save $10 on lift tickets.