It’s the perfect season to revel in the region’s many exhilarating outdoor experiences.
By Natasha Bourlin
Spring fever can spark longing for new adventures. Plus it’s the perfect season to revel in the region’s many exhilarating outdoor experiences. This year, instead of watching the wide grins of folks adept at these activities from afar, join them.
Most places provide expert instructors, or you can make it a mission to learn on your own and just rent the needed equipment. Some are weather reliant and only available in late spring, so confirm they’re available before trekking out.
Touring Tahoe on two wheels
Since 2001 in South Lake, Mountain West has been a go-to spot for kickstarting regional adventures any time of year. Come spring, once the trails and streets are bike-friendly again, folks eager to tackle Tahoe on two wheels can find many rental options. Fend off fears of going uphill with easy-to-ride e-bikes. These trendy motor- and pedal-powered contraptions can be rented for a couple of hours or all day. When the area’s miles of singletrack are calling instead, grab a full-suspension or hard-trail mountain bike. Park in their lot, and hit the trails directly from the shop. If you’re smitten, they’ll apply your rental cost towards the purchase of your new two-wheeled toy. mountainwest.rentals
When the ski season ends and the trails are – mostly – free of snow, Northstar California’s mountain bike park offers a whole new form of alpine excitement. No matter your skill level, learn to careen safely down their trails with the mountain’s top instructors in private or small group lessons at the Specialized Academy. They provide all needed equipment; you provide the gumption. northstarcalifornia.com
Spring skiing of a different sort
Beginning in late April on Tahoe’s west shore, learn to waterski or wakeboard at High Sierra Waterski School. For 43 years, their pros have taught kids and adults the basics or helped them perfect their skills. They provide everything needed, including the boat. Up to six people can motor out at a time, and lesson lengths range from 30 minutes to all day. highsierrawaterskiing.com
Standing on water
Head to Marina PaddleFit in Sparks and learn to walk – ahem, well, stand – on water. With the help of a Stand Up Paddleboard, of course. After some training, certified instructors will get you out on the Sparks Marina, which is especially scenic on a SUP at sunset. Balance and strength improving sessions are available for all ages, and they specialize in teaching seniors. sparksmarinapaddle.com
Imagine simply floating on Tahoe, seeing nothing beneath you but the crystal-clear lake. Wild Society can make that dream a reality. Beginning in May, paddle from Kings Beach in a transparent kayak equipped with waterproof cases to keep your phone safe while taking epic pictures, and speakers to create your own soundtrack for the ethereal experience. Once night falls, rent a colorful, lighted kayak with a spotlight illuminating the lake up to 20 feet down. Or take a guided tour to some of their favorite spots, complete with a gourmet picnic. wildsocietylt.com
Grab a friend, family member or get some solo time in this spring, and make it an inspiring season by tackling a fresh, new activity.