North Lake Tahoe: Spring Break Snow

Skip the waves and go snow in March and April.

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SINCE WHEN DID SPRING BREAK... become officially and totally about the pleasures of the beach? Well, since about forever, or at least over the last several decades. Pop culture has put it out there that, if we're to truly live it up in March or early April, we'll need A) a swimsuit and B) a beach towel and C) one of those little plastic shovels that helps us construct Instagrammable sand castles. But the fact is this: Spring break can also be about snowtime fun, especially after the ultra-flakeful winter of 2016-2017. If schussing, and fire pits, and s'mores, and lifts are more your style than sand between the tootsies, you don't need to dig out a long-forgotten swimsuit. Simply grab your poles and your gloves and make for North Lake Tahoe, which has a number of cold-nosed doings afoot during the the traditional, March-into-April span of spring break. You can cheer on the pros at the...

AUDI FIS WORLD CUP... at Squaw Valley from March 9 through 12 or join the ski-major Gold Rush Festival, a "challenging Nordic" showdown, on March 18 and 19. Sunset snowshoe tours with Tahoe Adventure Company, backcountry skiing with Alpenglow Adventure Sports, and more off the slopes to-dos dot the region's calendar. And if you simply like the spring chill, but don't want to ski or strap on the snowshoes, consider jamming out at the music-packed WinterWonderGrass festival, which lands on the last two days of March and first two days of April. Soon the snow'll be gone and the bikes'll roll in on the Amgen Tour of California in May. Wait, what are we saying? Scratch that. A number of destinations near North Lake Tahoe will keep the ski action flowing right through June, if you can't get enough of the snow over your spring break. (Or, yeah, if you want to hit the beach in March, which is tradition, we get it, high fives, all good.)

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