Tips on Staying Winter Safe in Tahoe
The Forest Service reminds us all to stay safe during winter travel:
With record-breaking snow accumulation throughout the state, all visitors to California’s National Forests should plan ahead and ensure your vehicles are snow ready, as road conditions may impact access heading into Tahoe over the winter.
Visitors are encouraged to view the Recreate Responsibly Winter Toolkit, which provides resources on weather conditions, avalanche awareness, and Leave No Trace principles. A Spanish version of the toolkit can be found here.
Additional safety information can be found here:
- Know before you go – Check the weather for your destination and understand the road conditions, chain control, and potential road closures of your route. Don’t get lured into taking alternative routes around closures as travel apps and related online map services have likely not been updated to reflect the current situation and you may get lost or stuck. Recommended resource: QuickMap (ca.gov)
- Be prepared – check your tire tread and pressure; top off windshield fluid; and carry tire chains, an ice scraper, an extra blanket and provisions in your car in case you become stuck or stranded on the roadside.
- Ski/Snowboard Season – Check weather conditions and facility operating status ahead of time in areas you plan to visit, and remember conditions can change quickly. Hitting the slopes? Please follow all safety guidelines. Resource: Ski Safety - Ski California
- Avalanche Safety – Backcountry users should take extra precautions, carry appropriate avalanche equipment, travel in groups if possible, and check the avalanche report before heading outside. Resources: