woman doing yoga on lake tahoe
The Tahoe Experience

North Lake Tahoe Activities

Fun Is Always In Season

Palisades Tahoe (formerly Squaw Valley) is where the 1960 Winter Olympics took place, so it’s no surprise this is a prime recreation destination. But outside is always a great place to be in Lake Tahoe, any time of year. The most beautiful trails in California are right outside our door, and the summer and fall weather is sublime for hiking and mountain biking.

A woman riding a bike on a road in the middle of nature

Year-Round Thrills

A person standing on a paddle board in the middle of a lake
View of a woman standing on a rock in front of a big lake
View of a dog swimming on a river
arial tram with stunning view of lake tahoe
View of a man doing mountain road biking
General view of a beautiful forest and a river
A happy family hiking
A woman climbing high wire
PlumpJackSport shopping in Truckee

Year-Round Thrills

Lakeside Beaches

Relax and unwind on the sandy shores of some of our favorite nearby beaches, including Commons Beach in Tahoe City; Moon Dunes, North Lake; Sand Harbor, East Shore; Zephyr Cove and Emerald Bay, South Shore; and Bliss State Park and Chambers Landing, West Shore.

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Lake Activities

Lake Tahoe offers an abundance of lake activities including kayaking, paddle boarding, boating, parasailing, and fishing. Our PlumpJack Inn Guest Services Team is available to offer suggestions and recommendations on how you and your family can best enjoy this iconic treasure.

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Truckee River

There are plenty of ways to do the Truckee. Grab a sturdy inner tube and float your way from Tahoe City to River Ranch, take a bike ride along the river banks, or settle in for some excellent fishing.

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Palisades High Camp Experiences

Take the Aerial Tram 2000 feet in elevation to experience stunning views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. Take advantage of year-round activities, including roller skating, hiking, disc golf, and dining at Granite Bistro.

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Mountain Biking & Road Biking

North Lake Tahoe offers a multitude of options for the road cyclist and mountain biker. You can ride directly from the Inn to get to mountain bike trails and world-class road riding. Connect with our Guest Services Team for suggestions on popular trails and road options. The Inn also provides cruiser bikes for the surrounding bike paths around Olympic Valley and along the Truckee River.

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Hiking

Some of the most beautiful day hikes in California are just up the road. For starters, the iconic Shirley Lake Trail with its waterfalls, lake views, and canyon boulders begins 0.4 miles from our front door.

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Via Ferrata (Summer)

1985 Squaw Valley Rd #23, Olympic Valley, CA 96146


Located on the iconic Tram Face, Via Ferrata is a protected rock climbing experience accessible to all skill levels. Choose a route and let your guide lead you through an unforgettable adventure. You’ll summit the route and enjoy amazing views along the way.

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Ropes Course (Summer)

1901 Chamonix Pl, Olympic Valley, CA 96146


The Olympic Valley Treetop Adventure Park is our go-to for beginning and intermediate aerial treks accompanied by a few fun and challenging vertical climbing elements. Highlights include a 50-foot Alpine Tower, 16 tree platforms, 10 unique events/bridges, and 6 short zip lines, all built into the hillside facing Shirley Canyon and the peaks of Olympic Valley.  

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Shopping & Dining

North Lake Tahoe boasts some great dining and shopping options in Olympic Valley, Truckee and Tahoe City. Whether you want to experience waterfront dining overlooking Lake Tahoe, explore the historic town of Truckee, or enjoy a peaceful respite in Olympic Valley, there are many options to choose from within a short distance. 

Two people snowboarding on a mountain
Back view of a mom and his son walking through snow
Two people doing dogsledding
View of an Aerial Tram on winter season
A person riding a snowmobiling
Some happy ladies on a snow tubing

Winter Adventures

Skiing & Snowboarding

Regularly named among the country’s best ski resorts, Palisades Tahoe delivers unmatched winter adventures for skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels. Between its two mountains, there are 34 lifts offering access to more than 270 trails.

Winter Adventures

Cross Country Skiing & Snowshoe Trails

Snowshoeing is the easiest of winter snow sports to learn – if you know how to walk, you can snowshoe! Rent snowshoes locally and hit the trails in North Tahoe Regional Park or take a guided snowshoe tour into the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area, just 11 miles from PlumpJack, offers lessons, a groomed cross-country ski area and a cozy lodge for light bites & equipment rentals.

Winter Adventures

Dog Sledding

Relax while an experienced musher guides a team of hardy huskies through the pine forests of the Sierra Nevadas. Best part- no need to travel to Alaska- sledders in Truckee and Lake Tahoe will happily hook you up!

Winter Adventures

Palisades High Camp Experiences

Take the Aerial Tram 2000 feet in elevation to experience stunning views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. Take advantage of winter activities, including ice skating, hiking and dining at Granite Bistro.

Winter Adventures

Snowmobiling & Mini Snowmobiling

Snowmobiling is a thrilling way to explore Tahoe and Truckee’s backcountry, reaching areas that would take hours to access on foot. Local snowmobile outfitters offer a variety of guided tours to suit your skill level (and urge for excitement). Kids ages 6-12 can strap on a helmet and ride a snowmobile just their size around the SnoVentures mini snowmobile course (only 0.5 miles from PlumpJack Inn) while families enjoy beverages and snacks in the toasty SnoVentures Lodge.

Winter Adventures

Snow Tubing

Snoventures, just half a mile from PlumpJack Inn, keeps it simple, offering tubes in two sizes: big (adults) and little (kids). Their magic carpet-style escalator lift is, well, magic. Add a cozy lodge complete with a fire pit and hot chocolate and it’s a perfect day.