What To Pack For A Ski Trip To Lake Tahoe

Plan your ultimate ski trip to Lake Tahoe in winter with the ultimate packing list from Heavenly Resort.

Posted November 17, 2023


Friends Skiing at Olympic Express at Heavenly

Lake Tahoe is a stunning winter vacation destination that draws approximately 15 million people annually. Situated along the California-Nevada border, the crystal-clear waters of Lake Tahoe make it one of the most beautiful lakes in the country. During winter, the lake transforms into a winter haven at the base of Heavenly Mountain Resort. 

If you're planning your next vacation to Lake Tahoe in winter, you'll want to be prepared to face the cold and plenty of snow. What to pack and what to wear in Lake Tahoe are crucial to making the most of your winter trip. Follow along for an inclusive packing list to make your next Tahoe trip memorable. 

Winter Essentials 

It's important to dress appropriately for the outdoor winter weather. The average temperature in Lake Tahoe in winter is in the 40s, but if you're planning a Tahoe ski trip, be aware the temperature will feel much colder. Elevation and wind chill will significantly contribute to how cold the air will feel. Here are a few items of what to wear in Lake Tahoe. 

  • Waterproof wool socks 
  • Helmet 
  • Neck gaiter 
  • Googles 
  • Waterproof ski gloves or mittens 
  • Base layers 
  • Lined ski pants 
  • Fleece shirts 
  • Ski coat 

If you forget to pack anything winter essentials, there are many places to shop at Heavenly Village to pick up almost any apparel item you may need. Heavenly Sports and The Boardinghouse are excellent resources on the resort that are easily accessible and open seven days a week to purchase anything you may have forgotten.  

Winter Sports Gear 

No winter ski trip to Lake Tahoe would be complete without bringing your winter sports gear. Whether you're downhill skiing, snowboarding, or just having fun on the snow tubes, you'll want to get some winter sports gear. You can bring your gear or rent gear from local vendors, but whichever option you choose, here are a few essential items you'll want to have with you in Lake Tahoe. 

  • Ski or trekking poles 
  • Ski goggles 
  • Helmet 
  • Snowboard or skis 
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen 
  • Ski or snowboard boots
  • Trail maps 

If you're not planning to bring ski gear, a few places in Lake Tahoe rent gear for most winter sports. Fortunately, if you're staying on the resort at Heavenly, there is a resort rental service where you can pick up your equipment or deliver it to your residence. Epic Mountain Rentals has the most extensive assortment of rentals in Lake Tahoe and can get your gear delivered as early as the day before you need it. 

What to Pack for Après-Ski 

During your ski vacation to Lake Tahoe, you will likely want to participate in several après-ski activities once you have finished your day on the slopes. During the winter months at Lake Tahoe, visitors can take advantage of various activities on and off the resort grounds. The following are a few ideas for things to bring along for après-ski activities. 

  • Warm sweaters 
  • Medium-weight jacket or coat 
  • Sunglasses 
  • Warm pants 
  • Waterproof socks and boots 
  • Hand Warmers 

Like winter apparel, there are plenty of shops to pick up items for après ski if you've forgotten to pack anything. Heavenly Sports, The North Face, Patagonia, and Oakley all have great selections and prices for après ski items to pick up at Heavenly Resort. 

Plan Your Day Using My Epic 

You must be prepared for emergencies if you plan to go off-piste skiing or winter hiking. Bring extra water and snacks with you to ensure you're well-equipped to handle any unforeseen circumstances. Another way to be prepared during your winter ski trip to Lake Tahoe is by using the trail maps feature on the My Epic App. 

My Epic forecasts lift line wait times so you can spend more time skiing and snowboarding. See which lifts will have the shortest wait times at each 60-minute interval of the day, so you can plan your skiing and make the most of your time on the mountain. Along with current and historic lift line wait times, you can use the My Epic app to see data on snowfall, lift line wait times at other lifts, and the period of the season. 

Don't Forget Sunscreen 

Sunscreen is one of the most common items people forget while skiing. It's critical to bring sunscreen with a high SPF for any winter snow activity. The high elevation and reflection of the sun's harmful rays mean high UV index levels, even in winter! Sunscreen is available for purchase at any Heavenly resort shop.  

Travel Essentials for a Trip to Tahoe 

When you go to Lake Tahoe in winter, you'll want to bring some travel basics, winter gear, and sports equipment. If you plan on staying at Lake Tahoe ski resorts like Heavenly, you must make reservations, purchase lift tickets, and plan your itinerary. 

The vast majority of items, such as toiletries, charging cords, and clothing, may be purchased at the resort; nevertheless, there are a few things that cannot be easily replaced, such as medications and insurance cards. You should store those items safely so you won't have to worry about them while on your trip. 

Plan and Book Your Next Lake Tahoe Ski Trip at Heavenly Resort 

Ready for a vacation that will truly take you to new heights? Look no further than Heavenly Resort. Nestled in the mountains of South Lake Tahoe, the luxurious resort offers everything you need for the ultimate getaway. From spacious guest rooms with private balconies and breathtaking views to a wide range of amenities, including a full-service spa, fitness center, and multiple dining options, you'll be pampered from when you arrive. With winter activities like downhill skiing and snowboarding steps away, there's never a dull moment. Don't wait any longer to treat yourself to the vacation of your dreams. Book your stay at Heavenly Mountain Resort now and start planning your escape to Lake Tahoe in winter.