Have you made plans to visit South Lake Tahoe this March? If you haven’t already, you should book your trip before winter slips by. March can be a variable month in the Sierra’s, often bringing spring-like days followed by heavy snow. Sometimes this will make visitors leery of visiting Tahoe in March. We are here to tell you that March is the perfect time to visit South Lake Tahoe, and here are just five reasons why.
Variable weather makes most visitors shy away, and visit in months where they can count on excellent weather, like January and February. March weather can go two ways: three feet of fresh snow on the mountains and then followed by 50 degrees and blue skies. What is there not to love? Since our last storm one week ago, we have been enjoying spring-like days, and we are loving it. For all you powder hounds out there, don’t despair! The forecast models are showing another storm on the horizon. Some are saying we might see another Miracle March, meaning one more month of amazing skiing in the Sierras. The unpredictable weather makes packing for a trip difficult, but we recommend you come prepared for both Spring and Winter conditions, and you will have everything you need.
One reason March is better than January to visit South Lake Tahoe, is because we have three months of solid snowfall behind us. Officially, we have to say goodbye to Winter on March 20th. This does not mean that you can’t experience your favorite winter activities before then. Thus, the ski mountains are completely open and you don’t have to worry about your favorite snowshoe trail being used by mountain bikers. Spend your first day making turns at Kirkwood Mountain Resort, and enjoy some spring skiing with your family. The next day can be spent exploring the scenic overlooks of Emerald Bay, or snowshoeing the trails out in Hope Valley under the Sierra sun. Even if we don’t get more fresh snow, spring skiing in the Sierra’s is better than any other mountain range in the country: soft snow, sunny skies and mild temperatures!
South Lake Tahoe is already your number one place for the best entertainment in Lake Tahoe, and this trend continues through March. Just because the holiday season is behind us, doesn’t mean that our event centers are devoid of big names. This March, come enjoy everything from magic shows, to film festivals and even our very own Wedding Expo for those thinking of tying the knot in gorgeous South Lake Tahoe! Here is a snapshot of some of our top picks:
- March 4: Penn & Teller at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe
- March 6: Something Blue Wedding Expo
- March 10: Patagonia’s Jumbo Wild Movie Screening at the Beach Retreat & Lodge
- March 18: Styx at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa
- March 24: Umphrey’s McGee with Tauk at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe
- March 28: The Banff Mountain Film Festival at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa
- March 31: 11th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Guinness & Easter Bunnies
In addition to great list of events in March, we also have two great holidays to celebrate. St. Patrick’s day is a favorite to everyone (over 21 of course), even if you are not Irish. This year, St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Thursday so you can make a long weekend out of it! Head to McP’s Taphouse Grill located just on the state line across from the Heavenly Village. With both indoor and outdoor seating, 40 beers on tap, delicious food and live entertainment, this is your St. Patrick’s Day spot! Easter occurs in March this year, so take advantage of school breaks and bring the kids up to South Lake Tahoe to celebrate with the Easter Bunny. Rent a vacation home for the weekend, and set up a snow-themed Easter egg hunt for the kids. They will love it!
Less Crowds, Good Deals
With Martin Luther King Day and President’s Day now behind us, locals and savvy travelers are looking forward to shorter lift lines, and less traffic on the roads and our popular trails. Visit South Lake Tahoe in March, open mountain slopes, fresh tracks, empty snowshoe and Nordic trails, last minute event tickets and so much more. As March marks the end of the ski season, you can find good deals on some lift tickets, rentals and even purchasing ski or snowboard equipment. Many shops need to start moving their winter gear out to make room for new spring styles, so look for discounts in the local shops.