Lake Tahoe is a truly unique destination whether you enjoy crisp winter days or the warm summer sun. With more than 300 days of sunshine you won’t have to worry about being stuck inside. For those looking for indoor activities, discover year-round entertainment with boutique shopping excursions, casino gaming, concerts and shows starring your favorite artists and celebrities, and inspired gourmet dining experiences. No matter when you visit, you are guaranteed to fall in love with all that Lake Tahoe has to offer.
South Lake Tahoe is a winter paradise averaging over 380 inches of snow. Stay at Forest Suites Resort and you are only 100 yards from the Heavenly Ski Resort Gondola and their abundance of world class trails. Shuttle service is available if you are looking to visit any of the other ski resorts in the Lake Tahoe area. Other winter activities in Lake Tahoe include ice skating, snowmobiling, sleigh rides, sledding, tubing and cross-country skiing. Take the family out for a day of sledding or ice skating and come back to warm up with a cup of hot chocolate by one of our outdoor fire pits.
Planning a summer visit to South Lake Tahoe? Enjoy the unlimited fun offered on the lake, such as boating, kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming and fishing. You may also find yourself on the golf course, looking down on the lake from a hot air balloon ride, biking through lush mountain trails or hiking one of the various scenic trails around town.
Winter Fun in Lake Tahoe
Home to over a dozen world class ski/snowboard resorts, South Lake Tahoe is a winter paradise. With an average of 380 inches of snow and more than 300 days of sunshine each year, you can imagine the inspiring beauty and the vertical challenge of this ski destination. Forest Suites Resort at Heavenly Village is less than 100 yards from the Heavenly Ski Resort Gondola, offering the perfect location for a winter sports enthusiast’s dream come true.
Within walking distance you will also find other winter activities such as ice skating in the Heavenly Village, snow shoeing at Van Sickle State Park, and shuttle access to other ski resorts, lake view snowmobiling, and much more.
Skiing and Boarding at Heavenly Mountain Resort
Just steps from Forest Suites Resort is gondola access to the largest ski area at Lake Tahoe. Heavenly Mountain Resort is one of the most unique snow resorts on the planet, with 34 miles of wide-open, groomed cruisers, 1600-foot plunges in the double-black diamond canyons or the most outrageous tree skiing in North America.
Lake Tahoe offers a multitude of ski resorts to help you find the best slopes featuring Tahoe snow this winter. Tahoe offers world-class ski resorts and acres of backcountry trails, so you can choose to ski down groomed slopes or take a cross-country tour of the winter woods. Check out our South Shore ski resorts or visit Ski Lake Tahoe for a listing of all major Tahoe area ski resorts.
Lake Tahoe offers many options for sledding by the lake at adventure parks, ski resorts, ponds, and parks. Check out the local’s guide to sledding Lake Tahoe for more details
Lake Tahoe is known for the great snowshoeing options throughout the Sierra Nevada mountains. And not only is snowshoeing fun, but you can enjoy beautiful views while getting a great workout. View the full list of snowshoeing adventures in Lake Tahoe.
Hop on a snowmobile for a day in the Tahoe snow or take a tour through the mountain trails and snow-covered trees of South Lake Tahoe. Zephyr Cove Snowmobile Center guides snowmobilers through the back-country trails where the elevation reaches nearly 9,000 feet. This tour provides an incredible vantage point for panoramic views of the lake. Another tour option for snowmobiling around the Tahoe area is through Lake Tahoe Adventures, offering a variety of tours for all ages.
Lake Tahoe offers many beautiful locations for ice skating, providing fun for the entire family. Some of the top ice skating rinks include Heavenly Village, South Lake Tahoe Recreation Complex and more.
For an additional list of winter recreation outside of these, check out places to cross-country ski in Lake Tahoe plus discover our winter activities outside of skiing and snowboarding.
Summer Fun in Lake Tahoe
Enjoy summer in beautiful South Lake Tahoe, named the “No. 1 Travel Destination in the U.S” and the “No. 10 Destination Worldwide” by TripAdvisor. Enjoy one of Lake Tahoe’s many summer recreational activities, such as boating, water skiing, golfing and much more, all just blocks away. Bask in the warm sunshine on one of Lake Tahoe’s famous sandy beaches, take a dip in the clear blue water or skim the shimmering surface on a jet ski. Hike to the top of Mount Tallac, take an adventurous 4-wheeling tour through Forest Service land, or explore our pristine mountains with a rejuvenating day hike at the Van Sickle State Park, located right across the street from our resort. Whether you will be here with friends or family, Forest Suites Resort at Heavenly Village is the perfect South Lake Tahoe resort for your summer vacation.
From the heart-pounding downhill track of the Saxon Creek Trail (nickname: Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride) to the gorgeous Flume Trail there are rides for every technical level. For the truly ambitious, you can link trails and ride seven summits in one day.
Tahoe South has been designated as a Bike Friendly Community, so bike paths for the social spin are plentiful and so are local bike shops staffed by experts that rent and sell quality bikes. The famed loop around Lake Tahoe is 72 miles of scenery: deep blue water, Douglas Fir groves, and breathtaking views of Emerald Bay. The road also passes quaint waterfront lodging and plenty of eateries to fuel the journey.
The South Lake Tahoe area has six distinctive golf courses, each with its own vibe and views. From the world-renowned Edgewood Golf Course directly on the shores of Lake Tahoe, to the mountain-pines environment of the Lake Tahoe Golf Course, there are courses available for all desires. For even more variety of courses, just a short 20 miles away are a number of courses in Douglas County and Carson City, Nevada.
Join us in July for the annual American Century Celebrity Golf Championship, which is within walking distance of the resort. Watch famous celebrities like Justin Timberlake and Charles Barkley fight for bragging rights at this family-fun event. Check out our specials page for package options when available.
Forest Suites is located directly across from the Van Sickle Bi-State Park, which accesses scenic trails and views of Lake Tahoe and the majestic Sierras. The park is open from late spring through late fall, and is a perfect setting for hiking, picnicking, mountain biking & horseback riding.
A little further away, but still on the South Shore, hike up glacier-carved granite slopes, find hidden waterfalls, plus the top 5 waterfalls, and discover alpine meadows painted with wildflowers. Discover Fallen Leaf Lake, hiking Cave Rock, hiking Horsetail Falls and the top wildflower hikes in Lake Tahoe. Six Great Hikes in Tahoe South can be found here.
Some of the best beaches in Lake Tahoe are found on the South Shore. The beaches of South Lake Tahoe tend to have the calmest, warmest waters, which are ideal for families and novice swimmers. These beaches also get an abundance of sunshine and are fabulous spots to sit back, relax, and sunbathe. Some of the best beaches include Nevada Beach, Pope Beach, and Baldwin Beach. If you have dogs, Kiva Beachis ideal for frolicking with your furry friends.
Lake Tahoe is North America’s largest alpine lake. After Crater Lake, it’s also the second deepest lake in the U.S. and comes in sixth in volume of freshwater behind the five Great Lakes. Lake Tahoe is world-renowned for its crystal clear water and stunning scenery.
South Lake Tahoe offers the full range of beach activities, water sports, sightseeing, marina facilities, fishing opportunities and more. From power boats and sail boats, to jet skis, parasailing and paddle sports, such as canoes, kayaks, paddle boards and more,Tahoe Sports has it all and with special discounts for Forest Suites’ guests! Whether you own your own boat or water sport equipment, or are looking to rent and enjoy the Lake for the day, South Lake Tahoe has it all!