So far, it isn?t shaping up to be the whitest of winters--there are legitimate drought concerns up in the Sierras.
But before you start sobbing into your ski goggles, consider partaking in one of these gratifying diversions around Lake Tahoe that don?t require any snow:
If your skin is in desperate need of TLC Make a customized exfoliator at the Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe Spa?s brand-new ?blend bar,? where you can mix your own sugar or salt scrub. The salt is sourced from the Salt Lake flats and is enhanced with scents like cucumber mint and orange pomegranate ($30 for 6 ounces). 13031 Ritz-Carlton Highlands Court, Truckee
If you?re up for an icy adventure Book one of the cabins at Caples Lake Resort (less than an hour south of Heavenly), where the water freezes and you can try your hand at ice fishing. They?ll lend you snowshoes (for traction) and a drill--just bring a pole and drop your line to catch some trout. Rookies welcome. Starting at $130 a night. 1111 California State Highway, Kirkwood
If you?re in the mood for a spiritual soak Take a steamy dip in the Sierra Hot Springs (45 minutes north of Tahoe), where the land has been considered sacred for hundreds of years. Dunk in the 105-degree indoor hot pool or brave the sandy-bottomed meditation pool outdoors. Starting at $15 for up to three hours. 521 Campbell Hot Springs Rd., Sierraville
If you just want to stare at the mountains Settle into one of the cerulean Adirondack chairs at Homewood?s recently renovated Big Blue View Bar. Grab a beer and some bratwurst and kick back. 5145 West Lake Blvd., Homewood