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Tahoe is getting dumped on (we’re talking five feet minimum) this season, so it's time to get up there. And contrary to popular belief, non-skiers can enjoy plenty of other snowy-weather activities. From natural hot springs and ski-lodge massages to snowmobiling and serious sledding, we’ve got you covered.

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1. Go tubing at the top of a peak. Take the Heavenly gondola to the Heavenly Tubing Hill, which has four 500-foot lanes and a thrilling 65-foot vertical drop. This is not tubing for the faint of heart.

2. Do some serious sledding. Adventure Mountain has nearly 40 acres of groomed runs for all the snow play you desire. Afterward, warm up by the fireplace in the main lodge and take in sweeping views of the mountains.

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3. Try your hand at snowboarding. No car? No problem. Skedaddle arranges van or bus rides directly from your house to any mountain you choose. And they’re giving away free lift tickets to Sierra-at-Tahoe the weekend of February 25 and 26 to sweeten the deal.

4. Take a soak in natural hot springs at Grover Hot Springs State Park. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, take a short walk on snowshoes before you dip into the pools.

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5. Book a room at the new Hotel Becket and bring Buster along with you. (It’s the most pet-friendly lodge in South Lake Tahoe; they even have a Bernese mountain dog named Remington that you can take out on walks.) Then book yourself a massage and don’t miss a dip in the indoor hot tub.

6. Go snowmobiling with Lake Tahoe Adventures. Never been before? No worries. They’ll show you the ropes and then take you up to 9,000 feet.  

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7. See Emerald Bay in winter with a (somewhat cheesy) boat tour aboard the Tahoe Queen or M.S. Dixie II.

8. Go ice-skating at South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena. Then order the coconut or pecan waffles at the original Red Hut Café—they're a Tahoe classic.

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9. Stay in a cute cabin and then go snowshoeing at Sorensen’s Resort in Hope Valley. 

10. When all is said and done, you might just want to do a little gambling. Hit the slots or tables at the friendly Lakeside Inn and Casino. Good luck.


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