There’s nothing quite like skiing and boarding in Tahoe. In the winter, the typical Tahoe day is in the 20-30’s, and if it isn’t storming, there tends to be ample sunshine. Contrast this to the colder temperatures in Colorado and you can see why so many people find California skiing a dream come true.
If you’re used to more frigid climates like the northeast or the Rockies, you may need a little direction on what gear to pack when heading to the mountains in Tahoe. The mornings can be a bit chilly (though not frigid) and the afternoons can be quite warm, especially if the sun is out. To deal with this, you want light layers and gear that can adapt to warmer temps as the day goes on. I typically wear one base layer, a medium weight jacket and bib, a helmet with vents, a pair of high quality mittens, and a thin face mask. I find that this outfit and gear combination allows me to stay warm enough, but has enough flexibility with the venting in case the temps pick up in the afternoon. Below are the specifics of what I wear almost everyday on the mountain.