Weekend Warrior Adventures: Not-so-mainstream winter fun to try when visiting the Sierra.

The urban dictionary defines a weekend warrior as, “a person who holds a regular job during the week which restricts their ability to partake in awesome activities, and thus plans epic weekend adventures to compensate.” If you can relate, here are my not-so-common activities to check off your travel bucket list.


The Fattie Phenomenon

Who says you can’t go mountain biking on the snow? Fat Biking (a.k.a Snow Biking) is the newest cycling sport to hit the winter trails in the region. These mountain bikes with oversized tires help you float over ice, snow and everything in between which keeping optimum traction. On Tahoe’s south side, rent from South Shore Bikes or Sports Ltd. and cruise down Lam Watah Trail Head (locals know it as Khale Path) passing open meadows and looping around Nevada Beach. On Tahoe’s north side, when conditions are superb, a daily ticket at Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area gives you access to miles of groomed trails. Or leave it to the experts and take a guided fat biking tour with Tahoe Jack’s Adventure Authority where all gear is provided, just bring yourself. Happy riding! southshorebikeandsnow.com; tahoesportsltd.com; tahoedonner.com; tahoejacks.com


A Stones Throw Away

The XXIII Winter Olympic Games are coming up and now’s your chance to learn a sport sweeping the ice rinks, curling. Even adrenaline junkies will get a rush when their stone (that round thing with a handle) slides into the button (that red bulls eye looking mark). Every month during the winter season, Lake Tahoe Epic Curling located at the Tahoe Ice Arena gives you the chance to participate in this unusual, exciting experience during their Learn to Curl Sessions. Just show up with warm clothes and sneakers, they have the rest. And don’t be fooled, I promise your heart rate will rise as you intensely sweep across an entire ice skating rink. Plus, odds are in your favor to meet a former Olympian at these sessions. laketahoecurling.com

Life’s a Catch

Did you know that Lake Tahoe doesn’t freeze in the wintertime and there are approximately 300 days of sunshine in a year! This is the perfect combination to get out on the lake with Lake Tahoe Sport Fishing Co. Just bring yourself and friends (I always bring baileys and mimosa ingredients aboard), they supply everything else. You can expect Instagram-worthy photos of snowcapped mountains reflecting on big blue as your captain cruises out to hidden coves filled with those secret fishing spots. Their heated cabin makes it easy to warm up if you feel a little chill, and take that time to enjoy complimentary snacks and coffee. There’s nothing more exciting than hooking a makinaw or trout! For the full experience, visit MacDuffs Public House where the chefs cook up your catch and present it in a delish tri-spiced platter. It doesn’t get fresher than that. tahoesportfishing.com; macduffspub.com


Snowshoe Cocktail Races

Get ready for social imbibing to meet your competitive edge during the snowshoe cocktail races hosted by The Beacon Bar & Grill at Camp Richardson Resort. Yes, it is exactly as it sounds, carry a tray of faux cocktails and race against friendly competitors around a hilarious obstacle course. You can expect fellow mates to biff it running in snowshoes, spilling their tray and being overtaken with laughter. Last time I did this, my trip was followed by spilling the drinks on my boyfriend, who I took down with me. It’s free to participate so don’t miss happy hour for some liquid courage, buy extra raffle tickets as the prizes are awesome and expect to make some new friends. Save the dates: January 20, February 17 and March 17. camprichardson.com


When you check these off your list, I promise you’ll have enough serotonin stored up to get you through the work week, just in time to get ready for the next Weekend Warrior adventure.


By: Meghan Burk