Lake Tahoe is nestled between the peaks of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and boasts sandy beaches and ski resort towns that line its edges. Both of these features can be enjoyed in the winter months, due to the temperate climate of California, but the weather mostly allows for excellent hiking conditions. Banish any winter evening chills by staying in a winter vacation rental, which is right in the heart of nature. Hike around the sapphire waters of the lake for some amazing views, or if you want to get your heart racing, score down the slopes of Northstar California. Alpine Meadows offers winter hiking and mountain panoramas, but for the best views, make the most of Emerald Bay State Park. Here, you can also indulge in a range of outdoor activities.