Tahoe’s Indoor Adventures

The Bunker at Woodward Tahoe. | Tucker Norred, Boreal

It’s the shoulder season in the Tahoe Sierra, which undoubtedly brings bouts of inclement weather. It can be 30 degrees F and snowing one day and 70 degrees F and sunny the next. So even though Tahoe appeals to outdoor adventurers, sometimes you must play indoors. Here are some ideas for Tahoe adventures for all ages that are not weather dependent.

“[Bowl Incline] is booming. Who knew that the bowling alley was the place to be on a Friday night?”     –Tanya Soule

On belay

The Tahoe Sierra appeals to seasoned rock climbers for its classic crags such as Lover’s Leap and Big Chief, but climbing isn’t an ideal thing to do when it’s windy, rainy or snowing outside. Fortunately, a few local gyms offer climbers a place to practice their belays, bouldering, soloing and rappelling to keep one’s strength up until the weather cooperates again.

High Altitude Fitness has two locations: a climbing wall in Incline Village, Nev. with 3,800 vertical feet and 80-plus climbs and a 12,000-sq.-ft. climbing gym in Truckee. | highaltitudefit.net

Blue Granite Climbing Gym in South Lake Tahoe has a 7,500-sq.-ft. climbing playground with 22 top ropes, four auto belays and bouldering options. | bluegraniteclimbing.com

Both offer memberships, day rates, lessons and accept climbers of all ages and abilities.

Tricks & tumbles

Woodward Tahoe’s The Bunker at Boreal Mountain Resort is the perfect indoor playground for action sports enthusiasts, from gymnasts to parkour fans to aspiring pro snowboarders. Year-round people can practice tricks and land into large foam pits from the mega ramp, play on gymnastic and tumbling mats or cruise the concrete bowls and transitions, open to BMX racers, mountain bikers, skateboarders and scooters. A two-hour all-access pass includes access to its outdoor skateboard and bike parks until the first snowfall. | rideboreal.com

Feel the stoke

The SkateHouse in South Lake Tahoe is a 40-foot-by-80-foot warehouse that contains a gigantic open wooden pool on top of a skate shop. The stoke is palpable when someone lands a new trick and is a popular local hangout spot. It’s open to the public Fridays through Sundays from 3 to 9 p.m.; be sure to call before you go. | @TheSkateHouseOfficial

Axe throwing

Get rid of excess energy on the logs at Yosemite Axe Throwing in South Lake Tahoe. In July of 2021, owner Nate Hodges, who also owns axe throwing businesses in Mammoth, Big Bear and Yosemite, opened a spot here and hand-milled all the log board targets within its 13 throwing lanes. Axes, or hatchets, really, come in three sizes and weigh 2 to 3 pounds; all who are age 8 and older can throw them. This is a fun activity for families and friends who can razz each other about their aim. | yosemiteaxe.com

A round of mini golf

For those who are more comfortable keeping things on the ground rather than hurling them through the air, Flatstick Pub is a good place to go to play mini golf while keeping your thirst quenched. With the motto “Drink Local, Putt Tipsy,” Flatstick Pub’s values revolve around local fun, golf and community. Along with serving beer, wine and spirits all made within a 90-mile radius, Flatstick Pub has a 10-hole mini-golf course. The first few holes spell out Lake Tahoe. One goes up a wall and comes back down, another has a loopty loop and other challenges that can perhaps turn a good golfer into a novice if too tipsy. | @TipsyPutt

Knock ‘em down bowling

South Shore | Opened in 1959, Tahoe Bowl on Fremont Avenue in South Lake offers a full bar, pizzeria, pool table, arcade games and 16 bowling lanes with newer equipment. | @Tahoe Bowl

North Shore | Over on the North Shore, Bowl Incline in Incline Village, Nev. recently reopened under new management with bowling lanes, an event space, an upscale diner featuring a menu curated by renowned chef Sam Choy and more all in a cool retro theme.

“It is booming. Who knew that the bowling alley was the place to be on a Friday night?” said longtime local Tanya Soule. | bowlincline.com

Solve a mystery

The Brambilas have lived in South Lake Tahoe for more than 15 years. After they had a fun experience in an escape room in Ohio, they decided to start one in Tahoe. Thus, Trapped in Tahoe was born. Four rooms with clues, puzzles and breadcrumbs leading to an escape are enclosed; participants have an hour to solve the mystery. None of the rooms are too scary and they can hold up to 10 players at a time. | trappedintahoe.com