Cheers to a healthy Tahoe New Year

Clayton Hamill enjoys views of Lake Tahoe from Chickadee Ridge, a popular snowshoe destination above Incline Village, Nev., along the Mt. Rose Highway. | Photography by Katey Hamill, kateyhamill.com, @kateyhamill

Cheers to a healthy Tahoe New Year
The New Year is a perfect time for new beginnings, healthy eating habits and staying strong during the ski season. There’s nothing worse than getting waylaid by illness or suffering a season-ending injury on the slopes.

Priya Hutner talked to several local experts about how to prevent winter ski injuries and get the most out of the season for her story “Ski strong.” The tips shared by Dr. John Walsh, Dr. Alison Ganong and Scott Williams work great for any winter sport and are accessible to everyone.

Food and nutrition are just as important as one’s physical well being to make the most of the ski season, as Priya shares in her story “Tips, tonics for healthy new year.” Mindful eating, mixed with hearty soups and healing tonics like Priya’s Fire Cider and Terrible Tonic are great ways to stay healthy in the winter. She shares a few recipes in this edition, with many more recipes for her soups and tonics available at YourTahoeGuide.com/eat.

Nordic Ski & Snowshoe Guide
While downhill skiing and riding is a great thrill, you’ll really get a workout if you also add in Nordic skiing and snowshoeing. The Tahoe Sierra has one of the greatest concentrations of Nordic ski areas anywhere, and our 17th annual Tahoe Nordic Ski & Snowshoe Guide features profiles on 20 areas that are easily accessible with something to offer everyone.

I invite you to explore Tahoe’s many Nordic centers from large ski areas, to community-run trail systems, to local and state parks with winter trails, and many others. Cross-country skiing is my favorite winter activity and I hope to explore a few ski areas I haven’t tried before this season.

Winter publication changes
We’re taking a break from publishing in January and this edition marks our 2024 New Year Edition running through Feb. 6. Locally, visitation to Tahoe has been down for most of 2023 and that, in turn, means businesses have seen a downturn in sales. That trickles down to Tahoe Guide and the advertising we rely on to publish. Read more about these challenges here.