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Lake Tahoe

19 Jun 2010 Abbey89 said

Hi all!<BR>Looking at the winter wild western in feb and wanted to find out more about tahoe? anyone done the winter one and how was lake tahoe? where did you stay?<BR>Thanks!!!
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  • 20 Jun 2010 JenShep said



    Did lake tahoe last year, on the LA to the bay tour, and spent New YEars there. It was great, the town is gorgous, contiki had us stay at the horizon casino on the stateline, so we have a 24hr bar, plus there was skiing options and snowmobilling options, the town has an icskating rink and lots of shops.

    for an australian who has only seen snow twice in her life lake tahoe was one of the highlights of the trip.

  • 22 Jun 2010 Manda said



    i’m tossing up whether to do the winter wanderer in winter or summer. Would you recommend the winter tour? i will be seeing snow all over europe this december so not sure whether to wait to do the usa trip in summer. or is it just as good in winteR?

  • 22 Jun 2010 JenShep said


    Hi Manda

    The winter summer thing is totally a personal choice, i’ve done europe during the winter and america, and go back to europe this winter again. I’m from the tropics in queensland and i LOVE the cold.
    LA i not that cold, san dieago about the same. Everyone saying that Las Vegas would be cold but it was only at night, Going during the winter i didn’t feel like i miss out on any thing. Some guys on the tour even went swimming on the coast.

  • 25 Jun 2010 Manda said


    oh thats good to hear! yeah i also love the cold, am about to do europe winter so i’ll see how i find that.. i am thinking of doing the wild western, la explorer then do ny explorer over new years, as well as probbaly few extra days in new york. how did you find san fransisco etc in the winter? did you visit new york?

  • 27 Jun 2010 claireb said


    at tahoe are you expected to bring your own skow gear (e.g. jacket, pants etc) or is there some available to hire if needed?

  • 5 Jul 2010 JenShep said


    Hi Manda,

    San francisco wasn’t that cold at all during the day, but on the boat out to alcatraz and the night the temperature did drop a little. I didn’t get to the east coast but a lot of the people on the trip last year got caught in the blizzards that hit New year and washington.

    Claireb – You can hire snow gear, except goggles you have to buy or go without. there around $50 to purchase at the hire shop that contiki takes you to.

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