Winter Travel Planning

Tahoe National Forest


Tahoe National Forest is the second of five forests to commence winter travel management pursuant to a settlement between the Forest Service and Snowlands Network. Tahoe NF has issued its scoping notice, and comments are due on March 25, 2015. This is the time to tell the Forest Service that you care about winter travel management and demand protection of more lands exclusively for nonmotorized recreation.


Please tell the Forest Service that you want more separation of motorized and non-motorized winter recreation. You may submit your comments in several ways:


The deadline for submitting scoping comments on the Tahoe proposal is March 25, 2015.


Tell Tahoe NF that you are submitting comments to the scoping notice on Over-Snow Vehicle Use Designation.

Tell Tahoe NF about your interest in backcountry skiing, snowboarding, or snowshoeing and why you believe that more lands should be set aside exclusively for nonmotorized winter recreation.

Snowlands is submitting a proposal which the Forest Service will evaluate in the planning analysis process. Please support our proposal in your own words. Our proposal includes:

  • Expansion of the existing OSV closure at Castle Peak, Andesite Ridge and Basin Peak, because of the high demand for winter non-motorized recreation opportunity at Donner Summit.
  • For similar reasons, expansion of non-motorized areas immediately south of Donner Summit, in the vicinity of Benson Hut.
  • Creation of a new nonmotorized area around Loch Leven lakes.
  • OSV restrictions that promote shared use and nonmotorized recreation opportunity in the Lakes Basin.
These designations will also improve habitat for wildlife, including the Sierra Nevada Red Fox, by restricting snowmobile cross-country travel.

You may wish to demand restrictions in addition to those listed above. Let Tahoe NF know what is important to you.


Snowlands Network and Winter Wildlands Alliance submitted a proposed alternative for managing OSV recreation on Tahoe NF. You may download these documents as PDF documents here:

Tahoe Proposal
Map of OSV closures


This is the time for you to let the Tahoe NF know what changes you want to see in order to improve backcountry skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing. Please send comments now and try to attend one of the meetings!

Thank you for participating in this community effort.