Lake Tahoe Parasailing
Looking for a new way to experience Lake Tahoe? Consider giving parasailing a try!
On calm, clear days, it’s not uncommon to see parasails all around the water as people take in the spectacular Tahoe views from new heights. While parasailing has long been a popular activity in Lake Tahoe, it has become increasingly popular in the Lake Tahoe area in the last few years. In fact, it was even featured on an episode of ABC’s The Bachelor as an adventurous date, which caused a spike in tourism and parasailing locally.
There’s nothing quite like seeing Lake Tahoe from above — and parasailing requires minimal preparation and cost in comparison to other options, like hot air balloons and helicopters. Let’s take a look at parasailing and where you can experience this high-flying adventure in Lake Tahoe!
Where to go parasailing in Lake Tahoe
Action Water Sports offers 500-feet or 1,000-feet parasail experiences from a variety of departure locations, including:
- Lakeside Marina, 4014 Lakeshore Boulevard, South Lake Tahoe, CA
- Timber Cove Marina, 3411 Lake Tahoe Boulevard, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
- Round Hill Pines Marina, 300 Highway 50, Zephyr Cove, NV
Prices range from $75-$95 for a 1-hour duration and $20 for observers in the boat.
Zephyr Cover offers a 1,000-foot parasailing experience over the clear blue waters of Tahoe for both tandem or single parasailers. Prices range from $79 to $199 depending on the number of riders and time of day. Friends and family can ride along for $35 and you can also rent a helmet cam for $30.
The Zephyr Cove marina departure location is:
- 760 U.S. Hwy 50, Zephyr Cove, NV 89448
Tahoe Sports offers a great parasailing experience with three different height options — 400, 800, or 1,200 feet — for up to three passengers. They have one departure location:
- Ski Run Marina, 900 Ski Run Boulevard, South Lake Tahoe, CA
Prices range from $80-$105 per person and $30 for observers.
How does parasailing work?
If you’ve never tried (or seen) parasailing before, it’s definitely something to experience. Basically, you’re attached to the parasail/parachute with a harness and the parasail is attached to the boat using a tow rope. As the boat moves forward, you go higher depending on the length of the tow rope. Everything is controlled by the captain, so you have very little to worry about other than having fun.
While it sounds a little scary, parasailing can actually be a very relaxing experience since it’s a steady and gradual climb. You sort of feel like you’re floating. Of course, you may get a little wet as part of the parasailing experience, but you can stay mostly dry if you prefer.
Plus, since you’re able to stay above the water AND wear a life vest, parasailing is one of the few water-based activities that you can do even if you’re not a strong swimmer!
Lake Tahoe parasailing tips & requirements
If you’re a first-time parasailer or it has been a while since you’ve been out, here are a few tips and tricks you should know to make the experience safe and fun!
- For safety, make sure your parasailing company is licensed by the US Coast Guard and specifically trained in all aspects of parasailing.
- Make your reservations at least 2-3 days in advance or risk missing out.
- Note the cancellation policy when you book. Most places around Lake Tahoe require at least a 24-hour cancellation notice if you want a refund.
- Double-check the age limits before you go. Those under 18 likely need to parasail with an adult.
- Note any weight limits. Generally, riders need to be at least 90 pounds to go solo and the total weight can not exceed 450-500 pounds. However, that varies and is up to the company’s discretion.
- Consider early morning (sunrise) or evening (sunset) parasailing for some extra-spectacular views — and potentially calmer water and weather.
- Clear and bright days are ideal for parasailing and allow for the smoothest ride, best views, and clearest communication.
Parasailing is just one of the many amazing recreational activities offered in Lake Tahoe — and we can’t wait for you to experience all of them! While you’re here, Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel serves as the perfect home base for all your Tahoe getaway, with clean and spacious suite-style rooms and more to help you rest up and relax afterward! Book your stay today!