The “Polar Bear” Ironman Lake Tahoe: viewing it (or avoiding it)

Update: It actually started snowing Saturday evening at the higher elevations.   Though it isn’t sticking much to the roads freezing temperatures may cause ice delays.   It’s going to be a virtual “Polar Bear” swim on Sunday.

Sunday is the big day for one of the world’s signature athletic events, the first Ironman triathlon held here in over 10 years. However, the traffic  impacts on locals and visitors not interested in spectating are significant and some  disgruntlement from locals about the supposed lack of information has been expressed.

The gist is this:

  • Forget about getting between Truckee, Kings Beach, Squaw Valley, and Northstar before late Sunday afternoon after 4:30pm.  If you’re local get your supermarket/drugstore/liquor store run done before then.
  • If you want to spectate, the best spots are : the transition zones between swimming and cycling in Kings Beach at the park near the intersection of Highway 28(North Lake Blvd.) and Bear Street.  This are will be closed from 6am to 10am with a swim start time at 6:25am.   Then there’s the transition zone betwen cycling and running in Squaw Valley, though it’s not clear what the most probable time is.

Here is the detailed Ironman Lake Tahoe Traffic Impact Map.