05 September 2017
Formed approximately 2 million years ago, Lake Tahoe is the crown jewel of the Sierra. Straddling the border of California and the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains at 1,897m above sea level, Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America. It’s deep, wide and bluer than blue water is legendary among travellers and thrill-seekers. With massive granite peaks as the backdrop, the scenery is unparalleled and it’s no wonder that Lake Tahoe is considered one of the most beautiful places in the world.
With an average of 300 days of sunshine each year, it is always a good-time to visit Lake Tahoe. With beaches, ski resorts, hundreds of kilometres of biking trails, several communities, and a growing number of nationally recognised events, Lake Tahoe is truly America’s year-round playground.
Summer in Lake Tahoe
In the summertime, Lake Tahoe bursts with energy making it the ultimate ‘American Lake Experience.’ Home to amazing outdoor activities, a diverse nightlife and accommodation to suit all adventurers, this natural treasure offers a high-country experience with superb outdoor recreation and magnificent scenery over the long summer days. Visitors can rent rafts and coast down the Truckee River with a drink in hand or jetski around Emerald Bay, one of the most photographed locations in the world. There are 5 trails for all types of hikers; Eagle Falls Trail, Loch Leven Lakes Trail, Lake Margaret Trail, Shirley Lake Trail and Five Lakes Trail, as well as some of the toughest mountain biking trails in California. And if you’re looking for incredible aerial views, you can hang glide over the lake or para-sail up to 800 ft!
It’s not all action in Lake Tahoe and if you’re not into high-octane adventure, fear not – there are plenty of jazz, beer, art and wine festivals to indulge the senses over the whole summer.
Winter in Lake Tahoe
California boasts the longest ski season in the USA, with the first resorts in North Lake Tahoe opening at the end of October. The remaining resorts open in November and December and the season lasts well into May and June. As a world-famous ski mecca, North Lake Tahoe lays claim to some of the country’s top alpine resorts, including Northstar California and Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, the latter recently voted by USA Today and 10Best as the Best Ski Resort in North America for the second year running. With access to 6,000+ skiable acres, 42 lifts and 270 trails, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is a destination for everyone. For the modern family that prefers substance with a unique, laid-back style, Northstar California Resort combines California cool with high-end luxury, on-mountain exhilaration and a sophisticated alpine village atmosphere.
Of course, skiing and snowboarding are a key part of the California snow experience, however there are tonnes of other activities offered at North Lake Tahoe like ice-skating, snowshoeing, tubing and sledding. For those seeking more power than gravity can provide, Coldstream Adventures out of Truckee and Lake Tahoe Snowmobile Tours on Brockway Summit offer snowmobile rentals and tours. SnoVentures at the base of Squaw Valley has mini snowmobile rides for kids in addition to snow tubing, and the Resort at Squaw Creek has dog-sledding and horse-drawn sleigh rides.
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