"At last the lake burst upon us - a noble sheet of blue water lifted 6,300 feet above the level of the sea, and walled in by a rim of snow-clad mountain peaks that towered aloft 3,000 feet higher still! It was a vast oval . . . As it lay there with the shadows of the mountains brilliantly photographed upon its still surface, I thought it must surely be the fairest picture the whole earth affords." -- Mark Twain, Roughing It
Lake Tahoe is a very special place, well deserving of its title as "Jewel of the Sierra. The lake’s clear blue water and dramatic surrounding peaks inspire visitors and locals alike. The above quote from Mark Twain, written well over 100 years ago, still holds true today.
As the second deepest alpine lake in the U.S., Lake Tahoe boasts a maximum depth of 1,645 feet, and an average depth of 1,000 feet. It is 22 miles long and 19 miles wide, with 72 miles of shoreline. That translates into an enormous volume of water, approximately 39.75 trillion gallons worth, so much so that the water would fill a flat area the size of the entire state of California to 14 inches!
There’s more than just the spectacular scenic beauty of the lake that makes the area so attractive to so many people. Thanks to its geographical location, Lake Tahoe is known for snowfall measured in feet, not inches. Storms that come off the Pacific Ocean can be powerful, and only intensify as they are pushed over the Sierra range. This means they leave lots of snow in their wake, as evidenced by last month’s record breaking storms
Yet, for all the storms and snowfall, Lake Tahoe is known for terrific weather, averaging 274 sunny days each year. The result is plenty of bluebird powder days surrounded by unmatched scenery, a perfect combination for skiers and snowboarders!
Need proof? Check out the video below, which captures another beautiful day at Lake Tahoe, one complete with world-class powder skiing.