But don’t think Lake Tahoe is all ski. Snowboarding roots are deeply buried in the snow drift of history. The first snowboard halfpipe was hand carved in Tahoe City in 1979. Snowboarder Tom Sims recalls being blindfolded when shown the location of the historic pipe. Word spread and top snowboarders and skateboarders made pilgrimage to the site of what would become snowboarding’s future.
The ‘90s and 2000s gave rise to the extreme era of skiing and snowboarding. Skiers Scot Schmidt and Glen Plake represented the region in films like The Blizzard of Ahhhhs while Shaun Palmer, one the most decorated professional snowboarders in history, sat firmly atop the snowboard world in multiple disciplines. A young skier named Shane McConkey migrated from Colorado. He would blow minds with crazy on-camera antics in the Matchstick Productions ski films, but would also reinvent the way people slide down mountains. To this day, our local skiers and riders stand atop podiums at the biggest competitions in the world.