Are you sitting at your work computer right now researching how to best spend your weeklong vacation on the slopes of Lake Tahoe? Can’t get enough of the photos showing a brightly-clad skier sinking bottomless powder turns with the cobalt blue waters of Lake Tahoe in the distance?
On The Slopes
The promise of a new year! 2017 is already shaping up to be a winter to remember as forecasters are calling for 5 to 7 feet of fresh snow to blanket the slopes in Lake Tahoe during the first week in January. With stellar conditions and incred deals waiting to greet destination guests, Lake Tahoe ski resorts are making it easy to stick with your New Year’s resolution to learn to ski/snowboard or take your riding to the next level.
California dreaming. Surf in the morning, shred during the day, skate all night. This ambitious lineup might sound a little crazy to some, but to Northern Californians it’s a daily reality given the close proximity of the coast, mountains and urban city centers. There is a palpable stoke that can be felt on the slopes of Lake Tahoe as the culture of surfing, creativity of skateboarding and soul of skiing and snowboarding come together in the region’s cutting-edge terrain park scenes.
Once the winter snowstorms close the high mountain passes in California for the season, the spine of the Sierra Nevada Mountains becomes the largest roadless area in the lower 48 states including the highest peak in the contiguous U.S., Mt. Whitney, at 14,505 feet. Lake Tahoe sits at the northern end of this high alpine paradise serving as an ideal basecamp for backcountry-savvy skiers and snowboarders looking to hone their skills before heading out into the region’s endless powder playgrounds.
There must be something in the water in Lake Tahoe. How else you can explain the abnormally high percentage of Olympic gold medalists and world champion athletes that call Lake Tahoe home? We shared a chairlift with a few of them recently to find out just what it is that makes Lake Tahoe so extraordinary.
Everybody loves new. New snow, new gear, new terrain; the best days on skis typically include some element of new. But new is simply not enough these days at Lake Tahoe resorts; if it’s going to impress the latest generation of skiers and snowboarders, it better be cool, too.
Looking for a totally unique, memorable winter vacation that caters to the feminine side of the sport? Lake Tahoe ski resorts have the perfect fit in the way of women-specific camps and clinics taught by some of the biggest female names in the ski and snowboard industry. Home to five Olympic medalists, ESPN’s Female Action Sport Athlete of the Year and Powder Magazine’s Female Skier of the Year, Lake Tahoe has no shortage of world-class caliber women charging the slopes and sharing their love for the sport.
Even though gambling is legal in Lake Tahoe, ski resort operators don’t like taking any changes when it comes to making sure chairlifts are turning by mid-November and early season conditions are prime for powder-hungry skiers and snowboarders. This is where state-of-the-art snowmaking systems come into play, allowing ski resorts to hedge their bets and make snowflakes fall from the sky, even when there is not a cloud in sight.
Bragging rights are an important part of mountain culture...first ascents, first descents and the much-sought after first chair on a powder day. The lengths locals go to in snagging first chairs are a thing of legend: predawn rally cries, all-night campouts and even the occasional rumor of beer being used as bribery. But few stories can outshine first chair of the entire season, this feat can be brought up again and again at slope-side watering holes and still receive a hearty toast.
Lake Tahoe ski resorts will be welcoming skiers and snowboarders over the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday weekend with powdery slopes and spinning chairlifts thanks to recent storms that dropped more than a foot of fresh snow at summit elevations. With all major Lake Tahoe resorts planning to be open by Saturday, November 26, destination travelers can take advantage of early season deals and new nonstop air service to enjoy Lake Tahoe's endless variety of winter vacation itineraries including 24/7 Vegas-style entertainment and non-stop fun for the entire family.