Lake Tahoe has been a vacation destination for over three thousand years, when the Washoe and Paiute Indians enjoyed their summer R&R at the Lake. For just about as long, Lake Tahoe has elicited superlatives from its visitors. The Washoe called it “The Lake of the Sky”. Mark Twain proclaimed the Lake to be “the fairest picture the whole earth affords!” These days, we use phrases like majestic, breathtaking and awe-inspiring.
Lake Tahoe offers several great skiing options on both its northern and southern shores, With world-class ski resorts and acres of backcountry trails, you can glide down groomed slopes or take a cross-country tour of the winter woods. Its proximity to Reno also means there are good flight options, and ski-and-stay packages abound. There are three ski resorts in the region: the best values can be found at Sierra-at-Tahoe, a smaller resort catering to less-experienced skiers, but serious powder hounds will want to search for bargains at Heavenly and Kirkwood, which regularly gets the most snowfall in the region.
HOW TO GET THERE
Lake Tahoe is just 90 minutes away from Reno. The South Tahoe Express offers regular shuttle service from Reno-Tahoe International Airport to South Lake Tahoe for $26 each way. Alternatively, it can sometimes be better to fly directly into Sacramento and drive two hours, or to San Francisco, which is three and a half hours away by car.