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Skiing at Lake Tahoe in California

Susan Helene Kramer


The mountains around Lake Tahoe are perfect for skiing, reminding me that it looks in its present day much as when it was created during an ice age a million years ago. The lake is in northern California along the California and Nevada border, accessible from San Francisco and Sacramento to the west, Truckee to the north, Placerville on RT 50 to the south, and Carson City, Nevada to the east.


Donít forget chains for your auto tires when driving into the mountains in winter conditions. Iíve seen signs posted on the roads during snowy conditions that chains are required.


Other necessities to carry in the car are several days of survival gear including food and water and warm clothes. I store sleeping bags and water, toilet paper and first aid items in the back of my van all the time.


Here are two ski resorts to check out at Lake Tahoe - one at the northern end and one at the southern end:


Northstar Village California

Address: 5001 Northstar Drive Truckee, CA 96161


Located at the northern end of Lake Tahoe, The Village offers lodging, restaurants, indoor classes, yoga, shopping and more.


Adult activities include: downhill and cross country skiing; tubing; snowshoeing; indoor crafts; mountain tours.


Kidsí activities include several levels of ski instruction: The youngest group is for 3 year olds that are potty trained called Lucky Stars; group of 4 to 6 years olds called Super Stars; group of 7 to 12 year olds called All Stars - plus child care for younger children ages 2 to 6. Kidsí private lessons are available.


Driving from San Francisco to the northern point of Lake Tahoe, take I-80 East toward Reno, Nevada all the way to Truckee, then CA-89 for Sierraville/Lake Tahoe. It is about 200 miles from San Francisco to Lake Tahoe, and depending on traffic and weather conditions up to 4 hours driving time.


Tahoe Heavenly

Address: 3860 Saddle Rd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150


Heavenly is located at the southern end of Lake Tahoe and on the California and Nevada side, also. Enjoy skiing and snowboarding at this South Lake Tahoe resort. In addition to activities for adults this family resort offers kids instruction and daycare. Lodge and restaurant services, of course.


If driving from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe begin on I-80 East to Sacramento, then continue on US 50 East to South Lake Tahoe. The distance is 188 miles, and about three and a half hours driving time depending on weather and traffic conditions.


Plan your skiing trips well and enjoy all the fun winter sports the slopes have to offer.


For reference information - book in photo at beginning of article


Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - Lake Tahoe by Brandyn Roth from


Article by Susan Helene Kramer


Copyright 2012-2015 Susan Helene Kramer
Santa Barbara, California USA
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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