Over the weekend, the Tahoe Sierra ski resorts welcomed fresh powder to their slopes.
Image courtesy of Visit Tahoe
Those resorts are counting down to the 2017-18 season. Sugar Bowl reported the most snowfall of 14” and Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows was close behind at 12”. Boreal up at Donner Summit had 7” of powder and Mt. Rose reported 3-4”.
Lake Tahoe is more than just a ski destination – it’s a way of life. The beautiful alpine lake has produced many famous athletes. Olympic gold medalist Julia Mancuso grew up in Squaw Valley, also known as Olympic Valley and host of the 1960 Winter Games. She is the country’s most decorated female Olympian alpine skier and used to pass the Olympic rings that adorn the ski area entrance every other day on her way to school.
“Squaw Valley is one of the more difficult mountains in the region… really in the world,” said Mancuso. “I think that’s why it really challenges athletes to be at the top of their sport, just because you have no other choice.”
Those who aren’t searching to train like an Olympian, there is no shortage of choices in Tahoe. The north shore is a quick 20-minute drive from south Reno and has a dozen ski resorts carved into its rugged landscape at an elevation of 6,200 feet. The North Lake Tahoe area is home to one of the largest concentrations of ski resorts in North America.
North Lake Tahoe resorts recorded six of the top ten biggest snowfall totals in the U.S. last ski season and Tahoe resorts had seven of the largest single-day snow totals in the country. Squaw Valley was open through mid-July and many skiers were flying down the mountain in shorts, or bikinis.
Along with Mancuso, the area is home to a bevy of pro skiers and athletes. Among them are World Cup downhill ski champion Travis Ganong, U.S. Ski Team member Lila Lapanja and Daron Rahlves, one of the most decorated U.S. downhillers in history.
“We’re just dotted with athletes all over the lake,” said Lapanja, who grew up at the base of Diamond Peak Ski Resort. “You get this blend of nature, of colors, of really good snow, of people who are pretty open.”
There are lots of ways to stay occupied on and off the slopes. The lake is surrounded by charming small towns from Kings Beach to Tahoe City. There are many things to explore from the quant little shops to the dynamite hole-in-the-wall restaurants.
Lake Tahoe is beautiful in all four seasons so be sure to plan your visit to enjoy this Fall season and the coming Winter.
November 7 | Mt. Rose Ski Resort
November 8 | Boreal
November 17 | Heavenly, Northstar, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows
November 18 | Auburn Ski Training Center
November 22 | Kirkwood
November 23 | Royal Gorge Cross Country (TBD), Sugar Bowl (TBD)
December 8 | Homewood, Tahoe Donner Downhill
December 14 | Diamond Peak
December 15 | Granlibakken, Donner Ski Ranch
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