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Ski Vacation In Lake Tahoe

Aug 17, 2007
The spectacular Lake Tahoe skiing area is split roughly into two-third in California and one- third in Nevada. Many ski magazines have billed Lake Tahoe ski resort as one of the most beautiful resorts in the world and these praises have also been underscored by skiers on vacation in Lake Tahoe ski resorts.

"Gold has been found along the base of Carson-Sierra Range. It has a magnificent lake. It will become a world renowned place" the Placerville Herald proclaimed in 1853. The newspaper was right about every thing else except about the gold. Lake Tahoe ski resort certainly has a magnificent lake and definitely is world renowned for its pristine beauty and excellent skiing terrains.

When Les Otten's American Skiing Company purchased this made in heaven resort, he was reported to have said, "We have casinos like Monte Carlo, mountains like the Alps, a magnificent lake and 24 hour nightlife."

This gorgeous cobalt-blue high-alpine lake is actually surrounded by 15 ski areas and resorts. Although commonly called Lake Tahoe ski resort, it is actually a collection of several ski resorts. Some like the Diamond Peak have more sensational views and while others like the Squaw Valley ski resort have superb skiing trails but then is too far away to view the beautiful lake

Tahoe in the Red Indian language means 'water in high places'. It certainly is so for Lake Tahoe, one of the world's biggest and highest alpine lakes and is almost entirely surrounded by mountains. The entire 15 ski area occupies a space of 27,000 acres (12,000) hectares of ski terrain, 200 lifts and more than a whopping 1,000 trails. Heavenly, with the highest slopes over 3,000meters and that is a rollicking 10,000 feet skiing, is the resort people commonly link to Lake Tahoe with Squaw Valley coming a close second.

For real off-piste challenges, skiers and snow boarders should head for Killbrew Canyon and Mott Canyon where double black diamond chutes and bowls offer excellent powder skiing. Mogul lovers will want to test their skills at the Gunbarrel. A bunch of adrenaline rush seeking skiers who call themselves Face Rats, do nothing but ski this seemingly endless bump run, managing as many as 40 descents in one day and recently, two Rats pushed the record up to 54.

Heavenly is also known for its Las Vegas style gambling hotels. There are cabaret shows at places like Harrah's, Harvey's and Caesar's in South Lake Tahoe.

Legend has it that Squaw Valley was discovered sometime around 500AD by the Washoe Indians. In 1860s, rumors of silver deposits brought prospectors flocking to the area, but nothing was ever found.

If you do enjoy skiing with a touch of nightlife fun, then a skiing vacation in Lake Tahoe ski resort should certainly be in your skiing itinerary calendar.
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