Another Tahoe Snowstorm

Another storm came through early on Tuesday, Feb 6.  When we woke up there was probably less than one inch of new snow.  With some uncertainty about how the weather would play out on the mountain, Valerie didn’t want to ski so I went alone.  I skied for about 3 hours and the snow fell non stop; at times what I would call “pounding” snowfall.  Ultimately, the storm dropped 15” of new snow on Heavenly.

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Lake Tahoe–Summer 2011

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In the winter, the Lake Tahoe area is one of the best places to visit.  There are multiple world class ski areas and every conceivable winter sport available.  Generally, the mountains surrounding the lake get a significant amount of snow so there is rarely any concern that you will be able to enjoy your favorite activity.  From late October last year until late April this year, the highest elevations received a cumulative total of approximately 60 feet of snowfall.

As spectacular as Lake Tahoe is for winter fun, it is equally or possibly even better for summer fun.  On the water or in the surrounding mountains, you can indulge every sort of outdoor activity.  Boating and water skiing, sailing, fishing, para-sailing, hiking, biking and mountain climbing.  All while surrounded by the most stunning lake and mountain vistas imaginable.

IMG_3740We were fortunate to be able to visit our friends who have a house not far from the eastern shore of Lake Tahoe.  We were able to go hiking, bicycle riding and take a sailboat ride.  It’s so difficult to choose photos that best capture the beauty of Lake Tahoe.  Our photography skills are just not adequate.  I’m not sure anyone can truly capture what it’s like.  When hiking you can see meadows filled with wildflowers framed by the lake and snow capped mountains.  We hope the photos will give you some feel for this beautiful place.

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IMG_8492Our friends Steve and Wende offered us the opportunity to join them at their beautiful place in Tahoe and get a shot at some skiing before we left for Ecuador.  So on December 10th, Tim and Dinah joined us for a few days of early season skiing at Homewood and Heavenly.  Unfortunately, there hadn’t been any snow since the early storm during Thanksgiving so you had to be alert for rocks and, in the early part of the day, for icy patches.  But, we had a good time anyway.

IMG_8526The good news is that on the 14th, we got a foot of new snow and the following day was picture perfect.  No wind, blue skies and new snow.  Couldn’t get any better.