My driver’s license was due to expire on my birthday this year. Since I am licensed in Nevada and for this renewal they were telling me I had to renew in person, I had to get to Nevada before my birthday.
Fortunately, my friend Steve, who has a house in Tahoe, was planning to make a trip up there around early to mid-February. And, our friend Tim was interesting in skiing and this winter has seen epic snowfall, therefore, the stars aligned so that we could make the trip so I could get my licensed renewed and ski for a couple of days in near ideal snow conditions.
The rain and snowfall in California this winter has been substantial following years of drought. The drought has not been completely resolved but there has been significant progress. The mountains in Tahoe have recorded more than 440 inches of snow for this winter. Needless to say this is most welcome since the skiing conditions during the drought years were sub-optimal.
If you were driving along US Highway 20 in eastern Idaho, you might well not give much notice as you pass by Picabo, ID (pics), pronounced pick’-a-boo. There’s not much to attract your attention, the Picabo Angler store with Texaco gas pumps and the Rancher’s Supply store across the street are the only noticeable enterprises. Alongside the highway is a small RV park with 17 spaces which is adjacent to a field belonging to one of the many ranches around Picabo, this one has about 40 or 50 sheep, two llamas and two horses. Nice neighbors.
Lake Tahoe (pics) is a special place, perhaps not one of a kind but it’s on a short list. First, there’s the deep lake with a surface elevation of 6,225 feet and 72 miles of shoreline. In the summer this provides for all manner of water sports. In addition, the lake is surrounded by dramatic Sierra Nevada mountain ranges that not only provide dramatic and breathtaking vistas but almost unlimited hiking, biking, backpacking and camping opportunities.
Then in the winter, these mountains usually get a generous amount of snowfall which provides world class skiing opportunities at numerous ski resorts in the mountains that ring the lake. Skiing (downhill and cross country), snowboarding, snowmobiling and other winter alpine activities draw visitors from around the world. If the outdoors get to be too much, you can find a great restaurant, do some shopping or, since a portion of the lakeshore is in Nevada, visit one of the casinos.
Once again we feel privileged and lucky to have had the opportunity to spend two weeks here. Mostly due to the hospitality and generosity of our friends we were able to come here in July and to hike, bike, go the beach, spend time with friends and be awed by the natural beauty of this place. It’s really difficult to choose the best time of year to be in Tahoe, winter or summer. They’re both special.
Once again we are here at Lake Tahoe (pics) for some skiing. The ski season has been a little dicey so far with limited snowfall. This is representative of the serious drought that has gripped California.