"From natural beauty, to outdoor resources, Lake Tahoe has many unique features to offer vacationers. It's America's finest playground for outdoor enthusiast."
South Lake Tahoe is an outdoor enthusiasts paradise. You can find almost every outdoor activity imaginable. Sunny summer days bring endless fun from intense mountain biking to relaxing with friends at the Lake's picturesque beaches. Hit the slopes, sail across the lake, enjoy a show, or relax and rejuvenate at one of our sandy beaches. Located in the Sierra Mountains, Lake Tahoe is one of California's favorite year-round playground.
Freshwater lake, located along the border between California and Nevada at its major bend west of Carson City. The lake is known for the clarity of its water and the panorama of surrounding mountains on all sides.
Lake Tahoe is the country's premier skiing destination in the winter with an average snow fall of 409 inches and 15 downhill resorts and 10 cross-country centers. Here, activities like snowboarding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, sledding, and even sleigh riding can be a part of your winter fun. Lake Tahoe was originally known as a skiing destination.
Home to one of the highest alpine lakes, the area offers beautiful natural scenery and challenging outdoor recreation. World famous Heavenly ski resort rises from the Lake and town below, offering tremendous winter sports. The Lake, gaming and south shore entertainment, and beaches make this area the envy of most western resort destinations. Our heavenly valley vacation rentals are all just minutes away.
The most famous ski resort in the area is Squaw Valley, USA, the site of the 1960 winter Olympics. Located about 6 miles northwest of Tahoe City, skiing is spread out over 6 different peaks and is serviced by one of the most intricate lift systems worldwide.
Why we love tahoe
In the winter, we are skiing, snowboarding, ice-skating, and snow-shoeing. In the summer, we love to mountain bike, hike, fish, golf and boat on the lake. At night, we enjoy the live entertainment in town. Oh, and the weather...
Tahoe is known for it's great weather year-round. Fall in particular is filled with wonderfully consistent sunny days and cooler nights. Summer has little to no humidity. Winter provides ample snow, yet is still far less cold than most other ski destinations.
Annual precipitation ranges from over 55 inches/year or 140 cm in watersheds on the west side of the basin to about 26 inches/year or 67 cm near the lake on the east side of the basin. Most of the precipitation falls as snow between November and April, although rainstorms combined with rapid snowmelt account for the largest floods. There is a pronounced annual runoff of snowmelt in late spring and early summer, the timing of which varies from year to year. In some years, summertime monsoon storms from the Great Basin bring intense rainfall, especially to high elevations on the east side of the basin. As the climate in the northern Sierra warms, hydrologists anticipate that an increasing fraction of the precipitation in basin will fall as rain rather than snow.
In the summer, South Lake Tahoe is as an exciting vacation destination where visitors can enjoy sailing, water sports, beaches, golf, rock climbing, horseback riding, bungee jumping, parasailing, camping, ballooning, and much more.
The most picturesque view of the lake are at Emerald Bay. In addition, make sure you hike the 1 mile trek down to Vikingsholm Castle to see one of the finest examples of Scandinavian architecture in the western hemisphere.