South lake Tahoe, California

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We went to South Lake Tahoe for three days for a friend’s birthday and had an awesome time! We stayed in a cabin (VRBO.com) in the village right next to the lake. We visited in January so it was wonderfully snowy and, of course, beautiful. I had never seen the lake from that vantage point and at that time of the year and, let me say, it was incredible. The views alone were worth the trip!

We went skiing at Heavenly two of the three days we were in South Lake Tahoe. The lift tickets were pricey ($115/day) but, being ski novices, we opted for a two-day lift ticket, ski rental, and lesson package, which was only $185. The half day lesson was great; very slow paced, which was what we needed. The skiing itself was just incredible. And the access to the lifts via the gondola in town made things extremely easy. The views from the gondola and the ski lifts were absolutely breathtaking.

We also visited the casinos (just a short walk across the Nevada state line). We went on a Tuesday night so the casinos weren’t too busy or crazy, which was really nice.

All in all, South Lake Tahoe, especially in the winter, is a must see. The scenery is wonderful, the people are very friendly, and there is plenty to do and see.

  • Stay close to the lake and walk down to the shore. The view is incredible
  • Like skiing? Heavenly is, well… heavenly. Ski rentals and lift tickets can be purchased in town, right next to the gondola.
  • The Heavenly village (where you catch the gondola) has a lot of cool shops, restaurants, and a little ice skating rink. Great for an evening out.
  • Casinos are a quick walk across the state line.
  • Very laid back. If you’re not in a hurry, this is wonderful. If you are in a hurry, this could be a pain.
  • There are only a few casinos so if you are going solely for the gambling, you may get bored.
  • Check weather and road conditions. When we went chains weren’t required, but they often are in snowy conditions.
  • Heavenly seems to be geared more toward intermediate and expert skiers. If you’re a beginner, other resorts in the area may offer more beginner runs than Heavenly.
  • Anything┬ánear or at Heavenly is very expensive.
  • The lodge(s) at Heavenly aren’t as “lodgey” as you’d think. The one we went to (California Lodge) was basically just a big cafeteria.
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Posted: January 30, 2016

Author: Michael Lee

Category: North America

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