Soak Up the Splendor of Lake Tahoe
Located on the border between California and Nevada, in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, Lake Tahoe is North America's largest alpine lake, and the 27th largest lake in the world, measured by volume. It is also the second deepest lake in the United States, with the deepest being Oregon's Crater Lake. Lake Tahoe offers a host of outdoor adventure opportunities, with winter sports being high on the agenda. There are dozens of ski areas in both California and Nevada that are located near Lake Tahoe, catering for thousands of snow sport enthusiasts each season. These include Squaw Valley, Heavenly Mountain Resort, Diamond Peak, Alpine Meadows, Boreal Mountain Resort, Sugar Bowl Ski Resort, Donner Ski Ranch, Homewood Mountain Resort and Mount Rose Ski Resort, to mention a few. In addition to offering snow skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling and snowshoeing, some resorts also offer snow tubing, an activity that's a whole lot of fun for the whole family.
From early Spring, through summer and into early Autumn, Lake Tahoe is a very popular water sport venue, offering parasailing, jet skiing, kayaking and paddle boarding, as well as various types of boating. In August each year the Lake Tahoe Concours d'Elegance showcases classic wooden boats in an event hosted by the Tahoe Yacht Club. With proceeds going to charity, the event attracts hundreds of boat owners and spectators, with prizes being awarded in fourteen different categories. Scuba diving is another popular water-based sport at Lake Tahoe, and because the lake is situated at such a high altitude, increasing the risk of decompression sickness, diving here is for advanced and experienced divers.
Hiking and mountain biking enthusiasts can enjoy a network of trails all around the lake, with one of the most popular being the Tahoe Rim Trail. This 165-mile trail circumnavigates the lake, with altitudes ranging from 6,240 feet to 10,338 feet. About half of the trail is suitable for mountain bikes, and the entire trail can be explored on horseback. It is not open to motorized vehicles. The trail makes its way through the spectacular Desolation Wilderness area with its unusual landforms formed by the last ice age. The awe-inspiring scenery and views of Lake Tahoe are a generous reward for the effort of hiking the Tahoe Rim Trail.