Blogs from South Lake Tahoe, California, United States, North America


Wednesday – Tuesday, 28 February – 6 March Skied Northstar on Wednesday. It’s a great mountain for beginners and intermediates but unfortunately Dale and I skied like a putz, thanks to the tuning done on our skis overnight. It’s amazing how a simple wax and edge can affect the performance of the skis. The hard-packed powder also didn’t help, compared to the softer stuff we’ve encountered at Heavenly and Kirkwood. As a result, Dale and I didn’t really enjoy the mountain to the fullest. We’ll come back one more time when the skis have had some wear and the conditions are better after the snow storm. On Thursday we went up for 2 hours to Heavenly to get a couple of turns in before the full brunt of snow storm Quinn arrived. Most of the lifts ... read more
It was bucketing as the storm arrived
Dale is earning his keep so we can get out the door
Northstar after 70cm of snow and counting

North America » United States » California » South Lake Tahoe February 28th 2018

Wednesday – Tuesday, 21-27 February On Thursday we went to Carson City, the capital of Nevada, which is about 35km from South Lake Tahoe. Dwayne wanted to check out the Nevada State Railway Museum and we spent an interesting 2 hours looking at restored steam trains and learning about the history of rail in the wild wild west. We ate at iHop for lunch. It’s your typical American diner atmosphere with booth seats and they serve pancakes, waffles, crepes, omelettes and a small smattering of savoury items. Done it once, won’t be going back. We had an AMAZING day of skiing on Friday for Dale’s birthday. We went to Kirkwood after they’d had 25” of snow in the previous 48 hours, and it was epic. Powder everywhere you looked, avalanche control blasts over the backside and ... read more
Driving to Kirkwood after snow
Off piste black at Kirkwood

North America » United States » California » South Lake Tahoe February 21st 2018

Wednesday – Tuesday, 14-20 February Dale arrived on Valentine’s day and we’ve had great skiing all week. On Sabbath we went to church and enjoyed community with the locals over lunch. We explored the lake foreshore and inducted Dale into the Taco Bell tradition. On Sunday, we drove around to Emerald Bay, which is most notable for it’s Scandinavian style castle, Vikingsholm, overlooking a cute little bay. Unfortunately the crowds of Presidents Day long weekend also thought it would be a good idea and it was a nightmare trying to find parking. The drive from South Lake Tahoe around to Emerald Bay is quite stunning. We took a side road and did a quick walk to Fallen Leaf Lake, whilst it was lightly snowing. The wind was absolutely howling as the snow storm bore down on ... read more
The view at Heavenly is second to none
Aerial Tramway
The California/Nevada state line

North America » United States » California » South Lake Tahoe February 14th 2018

Thursday 8 February Our travel was a longer day than we had bargained for. The trip over in business class was great, being in the nose of the plane with only 7 other passengers. We were treated to a 3-course meal, although I’d pre-ordered vegetarian and I shouldn’t have, as the vegetarian on the menu was better. Will change that before our next flight. The captain popped by for a general chat, I watched “The Zookeeper’s Wife” and then went to sleep. The mattress they provide was thinner than I had expected so it was a broken sleep due to all the rotisserie action, but better than sitting up. In the middle of the night I woke to those familiar words from Dwayne – “we have a problem.” Last year it was a lost backpack in ... read more
Now that's more like it
Entree - garden salad, sour dough bread, apple muffin and pasta bake
Main course (Dwayne) - steak and veg

As I get closer to my departure date, many people are asking about the trip so I thought I start the travel blog early. Here’s a few of the most popular questions that I’m getting. If you have any here that aren’t mentioned let me know. I’m happy to edit this blog. Do you know where you’re staying each night? Absolutely not. I have a rough itinerary of which area I’ll be in, but I don’t have lodging set up anywhere yet. When I travel, I stay in hostels which one can usually book last minute. Hostels are cheap and are the best way for solo travelers to meet other people. Are you going alone? Yes, I’ll be alone for quite a bit. I’m joining up with at least three group tours (Buenos Aires to La ... read more

Spent the day driving around the south and south western shore of Lake Tahoe. Beautiful blue skis tostart the day. Drove south and headed towards the renowned Emerald Bay. Numerous photo stops along the way and vista points. Hugged the edge of the mountain as we drove around towards emerald bay on the right hand side of the road, another car came sailing around a bend and straight across us and into a vista point on our right! Got photos of emerald bay and read all about the castle that was built at the bottom of the cliff we were standing on and then headed a bit further around the lake to the carpal entrance to the drive down to the castle, Vikingsholm. The road down was closed due to the 2 feet of snow over ... read more

Got up at 7, cars in the car park covered in about 5 cm of new snow and the forecast is for more fresh snow and a bit of cloud this morning. There hasnt been fresh snow for the oast week so today looks like a day to ski. Had breakfast downstairs and in the hire shop in the hotel by 845. Got our lift passes from the hotel reception to avoid more queues and no the goldola by 915 and on the slopes a little after 930. Lovely ski field and very pretty surrounds. Prefer to Mammoth which we did last week. Similar number of California idiots on slopes though. Apparently a popular way of going home from a days skiing is this way! 2 flights for life over the weekend. We started on the ... read more

South Lake Tahoe…..revisited Lake Tahoe is magnificent and in our opinion one of the loveliest lakes in America. If you enjoy nature you will enjoy the Lake Tahoe area. Hours of hiking trails beckon; we passed many bikers, motorcyclist, boaters and kayakers along the way. Summer or winter Lake Tahoe is an outdoor playground. As the old saying goes, “you can’t go home again.” Those of you who know us well might inquire, “they don’t have a home, do they?” And they are right to a point, as we have lived in many places over the years. But the truth is that each of these places has indeed been our home, from the shores of Cape Cod to the mountains of Wyoming, to the beaches of Florida, to the green Northwest, to the present day digs ... read more
Tahoe Lake Extraordinaire
Views of Lake Tahoe
Merry Jo & Amy

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