Skiing in Lake Tahoe

Trip Start Nov 01, 2012
Trip End Mar 06, 2013

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Politically speaking, Lake Tahoe is in both Nevada and California, with about one third being in Nevada (east shore and half the north shore). We are staying in the town of South Lake Tahoe in California, but we are only about 100 meters from Stateline in Nevada. 

This may seem irrelevant if comparing Gloucestershire to Herefordshire, but the different state laws make a huge difference here. California does not allow casinos and as Stateline is home to five open casinos, many of the hotels in the neighboring town of South Lake Tahoe, California organize buses to take residents to the casinos in Stateline.  Stateline and South Lake Tahoe is effectively one town, with the state line intersecting with U.S. Route 50.  What is more amazing is the geographic separation, if you stand on top of Heavenly ski resort and look left you see a beautiful view of California, then look right to see the arid desert of Nevada. This is hard to appreciate unless see it with your own eyes so we have included the view in our pictures.

It was always a treat to end our world trip on a high by skiing in California. Having skied in Mammoth some years ago we were expecting big things. Despite no new snow in Lake Tahoe for the past few weeks, conditions remain remarkably good. We didn't find new powder off piste, however, we did manage to get the resorts almost to ourselves. Buying the ski pass daily, and driving to different mountains and resorts is typical US skiing and this allows more flexibility then Europe.

All ski trips involve a bit of micky taking and competition, and for those of you that have skied with M, we still have a beaver nomination. With K in her new retro charity shop ski kit, and M in the same outfit that he has worn around the world…….yes he has convinced K that the same thin rain jacket that performed in Thailand, could be his winter ski jacket (good advert for North Face though), off we went.

Over the years we have been compiling a book of excuses why K does not ski black double diamond runs from first to last light.  Though we are older and mellower skiers these days, the book is not closed and we had a new entry for steep black double diamond avoidance when K claimed she saw bear prints at the top of run - funny how K did not spot bear prints on the blues.  That excuse was on the leader board until M claimed his skiing was impaired by the wind blowing is eye lids closed when schussing due to aerodynamics of his $1 sun glasses.     

On a serious note, years of loving gentle encouragement has finally paid off as K skied like a superstar and happily spent the day on blacks, off-piste and tree skiing much to M’s delight.  
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