Between the ski trips in the snowy winters and outdoor adventures on the lake and hiking the mountains in the summer, Lake Tahoe keeps travelers busy all year long. And once you visit Lake Tahoe one season, it’s hard not to want to come back for the other 3 to enjoy everything else this area has to offer. Why shouldn’t you? Lake Tahoe is home to world-class skiing, world-class golfing, beautiful mountains and the largest alpine lake in North America.
Once you begin planning a trip to Lake Tahoe, the hardest part is deciding between all the outdoor adventures that await you. The Tahoe area receives over 300 days of sunshine every year, so you’re sure to have plenty of opportunity to experience all the premier amenities that draw thrill-seekers to this area year round. Between the 18 world-class ski resorts, superior golf courses and breathtaking wedding venues, there’s never a bad time or reason to pay a visit to one of these Lake Tahoe resorts.
World Class Ski Resorts
Choosing a ski resort in Lake Tahoe can be a bit difficult. After all, 18 different places to choose from poses quite the dilemma. So, why not kill two birds with one stone? Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley are co-owned and getting a ticket to one ensures entry to both. There’s even a shuttle that runs between the two resorts that allows for easy access to the combined 6,000 acres of skiable terrain. Squaw Valley was home to the 1960 Winter Olympics and the challenging slopes still attract some of the world’s most talented skiers every winter. There are still plenty of intermediate and beginner slopes for the less experienced, and the two resorts are constantly being maintained and improved. In fact, the two are in the middle of a $70 million dollar “Renaissance” at the moment, which is expected to be completed in 2016. Whether you’re the ultimate daredevil or you’re just looking for a vacation full of new and exciting slopes, a ticket here goes far.
A Golfer’s Paradise
Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course is rated one of America’s Top Golf Courses by Golf Digest Magazine. Every year, Edgewood hosts several famous golf tournaments, including the American Century Championship Tournament (a celebrity golf tournament) which is held at this challenging golf course in Lake Tahoe every July. Since the course is closed to the public during these times, the real best times to come is in May or October, when the weather and scenery are just as pleasing, but the prices are much more affordable.
The two separate golf courses at Incline Village in Lake Tahoe have also received the world-class title, as well as the recognition of Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play. Both courses offer magnificent views that can easily distract and sooth from the challenging game chock full of water hazards. The award-winning design was mastered by a father and son team, Robert Trent Jones, Senior and Junior.
The Ultimate Wedding Destination
And who wouldn’t want their wedding to be remembered as world-class? In addition to resorts being known for their thrilling ski terrain and legendary golf courses, these mountains and the Lake Tahoe itself has also set itself up for being one of the top wedding destinations when you’re looking for an outdoor venue. If it’s your dream to tie the knot on an elegant yacht, on the beach with a mountain view in the backdrop or in the snowy slopes, a destination wedding (or honeymoon) in Lake Tahoe might be in the books for you. Full service wedding resorts like The Ridge in South Lake Tahoe or Sugar Bowl resort make planning a beautiful wedding in Tahoe easier.
This article was written by Lizz Riggs, editor of TahoesBest.com.