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- Skiing, snowboarding and cross-country skiing in the winter
- Hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, mountain biking, road cycling, and horseback riding in the summer
- Kayaking, SUP and motor boating on Lake Tahoe and nearby Donner Lake
- Snowmobiling, all-terrain vehicles, motocross
- Casinos, shows, restaurants, and night clubs in nearby Reno and S. Lake Tahoe, NV

Attractions and sights

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  • Squaw Valley

    Squaw Valley
    Storied Olympic ski resort. Aerial tram. Mid-mountain skating rink and swimming pool. Family-friendly green trails. For those who like it hot, insane drops and couloirs -- it's one of the top extreme skiing destinations in America.
    Squaw Valley
  • Emerald Bay

    Emerald Bay
    A picturesque bay. Rock cliffs, turquoise waters. Good hikes up surrounding mountains
    Emerald Bay
  • Great Flume Trail

    Great Flume Trail
    Mountain biking trail traversing steep rocky slope of Lake Tahoe. Breathtaking views.
    Great Flume Trail
  • Reno, Nevada

    Reno, Nevada
    Mini Las Vegas: casinos, shows, restaurants, night clubs, hotels -- 45 min drive to the lake
    Reno, Nevada
  • Kirkwood

    Skiing and snowboarding in the winter and hiking and mountain-biking in the summer. Plenty of powder and a broad selection of advanced skiing terrain. The mountain has 2 mi ridgeline at the top, which makes it popular for cliff drops and cornices
  • Desolation Wilderness

    Desolation Wilderness
    A popular hiking and backpacking destination, with much barren rocky terrain at the edge of the tree line. Lake Aloha is a feature of the wilderness area, with shallow, clear waters sitting in a wide granite basin. The Crystal Range is within the wilderness with Pyramid Peak as the highest point at 10,000 feet /3,000 m. Among the many waterfalls within the wilderness is Horsetail Falls.
    Desolation Wilderness
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    More attractions and sights

    - More ski resorts around the Lake, all within 30-40 min from one another: Northstar, Heavenly, Alpine Meadows, Sugar Bowl, Mt. Rose, Homewood, Diamond Peak, and a few smaller ones
    - Cross-country skiing areas: Royal Gorge, Tahoe XC, and a few smaller ones
    - South Lake Tahoe: Mini Reno: casinos, shows, restaurants, night clubs, hotels, all virtually at the base of Heavenly ski resort

    More about Lake Tahoe

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    When to go

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    Best time to go:

    December through April for skiing; the summer for hiking, biking, boating, etc.

    Warning: The water is cold year-round. Swimming is OK but it's not Hawaii.

    Where to stay

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    How to get there

    By car, from the following airpots:
    - Reno, Nevada: 50 mi / 1 hr
    - San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland: 200 mi / 3.5 hr
    - Sacramento: 120 mi / 2 hr
    Public transportation sucks; you'll need a car just to move around. However, you can stay in Reno and ride a shuttle bus every day. It's cheaper but less of an experience


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