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Far West Ski
Convention will be
held in Reno
June 7 - 10.
Extend your stay
The 2018 FWSA Convention will be
held at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa. The
Convention Committee is planning many exciting activities in conjunction with the 86th
Annual FWSA Convention. Thursday's adventures includes kayaking on the Truckee River,
while Friday's Golf Tournament will be at the
beautiful Lakeridge Golf Course. Others may
also want to hike with the FWSA group on
an easy trail along the shores of scenic Lake
Tahoe - the largest alpine lake in North America. Lake Tahoe is also the second deepest in
the US at 1,645 feet. If the Empire State Building was built in this lake, the top of the building would still be covered by water. Only
Crater Lake in Oregon at 1,945 feet is deeper
in the US. This picturesque alpine lake is surrounded by numerous peaks of the Sierra Nevada Mountains on the west and the Carson
Range on the east.
Crossing the Sierra Mountain Range had
always been a major obstacle. However, motivation increased in 1849 with the California
Gold Rush. During the next decade, the population of San Francisco grew significantly. A
decade later, the Comstock Lode near what is
now Virginia City, Nevada, was discovered.
Thus, an East-West connect called the "Bonanza Road" was carved out of the mountains
to accommodate the large traffic flow of gold
and silver prospectors. Much later, Highway
50 followed this route.
The western section of the transcontinental railroad was completed in 1868, passTOP: Lake Tahoe is approximately 22
miles long by 12 miles wide, with 72 miles
of diverse shoreline. Paddle boards can be
rented to explore the shores in greater detail.
MIDDLE: The M.S. Dixie II paddle wheeler is
a Lake Tahoe favorite. It can hold up to 500
passengers on its daytime cruises. Or, take
a sunset dinner cruise. It is also available
for private charters. Gather your group
and head to Zephyr Cove to board for a
memorable cruise of the lake. photo / Bridges
Media Group LOWER: Take the Heavenly
Mountain Gondola for a 2.4 mile ride to the
summit. Do stop at the Observation Deck.
The views are absolutely awesome. photos
courtesy of Reno/Tahoe USA unless otherwise indicated
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