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Most FWSA members have the numerous ski resorts surrounding the lake on their
favorites list and return year after year to visit
these fabulous resorts for snow fun. Between
them, there are more than 180 lifts, 500 trails
and 20,000 acres - many runs having absolutely stunning views of the lake - making
this area one of the most dynamic natural settings in the world. However, for many visitors, summer is the season to visit. And
rightly so, since there is so much to do around
the lake and Reno, Nevada just a short distance away, during the warmer months.
Since the 2018 FWSA Convention will
be held in Reno, and there are so many activities for one to enjoy in the area, why not plan
to spend several extra days before and/or after
the Far West Ski Association Convention.
The first question to ask is, what type of activities would you like to participate? Do you
want to be near the water, on the water, in the
water or over the water?
Does white water rafting give you a
thrill? What about standing on a paddleboard?
Or, kayaking along the shore? Is hiking more
to your liking? Perhaps rock climbing is something you want to do? Or, is biking along one
of the trails on your bucket list? Another alternative is a more passive approach - enjoy
the scenery. Lake Tahoe is known to be one
of nature's most blessed areas in the world!
Start in South Lake Tahoe for awesome
views. The Heavenly Gondola - a favorite for
skiers and boarders in the winter - also runs
during the summer months. Ride it up to the
Observation Deck near the mid point of the
ride. Don't forget your camera! This spot offers some of the best overall views of this gorgeous lake. Board the Gondola again to
TOP: The Tahoe Rim Trail is just one of
many paths that are available for mountain
biking and hiking. The 165 mile loop is
divided in several segments. Not all are open
to biking and be prepared for some climbing
areas. There are also many hiking areas.
Bring your cameras, as the views are
breathtaking! MIDDLE: There are also
numerous opportunities to rise above the lake.
For some unique experiences, try ballooning
and/or parasailing. LOWER: If you prefer to
be on the water, there are several places to
rent kayaks, paddle boards, jet skis and other
boats. photos courtesy of Reno/Tahoe USA
unless otherwise indicated
complete the ride to the top. While there,
hike along some mountain trails, participate
in one of the adventurous activities offered like
the ziplines or rope courses, or relax and enjoy
some refreshments before heading back down.
Another favorite Lake Tahoe activity is
to take a cruise on the lake. There are many
options to enjoy the cool breezes on the water.
One of the most popular cruises is on board
the M.S. Dixie II - a Paddle Wheeler departing
from Zephor Cove Resort & Marina, on the
Nevada side with its year around excursions.
Daytime scenic tours cruise to Emerald Island
on the northwest side, and return to Zephor
Cove. These two and a half hour cruises are
narrated so the passengers can learn about the
geology, as well as, the fascinating history of
the area. Both are extremely interesting and
The original M.S. Dixie was a private
pleasure boat dating back to 1949 which was
remodelled and opened to the public in 1972.
Number I was replaced by Number II in 1994,
combining the charm of its predecessor with
modern technology and comfort. This paddlewheeler can accommodate 500 plus passengers on its three decks. The two lower decks a dining room and entertainment area respectively - are climate controlled. The top deck is
open to catch the breezes and have 360 degree
views. Sunset or dinner cruises are also available. It is best to call for reservations as these
cruises are very popular.
Other options are chartering a fancy
yacht, a party boat or a sailboat; or go smaller.
Rent a kayak, a jet ski, or a paddleboard.
There are numerous spots around the lake to
rent boats, boards and bikes. These rental
shops have nearby areas they can recommend
to match your level of participation.
If you are an early riser, you may want
to view the lake from above - high above! The
adventure begins at the Tahoe Keys Marina
where riders meet the crew onboard the
Tahoe Flyer. This vessel cruises to a launch
site, where the balloon is inflated, passengers
climb into the basket and the journey begins.
As you are floating over the water, the pilot
will indicate points of interest around the lake.
"On a clear day," they say "you can see forever".
Well, maybe not forever, but it's possible to
view Yosemite National Park and beyond.
Allow four hours for this adventure.
If you don't want to go that high, try
parasailing - if weather permits. There are
several spots around the lake that offer parasailing. You determine how high you want to
go which can vary between 200 - 500 feet.
Do you feel more comfortable on the
water? Lots of choices here, too! Stand Up
Far West Skier's Guide 2O17 - 2O18 / Digital Edition Insert
ing through Donner Pass to Truckee. Years
later, the Lake Tahoe Railway took passengers
to Tahoe City. By the waning years of the
19th Century, the Lake Tahoe area became a
very popular vacation area for wealthy San
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