Before heading to Lake Tahoe, a little research on the North and South shores will help you make the most of your visit. The South side boasts gleaming many-storied casinos, hotels, strip malls and crowds. The North Shore offers a more relaxing, outdoorsy-feel with abundant resort-life and vacation rentals.
Tahoe is divided into four villages. Incline Village is named for the Great Incline Tramway that was built in the 1870’s by loggers. Today it is the site of posh mountain retreats and its east shore features some of the most beautiful beaches on the west coast. Diamond Peak and Mt. Rose offer some of best skiing in the area.
Crystal Bay is shared by both California and Nevada. In the Cal-Neva Resort you can swim from one state to the other. The Brat Pack, a.k.a. Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. used Crystal Bay as their playground in the 60’s and there is plenty of entertainment, dining and lodging available today.
Carnelian Bay is home to the Sierra Boat Company, opened in the early 1950’s and considered one of the top wooden boat builders in the world. Veins of red and yellow carnelian stones run through the shoreline and the scenic area offers plenty of vacation rentals for all seasons. Source: http://squawalpine.com
On the north shore of Lake Tahoe, Tahoe City is at the mouth of the Truckee River and was the home of the 1960 Winter Olympics at Squaw Valley. The waters of Lake Tahoe wind their way through the slopes of the Sierra mountains and offer skiing challenges from beginner to expert levels. Squaw Valley’s skiing seasons lasts well into the spring. Skiers can even enjoy nighttime runs with a 3.2 Mountain Run under a unique floodlight system with 1000 watt, color corrected High-Pressure Sodium bulbs allowing sharp contrast and clear night vision for skiers.
Between Truckee and Tahoe City, the mountain resort Alpine Meadows offers scenic views, tranquil skiing and even dramatic runs for thrill-seekers. The Swiss chalet lodges give skiers a comfortable, welcoming place to unwind after exploring over 100 trails spread out over 2,400 acres. The personnel at the resort are available to help beginner, intermediate and advanced skiers alike. The instructors focus on teaching practical skills to their students and there are even programs for young children complete with lunch and expert supervision throughout all skiing activities. Group activities offer families opportunity to ski, snowboard, or a combination.