Exploring Lake Tahoe | South Lake Tahoe, California

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Lake Tahoe is a truly beautiful setting for a number of outdoor adventures. In the winter, an average of 300-500 inches of snow a year makes Lake Tahoe one of the best places to go skiing and snowboarding in California. South Lake Tahoe in particular combines exciting dining and nightlife with exhilarating outdoor activities, providing visitors with the ski trip of a lifetime.

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Basecamp South Lake Tahoe

A unique experience awaits you at Basecamp South Lake Tahoe. Basecamp hotels are committed to providing guests with the modern features and décor of an upscale hotel at affordable rates. The outdoorsy style of the hotel will make you feel like you’re staying at an elegant campsite. Basecamp has a Beer Garden and multiple decks to relax on, including a Spa Deck with a fire pit and breathtaking views. The hotel is only a 5 minute walk to the lake, and a 4 minute walk to Heavenly Mountain Resort. Relax with the Apres-Ski Package, which includes s’mores and two drink tokens each night of your stay, a fitting for equipment at Black Tie Skis, and up to 20% off of gear rental.

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Heavenly Mountain Resort

Heavenly has some of the best views of any resort in Lake Tahoe. The popular ski resort is conveniently located right in South Lake Tahoe, unlike other resorts that can be up to an hour’s drive away. Heavenly has great skiing and snowboarding, as well as a tubing hill and a mountain coaster, a thrilling 3,400-foot long ride down the mountain. The resort is so large that it stretches into Nevada, so you can ski in two states in just one day. Enjoy a day on the slopes, and then be sure to stick around for Heavenly’s exciting nightlife.

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Scenic Gondola Ride

See Lake Tahoe on a scenic gondola ride. For 2.4 miles, admire expansive views of the lake, snow-covered mountains, and beautiful blue sky. During the ride, you’ll stop at The Observation Deck, a great photo opportunity offering views from over 9,000 feet up. When you reach the top of the mountain, spend some time exploring, grab a bite at one of the restaurants, and do happy hour at Tamarack Lodge.

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Snowmobile Tour

Embrace your sense of adventure on a snowmobile tour. Lake Tahoe Adventures offers five different snowmobile excursions through Hope Valley and the Sierra Nevada. Start off with a short instruction period where you’ll be briefed on safety and how to drive your snowmobile, and then follow a guide through breathtaking terrain. Tours last from 1-2 hours, and Lake Tahoe Adventures provides helmets, boots, and gloves, as well as a free shuttle from most major hotels and resorts in South Lake Tahoe.

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Sprouts Café

One of the most popular restaurants in South Lake Tahoe, Sprout’s Natural Foods Café serves organic and vegan foods that are both healthy and delicious. Their extensive menu includes sandwiches, salads, soups, bowls, bagels, burritos, smoothies, and juices. Try the Cous-cous Hummus Burro, a spinach tortilla with cous-cous, homemade hummus, cucumber, tomato, red onion, black olives, tahini, and green onions. Pair it with their “Whole Damn Garden” juice, a blend of carrot, beet, celery, parsley, garlic, and wheatgrass, and you’ll be ready for a day of Tahoe fun.