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This summer, Lake Tahoe will be more accessible for New Yorkers thanks to JetBlue
Last week, we were explaining that Tahoe's position on the border of California and Nevada gives travelers the choice between three different airports. Our conclusion was that Reno is the best option for those that simply want to get there, as it is the closest and provides options for easy transfers to the lake itself.
South Lake's newest casino resort, the Hard Rock Hotel, opened just over a month ago
California owns most of South Lake Tahoe, but Nevada arguably gets the most bang for its buck because of its casino-friendly laws that make Nevada's Tahoe a lot different than California's. We described in detail the incredible differences between the two states' laws when it comes to nightlife, and now we want to take a peek inside Nevada's main draw - the casinos - and see how they do things differently.
The "big four" are all located adjacent to one another, yet the crowds and offerings you'll find in each are by no means similar:
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Driving down the main drag towards the Nevada State line in South Lake Tahoe
Most of South Lake Tahoe is owned by California, but the very eastern tip is property of Nevada. The road that runs along the border between the two states is appropriately named Stateline Avenue, and as you cruise east on the Lincoln Highway, it will be very easy to know when you are nearing the border. Especially at night.
The two states operate under two very different approaches that are never more evident than they are in the town's nightlife,when the casino lights come on and locals and tourists alike begin to imbibe.
Travelers heading out for the night should be aware of a few contrasts of the law that exist within a block of each other. Drinking in public is okay in Nevada, but a ticketed offense in California, for example. Here are the main differences to keep in mind as you head out for the night in South Lake:
Heavenly converted a ski groomer into a DJ booth
Lake Tahoe, like many ski areas across the country, have had a tough winter in terms of total snow accumulation. South Lake Tahoe's Heavenly Resort has relied on its snow-making system - one of the country's best - and the epic views to stay in good spirits. This past weekend, those views combined with sunny skies and soft snow to kick off the spring skiing a month early. And with spring skiing comes a refocused mindset, one that switches the emphasis from the number of runs to the number of beers.
South Lake Tahoe is no stranger to a good party. Split between Nevada and California, casinos and clubs mingle with a hang loose mentality to create a party atmosphere both on and off the hill. In one of the more creative efforts we've seen by a ski area in past years, Heavenly converted one of its ski groomers into a DJ booth. It can be moved around the mountain for different events, but typically finds itself parked outside of the Unbuckle Après Party at Tamarack Lodge (which, for the record, is the only on-mountain apres party we've seen that has go-go dancers).
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As the largest alpine lake in North America with over a dozen ski resorts and epic Ponderosa Pine covered wilderness, Lake Tahoe is a year round destination for active, adventure travelers. The town of South Lake Tahoe is slowly but surely developing a softer side to complement that once-rugged atmosphere, but we'll dive into that later this week. First, let's take a look at the best way to get there.
Lake Tahoe's own small airport hasn't run commercial flights in over a decade, and there remains three options for travelers flying in: San Francisco, Sacramento, or Reno. Where you're coming from will obviously determine the best fare and route, but all those things being equal, the Reno airport shines through as the clear winner in terms of proximity and convenience once on the ground. Driving times from San Fran and Sacramento are three and two hours respectively, but the drive from Reno to South Lake is just over an hour.
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People who live in proximity to the coasts have their summers planned out with visits to the Atlantic or Pacific, but those caught in the middle might find a trip to a local lake to be more accessible and more affordable. From Nevada to New York, there are hundreds of lakes to choose from, so be sure to investigate what lies within a few-hour drive of wherever you call home. Below, we feature three that we can recommend as great weekend getaways:
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The Flume Trail at Lake Tahoe
Getting out into the wilderness is a must for many adventure travelers, but long, grueling mountain bike rides are not everyone's idea of a vacation. Luckily, some of the country's most beautiful and historic routes have been tastefully commercialized, offering shuttle services that allow you to tackle only part of the trail, mainly the downhill and beginner-friendly sections. Below, we list a few that we've personally experienced, and we encourage you to look for similar opportunities on your next trip to the mountains, wherever it may be.
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If you've never been, it'd be easy to take Lake Tahoe for granted as a skier, especially the past two years where the winter has been mild and significant snow dumps have eluded the region. We understand why that would make one hesitant in terms of booking a trip, but as we learned earlier this month, a lack of snow can't cover up the sheer beauty of North America's largest alpine lake.
There are over a dozen ski areas in Tahoe, and many of them offer views of the lake. Squaw Valley and Kirkwood get a lot of attention, yet some of the best vantage points are found from the hills that hover closer to the shoreline. We recommend visiting several mountains next year to check out the different terrain, but be sure to hit at least one of these to experience the full effect of the lake:
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Time is running out to get tickets for this year's SnowGlobe Music Festival, taking place in South Lake Tahoe on December 29- 31.
Deadmau5 is headlining the electro fest with an "unhooked" set along with Beats Antique, Chromeo, Wiz Khalifa, Big Gigantic, Gramatik, Polica, Minnesota, BoomBox, GRiZ, Archnemesis, Nadis Warriors, and more.