I grew up skiing the Tahoe area as a kid. I've been to every resort from Heavenly to Squaw, and I've stayed on every side of the lake. As a teenager, I loved South Shore (Heavenly). After high school, I loved to go to North Shore and party with my friends who had houses on the lake. I still really like North Shore, but now that I have 2 kids, I...more
Of all the ski resorts around Lake Tahoe, Homewood Ski Resort on the west shore is the closest to the lake. Its base is only about 100 yards from the shore. That means that as soon as you are on the slopes, you will be rewarded with the most magnificent views of the lake.more
My daughter and I ate at the Black Bear Tavern on the west shore on Saturday night. This was the first time I had eaten there and I was pleasantly surprised. This is a low key restaurant with a completely unpretentious exterior. The interior is warm and inviting and the food is fabulous.The decor is rustic mountain lodge-style. The dining rooms...more
This place doesn't look like much from the outside, but when you see all the cars that are constantly parked outside, you know this is a happening place. Fire Sign is a popular spot with the locals in Tahoe City, and for good reason. Their homestyle breakfasts and lunches are outstanding, and they serve very healthy portions. Open for breakfast and...more
The other shop I enjoy stopping by when I am on the west shore of Tahoe is Girasole. This shop, which technically is on the west shore because it is south of the "Y", but is still in Tahoe City, specializes in Northern Italian country dinner ware, kitchen items, cookbooks, bath items and home furnishings.The owner travels regularly to Rome, Tuscany...more
The west shore of Lake Tahoe is not a shopping mecca by any stretch of the imagination. Two places, however, are standouts, and would be even if they were located in a more populated area.The first worth mentioning is Tahoe House Bakery and Gourmet Store. We go here when we don't want to fuss too much about dinner. Or one of us will make a...more
During the average winter, the Lake Tahoe area will receive a lot of snow. More than once, we have been stranded for a day or two due to road closures. Fortunately, we had clear skies during the first weekend of February 2005, so I didn't have to deal with nuisances such as putting chains on my tires or digging my car out of a snow drift.
When traveling to Tahoe any time from November to May, carry chains. You may be required to put them on your car - in severe storms chain control will require them on 4WDs as well. I won't drive anything other than a four wheel drive in the area during those months. The roads are extremely slippery with ice and snow, and any vehicle other than a 4WD just doesn't negotiate the roads very well.
In this picture, you can see how deep the snow was in February. The front yard of our vacation rental had 5-6 feet of snow!
Isn't it funny how when you look at a ski resort's classification of its ski runs, the proportions are always the same for every ski resort? 25% beginner, 50% intermediate, 25% advanced and expert - or thereabouts. Of course, if you've skiied enough different resorts, you know that it's all relative for the ski resort itself - there are no ski...more
February 2005 -- the first weekend of February was the Girls Ski Weekend Out for my daughter and me. My husband and son had to stay home to take care of some pressing matters, but no matter. My 13-year old daughter and I headed for the slopes by ourselves.She is an awesome skiier and really fun to ski with. She started skiing at 2 years old and...more
Whether you ski or snowboard, Homewood has plenty of decent slopes. It has 1260 skiable acres and 4 chair lifts. The remaining lifts are T bars and platters, but unless you are skiing for your first time, you can avoid all of these surface lifts.The resort has 2 parking lots (north and south) and 4 places to get lunch and snacks. My daughter and I...more
When I travel, I like to be able to keep in touch with those I love. In a perfect world, I would have 4 bars everywhere I travel, but the reality is, life means sometimes having only 2 bars or less.The west shore has spotty and inconsistent cell phone and GSM coverage. Face it, the west shore is in the sticks. Almost all my GSM calls got dropped...more
The relatively undeveloped west shore of Lake Tahoe begins at the "Y" in Tahoe City to the north, where Highway 24 separates from Highway 29, and extends down to Emerald Bay to the south. The two lane highway runs through the tiny towns of Sunnyside, Tahoe Pines, Homewood, Tahoma and Meeks Bay. During heavy snow fall, it will be closed as you...more