Turn Up for Tahoe: Activities 2013-14


Davis Walker, Head Photographer

Lake Tahoe is a popular location for Orinda families, especially during winter months. Tahoe boasts some of the nicest ski resorts in the country, centered around one of the largest and most beautiful lakes in the world. If skiing isn’t your cup of tea, have no fear. Tahoe offers tons of other unique activities that cater to all different types of people. Here’s a guide on how to keep busy in Tahoe this winter.


Skiing and Snowboarding: Both North and South Lake Tahoe offer a plethora of ski resorts. If you’re staying on the North side of the lake, the most popular ski resorts are Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows and Northstar. Squaw and Alpine offer a combined season pass, which grants access to eight mountain peaks and 270 trails. The combined pass is the best of both worlds; it combines Alpine’s long seasons and stunning lake views with Squaw’s luxury village, olympic history and huge amount of skiable acreage. If you’re looking to shred through the snow in the dark of night, both Squaw and Boreal offer night skiing. On the south side of the lake, skiers and boarders flock to Heavenly Ski Resort. Heavenly is Tahoe’s largest resort, with 4,800 skiable acres. “High base elevation means good snow when others don’t have it,” senior Will Lake said. “If that’s not enough, Heavenly has the most vertical feet in Tahoe.” Situated half in California half in Nevada, Heavenly’s lake views and incredible skiing make the trip up the gondola well worth it.


Snowglobe Music Festival: Every Winter, South Lake Tahoe hosts Snowglobe Music Festival. Snowglobe is a unique festival that takes place December 29-31. It features a wide range of genres and artists, and the environment resembles a winter wonderland. “I’m super excited to see all the artists and see how well I can deal with raging in the snow,” senior Hazel Catron said. Last year, the festival boasted big names like Deadmau5, Wiz Khalifa, Chromeo, Madeon and Flosstradamus. Last Winter, Madeon welcomed in the new year with a bumpin’ set dusted by snowfall. This year, world renowned DJs Tiesto & Kaskade are headlining the festival. Also in the mix are Dillon Francis, Kill Paris, Snoop Dogg, Zeds Dead and Gramatik, among others. Three day GA tickets for the festival now on sale for around 180 dollars.


Other Activities: If you’re looking for an out of the ordinary winter experience, try a dogsled,  helicopter or snowshoe tour. Spoken from personal experience, being the musher of a dogsled is an adrenaline pumping and invigorating experience. Experiencing the massive lake from the bird’s eye view of a helicopter view is equally exciting, and it gives one a whole new perspective on the body of water and its surrounding forests. Snowshoeing is a less pricey but equally abnormal activity. Anywhere you can walk, you can snowshoe, and hiking through the atop the powder is a great way to hike and get fit.