From Truckee, California, I cruised south along Lake Tahoe’s western shore. For most of the drive, the trees were so thick that I couldn’t see the lake, but when the views opened up, I was stunned:
I’ve never been in a place like South Lake Tahoe—a place with water and mountains and snow. So, skiing above it all at Heavenly was…well, heavenly. For three days, I explored this mountain’s (icy) steeps, slid along its perfect groomers, and whooped-and-hollered the afternoons away through slushy bumps. This resort ski area sits on the border of California and Nevada, and the signs won’t let you forget what state you’re leaving or entering:
The California side definitely has the better views, but I found the slopes on that aspect to be wind-packed or icy. So I spent more time trying to find my way back to Nevada. On my last day, I enjoyed Mott Canyon’s slushy steeps.
Of course, a foot of powder would have made it all more fantastic. With a bit of pow, this place would have some fantastic tree runs. But as it was, I can’t complain about skiing blue-sky days above a sight as amazing as Lake Tahoe with its dazzling border of snowy peaks.