Let It Snow
With fifteen resorts, endless sunshine, some of the deepest snow anywhere (the average annual fall is 10.4 metres) and runs ranging from Olympic-standard to beginner-friendly, Lake Tahoe holidays are tops for snow sports. Heavenly Mountain Resort is one of the area's largest resorts and has fabulous lake views and skiing amongst pine glades; Kirkwood is blessed with some of the best snow you'll find anywhere; and Sierra at Tahoe is a great family resort with a laidback vibe.
What A View
Lake Tahoe's eye-popping beauty means there are fabulous views on offer round every corner. One definitely not to be missed is from the lookout point at Emerald Bay, where you can drink in the entire stupendous sweep of the bay, which comes complete with pine forests, a mountain backdrop, and the little island of Fannette (Lake Tahoe's only one) sitting amid vivid green waters.
Take To The Water
The lake's waters are pure, clean and...refreshing. That means, while they may be more suited to a dip than a lengthy swim, they are perfect for all sorts of watersports. You can go sailing, canoeing, paddle boarding, waterskiing, wake boarding - and try out practically every other water-based sport in existence. The fishing is fabulous too - especially for kokanee salmon and trout.
A 2.4 mile cable car ride from South Lake Tahoe up Heavenly Mountain is a must. At 9,123 feet you can stop off at an observation platform for unparalleled panoramic views over Lake Tahoe, Carson Valley (High Sierra Desert) and Desolation Wilderness. It's a ride - and a view - in a million.
Play The Tables
Lake Tahoe spans both California and Nevada, which means the 24-hour casinos of the US's gaming state are within easy reach. Big names like Hard Rock, Harveys, Harrah's and MontBleu are just across the Stateline at South Lake Tahoe, and even the gambling mecca of Reno is just over an hour's drive away.