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East Shore

Drive through one of the area’s natural wonders - Cave Rock, the neck of an old volcano. The area is named for the small caves above Highway 50 that were cut by waves when Lake Tahoe was 200 feet higher during the ice ages.

Donner Summit


Donner Summit, just west of Truckee, holds the record for the United States’ snowiest April. On April 1, 1880, a storm dumped 4’ of snow on the Sierra Nevada west slope within 24 hours. A massive snow slide near Emigrant Gap buried Central Pacific Railroad’s tracks under 75’ of snow, ice and rock. For the rest of the month, storm cycles continued to flow in, dropping a total of 298”.

Eagle Rock

West Shore

Eagle Rock, one of the lake’s famous natural sites, is a volcanic plug beside Highway 89 on the West Shore. TART

Explore Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe

(530) 542-2908 | Urban Trailhead at base of Heavenly Gondola with local exhibits and programs. BlueGo

Fannette Island

Emerald Bay

(530) 541-3030 | Lake Tahoe’s only island is located in Emerald Bay & is home to an old tea house. Boat access only. (Closed Feb. 1-June 15 for nesting birds.)


South Lake Tahoe

(775) 586-7000 | Enjoy a 2.4-mile ride on the gondola to the top with panoramic views of Lake Tahoe and the Carson Valley. BlueGo

Hellman-Ehrman Mansion

West Shore

$10 parking (530) 525-7232 Park | (530) 583-9911 Tours Home to the historic Ehrman Mansion (open for tours in the summer), see boathouses with historic boats, and General Phipps Cabin built in the late 1800s. TART

High Camp

Olympic Valley

(800) 403-0206 | Aerial tram rides with views of Lake Tahoe, Olympic Heritage Museum, ice skating, events and more. Ticket required. TART

Kings Beach



Squaw Valley BASE DEPTH:



Natural rim 6,223’


Emerald Bay

Parking fee (530) 541-3030 | (530) 525-9529 ADA or Tour the grounds of Vikingsholm Castle, see Eagle Falls and Fannette Island (the Lake’s only island), home to an old Tea House, and explore snowshoeing trails. TART

North Tahoe Arts Center

Watson Cabin

Tahoe City

Wed.-Mon. | Free (530) 581-2787 | Featuring exhibits of work by local artists and works for sale by local artists. TART

Tahoe Art League Gallery

South Lake Tahoe

(530) 544-2313 | Featuring local artists and workshops. Second location at Ski Run Center. BlueGo

Tahoe City

North Shore Tahoe City is popular for shopping and dining with historical sites. At the junction of highways 89 & 28, visitors may see the Tahoe City Dam, Lake Tahoe’s only outlet, and Fanny Bridge. Peer into Watson Cabin (1909) in the center of town for a glimpse at pioneer life. Free parking at Commons Beach, Grove Street, Jackpine Street, and the 64 acres at Highways 89 & 28. TART

Tallac Historic Site

South Lake Tahoe

(530) 541-5227 | Once known as the “Grandest Resort in the World” as the summer retreat for three San Francisco elite families with the Baldwin Estate, Pope Estate & Valhalla. Grounds open yearround. BlueGo

Taylor Creek Visitor Center

South Lake Tahoe

(530) 543-2674 | Features Stream Profile Chamber to view slice of Taylor Creek, nature trails & more. BlueGo

Truckee | The historic town of Truckee was settled in 1863, and grew quickly as a stagecoach stop and route for the Central Pacific Railroad. During these early days, many of Truckee’s historical homes and buildings were built including The Truckee Hotel (1868) and the Capitol Building (1868). Stop by the Depot for a walking tour of historic downtown. Paid parking downtown with free lot on Donner Pass Road next to Beacon. TART

Reports taken on Friday, February 3, 2017

Mt. Rose Ski Area BASE DEPTH:



Kirkwood Mountain Resort

Vikingsholm Castle Kings Beach is a popular spot for dining and shopping with the North Shore’s largest sandy beach located in the heart of town. Free parking at North Tahoe Beach, Brook Street, Minnow and the Christmas Tree lot on Hwy. 28. TART


North Shore

Trees are heavy with fresh powder along the trails at Tahoe Cross Country following a recent storm. | Katherine E. Hill

Sugar Bowl BASE DEPTH:


Elevation: 6,225.13 | Elevation in 2016: 6,222.08

Tahoe City

Opens late June (530) 583-1762 | Watson Cabin, built by Robert Watson and his son in 1909, is the oldest building in Tahoe City and on the National Register of Historic Places. TART

Old Jail Museum


(530) 582-0893 | One of a few surviving 19th Century jailhouses of its kind in the West used from 1875 until May 1964 (open for tours in the summer). TART

Olympic Museum

Olympic Valley

(800) 403-0206 | Squaw Valley, host of the VIII Winter Olympic Games in 1960, celebrates its Olympic History with the symbolic Tower of Nations and Olympic Flame at the entrance to the valley. The Olympic Museum at High Camp features historic memorabilia and photographs. Tram ticket required. TART

Tahoe Maritime Museum

MUSEUMS Donner Memorial Visitor Center


(530) 582-7892 | The Donner Memorial State Park features exhibits and artifacts on the Donner Party (184647) at the visitor center, and see the towering Pioneer Monument. TART

Donner Summit Historical Society

Soda Springs Museum at the corner of Old Highway 40 & Soda Springs Road. Take the 20-mile interpretive driving tour along Old 40. Maps online or at museum. TART

Gatekeeper’s Museum

Tahoe City

Daily (530) 583-1762 | Featuring historic photos, the Steinbach Indian Basket Museum and local historical memorabilia. TART

KidZone Children’s Museum


Tues.-Sun. | Locals’ first Tues. half price (530) 587-5437 | For kids up to age 7 with interactive exhibits, science & art classes, the BabyZone for newborns to 18 months & the Jungle Gym for toddlers and older. TART

Tahoe Science Center

Truckee Railroad Museum

Western SkiSport Museum


Incline Village

Museum of Sierra Ski History & the 1960 Olympic Winter Games

Donner Summit

Fri.-Sun. | Free (530) 426-3313, ext. 113 | Showcasing the history of skiing, exhibits include snowshoes from the 1850s, ski equipment from the 20th Century and a pair of 8-foot-long skis used by John “Snowshoe” Thompson, a legendary mail carrier. Located at Boreal off I-80. TART

Daily | Free | Features local history exhibit focusing on 1870-1970, along with “Bonanza” exhibit. Inside Starbucks building. TART

(530) 541-5458 | Features Washoe artifacts and exhibits on early industry, settlers, and archival films of Tahoe. BlueGo


Sat.-Sun. & holidays Located in a caboose next to the Truckee Depot. Exhibits include the train’s role in logging, fighting snow on the railway, the role of Chinese emigrants and a children’s area. TART

Kings Beach

South Lake Tahoe

Incline Village

Tues.-Fri. & by appt. | Free (775) 881-7566 | University of California, Davis, science education center at Sierra Nevada College. Exhibits include a virtual research boat, biology lab, 3D movies and docent-led tours. Ages 8+. TART

Incline Village & Crystal Bay Historical Society Incline Village

Lake Tahoe Museum

Tahoe City

(530) 583-9283 | Featuring guided tours, exhibits and handson activities for kids on Tahoe’s maritime history. TART

Kings Beach State Rec. Area, (Thurs.-Mon., summer) 969 Tahoe Blvd., (800) 468-2463

South Lake Tahoe 3066 Lake Tahoe Blvd., (530) 541-5255

Stateline 169 Hwy. 50, (775) 588-4591

Tahoe City 100 North Lake Blvd., (530) 581-6900

Truckee 10065 Donner Pass Road (Depot), (530) 587-8808

U.S. Forest Service | Incline Village Tahoe City

Daily | Free Features official 1960 Winter Olympic items such as skis, promotional literature, collection of official Olympic photographer Bill Briner. Learn the history of skiing in the Sierra. Inside Boatworks Mall. TART

855 Alder Ave., (775) 831-0914 (Wed.-Fri.)

U.S. Forest Service | South Lake Tahoe 35 College Dr., (530) 543-2600

U.S. Forest Service | Tahoe City 3080 N. Lake Blvd., (530) 583-3593 (Fridays)

U.S. Forest Service | Truckee 10811 Stockrest Springs Road, (530) 587-3558


Feb.9-22, 2017  

Dane Shannon blasts through winter during a moment of perfection on Tahoe's East Shore. Photography by Ryan Salm | @...

Feb.9-22, 2017  

Dane Shannon blasts through winter during a moment of perfection on Tahoe's East Shore. Photography by Ryan Salm | @...