Recreation is likewise at the heart of the “Tahoe Lifestyle,” whether through structured participation in courses at Lake Tahoe Community College, local gyms or Park and Rec. programs, or informal activities such as hiking, paddle boarding, swimming, skiing and countless others.
Whatever conditions Mother Nature brings, Tahoe locals find ways to capitalize on them. With last winter’s late snow start, many found ice-skating and ice hockey on local ponds and lakes a unique treat and excellent way to have a blast with friends and “new friends.” Those same people then delighted in the fresh powder when it did come, while holding on to those crystalline memories of the ice they had been able to enjoy. Similarly, one person’s undesirable ski conditions might be her ideal for sledding or snowshoeing. And while a summer afternoon’s brief rainstorm might chase some people from the beach, mountain biking enthusiasts welcome the rain’s tamping and rejuvenating effect on the trails.
For Tahoe residents, recreation transforms one’s perceptions: snow is not simply a chore, but an opportunity for uniquely seasonal fun; the cold is no longer simply endured, but welcomed as an ally to adventure.
Tahoe’s recreational offerings are year-round, and now the vast possibilities surrounding GEOTOURISM and ECOTOURISM are beginning to unfold.