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June 16th, 2009 – by: dreamflyer
Modern Lake Tahoe was shaped and landscaped by the scouring glaciers during the Ice Age (the Great Ice Age began a million or more years ago). Many streams flow into Lake Tahoe, but the lake is drained only by the Truckee River, which flows northeast through Reno and into Pyramid Lake in Nevada.
Lake Tahoe is a major tourist attraction for both winter and summer activities. There are many sky resorts on the Sierra Nevada Mountains surrounding the lake. Snow and skiing are a significant part of the area's economy and reputation. The Mountains and lake scenery are attractions throughout the year. Lake Tahoe is divided by the California-Nevada state line and both states have large casinos and many other touristic attractions.
During winter time, thousands of people from Nevada, California, and many other states hit the slopes for some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the world. The ski resorts around the lake offer a panoramic beauty. Some of the major ski resorts Heavenly Mountain Resort the largest ski area in California and Nevada, located near Stateline, Squaw Valley the second largest ski area, known for its hosting of the 1960 Winter Olympics, located near Tahoe City, Alpine Meadows a medium sized ski area on the north shore only a few miles from Squaw Valley, Diamond Peak a small ski area located in Incline Village, Nevada, Northstar at Tahoe a popular north shore ski area, Kirkwood Mountain Resort, a south shore ski area which gets more snow than any other ski area in Tahoe, Sierra at Tahoe, a small south shore ski area, and many others.
The majority of the ski resorts in the Lake Tahoe region are on the northern end of the lake. Scattered throughout Tahoe are public and private sled parks. Many ski areas around Tahoe also have snow tubing, such as Squaw Valley. Snow tubing is popular among people who are interested in alternative sports. Throughout Tahoe, cross country skiing, snowmobile riding, and snowshoeing are also popular, thus there are many trails for them.
During spring and early fall, water sports and beach activities are popular around the lake. The cities known by tourist are South Lake Tahoe, California, Tahoe City, California, and Kings Beach California.
During the Summer time, boating is a popular activity. Around the lake, there are many restaurants equipped with docks and buoys.
SCUBA diving is popular at Lake Tahoe, with some dive sites offering dramatic drop-offs or wall dives. Diving at Lake Tahoe is considered advanced due to the increased risk of decompression (DCS) while diving at such a high altitude.
There are hundreds of hiking and mountain biking trails all around the lake. They range in length, difficulty, and popularity. One of the most famous of Tahoe's trails is the Tahoe Rim Trail, a 165 mile (270 km) trail that circumnavigates the lake. Directly to the west of the lake is the Granite Chief Wilderness, which provides great hiking and wilderness camping.
Gambling is legal on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe. Casinos, each with a variety of slot machines and table games, are located on the South Shore in Stateline, and on the North Shore in Crystal Bay and Incline Village.
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