Lake Tahoe Skier
To soak up the feel of this very special place is to view it in layers of human history, all of which reveal themselves in varying degrees of subtlety or swagger.
In quieter moments, it’s possible to see Lake Tahoe through the eyes of the Washo Indians, who lived peacefully on its shores for centuries and considered Lake Tahoe a sacred place.
Attend a pioneer-themed celebration, and you see Lake Tahoe California as it was in 1859, when the discovery of the Comstock Lode in nearby Virginia City, Nevada, attracted fortune seekers, entrepreneurs, and timber barons.
Gradually, people began to appreciate Lake Tahoe for its beauty alone, and by the turn of the century, wealthy Bay Area vacationers were flocking to posh, gabled shore-side Lake Tahoe resorts. They erected mansions intended as summer homes (many of which are now available for touring) that spoke volumes about Victorian excess and the kooky tastes of the very rich.
Superimposed on these images is the Lake Tahoe California of the 1950s, ‘60s, and ‘70s, where neon ruled, one-armed bandits one-upped the mountain vistas, and lovebirds married on impulse in tacky chapels. Despite Lake Tahoe California’s recent massive transformation, you can still find pockets of roadside kitsch, only now we believe the correct term is “retro chic.”
The Lake Tahoe of today – the ruggedly handsome, hip, tony, eco-friendly, publicity-hogging one — embraces its history, yet takes pride in its new identity as a world-class destination for outdoor adventure, fine wines and dining, upscale shopping, and the arts.
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