California isn't all about beaches and 90210, it has a few mountains in it as well. In fact, it's home to the Sierra mountain ranges with some really cracking ski resorts, mountain biking & hiking! My first stop on my flying visit to beautiful Cali was Lake Tahoe, found on the border between California and Nevada. It's also apparently the largest Alpine Lake in North America which is always a pretty cool thing to visit!
A place that large obviously can't be the same all the way around, especially in-between two different states so as you can imagine Lake Tahoe is split into two sides; North Lake Tahoe and South Lake Tahoe. They are both full of beautiful towns, however are all fairly different in style. South Lake Tahoe on the Nevada side is ram packed with casinos, so if you're looking to party this is where to be! North Lake Tahoe is where the Big Foot might want to live. Quiet, peaceful and full of mountain air.
Staying at the beautiful Granlibakken Lodge, North Lake Tahoe is where I based myself for the couple days I managed to squeeze in here! The lodge is home to a lot of history, with a cute little ski slope perfect for beginners! Being so close to Squaw valley though, it means there's something for everyone with slopes that were used in the 1960 Winter Olympics.
Squaw valley has the feel of the European Alps, but of course still with that Californian twist! In the winter the resort is full of some of the best slopes around, and in the summer it's hard to resist the hiking trails that fill the area. The fresh mountain air and outdoor lifestyle, it's somewhere I could get addicted to!
As well as the skiing and hiking that can be done, on obvious highlight is the area's namesake, Lake Tahoe itself! Being absolutely massive, I can't say it didn't have me questioning the whole 'Californian Drought' thing (although heading south on the trip made me realise the serious lack of water there is in this state). And, what better way to check out a lake than to get on it? Sailing on such a windy day was quite frankly hilarious, and combine this with a few beers you have one serious party! In the summer, with a lake this large there is plenty of space to find you own sailing ground so this lake will never feel crowded!
So, if you're idea of a perfect day is starting it outside trying something new, and ending it with a few craft beers and s'mores on the campfire outside your lodge? Look no further then because this is the place for you.