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Old 09-15-2006   #1
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South Lake Tahoe Info

So, just got a job offer in South Lake Tahoe. Can anyone give me a feel for the place as far as kayaking, skiing, biking, climbing, etc and the town social scene?

I'm guesing the area is an outdoor persons dream but just wondering about specifics like are rivers close by for the afterwork fix? How far/close are the goods?Are they locals around to hook up with or does a person have to fly solo?

Any help is appreciated.

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Old 09-15-2006   #2
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You are correct it is an outdoor paradise. Skiing is awesome, something like 15 ski areas within an hour of anywhere in Tahoe. Squaw is wicked cool but massively expensive, Kirkwood looks to be the goods alittle closer I think to South Lake Tahoe, and then there is Heavenly and Mammoth, and Incline, and so on. You can bike, hike, paddle the lake, SCUBA, and just about anything else you can imagine. As fo kayaking it is not as easily accesible. The Truckee Water Park in Reno is awesome though. It is about 1 hour away. Might be the best whitewater park in USA. I was there last summer, very cool. As for living inSouth Lake, it is a little cheesy with all the casinos. I would look towards North Lake Tahoe to live if it were me. Just my take on things, I think you are lucky to be moving there, bring your check book though, it is very expensive.
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Old 09-15-2006   #3
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Loads of boating

Assuming you live in South Lake you have easy access to the entire South American river drainage down highway 50. Your are 30 miles from Lovers Leap (V), 45mins from Kyburz(IV-V) & Silver Fork(V+), 1hour from Golden Gate(V+***) and South Silver Creek (V***), 1 hour20min from Chili Bar(Year round III play) and Slab Creek (IV/V). On the South Fork Yuba you are 1hour15mins from the 2 summit Runs (IV+ & V). On the Truckee, 1 hour from III-IV, an 1hour 15mins from the play park in downtown Reno. Within 2 hours is every North Fork American run(II-V+).
There's lots more....
There are many good boaters living in the Tahoe basin and Truckee.
Lots of good backcountry skiing opportunities if the many resorts draiin your finances also.
Downtown South Lake Tahoe itsself is like a shabby Vegas with snow, but the residential area's are much quieter
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Old 09-15-2006   #4
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as far as climbing goes, IMO, it is great! i've spent a couple weeks out there traveling thru, and right outside of SLT, outside of Strawberry, is lover's leap. you'll find lots of info/topos on the web, but it is a trad place, with routes up to 6 or so pitches if you link the upper and lower walls. good granite with lots of horizontal dikes that make good face holds. its a great place for fledgling leaders. lots of moderates, well protected, with a campground and bouldering near the parking lot. 10 minute hike in, and easy walk off down.

check out "the line" (5.9) and surrealistic piller (10a?) -

there's also climbing over donners pass (i think that is the pass).

really touristy though, and correct me if i'm wrong, but i've heard that the low elevation makes for some generally crappy snow.

i've never skiied there, though, and i'm sure some buzzers will ardently defend the skiing there, but you can't deny the low elevation and corresponding mush.

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Old 09-15-2006   #5
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Hey Leif,

It depends on where your job would be, but I would suggest looking into living in Meyers. I would think you'd hate living in South Lake proper. I lived on the north side for a few years, and absolutely loved it. But if I ever even had to go to South Lake for something, I'd get irritated driving through casinoland. Traffic there sucks no matter what side of the lake you are on, though, and it's worse in the summer. Tahoe was the best place I've ever lived, but at the time I didn't kayak. You won't get quality boating as conveniently as you do here in the Fort, but as mentioned earlier, there is more of it and the season is much longer. You just have to drive, and not even that far really. The scenery, people (can't vouch for the south end social scene though), and winter terrain were pretty fantastic. True the snow isn't fluffy pow like we have here (well, maybe you get pow for the first 2 hours after the storm), but it's more stable and you can ski a greater variety of terrain because of it. And the backcountry is endless...often with a lake view.

If it's an area you are interested in living in, I'd say get the job, live somewhere not right in the zoo, and start making contacts to work your way over to the north end.

One of the great things about living there is that you can be in the mountains and have tons of options for skiing, mtn biking, etc, but you are only 45 mins from Reno when you need something at Target or Trader Joes, an hour & a half to Sacramento, and 3 hours to the coast. It's great to live in the mtns without being locked in to only mtn options for shopping, live music, dining etc. I'm a Colorado girl, but I think Northern California is pretty great.

Congrats on your offer!

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Old 09-15-2006   #6
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California Leif is Lame. I like to slide down granite, nice place to visit, but the avereage home in Tahoe is on the bad side of 900,000. California, huh.
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Old 09-17-2006   #7
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If you can't get your boof down in Lowers how are you going to boof out in California? You have a lot more practice to do before you go off galivanting around in some strange land.
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Old 09-17-2006   #8
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Yeah Tahoe is lame. You should just let me take your job. I'll suffer through living in the place that puts colorado to shame in nearly every outdoor sport. You'd hate Kirkwood anyways.

keep Tahoe blue bitches.
Seriously Dude!
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Old 09-18-2006   #9
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best kayaking in the world. that is, if you like smooth grantite pool drop, slides, waterfalls, boofs, overnighters, and rattle snakes.
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you must be trolling.
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