Winter at Lake Tahoe

Winter at Lake Tahoe

It was only about two weeks ago that we went out for a winter kayak on Lake Tahoe. The water was so placid it felt like an illusion — like sitting on a mirror. The sunsets had been stunning and there was no hint of the snow yet to come. The calm before the storm.

Winter at Lake Tahoe

Winter at Lake Tahoe

Winter at Lake Tahoe

Winter at Lake Tahoe

Since then, it hasn’t stopped snowing and snow totals for the month have topped 200″ at most resorts around the lake. Season snow totals are topping 400″ (492″ at Squaw Valley) and it’s only February. We’ve had some breathtaking ski days at Heavenly.

Uploading on the tram at Heavenly

Uploading on the tram at Heavenly

Winter at Lake Tahoe

Winter at Lake Tahoe

Winter at Lake Tahoe

Winter at Lake Tahoe

Downloading at Heavenly Resort

Downloading at Heavenly Resort

The views around the house have been pretty spectacular, even if it’s meant shoveling out every few hours. From white-outs to brief moments of small flakes, the snow has been relentless. The color of the lake shifts constantly with the weather, from light gray-green to the deepest, most beautiful sapphire blue.

Winter at Lake Tahoe

Winter at Lake Tahoe

Path to the Beach

Path to the Beach

Winter at Lake Tahoe

Winter at Lake Tahoe

Winter at Lake Tahoe

Winter at Lake Tahoe

Winter at Lake Tahoe

Winter at Lake Tahoe

Winter at Lake Tahoe

Winter at Lake Tahoe

Winter at Lake Tahoe

Winter at Lake Tahoe

Winter at Lake Tahoe

Winter at Lake Tahoe

The long road home

The long road home and the lake beyond

Here’s to a deep winter and a full lake for the summer. I already can’t wait for long hikes, paddle boards and cocktails at sunset. Cheers!

29 comments

  1. Beautiful images Liz. I remember my only trip to Tahoe, the sidewalls of the snow where the paths had been cleared were taller than I was. I’ve never seen anything like it before or since! thanks for the fun reminder

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  2. If it’s going to snow, let it SNOW! When it stays all white and soft like that, and you can ski nearby, and cozy up indoors, and see the boughs frosted with white, and the sun light up the crystals, it’s a wondrous thing!

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  3. Well, your snow photos are SO gorgeous that we are sitting here in tropical humid Sri Lanka, missing the winter!! Or the concept of winter. We did love those fresh snowfalls we used to get when we lived in Chicago. We have not been to Lake Tahoe, but one of our sons lives in Grass Valley, so perhaps we will get there one day, which would be fun as we have heard about its beauty and your photos certainly make a compelling case. I wish I could ski (I cannot) but it looks like you had the perfect snow for it!

    Peta

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    1. Thanks for your comment, Peta! It’s been a relentless winter and very fun to be snowed in, digging out, waiting for the next storm, repeat! But now, I’m dreaming of spring sunshine and places like Sri Lanka! 🙂 Great that your son is in Grass Valley! If you ever come this way, let us know so we can meet up. Would be brilliant to meet you and Ben. Hope you’re enjoying the weekend! ~Kelly

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  4. I learned to ski at Heavenly – well, ok, I had my first ski lesson there. I still remember the beauty, and your pictures bring it back with interest. It must be fabulous living there (when you’re not shoveling snow.)

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  5. Thanks for sharing the beauty of Northern California winter at Lake Tahoe. I remember it fondly, but this is my seventh winter in Southern California. I’ve become a fair weather RV traveler.

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  6. What a wonderful collection of photos Kelly. Your photos and words remind me of the many winters I spent under snow in the far north and how invigorating splitting wood and shovelling snow can be, and how sweet it was to cosy up in a warm cabin. It sounds like you guys are really enjoying the winter.
    Alison

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    1. Thanks, Alison! Well said — it IS invigorating to be experiencing winter so completely. I even have new snow shoveling muscles, ha ha! Looking forward to spring sunshine, hopefully coming soon but now we have rain in the forecast for the foreseeable future. May be time to plan a trip! Rishikesh looks lovely! XO

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      1. Rishikesh has been quite cold and rainy actually. It’s warming up over the next week just as we’re leaving! Kyoto for 2 weeks from Mar 12 and there we’ll be back to colder temps 😦 but can’t complain. We’ll just wear more layers lol.

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  7. You’re at it again I see! Capturing through your camera lense and your artful eye all that Mother Nature has to bestow…thank you Kelly! Love, patti

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    1. Ha ha, thanks Patti! I can’t help myself. Lake Tahoe is like a living, breathing watercolor painting. Never the same color, never the same mood. Soaking up every minute. Hope you’re having a lovely weekend. xoxox

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  8. I love how everything looks so tranquil in your photos. The snow-covered trees against the backdrop of blue skies is visually stunning! Here in Jakarta it’s been raining cats and dogs, also in Bandung, a city three-and-a-half-hour away by train from Jakarta where I spent my weekend last week — there was even a day when it rained three times. I can’t wait for the dry season to come.

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    1. Thanks, Bama! It has been a stunning winter, but now the rain is here, just like in your part of the world! Oh well, it’s a good day to catch up on my reading and hope all this water turns into flowers and sunshine soon! Hope you’re enjoying the weekend!

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  9. Gosh, your photos are quite something! I’ve been to Lake Tahoe during winter months, but have never seen anything like what you’re experiencing. Seeing the waves coming up to a shore of white with snow falling…what a capture!

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  10. As spring is now here, I can look back at your winter-wonderland photos and smile at the beauty and my wish to be there…not quite the feeling I had back in Jan-Feb 🙂 Tahoe simply is surreal in every season. Wishing you a great spring.

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