Tucked away in the stunning Sierra Nevada range, South Lake Tahoe boasts majestic landscapes and crystal-blue waters. Lake Tahoe, one of the United States' most spectacular altitude lakes, draws international tourists and sports adventurers to its shores each year. South Lake Tahoe is home to approximately 26,000 residents.
The area occupied by the South Lake Tahoe was once comprised of pine forests inhabited by a few indigenous tribes of American Indians. In 1844, however, two explorers happened upon the lake, forever changing the area.
Because of its high elevations, South Lake Tahoe houses some of the most famous ski resorts in the United States. Both expert and novice skiers flock here during the winter months for skiing and snowboarding. The Thanksgiving holiday unofficially kicks off ski season each year (depending on the snowfall, of course).
The city of South Lake Tahoe enjoys a fairly stable economy, although jobs have been declining in recent years.
South Lake Tahoe experienced a construction boom when silver was discovered in the nearby Comstock Lode. Pioneers swarmed the area, which led to the development of several hotels, restaurants, shops, and casinos in South Lake Tahoe.
The economy of South Lake Tahoe is still anchored by its tourism industry. Hundreds of thousands of visitors come each year to experience all of the outdoor activities that the city offers.
Some of the city's major employers include Barton Memorial Hospital, Camp Richardson Resort, Lake Tahoe Community College, and Marriott.
Neighborhoods and districts of South Lake Tahoe accommodate around 14,000 houses, out of which more than 9,400 are occupied. Of the occupied houses, more than 4,000 are owner-occupied, while renters occupy around 5,400 houses.
South Lake Tahoe's neighborhoods are often identified by their nearest ski resorts. Popular resorts in the area include:
Neighboring North Lake Tahoe also offers top-notch ski resorts, including Squaw Valley, which hosted the U.S. Winter Olympics in February 1960, and has made a name for itself as one of the premier ski resorts in the United States. Squaw Valley features challenging trails for both skiers and snowboarders. With a full-service lodge and resort, Squaw Valley offers snow activities for the entire family: snow tubing, snowshoeing tours, ice skating and cross-country skiing. Professional ski and snowboarding instructors are available for lessons.
South Lake Tahoe draws travelers to its sandy shores during the summer months. Hikers, mountain bikers and campers enjoy the many trails located throughout Tahoe National Forest. Rock climbers are attracted to the Sierra Nevada and Carson ranges' challenging peaks.
Water sports enthusiasts are drawn to myriad recreational activities found in South Lake Tahoe, including boating, boogie boarding, kayaking, canoeing, water skiing, jet skiing and paddle boating. Other attractions in the area include:
Gambling aficionados don't need to travel far to enjoy bright lights and rumbling slot machines. Glittering casinos and resorts can be found just over the California-Nevada state line on the eastern edge of South Lake Tahoe. Some of the most popular casinos include: