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Sometimes the best way to tell you about where I’ve been is to get out of the way and let the pictures do the talking. South Lake Tahoe is one of those places. Here’s a view of the California side of Heavenly Resort. It really defies description. At times, you feel as if you are going to ski right into the lake.

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This is the Nevada side of the ski resort, just before plunging down the Milky Way bowl. Most of Heavenly’s terrain is gentle and beginner to intermediate-friendly. Not this run.

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I had the opportunity to ski down the race course yesterday. If you’re an adrenaline junkie, I highly recommend it. My time, a sluggish 20 seconds, confirms that I’m what my boys like to call a “chicken” skier. Watch out for the lake!

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A communal fondue dinner at the Basecamp Hotel. This neighborhood just across the state line is experiencing a renaissance of sorts, with numerous older hotel properties in various states of renovation. The Basecamp is an old 1950s motel that’s been recently remodeled and re-imagined. Think of it as a trendy summer camp for 20- and 30-somethings.

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Visitors to Tahoe complain about the lack of air service. Fortunately for us, Southwest flies right into Reno, which is only a one-hour drive to the ski areas. (Plus, they sponsor our family travel blog.)

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