Behind the Scenes
Once upon a time we came upon a photo of a floating skate ramp. We thought it was a totally cool idea, but when we did a little research, we discovered the image was a fake—someone’s Photoshopped fantasy. Bummer, we thought—but then we got inspired. “Let’s build our own,” we cried, “and let’s have pro skater Bob Burnquist skate on it—in Lake Tahoe!” Somehow our crazy idea seemed just fine to Bob, who had his own designers join us for four days to build this ramp “floating” above Lake Tahoe. Brazilian-born Bob loved the ramp so much he wants one just like it built at his waterfront home in his home country (only because his San Diego spread—where he has his own super-pipe—doesn’t have any waterfront). Cool fact: For our shoot, a wet-suited snorkeler was at the ready to dive for Bob’s skateboard every time it went over the edge and into the big blue.
Get the Inside Scoop on Lake Tahoe: head to this adventure-lover’s year-round playground for fun on land and water
Whether it’s kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding in summer, hiking through fall color come autumn, or carving turns in snowy half-pipes in winter and spring, Lake Tahoe stands out as one of the world’s premier destinations for outdoor recreation. And when you’re done with all that exercise, it offers up exceptional dining, entertainment, and lodging options in one an unmatched alpine setting.
No matter what you do in the region, the lake remains the unabashed star. Lake Tahoe is known for its exceptionally clean water—the result of ongoing efforts to preserve and protect this remarkable resource. Tahoe’s signature turquoise-blue color is created by the lake’s depth (a staggering 1,645 feet at its deepest point), and though it’s beautiful, this snowmelt-fed lake makes for an invigorating dip, even in summer. To stay above it all, try kayaking; outfitters in major towns rent gear and lead guided paddles. In winter, head for the lake’s source—the surrounding snowy peaks—for outstanding mountain resorts like Heavenly , Squaw Valley , and Northstar California .