History of Tahoe
In the late 19th century, Lake Tahoe had established itself as a popular vacation spot for the wealthy. Guests could take a South Pacific train from San Francisco all the way to Truckee and the Lake Tahoe Railway would then take them into Tahoe City, where they either settled down into one of the nearby lodging options, or climbed aboard a steamship that could deliver them to several spots around the Lake.
Modern recreational skiing in the Tahoe dates back to 1938, when brave souls found their way up to the present-day Sugar Bowl Mountains. Walt Disney, Austrian Hannes Schroll and a few others had the foresight to recognize the area’s potential as a world-class ski resort, and in 1938 The Sugar Bowl officially opened. The resort would go on to build the first ski lift in California, helping establish Tahoe as a go to spot for winter recreation. In 1960, Tahoe’s reputation for winter sports gained international recognition when Squaw Valley hosted the Winter Olympics. Tourism boomed since these were the first televised Olympic Games.
Approximately 3 million visitors come to Tahoe each year to bask in the outdoor and indoor recreational options available at every turn. Now it’s your turn to experience the nature, beauty, and history of Tahoe yourself.