So where do I start? A couple of years ago I vowed to myself that every single birthday will be celebrated by embracing a new adventure, by visiting a new place. It’s really inspiring and convenient that my birthday is right at the beginning of the year, in January, thus allowing me to start the New Year with exhilarating emotions, an overall state of happiness, and new knowledge of particular places, people, etc. I celebrate and look for every opportunity of learning a new skill, a new culture, a new thing! I find it so empowering and energizing, that now I cannot imagine my life without my “beginning of the year” trips “somewhere”! It’s my motivation!
I am a creature of the Sun! By this I mean my love for sunny places, palm trees, and turquoise waters! This year, I needed a challenge. I needed a change. I needed something different. I needed a winter wonderland! My family was pretty astonished hearing my new trip preferences, knowing my total disapproval of winter time due to my extremely cold nature. Besides, I have almost 3 years of long winter experience from Canada, time when I never displayed any interest in winter activities. It was just too cold for me and life…pretty difficult at the moment.
This year, however something changed. They say that our soul always feels what it needs and sometimes it may be very contrary to our cognitive, explicit desires. This is how I felt. My January trip had to be full of snow. Oh boy! Beware of what you wish for, for it might happen! I wanted snow, and God granted it to me! Plenty of snow, and I couldn’t be more delighted! As a matter of fact, we had about 5 days of continuous snow storm. Pretty exciting!
California is an amazing state! It may be known for its sunny beaches and orange groves, but it also possesses a mountain climate and the most beautiful ski resorts in the world! I was dreaming about Lake Tahoe for a while. To be precise for the past 2 years. I remember seeing some pictures that were absolutely breathtaking and I wanted to witness that beauty. I wanted to engage with it and to feel it in my whole body and soul. My short vacation was filled with wonder and unconditional joy. I don’t know why, but for some reason, the merriment brought by snow, clear like a mirror blue sky, the avalanche of the winter activities, and a glass of Moscato or hot cocoa by the fireplace, wrapped up in a warm, cozy blanket at the Base Camp Pizza Co. is just incomparable.
I feel happy on the beach, under a big, imposing palm tree, but I cannot explain the real ravishment when I was playing in the snow and when I was skiing. Simply Heavenly!
The beautiful surroundings of the Heavenly Ski Resort were inducing so much admiration and contentment, that every day when the 4 pm o’clock was near, I was devastated to leave that beauty behind and couldn’t wait for the next morning to come! I am a very emotional individual so easily humbled and amazed by the perfection of the nature.
Lake Tahoe is a vacation destination like no other, home to over 15 alpine resorts, various cross country centers, and a host of fun wintertime activities. Tahoe has a long history at producing ski champions and is the place where world ski and snowboard champions come for training in the deep snow.
By the way, did you know that the 8th Winter Olympics Games were held in 1960 at Squaw Valley (Lake Tahoe). It was the first televised Olympics in history and Walt Disney orchestrated and paid for opening and closing ceremonies! (Tahoe Magazine)
But hold on. The World Cup returns to Squaw Valley this year in March! The “white Circus” will be a real spectacle! I wish I was there! “On March 10 and 11, Squaw will host the Audi FIS Women’s World Cup slalom and giant slalom races. The event will bring the biggest names in women’s skiing to Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows. Olympic champions Mikaela Shiffrin and Squaw’s only Julia Mancuso will battle the clock on the legendary Red Dog run – the same location where the world’s best raced in 1969 and during the 1960 Winter Olympics!” (Squaw Magazine)
So, if you plan for an amazing winter vacation in March, Lake Tahoe is strongly recommended and especially the Squaw Valley!
I have the most beautiful memories of the Heavenly Ski Resort and will make Lake Tahoe a priority each winter, as there are so many views I have not viewed yet! It’s like an incredible and never ending source of unbeatable energy that only the snow covered mountains and cobalt blue lake may offer!