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'The Alpine Chalet'

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1072 Lucerne Way
   Incline Village
  208 869 4104





There are many things to do in Incline and the surrounding area, regardless of the time of year.  See the 'Other Links' tab for other websites to go to for more information on the variety of attractions available

The Tahoe Area

Lake Tahoe is one of the world's largest and most beautiful mountain lakes. The lake is twenty-two miles long, twelve miles wide (35 km X 20 km) and straddles the California and Nevada borders at an elevation of 6200' (1800 m). The lake is formed by unusual geography: water is trapped in a deep valley by a ring of mountains which prevent melting snow from escaping. The only outlet is the Truckee River at the north-west corner of the lake. This mountain-ring watershed or "Tahoe basin" accumulates lake water 1600' deep and holds a sufficient supply to cover the entire state of California a foot deep! Lake Tahoe is not a salt lake. Its water is cold and fresh, but never freezes over.

Lake Tahoe's reputation as the "crown jewel" of American lakes is well deserved. The azure-blue lake is surrounded by scenic mountains, pristine forested slopes, world-class ski resorts, thirty golf courses, hundreds of miles of hiking & mountain biking trails, horse trails, paved cycling/rollerblading routes, beaches, and more. You can hike or ride into several nature preserves including "Desolation Wilderness", a 63,000 acre (25,000 hectare) road-less expanse of peaks, canyons and 70 alpine lakes. Camera buffs will be thrilled with the scenic opportunities including a much photographed Tahoe scene: Emerald Bay. Or go fishing in Tahoe's streams or by charter on the lake.

Besides nature's finest, Lake Tahoe has numerous other attractions. The Nevada south shore has the classiest casinos in the country where well-known entertainers play. You will be minutes from Virginia City - a preserved mining town of the Old West.  You can even get married on one of the authentic paddle wheel boats or sailing vessels in the middle of the lake! In fact, Tahoe is the honeymoon capital of the American West! Click here for details on weddings at Tahoe.

Tough restrictions on construction and new development ensure that the lake and its surrounding environment maintain their aesthetic qualities. Whether its cycling, championship golf, casinos, beaches, water sports, skiing, hiking, history, or nature at its finest, Tahoe has something for you all year long!

Don't forget to check out all of the Recreation Amenities that Incline Village has to offer.  You can go to to get more information on the state of the art Rec Center, Private Beaches, Golf Courses, Tennis Complex and Diamond Peak Ski Resort.  The website will give a detailed overview of each recreation site along with seasonal operation hours and a fee schedule for use.  The Private Beaches require owner granted access, so please coordinate access prior to your arrival.


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                                                      Activities (on site or nearby)

 Hiking, Biking, Golf, Tennis, Racquetball, Basketball, Fitness Center, Gym, Miniature Golf, Fishing, Wildlife Viewing, Horseback Riding, Shopping, Restaurants, Cinemas, Sightseeing, Swimming, Snorkeling/Diving, Boating, Sailing, Waterskiing, Windsurfing, Parasailing, Jet Skiing, Rafting, Downhill Skiing, Cross-country Skiing, Snowmobiling, Sledding

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Tahoe Golf

Facing North over Edgewood Golf Course and Nevada Beach
There are more than thirty courses around Lake Tahoe, see the golf map and guide. There are numerous types of links: championship, executive, desert, alpine, and finesse courses among the trees. Edgewood (photo) ranks in "America's Top 100" and Glenbrook is rated among the top 5 nine-hole courses in the world! Six recommended courses are minutes to the east of the lake in the Carson Valley. These six desert courses are open all year (weather permitting) due to their lower altitude (about 4000' - 1200m). "Golf Digest" recently ranked the newest of these desert courses, Genoa Lakes, in the top one percent of American golf courses. At lake level (6200' - 1800m), courses are open from late April to October. Locations of all recommended courses are on the Tahoe golf map. Included in the golfers' guide are mens' distances, ratings, fees, telephone numbers, and professional comments for the selected courses. With the guide, you can select your desired courses and call from home for tee times.

In typical Tahoe fashion, members of your group can ski and golf simultaneously from November to June. And the true addicts among you can ski, golf, hot tub and lose their shirts in a casino all in the same day!


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Tahoe Skiing

At Heavenly Ski Resort
From this page, you can link to the Tahoe Ski Map and trail maps for the following resorts: Heavenly Valley, Squaw Valley, Kirkwood, Sierra Tahoe, Alpine Meadows, Mt. Rose, Diamond Peak, and Northstar-at-Tahoe. 

For those of you that recognize the superb value offered by spring skiing, ski season ended on June 1/91, May 10/92, July 4/93, May 15/94, July 23/95, June 10/96, May 15/97, July 4/98, July 4/99, May 24/00, and May 10/01. From early April on, spring skiers, golfers and summer enthusiasts get six to twelve weeks of great condo rates, zero lift lines, and bikini weather.

One of the things that we enjoy about skiing at Tahoe is the absence of crowds. The typical Tahoe ski lineup is less than one minute long. Lineups sometimes appear, but only at certain times and on certain lifts. 

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Tahoe Hiking and Riding
Horseback Riding in the Desert East of TahoeThere is access to four massive wilderness areas and the 106 Tahoe trails (permits, etc.). The four preserves have no roads or services of any kind. Trails through these and along the Tahoe Rim have spectacular scenery particularly when the fall colors arrive. Trail altitudes range from 4500' to over 10,000' (about 1400m to 3000m). For those that want to escape on horseback, recommended stables are available for that purpose.

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Tahoe Biking

Tahoe is a Mecca for cyclists and mountain bikers. Roller blade enthusiasts share the dozens of miles of paved routes such as the Truckee River Trail. At higher altitude, the forest service has prepared loose-surface biking trails with a variety of difficulty levels. There are also competitive racing courses such as the 100-mile "California Death Ride" over four local mountain passes. Pictured below are four bikers on the famous "Flume Trail" at the northeast corner of the lake.

The Flume Trail offers panoramic views of Tahoe.

Rental shops and service locations mean that you don't have to bring your own equipment. 

                                                    Other Areas of Interest Close By

Diamond Peak Ski Resort                     mile

Hyatt Casino                                        1 mile

Incline Golf Course                               1 mile

Reno                                                    23 miles

South Lake Tahoe                                25 miles


      View of the Lake from the road nr Incline                           View overlooking moored boats


               The Beach at nearby Kingfish                                              Kayaking at Kingfish



                Skiing with the Easter Bunny!                                                Fishing Anyone?!


                      It's snow season again!                            Dinner at one of the great Tahoe restaurants

                             Crystal Bay


                                                                   Around the Lake




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