West Shore Tahoe - Winter Activities
The cross-country trails at Sugar Pine Point State Park, the site of the 1960 Winter Olympic Nordic events, were re-opened in 2006. If you don’t feel like skiing, rangers lead full-moon snowshoe tours on specific dates. Granlibakken Resort, the site of a ski jumping hill and toboggan slide from the 1930s, is a great place to take the family sledding; it has one poma and rope tow to take sledders, or beginner skiers, to the top of the hill. The resort rents sleds and afterwards you can warm up with a cup of hot chocolate in the lodge.
Homewood Mountain Resort, with 1,260 acres of skiable terrain, bills itself as “Tahoe’s most beautiful resort.” You’ll understand why when you ski its slopes, which make you feel like you’re going to ski straight into Tahoe’s sparkling blue waters.
West Shore Tahoe - Dining
The West Shore has some of Tahoe’s most popular sandwich shops. The PDQ Market in Tahoma or Obexer’s General Store in Homewood are mandatory stops for hungry bellies after a day of skiing or boating. Don’t forget a milkshake at Obexer’s. A new gelateria in Tahoma, Where We Met, offers gelato and espresso imported from Italy. Next door is local’s favorite West Side Pizza. You will find people lining up early at the Tahoe House Bakery and Gourmet for a cup of coffee or baked goods; they also have great sandwiches and soups. For dinner, try River Grill, located right on the Truckee River, or Swiss Lakewood in Homewood for a taste of European cuisine.
West Shore Tahoe - Services
Obexer’s General Store in Homewood and PDQ Market in Tahoma are small, full-service grocery stores and delis. There is only one bank on the West Shore – Bank of the West (150 West Lake Blvd.). The post office is in Homewood at 5375 Westlake Blvd. For all other services, see North Shore section.