South Lake Tahoe, California
Bollé, Dalbello, Marker, Rockstar Energy, Sierra-at-Tahoe, Subaru, The North Face, Völkl Skis
Maddie Bowman is one of the most prolific female freeskiers in history. She’s a four-time X Games champion as well as an Olympic gold medalist, among many other triumphs. While the 22-year-old calls Park City, Utah home at the moment, her roots trace back to South Lake Tahoe, California, where she grew up skiing Sierra-at- Tahoe Resort. She’s been tearing up the place since age two, making her a certifed expert on how to have the best time exploring it like true a local.
Best place to catch the sunrise: Emerald Bay. It’s a Tahoe classic. There are amazing views of the lake, Mt. Tallac and all of South Lake Tahoe. The sun really lights up the water there, too.
Best inbounds line: On a powder day, heading out of gate 5 into Huckleberry Canyon provides a rad view of the lake and awesome lines ranging from mellow to gnarly. And on the classic sunny day, a “big lap” starting at the top of the mountain and cruising through Snowshoe to The Alley Park and nishing in the halfpipe.
Best lift to lap a few days after a storm: Grandview. There are endless stashes to be found. Plus, it provides access to Huckleberry Canyon which always has the goods.
Best glades: Sierra is known for its tree skiing so this is a tough one. Some of my favorites, though, are right off of a run named Dynamite.
Best place to scare yourself: As far as the park goes, Bashful Terrain Park is home to the resort’s largest and most creative features. On a powder day, the cliffs in Avalanche Bowl are super fun and can get your adrenaline pumping.
Best coffee shop in town: I love the Freel Perk Coffee Shop. It’s a great local spot to stop at on the way to the mountain.
Best breakfast spot in town: The breakfast burrito at Verde Mexican Rotisserie is my go-to. Plus, everything at Verde is locally sourced and ultra-healthy.
Best dinner spot in town: The Divided Sky is the best place for dinner. It’s a locals bar and restaurant with a great ski town feel and kickass gourmet sandwiches. The nachos are a huge hit, as well.
Best après spot at the mountain: The Plaza at the base of the mountain. There is always something going on. Live music, fun games like corn hole and sometimes the GM of the resort, John Rice, will serenade the guests with his guitar.
Best place to grab an afternoon drink in town: The Divided Sky, again, is my favorite but my buddy is about to open a tap house, Tahoe Aleworx, which I’m sure is going to be a hit.
Best nightlife spot: The Divided Sky, again, offers a great late night scene. Don’t be surprised to find people with their ski boots still on at 11 p.m. here. It’s a favorite, for sure. If you want to get your dance on and hit a club, Opal is where to be.
Best ski shop: Sports Ltd. is the go-to. They’ve got everything you need and a super knowledgeable staff.
Best hot tub to poach: There are so many, but I personally like the Mountbleu Casino. Be warned: It can be a tricky one to pull off.
Best place to catch the sunset: The top of Cave Rock lets you watch both the sky and the lake light up, simultaneously. Similar to Emerald Bay it’s a must-do when you’re in Lake Tahoe.