Region’s recreation offers best of both worlds |

Region’s recreation offers best of both worlds

Hiking, biking, boating, sunbathing, golf, picnics, fishing, water skiing, snow skiing, snowboarding – decisions can be tough on Memorial Day weekend in Tahoe.

“There’s not too many other places where you can go skiing and to the beach all in the same day,” said Steve Lannoy, owner of Kayak Tahoe, at Timber Cove pier. “At least not without a longer drive.”

Some people, like Jim Salisbury, of Walnut Creek, Calif., try to squeeze all the fun activities into a few days by breaking up a weekend of water skiing on the Sacramento Delta with a day of snow skiing at Heavenly Ski Resort.

“My wife told me to put the (snow) skis away,” he said at the base of Heavenly’s Sky Chair on Sunday afternoon. “I told her not until Memorial Day, so I figured I better use them.”

Others said they skipped the summer activities to make up for lost time on the slopes this winter.

“I missed most of April and had to get one last day of skiing in before summer,” said Paul Tomita, of Berkeley, Calif. “Besides it’s 50 degrees on the beach in San Francisco and you have to go where the sun is.”

While skiers and snowboarders cut up the spring corn at Heavenly, others were content making up for lost time on the beach.

“It’s time for summer,” said Melissa Lesniewski, of South Lake Tahoe, during a tanning session at Timber Cove Beach on Sunday. “Next, it’ll be water skiing.”

Still, some decided it was best not to commit to anything.

“We’re leaving all of our options open,” said Pak Chong, of Sacramento, who rented a personal watercraft at the Timber Cove Marina Sunday afternoon. “But maybe we”ll go skiing, who knows.”

Dustin Dellera, who works at the tram base selling lift tickets, said the best conditions are at the top of the mountain.

“There’s 7 feet of snow at the top and only about a foot at the top of the tram,” he said.

Today is Heavenly’s last day for skiing. Lift tickets are $29 for an all-day adult pass.

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