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Aerial views of Lake Tahoe

Visits to Lake Tahoe inspire many photographers and videographers, and there is no shortage of beautiful images of Tahoe on the internet.

Every day I look at countless photos that simply take my breath away. I love when a new video or photo makes its way to my computer, and I am able to share it with our visitors and fans. "Lake Tahoe," by David Arnold, captures the beauty of winter's snow, the deep blue colors of the lake, and the scale of the mountains that I call home - and all in under three minutes.

Arnold attended South Tahoe High School, and although he now lives in Orange County, California, he still considers Lake Tahoe home. On a recent ski vacation with his kids, he captured beautiful aerial images of Lake Tahoe. Shot with a Phantom 3 drone over a two-day period, viewers get a "bird's eye view" of Emerald Bay, Cascade Lake, Heavenly Mountain Resort, and along the South Lake Tahoe, CA shoreline.

LakeTahoe from AirbornePics on Vimeo.

Emerald Bay

Emerald Bay at Tahoe South

Sunrise over Emerald Bay. Photo by Rachid Dahnoun.

The natural beauty, geology and history of Emerald Bay, which is home to the only island in Lake Tahoe, make it one of the highlights of any visit to the Lake Tahoe area. Located approximately 10 miles north of South Lake Tahoe on Hwy 89, and very popular with locals and visitors alike, it's recommenced you get there early - parking can fill up FAST. Both Cascade Lake and Emerald Bay are visible from the highway (Passengers only, please - drivers, look ahead!), and accessible from a few parking areas.

Heavenly Mountain Resort

Skiing at Heavenly Mountain Resort. Photo by Matt Gibson

Skiing at Heavenly Mountain Resort. Photo by Matt Gibson.

While the skiing might be what brings you to Heavenly Mountain Resort, it’s the view that will keep you coming back. Shooting the California Trail on a clear day, skiers and snowboarders can see out across Lake Tahoe and all the way down off the mountain to the farmland valley below. Heavenly has 97 runs and 4,800 skiable acres that crisscross between the California and Nevada border.

South Lake Tahoe, California

cross country skiing south lake tahoe

Cross country skiing in South Lake Tahoe, CA. Photo by Jared Manninen.

The shoreline from Lakeview Commons at El Dorado Beach to Regan Beach Park is popular year-round due to the easy public access and parking. In the winter, this area is perfect for snowshoeing and building snowmen. If you're here in the late afternoon, definitely plan on staying for the sunset. The views of Mt Tallac against a bright orange, pink, and purple sky are amazing.

Do you have photos or videos of Lake Tahoe you'd like to share? Tag us on Instagram or post to our Facebook wall - we'd love to see them!

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Georgette Hartley

Georgette loves adventuring outdoors and can usually be found exploring the trails, lakes, and peaks of the Sierra Nevada with her family.


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