01/11/2013 07:03 pm ET

Lake Tahoe: North Shore Versus South Shore (PHOTOS)

This article comes to us courtesy of 7x7 Magazine.

By Christina Nellemann

With more than four feet of snow in the Tahoe area so far this winter, a trip to this ski haven is in the weekend plans of many Bay Area residents. But you have to ask yourself what you want from your winter trip to Big Blue. Lake Tahoe has two faces: The touristy, party scene of the South Shore and the more quiet, nature oriented scene of the North Shore. What's your flavor?

The South Shore includes South Lake Tahoe, Meyers, Stateline, Zephyr Cove, Emerald Bay, Homewood, Kirkwood, Tahoma and the Heavenly ski area. The North Shore includes Tahoe City, Tahoe Vista, Kings Beach, Incline Village, Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, Northstar, Diamond Peak, the Mount Rose ski area and Truckee and Donner Lake. Each of these small communities and resorts have their own style, things to do, and places to stay and eat as well as pros and cons. It all depends on what you want to do and experience.

If you want to drink and party after snowboarding...

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