When you're visiting a city for the first time, there's nothing better than getting tips from a local beyond the usual guide book suggestions!

We asked Michelle Parker, professional big-mountain skier, for her insider scoop on Lake Tahoe.


Christy Hill – A date-night favourite among Tahoe City locals, this elegant bistro has a view of the lake. The food has always impressed me and the location is tough to beat.

After Dark

Uncorked Tahoe City – A top-notch place to hang, this wine bar is the place to pick up a bottle of vino or enjoy a glass of wine with friends. The staff are passionate about wine and happy to share their knowledge, and the decor and woodwork are beautiful.

My Perfect Day: “Hiking in the back country to get some fresh turns, then hitting Squaw Valley for an all-day shred.”


Tahoe Art Haus & Cinema – A visit here is the best way to catch a good film in Tahoe City. They hand pick movies and documentaries, and host special events.

Day Trip

Squaw Valley – Squaw Valley’s Shirley Canyon is one of my favourite hiking trails, especially in spring. With its endless beauty, Five Lakes in Alpine Meadows is also a great place to hike.

Secret Tip

Insider info – Set the alarm, wake up early and hike up Mount Tallac or Rubicon Peak for a magical sunrise – you won’t regret it!