A Snowboarders Paradise

by Kevin Arnold

I love being out in the mountains. I guess that’s why I like snowboarding so much. It wasn’t until that last few years while living in Northern California that I discovered the real beauty of the sport—being out in the wilderness, battling the elements, having the feeling that you are the only person around for miles, watching storms build up and roll in, and meanwhile you’re dreaming of the powder you are going to ride the next day. Lake Tahoe, California, is beautiful. There’s no other place like it on earth. When it snows here, it’s measured in feet, not inches. Being a snow voyager can take you to many places, I’ve been snowboarding all over the world and have never experienced anything like my first Tahoe winter 3 years ago. Ever since, I have been captivated by The Tahoe’s magnetism.

Snowboarding forces you into nature and into the mountains. It lets you experience nature during the harsh times of winter. For most people, the thought of being in nature during a blizzard is a nightmare ,but for me its what I live for. Once you get on your board, the mountain becomes your playground. Whether it’s throwing big turns, launching off cliffs, or just getting your blood flowing and heart pumping, it’s a real feeling that can’t be imitated or bought. The possibilities are endless; there is so much terrain to ride and only one lifetime to find it. Tahoe has been an inspiration to me, not just in snowboarding, but also in everyday life. It’s a great reminder that life is beautiful and we shouldn’t get caught up in stresses of everyday life and if we seek it, we know there is a place out there that is calling to us.

Ever since I have lived in Northern California, Lake Tahoe has been my escape from reality. Once you find that “one true place,” it becomes a never-ending mission to get back to it as much as you can. Every year as soon as the leaves start to fall off the trees, my everyday mind set shifts to figuring out how I can escape to that “place.” I can’t pin-point whether it’s the crazy amounts of snowfall, the gigantic trees, or the amazing sight of the lake 6,200 feet above sea level surrounded by peaks, but all I know is this is an incredible place. Lake Tahoe will always have a special place in my soul.

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