‘Why aren’t they home?’: Lake Tahoe struggles to keep winter vacationers at bay

The popular ski destination tried to shut down amid California’s Covid surge. But the tourists kept coming

Rhonda Keen understands why Lake Tahoe draws so many people. There is the lake itself – miles of beach along cobalt blue water – skiing and snowboarding in the Sierra Nevada, and the charms of the small mountain towns.

December is usually among the busiest months for tourists, but this winter California’s fresh lockdown order was supposed to put an end to all that. Local authorities asked visitors to honor the containment measures, which told people to stay home and avoid unnecessary travel.

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