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Skis And Boats: Waterfronts Near Western Mountain Resorts

Heavenly-Lake-View Lake Tahoe speads out below Heavenly. (Heavenly/Facebook)

Summer vacationers often seek out lakefront property to cool off, and a number of ski and snowboard resorts across the West are blessed with a lake within spittin’ distance.

SnoCountry.com scanned the West and found an intriguing collection “surf and turf” offerings.

Boats galore at shoreline below Homewood. (Homewood/Facebook)

Two resorts -- Heavenly and Homewood -- sit right on the shore of Lake Tahoe for boating, fishing, excursions and swimming beaches. (Surface water temps top out at 65-70 F. so be ready for an exhilarating plunge.)

Homewood has linked up with Homewood High & Dry Marina at its base with rentals of jet skis, kayaks, paddleboards and more – plus a water ski school for instruction.

All manner of watercraft in Summit County. (Town of Dillon/Facebook)

Over in Colorado, Keystone and Breckenridge are a short ride from Lake Dillon – a reservoir at 9,000 feet elevation. Marinas in Frisco and Dillon rent out fishing boats, party barges and sailboats, and quiet picnicking can be had along some 29 miles of shoreline.

Hook a big on on Big Bear Lake. (Big Bear Lake/Facebook)

One of SoCal’s favorite places to cool off is Big Bear Lake – some two hours’ drive from the L.A. Basin. Both Snow Summit and Bear Mountain look down onto the lake that has renowned fishing and all manner of watercraft for rent and instruction..

Ridin' high above Lake Pend Oreille. (Schweitzer/Facebook)

In North Idaho, super-deep Lake Pend Oreille spreads out below Schweitzer Mountain. National forest and state lands have a myriad of trails, beaches, marinas and picnic sites. Fishing best for cold-water trout, and Kokanee and Mackinaw salmon, and shops in Sandpoint rent most anything that floats.

Canoeing near Brundage Mountain. (McCall Chamber/Facebook)

To the west, you’ll find the Payette Lake and Brundage Mountain. The 5,000-acre lake boasts watersports galore, and evening lake cruises. Farther downriver, Tamarack Resort sits on the western shore of Cascade Lake – 47 square miles of high-mountain water. Nearby towns are full of rental and retail shops for any water-bound need.

Enjoy an evening cruise near Tamarack. (Lake Cascade State Park/Facebook)

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