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A combination of low water levels on Lake Tahoe combined with low temperatures led to the lake freezing near Bristlecone Beach from Dec. 29 to Jan. 3, creating the rare opportunity to ice skate on Lake Tahoe. The ice lasted several days and covered an area about the size of a football field. It was a surreal experience. On the cover, Robb Gaffney skates rings in the glowing pre-sunrise sky on Lake Tahoe to on Jan. 1. Photography by Matt Bansak, MattBansak.com.