Fact Check: Was This Viral Snow Wall Photo Taken in Lake Tahoe?

Lake Tahoe is having a legendary winter, but not as legendary as this viral photo would have you think.

Posts circulating on social media show a group of people walking on a path between two walls of snow. The posts typically claim that the image was taken in Lake Tahoe, displaying massive walls and record snowpack. I’ve personally seen this photo shared at least a dozen times, each one claiming it to be Tahoe. However, the image is not recent and it certainly wasn’t taken in Lake Tahoe.

Here’s the photo I’m talking about:

If I had the time, I could probably find over 100 posts of this photo claiming to be Tahoe:

The image has been circulating online for years and actually shows the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, a famous tourist attraction in Japan, which cuts through a mountainous region. This particular section of the route features a path carved out of snow during spring, resulting in snow walls almost 60 feet high.

Although parts of California did experience unusually heavy snowfall, with more than 50 feet of snow over the past three months, multiple ski resorts in the Lake Tahoe area had to close at times due to excessive snow. The snow walls are big in Tahoe right now, but not the size of these walls in Japan

Let’s cheer for this historic winter in Tahoe… and stop spreading misinformation.

Active NorCal

Telling the Stories of Northern California

One Comment

  1. Yes, the photo is from Lake Tahoe. Any other information disputing that is Russian disinformation.

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