Imagine Lake Tahoe and the lucidity of its stunningly blue water with the never-ending mountains in its backdrop. The lake may be reason enough for visitors to come to the region that straddles the border of California and Nevada, but the exciting ski resorts are what makes them stay. From luxurious to family-friendly, Lake Tahoe’s ski resorts offer a diverse range of accommodations to match every budget and access to ski hills.
The location of the 1960 Winter Olympic Games, Squaw Valley shouldn’t intimidate, even for beginner skiers. 3,600-acres of skiable terrain and an abundance of trails means enough room for all visitors to take on the slopes. After a strenuous, but fun, day of skiing, visit the European-inspired village and take part in an après-ski.
The name of the resort may indicate it’s for the professionals, but Diamond Peak also offers a great learning environment for beginners. With many black diamond runs and the fourth most rideable vertical in Tahoe though, just make sure to stick to your trail if you really are a beginner. Otherwise, enjoy the views and comfortable community atmosphere.
Heavenly Mountain Resort
Known for its stunning views of the mountains and Lake Tahoe, you can see where the resort got its name. Heavenly Mountain Resort is the largest of all the resorts on Lake Tahoe and provides visitors the unique option of skiing in either California or Nevada. An abundance of hotels and accommodations makes the resort vibrant and full of energy. Its varying terrain offers challenging opportunities for even the most advanced skiers.
Northstar Ski Resort
Family-friendly with mostly intermediate level slopes and leisurely trails, Northstar Ski Resort also offers terrain for snowboarding with medium and high jumps. Take a break from the slopes and spend some time ice skating or warming up with a cup of hot chocolate. Check out the village’s lower level for a vibrant après scene.
Kirkwood Ski Resort
Advanced and expert skiers should look no further than the challenging terrain found at Kirkwood. Steep slopes and an excess of snow make Kirkwood the go-to for those looking for a demanding skiing experience. 2,300-acres of terrain and 2,000 feet of vertical drop may sound intimidating, but those looking to go from amateur to the next level might want to give Kirkwood a go.
Sugar Bowl Ski Resort
Travel to Bavaria with a visit to Sugar Bowl Ski Resort. Family-owned since 1939, Sugar Bowl offers old European charm with modern skiing technology. Along with basic trails, off-trail runs are available for the more adventurous. The resort’s lodge also has athletic facilities, a spa, pool, and an elegant dining area.
If you’re looking for more than one way to glide down the mountainside, go tubing at Sierra-at-Tahoe for an alternative adrenaline rushing experience. The resort’s intermediate slopes, 6 terrain parks for freestyle snowboarding and skiing, and protection from the wind make it a popular destination.
Mount Rose Ski Resort
Get great views of not just Lake Tahoe, but also of Reno, “The Biggest Little City in the World”, at Mount Rose. Shuttles between the resort and Reno hotels make it easily accessible. The resort’s many black-diamond runs are not for the faint of heart and make it a great destination for more advanced skiers.