Alpine Skiing in Lake Tahoe

Tahoe's Best Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding Guide

The Lake Tahoe Ski Season

In general, Thanksgiving is the traditional opening day in Lake Tahoe for alpine skiing and snowboarding. Resort openings may be earlier or later depending upon Mother Nature. Regardless of opening dates, one thing is always for sure in Lake Tahoe - snow, snow and more snow. Each year, resorts boast of bases in excess of 100 inches and often over 200 inches. With that kind of snow and the legendary Tahoe sunshine, it's no wonder Lake Tahoe is considered one of the top winter destinations in the world!

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Lake Tahoe Ski Areas

Alpine Meadows
  • TERRAIN: 2,000 acres - 25% Beginner; 40% More Difficult; 35% Most Difficult/Expert, 100+ trails. Snowmaking on 10 of 12 lifts.
  • LIFTS: 1 high-speed 6 passenger chair, 1 high-speed quad, 2 triples, 7 doubles, 1 surface.
  • ELEVATION: Summit 8,637’; Base 6,835’; Vertical Drop 1,800’; Longest Run: 2.5 miles.
  • SCHOOL: Ski & snowboard instruction for adults and children, Tahoe Adaptive Ski School for physically and mentally challenged skiers. Kids Camp for ages 6-12, Snow School for ages 4-6.
  • AMENITIES: Rental and repair shop, day lodge with large sundeck, restaurant/cocktail lounge, cafeteria, bar, on-mountain snack bar, boulangerie, mid-mountain deli, sport shop.
  • SHUTTLE: Please call for schedule.
  • LOCATION: 6 miles northwest of Tahoe City, CA, on Hwy. 89, P. O. Box 5279, Tahoe City, CA 96145
  • INFO: (800)-441-4423, (530) 583-4232 SNOW PHONE: (530) 581-8374
Boreal
  • Average Snowfall 400 in. (1,016 cm)
  • Top Elevation 7,700 ft. (2,347 m)
  • Base Elevation 7,200 ft. (2,195 m)
  • Vertical Rise 500 ft. (152 m)
  • Ride able Acres 380
  • Lifts 2 quads, 3 triple, 4 doubles
  • Trails 41
  • Longest Run 1 mile (1.6 km)
  • Terrain 30% beginner, 55% intermediate, 15% advanced
  • Lanes for sledding
  • Snowmaking
  • 75-80% terrain coverage
Diamond Peak
  • TERRAIN: 18% Beginner;46% Intermediate; 36% Advanced on 655 skiable acres with 30 runs plus open glades and tree skiing
  • VERTICAL: 1,840’, 4TH LONGEST AT Lake Tahoe; Longest Run: 2.5 miles.
  • Superpipe!
  • AMENITIES: Full-facility Base Lodge; Rental/Repair shop; Child Ski Center, Child Care; Ski School; Free ski shuttles. On-the-Mountain lake views, BBQ’s and more; One mile from the slopes: 24 hour Nevada-style night life, restaurants, shopping, recreation/fitness center and more.
  • X- COUNTRY: Diamond Peak Cross Country & Snow Shoe Center.
  • LOCATION: 1210 Ski Way, Incline Village, Nevada 89451
  • INFO: (702) 831-3249 (24-hour) SNOW PHONE: (702) 831-3211 (24-hour)
Donner Ski Ranch
  • LOCATION: Norden, California. Off Interstate 80, 45 miles west of Reno, Nevada; 10 miles west of Truckee, California; 85 miles east of Sacramento, California.
  • SEASON: Mid-November through mid-May. Hours of operation are 9:00am to 4:00pm Sunday through Saturday
  • BASE ELEVATION: 7031 Feet.
  • VERTICAL RISE: 750 feet
  • ANNUAL SNOWFALL: 33 feet average
  • TERRAIN: 435 acres - 25% Beginner, 50% Intermediate, 25% Advanced.
  • LIFTS: One Triple Chairlift and Five Double Chairlifts
  • SKI SCHOOL: Members of the Professional Ski Instructors of America. We offer instruction in Alpine Skiing, Telemark Skiing, and Snowboarding.
  • BASE FACILITIES: Lodge which includes a cafeteria, cocktail lounge, ski shop, rental shop, retail shop, personal lockers, and a complete Ski Patrol
Heavenly
  • 84 Runs
  • 29 Lifts: 1 Eight-passenger Gondola, 1 Arial Tramway, 1 High-speed Six-passenger, 5 High-speed Quads, 8 Triple Chairs, 5 Double Chairs, 6 Surface Lifts, 2 Magic Carpet (Children's Ski School)
  • 10,040 feet Top Lift Access Elevation - Tahoe's Highest Mountain
  • Base Elevation: CA 6,540 feet, NV 7,200 feet
  • 4,800 skiable acres
  • 3,500 feet vertical drop - The West Coast's Longest Vertical
  • Longest mountain descent: 5.5 miles
  • Snowmaking to cover 69% of trails (top to bottom)
  • Terrain: 20% easier, 45% more difficult, 35% most difficult
  • Snowboarding available on the entire resort
  • On Mountain Lodges: four base lodges and four on-mountain facilities
  • 6 High Altitude Dining
Homewood
  • TERRAIN: 15% Beginner; 50% Intermediate; 35% Advanced; Double Black Diamond skiing on Quail Face; Skiable Acres 1,260.
  • LIFTS: 1 quad chair, 2 triple chairs, 1 double chair, 4 surface lifts.
  • SCHOOL: Daily instruction in skiing and snowboarding, including beginner lesson and rental packages. Special women’s snowboarding clinics
  • CHILDREN: Homewood Children’s Center offers Snowstars and Honeybear Ski School and licensed Child Care for children ages 2 and up.
  • AMENITIES: Two lodges, one sun-deck lodge; Rental Shop with full ski and snowboard packages; retail shop.
  • LOCATION: On Hwy. 89, 6 miles south of Tahoe City, 5145 West Lake Blvd., P. O. Box 165, Homewood, CA 96141
  • INFO: (530) 525-2992 SNOW PHONE: (530) 525-2900
Kirkwood
  • 65+ Runs, 12 Lifts: Operating 9am to 4pm, Lodge Open 7:30am to 7pm
  • Lifts: 1 Express Quad Chair, 1 Quad, 7 Triple, 1 Double & 2 Surface Lifts
  • Uphill Capacity: 17,905 skier per hour
  • 2,300 Skiable Acres
  • Top Elevation 9,800'
  • Base Elevation 7,800'
  • Vertical Rise 2,000'
  • Longest Run 2� miles
  • Terrain: 15% beginner, 50% intermediate, 20% advanced, 15% expert
  • Snowmaking: Top to bottom coverage on four runs
  • Facilities & Resort Services: Two Day Lodges, Six Bars & Restaurants, Two Cafeterias, Three Ski Shops, Gift Shop, Snowboard Center, Children's Center, Day Care Center, Family Play Area, Post Office, General Store, Three Rental Shops, Performance Center/Repair Shop, Ski Shuttle, Service Center, Medical Clinic, Seven Conference Rooms, Cross Country Skiing Facilities, Real Estate Offices, Sharp Shooters Photography, Sleigh Rides.
  • Woody's Family Fun Zone, Snowshoeing, Sleigh Rides, Dog Sled Rides, The Mountain Club Spa, Massage Services, Snowmobiling, Ice Fishing and Grover Hot Springs.

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South Shore (CA)

Fantastically Fun Lake Tahoe Fishing Charters

Address: 900 Ski Run Blvd Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

All Summer Rafting close to Lake Tahoe!

Address: 10068 Hirschdale Rd. Truckee, CA 96161
North & West Shore (CA)
North Lake Tahoe's most luxurious spa resort…! Spa lodging packages available.
Address: 400 Squaw Creek Road Olympic Valley, CA 96146
Mt. Rose
  • Base Elevation: 8,260 ft. (Tahoe's Highest)
  • Summit: 9,700 ft.
  • Trails: 43
  • Terrain: 30% beginner (Green)
  • 30% intermediate (Blue)
  • 40% advanced (Black)
  • Longest Run: 2.5 miles
  • Terrain Parks: 2
  • Badlands & Double Down (both located in East Bowl)
  • Chairlifts:
    • 1 "Six Pack" high-speed, detachable chair
    • 2 Quad chairs (fixed grip)
    • 2 Triple chairs (fixed grip)
    • 1 Surface Lift (New Wonder Carpet)
    • Total uphill lift capacity = 11,000 skiers per hour
  • Average Snowfall: 400 inches (34 feet!)
  • Snowmaking: 28% coverage (top to bottom)
  • Year Opened: 1964
  • Location: North Lake Tahoe, Mt. Rose Hwy - SR 431 ( See Locator Map)
    • 11 Mi. Lake Tahoe's North Shore
    • 22 Mi. from Reno/Tahoe Airport
    • 25 Mi. from Downtown Reno
Northstar-at-Tahoe
  • Terrain
    • Skiable Acres/Hectares 2,420/979
    • Trails 70
    • Halfpipes 2
    • Longest run 2.9 miles/4.7 km
  • Trails and Classification
    • Beginner 25%
    • Intermediate 50%
    • Advanced 25%
    • Cross-Country 50 km
    • Total Lifts 15
    • 11 chairs, 1 Gondola and 3 surface lifts. Express Lifts 6
    • Vertical Drop 2,280 ft/695 m
    • Percentage of Snowmaking Runs 50%
  • Mountain Facts
    • Annual snowfall 350 in/9 m
    • Base Elevation 6,330 ft/1929 m
    • Mid-mountain Elevation 6,800 ft/2073 m
    • Summit Elevation 8,610 ft/2624 m
  • On-site Food and Lodging
    • Restaurants 5
    • Lodging (on-site) 263 units
  • LOCATION: Hwy. 267 (6 miles) between Truckee and No. Lake Tahoe, P. O. Box 129, Truckee, CA 96160
  • INFO: (530) 562-1010 SNOW PHONE: (530) 562-1330 (24 hour)
Sierra-at-Tahoe
  • 2,000 Acres
  • 2,212' Vertical Rise
  • 8,852' Top Elevation
  • 6,640' Bottom Elevation
  • 46 Slopes and Trails
  • 25% Easier
  • 50% More Difficult
  • 25% Most Difficult
  • 2 Terrain Parks (ski and snowboard)
  • 2 Half Pipes (1 "regular" pipe with 9 foot walls and 1 SuperPipe with 17 foot walls
  • Longest run: 2.5 miles; Sugar n' Spice
  • Average Annual Snowfall 480"
  • Lift System
    • 3 Dopplemayr express quads
    • 1 Triple chair
    • 5 Double chairs
    • 1 "Magic Carpet" children's surface lift
    • 1 Tubing surface tow
    • 1 Children's surface tow
  • Season Mid November through mid April (Based on natural snowfall)
  • Operating Hours
    • Weekends, holidays: 8:30am-4:00pm
    • Weekdays: 9:00am-4:00pm
    • Tubing hours: 11am - 4pm, 7 days a week (snow and weather conditions permitting)
Soda Springs
  • 2 Lifts, 16 Runs, 2 Tubing tows
  • 6,700 feet base elevation
  • 7,325 feet summit elevation
  • 652 feet vertical drop
  • Terrain: 30% beginner, 50% intermediate, 20% advanced
  • Snowboards
  • Lifts open daily 9am - 4:30pm (Thanksgiving through Easter)
  • Snow tubing open daily 11am - 4pm
Squaw Valley USA
  • TERRAIN: 4,000 acres – 25% Beg., 45% Int., 30% Adv.; 6,200’ base elevation, 9,050’ summit, 2,850’ vertical drop, 360 acres of snowmaking, longest run is 3 miles. Open bowl trails similar to the European Alps.
  • LIFTS: 1 cable car, 1 super gondola, 4 high speed quads, 1 fixed quad, 9 triples, 10 doubles, 3 surface, 1 pulse lift.
  • SCHOOL: Ski, snowboard and telemark instruction; specialty women’s and advanced clinics, beginner packages. Children’s World - Junior Mountain 7-12, Snow School 4-6, Toddler Care 2-3.
  • AMENITIES: Over 30 restaurants and bars, and a year-round recreation complex at the top of the mountain (High Camp).
  • LOCATION: 1960 Squaw Valley Rd., P. O. Box 2007, Olympic Valley, CA . 96146
  • INFO: (800) 545-4350 SNOW PHONE: (530) 483-6955, (24 hour)
Sugar Bowl
  • TERRAIN: 1,500 ACRES, 17% Beginner, 43% Intermediate, 40% Advanced/Expert.
  • LIFTS: 2 express quads, 2 fixed grip quads, 4 doubles, 2 surface lifts, 1 gondola, 1 access double.
  • ELEVATION: Summit 8,383; Base 6,883; Vertical Drop 1,500’; Longest Run 3 miles.
  • SCHOOL: Mountain Sports Learn Center; personalized and group instruction offered daily for all levels of skiing and snowboarding. PSIA member certified school. Children’s Services: Summit Adventure Camp, all day children’s programs and on-site child care.
  • AMENITIES: Historic lodging, fine dining, 2 cafeterias, deli, 2 bars and 2 on-site Sugar Bowl Ski & Sports shops with rentals.
  • LOCATION: 10 miles west of Truckee, and 45 miles west of Reno on I-80, at the Norden exit, P. O. Box 5, Norden, CA 95724
  • INFO: (530) 426-9000 SNOW PHONE: (530) 426-1111
Tahoe Donner
  • Lifts:
    • 1 quad chair
    • 1 double chair
    • 1 surface tow
    • 1 carpet
  • Terrain Rating
    • 60% Intermediate
    • 40% novice
  • Total Runs:14
  • Skiable Acres:120
  • Lift Operating Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Ticket Window Hours: 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • Rental Shop Hours: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Food & Beverage
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Lounge
    • Snack Bar

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Cascades at Squaw Creek Offers Gourmet Breakfast And Dinner Buffets

Address: 400 Squaw Creek Road Olympic Valley, CA 96146
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Visit Mountain Pizzeria at Squaw Creek for Delicious Italian Cuisine
Address: 400 Squaw Creek Rd Olympic Valley, CA 96146
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Six Peaks Grille at Squaw Creek Is A Lake Tahoe Favorite for Fine Dining

Address: 400 Squaw Creek Rd Olympic Valley, CA 96146