Lake Tahoe Ski Areas
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All about Lake Tahoe Ski Areas

Majestic mountain views, amazing sightseeing opportunities, and legendary runs. This secret recipe has made Lake Tahoe ski areas a much-preferred ski holiday destination for decades. After all, when all is said an done, it is difficult not to fall in love with this fantastic place.

Increased rental pricing

With 290 days of sun per year, combined with unusual nature, the ski areas surrounding Lake Tahoe are popular like never before.

The downside to this development is on the rental-pricing, which has generally gone up throughout the ski areas surrounding Lake Tahoe.

As an example, the average price tag for an overnight stay in Alpine Meadows could be found for 100$ just five years ago.

Should you find an upscale hotel below 200$, nowadays one should probably consider oneself lucky.

Paved street in south Lake Tahoe on a sunny winter day
Rentals in the Lake Tahoe can be a costly item on your skiing budget / credit:Adobe

The lack of urban development in Lake Tahoe ski areas over recent years has understandably had some influence on the housing market. Some ski resorts experiencing growth are known for building "concrete jungles" in order to solve the increasing demand for accomodation. The towns surrounding Lake Tahoe are more cautious in their urban development. Reason behind this, can be found in reservation issue and thereby, the following strict legislation. The bottom line is that supply of rental properties has not followed demand. Consequently, this has yielded increased housing cost and subsequently spikes in rental prices.

Lake Tahoe Ski Resorts Provide an Endless Skiing Fun and Adventure

In the combined Lake Tahoe ski area, you will find an endless stream of ski resorts full of adventure, fun, food, and excitement.

There are nearly 18 ski resorts, as close as 20 km and as far as 150 km from the Reno-Tahoe international airport.

All ski resorts in and around Lake Tahoe are located within a short drive of most major cities.

People sitting a chair lift at a lake tahoe ski area
People sitting a chair lift at a Ski Area near Lake Tahoe / credit:Adobe

Northstar California Ski Resort

Located in Placer County, California on the Northwest shore of Lake Tahoe, Northstar Califonia Resort is a resort famous for its amazing skiing runs.

The traits concerning the architecture in Northstar California Ski Resort is an Alpine-style village-like atmosphere.

With weight on the aesthetic, there seems to be a very distinctive inspiration coming from the European Alps.

Northstar California Ski Resort is ideal for families with children friendly playgrounds and restaurant.

Upscale shops, five-star slope-side lodgings, refined dining options, and late-night bars can be found at the center of the resort.

Northstar Resort, Lake Tahoe CA

Centre of Northstar Ski Resort w. Icing rink in center / credit:Shutterstuck

Skiing in Northstar California Ski Resort

As far as the skiing is concerned, Northstar California Ski Resort occupies 3170 acres of skiable area. The resort reaches a top elevation of 8,610 feet (2,620m), a base elevation of 6,330 feet (1,930m), and a vertical drop of 2,280 feet (690m).

Northstar California Ski Resort has a total of 100 runs with 13% beginner, 60% intermediate, and 27% are advanced.

The longest run in Northstar California Ski Resort is 1.4 miles (2.3km) and 20 lifts services the visiting skiers and snowboarders.


Located in Twin Bridges, South of Lake Tahoe, Sierra-at-Tahoe is a skiing and snowboarding paradise for intermediate and advanced level skiers.

The resort is 12 miles south of Lake Tahoe and 16 miles southwest of Stateline Nevada. Sierra-At-Tahoe has grown significantly over the recent decade and is considered as one of the most visited ski resort surrounding Lake Tahoe.

Sierra-At-Tahoe has no nearby hotels, which can be a turn-off for many. Spending a couple of days skiing at Sierra-At-Tahoe means you need to reside in nearby cities. The closest city is Meyers which is limited in size. Alternatively, there is a 30 min drive to the city of South Lake Tahoe.

What the resort is unable to cater for in terms of accommodation, it compensates with a considerable amount of dining options.

Solstice Eatery, Baja Grill, 360 Smokehouse BBQ, Sierra Pub, the Aspen café, and Mama’s kitchen. These are some of the famous eateries in and around Sierra ski resort.

Skiing in Sierra-At-Tahoe Ski Resort

Sierra-At-Tahoe ski resort has a skiable area of 200 acres. Its top elevation reaches 8,852 feet (2,696m), base elevation of 6,640 feet (2,020m). The vertical drop is consequently 2,212 feet (674m).

Snow covered slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountains in Lake Tahoe

Snow covered slope in Sierra-at-Tahoe Ski Resort / credit:Shutterstuck

It has 46 total ski runs where 25% runs are meant for beginners, 50% for intermediate, and 25% for advanced/professional skiers and snowboarders.

Skiing in Sierra-At-Tahoe Ski Resort most famous slope is the notorious Sugar ‘n’ Spice. With its 2.5 miles (4km) it poses a challenge for the most experienced skier.
The resort is popular among snowboarders due to its six parks; The Alley, Burton Progression, Bashful, Upper Snowshoe, Aspen, and Smokey Boarder X.

Alpine Meadows Ski Resort

Alpine Meadows Ski Resort is famous for its great snow and elevated views over the High-Sierra and Lake Tahoe. The resort is situated in Bear Creek, which is an unincorporated community in Placer County, California. The village lies just 5 miles west of Tahoe City.

This 2400 acres family-oriented ski resort offers a unique skiing experience in a laid-back environment.
Two girls at the top of the ski run at Alpine Meadows Ski Resort
Two girls at the top of the ski run at Alpine Meadows Ski Resort / credit:Shutterstuck

With the connection made in 2011 between Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley, the many skiing options ensure skiers and snowboarders keep coming back.

Squaw Valley Ski Resort

Located in Olympic Valley, California, Squaw Valley Ski resort is the second largest ski area surrounding Lake Tahoe.

Squaw Valley Ski resort came into the limelight when it hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics.

Since then, it has turned into a legendary vacation destination surfaced at the end of a gorgeous Sierra Valley. It’s perfect terrains, and deep powder snow makes it an ideal option for skiers and snowboarders of all levels.

Squaw Valley with the Olympic rings.
Main station at Squaw Valley ski resort with the Olympic rings / credit:Shutterstuck

With 4000 acres skiable area, Squaw Valley covers a wide range of terrains, including off-piste runs for professional and advanced skiers and snowboarders.

It has a top and a base elevation of 9050 feet (2760m) and 6200 feet (1890m) respectively and a vertical drop of 2850 feet (870m).

Squaw Valley has a staggering 177 runs where the longest run is 3.2 miles (5.1km). The 30 lifts within the ski resort can carry 58,000 persons per hour around the resort.

Sugar Bowl Ski Resort

Located in the Placer County near Norden, California, Sugar Bowl ski resort is a medium-sized ski resort.

Sugar Bowl Ski Resort is well known for its history, deep powder mountains, high annual snowfall, advanced-level terrains.

The resort is one of the closest ski areas to Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area which also attract many weekend guests.

Sugar Bowl Ski Resort has a total of 1650 acres skiable area and 103 runs for all levels. A total of 16 lifts operates the resort, top elevation reaches 8,386 feet (2,555m) and the longest run is approximately 3 miles (4.8km).

Diamond Peak Ski Resort

Located in Incline Village, Nevada in the western United States, Diamond Peak ski resort is as beautiful as any other high-end luxury resort. Diamond Peak Ski Resort is well-known for hosting local winter events and group activities. Therefore, people in groups prioritize to visit this resort.

Children's ski and snowboarding lessons at Diamond Peak Ski Resort in Incline Village
Childrens ski and snowboarding lessons at Diamond Peak Ski Resort in Incline Village / credit:Shutterstuck

The resort has a skiable area of around 655 acres. The top elevation reaches 8,540 feet (2,603m) with a vertical drop of 1,840 feet (561m). Only six lifts are servicing a total of 30 runs. The longest run in Diamond Peak Ski Resort is of 2.5 miles (4km).

Heavenly Mountain Ski Resort

Heavenly ski resort is located right on the border between California and Nevada. By many, Heavenly Mountain ski resort is regarded as one of the best ski areas at Lake Tahoe. By sheer size, Heavenly is one of the largest ski resorts surrounding the Lake.

The resort has an astonishing 4800 acres of skiable area. A total of 97 ski runs provides something for all levels - beginners, intermediates, as well as advanced skiers.

The longest run non-stop run in Heavenly is 5.5 miles (8.9km). The lift system operates 30 lifts including fast-moving passenger magic carpets, high-speed aerial tram, and lifts.

Tourists tubing on the slopes of Heavenly Ski Resort on a sunny winter day
Tourists tubing on the slopes of Heavenly Ski Resort on a sunny winter day / credit:Shutterstuck
Heavenly mountain ski resort has a top elevation of 10,067 feet (3,068m), with a base elevation of 6255 feet (1,907m). This resort is undoubtedly a haven for advanced skiers and snowboarders, looking to experience skiing like nowhere else.
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