Lake Tahoe Ski Areas
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Lake Tahoe Ski Areas and all about Lake Tahoe Skiing

Majestic mountain views,amazing sightseeing opportunities and legendary runs.

This secret recipe have made the ski areas surrounding the great Lake Tahoe a prefered ski holiday destination for decades. An increased tourist influence and top class hotels built during the recent decade, bears testimony to this fact.

Afterall, when all is said an done, it is difficult not to fall in love with this fantastic place.

Increase in prices for skiing in any of Lake Tahoe Ski Areas

With an average of 290 days of sun per year, combined with astonishing nature, the prices for spending your ski holiday in any of Lake Tahoe ski areas, has consequently gone up.

The average price tag for an overnight stay in the high season at Alpine Meadows could be found for 100$ just 5 years. 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 over recent years, have understandably had some influence on the housing market. Unlike many of the usual alpine satelit cities, who build to accomodate what influx of visitors may come, the cities surrounding Lake Tahoe are much more cautious. This is mainly due to reservation issue and thereby following legislation. As a consequence the supply of rental propoerties have not followed demand, which have 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. This makes the resorts perfect for those who want to enjoy skiing in the morning, sight-seeing and escapade in the late afternoon - followed by non-stop entertainment and nightlife in evening.
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 Northstar California is a mountain resort famous for its breath-taking mountain vistas and amazing skiing runs.

The special traits concerning the architecture in Northstar California Ski Resort is an Alpine-style village-like atmosphere, with wheight on the estethic (which is another way of saying - no ugly buildings made of concrete).

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

For the more individual resort guest, upscale shops, five-star slope-side lodgings, refined dinning options and late-night bars are available when the skiing is over.

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 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 resort surrounding Lake Tahoe. Although Sierra-At-Tahoe has no nearby hotels, which means you need to reside in nearby cities like Meyers or even take 30 min drive to the city of South Lake Tahoe.

What the resort is unable to cater for in terms of accomodation, 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 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, with top elevation of 8,852 feet (2,696m), base elevation of 6,640 feet (2,020m) and a vertical drop of 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 6 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 located in Bear Creek, which is an unincorporated community in Placer County, California. The community is located just 5 miles west of Tahoe City.

This 2400 acres family-oriented ski resort offers a unique skiing experience in a laid-back environment where you tend to enjoy the most with your loved ones.
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 ensures 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 legendry vacation destination surfaced at the end of a gorgeous Sierra Valley. It’s perfect terrains and deep powder snow make it 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 base elevation of 9050 feet (2760m) and 6200 feet (1890m) respectively and 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 have the capacity to 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, 103 runs for all levels, 16 lifts with a top elevation reaches 8,386 feet (2,555m) and a longest run of 3 miles (4.8km).

Diamond Peak Ski Resort

Located in Incline Village, Nevada in the western United States, Diamond Peal 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, which is why 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 with a top elevation of 8,540 feet (2,603m) with a vertical drop of 1,840 feet (561m). The total of 30 runs is being serviced by only 6 lifts. The longest runs in Diamond Peak Ski Resort is of 2.5 miles (4km).

Heavenly Mountain Ski Resort

Located on Nevada-California border in South Lake Tahoe, Heavenly Mountain ski resort is one of the best, and by size, the largest Lake Tahoe ski resorts.

The resort has an astonishing 4800 acres of skiable area, with a total of 97 ski runs for all levels - including beginner, intermediate, and advanced skiers. The longest run non-stop run in Heavenly is 5.5 miles (8.9km) and 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 certainly a heaven for advanced skiers and snowboarders, looking to experience skiing like nowhere else.
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