Lake Tahoe travel guide

Lake Tahoe Resorts

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Jump to resort: Alpine Meadows
Diamond Peak Ski Resort
Heavenly Mountain Resort
Kirkwood Resort
Mt. Rose
Northstar at Tahoe
Sierra at Tahoe Resort
Squaw Valley USA

Alpine Meadows has perfect powder that stays for days after a storm, and showcases snow-brushed pine trees in seven open bowls. The resort offers ski and snowboard lessons, kid’s camps, equipment rental, service, and storage, plus complimentary transportation.

The resort features eight on-mountain restaurants ensuring guest will never be without a great nearby dining option. Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the Meadows Café or stop in for quick bite at noon at the Mid Mountain Chalet. Once you’ve had your fill of the mountain slopes, unwind with an après-ski drink at the Compactor Bar or the Ice Bar.

There are three separate terrain parks designed to engage novice riders to expert skiers. Each is filled with a wide variety of ramps, rails, boxes, and unique park features that will challenge and thrill even veteran riders. The resort hosts a number of ski camps and clinics to help you brush up on the basics or perfect your snow carving technique. Alpine Meadows has an array of services and amenities making it an inclusive and inviting place to spend an afternoon or entire weekend.

Alpine Meadows Resort features include:

  • Elevation: Summit – 8,637 feet / Base – 6,835
  • 13 lifts including one high-speed six pack, two express quads, three triples and five double chairs
  • 2,400 skiable acres
  • 100 designated runs rated 25% easier, 40% more difficult, 35% expert
  • 495 inches of annual snowfall
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Diamond Peak Ski Resort at Incline Village is known throughout Lake Tahoe as the place for family skiing. The resort offers un-crowded trails, beautiful views of Lake Tahoe, and an outstanding learning environment for beginning boarders and novice skiers. Of course experts will have plenty to keep them challenged with numerous expert rated trails stemming from the top of Lakeview and Crystal Express.

Diamond Peak is an ideal resort for beginners and those who just want to brush up on the basics. Group lessons and private instruction are available in addition to services provided through the Child Ski Center, and with the many deals and season pass options offered for families you can enjoy this unique Tahoe destination without breaking the bank. The incredible lake views and warm and inviting environment makes this resort a destination for your whole family.

Diamond Peak Resort features include:

  • Elevation: Summit – 8,540 feet / Base – 6,700
  • 6 chairlifts
  • 30 trails rated 18% beginner, 46% intermediate, and 36% advanced
  • 400 inches of annual snowfall
  • Longest run is 2.5 miles
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The terrain at Heavenly Mountain Resort spans the border of California and Nevada and includes rolling hills, terrain parks and challenging technical steeps. Beginners can enjoy the easy groomed runs while experts may want to explore the back country’s adventurous terrain ideal for both skiers and snowboarders.

Those looking to improve their riding or skiing ability can enjoy a private or group ski lesson, or possibly go ice skating for a change of pace. Child care, clinics, lessons and adaptive ski assistance are all offered, making Heavenly Mountain Resort’s services and amenities useful for all ages and abilities

After a day on the slopes, enjoy one of the many dining options at Heavenly. From casual to fine dining, there is something to impress everyone. If you’re looking for entertainment, there are casinos and bars with live entertainment. The choices are endless, just like the powder!

Heavenly Resort features include:

  • Elevation: Summit – 10,067 feet / Base – 6,540 feet
  • 30 lifts including one gondola, one aerial tram, two high-speed six packs, and eight high-speed quads
  • 94 named trails
  • 4,800 skiable acres rated 20% beginner, 45% intermediate, 35% advanced
  • 360 inches of annual snowfall
  • Five terrain parks
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With over 1,260 acres of the best skiing and snowboarding in the Sierras and two terrain parks to choose from, Homewood Resort offers a unique mountain experience to riders of all abilities. You’ll take in breathtaking views amid the wide variety of hills that please beginners and experts alike. Ellis Peak shelters the entire resort from high-ridge winds, making the idyllic forested passes accessible and enjoyable throughout the season.

Homewood offers wide, groomed boulevards, powdery bowls, and rolling tree-lined hills. Services include a ski and snowboard school for beginner through advanced, adult and child private lessons, kids and women’s camps, and even ski teams. There’s always something going on, whether it’s live music at the Lodge or a ski or ride competitions on the slopes.

Homewood Mountain Resort features include:

  • Elevation: Summit – 7,880 feet / Base – 6,230 feet
  • 7 chairlifts
  • 60 runs, the longest being two miles long
  • Trails rated 15% beginner, 50% intermediate, 35% advanced
  • 450 inches of annual snowfall
  • 1,650 feet of vertical drop
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Kirkwood Mountain Resort is synonymous with deep powder skiing and riding. With an annual snowfall of over 600 inches, it’s easy to see why. This intimate mountain village setting, along with over 2,300 acres of terrain, provides guests a perfect backdrop for a memorable getaway.

If you’re looking for more than skiing, Kirkwood offers cross country ski clinics, snowshoe treks, and ski competitions. There are also snow cat tours, dog sledding, and don’t forget to try the tubing hill.

After an exhilarating day on the slopes, have dinner at one of the many fine dining establishments. There are many options to choose from, with some locations offering outdoor seating, weather permitting. So whether you’re looking to feed the whole crew after a day on the slopes, or a romantic evening with someone special, you will be satisfied at Kirkwood Mountain Resort.

Kirkwood Mountain Resort features include:

  • Elevation: Summit - 9,800 feet / Base - 7,800 feet
  • Lifts: two high-speed quads, 1 quad, 6 triples, 1 double, 4 surface lifts
  • Terrain: 65 trails, with 2,000 ft vertical drop. 15% beginner, 50% intermediate, 20% advanced, 15% expert
  • Average snowfall: 500 inches per year
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Panoramic views of Lake Tahoe make skiing at Mt Rose truly rewarding. One of the rewards is descending into 1,200 acres of some of the best powder in the Sierras. Or try descending nearly 1,800 vertical feet in 3.5 minutes. The recent opening of The Chutes has added a whole new terrain for skiing. Find yourself skiing one of Tahoe’s best kept secrets.

The pride of Mt. Rose is the myriad of chutes in the heart of the resort. This series of double-black diamond runs cuts in between Mt. Rose and Slide Bowl and offers a dramatic challenge for even the most advanced skiers and snowboarders. There are also three terrain parks that offer a variety of ramps, rails, and park features that are fun and enticing for riders of all abilities.

Mt. Rose is conveniently located just 25 minutes south of Reno, making it accessible and the perfect jumping off point for a resort-hopping excursion.

Mt. Rose Resort features include:

  • Elevation: Summit – 9,700 feet / Base – 7,900 feet
  • Eight lifts including two quad chairs, two triple chairs and two surface lifts
  • 60 trails rated 20% beginner, 30% intermediate, 40% advanced, 10% expert
  • 400 inches of annual snowfall
  • 1,800 feet of vertical descent

This resort offers an excellent family experience with long runs and terrain for all skiing abilities. It offers 2,280 feet of vertical drop, a cross-country center and is known for its tree skiing and dramatic descents. The expansion of Lookout Mountain has added more trails and steeper runs.

There are many deals to take advantage of at Northstar. You can save on priority tickets, quad packs, ski/lodge combo packs, snowboard lessons and more. There is plenty of entertainment to be found at Northstar, including activities from snowshoeing tours and biathlon clinics to ski and snowboard lessons and camps that are offered throughout the season.

When the lifts close down for the day, the resort village continues to please. There are numerous restaurants and fantastic shops to explore. Spend an evening out in the village enjoying the variety of bars and entertainment offered.

Northstar at Tahoe features include:

  • Elevation: Summit – 8,610 feet / Base – 6,330 feet
  • 19 lifts including two gondolas, one six-pack express, seven quad chairs, two triple chairs, two surface lifts, and five magic carpets
  • 92 trails, 3,000 ski able acres, longest run 1.4 miles, 13% beginner, 60% intermediate, 27% advanced.
  • 350 inches of annual snowfall
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This family-friendly ski resort offers over 2,200 feet of vertical drop and a mountain full of "steep and deep." Whether you’re a beginner looking for smooth, groomed runs or a rider looking for powder and trees to explore, Sierra has just what you want. An average snowfall of 480 inches per year and north-facing slopes keep the snow in good condition so skiers and riders can access great snow days well after a storm.

The resort programs are designed to be engaging for the whole family, and include adult ski and ride school, daycare or lessons for the kids, racing teams, and deals on private lessons for individuals or groups. Bring the whole family for a fun vacation including their adventure zones featuring terrain elements designed just for the kids.

When you’re ready to come down from the mountain you’ll find plenty of great restaurants to satisfy your appetite. There are many dining options to choose from, so you can relax with some comfort food at a cozy pub, savor the decadent cuisine at an upscale bistro, or indulge in a wine tasting that features flavors from local wineries each month. Every weekend, you’ll find live music at the Sierra Pub.

Sierra at Tahoe features include:

  • Elevation: Summit – 8,852 feet / Base – 6,640 feet
  • 12 chairlifts including three express family-friendly quads, one triple, five doubles, and two magic carpets
  • 46 trails, 2,000 ski able acres, 2,212 of vertical descent, six terrain parks, 25% beginner, 50% intermediate, 25% advanced
  • 480 inches of annual snowfall
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Squaw Valley has plenty to celebrate. The snow is great, the scenery is magnificent and there are many activities and services to choose from, including ski schools and lessons, kids programs and camps, two terrain parks, and much more. The wide variety of trails and diverse mountain terrain ensures that snowboarders and skiers alike will enjoy their experience at Squaw Valley.

There’s plenty to do in Squaw Valley, from snowshoe tours and tubing to ice skating and cross country skiing, just to name a few activities. Summertime in Squaw Valley is thrilling too, with hiking, biking, fishing, and golf being just a few of the many excellent options.

After a day spent on the slopes, enjoy a night on the town in one of the many restaurants and bars, which offer everything from breakfast feasts to quick lunches on the slopes or fine dining experiences with the most unforgettable views. If you are looking for the latest fashion, or just need to pick up a few sundries, the shopping in Squaw Valley has everything you’ll need.

Squaw Valley features include:

  • Elevation: Summit – 9,050 feet / Base – 6,200 feet
  • 33 total lifts, including a gondola, cable car, and express chair lifts
  • 100 runs covering 4,000 skiable acres, three terrain parks, with 25% beginner, 45% intermediate, and 30% expert rated trails
  • 450 inches of annual snowfall
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