Top 5 Ski Resorts in Lake Tahoe

Written by Robert Shirk • Oct 08, 2015

With up to 400 inches of snow and over 300 days of sunshine each year, Lake Tahoe is the ultimate winter destination. Situated within the Sierra Nevada Mountain range and just a stone’s throw from Reno’s International Airport, going from sky to slopes in 45 minutes makes Lake Tahoe one of the most easily accessible resorts areas in the US.

Squaw Valley

Olympic Valley, CA

Squaw is a world-class resort that spans a massive 6,000 acres. Varied terrain and an expansive village ensure a great experience for just about anyone. It is hard to beat the quality of the experience at Squaw, but be prepared to pay for it.

On the Slopes: If you’re looking to step up your game, Squaw’s plethora of easily accessible backcountry terrain gives skiers of all ability levels the opportunity to challenge themselves. Untracked powder stashes, open bowls, tree skiing and steep chutes are primed for exploration providing adrenaline junkies with their fix on a variety of off the beaten path trails.

Around Town: When taking the adventure off hill, Squaw Valley’s laid back locals give the area an authentic mountain town vibe making for the perfect place to cozy up après ski and swap stories with the locals.

Known For: quality terrain, fantastic for first timers, both upscale and affordable dining and apres activities.

Cost: $$$$


South Lake Tahoe, CA

If indulgent days and naughty nights are you style then Heavenly is the place for you. If you are looking for a family resort getaway that satisfies skiers and shoppers alike then Heavenly may still be the place for you, as Lake Tahoe’s largest resort provides as much variety on the slopes as off them.

On the Slopes: Heavenly’s perfectly groomed trails and pristine powder will keep you riding all day. With 97 trails spread out over 4,800 acres, skiers of all levels are sure to find an adventure and some of the best views of Lake Tahoe.

Around Town: Heavenly has a massive village with endless dining and shopping options. What sets Heavenly apart, however, is its legendary 24hr nightlife consisting of casinos, nightclubs and parties that go into the wee hours.

Known For: Nightlife, dining and shopping, great views, pristine conditions.

Cost: $$$


Kirkwood, CA

With a village that contains a variety of ski in, ski out accommodations, the south shore’s Kirkwood resort is a conveniently accessible destination offering unsurpassed views of the surrounding mountains.

On the Slopes: If you want to escape the crowds, Kirkwood’s private guides and backcountry awareness courses coincide with it’s unique and challenging terrain providing advanced riders with the opportunity to challenge their abilities and enjoy Lake Tahoe’s true beauty in solitude.

Around Town: If you’re looking to have a low key vacation that doesn’t include crazy nights on the town, Kirkwood would be the place to go. With limited off hill options for dining and shopping, Kirkwood is best for those that don’t mind cooking up a meal and cozying up by the fire.

Known For: Expert terrain, isolated location and low key atmosphere

Cost: $$$


Truckee, CA

If luxury is what you’re looking for, Northstar (formerly Northstar-at-Tahoe) is the destination of indulgence.

On the Slopes: With Northstar’s supreme snowmaking system, there’s guaranteed to be an abundance of shredable trails throughout the entire season. In addition to perfectly groomed runs and fantastic tree skiing, Northstar boasts a top notch 22ft super pipe designed by Olympian gold medalist Shaun White and a variety of terrain parks to practice your tricks.

Around Town: The village at Northstar is the choice location for superb dining and boutique shopping. The village also offers loads of off hill options such as an outdoor skating rink, fire pits to relax by and live music.

Known For: Luxury accommodations, terrain parks

Cost: $$$$


Soda Springs, CA

With an advanced snowmaking system and over 240 days of sunshine a year, Boreal is typically the first Lake Tahoe resort to open the season and last to close.

On the Slopes: Offering family friendly terrain that is open both day and night, the kids are sure to be occupied while the adults sharpen their skills on the slopes.

Around Town: Kids want ‘just one more run’? Relax with a brew and a view at the resort’s casual cafeteria.

Known For: 18ft super pipe and terrain parks, affordability and exceptionally long ski season.

Cost: $$

Lake Tahoe has it all. Once you’ve found your dream ski destination, check our deals and we’ll help you book the perfect winter get-a-way.