Lake Tahoe Alpine Ski Resorts
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The Tahoe Basin is littered with ski areas. Wherever you stay in Tahoe,
you are a little over an hour away from any of the 23,000+ skiable
acres within the fifteen resort's boundaries. When you consider that
many resorts are now opening their boundaries, the possibilities grow
exponentially. Below you'll find info on all of Tahoe's ski areas. Lake
Tahoe is also home to many fine Cross
Country Ski Resorts.
1. Kirkwood (Closed)-
Section - Visit
their website) - Kirkwood has always been good to me. The
hype is true. They do have Tahoe's deepest and driest. And now they
have true ski in-ski out lodging to boot. Conditions at Kirkwood. Call
your cell at Chair Six and wave to your friends around the world in
real time via the Kirkweb Cam.
2. Heavenly Lake Tahoe (Open weekends til 4/30)
- (Our Heavenly
section)- Heavenly is by far the
largest of Tahoe's ski areas, both in vertical and acreage. It can be a
bit tough to get around until you get to know it. Once you get to know
it, there are hidden gems everywhere. Click here for the Heavenly
web site, web cams, conditions page).
3. Alpine Meadows (Open til 5/14)
Meadows section - their
Website) This is a great resort that is shadowed out by
Squaw's popularity. It's got everything. Great learning terrain, great
expert terrain, backcountry access and a great attitude. Snow conditions at Alpine Meadows.
Note- Squaw and Alpine have been under the same ownership for several
years but this year they are being treat as one resort, Squaw|Alpine.
As such, the opening date of 11/26 is vague as to how it pertains to
Alpine Meadows, which typically opens later.
4.Squaw Valley USA (Squallywood) (Open til ?) - Tahoe's most famous resort.
Starting with the Olympics, then Hot Dog, the Movie, and
continuing with nearly every ski movie since, Squaw is a breeding
ground for up and coming rippers.
Squaw Valley snow report.
Ski Ranch (Open weekends til ?) -
Family owned and managed ski resort dedicated to preserving
original Ski and Snowboard experience by providing an alternative to
the high-priced corporate ski resorts. This is never more evident than
late in the season when their "We're here til the snow's gone" policy
offers a truly unique experience.
- Great family resort with LOTS of stuff for kids and
grown ups alike. If you're an expert rider, keep in mind that locals
refer to this resort as 'Flatstar'. Snow conditions at Northstar.
(Open til ?) - Two and half
hours south of tahoe but still worth every minute spent
driving. The mountains are big. Visit
Rose Ski Resort (Open (Thurs-Sun) til 5/29)
- The closest resort to Reno offers plenty of
snow steeps and fun for every rider. In the 2004-2005 season Mt. Rose
opened the chutes between the east and west bowls which known as, you
guessed it, "Chutes". Mt. Rose conditions.
- Just off I-80. Usually, the first to open each
year. Boreal ski conditions.
(Closed) - This South Shore
resort is a great family resort also known for its
great pipe and park scene. The trees here are a great way to spend a
windy day. Now Sierra offers backcountry access through gates. Sierra at Tahoe conditions.
- It's really a conference center with a small ski hill.
Springs - Small family oriented resort off I-80 near
- West Shore resort with surprisingly fun terrain, great
views, and great prices. Homewood ski conditions.
Bowl (Open (Fri-Sun) til 5/7)
This Truckee resort is a hidden gem. Sugar
Bowl conditions. Web
15. Tahoe Donner - Small beginner and
intermediate only mountain owned and operated by the Tahoe Donner
Peak - Owned and operated by the township of Incline Village,
what the resort lacks in terrain it makes up for with spectacular
views. Snow conditions at Diamond Peak.