Alpine Meadows Ski Resort
Alpine Meadows Ski Resort offers skiers and snowboarders 2000 acres of the most varied terrain in Tahoe: six bowls, steep chutes, gentle glades, and endless cruisers have made Alpine Meadows the locals’ favorite. Also available are all-inclusive ski weeks and affordable ski school programs, including learn-to-ski or learn-to-snowboard packages. Alpine Meadows has a brand new 600-foot long superpipe and a terrain park with more than 25 hits, rails, and quarterpipes. Alpine Meadows is located six miles northwest of Tahoe City off Highway 89 and 13 miles south of Interstate 80 at Truckee, Calif.
Boreal is the closest resort you can access in the Tahoe area from Northern California. Boreal is located just off I-80 driving from Sacramento, Reno and the Bay Area and offers adult full-day skiing or boarding. Activities range from skiing and boarding to sledding. Boreal offers 380 acres with 500 vertical-feet.
Diamond Peak's elevation is 6,700' - 8,540' with a 1,840 foot vertical drop. It offers 655 skiable acres, 30 runs, open glades, tree skiing, a new Superpipe, and improved Terrain Park. Diamond Peak's full facility base lodge offers expansive sun decks, rental/repair shop, child ski center, child accommodations, and ski and snowboard school. The lodge also has a Village Ski Loft sport shop, free shuttle service.
In the mid-1940s, a renowned Norwegian ski jumper and retired sea captain, Kjell "Rusty" Rustad purchased 74 acres in a small valley just above Lake Tahoe, California. In 1947, Rusty opened his new resort, "Granlibakken," named in honor of an area in Norway where he skied as a boy. Granlibakken meant "a hill sheltered by fir trees" in his native tongue. Granlibakken's ski hill quickly became a popular destination for both tourists and locals - the valley's bountiful snowpack provided alpine skiing from early fall to late spring. During the 1950s the hill flourished, hosting the 1952 Junior Olympics among other events. Granlibakken continued on more or less the same, until 1978, when the resort was purchased by Bill and Norma Parson. Although they stayed true to Rusty's original vision, the Parsons also saw the potential of this small ski resort. They combined Granlibakken's breathtaking surroundings with exemplary service and welcoming accommodations to create a unique atmosphere of inspiration and relaxation for conference groups. Since that time, Granlibakken has become a renowned conference facility, recognized as the "1996 Business of the Year" by the North Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce. The Parsons, for their part, were awarded "1996 Small Business Persons of the Year" by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Today, Granlibakken is a 74-acre, year-round conference center and resort, featuring 160-lodging rooms with 15,500 square feet of meeting and dining space, all nestled in a scenic, secluded valley, which is still sheltered by the towering pines and red firs that help give it its name.
Heavenly Ski Resort
Heavenly Ski Resort is located on Tahoe's largest and highest mountain with an elevation of 10,067 feet. This ski resort also has the West Coast's longest vertical drop of 3,500 feet. Heavenly's longest mountain descent is 5.5 miles and its average annual snowfall is 360 inches. It offers 17 lifts, including 1 high-speed gondola, 8 triple chairs, 1 aerial tram, 5 double chairs, 1 high-speed six passenger, 6 surface lifts, 5 high-speed quads, and 2 magic carpets. Heavenly overlooks the south shore of Lake Tahoe.
Homewood Mountain Resort
Homewood's great terrain rises dramatically up from the shoreline of beautiful Lake Tahoe and the result is an experience like no other. Breathtaking views are a part of each turn you make. 1600 vertical feet, 1260 acres of skiable and ridable terrain, and 5 state of the art grooming machines. Homewood offers snowsports schools for children and adults. Homewood Mountain Resort owns over 1260 acres of the best skiing and snowboarding terrain in the Sierra. With a base elevation of 6230' and a summit elevation of 7880', we have 1650 vertical feet of mountain to play on. From groomed boulevards to our trademark hidden powder stashes, we have it all. And with Ellis Peak sheltering our entire mountain from the high ridge winds, the term "wind hold" hasn't been used at Homewood in years. With an average snowfall of around 450 inches per season, and a whopping 300 days of sunshine per year, it's no wonder that SKI Magazine ranked Homewood 12th in the 2001 reader's poll. Homewood's 59 runs all have incredible lake views which will take your breath away. You can catch your breath on any of our eight lifts which access the mountain.
Kirkwood Ski Resort
Kirkwood has an average annual snowfall of 500 inches and an elevation of 9,800 feet. Its 2,300 skiable acres have over 65 trails, 12 lifts, and a run of 2.5 miles. Kirkwood offers a child and adult ski and board school.
Mt. Rose Ski Range
Starting from the main lodge (8,260'), you're launched into nearly 1,500 vertical feet in just three and a half minutes. The reward? Panoramic views... spectacular Lake Tahoe to the west, the entire state of Nevada to the east. But the real payoff begins as you descend into nearly 1,000 acres of some of the Sierra's best powder on 43 trails and endless glades. No ski resort is more conveniently located than Lake Tahoe's Mt. Rose. It boasts the closest skiing and riding to the Reno/Tahoe International Airport. It's just 25 minutes from over 17,000 unbelievably affordable hotel rooms in exciting Reno, Nevada. This ideal locale makes Tahoe's highest base ski resort the perfect choice for the first and last day of your Lake Tahoe vacation. Mt. Rose's base elevation is 8,260 ft., Tahoe's highest, with a summit of 9,700 ft. Mt. Rose has 43 trails with the longest run being 2.5 miles.
Soda Springs Mountain Resort
Soda Springs is home to one of California’s first snow tubing areas. Soda offers two tubing tows that take you to the top of the tubing runs. All you have to do is sit in the tube on the way up, and enjoy the fun on the way down. Snowboarders and skiers will find that Soda’s Kids X Park offers just the right size jumps and banks to catch small-sized air, while Soda’s more advanced terrain park “Triple T” has larger jumps and a funbox. Soda Springs is just 1 mile off I-80 at the Norden / Soda Springs exit. The small resort atmosphere makes taking the family to the mountains a pleasure. You can ski and snowboard, snow tube, try out the mini snowmobiles for kids ages 6-12, or just sit on the deck and enjoy the view.
Squaw Valley Ski Resort
Squaw Valley is one of the largest ski areas in the U.S. and was the site of the VIII Olympic Winter Games in 1960. This world-class resort is situated among six high Sierra peaks. Squaw Valley is not only a recreational preserve but a residential area as well with 4,000 acres of lift-served terrain and an annual snowfall of over 450 inches. A ride in the scenic Cable Car is a spectacular and leisurely ride 2,000 vertical feet to the High Camp Bath & Tennis Club. The Cable Car is one of Squaw Valley's most popular year-round attractions and is open to all guests, skiers, snowboarders and walkers. Once you reach the top, the upper mountain facility features panoramic views as well as access to numerous activities and three restaurants. Squaw Valley USA's pipes and parks are a freerider's dream. This season Squaw boasts three complete areas with dedicated lift access and numerous terrain options for all abilities. Squaw Valley offers several parks and pipes. Belmont Park, built specifically for smaller kids and those new to pipes and parks, features a fun selection of easier features including small berms, rolls, and bumps. Belmont is accessed via the Belmont lift or the Links chairlift on the upper mountain. The mainstay of Squaw's evolving pipe and park areas, the Riviera Park is built for more experienced riders, complete with a full size halfpipe, tables, jumps, rails, boxes, and more, all accessed via a dedicated lift. Squaw offers 31 lifts and an uphill capacity of 48,000 skiers per hour.
Sugar Bowl, famous for its rich history, classic ambiance, and outstanding customer service, has the modern facilities to make it a first class resort. Sugar Bowl sits atop Donner Summit and averages over 500 inches of snowfall each winter.
Cruise through the meadows and mountains in a hand crafted sled pulled by 10 Alaskan and Siberian Huskies at Sugar Bowl. Daytime and sunset dogsled tours available. Beautiful alpenglow and memories of a lifetime.
We are now offering guided snowshoe tours Wednesdays 4-6PM provided by Cathy Anderson-Meyers. She is a veteran snowshoer and professional guide who is also a finisher of a number of snowshoe races, a triathlete, a certified First Responder, and outdoor enthusiast.
Tahoe Donner has a capacity of delivering 2,500 skiers per hour with a quad chair, a double chair and one surface rope tow to reach the beautiful open-bowl slopes for which Tahoe Donner is known. Tahoe Donner offers a terrain park or snowboarders or skiers who like to ride more diverse and challenging terrain. Tahoe Donner is rated by the National Skier Opinion Survey among the best in the Tahoe region for its Learn-to-Ski and Snowflakes programs in "overall experience" and "value for the money." Lessons are offered to adults and children as young as age 3. There are 39 scenic trails covering 100 km of beginning, intermediate, and advanced terrain. The one-way trail system is carefully marked, signed and machine groomed with two sets of side-by-side diagonal tracks and a wide skating lane. Warming huts along the way provide skiers with a place to relax, take a break and enjoy the high mountain scenery.
Tahoe Donner Cross-Country is the only area in the state to offer lighted night skiing. Stride or skate along 2.5 km of lighted trails in the Home Range track system.
Tahoe Donner Cross-Country is located five minutes north of historical downtown Truckee, one mile from the downhill area and just three miles off of Interstate 80. Take I-80 to the Donner State Park exit, drive .5 miles east on Donner Pass Road to the bottom of Northwoods Boulevard. Turn left onto Northwoods Boulevard and follow the signs to the Cross-Country Center.