Lake Tahoe Skiing

6 Best Ski Resorts In Lake Tahoe

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-Lindsey Vonn

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Sunny skies, gorgeous mountain scenery, and a relaxed California attitude make Lake Tahoe one of the most desirable ski destinations in North America. Add to that several world-class ski resorts with excellent snow conditions, extensive terrain, and state-of-the-art ski lifts, and it’s hard to rival this winter wonderland.

 

Skiers of all abilities will find suitable terrain at all of the resorts at Lake Tahoe, although some are better suited to certain skiing levels. Northstar and Homewood are great for intermediate skiers, while Kirkwood and Mount Rose challenge advanced skiers. Palisades Tahoe and Heavenly offer a good mix of runs, from beginning to expert.

If you are planning a day trip from San Francisco or Sacramento, Sierra-at-Tahoe and Sugar Bowl provide the advantage of a relatively short and easy drive. The other resorts are best for a weekend getaway or longer vacation, which is especially enjoyable when staying at one of Lake Tahoe’s cozy lodges or rustic cabins.

 

Find the best place for your mountain adventures with our list of the top ski resorts in Lake Tahoe, California.

1. HEAVENLY

Entertaining base village with Tahoe Casinos nearby


Highlights
  • Fun party atmosphere at base
  • Spectacular views of Lake Tahoe and the desert
  • Tons of lodging options keep prices competitive
  • Crowds can be a problem here

22/23 Ski Season:
  • Opening Date: Nov 18 2022* (Estimated open date based on historical data)
  • Closing Date: Apr 17 2023* (Estimated close date based on historical data)

2. PALISADES (SQUAW VALLEY) TAHOE

Wide variety of extreme terrain, vibrant ski culture and Olympic heritage

 

Highlights

  • Largest ski resort in California
  • Legendary reputation for high snowfall and notorious steeps
  • High standard of grooming on steep trails
  • Crowds and long lines on powder days

 

22/23 Ski Season:

Opening Date: Nov 18 2022* (Estimated open date based on historical data)
Closing Date: May 29 2023* (Estimated close date based on historical data)

3. NORTHSTAR

Upscale family-friendly ski resort

 

Highlights

  • Luxurious and vibrant base village with plenty of dining options
  • Family-friendly
  • Some of the best intermediate terrain in Tahoe
  • Relatively expensive

 

22/23 Ski Season:

  • Opening Date: Nov 18 2022* (Estimated open date based on historical data)
  • Closing Date: Apr 17 2023* (Estimated close date based on historical data)

4. KIRKWOOD

Local-vibe mountain with arguably Lake Tahoe’s most challenging terrain

 

Highlights

  • Adventurous in-bound terrain
  • Fewer crowds
  • Deepest snow in all of Tahoe
  • 45-minute drive south of Lake Tahoe, crossing over two passes

 

22/23 Ski Season:

  • Opening Date: Dec 02 2022* (Estimated open date based on historical data)
  • Closing Date: May 01 2023* (Estimated close date based on historical data)

5. SIERRA AT TAHOE

Local favorite with great tree-skiing

 

Highlights

  • Some of the best tree skiing in the Tahoe basin
  • Terrain parks for all abilities
  • Family-friendly
  • No lodging at base

 

22/23 Ski Season:

  • Opening Date: Nov 24 2022* (Estimated open date based on historical data)
  • Closing Date: Apr 23 2023* (Estimated close date based on historical data)

6. Sugar Bowl

Most accessible resort from both the Bay Area and Reno-Tahoe Intl. Airport

 

Highlights

  • Accessible location
  • Shorter lift lines and fewer crowds
  • Variety of terrain
  • Mid-sized ski area

 

22/23 Ski Season:

  • Opening Date: Dec 09 2022* (Estimated open date based on historical data)
  • Closing Date: Apr 16 2023* (Estimated close date based on historical data)