Lake Tahoe Skiing - Lake Tahoe Snowboarding

Lake Tahoe is home to over a dozen ski resorts. Whether you prefer Alpine or Nordic, you will find one of the longest ski seasons anywhere. On the north shore you will find Squaw Valley, the home of the 1960 Winter Olympics and Alpine Meadows, the skier's mountain. Also on the north shore is Royal Gorge, one of the large Nordic resorts found anywhere. Northstar-at-Tahoe, Mt. Rose, Homewood, and Sugar Bowl also make their homes on the north shore.

On Lake Tahoe's south shore you will find Heavenly and Kirkwood. Heavenly offers up the creature comforts while Kirkwood offers up terrific steeps. And over on the east shore you will find Spooner Lake offering up a great Nordic experience.

The Lake Tahoe skiing and snowboard season usually runs from Thanksgiving through Easter, with Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows usually battling to close last during the month of May, with Squaw offering up turns on the Fourth of July, conditions permitting. You know the skiing season is bomb when the season starts before Halloween, the holiday that typically marks the beginning of winter like weather in the Lake Tahoe basin. Our last first turn October was the 2004/2005 season.

Alpine Meadows Ski Resort

Alpine Meadows
Hours of Operation:

Lodge Open Daily 8am-5pm
Lifts Open Daily 9am-4pm (wind and weather permitting)


Summit – 8,637'
Base – 6,835'

14 Lifts:

One high-speed detachable six-passenger chair; two high-speed express quads; three triple and five double chairs; three surface lifts (one of two surface lifts is for Kids' Camp participants only).


2,400 patrolled acres; 100 designated runs; 25% easier, 40% more difficult, 35% most difficult/expert.

Average annual snowfall:

365 inches

Snowmaking system:

Covers a network of runs served by 13 of 14 lifts, serving beginner through expert ski runs.


At Lake Tahoe, six miles Northwest of Tahoe City, California, off Highway 89, 13 miles South of Interstate 80 at Truckee, California, 45 miles West of Reno Nevada, 200 miles Northeast of San Francisco, California.

Physical Address:

2600 Alpine Meadows Road - Tahoe City, CA - 96145

Boreal Mountain Resort


Mix 380 acres with 500 vertical-feet; add snow, and you have a mountain ready to be cut. Check out the Mountain’s ingredients below to see why this combination will bring a smile to everyone’s face.

  • General Operating Hours (see Lift Report for current hours): 9am - 9pm
  • Average Snowfall 400 in. (1,016 cm)
  • Top Elevation 7,700 ft. (2,347 m)
  • Base Elevation 7,200 ft. (2,195 m)
  • Vertical Rise 500 ft. (152 m)
  • Rideable Acres 480
  • Lifts 2 quads, 3 triples, 1 double, 1 moving carpet + 1 moving carpet at our tube park
  • Trails 41
  • Longest Run 1 mile (1.6 km)
  • Terrain 30% beginner, 55% intermediate, 15% advanced
  • Lanes for tubing
  • Snowmaking 75-80% terrain coverage

Diamond Peak

Diamond Peak

At Diamond Peak Ski Resort in Incline Village, Lake Tahoe, you'll fall in love with our uncrowded mountain. It features stunning views of Lake Tahoe and offers a great learning environment for beginners as well as Solitude Canyon and other challenging terrain for experts. Family skiing at Lake Tahoe has never been better. Families love Diamond Peak for the Child Ski Center and our great deals, such as the Interchangeable Parent's Pass for $54. Diamond Peak is your Tahoe place for kids!

  • Season December to April (weather permitting)
  • Hours of Operation 9am to 4pm
  • Elevation 6,700' - 8,540'
  • Vertical Drop 1,840 feet (4th longest at Lake Tahoe)
  • Longest Run 2.5 Miles
  • Snowmaking 75% of developed terrain
  • Skiable Acres 655
  • Lifts 6
  • Terrain 30 runs, open glades, tree skiing, Beginner 18%, Intermediate 46%, Advanced 36%
  • Terrain Park Yes, Terrain Park
  • Full-facility base lodge
  • Expansive sun decks
  • Equipment Rental
  • Repair Shop
  • Child Ski Center
  • Ski & Snowboard School
  • Village Ski Loft Sport shop
  • Free shuttle service
  • Mid-mountain Snowflake Lodge
  • Non-denominational Sunday service
  • 35 miles from Reno International Airport

Donner Ski Ranch

Donner Ski Ranch

For years, Donner Ski Ranch has offered a simpler skiing experience. Located on Historic Route 40 high atop Donner Summit, you will find an atmosphere that is relaxing and carefree. With 6 chairlifts accessing 500 + acres, there is variety of terrain for all abilities.

One of California's Last Family Owned and Operated Ski Resorts

Dedicated to preserving the original Ski and Snowboard experience by providing an alternative to the high-priced corporate Ski Resorts.

Hours of operation:

  • Lodge and building services: 8am - 6pm
  • Lifts and mountain services: 9am - 4pm

6 Chairlifts

  • Chair #1 is a Triple Chair
  • Chairs #2 through #6 are Double Chairs
  • plus a moving carpet in the ski school area for beginers.
  • 505 acres with a variety of terrain for all abilities: 25% Beginner, 50% Intermediate, 25% Advanced
  • 52 runs, up to 1.5 miles in length
  • Base Elevation 7031
  • Summit Elevation 7781
  • Average Snowfall: 396 inches

Heavenly Lake Tahoe


Overlooking the sapphire-blue waters of Lake Tahoe, Heavenly ski resort is one of the most unique snowsports destinations on the planet. Skiing and snowboarding at Heavenly presents you with a number of different choices. With more terrain variety, more hidden glades, more rippin' groomers than any Lake Tahoe resort, you've got plenty of decisions to make.

  • Heavenly boasts 4,800 aces of skiable terrain, making it the largest resort in California
  • Heavenly's summit is the highest in Lake Tahoe at 10,067
  • At 3,500 feet in length, Heavenly's vertical drop is the longest in California
  • Straddling California and Nevada, Heavenly offers not one, but two states to explore
  • With an averge of 360 inches of snowfall a year, Heavenly gets some of the best snow around
  • Bluebird days are enjoyed an average of 300 days a year, so soak up some of that California sun
  • The terrain is varied at Heavenly, with 94 trails ranging from wide-open cruisers to plunging 1,600-foot chutes
  • Enjoy the convenience of 30 chairlift around the mountain, including nine high-speed lifts
  • There's no shortage of intense backcountry terrain at Heavenly, with three accesss gates around the mountian



Homewood Mountain Resort owns over 1,260 acres of the best skiing and snowboarding terrain in the Lake Tahoe region.

  • 1,260 Acres
  • Base elevation of 6,230'
  • Summit elevation of 7,880'
  • 1,650 vertical feet elevation gain
  • 8 Lifts
  • 60 Runs
  • New high speed quad - "Old Homewood Express"
  • 60 runs, all of which have incredible lake views that will take your breath away
  • 15% beginner terrain
  • 50% intermediate terrain
  • 35% advanced terrain
  • 2 terrain parks
  • Longest run is 2 miles long - "Rainbow Ridge"

Kirkwood Mountain Resort

(Kirkwood, CA) – Enhanced facilities, learning programs for beginners and experts and partnerships with top name equipment manufacturers ensure that skiers and snowboarders of every ability will be able to experience a whole new level of winter fun this year at Kirkwood, South Shore’s premier destination resort.



Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe

From Tahoe's Highest Base (elevation 8,260'), you're launched nearly 1,800 vertical feet in 3.5 minutes. The reward? Panoramic views of Lake Tahoe and Nevada. The real payoff begins as you descend into 1,200 acres of some of the Sierra's best powder. The recent opening of the Chutes puts us in a whole new league. Find out for yourself about Tahoe's best kept secret. Mt. Rose is the closest resort to the Reno/Tahoe Intl. Airport, and just 25 minutes from Reno's 17,000 rooms. Mt. Rose is the perfect choice for the first and last day of your Lake Tahoe vacation.

Lift Hours

9:00am - 4pm
Blazing Zephyr 6 Chair - 8:30am - 4pm

Half Day Hours: morning 9:00 am - 12:30,
afternoon 12:30 - 4:00 pm

Lodge Hours

Weekdays: 8am - 6pm
Weekends: 7:30am - 6pm

Mountain Facts

Base Elevation: 8,260 ft. (Tahoe's Highest)
Acres: 1200+
Summit: 9,700 ft.
Year Opened: 1964
Average Snowfall: 350 inches (30 feet!)
Vertical Drop: 1,800
Snowmakingsnowgun 28% coverage (top to bottom)


20% beginner Green, blue 30% intermediate Blue, black 40% advanced Black, double black 10% expert Double Black

Longest Run: 2.5 miles
Longest run map >

Total Trails: 60+

Chair Lifts

2 "Six Pack" high-speed, detachable chair
2 Quad chairs (fixed grip)
2 Triple chairs (fixed grip)
2 Surface Lifts:
Flying Jenny (7days/week)
Little Mule (for children in Rosebuds classes only)

Northstar at Tahoe

Northstar-at-Tahoe has invested nearly $1.5 million in two different facilities located west of the current Gondola building collectively known as the Village Plaza. The nucleus of all Northstar's skier services are located here and its close proximity to the Gondola provides guests with easy access to tickets, gear and breakfast, allowing them to get on the slopes quicker than ever before.

  • Skiable Acres: 3,170
  • Winter Season: Mid-Nov. to Mid-April*
  • Base Elevation: 6,330 ft (1,929 m) Avg.
  • Annual Snowfall: 350 in (9 m)
  • Vertical Drop: 2,280 ft (695 m)
  • Avg. Daytime High: 43°F (6°C) Nov. - Apr.
  • Avg.Overnight Low: 21°F (-6°C) Nov. - Apr.
  • Mid-mtn Elevation: 6,800 ft (2,073 m)
  • Summit Elevation (Mt. Pluto): 8,610 ft (2,624 m)
  • Snowmaking coverage: 50% (largest system in N. Lake Tahoe)
  • Day Lodges: 3
  • Tubing: Lift-accessed
  • Number of Trails: 97
  • Total Lifts: 20
  • Uphill Capacity: 34,799 skiers per hour
  • Gondolas: 2 (1 express, 1 pulse)
  • Six-Pack Express: 1 (chondola)
  • Quad Express Chairs: 7
  • Quad Fixed-Grip Chairs: 1
  • Triple Chairs: 2
  • Tow/Surface Lifts: 2
  • Magic Carpets: 5
  • Beginner: 13%
  • Intermediate: 60%
  • Advanced: 27%
  • Gladed (tree-skiing)Trails: 7
  • Backcountry Terrain: 344 acres - Sawtooth Ridge
  • Advanced Terrain: 443 acres - Lookout Mountain
  • Longest Run: 1.4 miles (2.09 km) - Logger's Loop

Royal Gorge

Welcome to Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort. With thousands of kilometers of terrain, we have the most diverse trail system and the most spectacular views in the Tahoe area. We are your full service resort, complete with equipment rentals, ski school, dining and lodging. Expect nothing less than top notch, personalized service throughout your visit.

Sierra at Tahoe

Sierra-at-Tahoe has grown to be one of Lake Tahoe's largest ski resorts with over 2,000 skiable acres, serviced by ten chairlifts, including three express quads.

It's all about the mountain

  • 2,000 Acres
  • 2,212' Vertical Rise
  • 8,852' Top Elevation
  • 6,640' Bottom Elevation
  • 46 Trails
  • 25% Easier
  • 50% More Difficult
  • 25% Most Difficult
  • Longest Run: Sugar n' Spice - 2.5 miles from the top of the mountain
  • 5 Gates access Huckleberry Canyon


  • 3 Express Quad Chair Lifts
  • 5 Double Chair Lifts
  • 1 Triple Chair Lift
  • 5 Surface Lifts

Terrain Parks

  • 5 Terrain Parks - Small, Medium, and Large
  • Burton Progression Park
  • Smokey Boarder X
  • South Shore's Only Superpipe

Family Adventures

  • 4 Adventure Zones - just for kids
  • Blizzard Mountain with 2 lift accessed tubing hills and a snowplay area
  • Snowshoe trails - 3 miles

Hours of Operation

  • Weekends & Holidays: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Weekdays: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Soda Springs Mountain Resort

Soda Springs

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.

Soda Springs has 2 lifts, and numerous trails plus 3 moving carpets, one especially for tubing.

Squaw Valley USA

Squaw Valley USA is located at the end of a stunning alpine valley cradled by six high Sierra peaks. Site of the VIII Olympic Winter Games, Squaw Valley is one of the most talked about and sought after winter recreation destinations in the U.S. and a must visit destination for anyone that loves winter sports.

Sugar Bowl

Sugar Bowl

If for any reason you're not satisfied with your experience at Sugar Bowl, simply turn in your lift ticket within an hour of purchase and we'll give you a voucher for another day. Because if you're not happy, we're not happy.

Tahoe Donner

Wide-open bowls, un-crowded slopes, great beginner terrain, excellent grooming, and a friendly, courteous staff await you. Our size allows us to deliver that personal touch that the larger ski areas can't always provide.

Tahoe Donner boasts one of the nation's premier cross country centers. With a wide variety of terrain, Tahoe Donner Cross Country Center is the place for XC adventurers.