YOUR GUIDE TO NORTH LAKE TAHOE’S 12 DOWNHILL RESORTS

North Lake Tahoe: precious sapphire of the Sierra, home to eclectic locals, and site of some of the region’s most jaw-dropping resorts.

Naturally, this picturesque region—packed with ski-runs, panoramic views and some of the best après-ski culture in the nation— is ideal for anyone looking to get away for the winter. But with 12 downhill resorts, the highest concentration in North America, it can be tough to choose just one. How on earth are you to decide where your home base will be as you experience North Lake Tahoe?

To make things a bit easier on you, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide to resorts in the region so you can focus on headache-free adventure. With most of the North Lake Tahoe resorts open for downhill fun, it’s the perfect time to plan your winter trip.

Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe: For the Thrill Seekers

With over 1200 acres of north and east-facing slopes, Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe sits conveniently between the Lake Tahoe’s north shore and Reno, Nevada. At over 768 inches, this resort received the most snow in the country during the epic 2016-17 season!

Diamond Peak Ski Resort: For the Panoramic View Lovers

If you’re looking for an exciting ski trip but aren’t looking forward to navigating throngs of skiers on the hill, Diamond Peak offers uncrowded runs and some of the most spectacular views of Lake Tahoe.

Squaw Valley: For Groups with Varied Levels

This iconic resort played host to the 1960 Winter Olympics, and is home to what many call the best chair lift in North America. Squaw Valley’s 9 different ski zones cater to all levels of experience, making this mountain perfect for a group with various skill levels!

Alpine Meadows: For Adventurous Athletes

Alpine Meadows resort is fabulous natural display that breathtakingly illustrates what makes North Lake Tahoe one of the most incredible places in the world. With over 100 trails spread over 2,400 acres, Alpine Meadows offers a wide variety of terrain, a vertical drop of over 1,802 feet, and a serious rush for snowsports fans who are looking for a slightly more intense experience.

Tahoe Donner: For Downhill and XC Lovers

While larger resorts have incredible offerings for visitors, you shouldn’t overlook the more intimate options within North Lake Tahoe. Tahoe Donner’s Downhill Ski resort is a quaint space that features around 120-acres of terrain, with 40 percent beginner, and 60 percent intermediate slopes.

Sugar Bowl: For Powder Hounds

Walt Disney deemed this resort to be one of the most incredible ranges in the area. Perhaps, then, it should come as no surprise that Sugar Bowl is a massive draw for Californians looking for their slice of the snowscape.

Homewood Mountain Resort: For Peak-to-Shore Explorers

Homewood is nestled on Lake Tahoe’s West Shore, and offers some of the best unobstructed views of the lake with a balanced mixed of terrain for skiers and snowboarders of all levels.

Northstar California: For Fun-Loving Families

Northstar California is Lake Tahoe’s premier luxury snowsport experience. With impeccably groomed runs, gorgeous slopeside lodging, and a world class terrain park Northstar is considered by many to be one of the finest ski resorts in the region.

Boreal: For Nighttime Shredders

If you love skiing but aren’t necessarily an early bird, Boreal offers some of the best night skiing in the Tahoe region.

Donner Ski Ranch: For Sweeping View-Seekers

With one of the highest regional base elevations and rugged high mountain and backside terrain, more advanced skiers can find an escape at Donner Ski Ranch. Donner Ski Ranch boasts a back-to-basics feel, retains smaller crowds and an abundance of powder—making this resort is a perfect getaway to hit the slopes to your heart’s content without any complication.

Granlibakken Resort Ski Area: For Iconic Winter Lovers

An intimate resort comprised of 74 acres, the Granlibakken Ski and Snowboard Hill packs in a substantial variety of the Sierra Nevada Terrain. Easy access to popular trailheads makes for a day of exploration of the backcountry either though snowshoeing, cross country, or downhill skiing.

Soda Springs: For Kid-friendly Activities

Sister resort to Boreal Mountain Resort, Soda Springs Resort is the longest running ski resort in California. Secluded and picturesque, this resort features the full gamut of experience levels in terms of ski runs for adults, while retaining some amazing options better suited for the whole family.

Sister resort to Boreal Mountain Resort, Soda Springs Resort is the longest running ski resort in California. Secluded and picturesque, this resort features the full gamut of experience levels in terms of ski runs for adults, while retaining some amazing options better suited for the whole family.

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