Ski Resort Guide | Lake Tahoe – California – Nevada

Ski Resort Guide | Lake Tahoe – California – Nevada

Ski Resort Guide | Lake Tahoe – California – Nevada

Guide to Lake Tahoe’s Downhill Ski Resorts | Lake Tahoe Skiing FAQ

The Lake Tahoe area has an incredible concentration of ski resorts that cater to skiers and snowboarders of all levels.  While many are familiar with the larger resorts such as Heavenly and Squaw Valley, there are many more to consider.  Are you pursuing adrenaline? Getting the kiddos our for their first runs? Need something closer to home with reasonable lift ticket prices? or just want to try something new?   The Lake Tahoe resorts offer something for everyone.  Following are some basic statistics, some observations, and links directly to the downhill ski resorts in the Lake Tahoe area as well as the Eastern Sierra.  Below is a Tahoe Ski Resort Guide & Comparison chart with direct links to buy your lift tickets.

What are the best resorts for families?

Lake Tahoe is extremely family friendly and offers something for each member of the family to enjoy their visit.  If your family has a variety of skill levels and possibly even some non-skiers, then the larger resorts with villages (Squaw Valley, Heavenly, Northstar) will have something for everyone.  If the focus is on a cost effective experience to get the whole family riding together, then one of the mid size resorts may offer the best option (Sugar Bowl, Mt. Rose, Diamond Peak, Sierra at Tahoe, Homewood).

 

What is the best ski resort for beginners?

Most resorts have programs and terrain for beginners.  However, if you are just starting out, why not start with one of the smaller, less expensive resorts in Lake Tahoe.   If you just moved to the Reno area, want to get your kids riding and don’t mind volunteering a few hours, Sky Tavern is the way to go.  If you are visiting, the comparison chart will be very helpful and can help you with location as well as base cost.  Signing up for lessons at Tahoe Donner, Sierra at Tahoe, Homewood, Diamond Peak, Boreal, or Mt. Rose will allow you to save some money for that new snowboard or pair of skis once you fall in love with the sport.

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Ski and Snowboard lessons Sierra at Tahoe

Which Lake Tahoe Resort has the best terrain?

While anyone who has watched a ski movie from Warren Miller, Matchstick Productions, Greg Stump, Teton Gravity Research or others will be familiar with Squaw Valley & Heavenly as probably two of the most famous for their size and terrain, there are some additional resorts that are worth a visit for advanced riders.   For those who know Lake Tahoe, Kirkwood (EPIC Pass), and Alpine Meadows (IKON & part of Squaw Valley) are also blessed with excellent terrain and are worth a visit.  Other resorts that offer advanced terrain include Mt. Rose (special mention of The Chutes) and Sugar Bowl and are worth a visit.

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What is the best ski resort in Tahoe?

Simply put, the best resort is the one that you are skiing or riding now.  Every resort has something to offer and with the right conditions, all offer an enjoyable experience.  If you have the budget, the experience of Northstar, Squaw Valley, and Heavenly offer a little bit of everything from accommodations, restaurant options, après to beginner and expert terrain alike.  While many other resorts may not have a large village, but do offer more affordable options, may be more convenient or have other benefits.

To learn more about the lake itself, check out Lake Tahoe Statistics | About Lake Tahoe

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Which Lake Tahoe resorts allow snowboarding?

Lake Tahoe resorts are 100% open to snowboarding.  Many of the resorts have invested in terrain parks and throughout each there is a great balance between skiers and snowboarders.

 

What are the best resorts on a storm day?

All resorts are great on a 25 degree bluebird powder day, however the best mountain on a storm day is a much more complicated question.  For my money, KT-22 at Squaw Valley offers access to some of the best terrain and is often able to keep running even with high winds.  However, when the winds are howling and the snow is dumping, many of the upper mountain lifts at the large resorts may close.  While for many, a hot toddy in the cabin and sitting in the hot tub may be the call, for those powder hounds that need to get out, storm days are amazing.

On a storm day it is sometimes wise to wait and have a look at Road Conditions as well as the morning snow report of the resorts that you are considering.  When the major resorts have the upper mountain lifts closed some great options are Sugar Bowl, Homewood, Sierra at Tahoe, Diamond Peak and Northstar they are more likely to be able to keep the lifts moving.

 

Which Resorts have the highest base elevation?

Snow level is a key part of any Lake Tahoe forecast and as there are large fluctuations, selecting a resort with a higher base elevation may make the difference between a very wet day or an epic powder day.  Mt. Rose at 8,260 feet and Kirkwood 7,800 feet are clear winners for getting top to bottom snow when the warmer storms roll through.

 

Best California Resorts for Spring Skiing & Riding?

For Lake Tahoe, the clear winner for spring skiing & riding is Squaw Valley.  Most years Squaw Valley will be open through Memorial Day weekend and in some years, operations will continue through July 4th weekend.   Why not get a morning surf in the bay area, a morning paddle on the lake, then keep the shorts on to ride some spring corn, then relax with an adult beverage and enjoy the rest of the afternoon.

Mammoth is definitely worth a mention here.  While not in the Lake Tahoe basin, it is a well known Spring ski & ride destination and worth a visit (especially if you have an IKON pass).  Try a paddle on Mono Lake, get some spring turns in, then later in the spring you may even have the option to ride the mountain bike park (or a nice cold beer while enjoying the sun)

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What is the first Tahoe ski resort to open?

While most resorts have continued to improve snowmaking ability, the focus is usually on making sure to get open by Thanksgiving weekend.  Mt. Rose with its high base elevation and Boreal located near Donner Summit are usually one of the first to open each year.

Where is the best Après-Ski in Lake Tahoe?

For that post ride adult beverage, après, bar scene the main candidates are going to the larger resorts.  In South Lake Tahoe, not only does Heavenly have the resort village, but it also has the largest concentration of bars, restaurants and even casinos nearby.  For North Lake Tahoe, Northstar at Tahoe has a lively village and Squaw Valley combines the village with the longest season in Tahoe to make these two the top for North Lake Tahoe.  Outside of the Lake Tahoe basin,  après honors would to to Mammoth Mountain with their extended spring season and variety of restaurants and bars to keep the party going.

What is the best season pass for Lake Tahoe?

If you are looking to visit multiple resorts, then IKON or EPIC are the multi passes that offer access to the best terrain in Lake Tahoe.  EPIC pass has 3 Tahoe resorts (Heavenly, Kirkwood, Northstar) and with two of those on South Shore, it is definitely the best multi pass / season pass for South Lake Tahoe.  For North Lake Tahoe, IKON pass offers the combined Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley which would give access to the largest areas and best terrain in North Lake Tahoe (BONUS for access to Mammoth & June Lake).  Both of these major passes offer options throughout the country and even internationally so if you plan to travel then both are great and the decision depends on your destinations.

If your plan is to stay local, then getting unlimited access to a nearby resort offers not only a more reasonable cost (especially for families), but also supports potentially a private resort, as well as usually offering a less crowded experience.

For those who plan to get 40 plus days in, why not get one of the large multi passes and also a local resort pass.  My choice based on my North Shore location is IKON + Mt. Rose (elevation for the warmer storms).  Whatever your decision, if the plan is to ride more than 5 days in a season, a season pass often makes sense for visiting Lake Tahoe.

For Season Pass Considerations during the Pandemic:  To Buy or Not to Buy a Season Pass in a Pandemic

 

Ski Resort Comparison Chart for Lake Tahoe & beyond (California & Nevada)

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Ski Resort Guide | Lake Tahoe – California – Nevada

Ski Resort Guide | Lake Tahoe – California – Nevada

The Lake Tahoe is home to an amazing array of ski areas. With ski resorts on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe as well as the California side there is something for everyone. Which resort is best for families? What resort has the most vertical? and how much are the lift tickets at each of the Tahoe ski resorts? This ski area comparison covering Lake Tahoe – California – Nevada will help you plan your visit.

Activities

Unique South Lake Tahoe Summer Activities

Unique South Lake Tahoe Summer Activities

Try some of these unique summer activity ideas for your visit to South Lake Tahoe. From unique kayak tours on Lake Tahoe to Gondola and Balloon rides there are many unique activity options for the family.

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Ski Resort Openings + Health & Safety Protocols

Ski Resort Openings + Health & Safety Protocols

Since ski resorts are about to resume operations as temperatures continue to stay cool, this what you need to know before trying to ski or ride at one of Tahoe’s main ski resorts this winter during the coronavirus pandemic.

Guides

Guide to Paddling Lake Tahoe in Any Season

Guide to Paddling Lake Tahoe in Any Season

Paddleboarding, kayaking, or doing any type of human-powered activity for however much time you have on Big Blue can give you an amazing workout, but it’s good to know when the best time of the year to paddle is and how to stay safe out on the water.

Winter of Backcountry Ski & Snowboard in Lake Tahoe

Winter of Backcountry Ski & Snowboard in Lake Tahoe

Winter of Backcountry Ski & Snowboard in Lake Tahoe

Winter of Backcountry Ski & Snowboard in Lake Tahoe

Getting out into the Tahoe backcountry is an amazing experience and does offer something for everyone.  From a short showshoeing or sledding experience, to a snowmobiling excursion, to overnight backcountry ski or splitboard expeditions and everything in between. BUT all that open white stuff comes with some risk and should be treated with respect.

Even before Covid 19 shut down Lake Tahoe Ski Resorts in Spring of 2020, backcountry skiing and snowboarding was increasing in popularity and there was already pressure on backcountry access and parking.   Better equipment, lift ticket costs, crowds at resorts, and just a sense of adventure were leading people to look for options outside the ski resort boundaries.  Avalanche courses such as those from Alpine Skills International filled up quickly, and conflicts over parking increased leading to the formation of the Tahoe Backcountry Alliance in 2016.

Just like it is very important to follow Covid-19 safety protocols to keep the ski resorts open, there are additional considerations in the backcountry that are for not only your own safety, but for that of your group and other backcountry participants. Here are some backcountry resources and things to keep in mind.

Sierra Avalanche Center – Lake Tahoe area avalanche resource

Key Backcountry Considerations:  Keep in mind

  1. There is no resort ski patrol, grooming, ski maps or other services, cell service may be spotty at best and definitely no one out there bringing you cookies or hot chocolate so be prepared.
  2. If something goes wrong, there is no ski patrol to get to you almost immediately. You may have to self-rescue or wait for other emergency rescue teams to help so it is on YOU and your group to be prepared.

Go Shopping and get the right gear:

Having the right equipment is key for everything from specialty gear to just which jacket to bring.   Sweat is not your friend, so that big puffy jacket and storm day mittens are likely a bit much for most days of human powered backcountry endeavors. Check out a local shop specializing in backcountry gear and information such as Alpenglow Sports in Tahoe City.

Whether stopping by to dream of the new backcountry set up, to updating your transceiver or grabbing some good socks or just getting some good advice, your local shop is a great resource.

**IMPORTANT** Just because you bought the best backcountry ski or snowboard set up and the latest shovel / transceiver combination doesn’t mean that you are ready.  You have to know how to use them as well as how to be prepared.

Tahoe avalanche advisory from Sierra Avalanche Center
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Prepare: Sign up for Avalanche Education!

While reading guides and watching YouTube videos don’t hurt, there is nothing that will substitute for an Avalanche Training course.  The hands on group experience of not only learning the information, but real group excursions to look at terrain, dig snow pits, and practice emergency decision making are absolutely invaluable.  A combination of backcountry mixed with nervousness of making real time decisions under the supervision of a trained instructor is an invaluable experience that cannot be replicated in a book.  For those who have had their AIRE certification, there are refresher courses, additional levels and more resources to help keep up to date.

Morning Coffee and the local Avalanche Forecast: Know before you go

Even if you are going to the resort, the morning advisory is an interesting read.  Before heading outside the ropes or into the backcountry a key resource is the daily avalanche advisory and it is published early each morning.  (pairs well with a great cup of coffee).

Sierra Nevada & Lake Tahoe Backcountry Ski Resources:

Check out these great FREE resources to help keep you and those around you safer.

Sierra Avalanche Center Avalanche Advisory: Lake Tahoe Area Avalanche Advisory & Avalanche Education Providers

Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center: Avalanche Advisory

Tahoe Backcountry Alliance: The Voice of the Human-Powered Backcountry Winter Backcountry Community in Lake Tahoe

Weather Forecasts, Road Conditions, Webcams and Other Links to help you plan: Tahoe Winter Webcam Page

For a map of national avalanche forecasts, OpenSnow has a map with links to Avalanche Forecasts for anywhere that you may be traveling.

Get there early, have a plan and be prepared:

Having the best equipment and training are not much help if you don’t practice what you have learned.  Work out a plan with your group, check the equipment, make a plan, and especially this year you may need to get an early start to find parking at the trailhead.

So you made it outside, found a parking spot and are ready to go.

While you and your group need to be prepared and make the best decisions that you can for the group.  Be aware, especially this year, there will be others out there.  From the simple things such as packing out your trash and dog poop (while you may not see it now, it makes for nasty spring run off so do your part) to keeping an eye out for others that may be below you (or even above) and make the right decision to keep everyone safe.   Have fun and be safe! 

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Ski Resort Guide | Lake Tahoe – California – Nevada

Ski Resort Guide | Lake Tahoe – California – Nevada

The Lake Tahoe is home to an amazing array of ski areas. With ski resorts on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe as well as the California side there is something for everyone. Which resort is best for families? What resort has the most vertical? and how much are the lift tickets at each of the Tahoe ski resorts? This ski area comparison covering Lake Tahoe – California – Nevada will help you plan your visit.

Activities

Unique South Lake Tahoe Summer Activities

Unique South Lake Tahoe Summer Activities

Try some of these unique summer activity ideas for your visit to South Lake Tahoe. From unique kayak tours on Lake Tahoe to Gondola and Balloon rides there are many unique activity options for the family.

Travel

Ski Resort Openings + Health & Safety Protocols

Ski Resort Openings + Health & Safety Protocols

Since ski resorts are about to resume operations as temperatures continue to stay cool, this what you need to know before trying to ski or ride at one of Tahoe’s main ski resorts this winter during the coronavirus pandemic.

Guides

Guide to Paddling Lake Tahoe in Any Season

Guide to Paddling Lake Tahoe in Any Season

Paddleboarding, kayaking, or doing any type of human-powered activity for however much time you have on Big Blue can give you an amazing workout, but it’s good to know when the best time of the year to paddle is and how to stay safe out on the water.

Winter Travel Resources

Winter Travel Resources

Winter Travel Resources

Winter in the Sierra Nevada mountains surrounding Lake Tahoe is spectacular, however navigating weather conditions, traffic conditions and even finding your vacation rental can present significant challenges.  The Tahoe Report Winter Travel page can assist with not only planning your trip, but also navigating the Tahoe Traffic, Road Conditions, Resort Closures and more.

So you are thinking of leaving San Francisco at 5 pm on the Friday of a holiday weekend…..well, you won’t be alone and you may not even make it until Sunday if you are not checking the conditions.

Lake Tahoe area weather | It all starts here

While you don’t control the weather, planning and adjusting for weather is a key component to visiting Lake Tahoe in the winter.  Whether to make sure that you are getting the best snow to knowing if you will be able to get there or even get back home in time for your Monday meeting these Tahoe Weather Resources can help.

Lake Tahoe Winter Weather Alerts & Forecasts

Mountain weather in the winter frequently changes.  From days to hours things change and the forecast that you saw while booking your vacation rental, hotel, or car may turn your planned powder day into a rainy day or your easy, sunny drive up the mountains into a 10 hour ordeal.  Key is to plan, but more importantly to revise the plan based on the latest weather and road conditions.

We recommend not only relying on your go to weather app, but to make sure that you include Weather.Gov | NOAA and if you are interested in how the weather forecast relates to snow, then add OpenSnow to your arsenal.

Mountain Highways | Road Webcams

Lakeview Webcams

Mountain Webcams

And of course, if the weather outside is frightful, or you finished a fun day outside, check out some indoor options

Watermans Landing Webcam - Patton Beach Carnelian Bay, CA
Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe Mountain Webcams Link
Edgewood Tahoe Resort Summer Webcam link
Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Road Webcam

Lake Tahoe Winter Webcams |  Road – Resort – Mountain Conditions

Lake Tahoe Winter Webcams | Road – Resort – Mountain Conditions

Lake Tahoe Winter Webcams | Road – Resort – Mountain Conditions

Winter weather in the Sierra Nevada is challenging to forecast and can be rapidly changing.  Especially in the Lake Tahoe area where one side of the  lake may receive significantly more or less snow and for many storms the difference between rain or snow may be a matter of a few degrees or a few hundred feet, combining the information from weather reports with realtime Tahoe winter webcams can save a lot of time.

Here is a compilation of webcam links that will allow anyone to view real time Tahoe conditions for local roads and highways, ski resort conditions, and even a nice way to view Lake Tahoe from the comfort of your residence.

Live Lake Tahoe Webcam | Current conditions on the shores of Lake Tahoe

OK, it may be winter and you may not have any plan to go for a polar bear swim in lake (Summer Resources HERE).  However, a look at the shores of Lake Tahoe offer a view of incoming weather, wind, and maybe even just a view of the lake to start dreaming about your ski vacation.

Looking out towards Lake Tahoe from Stateline, NV on the South shore this camera will give you an excellent view of the conditions from above.
Edgewood Resort Tahoe Webpage Winter image

The Webcam at Edgewood Resort on the Tahoe’s South Shore offers a great way to check out the lake conditions from the comfort of your home, vacation rental or even your room at the resort.

Garwood's Pier webcam winter in Tahoe

From North Lake Tahoe Garwood’s webcam offers a not only views of Lake Tahoe, but can even show you how busy it is in the parking lot in case you are headed out for some Wet Woody’s.  

Mountain Webcams | Views from Lake Tahoe’s World Class Ski Resorts

Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe Mountain Webcams Link

Mt. Rose has one of the highest base elevations in Lake Tahoe at 8,260 feet offering not only some of the best snow, but also some amazing views as shown on the Mt Rose Ski Tahoe Webcam.

 

Homewood Mountain Resort Tahoe winter screenshot

With some of the best Lake Tahoe views at Homewood it feels as if you may end up skiing into Lake Tahoe.   Hiking, Skiing, and even getting hitched these cameras will let you know the current conditions.

Mammoth Mountain California Webcams

While not in the Tahoe basin, have a look at the conditions for Mammoth Mountain.  With a summit above 11,000 feet, there are plenty of days where the conditions are completely different than Tahoe and may be worth a road trip.

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Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows resorts offer some of the best skiing and snowboarding  in the Lake Tahoe area.  The resort conditions and webcam page will give you an idea of conditions as well as crowds to help plan your visit.

Stormy Diamond Peak

Diamond Peak  resort is a family friendly ski resort in Incline Village, NV.  Not only family friendly, but also a great storm mountain when everything else closes, Diamond Peak often can stay open. 

Sugar Bowl Resort Conditions Page

Sugar Bowl resort is near Donner Summit so is a great vantage point for weather conditions near Donner Summit.  Directly in line for storms heading East, the Sugar Bowl webcams give an advanced warning of weather coming to the basin.

Travel Webcams | Lake Tahoe Resource for Planning Safe Travel

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CalTrans Traffic Camera Map Lake Tahoe area

California Department of Transportation – CalTrans operates highway traffic cameras throughout the state.  When planning your trip to Lake Tahoe whether coming from Reno, San Francisco, Sacramento, Truckee or anywhere in California.  Additionally during winter, you can even see how the traffic to your favorite ski resort is flowing and what the snow conditions are.

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Nevada DOT Traffic Camera Map Lake Tahoe Area

Nevada Department of Transportation  operates cameras across Nevada and can be of great assistance in planning your trip to Tahoe from Reno – Tahoe International Airport – RNO, traveling Mt. Rose Highway NV SR431 or even heading across Nevada I-80 to get to Utah ski resorts, mountain biking destinations, parks or even all the way to Chicago. 

Additional Tahoe Webcam Links | Travel Resources

Mountain Highways | Road Conditions

Lakeview Webcams

Mountain Webcams

Other Helpful Tahoe Winter Links 

Tahoe Sno Park Permit Link

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To Buy or Not to Buy a Season Pass in the time of Covid

To Buy or Not to Buy a Season Pass in the time of Covid

To Buy or Not to Buy a Season Pass in the time of Covid

To Buy or Not to Buy: Season Passes in the time of COVID-19. 

In general I am of the opinion that if you are a skier or snowboarder who plans to ride 4+ days in a season, in the Tahoe area as Season Pass to one of the many Tahoe ski resorts is a no brainer.  Yet, I still find myself each year giving friends a little nudge.  In many cases it is the shock of shelling out $500-$1,000 for a winter sport while the weather is warming at thoughts have moved more to summer vacations.

Coming off of a less than stellar Tahoe snow year with resorts shutting down for health / safety reasons related to Coronavirus COVID -19, there is another layer of concern that will put most winter plans on hold and for many that means the purchase of a season pass.  What follows some option for your 2020/2021 ski plans. (opinions of an optimist that the snow will fall and the lifts will spin)

Fall Update: Modifications for 2021-2021 Ski Season

As the Covid 19 pandemic continues, ski resorts have been working diligently to plan for the upcoming ski season.  Some changes that are expected include: Limited Dining, Limited Visitors, Face Coverings, Physical Distancing and even reservations.  With this in mind, one thing to consider in whether or not to make a late season pass purchase may be the advantage that it gives in terms of access to the mountains and reservations.  There are still a lot of things in the air, but it does appear that pretty much all the resorts have created plans to open for the 2020-2021 ski season so you should plan as well.

For example: Link to Squaw Valley, CA Covid-19 Policies

Save the Money – Opt for more Free (or Cheap) Family Winter Activities (LINK to article)

There is no shortage of budget options to enjoy Winter in Tahoe.  Whether picking up a new sled, some snowshoes or getting your backcountry ski / snowboard set up ready to go this is a good time to get ready as there are deals to be had.  Get that avalanche transceiver, sign up for avalanche training with Alpine Skills International or a new splitboard set up from one of the many local Tahoe shops.

Wait and See – Plan on waiting and buying day tickets: 

A common refrain from some friends that are unsure on how many days they could get, and / or those wondering if the lifts will open.  With the price of daily lift tickets,  personally shelling out the daily cost on all but the perfect day, just adds another obstacle to getting on the slopes.  Most resorts have guarantees in place in case they are affected by health / travel restrictions so if planning on 4 or more days, the benefits of a pass are many.

If buying a pass, which one should you get: While this depends on many factors, if you are going to pick up a pass, many of the resorts have extended the early season pricing and there may be some interesting options.

Buy or Renew your Season Pass to EPIC or IKON Resorts:

These passes cover a large number of resorts throughout the country and If you add a pass last year, there are some great deals and guarantees.  From the option to travel to other resorts that may be opening to offering flexibility to move your pass to the following year, depending on your circumstances, this may be the best choice.   In just the Tahoe area, these passes include some of the best terrain and amenity options.

IKON: Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows

EPIC: Northstar, Heavenly, Kirkwood

 

Buy a Season Pass to a New Mountain or one of the many smaller Local Mountains.

Ski Mt. Rose 20-21 Renewal Deals

Is there a smaller, less crowded local mountain that you can drive to?  If so, this may be a great time to give one a try.  In general, the season passes or even the daily tickets are usually less expensive and there are deals to be had.  In the Lake Tahoe area, there are plenty of independent resorts that are great options.  Mt. Rose, Homewood, Sugar Bowl, Tahoe Donner, Sierra at Tahoe, Diamond Peak and others offer some great options and are definitely worth a try.

Of course Tahoe has an abundance of activities in Winter beyond that of the ski resorts.  Check out some of the Best Cheap or Free Winter Activities in Tahoe.

Either way, let’s all hope for a great snow season and plenty of healthy turns for the 20/21 season.

Top Destinations

From walking to the beach, to finding the nearest ski resort, to taking a day trip to some of the nearby destinations.  Check out the options!
Lake Tahoe is a magical place.  Surrounded by mountains with access to the crystal blue water, excellent trails, world class ski ressorts and more within the Tahoe basin.

Beyond any of the mountain passes lie many additional opportunities that are a relatively easy day trip.  Some are on your way to Lake Tahoe from the San Francisco Bay Area  such as the Sierra Foothills and Gold Country.

Others such as the former mining town of Bodie and the Bodie State Historic Park as well as Carson City, Reno, and even a little farther to Mammoth Lakes and Mono Lake offer plenty of interesting options.  As a day trip or for ideas on where to stop while exploring California and Nevada, check out some of our travel ideas.

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