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Lake Tahoe Ski Resorts

Lake Tahoe is a world class skiing and winter recreation area located just a few hours away from California's beaches and even closer to Reno's casinos and nightlife. Lake Tahoe.org is pleased to present this comprehensive guide to Lake Tahoe area ski resorts.

Alpine Meadows Ski Resort
Post Office Box 5279, 2600 Alpine Meadows Road, Tahoe City, CA 96145; Tel. +1 530.583.4232
Located in the Tahoe National Forest on Lake Tahoe's North Shore with more than 2000 acres of varied Tahoe terrain, 14 lifts and more than 100 runs. The summit is 8,637 feet high, with snow base at 6,835. Alpine Meadows has six bowls, steep chutes and gentle glades. Black diamonds mark the 35 percent of the trails reserved for advanced and expert skiiers.

Boreal Ski Area
On the California side of Tahoe, Boreal is a smaller, kid-friendly ski resort with 41 trails, 380 acres of skiable slopes and a 500 foot (152 m) vertical drop with peaks at 7,700 feet (2,347 m). The longest run is a mile long. Slopes are 30 percent beginner, 55 percent intermediate and 15 percent advanced. more >>

Diamond Peak
1210 Ski Way, Incline Village, Nevada 89451; Tel. +1 775.832.1177
With one of Lake Tahoe's steepest vertical drops, 1,840 feet, Diamond Peak Ski Resort has 655 skiable acres and runs as long as 2.5 miles. Terrain includes 30 runs, open glades and tree skiing.

Dodge Ridge Ski Resort
1 Dodge Ridge Road, Pinecrest, CA. 95364; Tel. +1 209.965.3474; 24-hour snow conditions +1 209.965.4444 x 5
With a vertical drop of 1,600 feet, a base elevation of 6,600 feet and a 8,200- foot summit, the half-century old Dodge Ridge Ski Resort offers 60 trails spread over 815 acres served by 12 lifts. The longest run is two miles.

Donner Ski Ranch
P.O. Box 66, Norden, California 95724; Tel. +1 530.426.3635
With 435 skiable located high atop historic Donner Summit and a vertical drop of 750 feet, Donner Ski Ranch became a ski area in 1937. The longest run is 1.2 miles, and 25 percent of the trails are advanced. Snowboarding is permitted on all trails.

Granlibakken Ski Resort
PO Box 6329 , Tahoe City, California 96145; Tel. +1 800.543.3221
Intimate European-style ski resort less than a mile from Lake Tahoe's north shore. Occupies 74 wooded acres in a picturesque mountain valley.

Heavenly Lake Tahoe Ski Resort
3860 Saddle Road, South Lake Tahoe, CA, CA 89449; Tel. +1 775.586.7000
Heavenly's captivating scenery and expansive network of lifts (30, as of this writing), terrain, trails and snowmaking makes Heavenly Valley one of Tahoe's top skiing destinations. The region's largest mountain resort, its 4,800 skiable acres span two states (California and Nevada). Heavenly also has the highest elevation and longest vertical drop. Amenities at the Heavenly Lake Tahoe Ski Resort include11 lodges and a cinema complex. more >>

Homewood Mountain Resort
5145 Westlake Blvd., Homewood, California 96141; Tel. 530.525.2992
Homewood rises up a vertical of 1,650 feet to a summit of almost 8,000 feet, high ablove Lake Tahoe's shores. Of the 100 runs, 85 percent are advanced and intermediate. Homewood's longest run is 2 miles.

Kirkwood
Kirkwood Mountain Resort, 1501 Kirkwood Meadows Drive, Kirkwood, CA 95646; Tel. 209.258.6000
Kirkwood is one of Lake Tahoe's leading ski areas, with a base elevation of 7,800 feet (2,377 meters) a top elevatio at a breathtaking 9,800 feet (2,987 meters) and a vertical rise of 2,000 feet (609 meters).Its expansive 2,300 acres (930 hectares) encompasses more than 65 trails, the longest of which is 2.5 miles.

Mt. Rose Ski Area
22222 Mt. Rose Hwy., Reno, Nevada 89511; Tel. +1 775.849.0704
Tahoe's highest snow base sits 8,260 feet high with panoramic views of Lake Tahoe and across the state of Nevada. Mt. Rose Ski Area's expansive 2,300 acres (930 hectares) encompass 60 trails spread over 1,600 acres, with two lifts and a 1,800 foot vertical drop.

Northstar-at-Tahoe
P.O. Box 129, Truckee CA, 96160; Tel. 1.800.GO.NORTH
Located six miles from the north shore of Lake Tahoe, Northstar-at-Tahoe has 70 runs on 2,420 acres (979 hectares). Longest run is 2.9 miles. Summer activities at Northstar-at-Tahoe include mountain biking, tennis, horseback riding and flyfishing. more >>

Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort
9411 Hillside Dr., Soda Springs, California 95728; Tel. +1 800.500.3871
Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort spreads its extensive trail network over thousands of acres of wilderness in the High Sierra. Its complete resort facilities and sheer size cause most cross country skiers and media outlets to consider this among the finest XC facilities in the world.

Sierra-at-Tahoe
1111 Sierra-at-Tahoe Road, Twin Bridges, California 95735; Tel. +1 530.659.7453
Sierra at Tahoe has 2,000 acres of skiable area and 12 lifts between elevations of 8852 and 6640 feet.

Soda Springs
First Resort off 1-80, Soda Springs, California 96160; Tel. 530.426.1010
Built in 1931 as one of America's original ski resorts, Soda Springs is today a cost-conscious alternative to Lake Tahoe's mega-resorts. The vertical drop is modest, and Soda Springs is popular with beginners and families.

Squaw Valley USA
North Shore of Lake Tahoe, 1960 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley CA 96146; Tel. +1 530.583.6985; Snow 24 Hour Snow Info: +1 530.583.6955
Squaw Valley's 4000 plus acres are built upon six pristine Lake Tahoe mountain peaks ranging in elevation from 7550 to 9050, feet with a vertical rise of 2850 feet, making it one of California's most expansive ski resorts. Squaw Valley USA is located on Highway 89 in Olympic Valley, California between Tahoe City and Truckee. more >>

Sugar Bowl Ski Resort
629 Sugar Bowl Rd., Norden, CA 95724; Tel. +1 530.426.9000
Sugar Bowl Ski Resort in Norden, a three- hour drive from San Francisco, is a serious ski resort with 78 trails spread over 1,500 acres. The hig mark is 8383 feet with snow line at 6883 feet and a 1500 foot vertical drop. The longest run is three miles. Sugar Bowl has ample parking. more >>

Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area
925 Country Club Dr., Tahoe City, California; tel. +1 530.583.5475
Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area's 65 kilometers spans 16 groomed cross country trails with warming huts and panoramic views of Lake Tahoe.

Tahoe Donner Downhill
11509 Northwoods Blvd.Truckee, CA 96161 Main Phone: 530.587.9444
At 7350 feet in the upper mountains of Truckee, five miles from Donner Lake and less than 20 miles from Lake Tahoe, Tahoe Donner has14 runs on more than 120 skiable acres. The longest run is one mile. Tahoe Donner Ski Area is a family-friendly ski area with open bowls, uncrowded slopes and expansive beginner terrain. Sledding takes place on weekends and holidays at the Trout Creek Recreation Center.

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