LAKE TAHOE

United States, California

LAKE TAHOE

Offers more ski resorts than any other North American destination

In the north of California, close to the border of Nevada, Lake Tahoe offers the largest concentration of skiing resorts in the United States. All this, combined with world-class nightlife, makes this destination unlike any other.

Why go there ?
Plenty of sunshine
Proximity to San Francisco
Possibility to visit the wine valley

Ask anyone who has been there what they remember about Alpine Meadows and they’ll tell you: great snow and soaring views of Lake Tahoe and the high Sierra. With 2,400 skiable acres Alpine has enough to keep even the most adventurous powder hound happy for days. Alpine was the first in the West to install a six-passenger high speed chair and has done much to keep generations of skiers coming back for more. Alpine is also home to a fine adaptive ski school for disabled skiers and boarders.

Skiable surface
2400 acres
Average snowfall
450 inches
Lifts
450
Trails
100
Beginner
25
Intermediate
40
Advanced
35
Summit elevation
2632 meters
Base elevation
2083 meters
Vertical drop
549 meters

Few ski resorts match Heavenly’s scenic beauty and expansive network of lifts, terrain, trails, and snowmaking. Located on the south shore of Lake Tahoe, Heavenly is the region’s largest mountain resort, featuring the highest elevation and longest vertical drop. The views of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra mountain range are magnificent. The snowfall tops 20 feet virtually every year and you can slide over 4,800 skiable acres. This resort spans two states (California and Nevada). There have been millions of dollars invested in mountain improvements over the several years. Heavenly is owned by Vail Resorts, Inc.

Skiable surface
4800 acres
Average snowfall
360 inches
Lifts
360
Beginner
20
Intermediate
45
Expert
35
Summit elevation
3068 meters
Base elevation
1993 meters
Vertical drop
1075 meters

With a base elevation of 7,800 feet, Kirkwood is the highest starting point of any major resort in Lake Tahoe. Locals and fans say Kirkwood catches the best snowstorms streaming in to the Sierra. There are 2,300 acres for skiing and riding, 65 trails, two high speed quads and top to bottom snowmaking on four runs.

Skiable surface
2300 acres
Average snowfall
354 inches
Lifts
354
Trails
86
Beginner
12
Intermediate
30
Advanced
38
Expert
20
Summit elevation
3000 meters
Base elevation
2400 meters
Vertical drop
600 meters

Northstar-at-Tahoe is the flagship of the Booth Creek network of winter resorts. Northstar offers an excellent family experience. The area boasts a vertical drop of 2,280 feet, its longest run is a thigh-taxing 1.3 miles long. Northstar’s mix of runs is 25 percent beginner and advanced, and 50 percent intermediate. Ski or ride on 2,420 acres of terrain.

Skiable surface
2420 acres
Average snowfall
350 inches
Lifts
350
Trails
79
Beginner
13
Intermediate
62
Expert
25
Summit elevation
2624 meters
Base elevation
1929 meters
Vertical drop
695 meters

Since its inception in 1946, Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort has grown into its role as one of Lake Tahoe’s largest resort areas. Ten chairlifts, including three express quads, serve its 2,000 skiable acres. The area was acquired by Booth Creek Ski Holdings in 1996.

Skiable surface
2000 acres
Average snowfall
560 inches
Lifts
560
Trails
46
Beginner
25
Intermediate
50
Expert
25
Summit elevation
2699 meters
Base elevation
2024 meters
Vertical drop
675 meters

Squaw Valley USA, site of the VIII Winter Olympic Games in 1960, is a legendary vacation destination plunked down squarely at the end of a gorgeous Sierra valley. Squaw’s terrain may seem endless to those trying to conquer it, with thirty-three lifts, including North America’s only Funitel and an aerial Cable Car, access six peaks, 4,000 acres and 2,850 vertical feet of terrain. The Village was built with the inviting ambiance of a European style mountain village and features the sort of restaurants, shops, and support services skiers expect to find when visiting such a venerable area.

Skiable surface
4000 acres
Average snowfall
450 inches
Lifts
450
Trails
177
Beginner
25
Intermediate
45
Expert
30
Summit elevation
2758 meters
Base elevation
1890 meters
Vertical drop
868 meters

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