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United States, California

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: 13

Trails: 100

Beginner: 25 %

Intermediate: 40 %

Advanced: 35 %

Expert : 0 %

Summit elevation: 2632 mètres

Base elevation: 2083 mètres

Vertical drop: 549 mètres

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: 30


Beginner: 20 %

Intermediate: 45 %

Advanced: 0 %

Expert : 35 %

Summit elevation: 3068 mètres

Base elevation: 1993 mètres

Vertical drop: 1075 mètres

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: 15

Trails: 86

Beginner: 12 %

Intermediate: 30 %

Advanced: 38 %

Expert : 20 %

Summit elevation: 3000 mètres

Base elevation: 2400 mètres

Vertical drop: 600 mètres

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: 16

Trails: 79

Beginner: 13 %

Intermediate: 62 %

Advanced: 0 %

Expert : 25 %

Summit elevation: 2624 mètres

Base elevation: 1929 mètres

Vertical drop: 695 mètres

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: 12

Trails: 46

Beginner: 25 %

Intermediate: 50 %

Advanced: 0 %

Expert : 25 %

Summit elevation: 2699 mètres

Base elevation: 2024 mètres

Vertical drop: 675 mètres

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: 33

Trails: 177

Beginner: 25 %

Intermediate: 45 %

Advanced: 0 %

Expert : 30 %

Summit elevation: 2758 mètres

Base elevation: 1890 mètres

Vertical drop: 868 mètres








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