Lake Tahoe Skiing

Lake Tahoe is a world-class destination ski area, with several huge, awesome resorts and amazing amounts of snow.

Getting to Tahoe for Skiing

If you're driving from California, you'll head up 80 to North Tahoe and 50 to South Tahoe. You can take 88 to Kirkwood, or double-back from Meyers, too. If you're flying here to go skiing, your best bet will be the Reno Airport. Sacramento is still a long way away if you have a choice. Be careful on time estimates, on dry roads its 40 minutes to Mt. Rose from the Reno Airport, 90 minutes to Heavenly, and about an hour to Northstar. Some websites report travel time as 15-20 minutes, and it just isn't!

Lake Tahoe Ski Resorts

The big resorts, in no particular order: Northstar, Squaw Valley USA, Alpine Meadows, Heavenly, Kirkwood, Sugarbowl, Sierra-at-Tahoe. And, smaller resorts, in no order: Homewood, Donner Ski Ranch, Mt. Rose, Diamond Peak, Boreal.

Lake Tahoe Hotels and Accomodations

If you're planning on skiing South Tahoe, the casinos have plenty of rooms, there are lots of smaller hotels. For North Tahoe, things are less centralized, so you'll either find a few rooms at each resort, but likely end up in a small hotel. If you want to stay in Reno, then you'll be driving to and from each resort, which may work for you. Also check out vacation rental homes, at a site like VRBO.

The Winter Ski Season

Any snow and skiing before Christmas is a nice bonus. By the first week of January usually everything is open and covered. There's lots of strong skiing in January, February, and early March, and April starts to look forward to Spring conditions.