Squaw Valley: 1960 Squaw Valley Rd, Olympic Valley, CA 96146
Voted at North America’s best ski resort in 2016 and host of the 1960 Winter Olympics, the Squaw Valley legacy has maintained a vibrant ski culture and mountain energy that spans from village to peak. Its spirit of outdoor adventure is reflected by the views of Lake Tahoe’s translucent waters, and its inspiration is carved into the slopes of the Sierra mountains. Beginners will find forgiving learning zones set among dramatic alpine scenery, while varied trails, bowls and chutes mean that skiers and snowboarders will never outgrow Squaw’s progressive terrain. With consistent snowfall that stays around well into the spring, Squaw Valley boasts one of the longest ski and snowboard seasons in the country.
Alpine Meadows: 1960 Squaw Valley Rd, Olympic Valley, CA 96146
Tucked between Truckee and Tahoe City, Alpine Meadows Resort is a picturesque playground for families and off-the-radar thrill-seekers alike. Chalet-style lodges and approachable hospitality mean that the skiing and riding experience always comes first. From easy-riding progression parks to wide-open bowls, Alpine Meadows brings an exciting challenge to any level of skier or snowboarder. And with more than 100 trails spread over 2,400 acres, mountain adventures (and groomed runs) await at every bump, jump and chairlift.
Homewood: 5145 W Lake Blvd, Homewood, CA 96141
Located steps from the shoreline of Lake Tahoe, Homewood Mountain Resort combines pristine skiing and snowboarding with an unobstructed view of Lake Tahoe from every slope in the winter with summertime bicycle, kayak and paddleboard rentals with lakefront access to Tahoe via Homewood’s West Shore Cafe and Inn during the summer. Homewood, California is situated approximately 6 miles south of Tahoe City on State Route 89. Known to locals as a hidden gem of a town and ski resort, visitors have their choice of lake-focused summertime activities and mountain-focused wintertime fun.
Kirkwood: 1501 Kirkwood Meadows Drive, Kirkwood, CA
Magical, raw, expansive and remote, Kirkwood is the stuff of legend. With the deepest, driest snow around and some of North America’s most diverse and challenging terrain, Kirkwood offers big mountain riding with small town attitude. It’s about adventure and challenge. Discovery from exploration. Personal satisfaction, from personal challenge. At the end of the day, a uniquely rewarding experience that can only be had at a handful of places on Earth. Tucked away about 35 miles southwest of South Lake Tahoe, Kirkwood is out of the way but the reward is well worth the effort of finding it.
Our unique location atop the Sierra Crest combined with elevations ranging 7,800 to 9,800 feet create a little something we like to call the K-Factor – a geographical predisposition to receive the lightest, the driest, and the most plentiful snow in the Tahoe region. With 2000 feet of vertical drop, and over 2300 acres of terrain from calm groomed beginner runs to hair raising cornices, cliffs and the most high angle grooming around, there’s something for everyone at the ‘Wood.
Northstar: 5001 Northstar Dr, Truckee, CA 96161
For the modern family that prefers substance with a unique, laid-back style, Northstar California Resort combines California cool with high-end luxury, on-mountain exhilaration with a sophisticated alpine village atmosphere. Halfway between one of North America’s coolest mountain towns and one of the world’s most beautiful alpine lakes, Northstar is a destination on the rise, having poured nearly a billion dollars into creating Lake Tahoe’s premier luxury snowsports experience. Upscale shops, refined dining and Lake Tahoe’s only five-star slopeside lodging is married to impeccable grooming, a Cross Country Center, incredible tree skiing and enough variety + world-class terrain parks to challenge every level of skier/rider.
Sugar Bowl: 629 Sugar Bowl Road, Norden, CA 95724
Perched atop Donner Summit, Sugar Bowl Resort has been family owned since the beginning in 1939. While visiting Sugar Bowl much of the historic charm is still maintained within the modern resort. Touches of Austrian character and Bavarian stylings provide a glimpse into Hannes Schroll’s and other founder’s vision for this unique mountain.
Boreal: 19749 Boreal Ridge Rd, Soda Springs, CA 95728
Located on Interstate 80 along Lake Tahoe, Boreal Mountain Resort is one of the easiest resorts to access from Northern California and Nevada. Boasting almost 80% snowmaking coverage, Boreal is one of the first Lake Tahoe resorts to open each winter. The mountain averages 400 inches of snowfall per season alongside 240 days of sunshine a year.