Ski Resorts in the Lake Tahoe Region

The Lake Tahoe Region is the destination of choice for Northern California skiers and snowboarders. From Olympic host Squaw Valley to Heavenly’s picturesque views, Lake Tahoe extensive skiable terrain spreads across both sides of the California-Nevada border. Find information about top ski resorts at Lake Tahoe here.

Destinations in the Lake Tahoe

Heavenly Mountain

South Lake Tahoe, CA

  • Vertical Drop 3,500 ft
  • Skiable Area 4,800 ac
  • Number of Lifts 28
Current Conditions Updated: Jul. 22, 2024
Base Snow: 85"
Recent Snow: 0"
Lifts Open: 0/28

Encompassing 4,800 acres of expansive terrain, Heavenly Mountain is the largest ski area in California. Its southern Lake Tahoe location delivers sweeping views of both the alpine lake and nearby Carson Valley. The resort is located on the California-Nevada border, with a web of varied runs carrying skiers through two states. Along with its enviable size, Heavenly is known for its assertive snowmaking capabilities, boasting the largest grooming and snowmaking fleet on the west coast. Its unmatched terrain is enhanced by five challenging terrain parks, the best tree-skiing in North America, and a lively aprés-ski scene.

Palisades Tahoe

Olympic Valley, CA

  • Vertical Drop 2,850 ft
  • Skiable Area 6,200 ac
  • Number of Lifts 29
Current Conditions Updated: Jul. 22, 2024
Base Snow: 0"
Recent Snow: 0"
Lifts Open: -

Formerly known as Squaw Valley Alpine, Palisades Tahoe sits in the Sierra Nevada range a convenient 47 miles from Reno-Tahoe Airport. The resort’s 3,600 skiable acres make it one of the largest ski areas in the state. With 2,850 feet of vertical, Palisades is known for serious steeps always groomed to perfection. In addition, this Olympic Valley resort features some of the longest runs in North America, including Mountain Run’s lengthy 3.1-mile-long descent. Skiers can depend on plenty of reliable snowfall with an annual average of 450 inches. Palisades Tahoe encompasses two distinct ski areas, Palisades and Alpine. Though not connected via gondola, skiers can board a 15-minute complimentary shuttle and ski both mountains with just one lift ticket. The combined resorts allow skiers to experience 6,000 skiable acres in total and 270 runs serviced by 42 lifts.

Northstar California

Truckee, CA

  • Vertical Drop 2,280 ft
  • Skiable Area 3,170 ac
  • Number of Lifts 20
Current Conditions Updated: Jul. 22, 2024
Base Snow: 108"
Recent Snow: 0"
Lifts Open: 0/20

Tucked away in  Lake Tahoe’s north shore, Northstar California offers 3,170 skiable acres in one of California’s most unique settings. The resort is located on Mt. Pluto, an extinct volcano, though there’s no cause for alarm as it last erupted 2 million years ago and shows no signs of a recurrence. Along with over 3,000 well-groomed skiable acres, this Lake Tahoe resort offers diverse terrain, 100 runs, and an impressive 2,280 feet of vertical. In addition to its downhill adventures, Northstar offers one of the best terrain parks in North America, snowshoeing tracks, cross-country skiing trails, along with plenty of dining, shopping, and lodging options.

Sierra-at-Tahoe

Twin Bridges, CA

  • Vertical Drop 2,212 ft
  • Skiable Area 2,000 ac
  • Number of Lifts 14

Situated just west of South Lake Tahoe, Sierra-At-Tahoe boasts being the closest major ski resort to the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento. This local’s favorite offers a sizable 2,000 acres of skiable terrain with a 2,212-foot vertical drop. The terrain is varied but mainly caters to intermediate skiers, and advanced skiers come to Sierra-At-Tahoe for its challenging treeline skiing. Amenities include a day lodge and on-mountain dining. Those seeking overnight accommodation can head to one of the nearby towns. Additional outdoor adventures include three miles of snowshoeing trails and two lift-accessed tubing hills on Blizzard Mountain. (Currently, Sierra-At-Tahoe is closed due to damage sustained during  the October 2021 Caldor Fire. The resort is on track to reopen for the 2022/2023 season)

Sugar Bowl

Norden, CA

  • Vertical Drop 1,500 ft
  • Skiable Area 1,650 ac
  • Number of Lifts 12

As one of the oldest resorts in the state, Sugar Bowl served as a pioneer in the California ski industry, opening the state’s first chair lift and the west coast’s first gondola. This 80-year-old independently owned and operated resort sits perched high atop Lake Tahoe’s Donner Summit, offering 1,650 acres of skiable terrain, 130 runs, and a 1,500-foot vertical drop. Sugar Bowl’s compact size makes it easy to navigate and an ideal training ground for young skiers. This historic resort benefits from 500 inches of annual snowfall – more snow than any other North Lake Tahoe ski resort.

Kirkwood

Kirkwood, CA

  • Vertical Drop 2,000 ft
  • Skiable Area 2,300 ac
  • Number of Lifts 15
Current Conditions Updated: Jul. 22, 2024
Base Snow: 80"
Recent Snow: 0"
Lifts Open: 0/15

Noted as one of Lake Tahoe’s most challenging mountains, Kirkwood boasts an admirable 7,800-foot base elevation, 2,000-foot vertical rise, and 2,300 skiable acres. Though known for its thrilling steeps, the resort offers something for every level of skier. Powderhounds visiting this southern Lake Tahoe resort came for its significant annual snowfall, averaging 600 inches per year. In addition to long groomed trails and exceptional terrain, Kirkwood offers cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, dog sledding tours, along with plenty of on-mountain lodging, restaurants, and shops.

Homewood

Homewood, CA

  • Vertical Drop 1,650 ft
  • Skiable Area 1,260 ac
  • Number of Lifts 8

Though not thought of as a premier California ski destination, Homewood’s unobstructed views of Lake Tahoe is a noteworthy feature. The resort sits on the lake’s western shores, priding itself as the only Tahoe resort with runs finishing mere steps from the lake. Nearly all of Homewood’s runs showcase breathtaking views of this pristine alpine body of water. Along with scenic treasures, Homewood delivers 1,260 skiable acres, a 7,880-foot summit elevation, and a 1,650-foot vertical elevation. Rainbow Ridge is considered Homewood’s signature run, providing skiers with majestic views of both north and south Lake Tahoe while gliding to its base. In addition to picture-perfect lakeside views and uncrowded slopes, Homewood lift tickets are among the most economical in the state.

Boreal Mountain

Soda Springs, CA

  • Vertical Drop 500 ft
  • Skiable Area 380 ac
  • Number of Lifts 8

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