Ski Resorts Near Lake Tahoe in California

Ski Resorts Near Lake Tahoe in California
Lake Tahoe is the premiere skiing destination in California and has one of the largest concentrations of ski areas in the world. Exquisite views of the lake and the stunning Sierra Nevada mountains, the plentiful natural snow and challenging trails make all of the California ski resorts in the Lake Tahoe area excellent winter destinations.


The Northstar is located on the northern side of Lake Tahoe. The resort offers 19 lifts that provide access to 92 trails spanning across 3,000 acres. Sixty percent of the trails are in the intermediate range, leaving a range of options for both advanced and beginners. For those that prefer to ski cross country, there are also an array of trails leading through the serene, natural forest settings. When you finish skiing or snowboarding on the hills, head to the resort and try the 9,000 square foot ice skating rink, or browse the Village at Northstar and enjoy its 35 shops, galleries and restaurants.

100 Northstar Drive
Truckee, CA 96161
(800) 466-6784

Alpine Meadows

Located within Tahoe City, Alpine Meadows provides guests a wonderful skiing and snowboarding experience without having to sacrifice the comfort and luxuries available in a major city. While many tourists visit nearby Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows tends to be a favorite of the local skiing and snowboarding community. While there are only 13 lifts (as opposed to Squaw Valley's 33), many of which provide superb views of Lake Tahoe, there is over 2,400 acres of skiable terrain. Best of all, as most people head to Squaw Valley, the less crowded runs mean more relaxation and activity throughout the day.

Alpine Meadows
2600 Alpine Meadows Road
Tahoe City, CA 96145
(800) 441-4434

Sierra at Tahoe

Sierra at Tahoe is located on the south side of the lake and the western side of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The 2,000 acres of skiable land is broken down into 46 trails accessible by 12 runs. Fifty percent of the trails are intermediate level, while the remaining trails are equally divided between advanced and beginner, so there's something for everyone at Sierra at Tahoe. Experienced snowboarders love the standard halfpipe and the 17-foot Zaugg superpipe, while disciplined skiers enjoy the Sugar and Spice trail, which extends more than two and a half miles.

Sierra at Tahoe
1111 Sierra-at-Tahoe Road
Twin Bridges, CA 95735
(530) 659-7453

Article Written By Jill Harness

Jill Harness has written on a variety of subjects for more than 10 years. Her work has appeared in various print and online publications, including "San Diego City Beat," "Mental Floss," Rue The Day! and Neatorama. Harness has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from San Francisco State University.

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