List of Lake Tahoe Ski Resorts

List of Lake Tahoe Ski Resorts
Lake Tahoe, located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, is the second deepest lake in the world, with a maximum depth of 1,645 feet. 22 miles long and 12 miles wide, the lake has 72 miles of shoreline that draws thousands of visitors each summer. In winter, the tall, mountainous peaks create excellent ski conditions that typically last from November to May. Currently, 18 ski resorts surround Lake Tahoe. Lake Tahoe possesses more than 17,520 skiable acres, 535 groomed trails and 125 lifts.

Squaw Valley USA

A popular skiing resort on the north side of Lake Tahoe, Squaw Valley USA hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics, just four years after the Squaw Valley Lodge burned down. In 1999, Squaw Valley USA celebrated its 50th year.

The process to becoming an Olympic-quality ski resort started a decade before 1949. In 1937, Wayne Poulsen, a man with a vision of a ski resort on the 1,200 acres, began the journey to Olympic glory. Another man, Alex Cushing entered the picture in 1946. Three years later, the ski resort boasted the largest double chairlift. Today, with Olympic glory synonymous with Squaw Valley USA, the resort hosts more than 34 lifts, more than 170 trails, 4,000 acres and six peaks. Eighty percent of the trails are for intermediate or advanced skiers.

Squaw Valley Ski Corporation
P.O. Box 2007
1960 Squaw Valley Road
Olympic Valley, CA 96146
(530) 583-6985


In 2005, Heavenly Ski Resort, formerly known as Bijou Skyway Park, marked its 50th year. Located on the south side of Lake Tahoe, Heavenly is the place for intermediate skiers. It provides just enough challenge with tree runs, moguls and steeps. Forty-five percent of the trails are marked intermediate. According to USA Today's Faerber Fritz, Heavenly is "the kind of place where you can have something to brag about at the end of the day, no matter what level your skill." The 4,800 acres contain 30 lifts and 95 groomed trails. In addition, Heavenly offers other winter activities, such as backcountry skiing, dog sled rides, hot springs, sleigh rides, snowmobiling and ice skating.

Heavenly Mountain Resort
P.O. Box 2180
Stateline, NV 89449
(775) 586-7000

Alpine Meadows

Located on the north side of the Lake Tahoe, Alpine Meadows opened in 1961. A group of San Franciscans spearheaded the development of the slower-paced ski resort. The direct opposite of other ski resorts, particularly Squaw Valley, the resort became a favorite of locals. The 2,400 acres of skiable terrain contains 13 ski lifts and more than 100 runs. Twenty-five percent of the trails are suitable for beginners; advanced trails make up 35 percent. The remainder is classified as intermediate.

Alpine Meadows
P.O. Box 5279
2600 Alpine Meadows Road
Tahoe City, CA 96145
(530) 583-4232

Article Written By Amy L. Gouger

Amy L. Gouger holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from East Stroudsburg University. Previously a technical agent, she now serves as a ghostwriter and contributor to various online publications.

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