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Skiing at Lake Tahoe

Magical sparkling white scenery and a wide range of activities attract people to Lake Tahoe each winter

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Lake Tahoe is one of the most popular alpine resorts in the state. Perfect glittering snow, majestic scenery, and variety of runs make it an ideal spot for skiers and snowboarders. The wide range of runs, suitable for every skill of riders, attracts lots of visitors annually. The resort features a great ski and board school.

Skiing at Lake Tahoe in California - Best Season

Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, as well as dog sledding, are offered here in the winter as well. The mid-mountain ice-skating rink is another great attraction. On-mountain zip lines, tube runs, scenic gondola rides are activities for those looking for a natural escape.

After a day of skiing or snowboarding, you won't find anything more delightful than a relaxing dip into one of the supersize hot tubs. Choose one of the most suitable resorts for you and enjoy the beauty of the winter landscape at Lake Tahoe.

Heavenly Lake Tahoe
Heavenly Lake Tahoe

There are six resorts spread across the area, some of them located in California, others in Nevada. Heavenly Resort offers almost 100 trails ranging from wide-open cruisers to plunging 1,600-foot chutes. Kirkwood is more of a family-oriented resort with shorter lift lines and cozier atmosphere. Mt. Rose–Ski Tahoe is Lake Tahoe’s highest base elevation resort with about six-month snow season and the legendary terrain offering longest continuous vertical in North America (40 to 55 degree runs for over 1000’). Northstar California Resort is kind of a luxury destination with upscale stores and five-star accommodation along the slopes. About 2,000 acres and 2,212 vertical feet of varied terrain with panoramic views of Lake Tahoe can be enjoyed at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort. Squaw Valley and the neighboring Alpine Meadows hosted the 1960 Winter Olympic Games boast 6,000 acres of terrain with 14 mountain zones accessed by 42 lifts. Well, it could be rather challenging to choose the best one! Skiing season opening and closing dates differ in each resort, so we suggest checking their official websites for up-to-date information.

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