South Lake Tahoe Ski Resorts
The Lake Tahoe area boasts 15 ski resorts perched high in the mountains that surround the lake, many with spectacular views of the glistening lake. On the south side of Lake Tahoe specifically, there are four fantastic ski resorts to choose from Heavenly (South Lake Tahoe), Homewood (west shore), Kirkwood (South Tahoe), and Sierra-at-Tahoe (Twin Bridges – south shore).
HEAVENLY MOUNTAIN RESORT
Heavenly Mountain Resort straddles the California / Nevada border on the south end of Lake Tahoe. It is the highest in elevation and most well-known of the Tahoe area resorts. Heavenly is one of the largest ski resorts in the U.S. with over 4800 skiable acres of skiable terrain. Visitors can choose from 4 different base areas from which to access the slopes, both from California and Nevada. Heavenly Village and nearby Lake Tahoe have everything you need for apres-ski, delicious eats and a range of other entertainment options.
Click here for the interactive Heavenly trail map.
HEAVENLY SKI RESORT STATS
|Base Elevation:||6,565 ft|
|Summit Elevation:||10067 ft|
|Total Acres of Skiable Terrain:||4,630|
|Vertical Rise:||3500 ft|
|Number of Trails:||97|
|Annual Snowfall:||360 inches|
|Longest Run:||5.5 miles|
Homewood Ski Resort
Homewood Ski resort sits on the west shore of Lake Tahoe and is known for its gorgeous lake views from each of its 60 runs. Skiers and snowboarders love its glade runs, top notch powder, and 450 inches of snowfall annually.
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Homewood Ski Resort Stats
|Base Elevation:||6,230 ft|
|Summit Elevation:||7,880 ft|
|Total Acres of Skiable Terrain:||1,200|
|Vertical Rise:||1,650 ft|
|Number of Trails:||67|
|Annual Snowfall:||450 inches|
|Longest Run:||2 miles|
Kirkwood Resort’s location at the top of Sierra Crest provides over 500 inches of snow annually for the resort, making it the snowiest Lake Tahoe ski resort. Kirkwood is 35 miles southwest of South Lake Tahoe and is a local favorite for it’s bowl skiing, four terrain parks and X race course. Skiable terrain of 2,300 acres features trails for all levels, with 50% of the runs dedicated to intermediate.
Click here for the interactive Kirkwood trail map.
Kirkwood Resort Stats
|Season||Mid-Nov to mid-April|
|Base Elevation||7800 ft|
|Summit Elevation||9800 ft|
|Vertical Drop||2000 ft|
|Annual Snowfall||500 inches|
Sierra-at-Tahoe is a gem of the Tahoe area. Approximately 30 minutes from South Lake Tahoe, Sierra-at-Tahoe features wind-sheltered runs through some of Tahoe’s last old growth forests, five award winning terrain parks, access to some of the best backcountry in Tahoe, and a popular Adventure Zone for family and kid-friendly features.
Click here for the interactive Sierra at Tahoe trail map.
|Base Elevation:||6,640 ft|
|Summit Elevation:||8,852 ft|
|Total Acres of Skiable Terrain:||2,000|
|Vertical Rise:||2,212 ft|
|Number of Trails:||46|
|Annual Snowfall:||400 inches|
|Longest Run:||2.5 miles|
Getting to South Lake Tahoe
The nearest international airport is Reno-Tahoe, 58 miles northeast of South Lake Tahoe. Rent a car or take a convenient express shuttle from the airport for the approximately one-hour drive to South Lake Tahoe. Sacramento airport is approximately a two hour drive. It is also an easy and scenic 3.5 hour drive from the San Francisco Bay area.
South Lake Tahoe Skiing & Snowboarding FAQs
Which South Lake Tahoe resort is best for beginners?
There are many great beginner trails at the ski resorts in Lake Tahoe. These resorts have great amenities and a large amount of terrain for those new to skiing. Some of the top ski resorts in the South Lake Tahoe area for beginners include:
|Resort||Beginner Acres||Beginner %|
How many ski resorts are there in Lake Tahoe?
Tucked in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range overlooking California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe is home to 15 world-class ski resorts, with terrain for beginners through expert skiers and snowboarders. The highest summit at Lake Tahoe ski resorts is over 10,000 feet at Heavenly, with a 3500 foot vertical. The Tahoe ski resorts get up to 500 inches of snowfall annually. The biggest ski resort is Squaw Valley, with 6,000 acres of terrain and 245 runs.
The most popular ski resorts in the area are Heavenly (South Lake Tahoe), Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows (West Tahoe – Olympic Valley), Northstar (Truckee), Mt. Rose (Reno, NV), Sugar Bowl (Truckee CA), and Kirkwood (South Tahoe – Kirkwood).
Is Lake Tahoe good for skiing?
The 15 world-class ski resorts in Lake Tahoe are world renowned for skiing. Heavenly is one of the most popular resorts for skiing due to its long, epic runs, incredible views and huge terrain.
HOW MUCH DOES SKI RENTAL COST AT HEAVENLY SKI RESORT?
On average, the cost for a Performance Ski Package in South Lake Tahoe is $54 per day from off-mountain resorts. Renting only the skis or a snowboard is less. Rates may vary for holiday weekends such as Presidents Day. Ski rentals from on-mountain Heavenly Ski Resort shops on average cost around $60/day.
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WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE TYPES OF SKI RENTAL PACKAGES?
Demo (or premium) packages are for the advanced skier that wants a specific ski or snowboard rental to match their specific riding style or matching the skis to the terrain. These are high-end, high-performance skis and snowboards.
Performance packages are intended for intermediate to beginner levels, typically for groomed terrain and generally have a stiffer, more specialized flex pattern, and may be wider in the waist.
Sport packages are primarily for groomed runs and intended for more beginner level skiers or snowboarders.
**All packages include downhill skis or snowboard, bindings, boots and poles (ski).