Lake Tahoe Resorts

When we speak of Lake Tahoe Resorts, what we’re meaning are the ski resorts — this is so it’s easy for you to distinguish them from Lake Tahoe Places to Stay. Sure, some of these Lake Tahoe hotels are not what you'd apply the nomenclature of true resort to since what you get is simply (everything is relative) amazing slopes, and of course some places to stay are on the true resort status with shops, restaurants and other activities in addition to their housing options. But, for simple clarity, our Lake Tahoe Resorts are ski resorts only. There’s such a focus on winter sports in this area, and because of that, you’ll find ski resorts in every area around the lake and in any configuration you can imagine.

Let’s start with the Lake Tahoe resorts that provide the basics, such as Homewood Mountain Resort, Soda Springs Mountain Resort, Kirkwood Mountain Resort or Donner Ski Ranch. These Lake Tahoe hotels are all about skiing, tubing, cross-country and snowshoeing. They cater to families, often, because they have slopes for beginners right on up to the challenging slopes. Because they don’t have all the extras such as restaurants, shopping and hotels, they often are less expensive that other ski resorts. And their purist nature make them favorites with many locals.

Skiing at Lake Tahoe Resorts

Then, if we jump to the other end of Lake Tahoe resorts, you’ll find the Northstar California Resort with its upscale Ritz Carlton, high-end shopping and restaurants and the red carpet services you’d expect from a Ritz. To complete the resort feel, you have 100 trails of all levels serviced by 20 lifts. There are seven snowboarding terrain parks, an ice rink and even a movie theater and golf course on site. These larger Lake Tahoe resorts mostly have snow and become summer places, with plenty of warm-weather activities such as hiking and lift-assisted mountain biking, swimming and disc golf. The Village at Squaw Valley belongs to this group as does Heavenly Mountain Resort in South Lake Tahoe. And, if you’re more of a Not Too Big and Not Too Small type of person, there are even more ski resorts in between. Whatever you're looking for, read through. You'll find it!

Diamond Peak Ski Resort

1210 Ski Way, Incline Village, NV
(775) 832-1177

Diamond Peak opened in November of 1966 at the forefront of snow technology, being the first resort in the West to have a snow-making system. It is known for being affordable, family-friendly, uncrowded and – most of all – for its breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe. With 655 acres of useable terrain, including open glade, bowl and tree runs, it’s got a good mix of... read more

Heavenly Mountain Resort

Heavenly Mountain Resort
4080 Lake Tahoe Boulevard, South Lake Tahoe, CA
(775) 586-7000

Heavenly Resort is omnipresent at South Tahoe. Along with the casinos on the Nevada side of South Shore, the ski resort drives the economy of this small Sierra community. Heavenly’s California Lodge was the resort’s original mountain base area, located nearly a straight shot up the hill from the lakeside Ski Run Marina. Appropriate for skiers of all skill levels, just about all ski services... read more

Kirkwood Mountain Resort

1501 Kirkwood Meadows Drive, Kirkwood, CA
(209) 258-6000

Kirkwood Mountain is a South Lake Tahoe ski area tucked a little out of the way of the hustle and bustle that is seen in town. Kirkwood is about a 45-minute drive from the center of South Lake. This small distance creates positives: crowds are smaller and attention to personal service is higher. The ski area itself is great for all levels of skiers with... read more

Northstar California Resort

Northstar California Resort
5001 Northstar Drive, Truckee, CA
(530) 562-1010

Since 1972, the Northstar California Resort has drawn winter sports enthusiasts to the area. Twenty different lifts provide access to some 100 trails on more than 3,000 acres of skiable terrain. The majority of the trails are designed for intermediate level skiers, while about a quarter of them are for advanced skiers and the remainder are just right for beginners. Speaking of beginners, Northstar offers... read more

Tahoe Donner

11509 Northwoods Boulevard, Truckee, CA
(530) 587-9400

The sprawling Tahoe Donner subdivision and its 6,000-plus homes above Truckee is many things to lots of people. For some it is their home neighborhood; for others it’s where they rent a house for a few days in winter or summer. Locals and visitors all take advantage of the Tahoe Donner Association’s 7,000 acres and equally vast amenities available to homeowners as well as to... read more

Village at Northstar

Northstar California Resort
5001 Northstar Drive, Truckee, CA
(530) 562-1010

The Village at Northstar is an example of the coming of age of the Sierra ski resorts. Gone are the days when the Tahoe area hillsides were bustling with snow-sports enthusiasts in the winter but then empty during the other seasons. The activity these days takes place all year long, and even if you never set foot on the slopes, you'll find more than enough... read more