South Lake Tahoe Ski resorts

July 18, 2015
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Getting some air at a California ski resort.Benefiting from air in a California ski resort. (Photo: saut en snowboard image by Christophe Baudot from )

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North America's biggest all downhill lake is encircled by greater than a dozen major ski and snowboard areas. These vary from Squaw Valley, host from the 1960 Winter Olympic games, situated around the north side, to Heavenly Mountain Resort, the biggest ski area in California, around the south side. From the top of the many Lake Lake tahoe ski runs are breathtaking sights from the deep-blue lake. The snow is epic.

Allow It To Snow

For the way Nature feels that ski season, the snow generally begins falling early on that Lake Lake tahoe resorts can open on Thanksgiving Day. Natural snow generally dumps through April, giving resorts bases more than 100 inches, and often greater than 200 inches. Extensive snow-making procedures complete any bare patches throughout the growing season. Groomed powder, coupled with apparently eternal sunshine, makes Lake tahoe one of the world's most widely used all downhill ski and snowboard locations.

The Truly Amazing Divide

For Highway 393 south from Reno, Nevada, and continue past Carson City, you'll eventually arrived at Highway 50 heading west. Right before Lake Lake tahoe, the highway splits into Highway 28, which snakes round the lake going north, and also the continuation of Highway 50 which heads south near the lake.

North by Northwest

Most all downhill resorts take presctiption Tahoe's northwest side. Squaw Valley, an expensive resort near Lake tahoe City, may be the second biggest ski area in the area. All downhill Meadows, a medium-sized area near Squaw has trails for those amounts of snow riders. Sugar Bowl, the grand dame of Lake tahoe resorts, is the house of the region's first chairlift, and also the country's first gondola. Finally, there's Homewood Mountain Ski Resort, which boasts unequalled lake sights and hidden powder stashes.

Near Truckee

And to the northwest, outdoors the city of Truckee, are ski areas that fit different ski and board capabilities. Probably the most challenging is Northstar-at-Lake tahoe, a haven for advanced snowboarders and evening tubers. Boreal Mountain Resort grew to become Tahoe's first all-mountain terrain park with rails, jumps and funboxes for those capabilities. Around the mellow side is Lake tahoe Donner, a little family-friendly park.

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