Just a short drive from San Francisco, mystical Lake Tahoe feels like a whole world away. Located deep in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, whose jagged, snow-capped peaks ring the lake, Tahoe is the embodiment of the American wilderness.
With no fewer than 14 ski areas, which together total over 17,000 acres of skiable terrain spread over 535 runs, Lake Tahoe Ski Holidays deliver on the vastness many expect from an American ski holiday. With fantastic nightlife and a thriving 24-hour casino scene, there’s also plenty to do off the slopes too. Here’s a quick guide to three of Tahoe’s best resorts: Squaw Valley, Heavenly, and Northstar.
Host of the 1960 Winter Olympics and popular with West Coast celebrities, Squaw Valley has earned itself the nickname of ‘Squallywood’ amongst residents. Conveniently located at the base of the main ski area, the resort is close to the Funitel lift and cable car, which take you right to just below Squaw Peak.
As one of the busier resorts, Squaw offers a range of accommodation, from the luxurious Resort at Squaw Creek, with its unbeatable ski in/out location in the heart of the village, to the Squaw Valley Lodge, which can accommodate parties of all sizes – ideal for families.
Hugging the picturesque southern shores of majestic Lake Tahoe, Heavenly more than lives up to its name. The largest of the resorts at Tahoe, Heavenly has an impressive 94 runs. Although they tend to be mainly intermediate, there are some serious off-piste and expert runs too, including the epic Skyline Trail, which skirts the immense Milky Way Bowl on the upper reaches of the mountain.
Situated in 19 acres of pristine woodland, Hotel Lakeland Village, a condo property, is an ideal spot for a romantic ski getaway. Alternatively, Hotel Montbleu, located just a short distance from the lake offers fully appointed luxury rooms and an on-site casino – as if the incredible skiing and unforgettable setting didn’t provide enough entertainment.
Like Squaw Valley, Northstar is a newer resort. On the more low-key north side of Lake Tahoe, Northstar is the ideal resort for skiers looking for the Tahoe experience without the crowds. The resort is well provided for in terms of accommodation with the Hotel Hyatt Regency and the Hotel Iron Horse Lodge, both slope side. Northstar’s compact size means that each hotel provides easy access to the slopes.