The Best Lake Tahoe Ski Resorts 2020
Know Before You Go
North and South Lake Tahoe are excited to welcome back all winter sports adventure seekers for the 2020-2021 ski season! Before you head our way for your North and South Lake Tahoe winter getaway, familiarize yourself with all local safety procedures. And remember, “Don’t be the reason to lose the season.”
For the most up to date COVID-19 restrictions and upcoming news for the 2020-2021 season, please check directly with the mountain resort you plan to visit.
- Advance reservations will be required for single ticket sales at almost all resorts. At some resorts, food and parking will also be arranged by advanced reservations only.
- California has a 25% capacity on all in-person dining, which includes ski resort lodges. Limited food service will be available at most California and Nevada resorts; congregating in and around the lodges will be restricted for the 2020-2021 season.
- Most resorts will not offer group lessons for the 2020-2021 season
Lake Tahoe Ski Resorts
Lake Tahoe, one of the largest alpine lake in the world, is home to a variety of ski resorts in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Lake Tahoe ski resorts can be found in both Nevada and California and delivers some of the freshest powder for skiing, snowboarding, and other snow sports. Annual snowfall in the area averages over 400 inches offering the best winter playground for visitors and locals alike.
While many people vacation in Lake Tahoe during the summer, the winter months afford some of the best skiing in the world. Tahoe ski resorts offer everything from small local mountains to some of the best in world—they’ve even hosted the Winter Olympics at resorts in the area!
Lake Tahoe is famous for breathtaking views, deep blue water, and bustling nightlife, with top-notch dining and year-round recreation the whole family will enjoy. After a day on the slopes, be sure to check out some of the best restaurants in the area or stay an extra day and find a place to stay in Lake Tahoe. With so many world class ski resorts at in the area, Lake Tahoe should definitely fit somewhere in your vacation plans this winter. Here are a few of the best ski resorts to shred while visiting Nevada.
Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe
Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe is a local favorite for skiers and snowboarders in Nevada. This mountain offers over 1,200 acres of some of the best powder in Tahoe with over 1,800 vertical feet. Mt. Rose boasts Lake Tahoe’s highest base elevation at 8,260 feet and the summit is at 9,700 feet, averaging over 30 feet of snow per year. The terrain includes 20% beginner runs, 30% intermediate runs, 40% advanced runs and 10% expert runs with double black diamonds in the Chutes. If you are looking for a family friendly resort, you’ve found the right place. Mt. Rose supplies a ski school for children as well as Rosebuds lessons for children ages 4-9. They also have a nearby sledding area the entire family can enjoy. With the slopes only a 30-minute drive away from Reno, there’s plenty of nearby places to stay and play.
Diamond Peak Ski Resort
Diamond Peak Ski Resort is located in Incline Village, Nevada—offering nearby places to stay with plenty of accommodations. Diamond Peak provides skiers and snowboarders stunning views of Lake Tahoe and a dedicated Child Ski Center for children new to the sport. Diamond Peak offers beginner slopes that are perfect if you are just getting into the sport as well as more advanced terrain including challenging trails, tree skiing, open bowls, and glades for the more advanced skier or snowboarder. Tubing and sledding are not available at Diamond Peak so for additional snow sports, check out the other Tahoe ski resorts in this list. Transportation to Incline Village from the Reno Tahoe Airport is available through the North Lake Tahoe Express. Check out the latest Lake Tahoe ski conditions here.
Heavenly Ski Resort
Heavenly Ski Resort is located on the Nevada-California border and is a great mountain close to South Lake Tahoe and Carson City—both delivering quick access to the slopes. Heavenly Ski Resort offers 97 trails for skiers and snowboarders with 1,600-foot chutes for the truly daring. There are 28 chairlifts around the mountain and two terrain parks for those looking for an extreme experience. Heavenly has more than just skiing and snowboarding with entertainment options year-round. Discover Heavenly Holidays, the Gondola, fine dining and shopping and more while you visit Heavenly this season.
Although this ski resort may not be in Lake Tahoe, this is a great option for winter sports in Las Vegas. Lee Canyon offers 445 acres of served and hiking terrain and 860 vertical feet of lifts served terrain. There are 24 snow trails and three lifts plus a tubing area for the whole family. The base elevation for Lee Canyon is 8,510 feet, and the average annual snowfall is 161 inches. Just a short drive from Las Vegas makes this a perfect adventure during your visit to southern Nevada. Don’t have a car? Get on and off the mountain without worrying. Arrange door-to-door round-trip transportation from anywhere in Clark County, including the McCarran International Airport.
Ruby Mountain Heli Ski
If it isn’t already alluring enough to ski in what many refer to the ‘Alps of Nevada,’ the Ruby Mountains Heli-Ski, just outside Elko near the spectacular Lamoille Canyon, is one of the only heli-skiing operations in the lower 48. And it’s not just any heli-skiing trek, any time with this crew is undoubtedly first-class. Family owned and operated by the Royer family for nearly 40 years, will ensure that you not only have an unforgettable time, but will also work to make you feel as comfortable as possible with an all-in-the-family vibe.
Other Things To Do, When You Come To Ski Lake Tahoe
Reno & Lake Tahoe Nightlife
After a long day on the slopes, you and your friends have endless nightlife opportunities in Reno and Lake Tahoe. With many bars offering no closing time, find the perfect way to end your mountain day in a local bar or nightclub.
In Lake Tahoe, check out MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa, the Hyatt Regency, or the Ice Bar for cocktails or dancing. If you’ve made Reno your home base for your ski weekend, be sure to check out Brew Brothers for live music, or dance the night away at Lex Nightclub.
When your family visits Lake Tahoe, you want to make sure that everyone is going to have a good time. If skiing or snowboarding is not on the agenda for the day, there are a variety of other snow sports to be enjoyed by family members of any age. Discover sledding, snow tubing, snowshoeing, as well as tours offered throughout the area. Carson Pass Snow Play provides a Sno-Park for children as well as nearby dining and lodging.
Reno and Lake Tahoe Spas
Maybe you overdid it on the slopes and could really use some relaxing and rejuvenating. Lake Tahoe and Reno both deliver several world renown spa options. Some of the best day spas in Reno include Spa Atlantis, Spa Toscana and the Spa at Silver Legacy. If you’re looking for relaxation closer to the ski resorts, be sure to stop in The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Stillwater Spa and Salon, David Walley’s Hot Springs, or Elevation Spa at the Ridge Tahoe.
Looking for other extraordinary adventures while visiting Lake Tahoe ski resorts? Nevada provides some one-of-a-kind experiences like no other state. See more of the state by taking to the open road with a Nevada road trip or try something out of this world with adventures along the ET Highway. No matter how you break up your days up on the mountain, you’ll be sure to find the adventure you’re looking for.
Hotels To Stay At, When You Come To Ski Lake Tahoe
When visiting ski resorts in Lake Tahoe, finding places to stay nearby makes it easier to be one of the first on the mountain to experience some of the freshest powder. Some areas to stay near Tahoe ski resorts are Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Hotel Casino or the Tahoe Biltmore Lodge & Casino.
Why Ski Nevada?
Most vacationers know Nevada for gambling, buffets, and quick marriages, but the Sierra Nevada mountains are here to show you there’s so much more here. With an abundance of snowfall, sunshine, and world-class resorts, be sure to add Lake Tahoe to your list of ski vacations.
As you can see, skiing in Nevada is like no other place in the world. With unparalleled ski resorts in Lake Tahoe, breathtaking views of the lake, shopping, dining, lodging, and nightlife just steps away from the mountain; there’s really no better place in the world to strap on skis or try your hand at snowboarding.