South Lake Tahoe Journals

Skiing at South Lake Tahoe

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A December 2002 trip to South Lake Tahoe by cporter0

Quote: Winter ski trip to Heavenly Valley at Lake Tahoe.

Skiing at South Lake Tahoe

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Overview

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There are so many top-quality things to do at South Lake Tahoe in the winter that it is hard to know where to start. The skiing at Heavenly Valley is some of the best in the west, and the views are breathtaking. The gambling, shows, dining, and shopping in the city of South Lake Tahoe are as good as in Las Vegas, just not quite as many to choose from. The dinner cruise on the lake (weather permitting) is a must for the romantically inclined. Horse-drawn hayride is a fun way to spend a wintry evening, but dress warmly. For the adventurous, there are escorted snow mobile tours of the surrounding mountains.Quick Tips: If you are coming from Calif...Read More

Ridge Tahoe

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Hotel | "The Ridge Tahoe"

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Best Things Nearby:Skiing: Heavenly Valley, Kirkwood, Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, Northstar Touristing: Horsedrawn Sleigh ride, Riverboat cruise on the lake, Virginia City, Carson city and mint, snowmobile tours Casinos and live shows: Bill’s, Caesar’s, Harrah’s, Harvey’s, Horizon Shopping of all kinds Dining of all levels, from McDonalds to gourmetBest Things About the Resort:The Ridge Tahoe is perched atop a ridge overlooking the Stagecoach Lodge Nevada entry to Heavenly Valley. They have their own private gondola that takes you to and from the clubhouse right down to the Stagecoach Lodge for ticketing and access to the Nevad...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 25, 2003

Ridge Tahoe
400 Ridge Club Drive
South Lake Tahoe, California 89448
(775) 588-3553

Tahoe Seasons Resort

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Hotel | "Tahoe Seasons"

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Best Things Nearby:Heavenly Valley Ski Resort The city of South Lake Tahoe and the lake itself The casinos and live shows: Bill’s, Caesar’s, Harrah’s, Harvey’s, Horizon Shopping of all kinds in South Lake Tahoe and Stateline Dining of all levels, from McDonalds to gourmet in South Lake TahoeBest Things About the Resort:This was the first timeshare experience I had, and I was amazed to find it right across the street from the parking lot at the California entrance to Heavenly Valley. A five minute walk in ski boots to the ticket window. What a treat! It is only about three miles to the casinos of Stateline on city streets, which me...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 9, 2003

Tahoe Seasons Resort
3901 Saddle Rd
South Lake Tahoe, California 96157
530-541-6700

Heavenly Ski Resort

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Attraction | "Heavenly Valley Ski Resort"

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We are a mixed skiing and non-skiing family, and this is my resort of choice for a winter ski vacation, because of the mix of excellent skiing and many other non-skiing activities readily available. We started coming here many years ago, and just keep coming back each year. The resort has it all, from the most gentle and wide beginners slopes, tons of intermediate terrain of all levels of challenge, to the steep, narrow chutes Motts Canyon, where even the super experts hesitate to tread plus a huge half-pipe for snowboarders. There is an excellent ski school for all levels of skiers, I usually take a lesson to brush up and try to improve a little. They have separate classes for the kiddies, t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 25, 2003

Heavenly Ski Resort
988 Stateline Avenue
South Lake Tahoe, California
(775) 586-7000

Kirkwood Mountain Resort

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Attraction | "Kirkwood Ski Resort"

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This is a true skier’s mountain, with 85% intermediate and above runs. There are plenty of marked double black diamond (experts only) runs, and they mean it. They are steep, narrow, and full of bumps you can’t see over! The intermediate stuff is also well marked appropriate for any intermediate parallel skier. The beginners’ area is far off to the right of the main mountain, which is good for both beginner and advanced skiers alike, keeping them away from each other. They have what many claim to be the deepest snow cover in the area, and I have seen no reason to doubt this claim, the snow has been excellent any time I have gone. I am an upper-level intermediate sk...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 2, 2003

Kirkwood Mountain Resort
1501 Kirkwood Meadows Drive
Kirkwood, California 95646
(970) 496-4475

Alpine Meadows Ski Resort

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Attraction | "Alpine Meadows"

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Alpine is a mid-sized ski area that service 3 peaks and offers quite varied terrain, six bowls, steep chutes, gentle glades, and endless cruisers and is frequented by many of the locals. Alpine would attract more people and attention if it weren't in the shadow of Squaw Valley. It is a smaller, friendlier area, without Squaw Valley's big corporate feel. It is far smaller than it’s more famous neighbor, but at 2,000 acres is still a very respectable ski hill. A has a good selection of steep chutes for the black diamond aficionados, like "Our Father." For beginners and intermediates, a wide variety of nice cruiser blues, with views of Lake Tahoe. For the adventurous, take th...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 3, 2003

Alpine Meadows Ski Resort
2600 Alpine Meadows Road
South Lake Tahoe, California 96146
(530) 538-4232

Squaw Valley

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Attraction

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A friend gave me some very sage advice before I went to Squaw that I will pass along out of common courtesy--take plenty of money. Everything there is expensive, even by ski resort standards. I don’t regret one single dollar I spent though, as Squaw is truly an experience of a lifetime. No first time trip to Lake Tahoe is complete without visiting this site of the 1960 Winter Olympic Games. It is truly a world class destination resort. There is only one word to describe Squaw -- immense. They have one of the most extensive lift networks in the world with an uphill capacity of 50,000 skiers per hour, so the lift lines are rarely very long. Plenty of terrain for skiers of a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 4, 2003

Squaw Valley
P.O. Box 2007
North Lake Tahoe, California 96146
(530) 583-6985

Northstar-at-Tahoe

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The only thing that keeps Northstar from being just a ski area, not a resort, are the rental condos at the base. Northstar is a small (by Lake Tahoe standards) area that is known for being very family-friendly and has a good ski lessons for the kids. A nice feature is the Parents Predicament lift ticket, which lets mom and dad trade off using the lift ticket while the other watches the kids. There is also a very nice snowboard park. The mountain itself is not very challenging for upper level skiers, and I would rate most of their black diamond runs as only upper level intermediate. There is food available at the base and at the quite nice mid-mountain lodge. All-i...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 8, 2003

Northstar-at-Tahoe
50 Trimont Lane / HWY 267 & Northstar
South Lake Tahoe, California 96161
(530) 562-1330

Sugar Bowl Ski Resort

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Attraction | "Sugar Bowl"

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Like Alpine and Northstar, this is mostly just a ski area, with a few important differences. Sitting on the western slope of Donner Pass, it gets the most snow of any of the Tahoe area resorts, usually gets it earlier, and it is quite often very fine and light, like sugar, and services four peaks. It is also, unfortunately, the closest ski resort to San Francisco and gets very crowded on the week ends. For these reasons, Sugarbowl was the first resort in Tahoe, has the first chairlift in California, and the first gondola in the country. The terrain is well-varied, including steep chutes, true double-diamond terrors, nice intermediate cruisers on all of the four mountains, and a nice variety ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 8, 2003

Sugar Bowl Ski Resort
629 Sugar Bowl Rd.
Norden, California 95724
(530) 426-9000