Tuesday, November 24, 2020 / by Sasha Spiegel
Boreal - The closest mountain to the Bay Area. Boreal is known for its terrain parks. So, if shredding the half pipe is your thing, Boreal is your mountain! Night skiing and boarding is included with the price of your ticket. Also check out Woodward Tahoe – a GREAT place to learn tricks before hitting the hill.
Sugar Bowl - Quick access from Hwy 80. Small mountain feel with awesome terrain. If you haven't been to Sugar Bowl, you NEED to go!
Donner Ski Ranch - Across the street from Sugar Bowl, this resort is great for families and beginner skiers. Short lift lines and a relaxing day on the mountain are their specialties. And don't forget to have a slice of homemade pie at their restaurant – it will not disappoint!
Squaw Valley - Located south on Hwy 89 between Lake Tahoe and Truckee. Squaw is renowned for its advanced terrain and molding Olympic skiers and riders. One of the best features of Squaw, though, is that its beginner area is at High Camp, offering stunning views of Lake Tahoe. The Village at Squaw and High Camp offer ample opportunity to relax on and off the mountain.
Alpine Meadows - Just a short drive from Squaw south on Hwy 89. Alpine Meadows has a strong and loyal local following with one of the best adaptive skiing programs in the country. If you're willing to do some hiking (or serious traversing!), you'll find some of the best terrain in the Sierras. The mountain also has incredible beginner and intermediate areas.
Northstar - Large mountain with tons of activities on and off the mountain. Use your EPIC pass and enjoy everything this mountain has to offer. Northstar is the go-to for intermediate skiers and riders. Don't forget to bring your ice skates for early evenings in the village!
Homewood - One of the few West Shore resorts, Homewood has some of the best Lake views of any skiable mountain. When the bigger mountains go on wind-hold, Homewood is where you'll want to be!
Diamond Peak - Along the north shore in Incline Village, Diamond Peak is a great family-friendly resort. Diamond Peak boasts short lift lines, epic lake views, and a laid-back atmosphere.
Other Mountains, outside of North Tahoe
Mt. Rose - Continue from Incline north on Hwy 431 to Mt. Rose. It is a bit of a drive but definitely worth it! Mt. Rose offers some of the best lift ticket deals of any Tahoe area resort including Two'fer Tuesdays, Ladies' Day Thursdays, Fridays = Ski G.I.F., and Locals Sundays.
Heavenly - Located in South Lake Tahoe, Heavenly has stunning views of Lake Tahoe from multiple runs. Included with the EPIC pass, Heavenly is known for its tree skiing. Feeling supercharged at the end of the day? Try Gunbarrel on the Face below the tram!
Kirkwood - Located about an hour and half from North Lake, Kirkwood offers some of the best skiing in California (and much of the US). Included in the EPIC pass. For bonus points ski Kirkwood, Heavenly, and Northstar on the same pass in the same day. Not many places offer this kind of opportunity!
Other important links
Sierra Avalanche Center - "Know Before You Go." The backcountry is becoming more and more popular. There's nothing like skiing off-piste with your dog running behind you! Be sure to check the avalanche conditions before you go AND get the proper training. Sierra Avalanche Center is your resource for all things backcountry.
Tahoe Road Conditions - Before heading up to Tahoe or around the lake, check out the latest webcams and conditions in and around Lake Tahoe.