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Tahoe Area Ski
Jump to these ski trail maps
with comments and recommendations on each resort:
Northstar trail map
Alpine Meadows trail map
& Incline trail map
Heavenly Valley trail map (largest
US ski resort)
Sierra Tahoe trail map
NORTHSTAR, located north of Lake Tahoe and west of Reno, is
a well-planned, aesthetic recreational complex.
Additionally, there are two golf courses and other
recreational facilities as well. The area is noted for
sunshine, excellent grooming, terrific novice/children's
runs, and some of the best bump runs at Lake Tahoe. From the
top of Mt. Pluto you can see Squaw Valley Ski Resort to the
west. We have always appreciated parking lot shuttles and
short/non-existent lift lines at Northstar. There is a solid
emphasis on aesthetics at this Tahoe ski resort!
The mountain is forested from top to bottom. The front side,
stretching from the Northstar Village base to the top of Mt.
Pluto, is mostly beginner and intermediate territory giving
the resort the nickname "Flatstar". There is limited
front-side expert terrain at the very top and along the
ridge - note the black diamonds in the image below. However,
the back side (to the right of Mt. Pluto in the image below)
has a series of parallel runs with great moguls and 2000
vertical feet of fall-line skiing. While the front is
groomed regularly, the groomers roll the backside runs in
rotation so you can pick the size and type of bumps you
like! Its our favorite place to work bumps! As a bonus, the
back side's high-volume lift never gets crowded! Northstar's
typical season is late November to early May. Its a great
family ski resort with a large comfortable lodge at the top
of the first lift and lots of facilities in the village
VALLEY, site of the 1960 Winter Olympics, is one of the
best-known ski resorts in the world. It is located a few
miles north-west of Lake Tahoe and west of Reno, Nevada.
Refer to the ski map for its
Meadows Ski Resort is just to the south-east (left side
in the image below). The mountain is highly varied with open
bowls, steep pitches, and some glade skiing. Squaw is
well-serviced with 34 lifts (including the cable-car tram, a
gondola, and detachable quads), an army of grooming
equipment, and night lights over selected runs. Half of the
lifts, including the gondola and the tram, start at the
Olympic Village base (6200' elevation) while the others fan
out from the upper village. Gold Coast is at the top of the
gondola and High Camp is at the top of the tram. Together,
these form the upper village located just west of the Broken
Arrow peak at 8200'. Gold Coast is a giant lodge and
sun-tanning mecca. High Camp has restaurants, a pool, a
skating rink, and a Bungee Jump!
All level of skiers enjoy the breath-taking views of Lake
Tahoe to the south-east and of Desolation Wilderness to the
south and west. Expert skiers delight in some of the
continent's toughest runs. Small wonder that Squaw is a
frequent Warren Miller film location. Beginners enjoy miles
of wide, groomed trails and bowls and usually spent most of
their ski day in the manicured alpine bowl around Gold
Coast. Except on busy Saturdays, typical lift lines are less
than one minute long!
The ski season usually runs from late November to early May.
The tram and High Camp, including the big elastic, are open
all year. The nightlife is also superb with Tahoe's famous
casinos nearby on the south shore.
ALPINE MEADOWS, located north-west of Lake Tahoe, is the
long-season champion. If there is snow, Alpine is open! Some
years, the resort has a ski party on Independence Day - July
4. The area is also noted for short lift line-ups, good
snow, sunshine, a huge back bowl, and tremendous run
Much of the mountain is forested. The exceptions are the
open bowls off Ward Peak and at the back of the mountain
behind the top of the Sherwood chair (backside not shown).
The image below faces to the south and shows, in the
background, some of the mountains that form the western rim
of the Tahoe basin. The lake is to the left of Scott Peak
and Mt. Tallac. Squaw Valley Ski
Resort is in the next valley to the right.
At Alpine, intermediates enjoy the twisting, smooth, gladded
runs shown in blue. Experts delight in the steep chutes and
quality bump runs shown with single and double black
diamonds. There are good runs for beginners too (shown in
green to the left of the base area). Facilities are terrific
with a massive base lodge, parking lot pick-up vehicles, and
some new high-speed lifts.
Alpine's typical season is early November to early June. It
describes itself as a family resort and its a true quality
ski resort run by people that love to ski!
MT. ROSE is located between Reno and Lake Tahoe. It is
highly visible from anywhere in Reno but many of the obvious
"runs" that you see are avalanche chutes and not ski
Rose is the highest resort at Tahoe's north end. The area is
noted for excellent snow quality, great views, sunshine,
excellent lift rates, fun activities, and consistent runs.
From various locations at the top, you can see Reno, Washoe
Lake, and Lake Tahoe. Rose is also notable for numerous
discount offers. In fact, there is a serious discount lift
price for every weekday such as Two-for-Tuesdays,
Ladies'-Day-Thursdays, and so on. There is even a
Drag Queen Day in March - any guy dressed in drag gets
in for the Ladies' Day ticket price of $15! Naturally, there
are drag races that day!
Mt. Rose has two sides or faces. The "Rose" side faces north
and is to the right in the image below. The terrain is
predominantly strong intermediate with some excellent
beginner runs to the far right. The "Slide" side faces east
and is on the left side in this image. It has a larger
portion of expert terrain and some serious bump runs. In
between the two sides is "no-access" series of steep
avalanche chutes - see the Closed Area in the center of this
There is a road to each side. The Slide side is the first
one accessed if you drive up from Reno. If you are coming
from Incline Village and Tahoe, you will get to the Rose
side first. There are generous parking lots at both
Mt. Rose's typical season is early November to mid May
DIAMOND PEAK, located just northeast of Lake Tahoe above the
Incline Village community, is a hidden gem. The area is
noted for the best views in the region, sunshine, excellent
rates, good grooming, and consistent runs. From the upper
end of the Crystal Chair Quad going to the top of Diamond
Peak, you can see Reno and Washoe Lake in a panoramic
easterly view, as well as all of Tahoe to the south and
west. Bring your camera or some greenbacks for the
professional shutter-bug at the top! On a sunny day, the
photo is a guaranteed wall-hanger! We have always
appreciated the short/non-existent lift lines and the lower
ticket prices at Diamond Peak.
The mountain is forested from top to bottom. Intermediates
enjoy the challenges presented by undulating "let-em-drift"
runs. Ridge Run from the top is the most delightful,
cascading, cruising run at Tahoe. While there is little
super-steep, experts enjoy the consistent bump runs that
cascade north off the ridge. Of course, when powder falls,
there are hundreds of routes through the trees in the bowl
at the top.
Diamond Peak's typical season is early November to mid May.
It's a great family ski resort with excellent family rates,
a safe & comfortable mountain.
HEAVENLY VALLEY SKI RESORT
HEAVENLY is the largest ski resort in the
USA. It straddles the Nevada-California border at the
south-east shore of Lake Tahoe. The mountain is forested
with conifers all the way to the peak. Skiers can cross the
state border in either direction at the top. There are three
base entrances with separate lodges and parking lots:
"Boulder" and "Stagecoach" in Nevada and the "California
Base Lodge" six miles to the west in California. Heavenly is
well-serviced with 27 lifts (including the tram, new gondola
and numerous detachable quads), an army of grooming
equipment, night lights over selected runs, and continuous
shuttle service from the lodging areas at lake level
New for 2000/2001 is the gondola from lake level high up on
the mountain. It has 138 cars carrying 8 passengers each.
The view is spectacular!
All level of
skiers enjoy the breath-taking panoramic views of Lake Tahoe
and Carson Valley. Expert skiers delight in the steep
Gunbarrel and East Bowl runs under the tram as well as the
chutes and powder in Mott and Killebrew canyons on the
Nevada side. Intermediates and beginners enjoy miles of
wide, groomed trails and bowls in both states. And typical
lift lines are less than one minute long! The season usually
runs from late November to early May. The dining and
nightlife are also superb with Tahoe's famous south shore
casinos near the mountain base.
SIERRA TAHOE, located south-west of Lake Tahoe, is the
locals' favorite. The area is noted for lots of snow,
sunshine, fabulous grooming, and long, consistent runs. The
lift line to get to the top of Huckleberry sometimes gets
longer than 5 minutes on weekends, but we have never seen a
lineup on the pair of lifts on the west side (right side in
the image below).
The mountain is forested from top to bottom. Intermediates
enjoy cruising the wide, smooth, gladded runs. Experts
delight in the twisting narrow chutes and fabulous bump
runs. Sierra's groomers roll almost all of the slopes every
night (but they leave the serious bump runs alone!). They
also build an eclectic collection of jumps, chutes, pipes,
and ridges for boarders in a separate snowboard park.
Sierra's typical season is early November to mid May. We
appreciate significantly lower lift ticket prices compared
to other area ski resorts.
KIRKWOOD SKI RESORT, located in a high canyon west of Carson
Pass, is the experts' choice at Lake Tahoe. Much of the
canyon rim is black, up-thrust lava. The resort is noted for
lots of snow, short lift lines, sunshine, cornices, a great
collection of steep chutes and long, consistent runs. Due to
its higher altitude and lava ridges to the west, Kirkwood
typically gets more snow and deeper powder than other
regional ski resorts. Intermediates and beginners adore the
forested lower glades and the enormous back bowl! Experts
delight in the steep chutes, cornices and fabulous bump
runs. Kirkwood's groomers roll a portion of selected steep
trails to open them up for stronger intermediates. They also
build fabulous jumps for boarders. Skiers and boarders alike
enjoy long natural half-pipes that wind through the trees at
lower elevations. The area is run by dedicated skiers and it
Kirkwood's typical season is early November to mid May. The
base facilities are second-to-none and non-smokers will
appreciate the restrictions! Try the barbecue lunch outside
in the sunshine. Or inside at the Cornice Cafe.
Kirkwood is a very relaxed resort. Groups and families can
split up without the feeling that someone is lost or in
trouble. Which means that everyone has a good time on the
snow! Bring your camera for some fabulous shots from the top
of the rim.
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