Lake Tahoe. Just the name screams skiing for me. Voted as one of the best places to ski in, Lake Tahoe is known for its dry snowfall that drops by the feet in the winter. The ski season here typically runs from November to April, and it’s packed with skiers and snowboarders pretty much the whole time.
Surrounded by stunning mountain vistas and one of the most picturesque lakes in the country, the world-class ski resorts here offer trails for all levels, from beginner to expert. Whether you’re seeking a day filled with thrilling turns or just want to enjoy scenic views while skiing at a leisurely pace, Lake Tahoe is the ultimate destination for winter sports enthusiasts.
There are fifteen ski resorts in and around Lake Tahoe, and they range from the unknown to some of the most popular in the country.
Lake Tahoe Ski Resorts Map
While most ski resorts in Lake Tahoe reside on the California side, there are a small handful in Nevada as well. Heavenly famously sits right in the “town” of State Line, so it straddles both states. Here is the interactive map, with the graphical version right below it.
The Most Popular Ski Resort in Lake Tahoe
This is probably up for discussion, but for my money, the most popular ski resort in Lake Tahoe is Heavenly. It is the largest ski resort around Lake Tahoe, and also one of the most visited.
The Most Difficult Ski Resort in Lake Tahoe
Based on our data that includes vertical drop, elevations and trail difficulties, Heavenly comes out on top as the overall most difficult ski resort in Lake Tahoe. Kirkwood and Palisades Tahoe come in a close second and third.
While Heavenly is the most difficult resort generally speaking, Kirkwood has inarguably the most difficult runs in the area. The worst (or best if you’re crazy) is the double-black diamond “The Wall” trail, which drops 20 feet off a cliff. This trail is easily rated as the most difficult trail in Lake Tahoe.
All Lake Tahoe Ski Resorts
As illustrated by the table below, Epic Pass Holders enjoy the most ski resorts in Lake Tahoe. If you aren’t familiar with Epic, or similar passes like INDY or IKON, they are a season or limited day lift tickets that will work at all associated ski resorts of that pass. For example, if you have an Epic pass, you can ski at their Colorado, Pennsylvania, Utah, or Lake Tahoe ski resorts with the same pass.