Heavenly Lake Tahoe

Nevada Ski Resorts Ranked & Mapped

Nevada surprisingly only has 4 ski resorts located within the date. All but one is located in the Lake Tahoe region. If you include the full Lake Tahoe region, then 11 more resorts can be added to this list.

However, if we stay strictly within Nevada’s borders, only Heavenly is South Lake Tahoe is a part of any national pass system. They are associated with Vail’s EPIC pass that allows you to ski at any of their slopes. They also have a Tahoe Local Pass that gives you access to not only Heavenly, but also Northstar and Kirkwood (both located right across the border in California) as well as six other resorts in Colorado and Utah.

ResortPassLocation
Diamond PeakEureka, NV, 89316
HeavenlyEPICSouth Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150
Lee CanyonLas Vegas, NV, 89109
Mount RoseReno, NV, 89511

Explaining Our ‘Difficulty Score’

Parks & Trips created a proprietary Difficulty Score that is generated by looking at the number of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort.

Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then gives each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.

The Most Difficult Nevada Ski Resorts

Heavenly in South Lake Tahoe straddles the Nevada-California border, and is a very accessible ski resort. It landed in first place as the most difficult Nevada ski resort due to it having less than 10% of its trails for beginners, as well as the largest vertical drop of any resort in the state.

Rank ResortGreen TrailsBlue TrailsBlack TrailsDifficulty ScoreTM
#1Heavenly8%62%30%71.1%
#2Lee Canyon10%45%45%68.9%
#3Mount Rose20%30%50%58.3%
#4Diamond Peak18%46%36%53.7%

The Largest Ski Resorts in Nevada

Choosing the largest ski resorts is a bit of a tricky proposition. Do you look at just the summit elevation? How about the total acreage, most trails, or steepest vertical drop?

Well, we decided to combine all four of those metrics into one ranking to get the best idea, although we fully admit this is completely subjective. We’ve given you all the data in the following table to make your own decision.

Heavenly comes out on top as Nevada’s biggest ski resort as well. It has the steepest vertical drop, most trails and most skiable acres of all Nevada ski resorts. Lee Canyon near Las Vegas has a higher summit than Heavenly, but much fewer acres and trails.

Rank ResortSummit ElevationBase ElevationVertical DropAcresTrails
#1Heavenly10,067 ft6,540 ft3,527 ft4,80097
#2Lee Canyon11,289 ft8,510 ft2,779 ft44524
#3Mount Rose9,700 ft7,900 ft1,800 ft1,20065
#4Diamond Peak8,540 ft6,700 ft1,840 ft65531