Winters in the South Lake Tahoe Area
Winters in the South Lake Tahoe area offer some of the best sports and activities in the country.
There are places to go just minutes from the cabin to enjoy skiing, snowboarding, sledding, cross country skiing, snow shoeing or just snow play. Several popular ski and snowboard resorts are nearby. There are ample natural areas to just take off on your cross country skis or snowshoes.
Heavenly Valley is a ski resort on the California-Nevada border in South Lake Tahoe. Opening on Dec. 15, 1955, it has 97 runs and 30 lifts spread between California and Nevada. The resort has 4,800 acres within its permit area. About 33% of that area is currently available for skiing. Heavenly boasts the highest elevation of the Lake Tahoe area resorts. The peak elevation is 10,067 ft, and the peak lift-service elevation reaches 10,040 ft .
Heavenly is owned by Vail Resorts. Vail also operates Northstar, and Kirkwood Mountain Resorts at Lake Tahoe. They also own seven other ski resorts in Colorado, Utah, Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin. These include Vail, Breckenridge, Keystone, Beaver Creek, Park City Resort (Canyons), Afton Alps, Mt. Brighton, and Wilmot Mountain.
Heavenly Ski Resort receives about 360 inches of snow per year. The resort has one of America’s largest snowmaking systems. Their ski season usually runs from mid November to mid April.
Sierra at Tahoe is a ski and snowboard resort in Twin Bridges California. It is about 12 miles south of South Lake Tahoe. People often shorten the name to “Sierra”. This resort is contained within the Eldorado National Forest. It is a medium sized ski area, and is well known for being a family oriented resort. The park receives a high annual snowfall due its location. Sierra-at-Tahoe’s terrain park contains 25 percent beginner, 50 percent intermediate, and 25 percent advanced runs.
Hope Valley sits at about 7,000 feet elevation. It offers miles of open meadows surrounded by mountainous hillsides. The valley is perfect for people who enjoy cross country ski or snowshoeing at any level. Just park along highway 88 and take off into fresh powder. We love to take our dogs skiing with us. They love bounding alongside, then drifting behind us to take advantage of the freshly packed snow. Don’t forget to pack a picnic lunch and make a day out of it.
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