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Sport's Basement's Guide to Lake Tahoe Lifts

Posted by Erendira Garcia on

  • Boreal

    Estimated travel time: 2.5-3.5 hours
    Best for: Beginners
    Stats: 33 runs, 6 lifts, 5 terrain parks
    Great for: Families & kids, Adult beginners, Night skiers, College kids
    Price: $

  • Soda Springs

    Estimated travel time: 2.5-3.5 hours
    Best for: Beginners
    Stats: 13 runs, 4 lifts, & tubing
    Great for: Families & kids, Adult beginners
    Price: $

  • Squaw Valley

    Estimated travel time: 3-3.5 hours
    Best For: Experienced skiers
    Stats:42 lifts, 270 trails
    Great for: Families & kids, Freestylers, Big groups
    Price: $$$

  • Alpine Meadows

    Estimated travel time: 4-4.5 hours
    Best for: Beginners
    Stats: 42 lifts, 270 trails
    Great for: Families & kids, Adult Beginners, Big groups
    Price: $$$

  • Homewood

    Estimated travel time: 4-4.5 hours
    Best for: Beginners
    Stats: 67 runs, 8 lifts
    Great for: Families & kids, Adult Beginners
    Price
    : $

  • Sierra at Tahoe

    Estimated travel time: 3-3.5 hours
    Best for: Beginners
    Stats: 46 runs, 14 lifts
    Great for: Families & kids, Adult Beginners, Big groups, Backcountry skiers, College kids
    Price: $$

  • Bear Valley

    Estimated travel time: 4-4.5 hours
    Best for: Experienced skiers
    Stats: 75 runs, 10 lifts, & 2 terrain parks
    Great for: Families & kids,
    Price: $$

  • Diamond Peak

    Estimated travel time: 4-4.5 hours
    Best for: Advanced Skiers
    Stats: 30 runs, 7 lifts
    Great for: Reno visitors
    Price
    : $$

  • Mt. Rose

    Estimated travel time: 4-4.5 hours
    Best for: Experienced Skiers
    Stats: 60+ Runs, 8 lifts
    Great for: Reno visitors
    Price: $$$

 

Bear Valley

If you're looking to get a "Tahoe-but-not" experience look no further than Bear Valley. It's just far enough away from Tahoe to give you a fun ski experience without the large, overcrowded resort part. From freestyle terrain parks to intense side country adventures, experienced skiers and boarders are going to love this park. Don’t worry, there’s plenty of trails for beginners to enjoy as well. Perfect for a family with older kids and those looking to advance their skill.
Trail runs:
Easy: 6 
Difficult: 23
Advanced: 26
Expert: 2

Boreal

With 33 ski runs, tubing play area, 5 terrain parks, and even night skiing, there’s truly something here for everyone in your family. Get the little ones started on their skis while the older kids practice new skills on tougher trails and terrain parks. It’s also one of the closest parks to the Bay Area (so hopefully the kids will sleep right through the drive).
Trail runs:
Easy: 6
Difficult: 11
Advanced: 15

Diamond Peak

A vertical drop of 1,840 feet means that you can (quite literally) take your ski runs to the next level. Take on trails as long as 2.5 miles or practice new tricks in their terrain parks.
Trail runs:
Easy: 2
Difficult: 12
Advanced: 15

Homewood

This resort really covers all your bases. With lessons for new skiers, trails for all levels and experiences, and 5 terrain parks, your whole family will find their place on the mountain. Bring your GoPro to shoot some of the most gorgeous views in West Tahoe.
Trail runs:
Easy: 10
Difficult: 27
Advanced: 20
Expert: 10

Mt. Rose

If you love skiing or snowboarding and you love Reno, bookmark Mt. Rose. The biggest little city in the world is just 25 minutes away, so it makes a perfect home base while you take on some of the longest chutes in North America. You and your friends will definitely want to show off here.
Trail runs:
Easy: 10
Difficult: 18
Advanced: 24
Expert: 6

Sierra at Tahoe

All South Lake lovers will find something at Sierra-at-Tahoe. New skiers and boarders can get started with lessons and easier terrain while experts and pros can take advantage of more intense trails. Lookin’ for backcountry skiing? Access Huckleberry Canyon through 5 different gates. This is the first Tahoe resort along Hwy 50, so it's a great choice for your last day of skiing before heading back to the Bay. 
Trail runs:
Easy: 11
Difficult: 23
Advanced: 11

Soda Springs

This is one of the newest additions to the Sports Basement lift ticket line up! It’s been around since 1931 and has a good mix of terrain for all experience levels. This is the closest resort to the Bay Area if you take I-80, so it’s perfect for kids that want to get into skiing but don’t want to get into the car.
Trail runs:
Easy: 4
Difficult: 3
Advanced: 6

Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows

They didn’t host the 1960 Winter Olympics for nothin’! Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows is one of the most popular ski resorts in Lake Tahoe, for good reason. From wide meadows and snow bowls at Alpine Meadows to impressive chutes and ripping runs in Squaw Valley, this lift is a top tier destination for all levels of skiers and snowboarders.
Trail runs (approximated breakdown):
Easy: 67
Difficult: 122
Advanced: 81


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3 comments


  • I’m seeing a lack of love for Heavenly. What’s up?

    Jodi on

  • Aren’t you missing a little boutique resort called Heavenly?

    Jim on

  • Given the title, this is kind of an odd post that favors Bear Valley over three other resorts actually in the Tahoe area.

    Jeff on

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