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    Truckee Tahoe Skiing and Snowboarding

    The Truckee/Tahoe area of the Sierra Nevada mountains is famed for violent winter storms lasting 1 or 2 days, followed by California sunshine. This mountain range boasts 450 inches of average annual snowfall, a famous ski culture, paramount views of the 2nd deepest and most pristine lake in the U.S—Lake Tahoe, the celebrated Pacific Crest, and ancient forest older than anyone who lives and visits the area. Lake Tahoe is also known as the “spring skiing capital of the world.”

    Such landscape and conditions provide the perfect backdrop to start your skiing or snowboarding career at one of the 14 ski resorts around the lake. For the hardened rider, one can acquire those lines and experiences that “hero” stories are made of, at the resorts or in the vast backcountry.

    NorthstarCalifornia Resort


    “Family-friendly with world class grooming, full European styled village, and epic tree skiing”

    The resort is known to be very family-friendly because of the various beginner and intermediate groomed runs protected by the Tahoe National Forest. The village at Northstar hosts many modern mountain styled restaurants and activates such as an Ice-Skating Rink, arts and crafts at the Villager Candle Shop, Yoga, and a bungee trampoline. Let the memories begin.

    On the mountain, most runs are groomed, creating a perfect surface for the family ski day. Families love to stop off at the Zephyr lodge for lunch and beverages. There is also a mid-mountain day lodge with food trucks centered in the area. On windy days in the high alpine, Northstar offers the best weather protection in the area due to its blanket of trees and Manzanita bushes. Ski and eat to your heart’s content.

    For the hardened boarder or skier, the Lookout Mountain and Backside areas offer perfectly spaced tree skiing, steep black, and double black diamond runs, as well as steep angle grooming. One can also practice their freestyle in one of the 4 terrain parks, which are consistently ranked in the top 5 terrain parks in the world.


    TahoeDonner Ski Area


    “Quaint family fun for kids and adults”

    Tahoe Donner is located in the upper region of Truckee California near the famed Donner Summit. Tahoe Donner Association manages two ski areas (one for XC skiing) and two restaurants during the winter, as well as other amenities that are open to the public during the summer. Tahoe Donner Ski Area is committed to being “the best place for family fun and learning.” Wide-open bowls, uncrowded slopes, great beginner terrain, excellent grooming, and a friendly, courteous staff await all. Tahoe Donner is one of the best ski areas for children to learn how to ski and snowboard as they are one of the few resorts in the area that start teaching kids as young as 3 years old. They also boast some lovely views of upper Truckee, the Martis Valley, the western crest of Lake Tahoe, and the Carson Range.




    “Mega mountain, cultured village, lots of ski history”

    Palisades Tahoe is one of the largest and most high-concept ski areas in the U.S, and was the site of the 1960 Winter Olympics. It is the second-largest ski area in the Lake Tahoe Basin (after Heavenly), boasting highly-advanced chairlifts, and the only “funitel” in the U.S. With a base of 6,200 ft, and spread across 6 peaks and 4,000 acres, Palisades tops out at 9,050 ft above sea level. With bountiful maritime snowfall–often receiving 40+ ft, the granite-laden terrain of Palisades is a mecca for “big mountain” skiing/riding. Palisades is a very aggressive mountain and is home to the KT-22 chairlift A.K.A “The Mothership” – voted the best chairlift in North America by Skiing Magazine! It is also home to the longest run on the north shore: “Mountain Run” – 3.2 miles long. This is the perfect run for the intermediate or beginner snowboarder or skier.

    Due to the high elevation and exposed ridges in the valley, lifts can be placed on “wind hold” while storms blow through. Have faith though; Palisades can be one of the best “storm ski” mountains in the area due to the various chairs and mountain zones.

    Speaking of Mountain Zones, some other famous areas to checkout on the hill are “Granite Chief,” “Shirley Lake,” “Siberia,” and “Gold Coast.”

    For those wanting to take in the apre and California ski vibe, one can enjoy the “Paliwood” scene in the Olympic Village. Hosting, eateries, local dives, shopping, music, and activities, one can truly feel the ski culture here. On a final note, one cannot leave Palisades Tahoe without taking a scenic tram ride to High Camp. High Camp hosts the Olympic Museum, restaurants, and a bar. Riders of the tram are taken over the “Tram Face”—a monstrous 550-foot, jagged, steep cliff face, then guided along the orange burnt summit of Shirley Canyon, onto the cliff filled of Silverado. It is truly breathtaking.


    AlpineMeadows Ski Area


    “Big mountain, intense ski lines, immense bowls, few people”

    Alpine Meadows is known as the “locals” mountain, probably because you don’t find a “scene” here like at other resorts. Its terrain is “big-mountain” and not a resort. Because it is not one of the premier destinations in Tahoe– like Palisades or Heavenly– you don’t get the big crowds; thus, powder stashes can be found for days after a storm.

    Alpine Meadows is located next to Palisades Tahoe, so the snow and the terrain are similar to Palisades with an abundance of chutes, high alpine bowls, steep gladded areas, and epic side country. There are plenty of rock faces and steep drops for those feeling like obtaining a ski sponsorship as well. If this seems like your terrain, then head for the Summit or Treeline Cirque chairs.

    Alpine is also an excellent place for a group with varying skiing and riding expertise. For these kinds of groups simply wishing to cruise groomers, enjoy California sunshine, and take it all in, head for the Sherwood or Lakeview chairs. Of course, there are beginner/training chairs in between. Shred on!

    Website: Alpine Meadows

    Mt.Rose Ski Area


    “Where the snows at”

    Mt. Rose features the highest base elevation (8,260 ft.) of Lake Tahoe’s many ski resorts. With 1,200 acres and 8 lifts, including two high-speed six-seat chairlifts, it offers some of the best terrain in the Lake Tahoe basin. Mt. Rose tops out at 9,700 feet, with an average annual snowfall of 400 inches. Fifty percent of the trails at Mt. Rose rank as beginner and intermediate runs, while the remaining half are designated for advanced and expert skiers/riders. The prominent “Chutes” contain some of Tahoe’s longest, continuously steep pitches, and they see little skier/rider traffic compared to the other resorts with similar terrain. The Chutes are probably the “gnarliest” lift access ski lines around the Lake.

    The scenery from Mt. Rose also can easily champion the area, offering magazine views of Lake Tahoe, Washoe Valley, Reno, and the Mount Rose Wilderness—where Mt. Rose proper towers above the skyline at a spectacular 10,778 feet. To finalize your day at Mt. Rose, one can enjoy the new Winters Creek Lodge on the Slide Mountain side of the resort. This lodge offers an airplane view of the Washoe valley below and provides great food and craft beer.


    SugarBowl Ski Resort


    “Seated high on the Pacific Crest, with the most snow”

    Sugar Bowl sits atop Donner Summit and occasionally has the best snowfall around with its predominantly north, northeast facing slopes. From Sugar bowl, skiers and boarders enjoy a truly eye-opening view of the Pacific Crest. Its location can be a bit of a “double-edged” sword, however. Winter storms typically blow in from the southwest, thus Sugar Bowl is the first resort to have fresh powder but can also be very windy with blizzard-like conditions during a storm. This means upper elevation lifts can be placed on “wind hold.” In turn, Sugar Bowl can receive the most snowfall from storms due to wind loading.

    Like some other local gems, Sugar Bowl is considered a “hardened skiers” mountain as it is not a resort space but a true “big-mountain” ski area. From heart-pounding chutes, steep bowls, adventurous glades, to high-speed groomers, Sugar Bowl is a mountain for advanced skiers. The mountain is also very Family-friendly with an excellent ski school for children, and plenty of easy intermediate runs for the whole family to enjoy. For this skier or boarder, the mountain comes with gentle groomers and progressive terrain parks. You can find it all at Sugar Bowl!