Reno Tahoe USA Is A Snow Lovers Paradise
The regionís big name resorts are continuing to evolve to meet the needs and desires of todayís travelers by offering a number of off-slope activities and amenities. Further resort-specific information follows and direct links are also available at http://www.visitrenotahoe.com/reno-tahoe/what-to-do/ski/search.
Alpine Meadows was voted number one in the United States for backcountry terrain by Skiing magazine and boasts phenomenal views of Lake Tahoe and the High Sierra. Located outside Tahoe City, its terrain engages and challenges any level skier or rider offering a total of 14 ski lifts, 2,400 skiable acres, more than 100 designated runs, terrain park and a halfpipe. Alpine Meadows was the first in the West to install a six-passenger high-speed chair and is also home to an adaptive ski school for disabled athletes.
Boreal Mountain Resortís easily accessible location off Highway 80 west of Truckee makes it the most convenient for Northern Californians to reach for quick winter escapes. The mountain has more than 40 trails, a total of nine lifts (including the new Castle Peak Quad), four terrain parks and one superpipe. With activities ranging from skiing and snowboarding to sledding and tubing, itís easy to see why Boreal is not just a mountain, but rather a family resort.
Diamond Peak has a vertical drop of 1,840 feet and offers a high base and summit elevation capturing plenty of snow, along with some of the most impressive high altitude views of Lake Tahoe. The resort is located in Incline Village on the lakeís north shore and caters to skiers and boarders with 30 trails, a high-speed lift and a superpipe. In addition, guests can enjoy a cozy mid-mountain lodge serving up hot food and drinks with panoramic lake views throughout the season. Diamond Peak is also home to "Last Tracks," a program that invites skiers and snowboarders for a late afternoon of spirits and appetizers followed by one last run down a freshly groomed trail.
Donner Ski Ranch, located high atop historic Donner Summit, was first utilized for skiing in 1937 and was also the first to use a rope tow. It was voted one of the top 10 family ski resorts by Sunset magazine due to its quiet and crowd-free location. Today, Donner Ski Ranch terrain covers 500 skiable acres and includes six chairlifts. It is suitable for both the beginner and the advanced skier.
Heavenly Mountain Resort is a 4,800-acre winter playground offering some of the most unforgettable views at Lake Tahoe. With 30 lifts (nine high speed), Heavenly is the region's largest mountain resort featuring Californiaís longest vertical drop. Situated in South Lake Tahoe, Heavenly straddles the California and Nevada border and offers 24-hour entertainment and a bustling nightlife scene via numerous casinos and more than 100 bars and nightclubs. Heavenly Mountain Resort ranks among SKI Magazineís Top 20 Ski Resorts in North America.
Kirkwood Ski Resort boasts a base elevation of 7,800 feet plus 2,300 acres for skiing and riding, three freestyle terrain parks and one halfpipe. Kirkwood is known for its epic backcountry terrain as well as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. The resort attracts beginners with its extensive ski school, which was once ranked by USA Today as "one of the top 10 places in North America to learn to ski." Additional activities and excursions include powder cat tours, ice rink, tube park, recreation center/swim complex and dog sled rides.
Mt. Rose - Ski Tahoe is Lake Tahoe's highest base ski area at an elevation of 7,900 feet and is only 25 miles from downtown Reno. The Chutes, a 200-acre playground for advanced and expert skiers and snowboarders, recently increased the resortís skiable terrain to 1,200 acres. Mt. Roseís advanced routes and two terrain parks offer spectacular views of the Sierra Nevada, Lake Tahoe and Nevada's surrounding high desert terrain. The resort also entertains guests throughout the season with special races and competitions including "Elvis Day" where guests dressed as the King turn the mountain into a veritable sea of Elvi.
Northstar-at-Tahoe provides the complete family winter experience with cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, tubing and a 9,000-square-foot ice rink in addition to ideal ski conditions. The ever-evolving mountain offers 2,904 skiable acres, 17 lifts (including the new Martis Camp Express), five terrain parks, one halfpipe and one superpipe. The new Village at Northstar features open fire pits with símore kits, apex bungy, upscale boutiques and sporting shops and a cornucopia of dining and aprŤs ski options.
Sierra-at-Tahoe is known for its wind-protected slopes, incredible tree skiing and welcoming family programs, as well as its terrain parks (six) and pipes (one 17-foot super and one half). In addition to its impressive Lake Tahoe views, the resort has a 2,212 vertical drop and gets annual snowfalls averaging 450 inches. Located just 12 miles west of Lake Tahoe, Sierra is home to a snowshoe center with three miles of trails meandering through scenic hideaways and pristine terrain.
Soda Springs was first established in 1931 and is now considered one of America's original ski resorts. Today, Soda Springs offers a relatively small vertical drop, fewer lines and great powder - a combination that invites beginners and families to come out and play each season.
Squaw Valley USA, site of the 1960 Winter Olympic Games, is one of the most legendary and sought after vacation destinations for those who love winter sports. This is one of America's premier destination ski resorts providing seemingly endless terrain spanning 4,000 skiable acres with 34 lifts and a gondola that whisks visitors to the top of its High Camp, which features a selection of restaurants, shops, an Olympic museum, mountaintop ice rink and swimming lagoon and spa. Squaw's stylish pedestrian village houses eateries and boutique shops in addition to base lodging options. The daringly agile will find more than a dozen tabletops and 30 rails/boxes throughout three terrain parks, as well as two superpipes.
Sugar Bowl Ski Resort, one of the oldest resorts, in operation since 1939, tempts visitors with an easy-to-access location off Interstate 80, more than 80 trails spread over more than 1,500 acres, one halfpipe, two terrain parks and a family park. Additional activities include a sledding hill and snowplay area, dog sledding and snowshoe tours.
Tahoe Donner Ski Area is nestled in the upper reaches of Truckee on Interstate 80. The resort boasts one quad chairlift, one double chairlift and one surface lift accessing 14 runs over 120 skiable acres. Tahoe Donner Ski Area is committed to being "the best place for family fun and learning" offering wide-open bowls, less crowded slopes, great beginner terrain, excellent grooming and a friendly, courteous staff. An extensive cross-country ski center is also on site, with 4,800 acres of terrain, 51 trails, five warming huts and two snowshoe specific trails.
Ski packages from hotel/casinos in Reno-Tahoe include transportation to select area resorts. For those looking for additional travel options, the North Lake Tahoe Express shuttles passengers to a variety of north shore ski resorts and lodging properties, such as those found in Incline Village/Crystal Bay, including the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino, the Cal Neva Resort, Spa and Casino and the Tahoe Biltmore. Reservations are required and can be made 12 hours in advance. For more information, go to www.northlaketahoeexpress.com or call 530-581-3922.
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Reno Tahoe USA offers visitors a year round, 24-hour destination - a play all day and night atmosphere you wonít find anywhere else. Reno Tahoe boasts the highest concentration of ski resorts in North America, all surrounded by 30-feet of average snow pack and 22,000 acres of skiable terrain. Reno Tahoe skiing and back country adventures come complete with breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada with the added bonus of unlimited recreation, dining, entertainment and 24-hour Nevada-style gaming excitement.