South Lake Tahoe Sports & Outdoors Tips by Pounder73
South Lake Tahoe Sports & Outdoors: 17 reviews and 15 photos
Sugar Bowl with SB Roommates
the two closest destination to go play in the snow, whether you prefer 2 planks or 1, are Boreal and Sugar Bowl. Stay on the 80 through Sacramento, (about 80 miles) and Boreal will eventually be on your right, can’t miss it… Sugar Bowl is basically behind Boreal.
Do yourself a favor, don’t go to Boreal. It very much only caters to the day trippers and beginners. Even if you are one, you don’t want to surround yourself with others. Sugar Bowl I like much better, but Sierra (decided at Sacramento – the 50 and 80 split) wouldn’t have taken that much longer…
Directions: the closest in time from SF or Sacramento.
Other Contact: www.sugarbowl.com
view from Kirkwood slopes
Kirkwood has been my favorite ski destination for years. Not boasting the longest runs by far in the Tahoe region, but I will guarantee you the best relative snow conditions with easiest access to some back country, mogul riding, gully shooting terrain. This hill is more spread out than others, but with all kinds of off trail paths. You will have your day filled. The extra drive and walk from your car may be worth it.
Directions: 45 minutes South of South Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe - Alpine Meadows
When I’ve remembered to give a sacrifice to the gods of virginity, this is another of my favorites. It has wide-open faces that can be a playground all day long, and has always been a stronghold for the skier-traditional. This was the last mountain to allow snowboarders; which now only means I can go with my friends.
If it hasn’t snowed for awhile, or it is slightly windy in the forcast, this is the LAST place you want to be. With the open faces, there is no protection from the wind - nor sun. That’s the kicker… The top of Alpine will be the first lift to shut down in the Tahoe region when there’s a low-pressure creep’n on in. but once it leaves… FUN STUFF…
Directions: very close to Squaw Valley
Other Contact: web cam available
courtesy of Heavenly
This is another one of the big ones, although like Squaw, I bet you’ll be staying in a much smaller area than advertised. For instance, the base is near lake level, so on warmer days, you’ll be staying on top. However, there are base lodges on both California and Nevada sides. (it is split by the state line) And this is the most easily accessible from the South Lake casinos as well.
It is still big… /www.skiheavenly.com/skiing_riding/terrain/facts/ - just not that big.
Directions: very close to State Line South Lake Tahoe
Kevin catching some Air
This place is big. Home to the 1960 Winter Olympics, it still boasts the Olympic Rings to this day. Even though they brag about some of the longest runs in the Tahoe region, (up to about 3 miles), you will spend most of your time from the High Base on up. Taking 1 of the 2 Gondolas to the High Base camp, gives you not only a protected view of the surroundings, but also it is how you get the spa/pool or ice-skating or snow tubing activities – and don’t forget an overpriced restaurant with a fabulous view.
Equipment: check site for different options for shuttle services and local rentals.
Directions: Located near North Lake Tahoe ( 8 miles from Truckee & 6 miles from Tahoe City)
Other Contact: www.squaw.com/winter/squawcam.ht
This is a good all around mountain especially if you have a group of people that do not know how to ski or board. It can get crowded for being beginner friendly and being one of the closer spots from the SF Bay Area. (located before the decent down Hwy50 into the South Lake Tahoe – also a popular spot to hit up to ski on your last day, before heading back into the Bay)
Sierra has many slopes facing different direction, and has a relatively high base elevation, so on warmer dayz, if you know how to follow sun, you can always find a good conditioned run.
Directions: up the 50 (West) from South Lake.
Other Contact: www.sierratahoe.com/live-webcam.
Compared to some of the other Lake Tahoe resorts, I wasn’t particularly impressed with this one. But then again, I was there will a bunch of non skiers, so I didn’t get a chance to really explore. Still, I believe it is the closest to Reno, at least for a good size mountain, the other which I would recommend a little higher - NorthStar.
But this is a cool picture I got when I was there last… many years ago.
Directions: 30 minutes from downtown Reno.
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