South Lake Tahoe Ski Resorts

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South Lake Tahoe has a long-standing reputation for ski resorts, catering to all budgets and skill levels. With several ski resorts to choose from, visitors commonly treat South Lake Tahoe as a separate destination from North Lake Tahoe. There is a variety of ski resorts to choose from, whether you are alone, with family or visiting as a couple. Nightlife, shows and casinos are an additional option, for South Lake Tahoe visitors who are at least 21 years old.

Heavenly Mountain Resort is located in South Lake Tahoe, California.

Heavenly Mountain Resort is located in South Lake Tahoe, California.

Major Resorts

Heavenly Mountain Resort is the largest ski resort in the Lake Tahoe region, featuring 4,800 acres of ski terrain that crosses California and Nevada. This allows you to ski or snowboard in two different states at the same resort. The resort has 95 runs and 30 lifts for all skill levels. There is also a terrain park with halfpipe and rails. Other activities include tubing, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Lodging is available at the resort. Ski and snowboard lessons can be taken by children and adults. Guest services include equipment rentals, child care, photo services, shuttle services, and a ski and snowboard valet service.

Midsize Resorts

Kirkwood has 12 lifts and 65 runs, on 2,300 acres. Catering to all ages, ski and snowboard lessons are available for children and adults. Other activities include a terrain park, cross-country skiing and tubing. Restaurants range from fine dining to outdoor barbeques. Lodging includes hotel rooms and condos. Resort services offer equipment rentals, child care, RV parking and a general store.

Sierra-at-Tahoe features 12 lifts and 46 runs on 2,000 acres. The resort has a terrain park. Ski or snowboard rentals and lessons are available for all ages. Other activities include tubing and snowshoeing. Sierra-at-Tahoe offers three miles of snowshoeing. Equipment rentals are available, as are a variety of dining options.

Small Resorts

Homewood Mountain Resort is located on 1,260 acres. Snowboarding and skiing guests can choose from eight lifts. Ski and snowboard lessons are offered to children and adults. Lodging is not offered at the resort.

Granlibakken is situated on 74 acres overlooking the Southern shores of Lake Tahoe. The resort has an intimate hill for casual skiing and snowboarding. Visitors can also sled on saucers. Lodging and conferences are the primary function of this resort.


Camp Richardson offers cross-country trails that are marked and groomed for guests, from beginners to experts. Rentals are available for cross-country skis and snowshoes. Lodging includes cabins or hotels and an RV village.

Hope Valley Cross Country is dedicated to cross-country skiing. While there are no resort fees, donations are accepted. Featuring over 60 miles of trails, the resort constructs a yurt, or portable framed dwelling.


If you book accommodations in the South Lake Tahoe area that are not part of a resort you can get discounts on lift tickets at select resorts. Additional winter activities in South Lake Tahoe include ice skating, snowmobiling, sleigh rides, hot springs, dogsled rides and back country skiing.


Luane Hanson began his professional writing career in 2001. He served as the arts and entertainment editor at “The Northern Student” at Bemidji State University and has had work appear in the “Bemidji Pioneer” and the “Grand Forks Herald.” Hanson holds a Bachelor of Science in mass communication from Bemidji State University.


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