Lake Tahoe is one of the most scenic sites in the United States; termed by locals as a pristine jewel of nature, this 1645 ft deep, 22 miles long, and 12 miles wide beauty with 72 miles of shoreline is located at the heart of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Lake Tahoe is actually the most popular ski destination in the United States on squawalpine.com. Its reputation precedes it making it clinch the top position for the third time consecutively on the Orbit Insider Index in January 2010. Squaw Valley in Lake Tahoe also happens to be the home of the 1960 Winter Olympics.
Skiing in Lake Tahoe is one of the most exhilarating experiences one could ever get. Not only is the history amazing, the people in Squaw Valley are very friendly and the scenery is just but magnificent. The expansive terrain allows skiers of all abilities to create unforgettable memories as they experience the wide variety of skiable goods at Squaw Valley. The skiing experience is spiced up by a variety of shopping and dining experiences in the village with the likes of Le Chamois or the Mamasake.
Lake Tahoe harbors two spectacular ski resorts which have held a long time connection over the years; one can view either Alpine Meadows from Squaw Valley mountaintop and vice versa. However, to ski each mountain, one had to drive from one parking lot to the other, but this is no longer the case nowadays as Squaw Valley Ski Holdings announced their plans to build a gondola that would link the two. Are you looking forward to visiting Lake Tahoe? Allow me to indulge you in a brief overview of three of the top notch ski resorts for your vacation.
Heavenly Mountain Resort
It is an expansive complex of lifts, terrain, trails and snowmaking that makes up the region’s largest ski area with the highest elevation of 10000 ft and the longest vertical drop of 3500 ft. Heavenly is unmatched at its beauty with about 360 inches of snow cover and vastness of 4800 skiable acres.
Kirkwood Mountain Resort
This is a year-round mountain destination in the El Dorado Forest south of Lake Tahoe. The surrounding contains ski in, ski out accommodations with shopping and food outlets. The resort also offers cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, dog sled tours and backcountry access.
Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows
This internationally recognized ski destination in North Lake Tahoe spans over 6000 skiable acres. The resort features 42 lifts, 270 trails and nearly 60 restaurants bars, boutiques and galleries collectively. It is known to have the longest ski and snowboard season due to its 450-inch snow cover thereby establishing it as a key skiing destination. In 2014-2015, the resort received the following awards:
– CNN: Best Place to Ski on Earth
– Trekaroo: Best Ski Resort for Families with Preschoolers and Toddlers