Lake Tahoe Ski, Snowboard & Snow Play Family Fun

October 4, 2016

Skiing in Lake Tahoe

It's only October, but already there's some snow up in the Sierras, which means it's time to get ready for the start of ski and snow play season in Lake Tahoe. Many of Tahoe ski resorts have already announced their anticipated opening dates for the 2016–2017 season. Generally, big resorts with their own snow-making equipment open earlier in the season.

The Lake Tahoe area has a variety of resorts and ski areas to suit anyone's taste and budget. Here's our guide to places to ski, snowboard, tube, sled, and play in the snow around Tahoe. We're tried to focus on spots that offer not only skiing and snowboarding, but tubing, snow play, and other winter activities, too. If we've omitted your favorite, please let us know.

We've incuded season opening dates, if available. Make sure you check before you head up to the high country, though, as opening dates are tentative and dependent on snowfall and weather; we've included website links and phone numbers. Many resorts are offering great early-bird deals on season passes, so pick yours up now in anticipation of a fantastic ski season.

North Lake Tahoe

Just a few hours away off Interstate 80, North Lake Tahoe and the Truckee area offer a huge concentration of ski resorts and other destinations for fun in the snow.

Northstar

  • Skiing, snowboarding, tubing, snowshoeing, cross-country, terrain parks, ice skating, ski and snowboard lessons and rentals
  • Lodging, dining, shopping, activities, and events in the Northstar Village
  • Luxury lodging and dining at the Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe
  • Opening day: Friday, November 18
  • 5100 Northstar Drive (off Highway 267), Truckee; www.northstarcalifornia.com or 1-800-GO-NORTH

Tahoe Donner

Squaw Valley

  • Skiing, snowboarding, tubing, mini-snowmobiling, snowshoeing, cross-country, terrain parks, ice skating, dog-sledding, ski and snowboard lessons and rentals
  • Lodging, dining, activities, and events in the Village at Squaw Valley
  • Opening day: Friday, November 11
  • 1980 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Village; www.squaw.com or 1-800-403-0206

Alpine Meadows

  • Skiing, snowboarding, ski and snowboard lessons and rentals
  • Dining, activities, and events in the Village at Squaw Valley
  • Opening day: Friday, November 11
  • Alpine Meadows Road, Alpine Meadows; www.squaw.com or 1-800-403-0206

Boreal

  • Skiing, snowboarding, tubing, terrain park, ski and snowboard lessons and rentals
  • On-site lodging and dining
  • Opening day TBA
  • 19749 Boreal Ridge Road, Truckee; www.rideboreal.com or (530) 426-3666

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Granlibakken

  • Skiing, snowboarding, snow play, snowshoeing, cross-country, ski and snowboard lessons and rentals
  • On-site lodging and dining
  • Opening day TBA
  • 725 Granlibakken Road, Tahoe City; www.granlibakken.com or 1-800-403-0206

Soda Springs

  • Skiing, snowboarding, tubing, mini-snowmobiling, ski and snowboard lessons and rentals
  • On-site dining
  • Opening day: Friday, December 4
  • 10244 Soda Springs Road (off I-80 near Donner Summit); www.skisodasprings.com or (530) 426-3901

Donner Ski Ranch

  • Skiing, snowboarding, tubing, ski and snowboard lessons and rentals
  • On-site dining
  • Opening day TBA
  • 19320 Donner Pass Road, Norden; www.donnerskiranch.com or (530) 426-3635

Sugar Bowl

  • Skiing, snowboarding, ski and snowboard lessons and rentals
  • On-site lodging and dining
  • Opening day TBA
  • 629 Sugar Bowl Road, Norden; www.sugarbowl.com or (530) 426-3635

Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe

  • Skiing, snowboarding, ski and snowboard lessons and rentals
  • On-site dining
  • Opening day: Monday, October 31
  • 22222 Mt. Rose Highway, Reno NV, www.skirose.com or (800) SKI-ROSE

Diamond Peak

  • Skiing, snowboarding, ski and snowboard lessons and rentals
  • On-site dining
  • Opening day: Thursday, December 15
  • 1210 Ski Way, Incline Village NV, www.diamondpeak.com, (775) 832-1177

South Lake Tahoe

Reached via Highway 50, the southern end of Lake Tahoe is home to South Lake Tahoe (the region's most populour city), Stateline, Nevada, and numerous ski resorts and areas.

Heavenly

  • Skiing, snowboarding, tubing, ski bikes, snowshoeing, scenic gondola rides, terrain parks, ice skating, ski and snowboard lessons and rentals
  • Lodging, dining, shopping, activities, and events in the Heavenly Village
  • Opening day: Friday, November 18
  • 3860 Saddle Road, South Lake Tahoe; www.skiheavenly.com or 1-800-HEAVENLY

Kirkwood

  • Skiing, snowboarding, tubing, snow play, cross-country, terrain parks, zip lines, snow cat tours, ski and snowboard lessons and rentals
  • Lodging, dining, activities, and events in the Kirkwood Village
  • Opening day: Friday, November 18
  • 1501 Kirkwood Meadows Drive, Kirkwood; winter.kirkwood.com or 1-877-KIRKWOOD

Sierra at Tahoe

  • Skiing, snowboarding, tubing, sledding, snow play, cross-country, snowshoeing, terrain parks, ski and snowboard lessons and rentals
  • On-site dining
  • Opening day TBA
  • 1111 Sierra at Tahoe Road, Twin Bridges; www.sierraattahoe.com or (530) 659-7453

Adventure Mountain

  • Tubing, sledding, saucers, snow play, snowshoeing, sled and tube rental
  • On-site dining and shopping
  • Opening day TBA
  • 21200 Highway 50, South Lake Tahoe (at Echo Summit); adventuremountaintahoe.com or (530) 659-7217