Welcome to Tahoe! The table below contains information on the difficulty and distance of several trails in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Following the table are brief trail descriptions. More detailed forest maps are available from the LTBMU office for $4.00 plus tax.

Questions For The Forest Service?
Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
870 Emerald Bay Road
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
(530) 573-2600 (Voice)
(530) 541-4036 (Hearing imparied)

Ski Resorts and Boarding Slopes

Toll Free Reservations

The only Western Ski area to straddle two states (California and Nevada), Heavenly also has the highest top elevation (10,040 feet) in the region. Not to mention Heavenly’s free shuttle bus system to and from area lodging is the most extensive in Tahoe.
Terrain: 4,800 skiable acres, 79 runs (longest, 5.5 miles). Base elevation: 6,540 feet (California side), 7,200 feet (Nevada side); summit: 10,040 feet. (20 percent beginner, 45 percent intermediate, 35 percent advanced). Snowmaking on 66 percent of cleared trails.
Location: At the end of Ski Run Boulevard, off U.S. 50 in South Lake Tahoe.
Contact: Heavenly Ski Resort, P.O. Box 2180, Stateline, NV 89449; (702) 586-7000.
Snowphone: (530) 541-7544.
Reservations: (800) 2-HEAVEN/243-2836.
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With its awesome, serrated peaks, this just might be the most visually impressive resort in the Tahoe region. Snowboarders have access to entire mountain.
Terrain: 2,300 acres, 65 runs (longest, 2.5 miles).
Base elevation: 7,800 feet; summit: 9,800 feet. (15 percent beginner, 50 percent intermediate, 35 percent advanced). No snowmaking.
Location: Off Hwy. 88 at Carson Pass, 30 miles southwest of South Lake Tahoe.
Contact: Kirkwood, P.O. Box 1 Kirkwood, CA 95646; (209) 258-6000
Snowphone (209) 258-3000
(800) (reservations) 967-7500.
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Tahoes most underrated resort is often overlooked by out of towners because of its low profile and modest distance from South Lake Tahoe (25 minutes). Yet this is an amazingly well designed mountain, with exceptional terrain for all ability levels.
Terrain: 2,000 acres, 46 runs (longest, 2.5 miles).
Base elevation: 6,640 feet; summit: 8,852 feet. (25 percent beginner, 50 percent intermediate, 25 percent advanced). Snowmaking on 27 acres.
Location: Off Hwy. 50 at Echo Summit on Sierra-at-Tahoe Road, 12 miles west of South Lake Tahoe.
Contact: Sierra-at-Tahoe, 1111 Sierra-at-Tahoe Road, Twin Bridges, CA 95735; (916) 659-7453.
Snowphone: (916) 659-7475.
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Northstar at Tahoe is a year-round resort situated near the North Shore of Lake Tahoe, approximately 200 miles (320 km) from the San Francisco Bay Area. The 2,904-acre (11.75 km2) resort features 2,280 vertical feet of downhill terrain accessed by 17 lifts (including 8 express lifts), a snowmaking system, a cross-country center, the new Village at Northstar, on-site lodging and summer activities including an 18-hole golf course and a lift-served mountain bike park.
Terrain: 2,904 acres, 17 lifts.
Base elevation: 6,330 feet; summit: 8,610 feet.

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Ski Homewood
This is the best "hidden" family resort in the region and the closest to the lake-right across the street. A unique feature of the resort is its accessibility by ferryboat; the Tahoe Queen runs a daily breakfast trip (skiers and weather permitting) from the end of Ski Run Blvd. in South Lake Tahoe across the lake to Homewood Marina.
Terrain: 1,200 acres, 57 runs (longest, 2 miles).
Base elevation: 6,230 feet; summit: 7,880 feet. (15 percent beginner, 50 percent intermediate, 35 percent advanced). Snowmaking on 15 acres.
Location: On highway 89 in Homewood, six miles south of Tahoe City.
Contact: Ski Homewood, 5145 West Lake Boulevard, Homewood, CA 96141; (916) 525-2992.
Snowphone: (916) 525-2900.
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Tahoe Donner

Alpine Meadows
This 36 year old resort has a long-standing reputation as a family destination with gorgeous vistas-a place for people who are seeking a classic Tahoe experience . Alpine Meadows trademark is skiing off the beaten path, a mix of groomed and natural terrain to satisfy skiers of every type with steep chutes, expansive powder bowls, tight trees, open glades and buffed carpet.

Mt. Rose
Mt. Rose shines as Tahoe's highest base ski resort (8,260'). Nearly 1,000 skiable acres with a vertical drop just shy of 1,500 feet awaits skiers and snowboarders of all abilities. Amenities include two base lodges, food court, deli, tavern, sport shop, ski and snowboard rental and repair.

Diamond Peak
Diamond Peak Ski Resort, Cross Country and Snowshoe Center combine spectacular alpine and cross-country skiing with incomparable views of Lake Tahoe, value-priced programs and endless fun for the family. Add to that superior grooming, top-to-bottom snowmaking and miles of freshly groomed slopes and trails and you will find everything you need for your perfect winter vacation.

Squaw Valley
Overlooking the scenic beauty of Lake Tahoe, Squaw Valley USA offers the most skiable acres in Lake Tahoe . The resort spans six Sierra Peaks, with 4,000 acres of open-bowl terrain promising something for everyone. Abundant California sunshine is complemented by an average annual snowpack of 450". Skiers and non- skiers alike can enjoy the full mountain experience at the mountain top paradise. High Camp elevation is 8,200', and Squaw was the site of the VIII Olympic Winter Games

Sugar Bowl
After just celebrating their 60th anniversary and adding tons of new improvements Sugar Bowl is better than ever. With 1,500 acres of various terrain and 40 feet of annual snowfall it makes a great classic Tahoe ski experience. Amenities include a new high speed quad and sun deck, a new beginner quad and expanded learning center, two terrain parks for skiers and snowboarders and a Scorpion groomed half pipe