Nestled within California and Nevada is Lake Tahoe, a popular ski and snowboarding destination that encompasses terrain across two states. Thousands of acres of mountainous terrain create natural slopes that vary in skill level from beginner to Olympian. If you find yourself traveling to Lake Tahoe for the first time, here are a couple of slopes that you need to check out.

Squaw Valley

The slopes at Squaw Valley are famous as the site of the 1960 Olympic Games. Since then, Squaw has been an attraction for professional skiers and snowboarders. Even though the trails feature areas for beginners, experienced skiers get the most out of these slopes. With 3,600 acres of slopes, visitors to these trails have plenty to keep them coming back. Squaw also shares access with nearby Alpine Meadows so that skiers can have even more time out on the trails.

Heavenly Mountain

Heavenly Mountain has the slopes with the highest peaks in Lake Tahoe. It also features double black diamond trails, Gunbarrel Run and Nevada Woods. These slopes share routes in both California and Nevada. It has four village bases to help visitors keep warm whichever side they choose. As one of the most popular terrains, Heavenly has lots of shopping and restaurants to keep non-skiers occupied as well.

Mount Rose

On the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe sits Mount Rose, a smaller ski resort of 1,200 acres. Within close proximity to Reno, this conveniently located terrain is great for visitors looking to combine cosmopolitan nightlife with their ski trip. Although Mount Rose has plenty of black diamond slopes for advanced skiers, this is an excellent pick for intermediate skiers as it features many long-running slopes.


If you are traveling with your family, you will definitely want to check out Northstar. The mix of beginner slopes and activities for kids makes these slopes optimal for the whole family. Ski instructors are specially trained for beginners and children. Northstar is known for its luxury from the champagne in the chairlifts to the nearby Ritz Carlton. It also features many long runs for snowboarding.

No matter which slope you decide to visit, you will have a great time! Lake Tahoe is a prime destination for skiing and snowboarding. Many people who choose travel to travel here for skiing or snowboarding keep coming back for years. No  matter what your experience is, Lake Tahoe has slopes that anyone, no matter their experience level, can enjoy!