The ultimate guide to Lake Tahoe ski resorts
The snow is coming! What better way to get the most out of this wintry wonderland than with a season pass to one (or two, or three) of the area’s great ski resorts. Did you know that you could purchase a ski pass for about the same price as buying four single-day lift tickets? Plus, most of these great deals come unrestricted with no blackout dates and have extra perks including free rentals, pro shop discounts and lessons.
Here’s a quick snapshot of the no-blackout season pass pricing for hills in Reno and Lake Tahoe. Be sure to check the individual websites for more pass options and added benefits.
Prices: Adult $299; young adult $199; child $129; senior $129
Easy access on Interstate 80 makes Boreal Mountain Resort a favorite for enthusiasts from Northern California and Northern Nevada. With snow machines blanketing about 80 percent of the terrain, this is often one of the first resorts to open each season.
Prices: Adult $429; young adult $239; child $169; senior $149
Nestled in the charming town of Incline Village on Lake Tahoe’s North Shore, Diamond Peak features inspired vistas, terrain fit for all levels, and some wide slopes for the green circle-loving crowd.
Prices: Adult $299; young adult $249; child $149; senior $199
One of the oldest ski hills around, Donner Ski Ranch first opened in 1937 and touted the first rope tow in the area that was located at the base of the lodge. Atop the infamous Donner Summit in the Tahoe National Forest, you’ll find 500 skiable acres (some among the trees) suitable for the advanced rider.
Prices: Adult $579; young adult $479; child $229; senior $399
Bring your camera to capture the amazing panoramas at Homewood Mountain Resort. Just off Lake Tahoe’s west shore, this place is filled with intermediate runs (there are a few for the beginners and pros, too). They even have snowcat skiing that will take you off the beaten path where you can make your own lines.
Prices: Adult $599; young adult $499; child $299
The closest option to the Reno area is Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe. This place has it all on 1,200-plus acres including more than 60 trails, three terrain parks and the challenging Chutes with over 1,000 feet of north facing slopes with pitches reaching 55 degrees.
Prices: Adult $459; young adult $359; child $169; senior $169
With 2,000 acres of skiable terrain, Sierra at Tahoe is one of the biggest mountains around. A little over 15 miles from South Shore, this is a great option for the whole family. Blizzard Mountain features tubing hills, snow play and snowshoe trails. Plus there are several places to access Huckleberry Canyon for some serious backcountry riding.
Prices: Adult $199; young adult $199; child $99; senior $49
A quaint ski hill just off Interstate 80 at Donner Summit in the Tahoe National Forest, Soda Springs is an affordable option for beginners and intermediates looking to get a few runs in. Be sure to checkout their new mini snowmobiles for added adventure.
Gold Tahoe Super Pass prices: Adult $980; young adult $820; child $470; senior $820
Home to the 1960 Winter Olympics, Squaw Valley merged with Alpine Meadows in 2011 giving skiers and riders access to more than 6000 acres of terrain. The European-inspired Village at Squaw Valley is a beloved attraction perfect for a day of playing snow bunny. And skate rentals at the Olympic Ice Pavilion are a great way to mix it up.
Prices: Adult $769; young adult $549; child $349; senior $549
One of the oldest ski areas around, Sugar Bowl looks over the vast Donner Summit in the Tahoe National Forrest and is one of the closest skiing options to the Bay Area. This classic resort envelops four peaks with more than 1,500 acres of terrain accessed by 12 lifts, including five high-speed quads and a historic gondola.
Prices: Adult $314; young adult $209; child $164; senior $169
A quaint ski hill tucked in the town of Truckee, Tahoe Donner Downhill is a great option for beginners. The friendly staff here are known for their successful Learn to Ski programs and this is one of the only ski resorts in the area teaching children as young as 3.
Prices: Adult $899; child $469
Buy before Nov. 19 for unlimited access to Northstar California, Heavenly and Kirkwood. This is a great way to experience some of Tahoe’s best resorts for one inclusive price. The Epic Pass also is recognized by other popular Vail Resorts around the world including Park City in Utah, Vail in Colorado, and Whistler Blackcomb in Canada.