South Lake Tahoe Ski Resorts & FAQs
TripOutside lists the local ski shops in South Lake Tahoe with the highest reviews on Google/Yelp/TripAdvisor (at least 4.0 star weighted average) to make sure you have the best rental experience possible. We want to make sure we feature the top local outfitters with the best gear for your ski or snowboard vacation.
Which South Lake Tahoe resort is best for beginners?
There are many great beginner trails at the ski resorts in Lake Tahoe. These resorts have great amenities and a large amount of terrain for those new to skiing. Some of the top ski resorts in the South Lake Tahoe area for beginners include:
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How many ski resorts are there in Lake Tahoe?
Tucked in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range overlooking California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe is home to 15 world-class ski resorts, with terrain for beginners through expert skiers and snowboarders. The highest summit at Lake Tahoe ski resorts is over 10,000 feet at Heavenly, with a 3500 foot vertical. The Tahoe ski resorts get up to 500 inches of snowfall annually. The biggest ski resort is Squaw Valley, with 6,000 acres of terrain and 245 runs.
Where to ski in South Lake Tahoe?
South Lake Tahoe is home to three ski resorts – Heavenly, Kirkwood, and Sierra-at-Tahoe.
Heavenly Resort features 4630 acres of skiable terrain, and a vertical rise of 3500 feet. Skiers have 97 trails to choose from, with the longest run at 5.5 miles. Heavenly is also home to 2 terrain parks. Trail distribution is at 20% easy, 45% intermediate, and 35% advanced. Annual snowfall is at 360 inches.
Kirkwood is another option with 2300 acres of skiable terrain. It has 86 trails, and 354 inches of snow. Terrain breakdown is at 12% beginner, 30% intermediate, 38% advanced, 20% expert.
Sierra-at-Tahoe is the smallest among the three. With 2000 acres of skiable terrain, skiers can choose from 46 trails.
Is Lake Tahoe good for skiing?
The 15 world-class ski resorts in Lake Tahoe are world renowned for skiing. Heavenly is one of the most popular resorts for skiing due to its long, epic runs, incredible views and huge terrain.
HEAVENLY MOUNTAIN RESORT
Heavenly Mountain Resort straddles the California / Nevada border on the south end of Lake Tahoe. With over 4800 skiable acres, Heavenly has 28 lifts and 97 runs making it one of the largest ski resorts in the western United States. There are 4 base areas from which to access the mountain; Heavenly North includes Boulder Lodge and Stagecoach Lodge both off of Tramway Drive on the Nevada side at the top of Kingsbury Grade (Nevada Route 207).
Click here for the interactive Heavenly trail map.
HEAVENLY SKI RESORT STATS
|Base Elevation:||6,565 ft|
|Summit Elevation:||10067 ft|
|Total Acres of Skiable Terrain:||4,630|
|Vertical Rise:||3500 ft|
|Number of Trails:||97|
|Annual Snowfall:||360 inches|
|Longest Run:||5.5 miles|
How much does it cost to ski in South Lake Tahoe?
The total daily cost to ski at the major resorts in South Lake Tahoe, including ski rental, lift ticket, lunch and accommodation is as follows:
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I DON’T SEE JUNIOR SKI RENTAL PRICES. DO THESE SHOPS RENT KIDS SKIS AND SNOWBOARDS?
Many shops do rent kids ski and snowboard equipment. The prices are generally less expensive than adult ski rental and some shops offer deals and discounts on a children’s rental if an adult ski package is also rented. Click on the shop for more details.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE TYPES OF SKI RENTAL PACKAGES (DEMO, PERFORMANCE, SPORT)?
Demo (or premium) packages are for the advanced skier that wants a specific ski or snowboard rental to match their specific riding style or matching the skis to the terrain. These are high-end, high-performance skis and snowboards.
Performance packages are intended for intermediate to beginner levels, typically for groomed terrain and generally have a stiffer, more specialized flex pattern, and may be wider in the waist.
Sport packages are primarily for groomed runs and intended for more beginner level skiers or snowboarders.
**All packages include downhill skis or snowboard, bindings, boots and poles (ski).
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE RENTAL PACKAGE?
Packages include downhill skis or snowboard, bindings, boots and poles (ski).
HOW CAN I SAVE MONEY ON SKI AND SNOWBOARD RENTALS?
Renting online in advance can save you money. Many outfitters offer online reservation rates that are better than walk-in rates. This helps the shops manage their inventory and plan in advance. It also guarantees availability of equipment. TripOutside also has exclusive discounts for customers booking rental gear online from Black Tie Ski Delivery and other ski rental shops.
CAN I JUST RENT SKIS OR A SNOWBOARD? I DON’T NEED THE FULL PACKAGE.
Yes, most shops also rent just skis or a snowboard.
HOW DOES SKI RENTAL DELIVERY WORK?
Don’t ever wait in line at the ski shop again! Black Tie Ski Delivery’s hassle-free delivery service will save you time, which means you’ll have more time on the slopes to enjoy with family and friends. They open earlier and stay open later to ensure the best delivery time for guests and to provide slope side assistance when needed.
Fittings are generally done the night before your first day of skiing, this way you can wake up stress-free and have everything you need to hit the slopes for first tracks. Certified ski rental technicians will select and deliver your ski or snowboard equipment to your lodging property at your scheduled delivery time. Their ski technicians will custom fit you with the latest ski and board equipment based on your rental package, ability level, and the current snow conditions. Their delivery vans come fully stocked with lots of options and sizes so they can be sure all of your equipment fits properly.
Returns are just as convenient and easy as delivery. When you are finished with your rentals, Black Tie Ski Delivery will come back to your lodging and retrieve the equipment with no need to intrude on your dining or travel plans.