Skiing in South Lake Tahoe

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Lake Tahoe is one of the most picturesque places on the planet
Lake Tahoe is one of the most picturesque places on the planet
The skiing at South Lake Tahoe has incredible views of the lake | PC: Heavenly Resort
The skiing at South Lake Tahoe has incredible views of the lake | PC: Heavenly Resort
The gondola drops right into Heavenly village | PC: Heavenly Resort
The gondola drops right into Heavenly village | PC: Heavenly Resort
There is quite a bit of lodging located in Heavenly Village like the Marriott Grand Residences
There is quite a bit of lodging located in Heavenly Village like the Marriott Grand Residences
The Hard Rock Casino & Resort is just over the boarder, a few mins walk from the gondi
The Hard Rock Casino & Resort is just over the boarder, a few mins walk from the gondi
There are several properties right in the lake frontage like the Edgewood Tahoe Resort
There are several properties right in the lake frontage like the Edgewood Tahoe Resort
South Lake Tahoe has plenty of party options | PC: Heavenly Resort
South Lake Tahoe has plenty of party options | PC: Heavenly Resort
Some good restaurants in town like The Loft Theatre Restaurant
Some good restaurants in town like The Loft Theatre Restaurant
Views from the Edgewood Tahoe Resort restaurant...add this to your list!
Views from the Edgewood Tahoe Resort restaurant...add this to your list!
The Hard Rock Casino is a great place for a night out
The Hard Rock Casino is a great place for a night out
Blower powder at Heavenly Resort | PC: Heavenly Resort
Blower powder at Heavenly Resort | PC: Heavenly Resort
Vinyl at the Hard Rock Casino is one of several night clubs at Stateline
Vinyl at the Hard Rock Casino is one of several night clubs at Stateline
There are a few great local pubs like Mc Duffs
There are a few great local pubs like Mc Duffs
Outdoors apres at the Hard Rock Casino
Outdoors apres at the Hard Rock Casino
Harras Casino is another spot to go out in South Lake Tahoe
Harras Casino is another spot to go out in South Lake Tahoe
The kids will just love South Lake Tahoe
The kids will just love South Lake Tahoe
Take the kids on a sleigh ride at Borges Sleigh Rides in South Lake Tahoe
Take the kids on a sleigh ride at Borges Sleigh Rides in South Lake Tahoe
There is no shortage of wellness spas at South Lake Tahoe like The Landing Resort & Spa
There is no shortage of wellness spas at South Lake Tahoe like The Landing Resort & Spa
David Walleys hot springs are located just out of Heavenly at South Lake Tahoe
David Walleys hot springs are located just out of Heavenly at South Lake Tahoe
Jump on a snowmobile tour with Zephry Cove Resort at South Lake Tahoe
Jump on a snowmobile tour with Zephry Cove Resort at South Lake Tahoe

Skiing in South Lake Tahoe

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South Lake Tahoe and Stateline are two adjacent towns that straddle the state borders of California and Nevada. Other than the presence of two large casinos, the distinction between the two states isn’t that obvious, and many visitors to the area refer to the two towns (aka cities) collectively as “South Lake Tahoe”.

South Lake Tahoe has a population of about 21,000 and it is very popular with tourists who come to enjoy the beauty of the lake, try their luck at the casinos, enjoy the other activities on offer, or even to get married! During winter and spring, the main focus becomes skiing and snowboarding at the South Lake Tahoe ski resorts.

South Lake Tahoe is a completely mixed bag. It’s very upscale on one hand whilst simultaneously being a little dingy in some spots. It’s low key and relaxed in some respects, yet it also has the vibrancy associated with the casinos. Chances are that whatever you’re looking for in South Lake Tahoe, you’ll find it.

Pros of South Lake Tahoe CA

  • Perfect location to access Heavenly Ski Resort.
  • The town is also well situated to use as a base for the other South Lake Tahoe ski resorts.
  • The beach area in particular is very scenic.
  • The South Lake Tahoe lodging is very diverse and caters to a range of budgets from dirt cheap to luxurious.

Pro or Con Depending on Your Perspective 

  • Stateline is awesome if you like gambling and the casinos offer great nightlife, good value for money lodging, inexpensive food and drink, and the ability to smoke inside if you want. 

Where is South Lake Tahoe CA and Stateline Nevada?

As the names suggest, South Lake Tahoe CA is located on the south shore of Lake Tahoe, whilst Stateline is just on the other side of the border. South Lake Tahoe/Stateline is 100 miles northeast of Sacramento and 190 miles northeast of San Francisco.

The Reno-Tahoe International Airport is the most common gateway airport, which is 56 miles to the northeast, a drive that takes just over an hour.

South Lake Tahoe Ski Resorts

During winter and spring, the main focus becomes skiing and snowboarding at the South Lake Tahoe ski resorts, and the town is the main lodging base for Heavenly Mountain Resort and Sierra at Tahoe.

The Heavenly Ski Resort is the key South Lake Tahoe ski resort, with the Heavenly Gondola conveniently starting right in the heart of South Lake Tahoe and only a stone’s throw from the Stateline casinos.

Sierra at Tahoe is 15 miles (25 minute drive) southwest of South Lake Tahoe.

Kirkwood Mountain Resort is 34 miles south of South Lake Tahoe.

Other ski resorts close to South Lake Tahoe and Stateline:
  • 23 miles away on the west shore of the lake is Homewood
  • A little further north and 37 miles away is Alpine Meadows
  • Squaw Valley is 37 miles away (1 hour drive)
  • Mt Rose is easily accessible to the northeast of Lake Tahoe, 37 miles away
  • Diamond Peak in Incline Village is 28 miles north of South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe Lodging

On the California side, South Lake Tahoe lodging comes in almost every form imaginable from upscale hotels and condos to incredibly cheap motels and lodges: South Lake Tahoe Accommodations

On the Nevada side, there are various casino hotels which tend to provide very good value for money: Stateline Casinos and Hotels Listings
Tours In/Near South Lake Tahoe

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

Powder Hunt Trips
HOSTED SKI & SNOWBOARD POWDER CHASER
6 Nights | 5 Ski Days | 1-3 Resorts
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
So if you are looking to only ski or ride powder in North America this season, this tour could be your ticket to powder happiness! Lock in a date for your tour & Ski Ride Tours will choose the best destination just before your arrival based on the best possible snow conditions.
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USA Snow Road Trip
SNOWBOARD PROGRESSION TOUR
12 Nights | 9 Days Instruction
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Advanced
Want to ride up to 8 of the USA's top ski resorts in one hit whilst hanging out with like minded people & improving your riding skills? This incredible snowboarding only tour is available to solo travelers & groups alike & visits resort in Colorado, Utah & California.
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Cat Skiing Tours

Pacific Crest Day Cat Skiing
LAKE TAHOE | DAY CAT SKIING TOURS
8 - 12 Runs | Over 12,000 vert feet
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Escape the crowds in Lake Tahoe & come and play in the 3,000 acre private powder playground with Pacific Crest Snowcats. Book a seat for yourself, a few of you or a whole cat for a private day with your ski buddies! Seats book out early so be sure to book soon.
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