Tahoe City

Lakeside dining at Tahoe City
One of the Tahoe City ski shops
The town sits on the shores of Lake Tahoe
The main street of Tahoe City
Tahoe City has various options for dining and drinking
Views across Lake Tahoe
Alpine Meadows: a ski resort near Tahoe City
Views to the lake from Alpine Meadows
Squaw Valley is another Tahoe City ski resort
Nearby Northstar is very family friendly
Northstar has lots of bells and whistles!
Nearby Diamond Peak has lots of mellow slopes ideal for the kids

Tahoe City

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The town used to be called “Tahoe” but the name was changed to Tahoe City to differentiate it from the whole area surrounding Lake Tahoe. They probably still didn’t get the name right, as Tahoe City is much more of a town than a “city”. The Sunnyside–Tahoe City area only has a population of about 1,500, and sure there are plenty of tourists there too, but a city?! What were they thinking?! During winter, Tahoe City skiing becomes the main focus of activities considering the high concentration of quality ski resorts near Tahoe City. 

Where is Tahoe City?

Tahoe City California is situated on the northwestern shore of Lake Tahoe at the headwaters of the Truckee River. Highway 89 skirts the western shore of the lake, and the main part of town is at a fork in the road where Highway 89 heads northwest to the town of Truckee, 14.5 miles away.

Reno Airport is 55 miles northeast of Tahoe City, whilst the San Francisco International Airport is 214 miles to the southwest. 

Tahoe City Ski Resorts

During winter, the Tahoe City activities centre around snow and sliding on it, which isn’t surprising considering the high concentration of quality ski resorts near Tahoe City. Nearby ski resorts: Not sure if it’s worthy of being called a ski resort, but the historic Granlikbakken Ski Resort is located in Tahoe City, about 1 mile southwest of downtown. It has a large conference centre and lodge, and the small ski hill at Granlibakken offers mellow downhill slopes that would be great for my grandma, a little cross country skiing, and a sledding hill.


Some of the Tahoe City accommodations are south of the downtown area and there is also a little lodging to the northeast in the Dollar Point area.

The Sunnyside Resort and Lodge in Tahoe City is located on the west shore of Lake Tahoe, offering hotel rooms with lake views. The resort features a lovely lakeside dining room.  

The Tahoe City Inn is located in downtown Tahoe City, not far from the waterfront and restaurants, and provides affordable lodging.

Tahoe City Accommodation Listings


In keeping with its ski town status, there are various Tahoe City ski shops and outdoor stores. The cute main street has lots of dining and drinking options ranging from upscale gastro-pubs to little coffee shops, including the very quirky Rosie’s Café that is filled with an incredible amount of paraphernalia. There are also lakeside eateries that show off the magnificent views across Lake Tahoe.
Tours In/Near Tahoe City

Cat Skiing Tours

Pacific Crest Day Cat Skiing
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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USD 399
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