Category: Nevada

Lake Tahoe, Nevada

A- Overview:
Lake Tahoe is awesome! Beginning in late autumn and continuing through the winter and spring, the Sierra Nevada mountain region becomes a winter wonderland. Snow is measured in feet, not inches, and a normal winter will see accumulations of 30 to 40 feet in the higher elevations. Winter can last up to six months in the mountains, which is great news for winter sports enthusiasts. The temperatures stay relatively mild, usually above freezing during the day and only dropping into the 20s at night. During most days, the sun shines and adds the perfect finishing touch to the ideal winter vacation.

One of the highest, largest, deepest, cleanest and coldest lakes in the world, 1000 foot deep Lake Tahoe is situated at a mile high elevation in an alpine bowl of forested granite peaks. The drive around the entire circumference of Lake Tahoe is 72 miles in length and takes about three hours. It is recommended during the summer months only. During the winter, Highway 89, which runs along the west shore and connects South Tahoe and Tahoe City closes when there is too much snow. A delightful alternative to driving around the lake is to view it from a paddle wheeler on a summer cruise.

The early-mid years of the 20th century saw tremendous building and deforestation in the Lake Tahoe area. The building boom was brought under control in the 1960’s, and 85% of the land is now protected from development. The undeveloped land is owned either by the state or federal governments, and has been turned into National Forests and State Parks, further enhancing the appeal of this spectacular place.

The Lake Tahoe region straddles the Nevada/California border. The state line cuts through the lake lengthwise, so that the western shore is in California; the eastern shore in Nevada and some properties situated north and south of the Lake are in both States. One such hotel even has a dotted line running through its rooms to indicate in which State occupants are located.

During normal snow years, many ski resorts are open by Thanksgiving and some even operate through July 4. As a result, summer visitors can ski in the morning and enjoy a pleasant afternoon of river rafting. During any lulls in snowfall, ski resorts make snow. Most resorts have installed sophisticated snowmaking equipment on a large percentage of their terrain.

The North and South Lake Tahoe areas have the greatest concentration of ski resorts in North America, with 15 alpine resorts and 12 cross-country resorts offering a wide range of terrain and level of expertise. For the novice skier or snowboarder, lessons are offered at most of the resorts.

Also offered are packages, which include rental equipment, maps, lift tickets or trail passes, along with lessons.

Other popular activities include sleigh rides, dog sled rides, snowshoeing, ice skating, snowmobiling in the fall, winter, and spring; and in the summer: golf, hiking, bicycling, fishing, boating, ballooning, and river rafting. Superb casino gaming and entertainment are available year round. The Olympic games and World Cup skiing have both been hosted by Lake Tahoe. It is a world-class destination.

B- City Information:
Population: 21,600

Elevation:

Tahoe City: 6302 feet

Truckee: 5820 feet

Average Temperatures:

Month
High
Low

January
38F
16F

February
38F
16F

March
46F
21F

April
53F
29F

May
60F
36F

June
73F
41F

July
81F
43F

August
81F
41F

September
73F
37F

October
63F
34F

November
52F
30F

December
40F
15F

If the weather is questionable, call (530) 583-6985 to check cable car operation schedules and weather conditions. In every season, sunscreen is a must because of the greater intensity of the sun’s rays at higher elevations. A jacket is also recommended, because the temperature is much cooler at Lake Tahoe’s elevation than in the valley.

The Area

North Lake Tahoe (North Shore) is less developed, and is where most of the large, expensive vacation homes are located. It has more of a wilderness feel than the South Shore and more opportunities for outdoor recreation, including things like mountain biking in addition to traditional outdoor sports.

North Lake Tahoe is a seasonally inhabited area that stretches along 40 miles of shoreline. It contains three residential communities as well as the Tahoe and Toiyabe National Forests and a number of state parks. The resort communities are known as the West shore; the North shore, and the Truckee River Canyon area.

South Lake Tahoe (South Shore) is much more populated and developed, with a concentration of casinos, miles of motels, shops, restaurants, etc. There is always lots to do in and around this area. It is also well known for its clubs, restaurants and night life.

If you’re going in the summer, plan to jet-ski, parasail, and take a hot air balloon ride right off the lake!

The Lake Tahoe area straddles the Nevada/California border. The state line cuts through the lake lengthwise, so that the western shore is in California; the eastern shore in Nevada and some properties situated north and south of the Lake are in both States. One such hotel even has a dotted line running through its rooms to indicate in which State occupants are located.

The drive entirely around Lake Tahoe is 72 miles in length and takes about three hours. It is recommended during the summer months only. During the winter, Highway 89, which runs along the west shore and connects South Tahoe and Tahoe City closes when there is too much snow. There is good public transportation to all points of interest. Summer and winter are the optimal times to visit the Lake Tahoe area.

Remember that there is the possibility of snow in the higher elevations throughout the year. Always check the weather forecast before driving into the mountains in order to be prepared.

Lake Tahoe, South Shore and North Shore Casinos

South Lake Tahoe casinos include Caesars, Harrah’s, Harvey’s, Horizon, and the Lakeside Inn.

North Lake Tahoe casinos include the Hyatt Regency in Incline Village and the Cal-Neva and Biltmore in Crystal Bay!.

Gambling Age: Persons under 21 years of age are not permitted by law to gamble. They can walk through the casinos, but cannot stop at any of the games. They are allowed to wait in line for a show or a restaurant table with their parents.

Getting There

Airport: The South Lake Tahoe airport has flights to and from the major airports in California. The airport is located just south of the city on Highway 50. Several airlines fly into Reno International Airport. The Tahoe casino express operates a shuttle service between Reno International Airport and Lake Tahoe.

Airport: Tahoe-Truckee is a non-commercial airport for small private planes. It is located southeast of Truckee.

Road Conditions: Telephone 1-800-427-7623 for information on winter driving conditions and road closures.

Bus: South Lake Tahoe is serviced by greyhound on a regular, daily basis from all major cities. The terminal is located inside Harrah’s Hotel-Casino on Lake Tahoe Blvd. For information telephone (702) 588-4645.

Travel in the area: Van shuttles go back and forth between the hotels and the casinos daily at 1/2 hour intervals

California side trip: San Francisco is an easy 3.5 hour drive from Lake Tahoe. Take Hwy 50 west to Sacramento and then I-80 to San Francisco. This would be the best route from South Lake Tahoe. (You can also take I-80 all the way which would be the best from North Lake Tahoe.

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
North Shore Lake Tahoe

Cablecar at Squaw Valley USA

Calif. Hwy. 89, 6 mi. north of Tahoe City, Calif.

(530) 583-6955, (800) 545-4350

During ski season, the tram operates from 9 AM until 9 PM weekdays and from 8:30 AM until 9 PM weekends. Daily hours during the summer are 9:30 AM to 9 PM. The tram is closed from late September until mid-October.

Fanny Bridge

Junction of Calif. highways. 89 and 28, Tahoe City, Calif.

Fanny Bridge spans the Truckee River where it empties from Lake Tahoe on its journey toward Pyramid Lake. Also at this site is the concrete dam with 17 gates used to raise or lower the level of the lake. There are a number of enormous rainbow trout living in the waters around the bridge

Gatekeeper’s Museum

Junction of California Highways 89 and 28, Tahoe City, Calif.

(530) 583- 1762

Since 1986 the Federal Watermaster’s Office in Reno has regulated the level of the lake. Today the gatekeeper’s cabin is a museum showcasing Lake Tahoe’s past through natural history displays, stories of pioneers and priceless artifacts. Of particular interest are exhibits showing the effects of growth and pollution on the Tahoe Basin.

Marion Steinbach Indian Basket Museum

The museum is open Wednesday – Sunday, May 1 – June 15 and from Labor Day – October 1, and every day from June 16 through Labor Day. The hours are 11 – 5 . Although admission is free, donations are welcome.

The museum contains a collection of more than 800 baskets from native American tribes all over the country.

Ponderosa Ranch

100 Ponderosa Ranch Rd., Incline Village, Nevada

(775) 831-0691

9:30- 5 April – October, weather permitting. Breakfast hay wagons depart twice daily, Memorial Day through Labor Day, at 8 and 9:30 AM. Since much of the activity at the ranch is outdoors, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes and to bring along a jacket .

More than 500 million television viewers in 86 countries have relived the days of the wild West through the television series Bonanza. The Ponderosa Ranch at Lake Tahoe was selected as the setting for the show because of its spectacular scenery.

Step back in time to the post-Civil War era as you wander around the 12 acre downtown. It is authentic to the last detail, including the Silver Dollar Saloon advertising “meals 25 cents” the Old Time Photo Shop,and the gallows. Of particular interest is the variety of horse-drawn vehicles casually parked everywhere, as if their owners were in town shopping for the day.

The highlight of the ranch is the massive log structure used as the Cartwright family home. Outside, you can test your skill at the Moonshine Shootin’ Gallery, make new friends at the Petting Farm, pan for gold at the Lucky Bonanza Mine and ride a horse at the Pony Rides.

Watson Cabin Living Museum

560 N. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, Calif.

(530) 583-8717

Daily June 15 through Labor Day from noon – 4 . Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

Built in 1909, the Watson Cabin Living Museum is the oldest building in Tahoe City. Listed in the National Register of Historic Homes, the cabin contains the first indoor private bathroom in Tahoe City, as well as antiques and collectibles from the turn of the century.

Parks

In the Lake Tahoe Basin:

Sugar Pine Point State Park – 530-525-7982
This beautiful Park fronts Lake Tahoe for 1-3/4 miles and features General Creek Campground (operated year-round), the Ehrman Mansion, Sugar Pine Point Nature Center, and over 2,000 acres of conifer forest. The park offers picnicking, hiking trails, fishing, sunbathing, and interpretive programs. The Sugar Pine Point Nature Center is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm through Labor Day. Ehrman Mansion, one of the most beautiful historic homes on Lake Tahoe, is open for guided tours July through Labor

D.L. Bliss and Emerald Bay State Park
Six miles of Lake Tahoe’s most rugged shoreline highlight these popular parks. Both have campgrounds and opportunities for hiking, swimming, fishing, and interpretive activities.

Vikingsholm Castle, the most popular attraction, (west end of Emerald Bay), is considered the finest example of Scandinavian architecture in the United States. Guided tours are available daily, during the summer months from 10 am to 4 pm every half hour.

D.L. Bliss State Park has a beautiful beach on Rubicon Bay (and a trailhead for the Rubicon Point Trail that continues on to Vikingsholm).

Lake Tahoe Nevada State Parks:

Sand Harbor – 775-831-0494
Long sandy beaches, rocky coves, and panoramic lake views attract thousands of visitors to Sand Harbor.
Swimming and Scuba Diving – Gently sloping beaches, crystal clear waters, and interesting rock formations make excellent areas for swimming and scuba-diving.
Boating – The boat launch facility has two double ramps. A fee is charged. Parking is limited in the summer; when the lot is full, vehicles and trailers must park outside of Sand Harbor.

Spooner Lake and the Marlette/Hobart Backcountry
This area contains 13,000 forested acres of park land and several alpine lakes. The blue waters of Spooner Lake adjoin aspen groves and mountain meadows dotted with wildflowers. Swimming is not recommended.

Cave Rock
The day-use facility is located on US Hwy. 50, 3 miles south of Glenbrook, just south of the Cave Rock tunnel.

South Shore Lake Tahoe

Aerial Tram at Heavenly Ski Resort

Heavenly Ski Resort, end of Ski Run Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, Calif.

(800) 243-2836

During the summer season, the tram runs weekdays from 10 – 9 and weekends from 8:30 – 4 .

From this vantage point 2,000 feet above the level of the lake, the size and grandeur of the Lake Tahoe Basin is exquisite. Hiking along the ridge is popular during the summer. Sunset colors on the lake are spectacular!

Emerald Bay and Vikingsholm Castle

Calif. Hwy. 89, 5 mi. from South Lake Tahoe, Calif.

(530) 573-2600

Tours are usually available daily from mid-June through Labor Day from 10- 4 but call ahead to verify specific times and admission prices.

Emerald Bay with tiny Fannette Island rests on a narrow arm on the southwestern shore of the lake. Its emerald green water is surrounded by sheer granite cliffs.

The castle is not accessible by car, but is a one mile walk from the Emerald Bay parking lotThe 38-room mansion is a replica of an 11th-century Viking castle

Fallen Leaf Lake

Junction of Calif. Hwy. 89 and Fallen Leaf Rd., South Lake Tahoe, Calif.

Fallen Leaf Lake is frequently not accessible during winter months because of heavy snowfall.

The second-largest natural lake in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Fallen Leaf was an appendage of Lake Tahoe many years ago. Three miles long, Fallen Leaf Lake is considered by many scientists to be a microcosm of Lake Tahoe. Because it is smaller, researchers are studying the effects of pollution on the lake as they believe the same effects will appear in a similar way later in the larger Lake Tahoe.

Hornblower’s Tahoe Queen

Marina Village, at the foot of Ski Run Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, Calif.

(800) 238-2463

Departures are from 10:30am- 7 pm The 2 pm trips on Monday and Tuesday are gaming cruises with personnel onboard to teach the rules and strategies of 21, craps, roulette and poker. Telephone for rates with and without dinner

Hornblower’s Tahoe Queen, an authentic paddle wheeler, sails from its pier in South Lake Tahoe across the lake and into Emerald Bay daily throughout the year.

Tallac Historic Site

Calif. Hwy. 89, South Lake Tahoe, Calif.

(530) 541-5227

weekends 11- 3 from Memorial Day weekend – mid-June. The rest of the summer season Wed – Sunday 10- 4 Call ahead to verify hours and days of operation

Admission is free

Following the discovery of silver in Nevada, Lake Tahoe became a popular summer retreat for wealthy residents of San Francisco, Virginia City and Sacramento. In 1880, Elias J. “Lucky” Baldwin built an opulent resort including a casino and two hotels on this site. For more than 30 years it was one of a kind. As the area became more accessible via automobiles, other lavish estates appeared all around the lake.

Taylor Creek Visitor Center

Calif. Hwy. 89, South Lake Tahoe, Calif.

(530) 573-2674

weekends from 11- 3 Memorial Day weekend – mid-June. The rest of the summer season through Labor Day weekend: Wed. – Sun. from 10- 4 September schedules vary, so call ahead for hours and days of operation

Adjoining the Tallac Historic Site, the area around Taylor Creek Visitor Center gives the visitor ample opportunities to experience the Taylor Creek ecosystem and to understand its relationship to Lake Tahoe. Mt. Tallac rises 9,735 feet in the background.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Animal Ark
1265 Deerlodge Road, Reno, NV 775-969-3111
Located in the juniper covered hills north of Reno. Observe a tiny burrowing owl or kit fox as they bask in the sun next to their burrows; or the black bear that may lumber out of his den to take a dip in his pool. Open April thru October: 10 – 4:30; Closed Mondays, except holidays.

Bartley Park
6000 Bartley Ranch Road, 775-828-6612
The park features more than 2 miles of hiking trails, a horse arena and the historic one-room Huffacker School House. The Western Heritage Interpretive Center features traveling exhibits and other cultural themed programs and displays. The park is a former ranch with lots of open space and also has historic farm equipment.

Fleischmann Planetarium
North of the University of Nevada on N. Virginia St.
775-784-4811: Current Shows & Hours and current events in the night skies
775-784-4812: Reservations
Daily entertaining & informative films & star shows as well as telescope viewing weekly. Don’t miss the out-of-sight gift shop with such fun things as glow in the dark constellation maps, astronaut Freeze-dried foods & much, much more!

Galena Creek Park
18350 Mount Rose Highway, south of Reno, 775-849-2511
Hours: 8AM – 5 daily
440 acre park nestled in the forest with Galena Creek flowing through. Hiking, self guided nature trails, picnic areas and a group picnic facility. Family programs are held in Campfire Meadows at the north end of the park.

Idlewild Park
775-329-6008, West of Booth Street just off Idlewild Drive in Reno
barbecue pits, swimming, fishing, a beautiful rose garden, wedding garden, & much more. For the children there is an amusement park including Merry-go-Round, Flying Planes, Roller Coaster, Tilt-a-Whirl & famous train. Rides open daily: May thru Labor Day 11 – 6. Sept. thru May – Sat., Sun, & holidays, weather permitting.

National Automobile Museum
775-333-9300, 10 Lake Street (Corner of Lake & Mill Sts.)
A collection of 200 antique, vintage, classic, & special interest automobiles, located in downtown Reno. Don’t miss the interest automobiles, located in downtown Reno. Don’t miss the great gift shop with the hard to find unusual gifts!! Open 9:30 to 5:30PM Mon-Sat except Christmas & Thanksgiving. Open 10 to 4:00PM Sundays

Oxbow Nature Study Area
775-334-3808, 3100 Dickerson Road along the Truckee River.
Nature walks, bird watching areas & nature observation platforms.

Ponderosa Ranch
Hwy 28, Incline Village, 775-831-0691
Open Mid-April thru October – 9:30-6. Home of “Bonanza” & “Bonanza, the Next Generation,” Cartwright Ranch House Tour, petting farm, Mystery Mine, shooting gallery, breakfast hay rides, vintage cars, gun collections, & more. Closed winters.

Sierra Safari
10200 N. Virginia, 775-677-1101
Open April 1 – October 31. Hrs: 10 – 5 daily. See more than 200 animals, 40 different species. Located 8 miles north of Reno in the beautiful North Valley area at the front of majestic Peavine Mountain. Sierra Safari has become Nevada’s largest non-profit wild animal attraction.

18-hole miniature golf courses, roller coaster, and Adventure Raceway – 3 race car tracks for all ages and more.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Highlights of Activities Available in Lake Tahoe Area

Skiing

The Lake Tahoe area has the largest concentration of ski resorts in North America, with 15 alpine resorts and 13 cross-country resorts. For the ultimate in vertical, you can dive off the chutes at Squaw Valley. For all-out challenging cruising, you can burn down the meticulously groomed slopes at Northstar-at-Tahoe. For a fun first time on skis you can snowplow without fear on the gentle runs at Tahoe Donner.

Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding

North Shore Lake Tahoe

Alpine Meadows

2600 Alpine Meadows Rd., Tahoe City, Calif.

Getting there: To get to Alpine Meadows, take Calif. Highway 89 north 6 miles from Tahoe City or Calif. 89 south 13 miles from Interstate 80 in Truckee to Alpine Meadows Road.

(530) 583-4232, (800) 441-4423

Base elevation: 6,835 feet Top elevation: 8,637 feet Vertical drop: 1,802 feet

Number of runs: 100 Capacity: 16,500 skiers per hour

Terrain: 25 percent beginner, 40 percent intermediate, 35 percent advanced Skiable acres: 2,000

Longest run: 2.5 miles Number of lifts: 11 Average snowfall: 340 to 510 inches Snowphone: (530) 581-8374

Boreal Ski Resort

I-80 45 mi. west of Reno, Nev.

Getting there: Boreal Ski Resort has easy access from Interstate 80, 45 miles west of Reno off the Castle Peak Exit.

(530) 426-3666

Base elevation: 7,200 feet

Top elevation: 7,800 feet Vertical drop: 600 feet

Number of runs: 41

Capacity: 8,000 skiers per hour

Terrain: 30 percent beginner, 55 percent intermediate, 15 percent advanced

Skiable acres: 380 Longest run: I mile Number of lifts: 9 Average snowfall: 350 inches

Snowphone: (530) 426-3666

Diamond Peak Ski Resort

1210 Ski Way Dr., Incline Village, Nev.

.For information onFree local ski shuttles call (775) 832-1177.

(775) 832-1177, (800) 468-2463

Base elevation: 6,700 feet Top elevation: 8,540 feet

Vertical drop: 1,840 Number of runs: 30

Capacity: 7,700 skiers per hour

Terrain: 18 percent beginner, 49 percent intermediate, 33 percent advanced

Skiable acres: 655 Longest run: 2.5 miles Number of lifts: 6

Average snowfall: 300 inches

Snowphone: (775) 831-3211

Donner Ski Ranch

19320 Donner Pass Rd., off I-80, Norden, Calif.

Getting there: To get to Donner Ski Ranch, take I-80 west about 45 miles from Reno and exit at the Soda Springs/Norden exit onto Donner Pass Road. The resort is 3.5 miles east.

(530) 426-3635

Base elevation: 7,031 feet

Top elevation: 7,781 feet Vertical drop: 750 feet

Number of runs: 45 Capacity: 7,200 skiers per hour

Terrain: 25 percent beginner, 50 percent intermediate, 25 percent advanced

Skiable acres: 400 Longest run: 1.2 miles Number of lifts: 6 Average snowfall: 396 inches

Snowphone: (530) 426-3635

Granlibakken Ski Resort

625 Granlibakken Rd., Tahoe City, Calif.

Granlibakken is about one-half mile south of Tahoe City, just off Calif. 89.

(530) 581-7333

Base elevation: 6,310 feet

Top elevation: 6,610 feet Vertical drop: 300 feet Number of runs: 1

Terrain: 25 percent beginner, 75 percent intermediate

Skiable acres: 10 Longest run: N/A Number of lifts: 2 Average snowfall: 325 inches

Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe

22222 Mt. Rose Hwy. (Nev. Hwy. 431), Reno, Nev.

(775) 849-0704

To get to Mt. Rose take Nev. 431 east for about 11 miles from Incline Village and west for 22 miles from Reno.

Base elevation: 8,260 feet

Top elevation: 9,700 feet Vertical drop: 1,440 feet Number of runs: 41

Capacity: 10,200 skiers per hour

Terrain: 30 percent beginner, 35 percent intermediate, 35 percent advanced

Skiable acres: 900 Longest run: 2.5 miles Number of lifts: 5 Average snowfall: 400 inches

Snowphone: (775) 849-0704

Northstar-at-Tahoe

Calif. Hwy. 267 N., 6 mi. from Kings Beach, Calif.

from the Lake Tahoe area call (530) 581-6365

To get to Northstar take I-80 west from Reno to Truckee about 30 miles and then Calif. Highway 267 south for 6 miles. From Kings Beach, California, take Calif. 267 north about 6 miles

(530) 562-1010

Base elevation: 6,400 feet

Top elevation: 8,600 feet Vertical drop: 2,200 feet Number of runs: 63

Capacity: 19,400 skiers per hour

Terrain: 25 percent beginner, 50 percent intermediate, 25 percent advanced

Skiable acres: 2,420 Longest run: 2.9 miles Number of lifts: 12 Average snowfall: 350 inches

Snowphone: (530) 562-1330

Soda Springs

I-80 at Donner Summit, Norden, Calif.

take I-80 west from Reno about 45 miles to the Soda Springs/Norden exit and follow the signs to Soda (about 1 mile). From Tahoe City, take Calif. 89 north to Truckee and then I-80 west to the Soda Springs/Norden Exit

(530) 426-3901

Base elevation: 6,700 feet

Top elevation: 7,352 feet Vertical drop: 652 feet Number of runs: 16

Terrain: 30 percent beginner, 50 percent intermediate, 20 percent advanced

Skiable acres: 200 Longest run: 1 mile Number of lifts: 2 Average snowfall: 350 inches

Snowphone: (530) 426-1010

Squaw Valley USA

1960 Squaw Valley Rd., Olympic Valley, Calif.

take Calif. 89 north 6 miles from Tahoe City. From Reno head west on I-80 about 30 miles to Truckee and then south for about 13 miles on Calif. 89

Shuttle service is available from Reno, Sparks and South Shore Lake Tahoe by calling (800) 822-6009;

(530) 583-6985

Base elevation: 6,200 feet

Top elevation: 9,050 feet Vertical drop: 2,850 feet

Number of runs: 150 Capacity: 50,000 skiers per hour

Terrain: 25 percent beginner, 45 percent intermediate, 30 percent advanced

Skiable acres: 4,200 Longest run: 3 miles Number of lifts: 30 Average snowfall: 450 inches

Snowphone: (530) 583-6955

Sugar Bowl

I-80 at Donner Summit, Norden, Calif.

take I-80 west about 45 miles from Reno and exit at the Soda Springs/Norden exit onto Donner Pass Road. The resort is about 3 miles east

(530) 426-9000

Base elevation: 6,883 feet Top elevation: 8,383 feet Vertical drop: 1,500 feet Number of runs: 58

Capacity: 11,300 skiers per hourTerrain: 15 percent beginner, 40 percent intermediate, 45 percent advanced Skiable acres: 1,110 Longest run: 3 miles Number of lifts: 11 Average snowfall: 500 inches

Snowphone: (530) 426-3847

Tahoe Donner

11509 Northwoods Blvd., Truckee, Calif.

take I-80 west about 30 miles to Truckee and exit at the Central Truckee exit, which puts you on Donner Pass Road. About one-half mile down the road, turn right onto Northwoods Boulevard and follow the signs for about 5 miles to the ski area

(530) 587-9444

Base elevation: 6,750 feet

Top elevation: 7,350 feet Vertical drop: 600 feet

Number of runs: 14 Capacity: 1,000 skiers per hour

Terrain: 40 percent beginner, 60 percent intermediate

Skiable acres: 120 Longest run: 1 mile Number of lifts: 3 Snowphone: (530) 587-9444

South Shore Lake Tahoe

Heavenly Ski Resort

End of Ski Run Blvd., off U.S. Hwy. 50, South Lake Tahoe, Calif.

For shuttle information call (775) 586-7000.

(530) 541-1330, (775) 586-7000

Base elevation: 6,540 feet Top elevation: 10,040 feet Vertical drop: 3,500 feet

Number of runs: 82 Capacity: 29,000 skiers per hour

Terrain: 20 percent beginner, 45 percent intermediate, 35 percent advanced

Skiable acres: 4,800 Longest run: 5.5 miles Number of lifts: 26 Average snowfall: 336 inches

Snowphone: (530) 541-7544

Kirkwood

Off Calif. Hwy. 88 at Carson Pass, Kirkwood, Calif.

take U.S. 395 south to Minden and then Calif. Highway 88 west. It’s about a 90-minute drive when the roads are clear (209) 258-6000, (800) 967-7500

Base elevation: 7,800 feet Top elevation: 9,800 feet Vertical drop: 2,000 feet

Number of runs: 65 Capacity: 16,200 skiers per hour

Terrain: 15 percent beginner, 50 percent intermediate and 35 percent advanced

Skiable acres: 2,300 Longest run: 2.5 miles Number of lifts: 12 Average snowfall: 425 inches

Snowphone: (209) 258-3000

Sierra-at-Tahoe

1111 Sierra-at-Tahoe Rd., Twin Bridges, Calif.

take U.S. 395 south to Carson City and then follow U.S. 50 through South Lake Tahoe to Sierra-at-Tahoe Road, about 12 miles farther on. For information on theFree shuttle from South Shore Lake Tahoe call (530) 541-7548.

(530) 659-7453

Base elevation: 6,640 feet Top elevation: 8,852 feet Vertical drop: 2,212 feet

Number of runs: 44 Capacity: 14,870 skiers per hour

Terrain: 25 percent beginner, 50 percent intermediate, 25 percent advanced

Skiable acres: 2,000 Longest run: 2.5 miles Number of lifts: 10 Average snowfall: 450 inches

Snowphone: (530) 659-7475

Ski Homewood

Calif. Hwy. 89, Homewood, Calif.

take I-80 west about 30 miles to Truckee and then Calif. 89 south to about 6 miles past Tahoe City. From South Lake Tahoe it’s about 19 miles west on Calif. 89. You can also ride Tahoe Area Regional Transit (TART) in the North Shore Lake Tahoe region. For the schedule and fares, call (530) 581-6365.

(530) 525-2992

Base elevation: 6,320 feet Top elevation: 7,880 feet Vertical drop: 1,650 feet

Number of runs: 56 Capacity: 8,500 skiers per hour

Terrain: 15 percent beginner, 50 percent intermediate, 35 percent advanced

Skiable acres: 1,260 Longest run: 2 miles Number of lifts: 8 Average snowfall: 350 inches

Snowphone: (530) 525-2900

Cross-Country Skiing

North Shore Lake Tahoe

Clair Tappaan Lodge

Donner Pass Rd., off I-80, Norden, Calif.

(530) 426-3632

Diamond Peak Cross-Country

Nev. Hwy. 431, 6 mi. north of Incline Village, Nev.

(775) 832-1177, (775) 742-7957

Granlibakken Ski Resort

625 Granlibakken Rd., Tahoe City, Calif.

(530) 581-7333

Lakeview Cross-Country Ski Area

Country Club Dr., Tahoe City, Calif.

(530) 583-9353

Northstar-at-Tahoe

Calif. Hwy. 267 N., 6 mi. from Kings Beach, Calif.

(530) 562-2475

Resort at Squaw Creek

Cross-Country Ski Center

400 Squaw Creek Rd., Olympic Valley, Calif.

(530) 583-6300

Royal Gorge

I-80 at Donner Pass, Soda Springs, Calif.

(530) 426-3871, (800) 500-3871

Spooner Lake Cross-Country

Ski Area

Nev. Hwy. 28, near the junction with U.S. Hwy. 50

(775) 749-5349, (775) 887-8844

Tahoe Donner Cross-Country

Alder Creek Rd., Truckee, Calif.

(530) 587-9484

South Shore Lake Tahoe

Camp Richardson Cross-Country Ski Center

1900 Jameson Rd., South Lake Tahoe, Calif.

(530) 541-1801, (800) 544-1801

Hope Valley Cross-Country

14225 Calif. Hwy. 88, Hope Valley, Calif.

(800) 423-9949, (530) 694-2266

Kirkwood Cross-Country Center

Calif. Hwy. 88, Kirkwood, Calif.

(209) 258-7248, (800) 967-7500

Donner Memorial State Park

Donner Pass Rd., Truckee, Calif.

(530) 582-7892

North Tahoe Regional Park

Tahoe Vista, Calif.

(530) 546-5043

To get to the park from Incline Village, go west on Nev. 28, just past Kings Beach to Tahoe Vista, turn right on National Avenue and follow the signs to the park.

Whitewater Park

Reno’s latest attraction is the Truckee River Whitewater Park, located in the heart of downtown Reno. Featuring 11 drop pools and class 2-3 rapids, the park offers a great variety of whitewater activities for all skill levels.

Dog Sled Rides

Sierra Ski Touring

Gardnerville, Nev.

(775) 782-3047

The sled can accommodate up to 375 pounds. Moonlight, picnic and special event rides are also offered, but you need to reserve in advance.