Lake Tahoe resonates with visitors from around the world, thanks to a pure and organic connection to nature. The destination, which straddles the border of Nevada and California, truly seems to have it all, from sandy beaches to clear blue waters and mountain trails for hiking and biking. Its greatest draw, however, is as a ski destination with resorts for guests of all levels scattered around every part of the lake. Yet the athleticism of winter sports is only part of the appeal. In between runs, you may want to warm up by the fireplace with a cocktail or cup of hot chocolate. Add in sweeping waterside views, exceptional dining and boutique shopping, and you’ve got the complete package for an alpine vacation getaway.
The diversity of activities is one of the reasons I love roaming the streets of South Lake Tahoe. There’s so much to do in one place. Heavenly Village has a certain energy that’s hard to duplicate. Gondola cabins fly on cables overhead, back-and-forth to the mountain top, while families munch down on snacks, play games and listen to live music. I like to soak in the atmosphere and then wander over to Artemis, a Mediterranean cafe that serves food and drinks on a patio by the lake.
The great thing about Lake Tahoe is that you can craft your vacation to match your own preferences. Enjoy the luxury perks of a lavish suite or spend most of your time racing down the mountain. It’s up to you. The following Lake Tahoe ski resorts know how to put the pieces together in all the right places.