California / Nevada Ski Resorts
California has the largest population of any state in the U.S, and it may just boast the biggest personalities in the ski world. Thanks to a wide variety of terrain spread out across the state, California skiers and snowboarders often travel up to eight hours to get their fix of snow. Within the Sierra Nevada, the Lake Tahoe region has the most concentrated amount of ski areas in all of California. On the lake’s north side, Squaw Valley’s steeps and cliffs will suit the extreme skiers while Northstar California offers an excellent family experience . On the south side Heavenly offers luxury slope side accommodations and access to fantastic nightlife with nearby casinos.
Closest Airport: RNO 58 miles. Top choice for skiers looking for nightlife combined with amazing scenery, great terrain and off slope condo and private home rentals.
If partying is the name of your ski vacation game, then Heavenly is a top-of-mind choice for your next mountain getaway. Between the rowdy après-session at Unbuckle at Tamarack and late-night excursions at one of the many “Stateline” hotel-casinos, a Heavenly ski vacation is meant for those who look for excitement around every corner. It’s also a great ski destination if you value tons of terrain, exceptional views of glittering Lake Tahoe, nearly every dining and lodging option you can imagine and a great shopping scene, to boot. Families on a Heavenly ski vacation will also be pleasantly surprised thanks to fun activities like tubing, snow biking and sledding at Adventure Peak below Tamarack Lodge.
Squaw Valley, CA
Closest Airports: RNO, 35 miles; SFO 197 miles. If you’re someone who’s looking to experience ski terrain, and a culture, made famous by ski heroes of the past then a Squaw Valley ski vacation should be right up your alley
A lot of skiing’s best and brightest moments have happened at Squaw Valley. The first televised Olympics took place at Squaw Valley in 1960. The resort, whose chairlifts were an engineering masterpiece in their day, propelled the North American ski industry into world-wide recognition in a time when Europe was considered the best place to ski. Squaw Valley is also considered one of the birthplaces of extreme or big mountain skiing thanks to its iconic lines off of Squaw Peak. Many pro-skiers and snowboarders call Squaw home, and on any given day you can see them “ripping” legendary lines from the chairlift.
North Star, CA
Closest Airport: RNO, 37 miles. For the modern family that prefers substance with a unique, laid-back style, Northstar California Resort combines California cool with high-end luxury, on-mountain exhilaration with a sophisticated alpine village atmosphere.
Northstar has consistently receives acknowledgement as a top family ski resort. With 60-percent intermediate, or blue, terrain, and enough beginner and expert runs to keep them satisfied, it’s certainly an ideal ski destination for a family with varied skiing ability. The many family-friendly activities, like snow tubing, pottery and candle making and ice skating, 35 shops and restaurants, seal the deal for families. It’s also a popular destination for park skiers and snowboarders, with seven world-class terrain parks and 22-foot halfpipe. The Burton Snowboard Academy and Burton Riglet Park are also attractive programs for aspiring snowboarders and little jibbers.
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