The Best Lake Tahoe Ski Resorts for Families
Redefining ~ Family Time
Skiing in Lake Tahoe
Family Time in Tahoe ~ What Could Be Better?
Lake Tahoe is one of the best family getaway destinations in the American West. It also has some of the highest-rated ski resorts in the country, and receives enormous snowfalls every year. So for your next Lake Tahoe trip, why not bring these two attractions together? Below are our picks for the best family ski resorts in Lake Tahoe.
South Lake Tahoe Ski Resorts
If your family loves to ski, you’ve probably heard of Heavenly before. Why? The 4,800 acres of skiable terrain. A summit elevation of more than 10,000 feet. And nearly 100 runs. There’s a reason it was named as such. They also offer daycare for your children. Perfect for when you wanna sneak away to the Tamarack Lodge for some live entertainment. Plus, it’s just a 5-10 minute drive to the border casinos.
For the ultimate Heavenly experience, check out the Sierra Shores luxury complex, located just minutes from the slopes (pictured below). There's also a free shuttle that picks up guests steps away from the lodge. With heated driveways and sidewalks, cozy fireplaces, and plenty of space for large groups, these lakeside retreats are just as special in the winter as they are in the summer.
Perfect For Families ~ Of All Ages
Kirkwood tends to have a reputation as an advanced mountain, but that's really not the case. True, it does have a 2,000 foot vertical drop, but with 15% of the mountain devoted to beginner terrain, Kirkwood is a ski resort that can boast fun for slope levels of all skills.
Note that it is a little bit farther from the lake from other resorts, so you won't get the iconic visuals of skiing down the mountain and right into the lake, as you do with Heavenly or North Lake Tahoe's Diamond Peak.
A Great Escape ~ For Beginners or Pros
One of the most diverse resorts, Sierra At Tahoe touts about 2,000 skiable acres. But here’s the fun part. 320 of those are back-country terrain. 100 are strictly for beginners. And all of them are about an exciting experience. Plus, freestyle skiing is big here, so it’s a great place for any extreme enthusiast to escape for a run or two.
North Lake Tahoe Ski Resorts
Northstar California Resort
Come For The Ski School ~ Stay For The Apres
Northstar ranks extremely high on our list of the best family ski resorts in all of Tahoe. It has one of the best ski schools in the country, but also has more challenging terrain that's perfect for tackling when the kids are still in classes.
It also has some of the best on-slope lodgings in the area. The Ritz-Carlton sits atop the mountain, several new ski-in, ski-out homes are being built as a part of high-end developments all over the resort, and the ski village has daily activities fit for the whole family.
Pictured below is Aerials at Big Horn Lodge, located directly above the action of Northstar Ski Village.
For many, Squaw is the ultimate Lake Tahoe ski destination. Not only because it hosted the 1960 Olympics, but it’s also remarkably family-friendly, with 25% of its terrain dedicated to beginners.
But we’ll be honest, overall, this one is probably best for older children in their teens. The other 75% is pretty demanding. Luckily, after a challenging day on the slopes, you can visit the restaurants, bars, and boutiques in the European-inspired village just at the base when you’re done.
You Can’t Go Wrong
But You Can ~ Explore Your Options
The truth is, you can’t go wrong looking for family-friendly ski resorts in North or South Lake Tahoe. But what you can do is explore your options. And with most of the resorts offering free skiing on the day you arrive in Reno, one question remains: what day will that be?
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