When it comes to snow, Reno-Tahoe has some impressive boasting rights. Just an hour away from the Biggest Little City, you’ll find the highest concentration of ski resorts in the country. With record-breaking annual snowfall and breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada mountains, our backyard is the perfect playground for world-class skiing and snowboarding. Get ready to explore these 14 resorts and experience the winter wonderland like never before.
- Northstar California Resort
- Heavenly Ski Resort
- Kirkwood Mountain Resort
- Squaw Valley Ski Resort
- Alpine Meadows Ski Resort
- Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe
- Boreal Mountain Resort
- Diamond Peak Ski Resort
- Sugar Bowl Resort
- Royal Gorge Cross Country Resort
- Homewood Mountain Resort
- Donner Ski Ranch
- Soda Springs Mountain Resort
Northstar California Resort
A year-round destination offering both winter and summer activities, Northstar California Resort is a true gem. Spread across 3,170 acres, the resort boasts 100 ski and snowboard trails, 20 lifts, and eight terrain parks. But that’s not all. You can also enjoy cross country skiing, telemark skiing, tubing, snowshoeing, and ice skating. Families will love the two Kids Adventure Zones, specially designed with them in mind. And when you’re ready for a break from the slopes, The Village at Northstar awaits with upscale dining, shopping, live music, yoga classes, and more.
Northstar California Resort is located at 5001 Northstar Drive in Truckee, Calif. Ambassadeur Hotel is the perfect place to stay while you explore this fantastic resort.
Heavenly Ski Resort
Imagine shredding two states at once! Heavenly Ski Resort is the largest resort in the region, spanning an impressive 4,800 skiable acres across California and Nevada. With 97 trails catering to all skill levels, 28 lifts, two terrain parks, and two expert areas, there’s something for everyone. But what truly sets Heavenly apart is its breathtaking location. Situated at 10,067 feet, it offers unparalleled views of Lake Tahoe’s pristine waters. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself stopping in your tracks just to admire the beauty.
Heavenly Ski Resort is located at 4080 Lake Tahoe Boulevard in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to stay at Ambassadeur Hotel and make the most of your visit.
Kirkwood Mountain Resort
For a unique and remote mountain experience, head to Kirkwood Mountain Resort. Located atop the Sierra Crest, this high-alpine resort receives an impressive annual snowfall of 350-600 inches. With 86 trails and diverse terrain, Kirkwood offers challenges and thrills for skiers and snowboarders of all levels. If you’re seeking untouched powder and stunning scenery, this is the place for you.
Kirkwood Mountain Resort is located at 1501 Kirkwood Meadows Drive in Kirkwood, Calif. Stay at Ambassadeur Hotel and enjoy easy access to this incredible resort.
Squaw Valley Ski Resort
Once a small ski mountain, Squaw Valley has transformed into a world-renowned destination. Ranked among the best resorts in the world, Squaw Valley offers 3,600 skiable acres with over 170 trails, 16 bowls, and four terrain parks. Whether you’re into snow tubing, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, dog sledding, or even night skiing, Squaw has it all. And don’t forget to take a ride on the only funitel in the United States, a gondola built for longer trips and higher winds.
Squaw Valley Ski Resort is located at 1960 Squaw Valley Road in Olympic Valley, Calif. Make your stay even more memorable by booking a room at Ambassadeur Hotel.
Alpine Meadows Ski Resort
If you’re looking for a picturesque playground, look no further than Alpine Meadows. With over 100 trails, seven bowls, and two terrain parks, this resort has endless possibilities for exploration. Perfect for beginners and advanced riders alike, Alpine Meadows offers tailored programs for every skill level. And with one of the longest snow seasons in the area, it’s a must-visit destination as spring approaches.
Alpine Meadows Ski Resort is located at 2600 Alpine Meadows Road in Tahoe City, Calif. Experience comfort and convenience by staying at Ambassadeur Hotel during your visit.
Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe
Just a short 25-minute drive from Reno, Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe is the closest ski resort to the Biggest Little City. With a base elevation of 8,260 feet, this resort offers supreme snow conditions on its more than 60 trails, eight chairlifts, and three terrain parks. Advanced skiers and boarders won’t want to miss tackling The Chutes, some of the steepest and longest slopes in North America. And if you’re looking for a great deal, Two’fer Tuesdays and Ladies Day Thursdays offer discounted lift tickets.
Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe is located at 22222 Mt. Rose Highway in Reno. Book your stay at Ambassadeur Hotel for easy access to this fantastic resort.
Boreal Mountain Resort
Looking for some after-work or after-school fun? Boreal Mountain Resort has got you covered. Known for its night skiing and snowboarding, it’s open until 9 p.m. daily and has easy highway access. With 33 trails, six chairlifts, and epic terrain parks, including half pipes, jumps, rails, and banks, Boreal offers excitement for riders of all levels. If you’re new to park riding, the Start Park provides a great introduction.
Boreal Mountain Resort is located at 19749 Boreal Ridge Road in Soda Springs, Calif. Choose Ambassadeur Hotel as your home away from home during your Boreal adventure.
Diamond Peak Ski Resort
Diamond Peak Ski Resort welcomes you with open arms. With miles of welcoming, uncrowded runs and incredible views of Lake Tahoe, this community-owned resort feels like home. Enjoy 30 trails, six lifts, and two terrain parks, as well as the Child Ski Center designed for the littlest riders. And the best part? Kids aged six and younger and seniors aged 80 and up receive free passes, making it even easier for families to enjoy the fun.
Diamond Peak Ski Resort is located at 1210 Ski Way in Incline Village, Nev. Ambassadeur Hotel is the perfect place to stay and create lasting memories.
Sugar Bowl Resort
As one of the county’s oldest ski areas, Sugar Bowl Resort has a rich history. Opened in 1939 and still family-owned, this resort offers 98 trails across four peaks, 1,650 acres, and 1,500 vertical feet. With an average annual snowfall of 500 inches, Sugar Bowl is truly a sweet spot to ride. Don’t forget to visit the Village Lodge and experience its charming Austrian and Bavarian character.
Sugar Bowl Resort is located at 629 Sugar Bowl Road in Norden, Calif. Stay at Ambassadeur Hotel and make the most of your time at this iconic resort.
Royal Gorge Cross Country Resort
Royal Gorge Cross Country Resort is the largest XC (cross country) resort in North America, offering an extensive trail system and nine warming huts. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced skier, there’s something for everyone. Discover 27 beginner trails with breathtaking views of the Northern Sierra. You can also enjoy snowshoeing and dog-friendly trails, perfect for a day of fun in the snow with your four-legged friend.
Royal Gorge Cross Country Resort is located at 9411 Pahatsi Road in Soda Springs, Calif. Choose Ambassadeur Hotel as your home base while you explore this cross country paradise.
Sierra-at-Tahoe offers a base elevation of 6,640 feet, bringing you an incredible annual snowfall of 460 inches straight from Mother Nature. With 46 trails, 14 lifts, and eight terrain parks, including the renowned Halfpipe, this resort has it all. Families will love the four Adventure Zones designed just for kids, the tubing mountain, and the three miles of snowshoe trails.
Sierra-at-Tahoe is located at 1111 Sierra-at-Tahoe Road in Twin Bridges, Calif. Ambassadeur Hotel is the perfect place to relax after a thrilling day on the slopes.
Homewood Mountain Resort
Known as the place “Where the Mountains Meet the Lake,” Homewood Mountain Resort offers an extraordinary experience. With 280 steps, you can go from lift to lake and enjoy the stunning views that come with such proximity. Boasting 67 runs, eight lifts, and four parks, as well as 750 acres of backcountry terrain accessible by snowcat vehicles, Homewood has something for everyone. Intermediate and expert riders will find themselves in paradise with 55 percent of the mountain dedicated to their skill level.
Homewood Mountain Resort is located at 5145 West Lake Boulevard in Homewood, Calif. Experience the best of Homewood by staying at Ambassadeur Hotel.
Donner Ski Ranch
Donner Ski Ranch prides itself on being a family-owned and family-oriented resort. Their goal is to make skiing and snowboarding accessible for all. With the Old School Days promotion, lift ticket prices roll back to $40 for adults and $22 for children almost every Tuesday through Thursday (plus an additional $20 for equipment rental). Enjoy 78 runs spread across the front and back sides of the mountain, with options for every skill level. And if you’re not into riding, the tubing park and snow play area are perfect alternatives.
Donner Ski Ranch is located at 19320 Donner Pass Road in Norden, Calif. Choose Ambassadeur Hotel as your home base during your visit to Donner Ski Ranch.
Soda Springs Mountain Resort
If you’re new to skiing and snowboarding or simply want to practice your skills, Soda Springs is the place to be. With a relatively small vertical rise of 550 feet, it’s the perfect spot for beginners. But don’t worry, there are advanced trails too. Families with young children can enjoy Planet Kids, offering mini tubing, a tubing carousel, climbable snow volcanoes, and lesson areas. For more speed, head to Tube Town and experience the 20 runs with a 400-foot surface lift.
Soda Springs Mountain Resort is located at 10244 Soda Springs Road in Norden, Calif. Your stay at Ambassadeur Hotel will add comfort and convenience to your Soda Springs adventure.
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