Lake Tahoe Area

Lake Tahoe Area

Lake Tahoe is a year round destination to please all interests, budgets and size groups.  Large homes suitable for groups of 10 or more are easy to find in South Lake Tahoe, Tahoe Donner, with a few near Kings Beach, Truckee and Incline Village.  The smaller condos and high end resort units that include five star resort amenities, concierge services, dining and shopping all in one location can be found at Northstar-at-Tahoe, Squaw/Alpine, and Kirkwood.  South Lake Tahoe is home to Tahoe Keys, a boaters paradise with an abundance of marinas and docks and where summer time outdoor enthusiasts come to play.  Lake front lodging featuring private boat docks fills up fast in the Summer and is very popular place for beach front activities, as well as, Zephyr Cove on the Nevada side where private beaches and shoreline cottages and cabins can be found for all size parties.  All properties in Zephyr Cove fill up extremely fast, so when booking, think at least six months in advance to find your perfect place!

Heavenly

Lake Tahoe Area

Heavenly borders the state line between Nevada and California on Tahoe’s South shore. The mountain is diverse with terrain and offers some of the most stunning views from the top of the mountain and from it’s gondola. The highest elevation can be found here at it’s 10,040 foot peak above sea level. The area features diverse lodging accommodations from ski in/ski out condos or county homes featuring amazing views just a short drive to the resort. The Heavenly base area offers a nice mix of casual dining options that are all a short walk from the Gondola, from brew pubs to pizzas to Asian and Pacific Coast seafood, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from. 

Northstar

Lake Tahoe Area

Northstar is a whimsical place on the North West shore of the lake. The resort has bragging rights for having the largest snow making system on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe. The wide variety of terrain and runs are impeccably groomed and easy to manage for all skill levels. Apres’ ski at the Village surrounding the ice skating rink at the end of a busy day. The Village is vibrant yet laid back and cozy making it an enjoyable place to relax with family and friends. Unique shopping and diverse dining options within the Village offer options to please even the pickiest of palettes.

Kirkwood

Lake Tahoe Area

Kirkwood pats itself on the back for being purely focused on the enjoyment of skiing and boarding. It’s that simple. There are no lines, no crowds, no big price tags on the lift tickets, and no fuss or paraphernalia. People living in the Bay Area will appreciate the one hour less of a drive to reach this destination as opposed to the other resorts in Lake Tahoe. Everything is centrally located so no matter where you are staying here, you are a quick walk to the slopes. When the snow falls, this place will have the most. What you’ll find here are friendly smiles, a relaxed vibe, and the driest and deepest snowfall in Lake Tahoe. 

Squaw Valley / Alpine Meadows

Lake Tahoe Area

Famous for hosting the 1960’s Olympics, this resort appeals to the masses of intermediate to extreme ski and snow boarders each year. Squaw Valley is paradise to play on! Newly joining forces with it’s sister mountain, Alpine Meadows, SquawAlpine now offers shared lift tickets to both mountains which collectively cover 6,000 skiable acres of powdery terrain. Go Big, yep! Our pick - the Tahoe Super 4, which gets you 4 unrestricted days to Squaw/Alpine for just $83/day for adults and $43/day for kids. Apres’ ski with great food and drink at Rocker Bar at the base of the mountain or take a ride up the aerial cable car to experience the jaw dropping views from High Camp, a mountain top paradise at 8,200 vertical feet above it all. 

West Shore

Lake Tahoe Area

The West Shore of Lake Tahoe is a peaceful, less crowded area where Homewood Ski Resort resides. Homewood Ski Resort is located in the town of Homewood which is situated a few miles south of Tahoe City. Convenience and the affordability of a lift ticket ($45.00) make this mountain a fun, easy, budget friendly escape for those looking for some nice powder terrain for half the cost. The mountain is carefree and never crowded which makes it a simple escape for those living in the area or a short drive away in Northern California. Being so close to the Lake, the views from Homewood are quite spectacular and some of the best views from any slopes around Lake Tahoe. It’s a small mountain and doesn’t pack the same adrenaline action as some of the others, but it’s well worth a visit if you are in the area. 

North Shore

Lake Tahoe Area

The North shore of Lake Tahoe offers many unique neighborhoods in close proximity to one another where you can walk or take a short drive to shops and restaurants. There is skiing and hiking in Squaw and Northstar, hiking, biking and golf in Truckee and Tahoe Donner, and beach combing, sailing, fishing, and boat tours at Tahoe Vista and Carnelian Bay just to name a few. Marinas, beaches and picnic areas are spread throughout from Kings Beach on the East side all the way through Sunnyside on the way to the West shore. The area features a great mix of large family homes in Tahoe Donner to beach front cabins in Kings Beach and Carnelian Bay. Luxury accommodations can be found in both the Squaw and Northstar Village areas.

The FREE Ski Shuttle starts December 20, 2014 and runs through April 4, 2015, servicing the North Shore on Weekends and Holiday weeks. Why drive when the free ski shuttle will do it for you! The service provides a safe and convenient way of getting to Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, and Homewood Mountain Resort. Details and schedules coming soon to laketahoetransit.com.

South Shore

Lake Tahoe Area

The South shore of the Lake boasts year round recreation with Heavenly Ski Resort and good mix of beaches offering lake side entertainment at nearby casinos. There are many spots where you can walk the beach at night while enjoying the moonlight as it glistens on the crystal waters. South Lake Tahoe is home to Tahoe Keys, a boaters paradise with an abundance of marinas and docks and where summer time outdoor enthusiasts come to play. Lake front lodging with private boat docks fills up fast in the Summer and is very popular place for beach front activities.

Incline Village

Lake Tahoe Area

Other than the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort and Casino attracting the lady luck crowd, Incline Village is also a less known gem for skiers and boarders alike. With Diamond Peak Ski Resort a quick minutes drive from the Lake on Tahoe’s North East Nevada corner, it’s easy access to 655 ski able acres of powdery terrain. Featuring mostly intermediate runs with the fourth longest vertical drop at Lake Tahoe, this resort is a less crowded, fun alternative for a carefree day on the slopes. Incline Village features lots of large, luxurious mountain cabins and homes to accommodate family and friends.

Truckee

Lake Tahoe Area

Truckee is a laid back community where you will find tons of hiking and biking trails right out your back yard. Located on Tahoe’s North shore, Truckee is about a 10 minute drive to the shores of Lake Tahoe. Truckee is also home to Tahoe Donner, a private residential community of large newly constructed homes offering spacious accommodations for multiple families, as well as, access to Trout Creek Recreation Center and golf course. Donner Lake is a great spot to cool off in the summer, while the Donner Ski Hill is fun for the whole family when the snow falls. Truckee and Tahoe Donner include accommodations in the center of town, to newly remodeled mountain cabins fit for the entire family.

Zephyr Cove

Lake Tahoe Area

Zephyr Cove hugs the lake on the South East shore and offers many lake front cabins accessible to beaches and marinas. Less crowded than Stateline, Zephyr Cove is a nice place to get away from it all while being just a short 5-10 minute drive to the casinos and nightlife of Stateline.