Lake Tahoe is a pure jewel of nature. It is surrounded on its sides by the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and travelers can see 70 ft. down into the extraordinarily clear waters of the lake. It is the second deepest lake in the US with a depth of 1645 ft., 22 miles long, 12 miles wide and has an average surface level of 6,225 feet. It has a remarkable 72 miles of shoreline and is the most popular ski destination in the United States for hotel and air package bookings for travel. It held the highest seat on the Orbitz Insider Index for three consecutive years.
Tahoe comes in numerous shapes for all kinds of vacations. There are more than 22,000 acres of snowboarding and skiing adventures with nine world-class ski resorts. Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows are the two iconic Resorts for skiing in Lake Tahoe with a long-held connection. One can see the top of one mountain from the top of the other. Alpine and Squaw skiers were separated by two distinct cultures and ski passes for most of their history. This changed when Squaw Valley’s owners bought Alpine Meadows uniting them into one ski resort in 2011. However, you have to drive from one parking lot to the other to access each mountain.
It is tucked in between Tahoe City and Truckee and is just a 15-minute shuttle drive away from Squaw Valley. Alpine Meadows Resort is an amazing playground for all family sizes and thrill seekers. An approachable hospitality and chalet-like lodges mean that the riding and skiing experience is put in first. From the easy-riding progression parks to the wide open bowls, the Alpine Meadows offers an exciting challenge to all skiers and snowboarders. It has more than 100 trails that are spread over 2,400 acres to provide groomed runs and mountain adventures at every jump, bump, and chairlift.
The Squaw Valley hosted the Winter Olympics in 1960. It has since maintained a vibrant mountain energy and ski culture that spans right from the village to its peak. It boasts of an outdoor adventure which is well reflected by the views of Lake Tahoe’s clear waters. Its inspiration is carved right into the slopes of the Sierra Mountains Resort. New learners and beginners will find learning zones set among its dramatic alpine scenery, while the varied trails, chutes, and bowls ensure that experienced snowboarders and skiers do not outgrow Squaw Valley’s terrain. Due to the consistent snowfall that stays throughout into the spring, Squaw Valley remains one of the longest snowboard and ski seasons all around the country.