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Ski with a Ranger when you visit Lake Tahoe!

Photo Credit: USDA Forest Service

The US Forest Service Conservation staff is skiing the mountain every Friday to help educate the public about the mission of the Forest Service in managing public land used for skiing. Rangers spend an hour skiing with visitors, while leading an interpretive tour of Heavenly Mountain, to improve understanding of the issues facing our natural resources, and promote the stewardship of our national treasures.  

Photo Credit: USDA Forest Service

Ski Heavenly and join the fun each Friday at 1 pm through March 27th.  You will meet up with your ranger at the Tamarack Lodge located at the top of Heavenly’s Gondola. Be sure to arrive early. Groups are small, only 12 skiers each. You need to have a Heavenly Ski pass for the day, and be an intermediate level skier. Heavenly Ski passes will cost some change but the interpretive tour with a Forest Ranger is FREE! For more information about this amazing opportunity contact Eliza C. Escobar at 530-543-2730 or visit

Photo Credit: USDA Forest Service

If you’re going… You will need to get to the Gondola located in Heavenly Village on US-50 about two blocks before the California/Nevada state line. Before you can take the Gondola up the mountain to Tamarack Lodge you will need to find parking. Heavenly offers free parking at California Lodge, Stagecoach Lodge, and Boulder Lodge. From these parking areas you can take a free shuttle to the Gondola. Enjoy!

Map provided by Vale Resorts.

Build a Snowman When You Visit Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is open for snow sports!

Lake Tahoe is a winter wonderland. Skiers and boarders are flocking to our alpine paradise now that most ski resorts are open for business. Perhaps you would rather spend the day building a snowman. Use this link to find both fee and free sledding options for snow bunnies of every size.

OPEN! Boreal Mountain Resort has a 16″ base on 12/4
OPEN! Diamond has a 21″ base on 12/4
Donner Ski Ranch opens on 12/14.
OPEN! Heavenly has a 39″ base on 12/4 .
Homewood opens December 6th, and has a 15″ base on 12/4 .
OPEN! Kirkwood has a 56″ base on 12/4 .
OPEN! Mt. Rose has a 28″ base on 12/4 .
OPEN! Northstar has a 38″ base on 12/4 .
OPEN! Sierra has a 43″ base on 12/4 .
OPEN! Soda Springs has a 40″ base on 12/4 .
OPEN! Squaw Valley has a 21″ base on 12/4 .
OPEN! Sugar Bowl has a 27″ base on 12/4 .
OPEN! Tahoe Donner has a 36″ base on 12/4 .

Mt Rose is Open!

Hit the slopes when you visit Lake Tahoe.

Mt. Rose has the highest base elevation for ski resorts in Lake Tahoe.

The Lake Tahoe ski season is officially open. Mt. Rose is traditionally the first ski resort in the Lake Tahoe area to open its lifts. With a base elevation of 8,260 feet, Mt. Rose is able to make snow that will last.

Snow guns working overtime to get ready for opening day at Mt. Rose.

Opening dates scheduled for Lake Tahoe resorts:

        Boreal Mountain Resort               11/13

           Diamond Peak                               12/12

             Donner Ski Ranch                         12/20

                Heavenly Mountain Resort 11/22      

                 Homewood Mountain Resort 12/14

                       Kirkwood                                  11/24

                         Mt. Rose                             10/25

                          Northstar California           11/22

                             Sierra-at-Tahoe                11/30

                               Soda Springs                      11/16

                               Squaw Valley                    11/15

                                  Sugar Bowl                11/30

                                 Tahoe Donner Ski Resort 12/13

Fresh Powder in Lake Tahoe

Dust off your skis and come visit Lake Tahoe. Ski resorts are reporting up to two feet of fresh snow this morning.


We are up early in Lake Tahoe this morning enjoying the sunshine while digging out our cars and walkways. Many Thanksgiving visitors are heading home today so its the perfect time to take a personal day and enjoy the mountain. Expect chain controls over the mountain passes.

Heavenly Mountain Resort: 9″ of snow in the last 24 hours. The resort will have 1 percent of the mountain open: 35/4800 acres, 5/28 lifts open, 5/97 runs open.

Kirkwood: 14″ of snow in the last 24 hours. The resort will have 3 percent of their terrain open: 60/2300 acres, 3/15 lifts and 6/86 runs.

Sierra at Tahoe: 16″ (base) to 24″(summit) of snow in the last 24 hours. They will have 4 lifts and 3 trails open.

Sledding in Lake Tahoe

Sledding opportunities abound when you visit Lake Tahoe.

Visitors often risk life and limb by stopping along a busy highway when a slope of snow is spotted. This is so very unnecessary. There are a plethora of sledding opportunities available in Lake Tahoe. Plan a day of family fun that will not lead you to the emergency room. Let me help you find a safe place to play in the snow.  Tahoe offers both free and fee friendly sledding options.

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Fee Friendly

Adventure Mountain at the top of Echo Summit offers groomed sledding runs, sled & tube rental, snow play, sledding and tubing, snowshoe trails and rentals, and dining in The Lodge with store, cafe, and rental center! This is the perfect place for those who want to show up and pay for someone else to do all the work. Bring $30 cash for each vehicle you choose to park.

Once in the Park, you can use Visa for your other purchases. Sleds will run you $12 for the day, inner tubes are $30 for the day and helmets are $8 for the day. Please make your children wear a helmet and you should as well. You may purchase your equipment if you prefer. Snacks and meals are available for purchase or you may bring your food and “picnic” throughout the day.

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Adventure Mountain is located on Echo Summit at the top of Highway 50.

Boreal’s Playland is a children’s snow tubing park designed for the entire family. Playland offers groomed tubing lanes, moving carpet and quality tubes, with access to all the amenities of Boreal Mountain Resort. An all day pass for individuals 42 inches and taller will cost you $49.

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Located off Hwy. 80 about a 35 minute drive from North Lake Tahoe you at 19749 Boreal Ridge Road, Soda Springs, California.

Hansen’s Resort offers sledding and lodging right in the heart of South Lake Tahoe. Located on Ski Run at the Base of Heavenly Ski Resort, Hansen’s Resort provides the old Tahoe feel and hospitality it is famous for.  Sledding prices run about $20 an hour with discounts provided to those billeted at the resort.

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Hansen’s Resort is located at 1360 Ski Run Boulevard, just 11 block from Highway 50 in South Lake Tahoe, CA.

Blizzard Mountain offers “two lift-accessible snow tubing lanes, an expanded snow play and sledding area that allows little (and big) ones to explore the winter outdoors at their own pace, and visits from Ralston the snow bear all make Blizzard Mountain one of the most entertaining spots to spend an afternoon at the mountain.” Two hours of tubing fun will cost you $30 per person. You will also have access to all the amenities that Sierra-at-Tahoe has to offer.

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Sierra-at-Tahoe is located a t 1111 Sierra at Tahoe Road, Twin Bridges, California on Highway 50 on the west side of Echo Summit.

Heavenly Mountain Adventure Peak tubing runs are designed for the true daredevil in each of us. Named the “#1 Snow Tubing Hill” in the country by Fox News, this ride is for the serious outdoor adventurer. Four lanes, a 65 foot drop and open year round, you will not find a bigger adrenaline rush delivered by an inner tube hill. Kids must be 42 inches to ride. Tubing at Heavenly will cost you $30 an hour. As if it couldn’t get any better, you will have access to all the amenities that Heavenly Ski Resort has to offer. Stay at the Marriott Hotel South Lake Tahoe for convenience and luxury.

Heavenly Mountain Resort: Lake Tahoe, CA

Heavenly Ski Resort is located on Highway 50 in South Lake Tahoe just south of the Nevada State line.

North Tahoe Regional Park offers snow play and sledding for children and adults. A popular wintertime Park activity is the children’s sled hill at the park entrance. Through a partnership with North Tahoe Winter Adventures, you can ride the adult sledding hill or rent a snowmobile. A concession stand is also provided for your dining pleasure. Visit the park’s Facebook page for seasonal updates.

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North Tahoe Regional Park is located at 6600 Donner Road in Tahoe Vista, California.


Sawmill Pond is a favorite spot for fishing in the summer and sledding in the winter. Slopes are gradual, perfect for the first time sledding experience and for young children. There is plenty of parking in the lot off of Sawmill Road, just past the pond. There are benches and picnic tables and a vault toilet restroom.

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Sawmill Pond is located 2.5 miles west of the “Y” intersection (Hwy 89, Hwy 50 and Lake Tahoe Blvd.) on the Corner of Sawmill Road and Lake Tahoe Blvd.

Kahle Park is a great location to take children for the full park experience. Snow men are a popular theme at Kahle, where kids can enjoy the children’s playground, indoor climbing wall and jungle gym. Parents will appreciate the indoor bathroom facilities, full exercise gym and ¼ mile running track. Parking is safe, plentiful and free. There is a small fee to use the indoor playground and gym. All outdoor activities are free as well.

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To get there go out of California into Nevada on Highway 50 about one mile to Kahle Road. (There is a signal light at Kahle Road. If you get to Safeway, you have gone too far.) Take a right on Kahle Road until you land in the parking lot. Enjoy yourself!

Spooner Summit Slide Park is a “side-of –the-road” sledding option that is safer than most. There is a small area at the junction of Highway 50 and Highway 28 to park your vehicle.  If you are coming from Carson City this would be your closest free sledding park. This area is not great for younger children but offers some fun sledding opportunities for older children and adults.

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You can reach Spooner Summit Slide Park from the South Lake Tahoe by taking Hwy 50 north or from Incline Village by taking Highway 28 south. From Carson City, take Highway 50 west. The park is located at the corner of Highway 50 and Highway 28.

Taylor Creek Sno-Park is a great choice for families with toddlers and younger first time snow enthusiasts. Taylor Creek is a forest service location with plenty of safe parking but several of sledding options. If you would like to try cross country skiing, snow shoeing or snow man building, Taylor Creek is your place. Taylor Creek loves dogs, so bring them along to romp in the snow. This location is usually very busy, so plan ahead and enjoy the crowds.

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Taylor creek is located on Highway 89 about 5 miles north of the “y” in South Lake Tahoe.

Hidden gems

Zephyr Cove Park is right off Highway 50 and open to the public free of charge. There is an enormous amount of safe parking. Children can create sled runs to their hearts content. Zephyr Cove Park is home of the local library, tennis courts, disc golf course, soccer and softball fields. There is a children’s playground and a large selection of picnic spots.  Bring a picnic lunch and appreciate a snow day with the family. Feeling like a hot meal instead? Enjoy a cozy meal by the fire at the Zephyr Cove Lodge restaurant directly across the street from the park.

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Zephyr Cove Park is located 4.6 miles from the California/Nevada state line, in Nevada. Travel north from South Lake Tahoe on highway 50 for 4.6 miles. You will see Zephyr Cove Resort and Beach on your left. Take the next right (at the fire house) onto Warrior Way. You will see an elementary school on your left and the park facilities on your right. If you turn right immediately on Warrior Way you can park in the rear by the Playground, picnic areas, and disc golf course. If you take the second right, you can park by the library, tennis courts and softball/soccer field.

Tahoe Rim Trail Kingsbury North Trailhead is an excellent place to take children and adults of all ages. Located at one of the entrances to US Forestry land, the space is wide open offering a multitude of sledding, tubing and riding options. Bring your thermos of hot chocolate, a couple of camping chairs and your digital camera to capture the photos of a lifetime. There are no amenities so you will need to bring all your own toys and snacks. This location is not frequented by many tourists, so enjoy the serenity.

You will find this spot at the end of Andria Lane. Travel North on Highway 50 out of South Lake Tahoe into Nevada. Take a right on Kingsbury Grade/SR 207. About ¼ mile before you get to the summit, take a left on North Benjamin lane. North Benjamin becomes Andria after a couple blocks. You will be traveling through a neighborhood. Do not worry, you are going the right way. When you get to the end of Andria Lane you have arrived. Enjoy the forest and be sure to bring back with you everything that you brought in.











Lake Tahoe Weather Conditions

Search when you make plans to visit Lake Tahoe.

Locals trust Open Snow forecaster, Bryan Allegretto, for accurate and timely weather reports of the Lake Tahoe Basin and Truckee.


Landscapes frosted in sparkling snow excites the imagination. Piles of snow blanketing the mountains, draw skiers and snowboarders from around the world to the Sierra Nevada Mountains and scenic Lake Tahoe.


Finding the perfect snow weekend takes a lot of planning and more than a little meteorological luck. Snow for recreation = fun. Snow for traveling = less than fun.

North-West Lake Tahoe – Snow Cams

northstar-logo  Northstar

alpine-logo  Alpine Meadows

 SquawValley_3D_4c_Blk-large  Squaw Valley

North-East Lake Tahoe – Snow Cams

mt-rose  Mt. Rose

diamond-peak-logo  Diamond Peak

South Lake Tahoe Web Cams

heavenly-logo  Heavenly

KirkwoodLogo_3  Kirkwood

sierra-at-tahoe  Sierra at Tahoe

West Lake Tahoe – Snow Cams

homewood  Homewood

Truckee (outside North Lake Tahoe) – Snow Cams

  tahoe-donner Tahoe Donner

donner-ski-ranch  Donner Ski Ranch

boreal  Boreal

sugar-bowl  Sugar Bowl

soda-springs  Soda Springs

Lake Tahoe Area – Traffic Cameras

So, do what the locals do, become a frequent visitor of Bryan Allegretto and his daily snow forecasts. His predictions are not just accurate, they are relevant to the specific region of the Lake Tahoe basin that you plan to visit.  Find out when the biggest snow falls are coming and how much powder is expected.

Lake Tahoe Ski Resort map
Lake Tahoe Ski Resort map






Ski Lake Tahoe – Ski Resorts Open Soon

Winter is coming and it’s time to make plans to visit Lake Tahoe. Ski Resorts are preparing for the best season of the year – Ski Season!

Opening Day around Lake Tahoe is dependent on mother nature. However, the following ski resorts have set a target opening day to make sure they are ready to make your ski dreams come true. So, where would you like to go when you visit Lake Tahoe?

Lake Tahoe Ski Resort map
Lake Tahoe Ski Resort map

North-West Lake Tahoe – Opening Day

  northstar-logo Northstar: November 18, 2016

 alpine-logo Alpine Meadows: November 11

 SquawValley_3D_4c_Blk-large Squaw Valley: November 11

North-East Lake Tahoe – Opening Day

mt-roseMt. Rose: October 31, 2016

diamond-peak-logo Diamond Peak: December 15

South Lake Tahoe – Opening Day

 heavenly-logoHeavenly: November 18, 2016

 KirkwoodLogo_3  Kirkwood: November 18, 2016

 sierra-at-tahoe  Sierra at Tahoe: November 25, 2016

West Lake Tahoe – Opening Day

homewood  Homewood: December 9, 2016

Truckee (Outside North Lake Tahoe) – Opening Day

tahoe-donnerTahoe Donner: December 9

donner-ski-ranchDonner Ski Ranch: December 3

borealBoreal: October 28

sugar-bowl Sugar Bowl: December 10

  soda-springs Soda Springs:  November 24