Your Ski Guide to North Tahoe and Truckee

If you’re coming up to the mountains, we expect you’re either skiing veterans or trying to become some! If you’re not familiar with this area, most of the ski runs are part of larger ski resorts. These tend to be the most popular:

Northstar California

This is a popular sojourn for skiers for a bunch of reasons—the delightful architecture of the village and the variety of amenities are chief among these, but most important is the slopes themselves. The slopes are consistently well-loved. However, the prices here tend to be higher than many other spots. If you’re going for the ski resort experience, it’s a great spot, but there are equally fine places to look for cheaper access to wonderful pistes.

Squaw Valley

Squaw Valley was host to the 1960 Olympics, and its slopes still delight professionals and amateurs alike. It also includes a wide selection of shops—just in case you forgot anything! It has a wealth of different trails, so you can ski (or snowboard!) according to what suits your skill level and (ahem) inclination.

Alpine Meadows

Another ski resort, this place is perhaps the best of the three North Lake Tahoe options for those looking to skip the resort experience and focus on the slopes. There are fewer accommodations overall, but the terrain is comparable to Squaw Valley. The runs tend to be shorter, but Alpine’s ideal for beginner and most intermediates.

Tahoe Donner Ski Area

The Donner areas, including the downhill and cross-country areas, bring plenty of people to Truckee each year. The downhill area is great for beginners—there are shorter runs and instructors for hire. If you’re looking not to take the slopes so seriously, this is where you should come! Donner’s cross-country area is also highly rated thanks to the variety of terrain, all kept in good condition. Of all options here, the Donner ski areas tend to be the most reasonably priced.

Unequipped? Snow Problem!

The resorts themselves usually offer some equipment for rent. If you’re looking for a better deal though, check some places in town: Truckee’s Start Haus, Ski Butlers, and BlueZone Sports all sell goods that’ll get you set for the slopes. If you’re in North Lake Tahoe, check out places like Tahoe Dave’s Skis and Boards or Alpenglow Sports.

Your Own Place in the Mountains

When looking for rentals in Lake Tahoe and Truckee, why not consider a Vacation Rental home or Condo? You certainly want to make the most of your trip to North Lake Tahoe&Truckee and choosing the best place to stay for your family is an important piece of the success of your trip. Hotels and Motels are expected to be crowded and offer limited amenities with little or no kitchen facilities.  Rather than stay at a hotel in Lake Tahoe, why not stay in a Lake Tahoe Rental house or condo for your trip.  Rental homes & condos offer more space, full kitchen amenities and all the comforts of home.  To view the Best Rentals in Lake Tahoe, or to Rent a Cabin in Lake Tahoe, visit Tahoe Signature Properties’ website at www.TahoeSignatureProperties.com Or call Tahoe Signature Properties’ Vacation Rental Hotline at 530-562-4242.

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Dana Moraru has been involved in the property management business since 2007. Dana then founded Tahoe Signature Properties in 2012 with a desire to share the beauty and experiences of Lake Tahoe with the world. Dana has been living in and exploring the area for over 10 years, making her the perfect host and a Lake Tahoe expert.
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