#4: Diamond Peak, NV.

The Draw: Arguably the best lake view run in Tahoe, generally uncrowded outside of holiday periods, awesome lake view bar with bbq grill, huge beginner area.

Location: Located on Ski Way in the town of Incline Village, NV.

Average Season: Early December - Late April

Average Snowfall: 325 inches

Lift Ticket Price 17/18: $89-$109 Peak, BYOP (Bring Your Other Pass) price $69-$89, AS LOW AS $62 on GETSKITICKETS.com

655 Acres
18% beginner terrain
46% intermediate terrain
36% advanced terrain
Base elevation of 6,700ft
Summit elevation of 8,540ft
1,840 vertical feet elevation gain

7 Lifts:
1 high-speed quad 
2 quads
3 doubles
1 surface lifts
30 Runs

Terrain parks: 2


#3: Homewood, CA.

The Draw: Stunning views of Lake Tahoe on almost every run, Cat Skiing on the backside, quiet and uncrowded slopes, lots of long groomers, down home feel that seems to be away from the city life

Location: 10mins S of Tahoe City and 20mins N of South Lake Tahoe on CA 89

Average Season: Mid December - Early April

Average Snowfall: 450 inches

Lift Ticket Price: $109-$129 Peak at the window, $49-$61 online rate


1,260 Acres

15% beginner terrain
40% intermediate terrain
30% advanced terrain
15% expert terrain
Base elevation of 6,230′
Summit elevation of 7,880′
1,650 vertical feet elevation gain

8 Lifts:

1 high-speed quad 

1 quad,

2 triples

1 double

3 surface lifts

64 Runs

Terrain parks: 5


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Sierra @ Tahoe


The Draw: Big dumps, great terrain parks, plenty of sunshine, good crowd management, great tree skiing powder bowls, lake view.


About 30mins SW of South Lake Tahoe, CA and 1.5hrs E of Sacramento on US Hwy 50.

Average Season: Early December - Mid April

Average Snowfall: 400+ inches

Lift ticket Price: $105-$110 peak, 3pak = $76 a day, AS LOW  AS $68 on GETSKITICKETS.com, 3 free days with Powder Alliance Pass


2,000 Acres
2,212ft Vertical Rise
8,852ft Top Elevation
6,640ft Bottom Elevation
46 Trails
25% Easier
50% More Difficult
25% Most Difficult

14 Lifts:
3 Express Quad Chair Lifts
5 Double Chair Lifts
1 Triple Chair Lift
5 Surface Lifts

Terrain Parks:
6 Terrain Parks - Small, Medium, and Large
Burton Progression Park, Smokey Boarder X

The best bang for your buck in Tahoe.

#5: Donner Ski Ranch

The Draw: Awesome views of frozen Donner Lake, Historic Lodge built in 1947, generally uncrowded slopes.

Location: On Donner Pass Road, 20mins W of Truckee, CA and 1.5hrs E of Sacramento, right off of I80

Average Season: Mid December - Late April

Average Snowfall: 412 inches

Lift Ticket Price: $75 flat rate

500 Acres
25% beginner terrain
50% intermediate terrain
25% advanced terrain
Base elevation of 7,031ft
Summit elevation of 7,781ft
755 vertical feet elevation gain

Lifts: 8
5 doubles

1 triple
2 surface lifts
Runs: 52

Terrain parks: 1

Donner Ski Ranch
Diamond Peak
Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe

Want to do Tahoe on a budget, but still get some steeps and have your pick of terrain? Here's our suggestions for the top 5 ski areas in Tahoe to get the best "bang for your buck", with the most vert and acreage compared to lift ticket price.

​​#2: Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe

The Draw: Some of the steepest terrain in all of Tahoe (The Chutes), great valley views, 25min drive from downtown Reno Strip, higher base elevation assures consistent snow quality, great local micro brews on tap in the lodges, usually uncrowded, long season.


20mins W of Reno, NV and 15mins E of Incline Village, NV on NV 431W (Mt. Rose Hwy)

Average Season: Late October - Late May

Average Snowfall: 350 inches

Lift Ticket Price: $135 Peak, $125 Online, 2 for 1 Tuesday Special, $49 Ladies Thursdays


Base Elevation: 8,260 ft. =  Lodges are at the Highest Base Elevation in Lake Tahoe
Summit: 9,700 ft.
Vertical Drop: 1,800 ft. (7900′ base of the Chutes)
Acres 1200+

8 Lifts:
2 “Six Pack” high-speed, base to summit, detachable chairs
2 Quad chairs
2 Triple chairs
2 conveyors (1 double + 1 kids lessons specific)
Trails: 60+ (Longest Run- 2.5 miles)

Terrain Parks:

3 – Badlands, Double Down, and the Pondo Park
Terrain: 20% beginner, 30% intermediate, 40% advanced, 10% expert