So you’re looking to ski at one of the best? We’ve done the hard work for you. It’s all subjective, of course, but we put forward all the good along with the bad and hope to inspire you to get some epic skiing done this winter!
- Best terrain on the West Coast
- Unbeatable when it snows
- Ski both resorts with same ticket
- Free night skiing
- Snow quality and volume varies
- Potential crowds
- Not great for beginners
KNOWN FOR: Top-notch steeps, stunning views
Situated on Tahoe’s western shore and close to Interstate 80, Squaw Valley has, in our opinion, the best terrain in the Tahoe area and arguably the entire West Coast, winning the hearts of expert skiers. On powder days you won’t be disappointed with the snow that blankets the top-notch steeps. With stunning views of Lake Tahoe while you ski, Squaw Valley is sure to impress!
Terrain: The resort covers 6 peaks with over 4,000 ac of terrain served by an efficient lift system to keep you lapping all day! Want more? Ski nearby at Alpine Meadows with the same ticket. That’s another 2,000 ac to explore! These days, you’ll have to take a short shuttle ride to get there, but look for a gondola linking the two in the near future.
Snow quality: Weather can be a challenge in Squaw, which sometimes falls prey to the feast-or-famine nature of Sierra snowfall. It also has the lowest base area in Tahoe, so when it warms up some of the lower runs sees rain. But when the snow gods smile, you’ll find even the most extreme terrain well-covered, so you can ski all day and even the night (which is free with a full day or afternoon ticket!). Best part is, half the ski area faces north which helps preserve the snow, so some years the season can run into late May.