Lake Tahoe Resorts 2022 Opening Dates, Trail Maps, Live Cams

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Updated January 12, 2023. Bookmark this page for quick access.

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Tahoe Rideshare

Need a ride or offer a rideshare especially if you are driving with empty seats in your car; in return, get gas money to offset your Tahoe trip expenses. Meet ski, ride buddies in the process; some peeps made lasting friendships through our rideshare connection for not only ride-sharing but also for year-round recreational activity partners (golf, hiking, biking, surfing, rock climbing, etc, keeping an active lifestyle) as well. SnowPals’ rideshare forum is over 8k+ members strong: working professionals, college students and retirees connect for rides seven days a week. Read more, join.


2022-23 Winter Lake Tahoe Ski Resorts Snow Totals, Trail Maps, Live Cams

Palisades Tahoe (formerly known as Squaw Valley USA Alpine Meadows)Trail Map | Cam

Alpine Meadows Trail Map | Cam

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Boreal . Check their website for night skiing hours. Trail Map | Cam

Heavenly Mountain Resort | Trail Map | Live Cams

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Sierra at Tahoe | Trail Map | Cam

Kirkwood Trail Map | Cam

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Northstar-at-TahoeTrail Map | Cam

Sugar Bowl Trail Map | Cam

Homewood Trail Map | Cam

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Diamond Peak | Trail Map | Cam

Mt. Rose | Trail Map | Cam

Tahoe Donner | Trail Map

Donner Ski Ranch | Trail Map

Bear Valley | Trail Map | Cam

China Peak  Trail Map

Dodge Ridge | Trail Map | Cam

Soda SpringsTrail Map

Yosemite’s Badger Pass® Ski Area | Trail Map

Mt. Shasta Ski Park Resort Trail Map | Cam | Extended night skiing/riding hours 3:30 PM to 9:00 PM.

For 2023/24 Winter

SnowPals will be hosting our mega 25th anniversary celebration event next winter, 2023/24 ski season, get on our invite list for a snow sports party to remember – please visit our events page to submit the interest form below.

💛 For those who are single, meet that special someone who shares your love for snow sports via speed dating event which will be held before the party 😉

👍😉 We’re looking to add event organizers to SnowPals’ event crew; past events organizing experience and a love of snow sports a plus; to get the ball rolling. Paid gig, trade or volunteer to get perks such as free lift tickets and ski bus trips. Know of someone who’s interested, please with them. Thank you!

New to SnowPals? Join us to expand your circle of ski and snowboarding buddies. Attend our fun informal meetups to connect with skiers, snowboarders and backcountry ski/split-board enthusiasts close to you for Tahoe trips.



Learn to ski, snowboard deals, discounts

New to skiing, snowboarding and looking to find the best learn to ski, ride package deal which includes rentals, lesson and lift ticket? We put together a useful list of the best deals saving you time searching for them (feel free to share this page with family/friends to plan a ski trip to a Lake Tahoe resort).


One Minute Shred the POWDER GOPRO Video Contest Grand Prize Winner & Submit your video entry to our SECOND ROUND Video Contest

Congrats to Achal for winning our grand prize contest giveaway for our 1st round winner:


Prizes are three deep with a grand prize of $150 resort credit, or a restaurant gift card (any restaurant, even the French Laundry or Sushi Yoshizumi your pick) or apply the credit to next year’s season pass (IKON pass, Epic Pass, Mountain Collective Pass, Indy Pass, Powder Alliance Pass or any other pass your heart desires).

ROUND TWO SHRED THE POW 1 MINUTE VIDEO CONTEST: with back to back Sierra winter storms delivering mucho powder snow freshies, it’s time to show us your GoPro 1 minute POWDER video: enter our “shred the POW video contest”. How to enter the contest details at



NORDIC CROSS COUNTRY SKI, SNOWSHOEING AREAS

Granlibakken: is open
Tahoe XC: TBD – is open
Tahoe Donner: is open
North Tahoe regional park nordic ski area: is open; check website for list of areas
Royal Gorge Cross-country ski resort: is open
Other Nordic Ski Areas and snow parks/SNO-parks: is open, visit goTahoeNorth.com

Granlibakken Resort  DEC Trail Map | Cam

Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort  DEC Trail Map

Spooner Lake Cross Country Ski Area  DEC Trail Map

Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area  DEC Trail Map

* Plan a Tahoe getaway: browse/book a Tahoe vacation rental or if you have a season pass, join a ski lease to set a new personal record for most ski and ride days.

* Rideshare to your favorite Tahoe resort and expand your circle of friends for POWDER trips using your Epic/Ikon pass to Utah, Colorado, Whistler, Europe, Japan, South America and other worldwide snow destinations.

Snow-sports Businesses Cross-marketing Opportunities

If you have a snow sports business or a business that compliments well with skiing, snowboarding, and/or our year-round pursuit of an active opt outside lifestyle, about cross-marketing opportunities that is mutually beneficial.

Guest Blog Writers

If you are good with the pen and like to share your experience and wisdom about the A to Z of snow-sports and/or have deep insights about Lake Tahoe in all its seasons, how we can add you as a guest blog contributor.

✔ Our first guest author is a resident of SLT: “Eight microbreweries in South Lake Tahoe SLT to choose from but here’s my Fave

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* Caltrans Road Conditions | Road Traffic Live Cams | Chain Control Advisory

* Discount Ski Bus Trips: one day, overnight, private small groups, corporate ski bus trips

* Join Tahoe ride-sharing / carpool to help reduce carbon emissions and share expenses

* North Lake Tahoe Public Transportation Information

PUBLIC SHUTTLES

TART (Tahoe Area Regional Transit)

Call 530-550-1212. Regular schedules run 7 days / week from 6:30 AM until 6:30 PM. TART service runs along 30 miles of the North Lake Tahoe shoreline including a shuttle between Tahoe City and Truckee via Hwy. 89. Buses equipped with bike racks in summer and ski racks in winter.

Truckee Transit

Call 530-587-751 for information. Buses run from 9 AM to 5 PM, no service between 1:15 to 2:15, Monday through Saturday. Service from Truckee Airport / Downtown Commercial Row / Donner Lake.

Ski Resort Shuttles and Schedules

– Free Ski Shuttle. Call 800-736-6365 for information. Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows and Homewood resorts: TART service offers weekend and holiday week schedule.

Night Rider Free Night Service

Call 530-546-2912 for information. Free service stopping at all TART public bus stops at night through the summer and winter with variable schedules.

TIMING YOUR BUS

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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION

There are free public transit fixed route service that covers the city of South Lake Tahoe, Stateline, NV, and Carson Valley.

Visit TART – Transit for the Tahoe Area

Information about the free SLT fare smartphone app, and phone number. This app is for the south shore casino/Heavenly area/east side of the city of South Lake Tahoe.

“Don’t have a smartphone? Call 530-494-0153 to book a ride.”

– Public bus service from and to South Lake Tahoe Airport
Tahoe Transportation District (TTD) has a bus stop located at the airport. The bus stop is on route 18X N.B. and E.B.

– BlueGO
BlueGO is a service of the South Tahoe Transit Authority, operated by the Tahoe Transportation District (TTD). BlueGO provides fixed route, demand response, sky shuttles, seasonal trolley service, and commuter express routes on the south shore of Lake Tahoe and to the Carson Valley.

– BlueGO operates seven days a week, 24 hours a day. For more information, please visit the Tahoe Transportation District website: https://www.tahoetransportation.org/transit/south-shore-services.

– Shuttle Service to & from Reno/Tahoe international Airport
South Tahoe Airporter
(530) 544-5289
http://southtahoeairporter.com

South Tahoe Express
This luxury bus shuttle service offers nonstop service between the Reno-Tahoe International Airport and South Shore casinos and hotel properties. There are 8 daily departures each way from Reno between 5:45 a.m. and 12:30 a.m. and from South Shore beginning at 3:30 a.m. and ending at 11:15 p.m. Purchase tickets through your travel agent, the Welcome Center at the Reno Airport and South Shore Casinos. $27.50 per person, each way. $49.00 round trip. Children 4-12 travel for $15.50 each way or $28.00 round trip with paid adult. CALL 866-898-2463

Amador Stage Lines
Busses for Airport Transfers, Casino Trips, Convention Event Shuttles, Golf Outings, Government contracting, Parties, Party Bus, Ski shuttles, Sporting events, Weddings, Reno ~ Lake Tahoe Bus Trips. 635 Ferrari-Mcleod Blvd. Reno, NV 89512 | 775-324-4444

Heavenly Ski Resort
During the ski season, this resort offers FREE fixed route shuttle service to most South Shore lodging properties. The shuttle runs between 8:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. daily. Call for designated stops. 530-541-7548

Sierra At Tahoe Ski Resort
During the ski season, this resort offers FREE fixed route shuttle service to most South Shore lodging properties. The shuttle runs between 8:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. daily. Call for designated stops. 530-541-7548

Please contact us if any of the above information is out of date or is incorrect; advance thanks. We rely on your feedback to provide Lake Tahoe area transportation options that are clear and accurate.

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Would you like to sleep and let a professional driver drive you to your favorite Tahoe resort? Book a discount SF Bay Area to Tahoe ski bus trip: one day and overnight bus trips. Enjoy a full day of skiing or riding; sleep on the way to Tahoe and watch movies on the return while enjoying complimentary snacks and drinks.



* Extreme cool POWDER Van Adventure shoutout to Chris Benchetler’s fluid style as a skier (athlete and an artist) and his journey to ski fresh powder as he travels around the West Coast USA visiting various powder destinations.

GoPro: Chasing POWder AdVANture with Chris Benchetler in 4K


* What’s it like to ski/ride Japan’s famous dry champagne powder?



This season pass gives you two days of skiing / riding in Japan among 18 other resorts across Alberta, Australia, British Columbia, Chamonix (France) and Valle Nevado (Chile), California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, New Zealand, Utah, Vermont, and Wyoming. For 2018/19 season, this pass enables you to go where there’s POWder galore!


Caltrans Road Conditions, Road Traffic Live Cams, Highway Patrol Traffic Incidents Report, Chain Control Advisory, Tahoe Seven Day Weather Forecast

* Check to see when the next snow storm is in the forecast. Browse traffic and road webcams. Check Caltrans live feed.

* WINTER DRIVING TIPS

http://www.dot.ca.gov/cttravel/winter.html

* CHAIN CONTROLS

http://www.dot.ca.gov/cttravel/chain-controls.html

* Roads, Traffic – Check Current Highway Conditions

http://www.dot.ca.gov/cgi-bin/roads.cgi

* LIVE TRAFFIC CAMS

http://www.dot.ca.gov/video/

* CHP Traffic Incident Information

http://cad.chp.ca.gov/

* TAHOE ROAD LIVE CAMS

http://newtoreno.com/ca-i80-webcams-donner-summit.htm

* NORTH TAHOE LIVE CAMS

https://tahoetopia.com/webcams

* SOUTH TAHOE LIVE CAMS

https://tahoesouth.com/lake-tahoe-web-cams/

* Tip: before you drive to Tahoe, check Current California Highway Road Conditions & Traffic; Enter Highway Number(s)

Check weather forecast:

On the Beyond Tahoe Snow Destination ‘Bucket List’: where can you ski and ride at midnight, soak in a hot mineral water pool, then follow that up with soju shots and BBQ eats? Dragon Valley, South Korea – site of the 2018 Winter Olympics.

=== SoCal – Southern California’s/Eastern Sierra Ski Resorts ===

Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort  opens Friday October 29, 2021 | Trail Map | Cam

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Mountain High Resort (located in the San Gabriel Mountains in Los Angeles County in California) opens Wednesday Nov 24 | Trail Map | Cam

*All opening dates posted above are based on snowfall and could change. Check with the resort directly before you go for the most updated information.

Map of Lake Tahoe Area Ski Resorts

map source: unofficialnetworks.com

For a detailed listing of Tahoe ski resorts, check out our handy guide to all the Lake Tahoe area ski resorts! It’s the fastest way to scan lift ticket prices and compare the resorts to find the perfect one for you.

Looking to join a Tahoe ski lease? Browse our listing, or list yours.

Looking to buy gear, skis, snowboard or snow sports clothing? REI is having their REI’s Winter Sale.

Save up to big on Cold Weather Clothing and Footwear. Plus Save 50% off or more at REI Garage! Shop early for the best selection. Free U.S. Standard Shipping on all Skis and Snowboards. Earn a $100 REI Gift Card when you apply for an REI Mastercard. Browse clearance sale items.

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Tahoe Ski Season Survey & Insights

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Looking to share a ski lease or are you a ski lease organizer? We’re trying to gauge interest, consider sharing your input with the following survey..

Like many of you, the ski/snowboard community is trying to adjust to the new normal with the COVID-19 pandemic still at the top of many of our minds. You can help us by sharing your opinion about ski lease housing options.

Please take a few minutes to help us at SnowPals understand your thoughts for the upcoming 2020/2021 Ski Season. Your opinion matters and will help ski Lease/ski club operators better adjust.

Our ski lease share housing survey concluded on 9/21/20. The following are the top level results:

    1) Did you participate in a ski lease last season for 2019/2020?

41% YES

    2) Has the Covid-19 crisis & ‘work from home’ changed your ability to ski mid-week? (Select the option the best describes your situation.)

48% Yes, it has changed, I CAN NOW ski mid week!!!

    3) What type of membership are you looking for?

66% Full time

    4) Are you planning to participate in a ski lease for the 2020/2021 season? Given providers can offer a safer alternative (with Covid-19 exposure minimization as the focus) to a traditional lease?

57% Maybe, it depends on the what the offering is

    5) If you were to join a lease this year, how would you join?

48% As an individual

    6) If ‘No’, please share with us why you have decided against participation in any ski lease for 2020/21? (Enter ‘N/A’ if you answered ‘Yes’ or ‘Maybe’ previously.)

Survey responses:

“Not sure it will work for us. open to reviewing available options, though.”

“I would be comfortable with a ski lease with MY friends, but am wary about joining with strangers due to COVID.”

“This is not the year to risk my family’s health to go boarding. We’ll be hitting the mountains, but most likely traveling up “day of.”

“Currently undecided, waiting to see how pandemic restrictions will be for the winter – if infections will or will not get out of control. It’s really a cost/risk/benefit analysis so still on the fence.”

“Uncertainty about ski resorts operating.”
Due to uncertainty around ski resort opening and constraints around leases, I will figure out after the season has started what I’ll do.
“Covid concerns”

“Limited funds/money for leisure budget this year”

“Not safe to be in a ski lease”

“For my family, it’s a lot of work to ski with a toddler, and they’re not good at social distancing or hygiene. The resort plans kinda sound like a mess, and it’s hard to plan backcountry days when only one of us can go at a time.”

“I don’t trust a group of random skiers to truly be covid safe unless it was proven”

“Covid – too much expanded risk. Last year’s lease had wonderful people – including icu nurse, home healthcare provider. May contribute financially to our ski lease group so it’s in existence a year from now.”

“Haven’t decided yet. Waiting to see if we get COVID infections under control especially during flu season/winter months.”

“I would only join with people I know and trust who agree to keeping the ski lease closed to others.”

    7) If you were to participate, which Tahoe area?

South Shore: 28% or about 1 out of 3

North Shore: 55% or about 1/2

    8) What are your concerns about joining a ski lease this season?

39% Related to the people I would be joining with (related to Covid-19 exposure)

33% Related to the possibility of limited access to the house vs. the cost to join (because of possible Covid-19 limitations)

    9) Which one of these ski lease configurations would be most interesting to you? (Given cleaning and safety options were put in place).

Smaller Bubble Lease:  Leasers in small bubbles (4 to 6 lease members). A smaller lease with NO OVERLAP between bubbles of leasers between the weekend and mid-week leasers. Possible guaranteed room for you and your partner. Example: Weekend+ Bubble A (Friday through Monday) has access the first weekend, Midweek has access for 3 days (Tuesday through Thursday), Weekend+ Bubble B has access for the next weekend, repeat.

For reference/access the survey at

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RRXDFTP

Advance thanks,

– Your friends at SnowPals

Survey questions created by Mike K., South Tahoe ski lease organizer.


What are on most people’s minds in regards to 20/21 ski season as winter is coming?

Tahoe winter season poll survey results are in; see how many Bay Area residents plan to sit out 20/21 ski season vs how many people plan to ski, snowboard and how often vs how many people plan to ski, engage in snow-sports in the backcountry?

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Poll survey result reveals that 14% of people are planning to sit out this ski season due to COVID concerns, 54% plan to take 11+ trips, and 25% 1-10 trips while 7% plan to ski, ride backcountry or participate in other snow-sports.

Season Pass holders’ message is clear: ski, ride as much as possible contingent on Tahoe resorts’ operations staying opened.

Please feel free to with friends and family ♥ 

😎❄️☃️⛷🏂⛸

Looking to share a ski lease or looking for a Tahoe area rental for the winter?

Browse vacation rentals or ski leases.

Good Value Tahoe Niche Property Rental Listing Alternative to VRBO, Airbnb, HomeAway, FlipKey?

http://www.snowpals.org/2020/good-value-alternative-to-vrbo-and-airbnb/

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Got a ski lease or vacation rental you’d like to list?

List your vacation rental or ski lease.

What will the 2020-21 Tahoe ski season be like during coronavirus/COVID-19?
Read about specific coronavirus safety measures resorts will have in place.

 

 

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Lake Tahoe Winter 2019-20 El Nino or La Nina? NOAA Three-Month Forecast

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Updated October 30, 2019

As of this article’s posting, we still have about 2 weeks until start of the 2019-20 Lake Tahoe winter ski season. Checking in with meteorologists at NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration seasonal climate outlooks for November – December – January 2019-20) reveals their long range winter forecast for 2019-2020 ski season to be a higher probability of an El Niño winter season which calls for a warmer than average winter across the United States especially the Sierras and Lake Tahoe.

Three-month precipitation outlook for winter of 2019-20

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Three-month temperature outlook for winter of 2019-20

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Specifically, the Pacific Northwest and the Northern Rockies will all see below average chances of precipitation from October through December. However, Colorado, parts of Utah, and the Southern Rockies are all expected to see above-average precipitation for the start of the season. New England is expected to see average precipitation throughout the start of the winter.

While predictions for low precipitation averages and warmer temperatures are not good news for powder chasers among us, it’s important to remember that this just an early forecast; bookmark this page to revisit as we’ll post updates as the season draws closer.

Keep in mind last season’s precipitation called for mostly average precipitation across much of the country, with higher than average precipitation in Colorado and much of the Rockies. This turned out to be incorrect, Utah and much of the Pacific Northwest saw average to higher than average precipitation totals.

If this ski season ends up bringing record low snowfall levels for the Lake Tahoe area, which season pass is a best value buy so you can have the option to ski other destinations blessed with fresh powder?

Answer: Check out THE MOUNTAIN COLLECTIVE PASS which includes 18 SKI RESORT DESTINATIONS. TWO DAYS AT EACH with no blackout dates with two days of bonus lift tickets at your choice Chamonix (France) or Valle Nevado (Chile). That’s a total of 36 lift tickets included with the pass. Unlimited 50% off single day lift tickets after the 2 days of lift tickets per resort, plus exclusive lodging deals at each resort destination.

The Climate Prediction Center defines. .

“El Niño conditions” as existing when:

A one-month positive sea surface temperature anomaly of 0.5C or greater is observed in the Niño-3.4 region of the equatorial Pacific Ocean (5oN-5oS, 120oW-170oW) and an expectation that the 3-month Oceanic Niño Index (ONI) threshold will be met AND

An atmospheric response typically associated with El Niño is observed over the equatorial Pacific Ocean (see The ENSO Cycle).

“La Niña conditions” as existing when:

A one-month negative sea surface temperature anomaly of -0.5C or less is observed in the Niño-3.4 region of the equatorial Pacific Ocean (5oN-5oS, 120oW-170oW) and an expectation that the 3-month Oceanic Niño Index (ONI) threshold will be met AND

An atmospheric response typically associated with La Niña is observed over the equatorial Pacific Ocean.

Source: https://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/predictions/long_range/seasonal.php

* Looking to create a ski lease members group to share the cost of a ski house/cabin lease? List your ski lease or advertise your vacation rental. Browse available ski leases to join or planning a Tahoe area vacation, browse rentals.

* What’s it like to ski/ride Japan’s famous dry champagne powder?

This season pass gives you two days of skiing / riding in Japan among 18 other resorts across Alberta, Australia, British Columbia, Chamonix (France) and Valle Nevado (Chile), California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, New Zealand, Utah, Vermont, and Wyoming. For 2019-20 season, this pass enables you to go where there’s POWder galore!

Upcoming

+ Enjoy wine and beer tasting plus four free lift tickets; get 1`/2 off SNOWBOMB SKI SNOWBOARD FESTIVAL SHOW TICKETS

+ Check out our upcoming ski and snowboard preseason kick-off parties

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