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POWDER SKIING at Diamond Peak is a great way to enjoy all that Tahoe ski resorts have to offer, including great views of Lake Tahoe. Photo courtesy of Diamond Peak

POWDER SKIING at Diamond Peak is a great way to enjoy all that Tahoe ski resorts have to offer, including great views of Lake Tahoe. Photo courtesy of Diamond Peak

Sports

Ski resort guide

By From page B3 | November 22, 2010

Here’s thumbnail description of all the ski resorts in the area — a helpful guide with pertinent information on locations, Websites and lift ticket prices as the 2010 season gets underway:

ALPINE MEADOWS: Challenging mountain, a favorite of locals, which speaks volumes about the terrain.

Location: Highway 89, six miles west of Tahoe City

Elevation: Base 6,835; Summit 8,637

Adult lift ticket: $71

Lifts: 11; Trails: over 100

Phone: 530-583-4232

Website: skialpine.com

BEAR VALLEY: Friendly resort that caters to families. Great place to learn.

Location: Highway 4 to Bear Valley

Elevation: Base 6,600; Summit 8,500

Adult lift ticket: $62

Lifts: 8; Trails: 67

Phone: 209-753-2301

Website: bearvalley.com

BOREAL: Snowboarder haven day and night, great place to learn. Short drive from Sacramento a major plus.

Location: Interstate 80 at Donner Summit

Elevation: Base 7,200; Summit 7,700

Adult lift ticket: $49 (nights $25)

Lifts: 6; Trails: 41

Phone: 530-426-3666

Website: borealski.com

DIAMOND PEAK: North Tahoe resort features great lakeside views and typically small crowds.

Location: Highway 431, Incline Village

Elevation: Base 6,700; Summit 8,540

Adult lift ticket: $49

Lifts: 6; Trails: 30

Phone: 775-832-1177

Website: diamondpeak.com

DODGE RIDGE: Mid-size resort, a good choice for families, but also features plenty of steeps and moguls.

Location: Highway 108 in Pinecrest, 30 miles from Sonora

Elevation: Base 6,600; Summit 8,200

Adult lift ticket: $54

Lifts: 8; Trails: 59

Phone: 209-965-3474

Website: dodgeridge.com

DONNER SKI RANCH: This modest resort has long skiing tradition, dating back to 1937 when it featured a lone tow rope.

Location: Interstate 80, Norden exit

Elevation: Base 7,031; Summit 7,781

Adult lift ticket: TBA

Lifts: 6; Trails: 52

Phone: 530-426-3635

Website: donnerskiranch.com

HEAVENLY: South Tahoe heavyweight offers great views of the lake and excellent tree skiing. Close proximity to casinos an added plus.

Location: Ski Run Boulevard in South Lake Tahoe

Elevation: Base 6,540; Summit 10,067

Adult lift ticket: $78

Lifts: 30; Trails: 94

Phone: 775-586-7000

Website: skiheavenly.com

HOMEWOOD MOUNTAIN RESORT: Tough to beat its Lake Tahoe views, which are visible throughout the mountain. Lots of tree skiing.

Location: Highway 89, six miles south of Tahoe City

Elevation: Base 6,230; Summit 7,880

Adult lift ticket: $49 ($57, Friday-Sunday)

Lifts: 8; Trails: 59

Phone: 530-525-2992

Website: skihomewood.com

KIRKWOOD: Under-rated resort due to isolated location. Challenging terrain and short lift lines a good combination.

Location: Highway 88 in Kirkwood

Elevation: Base 7,800; Summit 9,800

Adult lift ticket: TBA

Lifts: 10; Trails: over 65

Phone: 209-258-6000

Website: kirkwood.com

MOUNT ROSE: Additional terrain on the East Bowl has greatly improved this favored resort of Reno residents; features the area’s highest base elevation.

Elevation: Base 7,900; Summit 9,700

Adult lift ticket: $69

Lifts: 6; Trails: over 60

Location: Mt. Rose Highway in Reno

Phone: 775-849-0704

Website: skirose.com

NORTHSTAR-AT-TAHOE: The new village is a major plus for this family-oriented resort that offers plenty of wide runs for less-skilled skiers and tougher trails for experts and daring boarders.

Location: Highway 267 near Truckee

Elevation: Base 6,330; Summit: 8,610

Adult lift ticket: $84

Lifts: 14; Trails: 89

Phone: 800-466-6784

Website: skinorthstar.com

SIERRA-AT-TAHOE: Popular resort, less than two hours from Sacramento. Operates excellent children’s ski center.

Location: Highway 50, 12 miles west of South Lake Tahoe

Elevation: 6,640; Summit: 8,852

Adult lift ticket: $71

Lifts: 9; Trails: 46

Phone: 530-659-7453

Website: sierraattahoe.com

SODA SPRINGS: Perfect for beginning skiers and families seeking a bargain.

Location: Interstate 80, Soda Springs exit

Elevation: Base 6,700; Summit 7,325

Adult lift ticket: $35

Lifts: 2; Trails: 16

Phone: 530-426-3901

Website: skisodasprings.com

SQUAW VALLEY:  Famed Olympic hill is a nice challenge for thrill-seeking experts. Lots of terrain and lifts make resort feel less crowded on busy days.

Location: Highway 89, six miles from Tahoe City

Elevation: Base 6,200; Summit: 9,050

Adult lift ticket: $83 (nights $22)

Lifts: 29; Trails: over 4,000 acres of skiable terrain

Phone: 530-583-6955

Web site: squaw.com

SUGAR BOWL: Rich in history and known for its high snow totals, the resort has expanded over the past decade and remains a popular destination. It doesn’t hurt that Sugar Bowl is the first Tahoe resort off the I-80 corridor

Location: Interstate 80, Norden exit

Elevation: Base 6,883; Summit: 8,383

Adult lift ticket: $71

Lifts: 13; Trails: 95

Phone: 530-426-9000

Website: sugarbowl.com

TAHOE DONNER: Definitely a beginner-friendly resort. The mountain is small, but so are the crowds.

Location: Highway 89, Northwoods Boulevard

Elevation: Base 6,200; Summit 8,000

Adult lift ticket: $39

Lifts: 2; Trails: 14

Phone: 530-587-9444

Website: skitahoedonner.com

Compiled by Jeffrey Weidel, a Sacramento-area free-lance writer with more than 25 years of skiing experience.

Jeffrey Weidel

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