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Ski resort guide

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

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From page B3 | November 22, 2010 | Leave Comment

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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