This was our third or fourth ski trip to Lake Tahoe. For those who've never been, it's ringed by
mountains and boasts at least fifteen ski resorts. Check out the map at
Lake Tahoe Information for details.
You either stay north in the Truckee area, near the Squaw Valley and Northstar ski resorts, or you
stay south, near Heavenly and the Nevada stateline and its casinos.
We stayed in South Lake Tahoe and rented a townhouse from Tahoe Rental connection, and we were generally pleased with it and with them.
They have a nice website, and if you click their Search link and enter 7 for Unit Number, you'll be able to see pictures of our unit and even a map.
One of the things we liked about our townhouse was its view of the lake.
If we'd just been on the front row, it would have been perfect!.
What we love about Heavenly Ski Resort
is its views of the lake on one side and the Nevada desert on the other. What we don't like is the
cat track you end up on if you're returning to the California Lodge. And it gets worse - then you have to either
brave the steep and usually mogully Gunbarrel or cop out and take the tram down.
in the past, but with the generally poor snow conditions this year (2003), we were disappointed, particularly
since it was advertising the best snow around Tahoe.
Our favorite resort this trip was Homewood
It's a small resort so don't go expecting double black runs or high speed lifts, but its views of the
lake are spectacular, it's less crowded so the snow isn't skiied off, and the price was an unbelievable
$25 Monday - Thursday, less than half what the larger resorts charge.
Maybe it was just the poor snow or the slopes crowded with novice skiers and zooming boarders, but
was another resort we were disappointed in. There weren't enough long blue runs
to suit us, and their maps were huge (which may sound silly, but they were difficult to fit into
pockets and nearly impossible to read on the windy lifts).