Any vacation into the mountains should begin with a peek at the National Weather Service Forecast and highway conditions -- be prepared (chains, goggles, etc) and enjoy it more! 

Once you figure out how long it's going to take to arrive at your destination there are a few alternatives to driving yourself: UC Davis students can check with the Ski or Snowboard Club to find people to ride with. And for everyone else, Alpine Adventures which tailors trips for kids, families and adults. 

Finally, anyone venturing off the groomed slopes should get some basic avalanche training -- available for free at the 
Sierra Avalanche Center.

Daily Snow Reports 

Resort Information:


Sugar Bowl

Alpine Meadows

Sierra at Tahoe

Mammoth Mtn


 Northstar at Tahoe


Squaw Valley



Bear Valley

Diamond Peak

Dodge Ridge

Soda Springs

Tahoe Donner

Mt Shasta Ski Park

Royal Gorge (Nordic)

We Know Snow

Here is a short (Long), list of some of the best deals for skiing around Lake Tahoe. Remember to always check for Holiday dates as most resorts will not offer discounts on those days, generally Christmas – New Years, MLK Weekend, and Presidents Day weekend. Happy Riding Everyone! 

Adventure Mountain Lake Tahoe:  

  • Groomed sledding runs
  • Sled/Tube rental 
  • Snow play
  • Sledding and Tubing 
  • Snowshoe trails and rentals 
  • The Lodge with store, cafe, and rental center!  

Heavenly Mountain Resort:
  • Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding 
  • Groomed sledding runs 
  • Snow play
  • Snowshoeing 
  • Lodge with store, cafes, and rental center! 

Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort:

  • Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding 
  • Groomed sledding runs 
  • Snow play
  • Snowshoeing 
  • Lodge with store, cafes, and rental center!  

Insiders Deal - The Sierra 3-PAK! - Sierra-at-Tahoe 3-PAK Lift Tickets are valid any day, including holidays and get you skiing/riding for $66/day! 

Kirkwood Mountain Resort: Sorensen's Resort:

Located between Kirkwood and South Lake Tahoe, a great place to spend a night or a week.

  • Cabins, cottages & homes 
  • Cafe
  • Fishing
  • Sledding

Homewood Mountain Resort

Ski or ride at Homewood Mountain Resort this season for as low as $49 per day when you buy online in advance – a perfect holiday gift for friends and family! Visit our online store for exact dates and availability.

  • Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding 
  • Ski & Snowboard Lessons
  • Snowcat Adventures
  • Lodge with store, cafes, and rental center!  

Insiders Deal: Lift tickets as low as $49 when you buy online in advance! Limited stock available!

Diamond Peak Ski Resort

Switch it up for a couple days and you’ll realize just how much Diamond Peak has to offer with less crowds, close parking and affordable prices. $35 gets you a lift ticket valid from 11 am - 1 pm, Monday - Friday, non-holiday and a $15 food voucher. 

Insiders Deals - Have a season pass at another ski resort? Bring Your Other Pass (BYOP)! Show your 2016-17 season pass from any other ski resort and ski for only $40 at Diamond Peak ($50 holidays). 


50% off lift tickets for guest and guide


FREE lift ticket on your birthday. zPresent your ID with proof of birthdate

Fire / Police

$59 lift ticket for Active and Retired firefighters or police, present badge/ID


Active Duty: FREE lift ticket midweek/non-holiday; $59 lift ticket weekends/holiday with a valid military ID.  Retired / Dependents: $59 lift ticket anytime with a valid military ID.

Squaw Valley/ Alpine Meadows Resorts

Insiders Deal -Tahoe Super 4 Pack Details: Four unrestricted days of skiing & riding at Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows $329 

Northstar California ResortSugar Bowl Resort
Check out our 1,500 vertical feet, 1,650 acres, 13 lifts, 3 progressive terrain parks and plenty of steeps, groomers and off piste for you to enjoy.

Insiders Deal - Advantage PassJust a $25 one-time purchase saves you $15 on your lift ticket at Sugar Bowl and $5 on your trail pass at Royal Gorge every day of the season. On top of the savings, the Advantage pass allows for direct-to-lift convenience so you can skip the ticket window and head straight to the slopes. 

Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area

Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area
Known for their successful learn to ski program—one of the only in the area that starts teaching kids as young as 3 years old. In addition, their size allows them to deliver that personal touch that larger ski areas can’t always provide.

Insider Deals – Please Note: Special offers are not valid with any other discounts, coupons, or during holiday periods. For more information, call (530) 587-9444

Parent's Day - Every Tuesday 

Moms and Dads, bring your under 13-year-old skier to Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area for a day of skiing and receive a complimentary all-day lift ticket for yourself. Get a great deal for your child and you ski for free. Excludes holiday periods.

Wacky Wednesday

Become a fan of Tahoe Donner Downhill on Facebook or follow  on Twitter and receive deals every Wednesday during non-holiday periods.

Throwback Thursdays 

Receive an old-school discount every Thursday. $14 children’s lift tickets and $25 adult lift tickets on Thursdays during non-holiday periods.

School Dayz Beginning Monday, January 9, 2017

Mid-week discount to all students, valid on Tuesdays – Thursdays throughout the 2016/17 season. Offer valid during non-holiday periods only. Bring your Student ID. Children $14 and adults $25.

Military Full-day lift ticket rate is $25. Valid ID must be presented.


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Boreal Mountain Resort 

Insider Deals:


Start the weekend early! On Fridays, come up to Boreal Mountain Resort to take advantage of $15 lift tickets. Ski and ride from 9:00am - 9:00pm, enjoying the area's closest ski resort. Available for only College students and active duty military. Must have valid I.D. Holiday restrictions include: Nov. 25, Dec. 23, Dec.30.



Not getting a season pass this year? Lock in your lift tickets now at an incredible price. Score (3) 1-day lift tickets for only $119 that can be used from 9:00am - 9:00pm until April 10, 2016. 


Only $25 for anyone, with $5 of that going back to the High Fives Foundation and Truckee Humane Society. Make sure to head to the Boreal Bar for an awesome after party with music, good times, and food specials. Dec 18, Jan 8, Feb 5, March 18


Best value! Recognized as one of the country’s best beginner programs , this pre-paid package automatically enrolls you into the Take 3, Ride FREE program and includes (3) Single-Day Half-Day Lesson Packages and a FREE 2016-17 Season Pass on your fourth visit! Plus, program graduates are eligible for a Woodward Tahoe 2016-17 Bunker Pass at the incredibly discounted rate of only $99. No blackout dates! Buy online now for best deals. Ages 4+, must enroll in program to receive benefit.


Donner Ski Ranch

One of California’s last family owned and operated ski resorts. For years, Donner Ski Ranch has offered a simpler skiing experience. Located on Historic Route 40 high atop Donner Summit, you will find an atmosphere that is relaxing and carefree. With 6 chairlifts and 2 moving carpets accessing 500 + acres, there is variety of terrain for all abilities and Tubing!

Insider Deals – Old School Days. After January 1, 2017 every Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday, excluding Presidents week February 20, 2017- Feb. 24, 2017 $40 for Adults over 13yrs, $22 for Kids 7-12yrs, $12 6yrs & under. 

Soda Springs Resort

New to skiing or snowboarding? As the longest running ski resort in California, Soda Springs Mountain Resort is the best place to explore the magic of winter in Tahoe. Secluded in the picturesque pines and conveniently located directly off of Interstate-80, the welcoming resort spirit and relaxed atmosphere is perfect for families new to snow.

Royal Gorge Cross Country Resort

Mt. Rose

Nov 24, Dec 17-Jan 1, Jan 14-16, Feb 18-20



 2 All-day lift tickets for the price of one (adult or child tickets) Valid Tuesdays only. (void holiday periods)


$29 tickets! Available through the dynamic calendar or at resort.  Valid Thursdays Only. (void holiday periods)


$59 Available to Active Military Personnel.Available at any ticket window.  (valid holidays)


$59  Present your boarding pass the day you arrive in Reno/Lake Tahoe (the day your flight arrives) and receive a discounted lift ticket. Tickets can be purchased at the Guest Services Office (void holiday periods)