After a heavy-snowfall winter, we arrived in Tahoe in mid March for spring skiing. We based ourselves in South Lake Tahoe and skied mainly at Heavenly Ski Resort but with visits to Sierra, North Star and Kirkwood. There are also other ski fields nearby.
Lake Tahoe, at an altitude of 1897 m (6200 ft), is the largest alpine lake in North America. It straddles the stateline between California and Nevada. (Click any image to enlarge.)
One of the ways to access Heavenly Ski Resort is to use the 3.8 km (2.4 mile) Heavenly Gondola, with panoramic views of the township, Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada.
With a 2016/17 season snowfall of 16 m (640 in), there was plenty of spring snow, with a March snow depth of around 6 metres at the top of the mountain, and 4 to 5 metres at the bottom.
Harrah’s is one of four large casinos on the Nevada side, where casinos are legal.
We took a 30 minute shuttle ride around the lake to Sierra Ski Resort, where the locals like to ski.
About an hour’s drive from Heavenly, on the northern side of Lake Tahoe, is North Star Mountain Resort, with over 3000 acres of skiable terrain, and a great range of runs spanning green to black.