Skiing Tahoe in spring 2017

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

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.)


Heavenly Gondola

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.


The Ridge Run at Heavenly, on the California side of the stateline

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.


On the Nevada side


Tamarack Lodge, one of the on-field eating houses


Near Tamarack Lodge, after an overnight snowfall


Cruising down Maggies


The Pinnacles


One of Heavenly’s avalanche rescue dogs


Descending in the gondola


Main street of South Lake Tahoe (California side)


Main street art gallery


Main street, South Lake Tahoe

Harrah’s is one of four large casinos on the Nevada side, where casinos are legal.


More casinos on the Nevada side


‘Sierra at Tahoe’ base buildings

We took a 30 minute shuttle ride around the lake to Sierra Ski Resort, where the locals like to ski.


At Sierra


At Sierra


One of the high-speed lifts at Sierra


North Star California

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.


Apres ski – a walk around Lake Tahoe at sunset


….and the sun goes down, about 7pm









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