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The largest alpine lake on the continent, Lake Tahoe sits across the California and Nevada border in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. While it’s a year-round destination for outdoor adventure and more, its slopes are world-famous for skiing and boarding in the winter. You’ll not only discover pristine powder at a long list of famous places to play from Squaw Valley to Heavenly Resort, but plenty of fabulous ski resort hotels that offer easy access to it all.
Squaw Valley Lodge offers an unbeatable location at the foot of Squaw Valley Resort. You’ll enjoy ski-in/ski-out convenience and a comfortable stay with large condominium-style rooms. Ideal for families, choose from large multi-bedroom suites or studios that include sleeper sofas, kitchenettes or fully-equipped kitchen with gourmet coffee. Guests also enjoy exceptional, attentive service for a more personal, intimate atmosphere along with onsite spas, a sauna and steam room.
For the ultimate luxury stay, book the Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe which enjoys a mid-mountain location on Northstar California Mountain, for ski-in/ski-out access to the slopes. This upscale resort boasts opulent rooms and suites that include floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing gorgeous views as well as fireplaces. Its 17,000 square-foot mega spa is located right at slope-side making it easy to relax and soothe sore muscles after a day of play. The treatments are focused around the water and woods and include ladies’ and gentleman’s lounge areas with a sauna, steam room and whirlpool. There are multiple pools and Jacuzzis to enjoy year round, along with three restaurants including the Manzanita which offers fine dining on rustic California cuisine.
The Grand Residences by Marriott offer a home away from home just steps from Heavenly Ski Resort’s gondola. Ideal for vacationing ski families, the amenities are similar to what you’d find to a timeshare, with rooms including a fully-equipped kitchen and dining area. Most have gas fireplaces and balconies. It offers lots of ways to wind day after enjoying the slopes, including a heated pool and hot tub, sauna and steam room. It also features a gym with LifeFitness equipment and a spa offering treatments that include facials and a variety of massage options.
Located in Heavenly Village Ski Resort across from Lake Tahoe, The Landing Resort and Spa offers free transportation to Heavenly Village and casinos as well as free snowboard and ski storage, so you don’t have to lug your equipment around. It also features an especially decadent spa. In between skiing or boarding, enjoy massages, body wraps, facials as well as a variety of salon services, a dry sauna and comprehensive fitness center. The large guest rooms all include stone gas fireplaces, Keurig coffee machines and marble bathrooms with heated floors. Dine at the elegant onsite restaurant and bar, in your room or in one of the many fabulous eateries nearby.
Northstar Lodge sits at the base of the world-renowned Northstar California ski area in Truckee, just minutes from Lake Tahoe. The ski-in/ski-out resort has its very own unique, gondola that makes it easy to get out on the slopes. Ideal for families and groups of friends traveling together, accommodations include studio, two- and three-bedroom villas, all with upscale amenities. The three-bedroom villas include a large living room with a sleeper sofa and fireplace, a 40″ television with surround sound and a DVD player, a fully-equipped kitchen with designer stainless steel appliances, washer and dryer, and a private balcony with an outdoor fireplace. Guests can also enjoy ski and boot valet services, a media theater and access to the private owner’s lounge.
The Ridge Tahoe Resort sits on a Sierra Nevada ridge above Lake Tahoe offering panoramic vistas in a tranquil location providing ski in/ski out access to the Stagecoach chairlift at Heavenly Ski Resort via its own Hilltrac Skier Express. Some of the spacious rooms include stone fireplaces and mountain-view balconies. Popular with families, the property also hosts an arcade room, indoor/outdoor pools and several Jacuzzis as well as a playground. There are multiple dining options for dining in or take out with plenty of family favorites along with inventive dishes on the menus. The Elevation Spa is right onsite offering a variety of services and treatment options as well.
The Tahoe Beach and Ski Club offers accommodations with a cabin retreat feel along with modern amenities, set across seven acres near Heavenly Mountain and Stateline, Nevada. Accommodations include everything from studios to two-bedroom suites and full cabins, each with their own unique set of amenities. All rooms have partial or full kitchens, and some feature multiple floors, living rooms and balconies. The property includes two hot tubs and a heated outdoor pool as well as a private beach. Guests can fuel up for a day out on the slopes with the complimentary continental breakfast and afterward, take advantage of foosball or pool tables in the game room.
Marriott’s Timber Lodge in South Lake Tahoe is located near Heavenly Mountain Ski Resort for convenient access to one of Tahoe’s most popular ski areas, with the Heavenly Gondola just steps from room doors providing a scenic trip to the ski runs. Modeled after a typical ski lodge, it has a cabin-like exterior and also boasts a spacious heated pool and four whirlpools open year-round to help you thaw out after a day in the snow. The large apartment-style units come with kitchens and sleeper sofas, while villas include gas fireplaces and washer/dryers. Some also feature jetted tubs. There is a full-service restaurant and bar on site as well as a convenience store, and the lodge also offers a variety of activities and a video game system to keep everyone in the family happy.