Lake Tahoe is one of the most beautiful ski areas on the west coast with plenty of opportunities for skiers and snowboarders who are beginners to Olypmic-level skiers. The area might have a reputation being a bit of a luxury ski destination, but there are packages and resorts that can serve a range of budgets.

The Lake Tahoe area is easy to access from Reno and by road from most of Nevada and California. You can fly in and take a shuttle bus to your choice of resorts, and there are a number of them with different trails, ski conditions, amenities, and lodging choices.

The Lake Tahoe skiing resorts offer economically priced motel rooms, luxury suits, chalets, and cabins. You can save money by planning ahead too. The resorts tend to run different specials on lift tickets. The different resorts offer different deals throughout the ski season, but one common deal is 25% off a lift ticket when you purchase online at least three days in advance.

Squaw Valley:

Host of 1960 Winter Olympics, Squaw Valley offers a range of trails, bowls and chutes for skiers and snowboarders of varying skill levels. There is also a learning zones for beginners. varied trails and impressive mountain scenery for everyone. The area’s high and consistent snowfall delivers one of the country’s longest ski and snowboard seasons. Both Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows offer military discounts. Both resorts also offer $59 ski and snowboard lessons. Squaw Valley offers lodging from $199 a night, plus easy access to dining, shopping, and the ski lifts.

Alpine Meadows:

Short shuttle ride from Squaw Valley resort, 100 trails over 2400 acres, family friendly with progressive trails, impressive mountain views and evergreen all around, plus chalet-style lodging, Alpine Meadows is conveniently located between Truckee and Tahoe City. Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley, being twin resorts offer the same easy access to the ski slopes, plus shopping and dining options. You can also plan your winter vacation online with their vacation guides, which includes a planning guide for families.

A Range of Winter Vacation Options:

You can put together a family-friendly or beginner-friendly ski vacation at Lake Tahoe without breaking the budget. The many resorts with different lodging options and different trails offer plenty of options. Deals can always be had if you check the official Lake Tahoe tickets page and plan in advance.