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Alpine Meadows - 1
This challenging mountain is a favorite of locals, which speaks volumes about the terrain. Cheapest lift ticket among Tahoe heavyweights.

  • Location: Highway 89, six miles west of Tahoe City
  • Elevation: Base 6,835; summit 8,637
  • Adult lift ticket: $41
  • Lifts: 14

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  • Trails: More than 100
  • Information: 800 441-4423
  • Bear Valley - 2

    Under new ownership this year, this friendly resort caters to families. Great place to learn.
  • Location: Highway 4 to Bear Valley
  • Elevation: Base 6,600; summit 8,500
  • Adult lift ticket: $46
  • Lifts: 10
  • Trails: 67
  • Information: 209 753-2301 or www.bearvalley.com

    Boreal - 3
    Snowboarder haven day and night. Short drive from Sacramento a major plus.

  • Location: Interstate 80 at Donner Summit
  • Elevation: Base 7,200; summit 7,700
  • Adult lift ticket: $38 nights $22
  • Lifts: 9
  • Trails: 41
  • Information: 530 426-3666 or www.rideboreal.com

    Diamond Peak - 4
    North Tahoe resort features great lakeside views and typically small crowds.

  • Location: Highway 431, five miles north of Incline Village
  • Elevation: Base 6,700; summit 8,540
  • Adult lift ticket: $46
  • Lifts: 6
  • Trails: 30
  • Information: 775 832-1177 or www.diamondpeak.com

    Dodge Ridge - 5
    Midsize resort. A good choice for families, with plenty of steeps and moguls.

  • Location: Highway 108 in Pinecrest, 30 miles from Sonora
  • Elevation: Base 6,600; summit 8,200
  • Adult lift ticket: $48
  • Lifts: 8
  • Trails: 65
  • Information: 209 965-3474 or www.dodgeridge.com

    Donner Ski Ranch - 6
    Under new ownership, this modest resort has a long skiing tradition dating back to 1937.

  • Location: Interstate 80, Norden exit
  • Elevation: Base 7,031; summit 7,781
  • Adult lift ticket: $32
  • Lifts: 6
  • Trails: 52
  • Information: 530 426-3635 or www.donnerskiranch.com

    Heavenly - 7
    South Tahoe's heavy hitter is the region's largest and highest resort. Great view of lake and proximity to casinos an added plus.

  • Location: Ski Run Boulevard in South Lake Tahoe
  • Elevation: Base 6,540; summit 10,067
  • Adult lift ticket: $70
  • Lifts: 30
  • Trails: 91
  • Information: 775 586-7000 or www.skiheavenly.com

    Homewood Mountain Resort - 8
    Tough to beat its Lake Tahoe views, which are visible throughout the mountain. Lots of tree skiing.

  • Location: Highway 89, six miles south of Tahoe City
  • Elevation: Base 6,230; summit 7,880
  • Adult lift ticket: To be announced
  • Lifts: 8
  • Trails: 59
  • Information: 530 525-2992 or www.skihomewood.com

    Kirkwood - 9
    Underrated resort. Challenging terrain and short lift lines a good combination for many.

  • Location: Highway 88 in Kirkwood
  • Elevation: Base 7,800; summit 9,800
  • Adult lift ticket: $62
  • Lifts: 10
  • Trails: 65
  • Information: 209 258-6000 or www.kirkwood.com

    Mount Rose - 10
    High-speed lift adds terrain on East Bowl to this improving resort, which has the area's highest base elevation.

  • Elevation: Base 7,900; summit 9,700
  • Adult lift ticket: $54
  • Lifts: 8
  • Trails: 60
  • Location: Mount Rose Highway in Reno
  • Information: 775 849-0704 or www.skirose.com

    North Star at Tahoe- 11
    New slopeside condos add to family-geared mountain that offers plenty of wide runs for less-skilled skiers and tougher trails for experts and daring boarders.

  • Location: Highway 267 near Truckee
  • Elevation: Base 6,330; summit 8,610
  • Adult lift ticket: To be announced
  • Lifts: 16
  • Trails: 73
  • Information: 775 849-0704 or www.northstarattahoe.com

    North Star at Tahoe- 12
    Popular resort, less than two hours from Sacramento. Operates excellent children's ski center.

  • Location: Highway 50, 12 miles west of South Lake Tahoe
  • Elevation: Base 6,640; summit 8,852
  • Adult lift ticket: To be announced
  • Lifts: 9
  • Trails: 46
  • Information: 530 659-7453 or www.sierraattahoe.com

    Soda Springs- 13
    Perfect for beginning skiers and families seeking a bargain.

  • Location: Interstate 80, Soda Springs exit
  • Elevation: Base 6,700; summit 7,325
  • Adult lift ticket: $25
  • Lifts: 2
  • Trails: 16
  • Information: 530 426-3901 or www.skisodasprings.com

    Squaw Valley - 14
    More slopeside accommodations and other improvements make this North Tahoe resort even more desirable for snowboarders and skiers. Great for thrill-seeking experts.

  • Location: Highway 89, six miles from Tahoe City
  • Elevation: Base 6,200; summit 9,050
  • Adult lift ticket: $65 night $20
  • Lifts: 33
  • Trails: More than 4,000 acres of skiable terrain
  • Information: 530 583-6985 or www.squaw.com

    Sugar Bowl - 15
    Rich in history, this former small resort continues to expand. Reducing the lift-ticket price should draw more crowds.

  • Location: Interstate 80, Norden exit
  • Elevation: Base 6,883; summit 8,383
  • Adult lift ticket: $46
  • Lifts: 11
  • Trails: 84
  • Information: 530 426-9000 or www.sugarbowl.com

    Tahoe Donner - 16
    Definitely a beginner-friendly resort. The mountain is small, but so are the crowds.

  • Location: Highway 89, Northwoods Boulevard
  • Elevation: Base 6,200; summit 8,000
  • Adult lift ticket: $34
  • Lifts: 3
  • Trails: 14
  • Information: 530 587-9444 or www.tahoedonner.com
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