1 . Tahoe Marina Lodge

Sunnyside-Tahoe City, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 963 - 1892

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Unmatched views of Lake Tahoe, the ideal four seasons getaway and unforgettable activities are just a few of the reasons we chose Tahoe Marina Lodge as the No. 1 pick on the list of Top 10 Lake Tahoe Ski Resorts. It's up to you to find out the rest when you plan your getaway to Tahoe City!

Here you'll find incredibly comfortable accommodations ranging from one-bedroom garden units to two-bedroom lakefront options and featuring great amenities like fireplaces, a full kitchen and a private deck. As nice as these condo rentals are, you won't be that will acquainted with them because you'll have too many fun-filled activities to keep you busy during the day! Take the shuttle service and enjoy world-class downhill facilities at the Northstar, Homewood or Squaw Valley ski resorts for an unforgettable day on the slopes. If you are planning your trip during the summer months, take advantage of your prime location along the shores of pristine Lake Tahoe. Sailing, power boating and water skiing provide fun in the sun for thrill seekers. Rent a pontoon boat from the marina and spend a lazy day on the lake, soaking up the sun's powerful rays. Hiking and biking trails are also available to help you explore the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

Elevation

6,550

Mountain range

Sierra Nevada Mountain Range

Highlights

The lodge features a number of beautiful sand beaches, tennis facilities and boat rentals within walking distance of your comfortable accommodations. You can also receive a discounted ski package at nearby Northstar, Homewood or Squaw Valley ski resorts!

Related activities

Speed boating and swimming are great ways to take advantage of Lake Tahoe. Or, you can head to the Truckee River to watch the rafters traverse these tricky waters. If you want, you can schedule a rafting trip of your own!

2 . Tahoe Tavern Properties

Sunnyside-Tahoe City, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 263 - 4204

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Imagine a picturesque Lake Tahoe sunrise as the sun inches past the peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountains. On the breeze you hear a birdsong, and you can smell the refreshing aroma of cedar that permeates the air around you. Want to make this more than just a dream? Head to the No. 2 pick on our Top 10 list of Lake Tahoe Ski Resorts, Tahoe Tavern Properties!

You and your group will certainly enjoy the central location of these rental properties giving you easy access to great ski resorts like Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, Diamond Peak and Homewood. For those guests planning on returning through the winter down hill season, ski leases are available to make your accommodations available on a more long term basis. And with amenities like a spacious living area, stone fireplaces, full kitchens with tremendous appliances and so much more, you'll feel right at home during your Lake Tahoe getaway. Choose from two-, three- and four-bedroom accommodations, and find the unit that fits all of your travel needs. Don't get the wrong impression that skiing and snowboarding are the only activities you'll enjoy during your stay in Tahoe City. Lake Tahoe offers guests a wide variety of activities on the water. You'll be just steps from the action when you reserve a waterfront condo. Enjoy boating, swimming or even fishing from the sandy shores. Creating your own adventure is a breeze when you stay at Tahoe Tavern Properties, so start planning your getaway now!

Number of resorts

Nearby Ski Resorts include: Alpine Meadows Diamond Peak Homewood Northstar-at-Tahoe Squaw Valley, USA

Highlights

You'll be able to choose from forest view, lakeview and lake front accommodations, helping your customize your outdoor experience at Tahoe Tavern Properties!

Fun facts

The internationally famous Tahoe Tavern was originally built in 1901 and at one time housed amenities like a casino with a bowling alley, a barbershop and a ballroom with a stage.

3 . The Village at Squaw Valley

Olympic Valley, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 818 - 6963

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You remember that pair of skis you got for Christmas a couple years ago. You check your closet, find them in the very back and try them on. You get excited about the idea of going to Lake Tahoe in California for a ski trip and then you remember – you don’t know how to ski!

Our No. 3 pick, The Village at Squaw Valley, is a snow novice’s haven in the overwhelming Squaw Valley with 4,000 acres of ski-able terrain and six mountain peaks. With wide open bowls, groomed trails, terrain parks and half pipes, along with some lessons from one of 200 accredited instructors at the Squaw Valley Ski School, the Village is a beginner and intermediary’s Tahoe ski destination! The only time you’ll want to take those skis off is when you return to your Village condo with a stone hearth, private balcony and custom dining furniture. We would be doing you a disservice if we didn’t recommend Trilogy Spa, voted as having the best massage by Allure magazine. In the heart of the mountains, this 4,000-sq.-ft. spa will inspire your own heart with services like an Awapuhi White Ginger Massage or Fruit Enzyme Facial Peel!

Related activities

Take a night out and eat at a true Irish restaurant, the Auld Dubliner. This Irish pub was actually built in Ireland, disassembled, transported to Squaw Valley and reassembled.

Getting there

From the Sacramento and San Francisco areas, take I-80 East toward Reno. In Truckee, turn onto Hwy. 89 South and follow it for about eight miles. Then, turn right onto Squaw Valley Road. Stay on this for another two miles. Turn left onto Village East Road, which will take you over a small bridge. The entrance to The Village at Squaw Valley will be on your right.

Related Onsite Offerings

The Village at Squaw Valley adds to the already romantic surroundings by offering a Lake Tahoe Romantic Getaway Package that includes a couples massage at Trilogy Spa, one night stay in a one-bedroom suite, champagne and chocolates!

4 . Chinquapin

Sunnyside-Tahoe City, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 593 - 3023

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What do you get when you blend luxurious accommodations ranging from one to five bedrooms, breathtaking Lake Tahoe and Sierra Nevada views and out-of-this-world recreational facilities? You get the No. 4 pick on our Top 10 list of Lake Tahoe Ski Resorts: Chinquapin!

Here, you'll be treated to a one-of-a-kind outdoor getaway on the north shore of Lake Tahoe. The resort offers something for everyone! Take a quiet stroll along the shores of the lake, cast your fishing pole from the fishing pier or just spend the day on one of the two onsite beaches! Enjoy some friendly competition on one of seven tennis courts, a sand volleyball court or the basketball court. When the snow begins to fall, Chinquapin becomes the ultimate winter getaway. The area is renowned for its world-class skiing facilities, and you will have easy access to six popular choices including Squaw Valley USA and Diamond Peak. Snow shoeing, snowmobiling and dogsled tours are all unique ways to explore this winter wonderland, or arrange for a traditional sleigh ride to help celebrate the holidays. With all of these great activities, its easy to get distracted from your deluxe vacation rental. Amazing amenities like fireplaces, vaulted ceilings, spacious living room areas and private balconies will give you all the comfort of home, and then some! Whether you are looking for a romantic rendezvous with your special someone, or trying to find an outpost for your next family reunion, Chinquapin will have accommodations to fill all of your needs. Start planning your trip today!

Address

3600 North Lake Blvd. PO Box 1923 Tahoe City, CA 96145

Related activities

The five-bedroom condos at Chinquapin are the perfect outpost for your next family reunion featuring beautiful lake or forest views. You'll enjoy a spacious great room, a full kitchen that's perfect for cooking wholesome family meals and more great amenities that will ensure everyone in your group has a good time!

Related Onsite Offerings

You'll find a wide variety of great activities to keep you busy at Chinquapin including seven tennis courts, a sand volleyball court, a basketball court and a heated swimming pool. You'll have easy access to Lake Tahoe with two sand beaches, two floating swim docks and two piers!

5 . Olympic Village Inn

Olympic Valley, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (530) 581 - 6000

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From the European-style suites to the breathtaking beauty of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and North Lake Tahoe, you're certainly in for a treat when you plan a trip to the No. 5 spot on our Top 10 list of Lake Tahoe Ski Resorts: Olympic Village Inn!

Don't settle for modest accommodations and lackluster activities the next time you are planning a family vacation. Head to the Olympic Village Inn and enjoy impressive options like rafting down the Truckee River, getting a birds eye view of the area with a cable car ride up Squaw Valley or hiking on hundreds of miles of trails in Tahoe Basin. And the fun doesn't stop when the snow begins to fall. It takes a special area to host an Olympic Games, but Squaw Valley received that honor in 1960. Since that time, travelers from around the world have come to these world class slopes that sit just minutes from your comfortable accommodations at the Olympic Village Inn. Enjoy to notch downhill skiing and snowboarding, ice skating and hundreds of miles of snowmobiling trails. Retiring to your accommodations at the end of a fun-filled day is a treat thanks to the great amenities you'll enjoy including a kitchenette, a cozy living room and a private balcony. Looking to prepare an outdoor meal? Multiple BBQ grills are located in the common areas. Beautiful flower gardens and traditional European decor make you feel as if you've traveled overseas. Enjoy a getaway filled with traditional European ambiance right here along the shores of Lake Tahoe!

Population

3,162

Mountain range

Sierra Nevada Mountain Range

Number of runs/trails/roads/etc.

Squaw Valley features 3,600 skiable acres spread across six peaks. 30 ski lifts and more than 170 trails make this the ideal place to plan your next skiing getaway!

Fun facts

Squaw Valley was the host of the 1960 Olympic Games. You can still visit many of the areas that held the individuals events to this day!

6 . Heavenly Valley Lodge

South Lake Tahoe, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (530) 544 - 4244

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Whether you are enjoying the emerald blue waters of Lake Tahoe during the summer, or the ultimate downhill experience of the Sierra Nevada's in the winter, our No. 6 pick on the Top 10 list of Lake Tahoe Ski Resorts, Heavenly Valley Lodge, provides four seasons fun for travelers of all ages!

Unlike many of the other properties on this list, Heavenly Valley Lodge is on the south side of Lake Tahoe, but don't think that limits you in your activities at all! Sailing, swimming and fishing are still great activities that allow you to enjoy these crystal clear waters. And, the area receives more than 300 days of sunshine on an annual basis, so you'll rarely have to call off activities because of Mother Nature. During the winter, you'll have easy access to Heavenly Ski Slopes, or you can take a short drive to other world-class facilities located in the Lake Tahoe Region. After fun-filled days enjoying the stunning natural beauty surrounding you at every turn, you'll love the rustic cabin accommodations at Heavenly Valley Lodge. Many of these cabins features cozy fireplaces, a kitchenette and cable television. Some are pet friendly so don't forget to bring your favorite four-legged friend along during your Tahoe family vacation! Start planning your own unforgettable getaway in South Lake Tahoe!

Highlights

All of the Rooms and Lodges at Heavenly Valley Lodge have been recently renovated. Four Vacation Home cabins provide the ideal venue for your next family reunion or corporate retreat in South Lake Tahoe.

Fun facts

The Lake Tahoe region usually receives more than 300 days of sunshine every year making it the premier four seasons vacation getaway!

Related Onsite Offerings

There are four outdoor sitting areas on the property that allow you to easily enjoy the beautiful scenery. The fire pit and flagstone patio area, located just behind the main lodge, is the perfect place to recount the day's events.

7 . Forest Suites Resort

South Lake Tahoe, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 822 - 5950

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There is something even more magical about Lake Tahoe when it is covered in a blanket of snow. Especially when you’re looking at our picture-perfect No. 7 spot, Forest Suites Resort, with its entryway of wooden beams held up by rock pillars and framed by two castle-like one-story towers.

This fairy tale setting sits on the south shore of Lake Tahoe and is a powder lover’s dream-land. Forest Suites Resort is close to all the winter action in both Tahoe, California and Heavenly Lake in Tahoe, Nevada. The Heavenly Ski Resort’s gondola is practically in Forest Suites Resort’s back-yard and a shuttle service can take you to any other ski resort in the area you’d like to try. We know what else you want to hear about. What about when you’re not on the slopes? Well, several casinos, restaurants, night clubs and winter festivals are a quick walk away by footpath. Not to mention, your hotel room, suite or specialty suite is spacious enough for the whole family to sprawl out in and still have room left over. Unwind by throwing in a DVD or relaxing in front of the fireplace.

Related activities

During the summer, Lake Tahoe is a big, blue and pure water playground. Jet ski, water ski, boat or go parasailing. Don’t forget your suit for good old-fashioned swimming!

Getting there

From Sacramento International Airport, take I-5 South toward Sacramento/Yuba City. Take the US-50 E exit toward CA-99/Fresno. Take I-80-BR E toward CA-99/Frseno and then take the I-80-BR E exit on the left. Merge onto US-50 E. Take a slight right onto Lake Tahoe Boulevard and then turn right onto Heavenly Village Way. Heavenly Village Way becomes Park Avenue. Finally, turn left onto Lake Parkway.

Related Onsite Offerings

Enjoy Lake Tahoe in style with the Dinner Cruise Package through Forest Suites Resort. Eat a romantic dinner on a riverboat and dance the night away afterward to live music as you tour Lake Tahoe and Emerald Bay. Then return exhausted and smiling to your Forest Suite. The package also includes two drinks at the bar and a bottle of wine.

8 . The Resort at Squaw Creek

Olympic Valley, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 327 - 3353

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One more time you glide around the rink. You take a deep breath and notice the twinkling lights bouncing off the ice and the six towering peaks keeping watch over the resort. Your peaceful winter Lake Tahoe vacation has just gotten started.

Great skiing vacations are, of course, about location, location, location. And we were not disappointed by the location of our No. 8 ski destination, The Resort at Squaw Creek. In the Olympic Valley, with lift service to Squaw Valley, The Resort at Squaw Creek is in the midst of deep snow (about 450 inches per year), 4,000 acres of world-famous skiing and Squaw Creek’s private, on-property triple chairlift, which means you have ski-in/ski-out access to it all. If you are making a California family vacation, Squaw Creek has enough to keep the whole family busy and laughing. Try a broomball tournament on the ice skating rink or splash into Squaw Creek’s year-round pool complex with a heated pool and two whirlpools. When it comes time to tuck in the kids, enjoy some relaxation yourself in your Fireplace Suite with soft, soothing colors like purple heather and pumpkin orange and, of course, the stone fireplace.

Related activities

While the kids are at Mountain Buddies enjoying the 120-ft. water slide, you can relax at the Spa at Squaw Creek. Sip a cup of hot tea to relax your body before indulging in a Coffee Jasmine Java Body Wrap.

Fun facts

The Resort at Squaw Creek works with Destination Earth hospitality management to be an eco-conscious resort and takes green measures such as using soy ink when printing, eco-friendly cleaning products and constructing golf courses that focus on protecting the environment.

Related Onsite Offerings

Save yourself the headache of kids whining about how boring skiing is (or how scary) and let them have a blast at Mountain Buddies, Squaw Creek’s kids program. They’ll enjoy the Lake Tahoe area snowshoeing or sledding and fun crafts like mask making and tie dye!

9 . Woodfords Inn

Markleeville, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (530) 694 - 2111

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Quiet solitude and patience are two key characteristics for successful fisherman, but sometimes your surroundings are to blame for distractions. At the No. 9 spot on our Top 10 list of Lake Tahoe Ski Resorts you'll find Woodfords Inn, a tranquil spot on Lake Tahoe that will provide your ideal basecamp for fun!

In Alpine County, you'll find some of the best fly fishing in the West on over 60 lakes and streams. The east and west forks of the Carson River are known for outstanding trout and Mackinaw fishing. If you prefer more fun on dry land, enjoy bicycling on the Tahoe Rim Trail, along the roads of Monitor Pass or even in the California Alps! Make sure to pack your skis and enjoy a day on the slopes at Sierra-at-Tahoe, Kirkwood Mountain Resort or Heavenly Ski Resorts. At the end of a fun-filled day, you can retire to your newly updated accommodations. Woodfords offers 20 guest rooms that feature a cozy new decor and furnishings as well as flat-screen televisions. These rooms provide the perfect relaxing contrast to your activity-filled days by the lake and on the slopes!

Getting there

From The Bay Area Take the I-80 E Continue on the US-50 E Keep Left at the fork Turn Right onto CA-89 S/Luther Pass Rd Turn left onto CA-88 E/CA-89 S Turn right onto CA-89 S From Reno Take the ramp onto I-80 E Take exit 15 to merge onto US-395 S toward Carson City Take exit 57B to merge onto US-395 S/S Virginia St toward Virginia City/Carson City/So Lake Tahoe Continue to follow US-395 S Continue onto US-50 W Turn right onto Fairview Dr Turn left onto US-395 S/S Carson St Continue to follow US-395 S Slight right onto NV-88 S Continue onto CA-88 W Turn left onto CA-89 S

Fun facts

Alpine County is often referred to as the California Alps because of the jagged peaks that dot the surrounding landscape.

Related Onsite Offerings

Woodfords Station provides a wide variety of items from fishing to food, providing a "general store" of sorts during your trip to Woodfords Inn.

10 . Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe

Incline Village, Nevada

CALL DIRECT: +1 (888) 513 - 7984

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Picture looking out your window and seeing turquoise water stretching out all the way to snow-capped peaks bordered by clusters of vibrant green pine trees. What place could be so beautiful? The Alps of Austria or Switzerland, maybe?

On the contrary, you are at our No. 10 spot, the Hyatt Regency on the north shore of Lake Tahoe in California! At Hyatt Regency, your fun CA ski vacation is minutes away on the peaks of the Sierra Nevadas. As a guest at the Hyatt you can get a discounted lift ticket, so that you can start slicing the slopes right away. If you need a change of pace, hop on a snowmobile for a tour through more than 100 miles of the Tahoe National Forest. Or, if you need an excuse to cuddle with your sweetie, take a sleigh ride in Squaw Valley. When you return, choose from several entertainment options: first, enjoy a drink at the Lone Eagle Grille. Second, try your luck at the Hyatt’s Grand Lodge Casino. Or third, relax in your comfortable room with its pillow-top mattress, soft bed linens and sleek décor. We know it’s not easy, but we’re sure you’ll love whichever you choose!

Related activities

No matter what season you visit Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe, enjoy a scenic, narrated Hornblower Cruise. This is a perfect opportunity to learn about the lake and take beautiful pictures for that California vacation album!

Getting there

From San Francisco, take 80 East toward Reno. Take Exit 188B to CA-267 toward Sierraville/Lake Tahoe. At the end of the off-ramp, turn right onto CA-267/Truckee Bypass. Turn left onto CA-28 and follow this through the California/Nevada border. Turn right onto Lakeshore Boulevard. Turn left onto Country Club Drive and the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe will be on the left.

Related Onsite Offerings

Now you don’t have to worry about making it to breakfast or checking out of your hotel in the morning. The Awaken Bed and Breakfast package at Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe provides breakfast for two in the Sierra Café when you are ready and a late checkout time of 1 p.m.

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