THE MAGICAL SPOT FOR EPIC WINTER SPORTS YOUR GUIDE TO VACATION FUN
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WELCOME TO WORLD CLASS SKIING It’s the Dream: Riding Tahoe’s big white winter wave! Epic months of snowfall the last two seasons filled social media with images of untracked snow, luring skiers and riders from around the globe. Does your dream look more smoothly groomed? Tahoe has hundreds of miles of silky carve-able trails. Don’t want to ride lifts? Try snowshoes, cross-country skis, a snowmobile tour or a cruise boat to Emerald Bay. Pick your escape, then make Tahoe’s winter magic happen for you and yours this season. WHERE SKI RENOTAHOE
CONTENTS 2018 - 2019
01 Welcome to Tahoe 02 Where to Ski 10 Ski Resort Info 12 Where to Stay 15 Tahoe Map 18 Lodging Info 34 Events 36 Driving there
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38 Flying there
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MAXIMIZING THE TAHOE SKI EXPERIENCE What’s the perfect Lake Tahoe ski spot for you? Don’t wait another winter to discover it!
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By Chaco Mohler
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Match Ups With 21 downhill and cross-country ski resorts, Tahoe has the perfect match for every type of terrain, climate and skill.
Squaw Valley, Kirkwood, Heavenly.
Northstar, Heavenly, Alpine Meadows.
Squaw Valley, Boreal, Diamond Peak.
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Northstar, Squaw Valley, Sierra-at-Tahoe, Boreal.
Kirkwood, Alpine Meadows, Sugar Bowl.
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Northstar, Homewood, Sierra-at-Tahoe.
HEAVENLY MOUNTAIN RESORT Feel— Cruising party fun. Crowd— International. Heavenly has so much to offer: 4,800 acres with every variety of terrain and gorgeous views in all directions. Go big here, with long verticals and 1,600 foot plunges in double-black diamond canyons. Heavenly’s sweet spot, however, is wide-open groomers, 34 miles of them. High elevation, the West Coast’s largest snowmaking operation and tree-protected powder can often give this big mountain stellar conditions. The resort also has zip-lines, tubing lanes and various large lodges at its multiple entrances. For apres-ski action, start at the Unbuckle dance party at Tamarack Lodge.
SQUAW VALLEY/ALPINE MEADOWS Feel— Hard charging. Crowd—Full spectrum, family to extreme. Squaw Valley, the host of the 1960 Winter Olympics, is married by a shared lift pass to neighboring ski resort Alpine Meadows. By acreage and lift capacity, the combo is one of country’s largest ski experiences. There’s terrain for everyone, from first-timers to local racers to freeriders at the top of their sports. A gondola to connect the two lift-systems is in the works, but for now, free shuttles run between resort base areas. Intermediates will appreciate the variety of trails at the sister resorts. The Village at Squaw Valley has entertaining restaurants, bars and shops, with ice-skating nearby.
Alpine Meadows, Heavenly, Mt. Rose.
Heavenly, Northstar, Diamond Peak, Boreal.
Heavenly, Squaw Valley.
Cross-Country Skiing: Royal Gorge, Tahoe Cross-Country, Tahoe Donner, Kirkwood.
H I T T I N G T H E S LO P E S
KIRKWOOD RESORT Feel— Backcountry. Crowd—Locals and “core” regulars. On dry roads, this scenic High Sierra canyon is less than an hour’s drive south from Lake Tahoe. Kirkwood’s location on the Sierra Crest and high elevation often gives it one of the nation’s deepest snow packs. Wide-open slopes, canyon gullies and big bowls make for a powder
SIERRA-AT-TAHOE Feel— Old School/New School. Crowd—Passholders and North Californians. Sierra has a relaxed California vibe with excellent terrain parks and tree skiing. Located atop the Sierra Crest off US Highway 50, about 30 minutes south of Lake Tahoe, the resort usually receives plentiful snowfall. Intermediate abilities have a wide selection of runs to explore. Experts have steep moguls or, in powder, perfectly spaced, old-growth trees and gate-accessed Huckleberry Canyon.
SUGAR BOWL RESORT Feel— Intimate variety. Crowd— Generations of Nor Cal skiers. Sugar Bowl is a historic resort perched minutes away from Interstate 80 on Don-
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(Previous spread, clockwise from left) Mt. Rose skier shreds powder; Heavenly ski group; Squaw Valley gondola above the slopes. (This spread, clockwise from bottom left) Diamond Peak skiers heading downhill; a little South Lake Tahoe adventurer; Northstar skiing fun.
hound's heaven. Kirkwood Village has a limited number of hotels, restaurants and watering holes.
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NORTHSTAR CALIFORNIA Feel— Family luxury. Crowd—Relaxed and well-dressed. Northstar is often rated as one of the country’s best family resorts. It specializes in long, well-groomed intermediate runs served by fast chairlifts and full-service “California luxury.” Its children and adult instruction programs are excellent. There is an entertaining variety of terrain parks for new school skiers and riders, inner-tubing, and in the middle of its mountain village, ice skating.
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ner Summit. It’s been a favorite of San Francisco elites since the 1940s, and some of those families still own the place. The resort includes an old, gondola-accessed Lodge and a modern lodge and base with convenient parking. New lifts and trails have been added in recent years. The resort sits in a snow belt so some winters, it boasts one of the deepest bases in the country.
MT. ROSE SKI TAHOE Feel— Town hill. Crowd— Enthused Reno passholders. Mt. Rose is convenient skiing for Reno residents and visitors staying at the city’s plethora of options for lodging. Its ski runs are less than half-an-hour from most Reno hotels. The resort has outstanding beginner runs, entertaining intermediate fare, and The Chutes, some of the longest continuous steeps in Tahoe. High elevation, eastern location, and upgraded snowmaking often gives Mt. Rose some of Tahoe’s best skiing conditions.
DIAMOND PEAK RESORT Feel— Family fun. Crowd— Locals and in-the-knows. Diamond Peak combines some of the best views in the ski world with a friendly local vibe. The lower slopes include beginner runs, crisscrossing intermediate trails, and a new terrain park. The Crystal Express lift whisks riders up to the top of the Tahoe Rim for 360-degree views. Go for advanced turns in the trees or fly down the intermediate carpet of Crystal Ridge. Mid-mountain Snowflake Lodge features breathtaking views while a large base lodge has needed amenities.
HOMEWOOD MOUNTAIN Feel— At one with nature. Crowd— Locals and families. Homewood remains one of Tahoe’s classic family-friendly resorts. Skiing its upper runs, it feels like you’re headed straight into Lake Tahoe’s sparkling blue water—an enchanting view! The runs are an enjoyable mix of intermediate trails and tree-skiing, and are often uncrowded. Homewood’s protected lower elevation makes its lifts less affected by high-winds on storm days, but also often more affected by warm weather.
BOREAL MOUNTAIN Feel— Party-On. Crowd— Park and halfpipe boarders, pre-teen & up. This small ski area is right off an on-ramp to Interstate 80, serving built-in-the-ground half-pipe and terrain park hits. Top to bottom lights keep the action going till 9:00 p.m. Next to the slopes is the lodge and the year-round Woodward gym of foam pits, jumps and ramps.
THE REST • Granlibakken is conveniently located near Tahoe City with a lift-served run, sled hill, rental shop and warming hut. The ski hill is open daily on holidays and Friday-Monday during the rest of the winter season. • Tahoe Donner has terrain that is 40% beginner, served by a new beginner chairlift—no wonder the resort specializes in firsttimer and family lessons, teaching children as young as 3. • Soda Springs has an eight-decade-plus history of teaching all ages to ski. It also has a large inner-tube hill and snow play area.
Battle of the Season Passes A season pass to your “home mountain” in another part of the country might also give you free days at some of Tahoe’s greatest resorts.
California Gold Pass
The ultimate pass to Tahoe skiing, the Gold Pass is good every day at 32 California and Nevada downhill and cross-country ski resorts and fully-transferable. Friends, families and companies can share a pass. Ultimate flexibility comes at a price: post October 1, a Gold Pass costs $3250.
Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood are part of the Epic network—all with very different characters and attributes—making this pass popular with Reno and Tahoe locals. Available in multiple forms, Epic Pass provides access to 65 ski resorts in total!
Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows are the big Tahoe draws for holders of this pass. 28 of America’s favorite ski resorts are part of the Ikon Pass network, including Mammoth Mountain (located approximately 3 hours south of Tahoe).
Local favorites Sierra-atTahoe and Sugar Bowl are both part of this 19-resort network. Two of the closest resorts to Sacramento, they are convenient alternatives for Northern California skiers.
Lake Tahoe’s best views, best value, and best vibe
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Child Ski Center (ages 3-6); Sierra Scouts (ages 7-12). RESORT AMENITIES:
• Base Lodge with several food options & Wild Bill’s BBQ
• Private party room, two decks and free Wi-Fi;
• Mid-mountain Snowake Lodge
• Full service Rental & Repair Shop with demo equipment and retail shop; • Progressive terrain parks; • Electric vehicle charging stations
snowphone 775.831.3211 information 775.832.1177 online diamondpeak.com
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Boreal® Mountain Resort 530.426.3666 rideboreal.com
Donner Ski Ranch
Heavenly® Mountain Resort 866.736.8245 skiheavenly.com
Homewood Mountain Resort 530.525.2992 skihomewood.com
Kirkwood Mountain Resort 877.KIRKWOOD kirkwood.com
Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe
Northstar California™ 800.Go.North NorthstarCalifornia.com
Sierra-at-Tahoe® Resort 530.659.7453 SierraAtTahoe.com
Squaw Valley /Alpine Meadows 800.403.0206 squawalpine.com
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8 Lifts, 33 Trails, 380 Acres
7 Lifts, 30 Trails, 655 Acres
8 Lifts, 52 Trails, 500+ Acres 2 Moving Carpets (ski & tube)
2 Lifts, 1 Trail
28 Lifts, 97 Trails, 4,800 Acres
8 Lifts, 64 Trails, 2,010 Acres
15 Lifts, 86+ Trails, 2,300 Acres
8 Lifts, 60+ Trails, 1,200 Acres
20 Lifts, 100 Trails, 3,170 Acres
14 Lifts, 46 Trails, 2,000 Acres
5 Lifts, 15 Trails, 200 Acres
42 Lifts, 270+ Trails, 6,000 Acres
Tahoe Donner Downhill
Royal Gorge Cross Country
Resort at Squaw Creek Nordic Center 530.583.6300 squawcreek.com
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Tahoe Donner Cross Country
5 Lifts, 16 Trails, 120 Acres
Kirkwood Cross Country & Snowshoe
Camp Richardson Historic Resort
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Northstar™ Cross Country, Telemark & Snowshoe Center
13 Lifts, 103 Trails, 1,650 Acres
A historic resort on the shores of South Lake Tahoe. Lodging, dining, 10km of groomed trails and over 120 acres of ski-able terrain.
Lessons, rentals, snowshoeing, day lodge, 2 warming huts, groomed track with skating lanes.
Rentals, lessons, clinics, races, moonlight snowshoe and stargazing tours, family snowshoe tours, warming huts, sundeck and more.
88 groomed trails across 6,000 acres, lessons, rentals, clinics, races, 9 warming huts, 1 trailside café, 2 lodges, snowshoeing, dog-friendly trails, snowkiting, snow biking, and more.
Ski-in/ski-out access to Squaw Valley, 18 km trails, lessons/ rentals, ice rink and more winter activities.
24 groomed trails, just minutes from Tahoe City, 3 dog trails, snowshoe trails, lake views, day lodge, café, ski lessons rentals
58 groomed trails, cross-country ski lodge. 5 warming huts, 4 snowshoe-only trails, PSIA Ski School, rentals, dog-friendly trails.
WHERE TO STAY
The multiple destinations in Reno-Tahoe have unique advantages and charms. By Chaco Mohler
Tahoe's South Shore has a huge variety of lodging options for every budget. Heavenly Village's gondola is only steps from numerous hotels and the casino resort towers just over the border in Nevada. Sierra-at-Tahoe and Kirkwood ski areas are 30-45 minutes from South Tahoe. This is a large, year-round resort community with a full variety of family-friendly dining, plus outstanding high-end restaurants. Heavenly Village and surrounding blocks have fun shops, boutiques and eateries. This town is famous for apres-ski and nightlife, including free shows and 24-hour action at Stateline’s over half-dozen casino/ resorts. Tahoe’s scenic southern shoreline is gorgeous in winter with excellent snowshoeing near historic estates. Lake cruises to Emerald Bay run year-round.
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NORTH LAKE TAHOE The North Shore is a charming mix of small hamlets and lakefront lodging in California and a couple of casino resorts in Nevada. Tahoe City, Kings Beach and Homewood are communities located on the California side of the border with Incline Village and Crystal Bay stationed in Nevada. In and between them are excellent dining choices. Depending on choice of lodging, shuttles may be available to Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows, Northstar, Diamond Peak, Homewood and Mt. Rose. Or stay close to the slopes at The Village at Squaw Valley or The Village at Northstar. There are groomed cross-country skiing trails at Tahoe Cross-Country, Northstar, North Tahoe Regional Park and Resort at Squaw Creek, ice-skating at Tahoe City Winter Sports Park, Northstar and Squaw Valley.
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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE / STATELINE
Featured Places What’s the ideal basecamp for your winter holiday?
Stateline, Nevada Casino-resorts a block from a ski lift
Large hotel-entertainment retreats can be found on the Nevada-California border, including Hard Rock Hotel, MontBleu and Harrahs/Harveys. All have spectacular views of the area from their upper rooms. Hard Rock has multiple restaurants and bars and MontBleu features a full spa, nightclubs and restaurants.
Heavenly Village, California Luxury and convenience with a gondola steps away
There is no gaming on this side of the border but you can find plenty of comfortable lodging, great restaurants, shops and things to do. Marriott’s two properties feature multiroom residences that are ideal for groups and families.
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TRUCKEE This bustling ski town has unique restaurants, shops, and nightlife, particularly in its historic Old West downtown. Nearby ski resorts are Northstar, Squaw/Alpine, Sugar Bowl, Boreal, Donner Ski Ranch and Tahoe Donner, most with their own shuttles. Excellent cross-country resorts nearby are Royal Gorge and Tahoe Donner. Lodging options are scattered throughout the town and at nearby Donner Summit. Donner State Park Museum tells the famous stories of the pioneers who first crossed these mountains. The state park is also home to the Pioneer Monument, commemorating the parties that made the trek. Backcountry skiing, snowshoeing and winter climbing are all popular pursuits on the peaks surrounding Donner Summit, weather permitting.
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(Left page) Truckee's lodging options provide for a comfortable stay. (This page, top left clockwise) Heavenly Village; Granlibakken; Northstar. I F YO U G O
www.TahoeSouth.com. 775-588.4591 www.GoTahoeNorth.com. 530-581-6900 www.Truckee.com. 866-443-2027 www.VisitRenoTahoe. com. 775-682-3800
Major Reno resorts, Nevada Marry indoor and outdoor excitement
Staying in hotel-casinos in Reno and doing day-trips to nearby ski areas is an ideal vacation alternative for some couples and families. The Row combines three iconic Reno casino resorts, Silver Legacy, Eldorado and Circus Circus into a huge, indoor buffet of fun, food and music. Close to the airport, Grand Sierra Resort is a self-contained complex of restaurants, gaming, spa, nightclubs, bowling and more.
Natural Retreats, Lake Tahoe Relax in beautiful surroundings
Tahoe and the surrounding communities have a huge variety of lodges in picturesque spots, some with multiple amenities from restaurants to spas. Cedar House in Truckee is near multiple ski resorts and conducts its own backcountry or specialty tours. Granlibakken is a full-facility hotel and conference center secluded in the forest just outside Tahoe City. Distinctive lodges line much of the scenic shoreline from South Lake Tahoe to Zephyr Cove.
BIGGEST LITTLE CITY
Downtown Reno is an ideal spot for your Reno-Tahoe getaway as bustling out-oftowners surround the city at night, trying their luck at the casino resorts and enjoying the city's nightlife. Reno also sits roughly an hour outside of Lake Tahoe's ski resorts, so you can get the best of both worlds during your stay.
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in the destination, the Reno area is experiencing a resurgence of entertainment, dining, and the arts. The Nevada Museum of Art continues to be a bastion of regional and international artistry, and the burgeoning food movement has revitalized the culinary scene, with niche restaurants drawing from local farms and ranches, and contributing to more than a dozen new award-winning breweries near the downtown area. Music and nightlife still highlight the sparkling high-desert town when the sun goes down, and eclectic shops, eateries and specialty cocktail bars can be found throughout the growing Riverwalk and Mid-Town districts. Heavenly and North Tahoe ski resorts are approximately an hour's drive from Reno under most winter conditions.
RENO This four-season destination is nestled on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada and a convenient home base for travelers who want to experience the best of what northern Nevada and Lake Tahoe have to offer. Reno-Tahoe International Airport is a quick jump from many northern and southern California airports, and new, nonstop service to Chicago, Atlanta, Houston and New York City make for an easy winter getaway. Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe and Diamond Peak are just a 30- and 45-minute drive from downtown Reno, respectively. Heavenly and North Tahoe ski resorts are approximately an hour's drive from Reno, under most winter conditions. Driven in part by a local tech boom, with companies like Tesla, Apple, Google, Amazon and Switch heavily invested
Banquet of Winter Fun!
WHERE WILL YOU DROP IN TO THE LARGEST CONCENTRATION OF SKI RESORTS IN NORTH AMERICA?
NEVADA Sparks 80
Sacramento 90 miles
Reno/Tahoe International Airport
San Francisco 180 miles
Donner Summit 7,239 feet
Boreal Soda Springs
Mount Rose 10,778 feet
Truckee Donner Lake
Donner Ski Ranch Sugar Bowl Royal Gorge
Squaw Valley USA Squaw Creek Cross-Country
Kings Beach Carnelian Bay
Sugar Pine Point
San Francisco 190 miles
89 Emerald Bay Vikingsholm
Valhalla/Tallac Historic Site Mount Tallac 9,735 feet
Cross-Country Skiing Shopping General Aviation Airport
Heavenly SOUTH Mountain Resort LAKE TAHOE Freel Peak 10,881 feet
Gaming Downhill Skiing
Deepest Point in The Lake
Sacramento 100 miles
North Shore Casinos
Kirkwood Hope Valley
Cedar House Sport Hotel 10918 Brockway Road, Truckee CA 96161
HIGHLIGHTS With our focus on outdoor exploration, The Cedar House Sport Hotel is far more than just a place to stay. We are an active lifestyle destination.
Whether it is a guided wilderness journey with T3 Adventures, experiencing culinary excellence at a Stella Pop Up dinner event , or simply a carefree weekend relaxing in a
stunning mountain landscape, The Cedar House is where your Truckee/ Tahoe adventure begins.
reservations and information 866.582.5655 online cedarhousesporthotel.com email email@example.com
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Carved out of the natural allurement of its surroundings, Cedar
House Sport Hotel combines innovative architecture with the
TYPE OF PROPERTY European-Style,
symbiotic relationship between mind, body and soul. Using a unique blend of recycled and pure materials, the hotel e empliﬁes environmental a areness inte ratin itsel into its stunning landscape.
Boutique Hotel NUMBER OF ROOMS 40 rooms, including 5 one bedroom suites. ROOM AMENITIES Flat-screen LCD TV, cable, safe, refrigerator, heated bathroom floor, luxurious European
With contemporary and cozy lodging for the hotel’s guests, the
linens, cotton terry robes, spa bath products,
property also features a small event center, ideal for corporate
and freshly ground coffee and coffee maker.
meetings and other group functions. In addition, the facility also boasts an avant-garde dining room and culinary arts center. Along with its in house adventure guiding service, The Cedar
PROPERTY AMENITIES Concierge/guest service staff, continental break fast, full bar in lobby, meeting room, and Wi-Fi.
House can create the perfect Tahoe getaway, both for pleasure
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For those who love to play hard but like to rest easy, the Cedar House Sport Hotel is your Truckee address. Visit our website at cedarhousesporthotel. com for information on our accommodations and special Adventure Packages. In-house adventure guide service— T3 Adventures
Grand Sierra Resort Make your winter getaway a GRAND one.
HIGHLIGHTS Located in the heart of the Reno-Tahoe region, Grand Sierra Resort is an allencompassing destination resort. The resort has been voted the “Best Overall Gaming Resort and Hotel in Reno” four years in a row! There really isn’t any better place to stay while enjoying everything the Reno-Tahoe region has to offer.
• Nearly 2,000 Luxurious Rooms & Suites • 12 Unique Restaurants & Eateries • Full Service Spa & Fitness Center • Year Round Resort Pool with Hot Tubs and Ice Rink • The Grand Theatre, Top Name Entertainment • LEX Nightclub • 7 Lounges & Bars
reservations and information 800.501.2651 online grandsierraresort.com
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Luxury. As the premier resort destination in northern Nevada,
Grand Sierra Resort consistently create a world-class
TYPE OF PROPERTY
hospitality experience that is unmatched anywhere else in the region. The Resort offers “next level” luxury accommodations in The A level rooms as well as their exclusive Concierge level rooms. Restaurant Row. Choose from seven unique restaurants and
eateries including Charlie Palmer Steak, Rim Pan Asian Bistro, The Grand Buffet, Reserve Wine Bar, Cantina, California Pizza Kitchen and Grand Cafe. Entertainment. You’ll never be bored at Grand Sierra, we have
something for everyone, all under one roof. The Grand Theatre features top name entertainment like Janet Jackson, KISS,
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Flat screen TVs Wet bars, refrigerators in suites Writing desks and chair Wireless Internet access In-room coffee makers Bottled water Hair dryers Iron and ironing boards In room safes available 24-hour room service
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Steve Willie Nelson and Kevin Hart. LEX nightclub hosts some
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Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe 50 US Highway 50, Stateline, Nevada 89449
COMFORTABLE. CONTEMPORARY. SPACIOUS. Picture state-of- the-art facilities, modern amenities and music always setting the tone against the backdrop of mesmerizing views of Lake Tahoe and the world-renowned Sierra Nevada mountains. The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Lake Tahoe
is a full resort offering multiple restaurants, bars, and entertainment outlets. Stroll the halls viewing rock n’ roll memorabilia or get your game on in our 24 hour casino. When you’re done playing in the resort, tap into the rock star inside of you with a hotel experience that brings together lavishness, quality
and edge. We’ve cranked the wow factor to eleven in every room, featuring modern amenities and facilities, picturesque views of Lake Tahoe and its alpine peaks and the kind of rock ‘n roll memorabilia you can only find at a Hard Rock Hotel & Casino resort.
reservations and information 844.588.7625 online Hardrockcasinolaketahoe.com
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Rock Om delivers a customized yoga experience to guests
NUMBER OF ROOMS 539
from the comfort of their own room, allowing them to refresh, rejuvenate and re-energize the mind, body and spirit through the power of music. The program consists of free in-room yoga videos, which are led by renowned producer, musical director and sound ambassador, DJ Drez, and his wife, musician and yogi Marti Nikko. Additionally, as part of the program, guests can order an inroom yoga kit. Sound Of Your Stay: Tracks
With a commitment to offering authentic experiences that rock, Hard Rock Hotels & Casino Lake Tahoe provides guests with The Sound of Your Stay®, a free all-encompassing music amenity program that gives guests access to a song download via their room key. Casino
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RATES & PACKAGES • Book online with code SkiTahoe15 for 15% off our best available rate through May 2019. Blackout dates and holidays are excluded • Hard Rock offers competitive rates with a Rockstar experience year-round • Visit HardRockCasinoLakeTahoe.com for seasonal packages
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Marriott Grand Residence Club®, Lake Tahoe 1001 Heavenly Village Way, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
HIGHLIGHTS Luxury meets comfort at this grand mountain resort set in the heart of picturesque Heavenly Village. Discover spacious accommodations and superb amenities for your next Lake Tahoe escape. • Guest rooms, studios, 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom residences
• Adjacent to Heavenly® gondola • On-site Serenity Spa • Heated Outdoor Pool • Free Wi-Fi
reservations and information 1.800.VILLAS.9 online Marriott.com/rnogr
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Luxury on the South Shore. Ideally situated at the base of
Heavenly Mountain and just steps away from the gondola,
TYPE OF PROPERTY Luxury Mountain
you are in the perfect location to discover all that Lake Tahoe
Condominiums NUMBER OF ROOMS 199
offers. Experience rustic elegance in a bold, stone-and-timber
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mountain retreat. Here, comfort reigns supreme and grandeur
• Queen, King, or two Queen beds
is softened with a friendly casual style. Grand fireplaces
• Queen bed • Fully-equipped kitchen
welcome you inside the spacious lobby with gracious warmth. Meanwhile, you are surrounded by ski trails, shopping and dining in the village, plus casinos and entertainment. Spacious Accommodations. Choose from comfortable guest
rooms, studios, or spacious one-, two-, and three-bedroom
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One-, two-, or three bedroom residences Living and dining areas Fully-equipped kitchen Fireplace
residences, including a limited number of penthouses. Residences feature separate living and dining areas, a fully equipped kitchen, a king-sized bed in the master suite, and a
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fireplace in most units. Property Amenities. Relax and unwind in the heated outdoor
pool and whirlpool spas, rejuvenate with a spa treatment at the on-site Serenity Spa, or cozy up by the fire pit. Enjoy the convenience of free Wi-Fi, bell and concierge services, underground valet parking, ski storage, and more.
MontBleu Resort Casino Spa 55 Highway 50 Stateline, NV 89449
HIGHLIGHTS Wintertime means getaway time, and getaway time means MontBleu. Located just minutes away from premier ski resorts, the newly renovated MontBleu blends lavish accommodations and amenities with traditional gaming and a vibrant social scene to create a complete casinoresort experience. Recipient of various
awards including “Tahoe’s Best Place to Stay”, “Best Rooms”, “Best Spa”, and “Casino Where You Feel Luckiest”, you’ll find everything and MORE at MontBleu.. • 438 Rooms and Suites with Choice of Mountain or Lake View • Four Restaurants and Eateries including Lake Tahoe’s Only AAA Four Diamond Restaurant, Ciera
Steak + Chophouse • Full Service Salon, Spa and Fitness Center • Year Round Heated, Indoor Pool Grotto • 45,000 Square-Foot Casino • Opal – Lake Tahoe’s Hottest Nightlife • MontBleu Showroom – Lake Tahoe’s Largest Showroom
reservations and information 1.800.BE.LUCKY online montbleuresort.com
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Ciera Steak + Chophouse. Named Lake Tahoe’s only AAA Four
iamond estaurant or nine years in a ro
DETAILS TYPE OF PROPERTY
you ll ﬁnd a
4-Star Expedia Rated
dining experience that rivals those of world-class resorts. A
NUMBER OF ROOMS 438
knowledgeable staff, semiprivate booths, and a private banquet
room are all on hand for guests. You’ve never tasted New York
• • • • • • • •
Strip like you’ll get when you scale the culinary heights of Ciera. Onsen Salon & Spa. Whether you’re seeking a brief escape or
looking to unwind after a day on the slopes, pamper yourself at Onsen, the only spa in Lake Tahoe offering Ashiatsu massage treatments. Our trained therapists offer an encompassing range of treatments sure to soothe your mind, body and spirit. Opal. Fantasy meets reality at Lake Tahoe’s hottest nightlife. The
atmosphere is very sensual, with just the right amount of visual
Complimentary Parking for Hotel Guests High Speed WiFi Room Service Mountain or Lake View King or Two Queen Beds Flat Screen TV Spacious Walk-in Showers And MORE!
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stimulation to get the heart pounding as regional and national dee ays et the lood pumpin and the dance oor pac ed.
features the best VIP bottle service experience at the lake making Opal the #1 bachelorette/bachelor party spot around. MontBleu Showroom. From world famous musicians to comedians,
you just never know who will be playing in the 1,200-seat showroom, the largest in Lake Tahoe.
THE ROW Eldorado - Circus Circus - Silver Legacy
HIGHLIGHTS Three distinct resorts. One amazing experience. THE ROW in the heart of Reno, unties the Eldorado Resort Casino, Circus Circus Hotel Casio and Silver Legacy Resort Casino. Stretching over six city blocks, THE ROW encompasses over 4,000 luxury rooms and suites, 25 restaurants, Reno’s newest luxury spa, 22 bars and
lounges, 11 nightspots and 227,000 square feet of casino space. THE ROW is Reno’s ultimate destination. Over $100 million of investment in renovated rooms and suites, new restaurants and remodeled event spaces and common areas— showcases northern Nevada’s most expansive and modern option for integrated hospitality.
reservations and information 888.288.1833 online therowreno.com email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Bring your appetite. From the simple to the sublime, choose
from 25 unique dining options in a variety of distinctive
TYPE OF PROPERTY
The stars are always out downtown. Carrie Underwood, Gabriel
Iglesias, Kevin Hart, Maroon 5 – You’ll see the hottest headliners and pop superstars in downtown. Free cabaret shows, world-class circus acts, midway of fun and Broadwaystyle productions
3 Distinctive Casino Resorts connected
you ll find your brand of entertainment.
It’s all fun and games. DJs spin the hottest hits in the hippest
lounges with topnotch cocktails creatively concocted by expert mixologists. Excitement is in the cards with over 227,000 sq. ft. of casino space offering all of your favorite table games, slots, race and sportsbooks and more. Pick your pleasure. Lose yourself in the sparkling waters
NUMBER OF ROOMS 4000+ ROOM AMENITIES
• Luxuriously appointed rooms and suites with upscale furnishings, fine linens • Flat screen LED TVs • High-speed Internet access • In-room Coffee • Hairdryers • Ironing boards • Refrigerator • In-room Movies • Complimentary Bottled Water Circus Circus 100% non-smoking rooms. SHUTTLE SERVICES
• Airport shuttle
poolside, then treat yourself to a luxurious massage and soothing pedicure. Stay in the heart of Reno. We offer a ariety of accommodations with o er ,
guestrooms, luxurious spa/themed suites and fabulous penthouses that feature breathtaking cityscape views and make us the perfect place to stay for your Tahoe ski vacation!
Granlibakken Tahoe Resort 725 Granlibakken Rd. Tahoe City, CA 96145
Nestled in a private 74 acre wooded valley just one mile from
Lake Tahoe and close to many of Tahoe’s premier ski resorts, Granlibakken is peaceful, but not secluded. Granlibakken’s historic ski and sled hill offers beginner terrain in an intimate setting. Lessons and rentals are available. Accommodation and ski packages and deals are available throughout the winter season, please call or visit granlibakken.com for details. Flexible meeting facilities can accommodate groups, retreats, and special events with ease. Lodging options range from
DETAILS TYPE OF PROPERTY Resort hotel and conference center NUMBER OF ROOMS 80 ROOM AMENITIES
• • • • • •
Resort-wide wireless access Free onsite parking Smart TVs or DVDs in most rooms Kitchens and fireplaces in most rooms All rooms non-smoking Mini fridge and microwave station in most rooms • Coffee Maker
standard bedrooms to spacious three bedroom townhomes,
and many rooms offer fully equipped kitchens and cozy sitting
Year-round heated pool, hot tub, and sauna, ski
areas with fireplaces
and sled hill, ski rental shop, cross-country and snowshoe trails and rentals, fitness room, yoga and meditation room, Treetop Adventure Park
• Hot buffet breakfast included in all lodging packages
(additional fee), Day Spa (additional fee)
• 24,500 sq. ft. of indoor/outdoor event space • Ski and sled hill onsite-half priced for lodging guests • Winter holiday celebrations and dinners included in all stays
reservations and information 800.543.3221 or 530.583.4242 online granlibakken.com
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Marriott’s Timber Lodge® 4100 Lake Tahoe Boulevard, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
Nestled in the heart of Heavenly® Village on Lake Tahoe’s South
Shore, Marriott’s Timber Lodge puts you in the center of ®
endless outdoor adventure and entertainment. This beautiful lodge-style resort features spacious one-, two- and threebedroom villas with separate living and dining areas, fullyequipped kitchens, gracious master suites, washer/dryers, and more. You can also enjoy our comfortable guest rooms with a king-size bed and kitchenette, perfect for that weekend getaway. Discover a diverse range of on-site amenities including free WiFi, a heated outdoor pool and splash pad, on-site restaurant, fitness center, and an action-pac ed acti ity schedule for all ages. Venture off property and encounter world-class casinos, dining, shopping, art galleries, and all kinds of outdoor activities from skiing and snowboarding, to
DETAILS NUMBER OF ROOMS 264 VILLA AMENITIES
• • • • •
One-, two-, or three bedroom villas Living and dining areas Fully-equipped kitchen Washer and dryer Free WiFi
GUEST ROOM AMENITIES
• • • • •
King bed Mini-refrigerator Microwave Pull-out sofa bed Free WiFi
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hiking and water sports. Look no further than Marriott’s Timber Lodge for your next mountain vacation.
reservations and information 1.800.VILLAS.9 online Marriott.com/rnotl
Vacation Resorts International The Lodge at Lake Tahoe, 3840 Pioneer Trail, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
RATES & PACKAGES:
Beautiful Location Ideally located in the center of South Lake
Rooms starts at $115.
Tahoe, our studio, one- and two-bedroom condominiums
To receive 25% off mention Promo code TAHOE
provide you with ample space to unwind after a day on the
Based on availability, when staying 2 or more
slopes, on the lake, or by the pool. Our partial and full kitchens
nights. Excludes holidays.
offer all the conveniences of home which make it easy to prepare a refreshing snack or meal. Our great onsite amenities such as heated pool (open seasonally) and hot tub (open yearround) make the Lodge at Lake Tahoe a premier spot to relax and enjoy the gorgeous weather.
reservations and information 866.469.8222 online vriresorts.com/tahoeski
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Hotel Azure 3300 Lake Tahoe Boulevard, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 Hotel Azure is a tranquil moun-
Dryer, Iron and Ironing
tain retreat nestled amongst
Board, Microwave and Daily
majestic alpines, across the
street from Lake Tahoe. Our
guestrooms and suites have
Heated Outdoor Pool, Hot
undergone an extensive re-
Tub, Fitness Facilities, Games
model to elevate your stay and
Room, Complimentary Snow-
give you an amazing space to
shoe Rentals, Complimentary
create new memories. Winter
Ski Storage, and Compli-
guests receive complimentary
ski storage and snowshoe
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rentals. The signature pool and
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hot tub provide the perfect
when booking directly with
place to unwind and relax after
Hotel Azure. Please use the
a full day of activities in Tahoe.
Promotion Code: 1819WTS
to receive up to 10% off your
TYPE OF PROPERTY: Hotel
next stay with us, subject to
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 99
terms and conditions. Visit
ROOM AMENITIES: Com-
plimentary Wireless Internet, Mini-fridge, Coffee Machine, Flat Screen Television, Hair
reservations 1.800.877.1466 online hotelazuretahoe.com
Lake Tahoe Vacation Resort Tucked comfortably between Lake Tahoe’s majestic mountain range Enjoy the well-appointed
equipped with a refrigerator,
amenities of lake tahoe vaca-
microwave, stove top burners,
tion resort from the indoor/
coffee maker and many more.
outdoor pool, fitness center,
and sauna to the adjacent Ski
Restaurant/Bar, BBQ, Picnic
Run Marina and Heavenly®
Area, Indoor/Outdoor Pool,
Mountain Resort’s base lodge.
Marina, Massage Services, Sau-
Located just a mile from the
na, Fitness Center, Gift Shop,
casino district, the resort is
Concierge, Guest Laundry,
close to all area attractions.
SHUTTLE SERVICE: Heaven-
TYPE OF PROPERTY:
ly Mountain Shuttle Service
Condo style full-service resort,
featuring spacious Studio,
RATES & PACKAGES:
One and Two Bedroom units
Please call 1.800.438.2929
with kitchens, living and
• Promo Code: LTVA15
• 20% OFF Best Available Rate,
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 364,
two night stay minimum.
for 2 - 6 guests ROOM AMENITIES: Home away from home conveniences of a partial or full kitchen
reservations 800.438.2929 online laketahoevacationresort.com 31
Zephyr Cove Resort & Lake Tahoe Cruises 760 US Hwy 50 - Zephyr Cove, NV 89448 Steps from the shore, miles
ROOM AMENITIES: Variety of
from ordinary Lakefront Tahoe
cabin sizes to accommodate
cabins, freshly prepared
large groups or solo travelers,
meals, and endless activities
and everything between.
entice our guests to come
Pet-friendly lodging available.
back to Zephyr Cove Resort &
Cabin options may include a
Lake Tahoe Cruises year after
fully equipped kitchen and
year. For generations, visitors
private lakefront deck.
have found the setting and
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simplicity of Zephyr Cove a
*Advanced purchase dis-
refreshing alternative to the
counts, AAA rates, and season-
densely developed areas
ally rotating offers year round.
of South Lake Tahoe – the
perfect hub for launching
for the best rates.
all your Tahoe activities and adventures.
DETAILS TYPE OF PROPERTY: Lakefront resort with cabin and lodge rooms. NUMBER OF ROOMS: 28 Cabins, 4 Lodge Rooms
reservations 800.23.TAHOE online www.zephyrcove.com
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The must-see events for the winter/spring seasons. By Chaco Mohler
WINTER IS A MAGICAL TIME in this part of
the world, and Reno-Tahoe hops all winter—and
holiday celebrations. There’s always something special going on here! Winter brings twinkling lights, caroling, decorated trees and of course, Santa, as the resorts put on their holiday best. Celebrate the season 19th-century style at Christmas on the Comstock in Virginia City. Dress up as a jolly old elf and take to the slopes at L A K E TA H O E E V E N T S
(This page) WinterWonderGrass. (Opposite page, from top) Pond Skim, Squaw Valley; Earth Day Festival.
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Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe. Rock out to great concerts at the SnowGlobe Music Festival at Lake Tahoe Community College, or listen to three days of bluegrass at WinterWonderGrass Tahoe in Squaw Valley.
11/29- 3 Tahoe Film Festival Incline Village, NV and The Village at Northstar, CA
1-31 Christmas on the Comstock Virginia City, NV
7, 14, 21 Noël Nights The Village at Northstar, CA
15 Santa Pub Crawl Downtown Reno, NV
well into spring—with festivals, sporting events and
3 The Great Ski Race cross-country and snowshoe Tahoe City to Truckee, CA
23 Pain McShlonkey Classic Squaw Valley, CA
24 19th Annual Dummy Downhill Diamond Peak, Incline Village, NV
30 Gunbarrel 25 Heavenly Village, South Lake Tahoe, CA
29-31 WinterWonderGrass Music & Brew Festival Tahoe, Squaw Valley, CA
6 Spring Fling Rail Jam Heavenly Village, South Lake Tahoe, CA
3-7 Liberty Mutual Insurance NASTAR National Championships
©CHRIS BARTKOWSKI; ©SQUAW VALLEY/ALPINE MEADOWS
Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, CA
14-31 Merry Days & Holiday Nights
27-31 Nevada Chamber Music Festival
The Village at Squaw Valley, CA
Presented by the Reno Chamber Orchestra, Reno, NV
15 Downtown Reno Wine Walk Downtown Reno, NV
16-31 Heavenly Holidays Heavenly Village, South Lake Tahoe, CA
24 Breakfast with Santa Celebrations The Village at Northstar, CA
19 Moonlight Snowshoe Hikes Diamond Peak, Incline Village, NV
29-31 SnowGlobe Music Festival
27-29 Women of Winter Camp
Lake Tahoe Community College, South Lake Tahoe, CA
Events and competitions, Squaw Valley, CA
31 New Year’s Eve Fireworks
1-2 Ullr Fest
The Village Northstar, CA
31 New Year’s Spectacular
13 Pond Skim Competition Heavenly Village, South Lake Tahoe, CA
20 Earth Day Festival Squaw Valley, CA
Check Tahoe ski resort websites for a complete list of daily activities. All dates subject to change.
Diamond Peak, Incline Village, NV
16-24 Kid O Rama Events and competitions, Squaw Valley, CA
Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe, NV
CONVENIENT & CLOSE Tahoe is an easy-to-reach “Winter Shangri-La!”
Sand Harbor State Park is down the hill from Diamond Peak Ski Resort. Popular in the summer, this hidden cove and other treasures are only a short snowshoe from the parking lot.
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THE GREAT NATURALIST JOHN MUIR wrote, "Tahoe is surely not one but many." This is even more true today than in Muir’s day, especially in winter. Thanks to modern four-wheel drive vehicles and recent roadway improvements in the Sierra, it’s easier than ever to experience Tahoe’s scenic beauty, outdoor recreation, indoor entertainment and charming towns in the snow season. For the many skiers and riders who live less than a half-day’s drive from the Tahoe Sierra, getting to and from the slopes is inexpensive, flexible and full of variety. Three largely snow-free routes—Interstates 80 and 50 and State Route 88—travel from Northern California to Lake Tahoe, each passing through or near historic towns. A stay or stop in the foothills coming and going to Tahoe can be a novel way to break up a ski trip and allow you and yours ways to experience new places. A number of historic Gold Rush towns, some with offseason lodging discounts, are less than an hour’s drive from Tahoe ski resorts.
Skiers and riders who opt for the variety of accommodations in Reno are around an hour’s drive from multiple ski resorts. At some of the large casino resorts, leave your car in the free, covered garage and take a shuttle to and from the mountains. If sightseeing is on your must-list, the 72mile drive around the scenic shore of Lake Tahoe takes approximately two hours in the winter, with numerous tempting spots to stop along the journey. The route experiences only temporary closures on either side of Emerald Bay after large snowstorms. In favorable weather, Tahoe has a number of shorter but still very scenic drives. Take the climb up “Old Highway 40” from Truckee to Donner Summit, or Nevada Route 431 from Incline Village to Tahoe Meadows. The route from South Lake Tahoe to Kirkwood passes through the splendid isolation of Hope Valley. Routes to and from historic Carson City, Carson Valley and Virginia City can make for an entertaining “day-off” from skiing.
By Chaco Mohler
Northern California / NV Route Map SO MUCH TO SEE, SKI AND DO, VIA HIGHWAYS WHICH ARE KEPT CLEAR IN ALL BUT THE LARGEST SNOW STORMS.
LAKE TAHOE is most
often reached by one of two US interstate highways. I-80 is a
main artery of American roads and often kept snow-free from
Sacramento to Reno. In
Truckee, it connects with
from Sacramento to South Lake Tahoe to Carson City. Reach Kirkwood and South Tahoe
roads: California Routes 89 and 267. I-50 travels
two Lake Tahoe-bound
via California Route
88. Four-wheel drive vehicles with all-season
tires are adequate in most Tahoe storms;
two-wheel vehicle drivers should carry chains
and, ideally, know how to
©SUNDRY PHOTOGRAPHY/SHUTTERSTOCK; ©JENNIFER WHALEN; ©ALESSANDRARC/ALAMY; ©GROGL/SHUTTERSTOCK
Fun stops en route
Old Sacramento is near I-80 and I-50 and is a great stop for a meal on the way to Tahoe or a longer trek to the Railroad Museum.
Foothill Wine Country
Stock up at one of the 30+ El Dorado County tasting rooms, open daily or on weekends, some located just off I-50’s route to South Lake Tahoe.
Nevada City/Grass Valley
Charming twin-downtowns of hotels, shops and restaurants on the way to North Lake Tahoe via California Route 20, with Victorian Christmas celebrations in December.
Located on California Route 88’s journey toward South Lake Tahoe, this huge Sierra Valley is perfect for a snowshoe or cross-country ski adventure.
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Reno-Tahoe is one of the most convenient fly-in ski destinations on earth. By Chaco Mohler
A B OV E T H E C LO U D S
Reno International Airport is shadowed from storms by the towering Sierra Nevada Range; its runways are located at a usually snow-free elevation.
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Reno-Tahoe International Airport is served by 11 airlines with direct flights from major cities across the U.S. Hit the ground running at this airport, located right at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, with renowned casino resorts 10 minutes from the curb and ski resorts 50-60 minutes away. All gates are a short walk to the baggage carousels, which are 20 steps from the rental car counters, taxis, limos, buses, Uber or Lyft. Renting a vehicle? All major car rental companies are represented at
Reno Tahoe International Airport. The roads to Tahoe ski resorts are kept clear of snow in all but the worst weather. If you opt for a two-wheel-drive rental, however, make sure that tire chains are provided and, if you’ve never installed chains, they show you how. Two general aviation airports are also in Tahoe ski country. Truckee Tahoe Airport services private plane and charter flights headed for North Tahoe. Lake Tahoe Airport is in South Lake Tahoe.
HOP ON A PLANE AT YOUR NEAREST AIRPORT and start thinking snow-covered thoughts. You’ll soon be touching down at the gateway to the Sierra, and everything you left behind will fade into oblivion. You’re on your way to Lake Tahoe, and life, as you know it, is about to change.
Non-Stop to Ski Country U DURING WINTER, ARRIVING FROM ATLANTA, HOUSTON AND OTHER LOCALES, U U
Visit www.renoairport.com for an online searchable flight tool.
Shuttle service is available from
almost hourly around the clock
Reno Tahoe International to many
and costs as little as $30. Both
local lodging properties. Shuttles
North Tahoe and South Tahoe have
run frequently to mostly all major
inexpensive bus services. Free ski
Lake Tahoe lodging properties. The
resort shuttles pick up from most
North Lake Tahoe Express shuttles
lodging properties and central loca-
run up to ďŹ ve times daily and cost $49
tions. Or step up to lodging located
one way. South Tahoe Airporter runs
only steps from a ski lift. 39
Reno Tahoe is a study in contrast. It’s where America’s largest alpine lake collides with the Biggest Little City in the World. Where you can rock climb in the heart of downtown or rock out on top of a mountain. Work hard and play harder. Here, we don’t do one dimensional. And neither should you.