Tahoe in Winter

         In winter four out of five days are clear and sunny. Midwinter daytime highs are just below freezing and overnight lows about 15-20 F. Precipitation at Tahoe is mostly snow, historically averaging over 125 inches (300cm) a year at lake level, and 300-500 inches (7.5-12.5m) in alpine skiing elevations.

Winter sports facilities are outstanding with a long season, lots of snow and six major Ski areas within 10 miles of the house including Squaw Valley, venue of 1960 Winter Olympics.

Within 20 miles there are six more and at the south end of the Lake are Heavenly and Kirkwood ski areas. Mammoth Mountain is within reach as a full day outing.

The local areas currently provide in excess of 160 lifts and vast skiing and snowboarding choices for every ability from gentle beginner to Olympic standard!

Some slopes can become reasonably busy on weekends and public holidays but queuing is the exception rather than the rule.

Although ski passes may seem expensive by some European standards, many discounts are available and they are still good value as slopes and facilities are very well maintained.

Many areas limit ticket sales at busy times and the general atmosphere is relaxed and friendly with none of the pushing and shoving often encountered in Europe.

Unlike in Europe, skiers tend to spend a whole day at one resort, rather than ski round enormous distances, but multi-day multi-area passes are available. Ski schools are flexible and tuition is excellent and in English.

Besides downhill skiing and snowboarding there are other activities including cross country skiing, snowshoeing, tubing, sleigh rides and snowmobiling, and some resorts feature night skiing. 


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