Most videos and photos of Lake Tahoe tout the hardcore dardevils who attempt to conquer the top of each mountain, but many ski resorts at the lake cater just as well to the beginner or intermediate skier or boarder. When you come to the lake for some fresh powder sports, you want to get the biggest bang for your buck and have some fun. So don’t waste your time on a run that is out of your league – or too crowded – and have a game plan before you hit the slopes. Here are a few of the best green and blue runs at ski resorts around the Tahoe area.
Mount Rose is the smallest of the Tahoe resorts, but about half their runs are advanced. So it’s interesting that the best run happens to be a beginner run. Around the World is on the west side of the resort and while it doesn’t have any great views, this fun run takes the average skiier about half an hour to get to the bottom. It winds around the back of the park and twists in and out of the treeline, making for a very quiet ride.
Diamond Peak, on the northeast part of the lake is a Tahoe local’s favorite that offers great lake views. The intermediate runs of Lakeview and Ridge Run are runs that don’t sacrifice views, they are fairly smooth runs that run by Diamond Peak’s Snowflake Lodge.
No matter what run you are on, you are always at the top of the mountain at Heavenly. But if you were to choose a run to make your favorite, pick the intermediate Upper Perimeter and Perimeter or the nice little beginner’s run: Mombo.
Alpine Meadows is sometimes overlooked since it is so close to the massive Squaw Valley USA resort. But it offers over 100 runs on 2,400 secluded acres. A nice intermediate run is the Alpine Bowl from near the top of Ward Peak. This is a good place to access the Alpine Bowl Chair. Take a look up the mountain at some of the double black diamond runs above.
Northstar is a family-friendly area between Truckee and Kings Beach, CA, and 75 percent of its runs are designated intermediate or beginner. Both of these runs take you back to the lively Northstar village: the intermediate Woods run is a nice long run that takes you through the forest on the back portion of the park, and the beginner Village Run passes by the Mineshaft Adventure Zone where kids can try out new skills on bumps, gullies and slides.
Photo courtesy of [HansNYC]