Wondering where the best USA ski resorts are?
We have them right here! Read on to discover what makes the ski resorts of Sun Valley (Idaho), Aspen and Snowmass (Colorado), Park City (Utah), Big Sky (Montana) and the Eastern Sierra resorts of Mammoth Mountain and Lake Tahoe (California) the best in the USA, if not the world!
Sun Valley, Idaho
Boasting the most expansive range of cross-country trails in America, Sun Valley in Idaho offers superb skiing opportunities. Styled as an ‘all season family resort’, you’ll find everything you need for an unforgettable ski break.
For the ultimate winter vacation in Sun Valley, be sure to select our luxury accommodation!
What makes Sun Valley a great, year-round ski resort?
As the famed winter destination for author Ernest Hemingway and actress Audrey Hepburn, Sun Valley ski resort, Idaho exudes old world glamour and an all-action persona that is truly timeless.
Aptly named ‘Sun Valley’ due to its endless rays, which amount to 250 days of sunshine a year, this Idaho ski resort is arguably one of the best for winter weather and is perfect for all-rounders.
Off the extensive ski slopes, the rugged backcountry beauty around Sun Valley is well worth exploring, by foot, bike, horse, snowshoe or ski.
Crystal clear lakes and nature walking trails meander through Silver Creek Reserve, Fox Creek and Trail Creek, where you can spot moose, elk and waterfowl, as well as have a go at Fly fishing. Whatever season you choose to stay, the Great Outdoors awaits!
The unique setting provides a captivating backdrop for a plethora of winter sports and year-round outdoor pursuits.
This Idaho ski resort is not just a pretty face though, with expert skiing runs o’plenty – from black diamond runs to some of the best mogul skiing around!
Sun Valley is also only one of a few ski resorts in America to offer onsite heli-skiing, for dramatic pickup and drop-off mountain skiing. So adreneline-junkies will certainly get their kicks here.Enjoy the ultimate ski break in Sun Valley – book your vacation home today!
The best time to visit Sun Valley has to be from December to February, when the resort turns into a 5* winter playground – with everything from snowboarding, skiing and ice skating to nordic skiing and snowshoeing.
Nearby at the base of ‘Mount Baldy’, you’ll find the charming town of Ketchum. Ascending up to the Sun Valley Resort and along Bigwood River, this year-round resort is a hive of activity – with shops, restaurants, bars and galleries to pass the time in off the slopes.
So, you’re all set for your winter vacation. Which are the best Sun Valley ski resorts to hit?
Sun Valley ski resorts, Idaho
Bald Mountain ski Resort
Elevation: 2,789 m Vertical: 1,036 m
Situated adjacent to Ketchum in south central Idaho, ‘Baldy’ as it is affectionately known, has one of the highest summits in all the Smoky Mountains. Its consistent pitch, varied terrain and lack of lift lines has earned its reputation as one of the world’s best ski mountains.
Dollar Mountain ski resort
Elevation: 1,832 m Vertical: 191 m
Ideal for beginner-intermediate level skiers and snowboarders, Dollar Mountain is the ideal starting point for families and adults looking to start out and develop their downhill sports.
With 2 high-speed quads and a terrain park with 76 rails, the resort makes its easy perfect your favorite winter sports!
Whilst on on your winter vacation you can ski or snowboard away, with a hassle-free Sun Valley vacation rental.
In all you’ll find 9km of slopes to choose from, with 7km Easy slopes (78%) and 2km of Intermediate slopes (22%). The 4 lifts will get you where you need to be, as will the effortless uphill transporter, Wundercarpet!
Sun Valley vacation homes, Idaho
When looking to stay in Sun Valley, Top Villas boasts a superb range of Sun Valley accommodation. From cozy cabins by the slopes to luxury condos in downtown Ketchum and grand luxury lodges with private river access and VIP amenities. You’ll find it all in Sun Valley!View our Sun Valley vacation condos, cabins & ski lodges
Sun Valley 35 is a chic and contemporary condo situated in the heart of Ketchum. Sleeping up to 8, this stylish 4-bedroom 4-bathroom penthouse offers far reaching Sun Valley views from its roof top terrace and wrap-around deck.
Made for entertaining, the condo offers an exclusive vacation base in Sun Valley. Enjoy the buzzing amenities of town or hop on the free ski shuttle to reach the slopes.
Sun Valley, Idaho boasts a splendid selection of large cabins for year-round vacations – be it for a summer hiking and fishing holiday or that ultimate ski break!
Nestled in 13 acres of idyllic landscape, with river frontage and 3 ponds, Sun Valley 20 offers a luxury cabin hideaway for 8.
Inside you’ll find an ambient grand lodge interior, with all the must-have mod cons including internet access, a games room and A/C.
The 5-bedroom 4.5-bathroom accommodation is ideal for family getaways, with a private playground to enjoy outside in the park, with its alfresco eating area, fire pit, canoes and sculptures. Situated just 15 minutes from Ketchum, this exclusive Sun Valley lodge invites you to unwind off the ski slopes.
If you’re looking to splash out on VIP home comforts, why not pick one of our Sun Valley vacation rentals with a hot tub, so you can relax in style, whilst admiring the starry nights and snow-capped mountain views!
Sun Valley 39 is one such VIP 5-bedroom 4-bathroom cabin that promises an idyllic Idaho getaway – with river frontage and all the mod cons for a fun and functional stay. You’ll enjoy relaxing in the hot tub out on the scenic lanai, as well as sunbathing down by the river.
Its 4,000 sqft internal space will also entice to enjoy the stylish interior, which offers a lavish rustic setting for 10.
For those looking to be nearer the convenience of civilization, nothing quite beats one of our Sun Valley townhomes! Our fantastic range of accommodation close to the amenities and buzz of town will surely tempt you and your group to stay. You’ll find some townhomes even come with that VIP hot tub too!
Colorado ski resorts
Known worldwide for the Rocky Mountains, Colorado is also a world-class haven for skiers.
With 300 days of annual sunshine matched by 300 inches of annual snowfall, you’ll find a Colorado winter vacation a match made in heaven. In total Colorado boasts 29,758 acres of skiing terrain across 22 ski resorts.
For the perfect accompaniment to your Colorado ski break, stay in one of our stunning Snowmass ski lodges and Aspen vacation homes.
Variety is the spice of life so they say, and Colorado offers a superb example! You’ll find no less than 15 of its resorts offering bowl skiing, 7 resorts offering halfpipes and even 2 resorts with heli-skiing.
Colorado also happens to boast 60+ miles of free cross-country skiing trails, meaning Powderhounds of all persuasions are well catered for!
Not a wintersport enthusiast? Colorado won’t hold it against you, for it is equally impressive in the warmer months.
Home to the Rocky Mountains, you’ll find Colorado offers a plethora of outdoor summer pursuits to keep all ages entertained – including zip lines, alpine slides, mountain bike parks and an extensive range of family-friendly activities and extreme outdoor sports.
Guided tours to visit Maroon Bells, White River National Forest and Indepenence Pass (either in the warmer months or on a Snowmobile in winter) are a must!
Colorado’s best ski resorts
Combining four ski areas around the towns of Aspen and Snowmass village, the resort of ‘Aspen Snowmass’ has to be number 1. This vast ski resort in Colorado rivals even the Vail ski resort in its sheer size and infinite-seeming wintersport possibilities!
The four main ski areas which make up the resort are Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Snowmass and Buttermilk (a frequent host of Winter X-games, with a large volume of beginner and intermediate ski slopes). All easily connected by a free shuttle service, you can be guaranteed an awesome ski vacation here.
All of these ski areas are waiting to be enjoyed by families and powder junkies. So what are you waiting for!
Aspen Mountain, Colorado
Elevation: 3,417 m Vertical: 996 m
If you’re confident on the slopes then head up to Aspen Mountain and most definitely Aspen Highlands, which is ideal for intermediate – expert level skiers. In particular, the avid skier will relish Aspen Mountain, which boasts 673 acres of skiable terrain.
Off the slopes, Aspen town itself needs no introductions. This well-established resort promises an authentic alpine ambience for all ages. A former silver mining town turned famous Hollywood haunt, Aspen is a well-known, global ski destination.For the ultimate ski break in Colorado – book your vacation rental today!
Popular for being the prettiest of all Colorado resorts, Aspen’s strong appeal, its amenities and year-round buzz invites families to kick back and have fun, whilst those looking for cosmopolitan kicks can savor some retail therapy, a spot of fine dining before a night at the Opera, or even dance away those contented ski-weary legs, with some live après-ski entertainment!
Snowmass Mountain, Colorado
Elevation: 3,810 m Vertical: 1,343 m
The Snowmass mountains of Colorado offer 3,000 acres of largely family-friendly, snow-laden terrain. The breathtaking scenery alone is well worth taking the lift up for!
A super choice for intermediate skiers and those seeking a challenge, the Aspen Snowmass ski area is a true winter wonderland – for all abilities.
After you’re all skied out, enjoy tucking into the local Snowmass custom of complimentary S’mores, which are served around the Base Village firepits and Snowmass Mall daily in ski season, from 3.30 – 4.30pm.
Snowmass resort village is a warm and friendly resort, with après-ski amusement to enjoy alongside a fantastic range of restaurants, shops and services. You’ll also find plenty of ski in and ski out Snowmass vacation rentals too, for the perfect Colorado ski vacation!
Snowmass vacation rentals
For the ultimate laid-back Colorado ski break, stay in one of our fun and functional condos or luxury cabins and ski retreats in Snowmass Mountain. Whatever your requirements you’ll find them met in our super range of Snowmass vacation rentals.
Snowmass Mountain homes and condos
With easy access to Snowmass Mountain (via Assay Hill), the recently updated 4-bedroom 4.5 bathroom townhome Snowmass 22 offers the perfect ski base for groups of 10. With its private hot tub and modern decor, you’ll enjoy a cozy and invigorating stay.
Snowmass Mountain chalets
For families and groups looking to ski and unwind, our VIP Snowmass Mountain chalets are ideal. Nestled within enchanted forests (and often in private gated enclaves), our Snowmass Mountain chalets will appeal to larger groups who value their privacy during their stay.
Situated just 50 yards from Assay Hill (for the Snowmass Mountain ski slopes), the 5-bedroom 6-bathroom retreat Snowmass 14 provides a restful Colorado ski retreat for 12. Take in the scenic mountain views, rustle up a delicious meal in the gourmet kitchen or unwind outdoors in the private hot tub!
Of course, no ski retreat would be complete without a cozy roaring fireplace. Snowmass 14 offers a fantastic ambience for roasting marshmellows and snuggling up with a hot cup of cocoa or glass of wine.
For those who love the idea of escaping to a winter wonderland, our bespoke 6-bedroom 6-5 bathroom ski chalet Snowmass 28 is what vacation dreams are made of.
Surrounded by 2 private acres of aspen and spruce trees, this luxury retreat offers direct ski access to Two Creeks.
The warmth and comfort of inside is emulated outdoors, with scenic sitting areas and an incredible outdoor fireplace for dreamy winter moments together. You’ll also find a hot tub to revive and replenish the senses.
Ski resorts in Park City, Utah
With two main resorts spread just 2 miles apart and world-class skiing and snowboarding to tempt you to the slopes, Park City, Utah provides a perfect USA ski break!
It’s easy to see why Park City in Utah has earned itself on our list of best USA ski resorts. Voted best American ski resort in 2018, Deer Valley Resort is a top notch ski resort, whilst its sibling Park City Mountain happens to be the largest ski resort in the country!
Enhance your ski break, with a luxury stay in Park City. Explore our convenient 5* condos, luxury lodges and ski mansions.
Why does Park City offer the perfect ski break?
The gentle sloping mountains of Park City roll off into the horizon, like an endless snowy sea. The ski resorts here cater for all abilities and off the slopes you can enjoy a host of winter pursuits, cultural attractions and year-round activities.
With an enticing cultural calendar to dive into and a plethora of outdoor leisure pursuits to juggle, Park City is never dull. Its timeless ‘Old West’ vibes and buzzing restaurant-lined Downtown make this resort a hotbed for American culture and adventure.
Park City in the warmer months will tempt you to T-off with a round of golf, enjoy a spot of fly fishing, indulge in a spa treatment or immerse yourself in the Great Outdoors – with a meadow flower hike, or scenic bike ride!
Park City, Utah ski resorts
Park City Mountain, Utah
Elevation: 3,056 m Vertical: 980 m
Combining both Park City and Canyons Resort to form the USA’s largest ski resort, Park City Mountain is a mammoth ski area, with an impressive 7,300 acres of skiable terrain to conquer.
Serviced by 40+ ski lifts and with 348 trails at your disposal, you’ll be glad you came to Utah for the ultimate USA ski break!
Perfect for avid wintersport fans as well as for beginners in need of a ski or snowboard lesson, this vast and inclusive-feeling resort boasts 13 bowls, 8 terrain parks, 1 half pipe and 1 mini pipe.
Off the ski slopes, enjoy a historic mountain mining tour, hop on the Flying Eagle zipline or take a thrilling ride on the mountain coaster.
For a unique dining experience, why not take an ambient sleigh ride through a magical pine forest to an elevation of 548 m, for an ambient evening meal at the Viking Yurt. With far-reaching starry night views across Park City to savor, this is arguably the best dinner seat in town!
Deer Valley ski resort, Utah
Elevation: 2,916 m Vertical: 914 m
With 2,026 acres of skiable terrain to tackle and 103 runs to choose from (with 27% beginner, 31% intermediate, 10% advanced and 32% expert runs), Deer Valley Ski resort in Utah has a piste for everyone!
Serviced by 1 gondala, 13 high speeds Quads, 5 lifts and 2 double chair lifts, the resort is ready and waiting to welcome every novice and seasoned wintersport fan!Pick your perfect Park City vacation rental today
Complementing the ski slopes, you’ll find dog sledding and snowshoe excursions. In the warmer months you can also enjoy rafting and swimming, mountain biking, E-bike rentals and hiking trips upto Bald Mountain.
Park City ski vacation rentals
Looking for a luxury Park City chalet or Condo apartment with ski-in ski-out access? Our luxury Park City ski rentals offer something for every group size and budget.
From ski-ready condos on the Silver Star slopes, to ambient cabins in Canyons Village and 5* ski mansions in Deer Valley Resort and Park City Mountain Resort, Top Villas promise the ultimate in convenience and home comfort.
All situated a short drive from Salt Lake City International Airport, you’ll be able to hop on a morning flight and be in town by lunch, ready to kick start your ski break!
For hassle-free moments on and off the slopes, a convenient, well-equipped condo rental is a must.
If you’re craving the ultimate ski-friendly getaway, check out Park City 26.
Located in the exclusive Grand Lodge residence in the Empire Pass area of Deer Valley Resort, the scene is set for a 5* condo stay!
With 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms and a private deck to enjoy, this well-equipped condo for 9 certainly offers everything you need for enjoying a luxury ski break.
Complementing this convenient condo are a plethora of onsite concierge services and amenities, including daily housekeeping, a heated garage for your car, 2 shared hot tubs, a resident gym, ski equipment lockers and a complimentary ski shuttle service.
For those searching for an exclusive Park City townhome or ski-in ski-out vacation home, we have the right range of rentals for you.
Park City 1 offers a beautiful ski-in ski-out vacation base for groups of 17 ~ with all the luxury mod cons you could wish for!
Nestled in a private glebe of woodland on the slopes of new Park City, Park City 1, is a scenic 7-bedroom 13-bathroom ski lodge. If the hot tub, steam room and sauna aren’t enough to tempt you, wait until you discover its scenic mountain view terrace and ski-in ski-out possibilities!
For those who dream of unwinding in a steamy hot tub surrounded by snow, Park City 4 is for you.
Situated in the desirable Silver Lake area of Deer Valley resort, this 5-bedroom, 6 bathroom retreat places groups of 17 within easy reach of the Silver Ski Dollar run.
The ambient home offers everything groups could wish for in a luxury Park City ski home. In particular, the rustic open fireplace offers the perfect cozy greeting after a day on the slopes.
If you’re looking for an opulent ski vacation home in Utah, Park City 10 won’t disappoint. Situated in the exclusive gated community of Deer Crest at Deer Valley, this 6-bedroom, 12-bathroom ski mansion provides a lavish mountain base for groups of 21.
With its custom bar, gym, separate game and billiards room, home theater and scenic mountain-view hot tub for 20 people, Park City 10 was made to impress.
It’s far-reaching views across the Jordanelle Resevoir and surrounding ski slopes provide an enchanting backdrop to a truly 5* vacation.
Big Sky, Montana
Located in the Rocky Mountains of Montana, Big Sky is two resorts in one, making it the largest single ski resort in America – with an astounding skiable terrain of 5,800 acres to discover!
Both Big Sky and Moonlight Basin are world-class alpine ski and golf resorts in their own right, for something tempting to offer in all seasons.Book your Big Sky ski rental today
Whatever time of year you plan on visiting, the ski resort of Big Sky offers a big welcome – with mountain biking and rafting to relish alongside horseriding, fishing and backcountry hikes.
Rich in natural beauty, you’ll find idyllic rivers hidden in canyon ravines as well as a sweeping meadow area interlaced with rivers, known as the ‘Gallatin Canyon Basin’. The flush of color in fall makes Big Sky a top destination for lovers of the Great Outdoors!
Soak up the views of Ousel Falls Waterfall in Big Sky, Montana. Born explorers looking to go off the beaten track will also love the proximity to Yellowstone National Park, only 1-hour drive away.
A wildlife paradise, it’s varied landscape paints a canvas of dramatic canyons and hot springs, verdant forests and glistening alpine rivers. Within the nature park, visit Old Faithful. The iconic cone geyser has been errupting every 44 minutes to 2 hours, since 2000!
What makes Big Sky one of the best USA ski resorts?
True to its name, Big Sky is a ski resort with a big reputation.
With 3,600 acres of skiable terrain to enjoy across 4 mountains, Big Sky, Montana is easily the largest ski resort in North America.
The crowdless slopes offer a peaceful ski experience, whilst the annual snowfall of 400 inches provides the perfect playground for powderhounds to enjoy its 300+ runs. Big Sky resort also boasts recently updated high-tech ski lifts (there are 38 in total) and a ski slope to suit every ability, from beginners to experts.
Big Sky isn’t just about skiing. You can also enjoy snowboarding, Nordic skiing, snowmobile and snowcoach tours, alongside magical sleigh rides, dog sledding and ice skating. For something a little different, you can even hire a Sno-Go bike for the day!
Get your winter vacation started, reserve your perfect Big Sky condo, cabin or ski mansion with Top Villas.
Explore the Big Sky ski resort
Elevation: 3,403 m Vertical: 1,325 m
A combination of the 2 ski resorts Big Sky and Moolight Basin, the Big Sky resort offers unrivalled and unlimited ski terrain. Within the resort you’ll also find the exclusive golf and ski resort Spanish Peaks Mountain Club (serviced by 3 chairlifts and 13 ski runs) and the private Nordic ski and summer resort of Yellowstone Club (a paradise too for cross-country skiing, with over 46 miles of groomed trails to explore).
The Big Ski resort lets you downhill ski and snowboard to your heart’s content, with plenty of child-friendly clubs and private lessons to help boost your confidence on the slopes.
Don’t pass by the opportunity to enjoy an outing on a snowmobile, the family-friendly Nature zipline, Adventure zipline, a Snowshoe tour or traditional husky sleigh ride, for a whole new way to see Big Sky, Montana!
Whether you’re looking to stay in the heart of Mountain Village at Spanish Peaks, or kick back in Meadow Village or Moonlight Basin, our chic condos, ski-friendly cabins and luxury ski mansions promise to enhance your Big Sky vacation!
Ideal for groups of 7, the 2-bedroom 2-bathroom condo Big Sky 24 promises a carefree ski break. Ideally placed by a nearby creek, fishing fans should also definitely pack a rod and reel.
Multigenerational families and medium-size groups will feel right at home in our scenic Big Sky cabins and townhomes.
Groups of 10 will enjoy an awesome ski break in Big Sky 25, with its outdoor hot tub, rustic fireplace and large scenic picture windows.
For something truly VIP, Big Sky 21 offers classic ski chalet luxury, for boutique-size groups of 12.
With 5 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms complementing all the must-have features, including a large hot tub and romantic roaring fire, you may well want to extend your stay!
Mammoth Lakes ski resorts
Situated in California’s scenic Eastern Sierra, Mammoth Lakes offers a year-round playground for hikers, outdoor sport fans and snowsport enthusiasts.
In the warmer months, the local hiking trails to the photogenic Rainbow Falls and Devils Postpile National Monument provide a timeless distraction, whilst nearby Mono Lake comes into its own – with fishing, paddle boarding, boat rental and canoeing tours.
Passionate hikers and intrepid explorers will love the proximity to the Yosemite National Park (44 minutes drive away), with its legendary trails and colossal Sequoias.
In the wintertime, Mammoth Lakes becomes an entirely different sort of playground – with the 2 ski resorts of Mammoth Mountain Ski area and June Mountain ready and waiting!
What makes Mammoth Lakes such a great ski destination?
The Mammoth Mountain ski area and June Mountain Ski area are spread 21.4 miles apart and offer a haven for skiers, winter sports fans and families.
Skiing and snowboarding are major snowsports here, as are snowmobiling, snowshoeing, cross-country and Nordic skiing. Family-friendly activities such as ice Skating, tubing and sledding make Mammoth Lakes a truly inclusive winter destination!
If you’re tempted to stay this ski season, take a tour of our showcase rental homes in Mammoth Lakes.
The Mammoth Mountain ski area
Elevation: 3,369 m Vertical: 940 mBook your Mammoth Lakes accommodation
With 3,500 acres of ski-able terrain accessible usually from mid November onwards, many decide to coincide their ski break with the holidays!
Perfect for all abilities, the Mammoth Mountain ski area is serviced by 28 lifts, with a plethora of runs to suit all levels. For those intermediate and advanced skiers and boarders in the group, the Backcountry tours offer a tempting challenge.
Those hoping for a photo opportunity can enjoy a scenic ride on the gondala, to a mesmerizing height of 3,368 m.
Why not enjoy a guided Snowmobile excursion, a Snowcat tour, a guided mountain climb or naturalistic tour, whilst on your skis or snowboard?
Nearby, the Tamarack cross-country ski center offers a fantastic array of trails, tours, rental equipment and lessons.
The June Mountain ski area
Elevation: 3,080 m Vertical: 775 m
Skiing with the kids?
If you’re in Mammoth, you’re in luck! Nicknamed ‘California’s family fun mountain’, the June Mountain ski area offers 1,500 acres of beginner-friendly ski terrain.
Serviced by 7 lifts, you’ll find the 41 trails pleasantly uncrowded, enabling all ages to practice and build up their confidence, with a private lesson or ski school. The Woolly’s Tube Park is also sure to be a big hit with the kids.
Need another incentive? Kids 12 and under ski for free – making June Mountain the perfect winter destination for families, as well as for beginner-level skiers and snowboarders.
Top Villas boasts a fantastic range of vacation rentals in Mammoth Lakes. From modern, well-equipped condos to woodland cabins with hot tubs and stylish ski lodges close to the slopes, we have the perfect range to meet your requirements.
For small groups looking to be close to the ski shuttle, the 2-bedroom 2-bathroom condo, Mammoth Lakes 12 will certainly appeal!
Situated in the pleasant enclave of Crooked Pines, this modern condo is 1-minute away from Ski chair 15 and is a stone’s throw away from the fairways of Sierra Star golf course – for the ultimate year-round vacation.
For those looking to get out and explore, you’ll find a heated underground parking space and a ski shuttle route on the doorstep.
For medium-sized groups looking to enjoy the privacy of a modern townhome and a community feel on the doorstep, the ideal Mammoth Lakes vacation rental is a townhome! Most accommodate groups from 7-10, enabling multi-generation families and couple-friendly groups to stay.
Take Mammoth Lakes 61 for example. From its peaceful yet hassle-free location in Juniper Creek you’ll be able to reach the Village, Main Lodge and other key areas of Mammoth town within just short shuttle ride, from Juniper Springs Lodge.
Inside Mammoth Lakes 61, this fun family home offers everything you need to kick start your Mammoth Lakes vacation, including a double car garage, an outdoor BBQ grill, cozy underfloor heating and a scenic hot tub!
Are you craving an ambient stay in a Mammoth Lakes cabin? For medium-large sized groups, a timeless Mammoth Lake cabin rental offers the perfect functional choice for your family and friends to come together and stay in classic ski chalet comfort.
Groups of 10 will enjoy checking into Mammoth Lakes 2. This cozy 4-bedroom 3-bathroom cabin boasts an inviting, well-equipped interior, with a private hot tub and BBQ!
Already know which Ski area you’d like to stay in? Check out our Mammoth Lakes accommodation map and find your perfect vacation home!
Lake Tahoe ski resorts
We couldn’t miss out Lake Tahoe from our list of ultimate USA ski resorts. Home to some of the top-rated ski resorts in all of California, you have no less than a dozen to choose from!
It’s a powderhound paradise, as well as the perfect ski destination for beginners and families.
Off the ski slopes, you’ll find the local ice skating rinks and Lake Tahoe snow parks a lot of fun, with tubing, snow shoeing, sledding and snowmobiling on hand to keep all ages amused.
If you’re heading to Lake Tahoe in the warmer months, it won’t disappoint!Find your perfect Lake Tahoe accommodation
Have a head for heights? Then hop on the Heavenly Mountain Gondala, enjoy a Zipline or Parasailing experience, a mountain hike or climb, or enjoy waterfall hopping at Eagle Falls, Horsetail Falls and Alpine Falls.
With 75-miles of shoreline to explore, one of the best ways to experience Lake Tahoe is from the water! Head out for some scenic paddleboarding, Jet skiing or a more sedate, 2-hour chartered yacht excursion on the Sierra Cloud cruise.
Lake Tahoe is also a mecca for kayaking!
Ideally head out in the morning and embark on one of Lake Tahoe’s best kayak routes – the 6-mile Cave Rock-Nevada Beach paddle, the 13-mile Sand Harbor-Cave Rock paddle or take in the scenery of Emerald Bay as you paddle out to the Lake’s only island, Fannette Island.
Why Lake Tahoe is one of the best USA winter ski destinations
Firstly, this winter destination boasts a long ski season. Lake Tahoe usually invites its first skiers for Thanksgiving holiday weekend (mid-November) and from then until mid-end April, you’ll enjoy pristine ski slopes!
Next, its 3,000 acres of skiable terrain in North Lake Tahoe and 4,800 acres of skiable terrain in South Lake Tahoe, makes this place an endless winter dreamland!
Make it your own, with a stay in one of our awesome Lake Tahoe cabins and vacation rentals.
A Lake of two halves, North Lake Tahoe boasts the ski resorts of Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, Northstar California and Sugar Bowl, whilst South Lake Tahoe boasts the ski resorts of Heavenly Mountain, Sierra at Tahoe and Kirkwood.
Ski and snowboarders will find endless runs on the slopes of Lake Tahoe. Aside from the ski resorts, there are many top reasons to visit Lake Tahoe in winter. Once you’ve had fun in this Californian playground you’ll want to return each season!
North Lake Tahoe ski resorts
North Lake Tahoe is a mecca for skiers and snowboarders, as well as for those who love cross-country skiing (with a world-class ski area of 50+ km to take on).
Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows ski resort
Elevation: 2,758 m Vertical: 869 m
With the longest ski and snowboard season around, it’s easy to see why this scenic alpine resort has been voted North America’s best ski resort – consecutively for 3 years. You’ll find yourself on the 3,600 acres of slopes from early winter to late spring.
The 2nd largest winter resort in Lake Tahoe (after Heavenly Mountain) Squaw Valley ski resort hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics. If you’re a beginner, don’t let its pedigree intimidate you. There are 14 beginner trails here too, alongside expert runs, chutes and bowls. Families will also relish the sleigh rides, whilst those looking to take in the scenery will enjoy the snowmobile tours!
Northstar California ski Resort
Elevation: 2,624 m Vertical: 695 m
Hoping to practise or even learn to ski and snowboard? Head to Northstar California! This North Lake Tahoe ski resort happens to be home to the world’s only Burton Academy (a dedicated snowboard school). The ski resort also runs a Signature Ski Program, to cater for all ages and levels.
The trendy Northstar California resort village is a huge draw too, with a plethora of year-round activities, amenities, shops, dining and spa days to indulge in during your stay.
Sugar Bowl ski resort
Elevation: 2,555 m Vertical: 475 m
With 1,650-acres of skiable terrain to conquer, the Sugar Bowl ski resort will not disappoint. Neither will its variety of runs, from gentle beginner slopes to expert black runs (the double black diamonds will make your jaw drop).
Sugar Bowl ski resorts also offers a great selection of restaurants and cozy bars; perfect for classic après-ski!
South Lake Tahoe ski resorts
Heavenly Mountain ski resort
Elevation: 3,068 m Vertical: 1,162 m
The largest ski resort in Lake Tahoe, Heavenly Mountain offers an impressive ski run of 5.5-mile, with 20% dedicated to beginner slopes, 45% to intermediate runs, 30% to advanced runs and 5% to expert level runs (with the return of the double black diamond runs!).
Off the slopes, there’s plenty to enhance your ski break, from the lively après-ski in the base village to the mountain coaster, snowshoeing, ice skating, tubing, scenic Gondala ride and guided UTV tours.
Sierra ski resort
Elevation: 2,698 m Vertical: 674 m
Ideal for fun, family ski breaks in California, the big appeal is Sierra’s dedicated Snowsports School.
With its pristine, gentle slopes, shaped turns and hillside conveyor lift, beginners can enjoy building up their confidence in the 11-acre site known as ‘Easy Street’.
Off the slopes, Sierra ski resort invites you to enjoy mountain tours, snow shoeing, tubing, as well as a wide array of resort amenities and restaurants.
Kirkwood ski resort
Elevation: 3,000 m Vertical: 610 m
With 2,300 acres of skiable terrain, Kirkwood ski resort offers a piste for every ability – with 12% of runs dedicated to beginners, 30% to intermediate, 38% to advanced and 20% to expert Powderhounds!
Renowned for its generous snowfall (12.6 – 17.7″ throughout the ski season), Kirkwood is a great destination for free-ride workshops, day clinics and camps. At Kirkwood you’ll also be able to participate in progression sessions for skiers and snowboarders, dedicated kids programs and even avalanche and back country education programs.
For the ultimate Lake Tahoe ski break, you’ll need your rental accommodation to be perfect.
At Top Villas, we have a luxury condo rental and cabin to suit your ever need. We have luxury Lake Tahoe condos and cabins within easy reach of the world-class ski resorts, so all you need to think about when you check-in is how soon you can enjoy the slopes!
For couples and small groups, Lake Tahoe 28 is a chic, compact 1-bedroom condo for 4. Located in the historic Cedar Crest Cottages resort village, guests staying will be able to enjoy relaxing in the communal hot tub, by the firepit or along the lakeshore, just a short stroll away.
The inviting condo is equipped with brand new appliances and mod cons, so you can savor the charm of a bygone-era in 21st century home comfort.
The ultimate USA ski break doesn’t need to cost the earth. With views of Sierra Nevada to keep you company, the timeless 2-bedroom 2-bathroom condo rental Lake Tahoe 15 offers a scenic vacation base, with its own private deck and BBQ.
Enjoying an atmospheric woodland setting, you’ll find yourselves just a short walk away from the year-round amenities and activities of Northstar California resort village – for a fun and memorable Lake Tahoe ski break!
Our luxury cabins in Lake Tahoe promise cozy and comfortable accommodation; with all the must-have woodland views and mod cons you crave.
Take Lake Tahoe 10 for example. This attractive, pet-friendly Lake Tahoe cabin is equipped with all the must-have features, plus a flexible 4 bedroom 4.5 bathroom layout with access to a shared hot tub and nearby ski shuttle.
If you’re looking to recreate the ambience of a European ski lodge, Lake Tahoe 25 is the one! This cabin provides a fantastic vacation base for Lake Tahoe skiing and exploring the Great Outdoors.
Situated in the historic West Shore resort village of Cedar Crest Cottages, groups of 8 can unwind by the fire of the 4-bedroom cabin, or sample the communal amenities on offer.
Location-wise you’re a stone’s throw from the lake beach and just a 1-minute drive from Homestead Mountain Resort. So everyone’s a winner!
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