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New Winter Fun in Lake Tahoe

New ski runs, backcountry programs, and chairlifts—plus where to go afterward for warming s'mores, hot chocolate, and spirits.

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  • Skiing fresh powder at Homewood in Lake Tahoe, picture
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    Photo: Garry Moore
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    Thrill seekers love the pristine powder in the snowcat-accessed backcountry of Homewood Mountain Resort.
  • Skiers at the top of the backcountry at Homewood in Lake Tahoe, picture
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    Photo: Megan Michelson
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    Skiers are delivered to the higher elevations of the backcountry at Homewood Mountain Resort.
  • Firepit dining at Basecamp Hotel in Lake Tahoe, picture
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    Photo: Paul Dyer
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    Warm up at Basecamp Hotel, which offers fireside eats such as Venezuelan spiced chocolate.
  • Lake Tahoe Cruises' Tahoe Queen, picture
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    Photo: Courtesy of Aramark
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    Lake Tahoe Cruises offers a winter Pints & Paddles happy hour.
  • Kids ride the Wizard Lift at Mount Rose in Lake Tahoe, picture
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    Photo: Courtesy of Mount Rose
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    Young skiers ride the new Wizard Lift at Mount Rose's Enchanted Forest Family Zone.
  • Squaw'd Red Dog Run in Lake Tahoe, picture
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    Photo: Courtesy of Squaw Valley USA
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    Squaw's Red Dog Run will be the site of the Alpine Women's World Cup in 2017.

Lake Tahoe's ski resorts kick it up this winter, offering thrills from enchanting family adventures to world-class competition. Après-ski, the excitement rolls on with world flavors and local beers enjoyed in the spectacular mountain setting.

Chill Out: Watch the Pros
Test your mettle on Red Dog Run at Squaw Valley USA ahead of the planet’s best skiers as the resort readies to host Mikaela Shiffrin and Julia Mancuso at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup in March 2017. Tickets and schedule here
Warm Up
On select Thursdays from November through March, the Alpenglow Winter Film Series features maverick climbers and other adventurers sharing their tales at Squaw Valley’s Olympic Village Lodge.

Chill Out: Explore the Backcountry
Powder hounds find bliss at Homewood Mountain Resort, where a new snowcat-accessed backcountry program opens 750 acres of un-groomed terrain beneath Ellis Peak. It is scheduled to open in early December 2016.
Warm Up
Around a fire pit at the West Shore Café, across the street from Homewood, you can trade stories over s'mores under a sky sparkling with stars.

Chill Out: Fly Across Ice
Near the lake in Tahoe City, slide across a new 4,000-square-foot ice rink with a picturesque view at the Tahoe City Winter Sports Park.
Warm Up
Just a few blocks away, follow up with flavors from around the world in the stylish lounge of Basecamp Hotel, which serves Venezuelan spiced chocolate and alpine-hearty Swiss raclette along with craft beers.

Chill Out: Groove and Ski
Ramp up the groove at Heavenly Mountain Resorts as you share the slopes with a mobile DJ station custom-built on a retrofitted grooming machine, blasting rock, blues, and hip-hop from 52 high-output speakers.
Warm Up
Downslope, on the Big Blue, Lake Tahoe Cruises’ Pints & Paddles spotlights the acoustic vibes of Ike & Martin through the winter on jaunts from Zephyr Cove Resort.

Chill Out: Fun with Family
Mt. Rose offers charming diversions at the Enchanted Forest Family Zone, where fun runs lace the woods near the newly moved (and renamed) Wizard chairlift.
Warm Up
Parents get their own lift above the fantastical panorama of Nevada’s mountain ranges at the Sky Bar, serving the signature RoseMary—its take on the Bloody Mary.

This article was first published in November 2016. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.