The Sierra ski resorts are almost open. It’s time to plan a ski trip. If you haven’t been in a while, here’s a primer to help you tell one north Tahoe resort from the next. I much prefer the diversity of terrain in the north, but if you’re planning a visit to the south shore, check out my guide to skiing near South Lake Tahoe.
Ski midweek, if you can. Weekend crowds can get unbearable. If you must come on Saturday or Sunday, head to Homewood or Alpine Meadows. Check the weather before you set out. If it’s going to snow, note the snow level: warm storms mean higher snow levels, which can mean rain at the base areas of some resorts. When elevation matters, choose Squaw Valley or Mt Rose, or possibly Alpine Meadows.
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