Lake Tahoe Snowmobile Tours. This company conducts two-, three-, and four-hour group and private guided cross-country tours, mostly along the trails in nearby Tahoe National Forest. You can rent suits, gloves, boots, and mandatory helmets but you should bring your own goggles or sunglasses. Hwy. 267, 3 miles north of Hwy. 28, at Brockway Summit, Kings Beach, CA, 96143. 530/546–4280. From $150.


Eagle Falls. To reach these falls, leave your car in the parking lot of the Eagle Falls picnic area (near Vikingsholm; arrive early for a good spot), and walk up the short but fairly steep canyon nearby. You'll have a brilliant panorama of Emerald Bay from this spot near the boundary of Desolation Wilderness. For a strenuous full-day hike, continue 5 miles, past Eagle Lake, to Upper and Middle Velma Lakes. Pick up trail maps at Taylor Creek Visitor Center in summer, or year-round at the main U.S. Forest Service Office in South Lake Tahoe, at 35 College Drive. Hwy. 89, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150.


Eagle Lake. Past Eagle Falls (about 1 mile from the parking lot), this small lake is great for swimming. Dive into its cold, blue, alpine water. South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150.


Edgewood Tahoe. Golfers of all skill levels enjoy this scenic lakeside course that has four sets of tees, offering a variety of course lengths. The greens fee includes an optional cart. 100 Lake Pkwy., at U.S. 50, Stateline, NV, 89449. 775/588–3566 or 866/761–4653. $220 for weekdays, $240 for weekends. 18 holes, 7543 yards, par 72.


Coyote Moon Golf Course. With towering pine trees lining the fairways and no houses to spoil the view, this course is as beautiful as it is challenging. Fees include a shared cart; the greens fee drops at 1 pm and dips again at 3. 10685 Northwoods Blvd., off Donner Pass Rd., Truckee, CA, 96161. 530/587–0886. $160. 18 holes, 7177 yards, par 72. Closed late fall–late spring.

Northstar. The front nine holes here are open-links style, while the challenging back nine move through tight, tree-lined fairways. Fees include a shared cart. Twilight rates begin at 2 pm. You can play nine holes for $50; special teen rates encourage family outings. The restaurant serves breakfast and lunch only. 168 Basque Dr., off Northstar Dr., west off Hwy. 267, Truckee, CA, 96161. 530/562–3290 pro-shop. $85. 18 holes, 6781 yards, par 72.

Old Greenwood. Beautiful mountain and forest views add to the pleasure of a round played at north Lake Tahoe's only Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. The regular fees are high, but there's a $75 twilight rate beginning at 4 pm. 12915 Fairway Dr., off Overland Trail Rd., off I–80, Exit 190, Truckee, CA, 96161. 530/550–7010. $200. 18 holes, 7518 yards, par 72.

Mountain Biking

Northstar California. In summer you can rent a bike and ride the lifts ($50, ages 13 and up) to the mountain-biking park for 100 miles of challenging terrain. The season extends from mid-June through September with varying hours. Northstar Dr., off Hwy. 267, Truckee, CA, 96161. 530/562–1010.

Cyclepaths Mountain Bike Adventures. This combination full-service bike shop and bike-adventure outfitter offers instruction in mountain biking, guided tours, tips for self-guided bike touring, bike repairs, and books and maps on the area. 10095 W. River St., by Bridge St., Truckee, CA, 96161. 530/582–1890.


Several smaller resorts around Truckee offer access to the Sierra's slopes for less than half the price of the big resorts. Though you'll sacrifice vertical rise, acreage, and high-speed lifts, you can ski or ride and still have money left over for room and board. These are great places for first-timers and families with kids learning to ski.

Boreal Mountain Resort. These slopes have 380 skiable acres and 500 vertical feet of terrain visible from the freeway. Lift-served snow-tubing and night skiing go until 9. 19749 Boreal Ridge Rd., at I–80, Boreal/Castle Peak exit, Soda Springs, CA, 95728. 530/426–3666.

Donner Ski Ranch. This ski park has 505 acres and 750 vertical feet. A popular area with kids in this small, family-friendly park is the Tubing Hill. Riders whisk down the slope in a huge inflated inner tube and then go back to the top on a moving carpet. 19320 Donner Pass Rd., Norden, CA, 95724. 530/426–3635.

Northstar California. With two tree-lined, northeast-facing, wind-protected bowls, this park is the ideal place in a storm, and just may be the best all-around family ski resort at Tahoe. Hotshot experts unfairly call the mountain "Flatstar," but the meticulous grooming and long cruisers make it an intermediate skier's paradise. Boarders are especially welcome, with awesome terrain parks, including a 420-foot-long super-pipe, a half-pipe, rails and boxes, and lots of kickers. Experts can ski the steeps and bumps off Lookout Mountain, where there's rarely a line for the high-speed quad. Northstar's cross-country center has 35 km (22 miles) of groomed trails, including double-set tracks and skating lanes. The school has programs for skiers ages three and up, and day care is available for tots two and older. The mountain gets packed on busy weekends, but when there's room on the slopes, Northstar is loads of fun. 5001 Northstar Dr., Truckee, CA, 96161. 530/562–1010 information; 800/466–6784 lodging; 530/562–1330 snow phone. 97 trails on 3,170 acres, rated 13% beginner, 60% intermediate, 27% advanced. Longest run 1.4 miles, base 6,330 feet, summit 8,610 feet. Lifts: 20, including 2 gondolas and 7 high-speed quads.

Royal Gorge. If you love to cross-country, don't miss Royal Gorge, which serves up 200 km (124 miles) of track for all abilities, 75 trails on a whopping 6,000 acres, a ski school, and eight warming huts. Two trailside cafés and a lodge round out the facilities. Because the complex sits right on the Sierra Crest, the views are drop-dead gorgeous. 9411 Pahatsi Dr., off I–80, Soda Springs/Norden exit, Soda Springs, CA, 95728. 530/426–3871 or 800/500–3871.

Soda Springs. Along with 200 acres and 500 vertical feet, this ski park also has lift-served snow-tubing. 10244 Soda Springs Rd., I–80 Soda Springs exit, Soda Springs, CA, 95728. 530/426–3901.

Sugar Bowl Ski Resort. Opened in 1939 by Walt Disney, this is the oldest—and one of the best—resorts at Tahoe. Atop Donner Summit, it receives an incredible 500 inches of snowfall annually. Four peaks are connected by 1,650 acres of skiable terrain, with everything from gentle groomed corduroy to wide-open bowls to vertical rocky chutes and outstanding tree skiing. Snowboarders can hit two terrain parks with numerous boxes, rails, and jumps. Because it's more compact than some of the area's megaresorts, there's a gentility here that distinguishes Sugar Bowl from its competitors, making this a great place for families and a low-pressure, low-key place to learn to ski. It's not huge, but there's some very challenging terrain (experts: head to the Palisades). There's limited lodging at the base area. 629 Sugar Bowl Rd., off Donner Pass Rd., 3 miles east of I–80 Soda Springs/Norden exit, 10 miles west of Truckee, Norden, CA, 95724. 530/426–9000 information and lodging reservations; 530/426–1111 snow phone; 866/843–2695 lodging referral. 102 trails on 1,650 acres, rated 17% beginner, 45% intermediate, 38% advanced. Longest run 3 miles, base 6,883 feet, summit 8,383 feet. Lifts: 13, including 5 high-speed quads.

Tahoe Dave's. You can save money by renting skis and boards at this shop, which has the area's best selection and also repairs and tunes equipment. 10200 Donner Pass Rd., near Spring St., Truckee, CA, 96161. 530/582–0900.

Tahoe Donner. Just north of Truckee, this park covers 120 acres and 600 vertical feet; the cross-country center includes 51 trails on 100 km (62 miles) of groomed tracks on 4,800 acres, with night skiing on Wednesday in January and February. 11603 Snowpeak Way, Truckee, CA, 96161. 530/587–9444.


Homewood Mountain Resort. Schuss down these slopes for fantastic views—the mountain rises across the road from the Tahoe shoreline. This small, usually uncrowded resort is the favorite area of locals on a snowy day, because you can find lots of untracked powder. It's also the most protected and least windy Tahoe ski area during a storm; when every other resort's lifts are on wind hold, you can almost always count on Homewood's to be open. There's only one high-speed chairlift, but there are rarely any lines, and the ticket prices are some of the cheapest around—kids 5 to 12 ski for $24, and those four and under are free. The resort may look small as you drive by, but most of it isn't visible from the road. 5145 W. Lake Blvd., Hwy. 89, 6 miles south of Tahoe City, Homewood, CA, 96141. 530/525–2992 information; 530/525–2900 snow phone. 64 trails on 2,010 acres, rated 15% beginner, 40% intermediate, and 45% advanced. Longest run 2 miles, base 6,230 feet, summit 7,880 feet. Lifts: 4 chairlifts, 4 surface lifts.


Tahoe City Golf Course. This 9-hole course, which opened in 1917, gives golfers views of Lake Tahoe. Rent a cart for $10. All greens break toward the lake. 251 N. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, CA, 96145. 530/583–1516. $30 for 9 holes; $50 for 18. 18 holes, 5261 yards, par 66.


Truckee River Rafting. In summer you can take a self-guided raft trip down a gentle 5-mile stretch of the Truckee River. This outfitter will shuttle you back to Tahoe City at the end of your two- to three-hour trip. On a warm day, this makes a great family outing. 175 River Rd., near W. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, CA, 96145. 530/583–1111. From $28.


Alpine Meadows Ski Area. With 450 inches of snow annually, Alpine has some of Tahoe's most reliable conditions. It's usually one of the first areas to open in November and one of the last to close in May or June. Alpine isn't the place for show-offs; instead, you'll find down-to-earth alpine fetishists. The two peaks here are well suited to intermediate skiers, with a number of runs for experts only. Snowboarders and hot-dog skiers will find a terrain park with a super-pipe, rails, and tabletops, as well as a boarder-cross course. Alpine is a great place to learn to ski and has a ski school that coaches those with physical and mental disabilities. On Saturday, because of the limited parking, there's more acreage per person than at other resorts. Lift tickets are good at neighboring Squaw Valley; a free shuttle runs all day between the two ski parks. 2600 Alpine Meadows Rd., off Hwy. 89, 6 miles northwest of Tahoe City and 13 miles south of Truckee, Tahoe City, CA, 96145. 530/583–4232; 800/403–0206; 800/403–0206 snow phone. 100 trails on 2,400 acres, rated 25% beginner, 40% intermediate, 35% advanced. Longest run 2½ miles, base 6,835 feet, summit 8,637 feet. Lifts: 13, including 1 high-speed 6-passenger lift and 2 high-speed quads.

Tahoe Dave's Skis and Boards. You can rent skis, boards, and snowshoes at this shop, which has the area's best selection of downhill rental equipment. 590 N. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, CA, 96145. 530/583–6415.


Heavenly Village Outdoor Ice Rink. If you're here in winter, practice your jumps and turns at this rink between the gondola and the cinema. 1001 Heavenly Village Way, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150. 530/542–4230. $20, includes skate rental. Nov.–Mar., daily10–8, weather permitting.

South Tahoe Ice Arena. For year-round fun, head to this city-operated, NHL regulation–size indoor rink where you can rent equipment and sign up for lessons. In the evening the lights are turned low and a disco ball lights up the ice. 1176 Rufus Allen Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150. 530/544–7465. $15; includes skate rental. Daily, hrs vary.


Kayak Tahoe. Sign up for lessons and excursions (to the south shore, Emerald Bay, and Sand Harbor), offered from May through September. You can also rent a kayak and paddle solo on the lake. Timber Cove Marina, 3411 Lake Tahoe Blvd., at Balbijou Rd., South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150. 530/544–2011. From $40.

Mountain Biking

Tahoe Sports Ltd.. You can rent road and mountain bikes and get tips on where to ride from the friendly staff at this full-service sports store. Tahoe Crescent V Shopping Center, 4008 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150. 530/542–4000.


If you don't want to pay the high cost of rental equipment at the resorts, you'll find reasonable prices and expert advice at Tahoe Sports Ltd.

Heavenly Mountain Resort. Straddling two states, vast Heavenly Mountain Resort—composed of nine peaks, two valleys, and four base-lodge areas, along with the largest snowmaking system in the western United States—has terrain for every skier. Beginners can choose wide, well-groomed trails, accessed from the California Lodge or the gondola from downtown South Lake Tahoe; kids have short and gentle runs in the Enchanted Forest area all to themselves. The Sky Express high-speed quad chair whisks intermediate and advanced skiers to the summit for wide cruisers or steep tree-skiing. Mott and Killebrew canyons draw experts to the Nevada side for steep chutes and thick-timber slopes. For snowboarders and tricksters, there are five different terrain parks.

The ski school is big and offers everything from learn-to-ski packages to canyon-adventure tours. Call about ski and boarding camps. Skiing lessons are available for children ages four and up; there's day care for infants older than six weeks. Ski Run Blvd., off U.S. 50, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150. 775/586–7000 or 800/432–8365. 97 trails on 4,800 acres, rated 20% beginner, 45% intermediate, 35% expert. Longest run 5½ miles, base 6,540 feet, summit 10,067 feet. Lifts: 30, including 1 aerial tram, 1 gondola, 2 high-speed 6-passenger lifts, and 8 high-speed quads.

Hope Valley Outdoors. Operating from a yurt at Pickett's Junction, Hope Valley provides lessons and equipment rentals to prepare you for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. The outfit has 60 miles of trails through Humboldt–Toiyabe National Forest, 10 of which are groomed. Hwy. 88, at Hwy. 89, Hope Valley, CA, 96120. 530/721–2015.

Kirkwood Ski Resort. Thirty-six miles south of Lake Tahoe, Kirkwood is the hard-core skiers' and boarders' favorite south-shore mountain, known for its craggy gulp-and-go chutes, sweeping cornices, steep-aspect glade skiing, and high base elevation. But there's also fantastic terrain for newbies and intermediates down wide-open bowls, through wooded gullies, and along rolling tree-lined trails. Tricksters can show off in two terrain parks on jumps, wall rides, rails, and a half-pipe, all visible from the base area. The mountain normally gets hammered with more than 600 inches of snow annually, and often has the most in all of North America. If you're into out-of-bounds skiing, check out Expedition Kirkwood, a backcountry-skills program that teaches basic safety awareness. Kirkwood is also the only Tahoe resort to offer Cat-skiing. If you're into cross-country, the resort has 80 km (50 miles) of superb groomed-track skiing, with skating lanes, instruction, and rentals. Nonskiers can snowshoe, snow-skate, and go dogsledding or snow-tubing. The children's ski school has programs for ages three to 12. 1501 Kirkwood Meadows Dr., off Hwy. 88, 14 miles west of Hwy. 89, Kirkwood, Kirkwood, CA, 95646. 800/967–7500 information; 209/258–7248 cross-country; 209/258–7293 lodging information; 209/258–7332 snow phone. 87 trails on 2,300 acres, rated 12% beginner, 20% intermediate, 38% advanced, 30% expert. Longest run 2½ miles, base 7,800 feet, summit 9,800 feet. Lifts: 15, including 2 high-speed quads.

Sierra-at-Tahoe. Often overlooked by skiers and boarders rushing to Heavenly or Kirkwood, Sierra-at-Tahoe has meticulously groomed intermediate slopes, some of the best tree-skiing in California, and gated backcountry access. Extremely popular with snowboarders, Sierra also has six terrain parks, including a super-pipe with 17-foot walls. For nonskiers there's a snow-tubing hill. Sierra has a low-key atmosphere that's great for families. Kids and beginners take the slow routes in the Mellow Yellow Zone. 1111 Sierra-at-Tahoe Rd., 12 miles from South Lake Tahoe off U.S. 50, past Echo Summit, Twin Bridges, CA, 95735. 530/659–7453 information; 530/659–7475 snow phone. 46 trails on 2,000 acres, rated 25% beginner, 50% intermediate, 25% advanced. Longest run 2½ miles, base 6,640 feet, summit 8,852 feet. Lifts: 14, including 3 high-speed quads.


Tahoe Sport Fishing. One of the area's largest and oldest fishing-charter services offers morning and afternoon trips. Outings include all necessary gear and bait, and the crew cleans and packages your catch. 900 Ski Run Blvd., off U.S. 50, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150. 530/541–5448; 800/696–7797 in CA. From $110.


Lake Tahoe Golf Course. Set in a meadow with mountain views, this public championship course was designed by William Bell. The Upper Truckee River comes into play on several holes. The twilight rate ($39) starts at 4 pm. 2500 Emerald Bay Rd, Hwy. 89/U.S. 50, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150. 530/577–0788. $67 for weekdays, $87 for weekends; $20 for golf cart. 18 holes, 6741 yards, par 71.


The south shore is a great jumping-off point for day treks into nearby Eldorado National Forest and Desolation Wilderness.

Desolation Wilderness. Trails within the 63,960-acre wilderness lead to gorgeous backcountry lakes and mountain peaks. It's called Desolation Wilderness for a reason, so bring a topographic map and compass, and carry water and food. You need a permit for overnight camping (877/444–6777). In summer you can access this area by boarding a boat taxi ($12 one-way) at Echo Chalet (9900 Echo Lakes Rd., off U.S. 50, 530/659–7207, and crossing Echo Lake. The Pacific Crest Trail also traverses Desolation Wilderness. El Dorado National Forest Information Center, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 95667. 530/644–2349.

Pacific Crest Trail. Hike a couple of miles on this famous mountain trail that stretches from Mexico to Canada. Echo Summit, about 12 miles southwest of South Lake Tahoe off U.S. 50, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150. 916/285–1846 or 888/728–7245.

Tahoe Whitewater Tours

Tahoe Whitewater Tours. If you want to kayak or inner-tube the white-water course through downtown or outside town, call this company, which provides guided trips, instruction, and rentals for do-it-yourselfers. 400 Island Ave., Reno, NV, 89501. 775/787–5000. From $68.

Sierra Adventures

Sierra Adventures. Rent bicycles as well as kayaks from this outfitter, which also conducts guided rafting trips and snow adventures. 11 N. Sierra St., # 101, Reno, NV, 89501. 775/323–8928 or 866/323–8928. From $59.

Lake Ridge Golf Course

Lake Ridge Golf Course. This course, designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., takes advantage of views of downtown Reno and the beautiful surrounding mountains. The signature 15th hole is set 140 feet above a lake; the green is on an island below. All rates include a golf cart. The lowest fee is $45 after 2:30 pm every day. 1218 Golf Club Dr., off Plumas St., Reno, NV, 89519. 775/825–2200. $75 for weekdays, $85 for weekends. 18 holes, 6715 yards, par 71.


Resort at Squaw Creek Golf Course. For beautiful views of Squaw Valley's surrounding peaks, play this narrow, challenging championship course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. Rates start at $99 with mid-range twilight fees beginning at noon for $79; the lowest rate, $59, starts at 3 pm. All fees include a golf cart plus valet parking. 400 Squaw Creek Rd., Olympic Valley, CA, 96146. 530/583–6300; 530/581–6637 pro shop. $99. 18 holes, 6931 yards, par 71.


Olympic Ice Pavilion. Ice-skate here from late November to early March. A ride up the mountain in the Aerial Tram costs $39, plus $12 for skate rental and one hour of skate time. End your outing in the hot tub ($10). In summer the pavilion converts into a roller-skating rink. Year-round, you get fabulous views of the lake and the Sierra Nevada. 1960 Squaw Valley Rd., High Camp, Squaw Valley, Olympic Valley, CA, 96146. 800/403–0206.

Miniature Golf

Squaw Valley Adventure Center. Next to the Olympic Village Lodge, on the far side of the creek, this seasonal activities center has an 18-hole miniature golf course, a ropes course, and sometimes a bungee trampoline, a blast for kids. 1960 Squaw Valley Rd., Olympic Valley, CA, 96146. 530/581–7563.

Rock Climbing

Headwall Climbing Wall. Before you rappel down a granite monolith, hone your skills at this challenging wall at the base of the Aerial Tram. Squaw Valley Adventure Center, 1960 Squaw Valley Rd., Olympic Valley, CA, 96146. 530/581–7563.


Resort at Squaw Creek. Cross-country skiers enjoy looping through the valley's giant alpine meadow. The resort rents ski equipment and provides trail maps. 400 Squaw Creek Rd., Olympic Valley, CA, 96146. 530/583–6300; 530/581–6637 pro shop.

Squaw Valley USA. Known for some of the toughest skiing in the Tahoe area, this park was the centerpiece of the 1960 Winter Olympics. Today it's the definitive North Tahoe ski resort and among the top-three megaresorts in California (the other two are Heavenly and Mammoth). Although Squaw has changed significantly since the Olympics, the skiing is still world-class and extends across vast bowls stretched between six peaks. Experts often head directly to the untamed terrain of the infamous KT-22 face, which has bumps, cliffs, and gulp-and-go chutes, or to the nearly vertical Palisades, where many famous extreme-skiing films have been shot. Fret not, beginners and intermediates: you have plenty of wide-open, groomed trails at High Camp (which sits at the top of the mountain) and around the more challenging Snow King Peak. Snowboarders and show-off skiers can tear up the five fantastic terrain parks, which include a giant super-pipe. Ski passes are good at neighboring Alpine Meadows; free shuttles run all day between the two ski parks. 1960 Squaw Valley Rd., off Hwy. 89, 7 miles northwest of Tahoe City, Olympic Valley, CA, 96146. 800/731–8021 lodging reservations; 530/452–4355 snow phone; 800/403–0206 information. 170 trails on 3,600 acres, rated 25% beginner, 45% intermediate, 30% advanced. Longest run 3.2 miles, base 6,200 feet, summit 9,050 feet. Lifts: 29, including a gondola-style funitel, a tram, 7 high-speed chairs, and 15 fixed-grip chairs and 5 surface lifts.

Tahoe Dave's Skis and Boards. If you don't want to pay resort prices, you can rent and tune downhill skis and snowboards at this shop. 3039 Hwy. 89, at Squaw Valley Rd., Olympic Valley, CA, 96146. 530/583–5665.


High Camp Pool and Hot Tub. Enjoy dramatic mountaintop views while you swim at this pool. Afterward you can soak in the 25-foot hot tub. There's a roller-skating rink, too. 1960 Squaw Valley Rd., Olympic Valley, CA, 96146. 530/581–7255 or 800/403–0206. Aerial tram $39, pool and hot tub $10, skating rink $12.


High Camp Tennis Courts. The use of six summer-only courts on an 8,200-foot ridgeline is free with Tram ticket. Bring or rent racquets; high altitude tennis balls are available for sale. 1960 Squaw Valley Rd., Olympic Valley, CA, 96146. 530/581–7255 or 800/403–0206. Aerial tram $39.


Incline Championship. Robert Trent Jones Sr. designed this challenging course of tightly cut, tree-lined fairways laced with water hazards that demand accuracy as well as distance skills. Greens fee includes a cart, except the 4:30 pm Super Twilight rate of $3 per hole (cart $25). 955 Fairway Blvd., at Northwood Blvd., north off Hwy. 28, Incline Village, NV, 89451. 866/925–4653 reservations; 775/832–1146 pro shop. $179. 18 holes, 7106 yards, par 72.

Incline Mountain. Robert Trent Jones, Jr. designed this executive (shorter) course that requires accuracy more than distance skills. The green fee includes a cart. 690 Wilson Way, at Golfer's Pass, south off Hwy. 431, Incline Village, NV, 89451. 866/925–4653 reservations; 775/832–1150 pro shop. $70. 18 holes, 3527 yards, par 58.

Mountain Biking

Flume Trail Bikes. You can rent bikes and get helpful tips from this company, which also operates a bike shuttle to popular trailheads. Ask about the secluded backcountry rental cabins for overnight rides. 1115 Tunnel Creek Rd., at Ponderosa Ranch Rd., off Hwy. 28, Incline Village, NV, 89451. 775/298–2501.


Diamond Peak. A fun family mood prevails at Diamond Peak, which has affordable rates and many special programs. Snowmaking covers 75% of the mountain, and runs are groomed nightly. The ride up the 1-mile Crystal Express rewards you with fantastic views. Diamond Peak is less crowded than Tahoe's larger ski parks and provides free shuttles to nearby lodgings. A great place for beginners and intermediates, it's appropriately priced for families. Though there are some steep-aspect black-diamond runs, advanced skiers may find the acreage too limited. For snowboarders there's a small terrain park. 1210 Ski Way, off Country Club Dr., Incline Village, NV, 89451. 775/832–1177. 30 trails on 655 acres, rated 18% beginner, 46% intermediate, 36% advanced. Longest run 2½ miles, base 6,700 feet, summit 8,540 feet. Lifts: 7, including 1 high-speed quad and a surface lift.

Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe. At this park, ski some of Tahoe's highest slopes and take in bird's-eye views of Reno, the lake, and Carson Valley. Though more compact than the bigger Tahoe resorts, Mt. Rose has the area's highest base elevation and consequently the driest snow. The mountain has a wide variety of terrain. The most challenging is the Chutes, 200 acres of gulp-and-go advanced-to-expert vertical. Intermediates can choose steep groomers or mellow, wide-open boulevards. Beginners have their own corner of the mountain, with gentle, wide slopes. Boarders and tricksters have three terrain parks to choose from, on opposite sides of the mountain, allowing them to follow the sun as it tracks across the resort. The mountain gets hit hard in storms; check conditions before heading up during inclement weather or on a windy day. 22222 Mt. Rose Hwy., Hwy. 431, 11 miles north of Incline Village, Reno, Incline Village, NV, 89511. 775/849–0704 or 800/754–7673. 61 trails on 1,200 acres, rated 20% beginner, 30% intermediate, 40% advanced, 10% expert. Longest run 2½ miles, base 8,260 feet, summit 9,700 feet. Lifts: 8, including 2 high-speed 6-passenger lifts.

Tahoe Meadows Snowplay Area. This is the most popular area near the north shore for noncommercial cross-country skiing, sledding, tubing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling. Off Hwy. 431, between Incline Village and Mt. Rose, Incline Village, NV, 89451.