Is Lake Tahoe on your ski and snowboard bucket list? It should be. Combine terrific snow (and a lot of it), jaw-dropping views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding peaks, the variety of ski resorts to choose from, and the great values, and you can understand why you need to plan that Tahoe winter vacation stat.

Top 5 reasons to ski or ride at Lake Tahoe 

1. (SO much) terrain

Between Heavenly, Sierra-at-Tahoe, and Kirkwood, you’ve got 9,100 acres, 57 lifts, and 229 runs, with up to 3,500 feet of vertical descent. That terrain ranges from gentle cruisers to steep chutes, impeccable corduroy to untracked powder. For the freestyler set, there are also 13 award-winning terrain parks to play in.

2. Views galore

It’s easy to get distracted by the views while skiing here. Whether you’re gazing at majestic Lake Tahoe or the surrounding peaks of the Sierra Nevada, you’ll find a myriad of photo opportunities at all the ski resorts.

3. Great values

Skiing and snowboarding aren’t cheap. But a little advance planning can save you on lift tickets – up to 25% in some cases. From Sierra’s 3-Pak to Kirkwood‘s and Heavenly’s Epic Card, there are numerous ways to save.

4. Apres fun after the lifts close

Tahoe’s après ski isn’t something to be trifled with. Heavenly ups the ante with half-price drinks and food specials. At Sierra, the Sierra Pub offers happy hour food + drink specials and live music, including performances by the resort’s General Manager, John Rice & Family. If you’re at Kirkwood, be sure to head to the historic Kirkwood Inn & Saloon for happy hour specials in a genuine log cabin built in 1864.

5. Family-friendly après activities

When the lifts close, the fun continues for the younger set. Think ice-skating at the Heavenly Village, or tubing and snow play at Sierra’s Blizzard Mountain. At the lake, more options abound, including boat cruises, movies, and museums. Fact: there are plenty of ways to keep kids and kids-at-heart entertained.

Photo credits: Sierra-at-Tahoe, Kyle McCoy/Ski Lake Tahoe, Lauren Lindley/Ski Lake Tahoe