Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority



Where is South Lake Tahoe?

South Lake Tahoe is the biggest town on the Lake, straddling the California and Nevada state line at the southern point.

What's the best way to get to South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe is a beautiful 3-hour drive from San Francisco. Stop at the outlet malls in Folsom or Vacaville on the way to make the most of the shopping.

Alternatively, Reno/Tahoe International is the closest airport is to South Lake Tahoe.  If you are picking up a rental car, it’s a 1- hour drive, or you can catch the South Tahoe Express for $32.00.

When's the best time to go to South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe is a year-round destination. In summer, experience all the lake has to offer with boating, swimming, paddle boarding and fishing. Enjoy incredible colours as the season changes in the fall, and rug up and get cosy, or hit the powder during the winter. South Lake Tahoe enjoys 300 days of sunshine per year.

What makes Lake Tahoe so special?

Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in the USA, as well as the second deepest. With clear blue water it is exceptionally beautiful year round!

Are there any ski resorts in South Lake Tahoe?

South Lake Tahoe is located at the base of Heavenly Mountain with the gondola accessible year round for snow activities in winter, or hiking and biking in the summer time

What is a must do when I’m in South Lake Tahoe?

We have to recommend going up on the Heavenly gondola and see the breathtaking views of the lake. Head out on the US Dixie paddleboat to see the crystal-clear blue waters or take a hike down to Vikingsholm in Emerald bay.

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What's New

December 2019
  • Sierra-at-Tahoe
    Sierra-at-Tahoe, boasting 2,000 acres (800 ha) and 2,212 vertical feet (675m) of terrain, is rolling out two new snowcats this season. One of the snowcats will be used for trail grooming while the other is designed specifically for terrain parks. Additionally, chairlifts, snowmaking equipment and trail signs have been given upgrades. The resort’s 360 Smokehouse BBQ also received a facelift to provide guests with eye-popping views of Lake Tahoe while they savour mouthwatering barbecue.
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November 2019
  • Heavenly Mountain
    Set high above the sparkling blue waters of Lake Tahoe, Heavenly is not short on new offerings all over the mountain. In terms of lodging, the resort adds a new townhome property, Lakeland Village, planted on 19 acres of lakeside woodlands. Outside, Heavenly is giving guests a chance to traverse the mountain in a whole new way: guided UTV tours. Starting at the top of the Gondola, the Winter UTV Tours offer breathtaking viewpoints at 10,000 feet elevation, and a chance to discuss Lake Tahoe and the local environment in far-off-the-beaten path areas. Lastly, the resort is upgrading its Galaxy Chair from a double lift to a triple lift.
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  • Kirkwood Mountain
    Kirkwood, tucked 35 miles southwest of South Lake Tahoe, is serving up more than big mountain riding in a small-town atmosphere. This season, Kirkwood Village is launching a new restaurant, The Cornice Pizza, an ’80s-inspired joint with neon lights and popping colors. The menu features build-your-own-pie options, traditional favorites and unique pairings. In-between slices, grab the karaoke microphone and unleash your best rendition of “Don’t Stop Believin.’
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