Lake Tahoe is on the bucket list of every serious skier or snowboarder: The largest concentration of ski lifts and ski resorts in North America, including Squaw Valley, the host of the 1960 Winter Olympics, and Heavenly Resort, with ski runs stretching into two states. The Sierra mountains are known for huge snowfalls, averaging more than 400 inches a year in many spots, providing many things to do. But the wonder of Tahoe is that four out five winter days are sunny, producing some of the most delightful winter sports weather on Earth.
Kirkwood, Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows are famous for their black-diamond runs, while Heavenly, Sierra-at-Tahoe, Northstar California and Sugar Bowl have great groomed trails plus challenging terrain. Homewood and Diamond Peak have some of the best views in ski-dom, and Mt. Rose often has the region's driest powder snow. Northstar and Squaw have top-rated terrain parks and half-pipes.
There's plenty of nonskiing things to do at area parks, with their many hiking and snowshoeing trails. And for warmer experiences, don't forget the Nevada Museum of Art or the National Automobile Museum in nearby Reno.