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The 20/21 Guide to North Lake Tahoe Ski Season

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18 Nov 2020
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As the leaves in North Lake Tahoe start to change, and the air starts to crisp, the winter season starts to creep up on everybody's mind. Thoughts of snow days, pillow lines, and perfectly manicured trails make you think about planning that dream winter vacation. With these thoughts come lots of questions, like when are the Tahoe resorts going to open? What are the operations going to look like? Do I need to purchase a pass for the season? Let us be your guide to your 2020/21’s North Lake Tahoe Ski Season!


Northstar California - Projected opening day: Nov. 20th

With opening day set to be Nov. 20th, Northstar is ready to bring on the season! Passes are still available and going quickly. One of Northstar’s biggest priorities this season is guest safety and satisfaction and with that they have created a reservation system that gives pass holders priority access. Northstar is offering a multitude of passes this year from the Epic Pass that gives you access to dozens of Vail operated resorts to Epic Day Pass that can save you up to 50% off lift tickets. But don’t worry, they will still be offering day tickets as well through a reservation service online only, starting Dec. 8th.   

Northstar is also planning on opening all of their on-hill dining and are working on operational plans to manage each location's capacity for social distancing. For more information click here. 

*Tahoe Getaways Helpful Hints - Don’t miss a moment of Skiing with some of our most accessible houses this seasons - Mountainside Ski-In Ski-Out Townhome, Gondola Getaway Ski-In Ski-Out at Home Run Trail, Home Run Trail, Village Walk Townhome


Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows - Projected opening day: Nov. 25th 

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is taking a no-reservation, pass holder focused approach this season, offering the best and most flexible access to those who purchase Season Passes. If you haven’t decided to purchase your pass yet, don’t sweat it, Squaw is still offering advance purchase day tickets. Though they have temporarily eliminated the sale of “walk-up” tickets at the window, you can still purchase day tickets online in advance.

Shops and restaurants will be open this season with modified regulations and expanded outdoor dining options. For more information click here.

*Tahoe Getaways Helpful Hints: We have a few houses still available in Squaw Valley, so book early, skip the traffic, and be first in line!  Squaw Valley Ski Condo, Broken Arrow Lodge at Squaw Valley, Valley View at Squaw, Victory Place at Squaw Valley, Powder Run Lodge at Squaw Valley, Sierra Crest at Squaw  


Homewood - Projected opening day: Dec. 11th

Homewood has always been known for its smaller crowds and will continue that trend by cutting pass sales in 2020/21 down by 25%. Along with limiting their season pass sales, they will also be capping their daily skier visits with a plan of reducing peak days by 25%, helping to control crowding and maintain a responsible high-quality experience for their guests and employees. Food will be available for purchase through an online system and guests are encouraged to use their cars instead of the lodges to limit overcrowding. For more info click here

*Tahoe Getaways Helpful Hints: Book one of our West Shore vacation rentals so you can run home for a quick lunch on a powder day!: Evans Lake View Retreat, Fleur Du Lac 7, Chambers Cottage, Woodside Lodge, West Shore Bliss, Tahoma Charm, West Shore Cozy Cabin.


Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Resort - Projected opening day: Dec. 11th 

Tahoe Donner is falling in line with the other resort plans with online pass and ticket purchases. They have passes on sale with no current limit at this time. They are planning on opening food and beverage operations in compliance with state and county regulations. For more info click here.

*Tahoe Getaways Helpful Hints: Get special guest pricing on day tickets by staying in one of our Tahoe Donner housesFour Season Retreat at Tahoe Donner, Grand Vista Lodge at Tahoe Donner, Mountain Peak Lodge at Tahoe Donner, Hawk’s Peak in Tahoe Donner, Matterhorn Charm at Tahoe Donner, Log Cabin Living at Tahoe Donner, Ski View Chalet at Tahoe Donner


Sugar Bowl - Projected opening day: Nov. 28th 

Sugar Bowl has sold out of passes currently for the season, although as state and county regulations change, there is a possibility of more becoming available. Day tickets will be released for sale in early November and will be valid for specific dates only. No walk-up purchases or indoor dining will be available, however, you can expect warming zones available for guests in 15-minute increments. Sugar Bowl is also hiring a new “Care Team'' that will be responsible for making sure guests are safe and abide by the rules and regulations while also maintaining the highest standards for sanitation throughout the resort.  For more info click here

*Tahoe Getaways Helpful Hints: Book in Tahoe Donner for quick access to Sugar Bowl: Cottonwood Place at Tahoe DonnerSkislope Manor at Tahoe Donner, Spruce Haven at Tahoe Donner.