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The brand-new, almost-open ski center features more rentals, an upgraded locker room, improved food and beverage options and a grand deck with fire pits. Trails and warming huts are open, weather permitting, throughout the construction. Sadly, last weekend?s snowfall wasn?t enough to pack the trails, but the center has installed GPS technology in its snowcats to give real-time grooming reports. Check conditions before heading out, and cross your fingers for a March blizzard.
15275 Alder Creek Rd., Truckee
Built in 1928 out of salvaged railroad ties, Cottonwood was the first Sierra Nevada ski resort. Its restaurant served as a warm-up lounge for Truckee’s ski hill. Today, there’s live music and locals run the bar scene. Splurge on the Wagyu bavette steak and a glass of Cab.
10142 Rue Hilltop Rd., Truckee
Hit the slopes after hours at the historic ski village that hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics (the torches still burn). Squaw boasts one of the longest runs (3.2 miles) for night skiing in North America.
1960 Squaw Valley Rd., Olympic Valley
There may not be snow, but the beer is flowing at this new brewery/public house with more than ten beers on tap (including a salted-caramel oatmeal stout) and rotating food trucks slinging post-ski grub.
204 E. Enterprise St., Incline Village, Nevada
This super-chic boutique lodge has an eco-bent: It’s built from recycled materials. Plus, it’s a dog-friendly hotel, so Fido can enjoy the ski trip, too.
10918 Brockway Rd., Truckee
South Lake Tahoe’s newest boutique hotel boasts a luxurious day spa and lakefront suites outfitted with stone fireplaces. Tip: The Emerald Bay Gemstone Facial uses a skin polish blended with precious gems, including tourmaline and topaz, to detoxify, tighten and hydrate your skin. You’ll be sparkling for the slopes.
4104 Lakeshore Blvd., South Lake Tahoe
Hard-core skiers will appreciate 4,800 acres of trails and full views of the lake from almost every run. Bonus: The Skyline trail links the California and Nevada sides of the mountain, so you can straddle the state line with your skis.
4080 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe
Dance to disco music on the light-up dance floor at the club’s weekly Boogie Nights party. It’s kind of like Vegas with a snowy ski-lodge vibe.
55 Highway 50, Stateline, Nevada
Nosh with locals at this hot spot. Bagels are baked fresh every day. Insider tip: Come early, because when they run out, they’re done.
3117 Harrison Ave., South Lake Tahoe
No winter is complete without a trip up to the mountains. Our very own Lake Tahoe has had a frustratingly dry season, but thankfully, it got a fresh coat of powder just this past weekend.
Whether you plan on hitting the slopes or prefer to meet friends for an après-ski hot toddy, here’s your to-do list for the perfect wintry weekend getaway on both the north and south shores.
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