Whether you’re all about the hot toddies, Wild West saloons, or après-ski eats, we’ve got the place for you
Slopes: The closest of the big guns is blue square–saturated Northstar (check the website for lift prices), but black diamond skiers come for the chutes on its Lookout Mountain. Laid-back powderhounds prefer Alpine Meadows (from $71), while the extreme skier–scenesters stick to Squaw Valley ($86; squaw.com), aka Squallywood. Beginners head to Tahoe Donner ($39) and Soda Springs ($35).
Sleeps: Something for everyone: just-gimme-a-bed at revamped Truckee Tahoe Lodge (from $159); eco-chic-boutique Cedar House Sport Hotel (from $170); and Northstar’s chichi Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe (from $399), with 2 outdoor pools, a restaurant by celeb chef Traci Des Jardins, and a concierge who unbuckles your ski boots for crying out loud.
Info: 35 miles from Reno-Tahoe Int’l; truckee.com