Lake Tahoe Skiiing & Snowboarding During COVID-19

17th December, 2020

Lake Tahoe is world-renowned for its amazing skiing throughout the towering Sierra Nevada mountains. Even during a global pandemic, the snow-covered mountains of Lake Tahoe create a beauty that is found in million-dollar paintings. Fresh snowy mountains raise the blood pressure of any avid skier or snowboarder, chomping at the bit to get their chance to carve their turns on fresh snow, like a painter’s brushstrokes on a blank canvas.

Let’s face it 2020 has been the most challenging year in recent history which has created the need more than ever to exercise, stay busy in positive ways, and focus on good mental health. During the Winter season Skiing and Snowboarding is a wonderful way to get out in nature, get some much-needed Vitamin-D, and have fun doing it. California has permitted ski resorts to continue to operate through state-approved guidance and all ski resorts around Tahoe South are still dedicated to keeping the essence of play alive through skiing, riding, and snow play. Here is our guide to getting you up to speed on what you need before your next ski trip to Lake Tahoe.

Skiiing Lake Tahoe Covid-19

Heavenly & Kirkwood Mountain Resorts 

The best of sweeping views of Lake Tahoe with a variety of terrain for any level that straddles two-states can be found in our own backyard at Heavenly Mountain. Just a five-minute drive from Hotel Azure takes you straight to the California Base lodge where you easily upload to the mountain and enter skiing heaven. If you are looking for challenging terrain or a unique experience, Kirkwood has it covered with steep terrain, long flowing runs, and rideable natural features, unlike anything you’ll experience anywhere around Lake Tahoe. 

Before arriving, log onto Vail’s Pass Holder reservation system to check availability for your preferred ski day. To allow for social distancing, all pass holders, and day tickets are required to make a reservation, limited same-day lift ticket will be available. Also, note that on-mountain takeout food options will be available and are permitted by the State. There will be no indoor seating and it is highly encouraged to bring your own water, food, and snacks.

Snowboarding Lake Tahoe Covid-19


Sierra-at-Tahoe offers some of the easiest access to skiing and riding for guests entering Lake Tahoe from Highway 50. The fun and challenging terrain is sure to have something for everyone along with the fun vibe that will put smiles on everyone’s face all day.

Unlike the other mountains, there are no reservations needed but the parking lots fill up quickly to limited parking capacity so arrive early or later in the day. Day tickets and season passes can be purchased in person or online.

Tubing Fun

If Skiing or Snowboarding isn’t your thing, but you still want to have just as much fun, then consider tubing. Just 20-minutes from Hotel Azure are two amazing options with Tube Tahoe and Adventure Mountain that offer some family-friendly sliding down tube friendly lanes. Both locations will be open throughout the holidays, so you don’t have to miss any of the fun.

tubing lake tahoe covid-19

2020 proves to be a challenging year for all, but together we will prevail, and Lake Tahoe will remain as your favorite outdoor playground. Just remember regardless of how you choose to play in Lake Tahoe this Winter, please mask up, maintain social distance from others, and have fun!