North Lake Tahoe Hotels

by Lisa Mercer Google
North Lake Tahoe appeals to both outdoor and party enthusiasts.

North Lake Tahoe appeals to both outdoor and party enthusiasts.

Scenic Lake Tahoe - Incline Village image by JeremyWhat from

North Lake Tahoe, located on the border between California and Nevada, has a dual personality, taking on the characteristics of both states. Outdoor enthusiasts play on its mountains and in its waters, while those who love nightlife enjoy its casinos, nightclubs and nonstop entertainment. Lodging is plentiful in North Lake Tahoe. Skiers and snowboarders may want to choose a hotel closest to their chosen mountain. Those participating in off-slope activities have more options.

Squaw Valley

Ski film icon Warren Miller shot many of his films at Squaw Valley, a mega North Lake Tahoe resort known for its varied terrain. Its base area is home to chic boutiques and upscale restaurants. Resting at a 6,200-foot base elevation, Squaw Valley is lower than the other North Lake Tahoe areas. Staying at a local hotel makes it easier for sea level visitors to acclimate. The signature "deep pillow top beds" at the Resort at Squaw Creek will assure a restful sleep. "Conde Nast Traveler Magazine" ranked this hotel among the top 50 resorts in North America. Choose between deluxe rooms, fireplace suites or bi-level penthouses, which offer views of Squaw Valley and its surrounding peaks. The Resort at Squaw Creek offers ski packages in the winter, golf packages in the summer and year-round spa packages.

Alpine Meadows

North Tahoe locals tend to gather at Alpine Meadows, a resort known for its telemark skiers. The Stanford Alpine Chalet, located near the Alpine Meadows base area, is an iconic ski lodge. Cathedral ceilings, a wood-burning fireplace and patio make its Great Room a popular apres ski hangout. Guests dine on gourmet meals prepared by the hotel chef. The hotel, which accommodates 52 people, offers substantial group discounts and may be suitable for school groups and family vacations. Its hot tub is open year round.

Northstar at Tahoe

Its wide-open, interconnected, blue-rated runs make Northstar at Lake Tahoe an intermediate skier's paradise. The elegance of the finely groomed slopes is matched only by the Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe, the upscale hotel located mid-mountain on Northstar at Tahoe. Guests enjoy the services of a ski valet, who fits your boots and stores your gear overnight. Golf packages are available at two local courses. The Ritz Carlton is known for its signature full-service spa with 16 treatment rooms and a state of the art gym. Rooms have double sinks and deep soaking tubs.

Casino Hotels

The Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe is home to the Lady Luck Casino and a world-class spa. Its 24-hour casino has 249 slots, video poker machines and roulette wheels and a sports book. The property is located on the waterfront, making it easy to enjoy boating, water skiing and other water sports. The Hyatt Stay Fit Gym is open 24 hours a day. Summer guests enjoy the hotel's lakeside dining pier and private beach.

About the Author

My articles have appeared in Aspen Magazine, HerSports, The Professional Skier and other print and online publications. When I'm not teaching fitness or writing, I work at Copper Mountain and at the Breckenridge History Society.

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