Homewood Mountain Resort

#5 in Best Things To Do in Lake Tahoe
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5145 W Lake Blvd.

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Skiing Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
4.2scorecard
  • 4.5Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

According to skiers, this small resort on Lake Tahoe's west shore (about 7 miles south of Tahoe City) is far more manageable than nearby titans like Squaw Valley and Heavenly Resort. Sitting on 1,260 acres, Homewood features just 67 runs and eight lifts. But its laid-back atmosphere and spectacular scenery impress visitors time and again, who call it one of the most gorgeous resorts with amazing lake views and a great place to tree ski.

Homewood is also the perfect spot for those of you trying to experience Lake Tahoe on a budget, as lift tickets are much cheaper than those at nearby resorts (starting as low as $49 if purchased online in advance). Reviewers were also quick to praise its family-friendly atmosphere and on-site children's lessons. However, visitors were less impressed with the limited and outdated food options, and urge future visitors to pack their own snacks.

What's more, Homewood offers plenty of things to do in the warmer months as well. The resort's summer activities include everything from stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking on Lake Tahoe to hiking and biking and drive-in movies on the mountain. If you don't have your own set of wheels, you can reach the resort via the TART bus or Homewood's free Dial-A-Ride shuttle service, which operates daily during ski season providing door-to-door service on the west shore between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. For more information, including ticket pricing and hours, visit the resort's website.

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#1 Emerald Bay State Park

Carved millions of years ago by passing glaciers, this state park is a must-see for anyone looking to experience Lake Tahoe's beauty. Sheltered by towering trees, this inlet along the southwest shore of Lake Tahoe is known for its colorful granite cliffs and stunning panoramas. Follow Highway 89 south from Tahoe City (about 20 miles) or north from South Lake Tahoe (about 10 miles) and you'll come across the Emerald Bay Lookout, the park's crown jewel. And you should make sure you have a camera on hand – the scenery is breathtaking and travelers say there are photo opportunities everywhere you turn.

But staring off into the sunset isn't the only thing to do here. Emerald Bay State Park is also home to several attractions. Budding geologists can hop a boat out to Fannette Island (the only island on Lake Tahoe) where evidence of glacial activity abounds. If you're into history, a stop at Vikingsholm is a must: Built in the 1920s, this former summer home is one of the best examples of Scandinavian architecture in the country. Plus, many of the materials used to construct Vikingsholm came from the Lake Tahoe area, making this mansion an authentic part of the landscape. Adults can tour the home for $10 (children ages 7 to 17 and college student pay $8). Getting to the house takes a bit of doing. After parking in the Vikingshom parking lot by Highway 89 at Emerald Bay, visitors must hike via a steep 1-mile trail that drops 500 feet in elevation. Those with medical conditions or mobility issues are advised not to attempt this hike. 

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