With piles of powder and plenty of sun, Lake Tahoe's range of resorts offer something for every age, ability and budget...
Lake Tahoe's many resorts range from intimate little mountain villages to huge world-class ski towns.
So the first problem you are likely to face when booking a ski holiday to Lake Tahoe is choosing between them.
Heavenly, one the largest and most popular resorts in Lake Tahoe, has a separate TravelSupermarket guide.
Of the others, Squaw Valley is the best known and boasts a massive 170 runs, many of which will appeal to advanced skiers and boarders looking for the steep stuff.
Despite its small size, Kirkwood too attracts a lot of experts due to its reputation for quality snow and sheer drops.
Northstar, meanwhile, is a dream destination for beginners, intermediates and snowboarders keen to try their skills out in the park, which includes a superpipe designed by snowboarding legend Shaun White.
Of the rest, Mount Rose is a good choice if you like casinos as it is the closest ski resort to Reno, while Alpine Meadows is great for lovely views but does not have a huge amount to keep anyone under an advanced level interested for long.
Diamond Peaks is a good choice for families and Donner Pass is known for its huge annual snowfall.
Other, smaller ski areas include Boreal, which draws a young, fun, snowboarding crowd, and Sierra, which can make a fun day trip from one of the larger bases.
It's easiest to fly into San Francisco, from where it takes about three and a half hours by car...
Alternatively, you can take an internal flight from San Francisco to Reno, which is 60 to 90 minutes away from the Lake Tahoe resorts.
Many of the resorts around Lake Tahoe cater particularly well for more advanced skiers and snowboarders...
However, there are others that concentrate on offering beginners a good time as well.
Lake Tahoe ski holidays should not break the bank, as long as you can control yourself in the area's many casinos...
The après-ski scene in Lake Tahoe varies depending which resort you choose. South Lake Tahoe, for example, features an eclectic choice of eateries, including a great sushi restaurant called Off the Hook and Steamer's Bar & Grill - also a lively spot for après-ski. If you like a flutter, then Heavenly and Mount Rose are good places to head.
Lake Tahoe visitors who don't want to ski can get their kicks at the local casinos instead. Both Heavenly and nearby Reno have plenty to choose from. There's not so much to do if you don't like gambling, though.
Cost of living 7/10
Since winter is low season in South Lake Tahoe, there is plenty of affordable accommodation on offer. And if you stay a drive away from the lifts, you can save even more.
Lift pass deals are also available, but there's not much you can do about the cost of the flight.
Attractiveness of the resort 6/10
You might find the atmosphere in Lake Tahoe resorts a bit tacky. The mix of traditional architecture and high-rise casinos is a bit of an acquired taste too. But once you get up on the slopes you'll love the mix of forests and lake views.