The Ultimate Guide to Snowboarding in Lake Tahoe

Discover the best snowboarding in Lake Tahoe. From iconic resorts like Northstar, Heavenly, and Kirkwood, find the your favorite places to go snowboarding

Joe Reed Snowboard Power Big Chief Bowl at Stevens Pass

Lake Tahoe: Where Snowboarding Dreams Live


Straddling the border of California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe is a destination for snowboarders worldwide.

In addition to stunning scenery, the Lake Tahoe area gets 300 to 500 inches of snow annually, creating perfect conditions for laying down tracks all season long—which is an exceptionally long season. From first-timers to canyon shredders, there’s something for riders of all levels.

While many resorts have beginner-focused lessons, there is also plenty of terrain for riders of all levels, like the legendary Mott and Killebrew Canyons at Heavenly, or The Wall at Kirkwood.


Northstar California: A Snowboarder's Playground

Northstar California stands out with its village-like ambiance, with a modern twist. The mountain provides plenty of room for adventure, with 3,170 acres of terrain, over 100 trails, all accessible by 20 chairlifts.

Rated #2 Best Terrain Park in North America by TransWorld Snowboarding, the resort is known for its well-groomed runs and impressive terrain parks—making it ideal for everything from family’s first time to serious shred fests for experts.

Northstar's Snowboard Academy, offers snowboarding lessons for riders of all levels. 


Heavenly Mountain Resort: Boarding with a View

Located on the border of California and Nevada in South Lake Tahoe, Heavenly Mountain Resort is a snowboarder’s paradise.

Known for its varied terrain, incredible views and expansive slopes, Heavenly covers over 4,800 acres, serviced by 28 lifts—including high-speed gondolas. This includes Ridge Run, known for the longest stretch of lake views, perfect for the advanced-beginner / intermediate riders. While Heavenly is known for its long and challenging runs, there’s plenty of room to learn as well.

The Heavenly Ski & Ride School is known for turning beginners into lifelong snowboarders. In addition, Heavenly hosts an après-ski scene known well beyond the Lake Tahoe area. While live music is often, you are sure to find big mountain vibes every day of the week


Kirkwood Mountain Resort: Off the Beaten Path

Kirkwood, located south of Lake Tahoe, is highly regarded among snowboarders for its distinctive terrain, deep powder, and less crowded slopes. Its high elevation and relaxed atmosphere make it a favorite for boarders and skiers alike.

Standing at an impressive 9,800 feet, with over 2,300 acres of terrain and 65 trails, the resort is also known for its exceptional grooming, powder snow, and amazing views. Kirkwood's terrain is known for its challenging aspects, with approximately 12% beginner, 30% intermediate, and 58% advanced trails.

The mountain is known for its side-country zones—resort-accessible, backcountry-like conditions—that make it some of the best powder and tree skiing in the Tahoe region.

Whether you’re ready to shred the side-country, or learn to turn on the bunny hill, Kirkwood Ski & Ride School is the place to take your snowboarding to the next level. Their expert instructors focus on both technique and mountain safety. 


Something for Every Rider


Each of these resorts offers their own Lake Tahoe experience.  Northstar, with its family-friendly vibes and top-tier terrain parks. Heavenly, on the other hand, is a little more grandeur, with its majestic runs and stunning views. And of course, Kirkwood for more low-key retreat, focusing on natural beauty and a wide range of trails.

Whether you're carving your first line or looking for a challenge, the Lake Tahoe region is a must-visit destination for snowboarders.