21. Lake Tahoe, Nevada
Why to go: The Sierra Nevada mountains don’t quite compare to its neighbors in terms of height, but Lake Tahoe’s average four feet of powder and 300-plus sunny days a year, is all you need for a successful ski weekend. On the south side of the lake, Heavenly Ski Resort offers 4,800 acres full of tree-lined, off-the-grid terrain, as well as wide-open groomed runs, and panoramic lake views. Even cooler: You can actually ski two states in one day. And with its proximity to Las Vegas, you know the nightlife here takes après-ski to the next level.
Where to stay: A modern take on a ski lodge, Basecamp has expected perks, like hot tubs and fire pits, plus fun communal amenities, including family-style meals and an on-site beer garden with pours from Outpost Brewing Co. It’s also walking distance from the Heavenly gondola.
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