Homewood Ski Area, California

Homewood is nothing fancy, like its name. But the views are life fulfilling, called “the gem of Lake Tahoe”.

Ski Homewood is a bargain compared to other Lake Tahoe ski areas. Once you discover Homewood, like the locals, you will feel at home. The slopes are gentle, and so are the deals like day tickets under $100. Homewood earns a top spot among our Retro Western Ski Areas for families. Stay tuned as recent proposal is to make Homewood a semi-private ski resort. This would eliminate day tickets, and season passes would be restricted to owners of Homewood residences and designated local HOAs.

Homewood reports a 40% decline in skier visit and a 60% drop in passholders since other Tahoe ski areas joined the popular EPIC PassNorthstar, Kirkwood and Heavenly, and IKON Palisades Tahoe (formerly Squaw Valley). Little Homewood can’t compete, but recognizes a niche opportunity for an exclusive, limited private ski area model like Yellowstone Club in Montana, and Hermitage Club in Vermont.

Homewood is super friendly, and the views of Lake Tahoe are superb as you ski down toward the blue water. There are big plans for Homewood, including a mountainside hotel and new lifts an trails, stay tuned. Homewood also offers 750 acres of back country guided snow cat terrain.

Homewood is a great Lake Tahoe ski area to visit on big holidays (when Palisades Tahoe, Northstar and Heavenly are busy) and on windy weather days, as they don’t get the crowds and their lifts are low profile. If you are staying at South Lake Tahoe near Heavenly, you can take a Lake shuttle to reach Homewood and end the day with an après ski cruise across the beautiful Lake back.

Homewood Stats:
8 lifts, 67 runs
1,650 vertical
1,260 acres plus 750 acres of back country guided snow cat terrain