Acres: 4,800 | Vertical: 3,500’ | Snowfall: 360” | skiheavenly.com
At California’s largest resort, the m.o. is to ski all day and party. But Bay Area techies need to work, too. This season the resort partners with Tahoe Mountain Lab to create a tech workspace with muscled-up Wi-Fi and charging stations. Ski some pow, conference in on a Skype meeting if you must, then check out the newly amped up après scene at Unbuckle, a Vegas-style party with professional dancers.
Can’t-Miss Run: “In late January or early February when it’s really cold, you should hit California Trail and cut into Maggie’s Canyon,” says Molly Novasel, a software consultant who lives at the base. “It’s deep and beautiful, with no one there.”
Resort Bite: The East Peak Lodge at 8,625 feet serves burgers and laughs while you sit in Adirondack chairs and watch skiers get kicked into the backseat by the bumps on Little Dipper.
Stay an Extra Day: Drive 20 miles south to Genoa for a soak at David Walley’s Hot Springs Resort, where you’ll find five natural springs, two swimming pools, and billiards. —Tim Neville
From the Early Winter 2016 issue.