If you’re going to Tahoe to ski at Alpine Meadows, you’ll quickly learn there is no on-site lodging at the ski area. The closest big hotels are in Squaw, 10 minutes away, or Tahoe City, 15 minutes away. But, locals know the closest lodging to the lifts is the Stanford Alpine Chalet, a cozy bed-and-breakfast with 14 rooms, an outdoor hot tub and a free, two-minute shuttle to the ski area. Book a room here if you want a quiet, charming place to stay nestled right at the base of the mountains. You’ll need to drive to Squaw or Tahoe for dinners, but they serve tasty home-cooked breakfasts—like pancakes and scrambled eggs with bacon. [from $99; www.stanfordalpinechalet.com]
The closest lodging to Alpine Meadows Ski Area.