Gold Panning at the South Fork of the American River -- Coloma, CA

Rent a pan or bring your own. There is an area just across the river from Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park where you can settle in and try your luck. If Rodney is around, he is a fixture in the park, you might be lucky enough to get a lesson in gold panning from him.

Whitewater rafting on the South Fork of the American River, Coloma, CA

The South Fork of the American River has been referred to as the best rafting in the country. The guides are well trained and provide every safety possible if you choose to participate in one of the most exciting outdoor adventures available anywhere.

Wine Tasting

There are over fifty wineries throughout the county in the areas of Gold Hill, Apple Hill, Camino, Pleasant Valley and Fair Play. Enjoy Barbera, Zinfandel, Shiraz, and many other fine varieties as well as the great hospitality extended by our vintners. There is also a group of wineries in the Apple Hill area known as the Apple Hill Wine Trail.

Apple Hill

Over fifty farms and ranches provide farm fresh fruit and vegetables, baked and canned goods, and crafts and entertainment. Apples are their claim to fame but there is much more to see and do in the beautiful El Dorado countryside. Their high season is from early September to December but some farms are open year round.


Sierra At Tahoe, Twin Bridges and Heavenly Ski Resort in South Lake Tahoe offer world class skiing, snowboarding and winter sports in a world-renowned location.

Heavenly Mountain Ski Resort

Heavenly is located on the south shore of Lake Tahoe. The resort straddles two states with 50% of the terrain in Nevada and another 50% in California. Heavenly has four base lodges; Stagecoach and Boulder Lodges in Nevada; and the California Lodge and the Gondola at Heavenly Village one block west of the Stateline.

Ski and Snowboard Lift Hours of Operation:

  • Monday - Friday: 9:00AM - 4:00PM
    Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays: 8:30AM - 4:00PM

Heavenly's winter season generally begins in mid-November and runs into early May.

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Sierra at Tahoe

Sierra-at-Tahoe has grown to be one of Lake Tahoe's largest ski resorts with over 2,000 skiable acres, serviced by ten chairlifts, including three express quads. Sierra has been providing fantastic skiing and riding for people right here in our backyard and many whom travel from faraway. In addition to providing great skiing and riding, Sierra also is commitment to our environment, because we know that its health is key to our success.


  • Mid November through mid April
    (conditions permitting opening and closing dates)

Operating Hours

  • Weekends & Peak Periods: 8:30am – 4pm
  • Weekdays: 9am – 4pm
  • Tubing hours: 11am - 4pm, 7 days a week
    (snow and weather conditions permitting)
  • Call 530.659.7475 for lift status

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Homewood Mountain Resort

Homewood Mountain Resort holds a special place in the hearts of skiers who have experienced its extraordinary views. You won't believe your eyes... stellar views of the lake that will take your breath away... unbelievable terrain, groomed boulevards, shaded forest runs, hidden powder stashes, friendly faces... and our new Mid-Mountain Pavilion where you can satisfy all the senses.

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Kirkwood Ski Resort

Kirkwood is the most balanced resort in the Tahoe region. It has one of the best learning areas in the country; several gentle runs off to one side, away from the main traffic, are served by their own lifts. Kirkwood will thrill any expert, even super-expert, with its steeps and dozens of chutes. And it offers great terrain for all ability levels between those extremes. The only complaint we've ever heard about Kirkwood is its slow lifts.

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Resort Lift Ticket* Ski Terrain Beg. Int. Adv.
1 Heavenly Ski Resort
(800) 2-Heaven
$72* 30 Lifts, 91 Trails, 4800 Acres 20% 45% 35%
2 Kirkwood Ski Resort
(800) 967-7500
$67* 12 Lifts, 65 Trails, 2300 Acres 15% 50% 35%
3 Sierra at Tahoe
(530) 659-7453
$61* 12 Lifts, 46 Trails, 2000 Acres 25% 50% 25%
Resort Lift Ticket* Ski Terrain Beg. Int. Adv.
4 Alpine Meadows
(800) 441-4423
$46* 14 Lifts, 100+ Trails, 2500 Acres 25% 40% 35%
5 Boreal Ridge
(530) 426-3666
$42* 11 Lifts, 41 Trails, 380 Acres 30% 55% 15%
6 Diamond Peak
(775) 832-1177
$46* 6 Lifts, 30 Trails, 655 Acres 18% 46% 36%
7 Donner Ski Ranch
(530) 426-3635
$38* 6 Lifts, 40 Trails, 435 Acres 25% 50% 25%
8 Granlibakken
(530) 583-4242
$20* 1 Lifts, 1 Trail 40% 60% -
9 Mt. Rose
(800) Ski-Rose
$58* 8 Lifts, 60+ Trails, 1200+ Acres 20% 30% 50%
10 Northstar at Tahoe
(800) Go-North
$67* 17 Lifts, 70 Trails, 2420 Acres 25% 50% 25%
11 Ski Homewood
(530) 525-2992
$45* 8 Lifts, 56 Trails, 1260 Acres 15% 50% 35%
12 Soda Springs
(530) 426-1010
$25* 2 Lifts, 16 Trails, 200 Acres 30% 50% 20%
13 Squaw Valley USA
(800) 545-4350
$69* 33 Lifts, 4000 Acres 25% 45% 30%
14 Sugar Bowl
(530) 426-3651
$50* 10 Lifts, 78 Trails, 1500 Acres 17% 43% 40%
15 Tahoe Donner
(530) 587-9444
$34* 3 Lifts, 14 Trails, 120 Acres 40% 60% -
* Prices reflect adult lift ticket prices for full day, weekends, and during peak season. Holiday, mid week and half day rates may vary. Prices are subject to change. Information deemed reliable but not guaranteed.
Resort Phone Trails Trail KM
16 Camp Richardson Resort (530) 542-6584 - 35
17 Hope Valley (530) 694-2266 - 120
2 Kirkwood Ski Resort (209) 258-7248 - 80
18 Spooner Lake (east shore) (775) 749-5349 21 101
Resort Phone Trails Trail KM
19 Clair Tappaan Lodge (530) 426-3632 - 12
20 Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area (530) 583-5475 14 65
10 Northstar at Tahoe
(800) Go-North - 50
21 Royal Gorge Cross-Country
Ski Resort
(530) 426-3871 88 328
18 Spooner Lake (east shore) (775) 749-5349 21 101
13 Squaw Creek Nordic (530) 583-6300 11 18
15 Tahoe Donner Cross Country
(530) 587-9484 37 85

Lake Tahoe

The lake, hiking, camping, boating, accommodations, dining and entertainment. It's all here for your enjoyment.

Farmer's Markets

Late spring to early fall -- South Lake Tahoe, El Dorado Hills, Cameron Park/Shingle Springs, Folsom and Placerville.

Christmas Trees

Many farms and varieties of trees to choose from. Over 30 farms throughout the county and many of the farms have saws and all have care instructions.

Micro Breweries

Three to choose from or visit them all in the areas of Gold Hill, Apple Hill and Placerville.
Gold Hill Brewery --
Jack Russell Brewing Company --
Placerville Brewing Company --

Golf Courses

The mild climate on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada range makes golf a favorite year-round sport. There are several courses to choose from in the area. -- Golf course listings

Olive Oil

El Dorado County is home to two world-class olive oil companies, Gold Hill Olive Oil Company and Winterhill. Come out to El Dorado County to relax, taste and enjoy.

Wagon Train

Come Ride with California & Nevada's Oldest, Authentic and Historic Wagon Train. Visit or call 530.644.3761.


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