THE MOUNTAIN IS WHAT REALLY MATTERS
At the end of the day, it’s Sierra-at-Tahoe terrain that keeps you coming back for more
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – For generations, Northern California skiers and snowboarders have found a winter home at Sierra-at-Tahoe, a 2,000 acre day resort just outside of South Lake Tahoe. Why? Because for generations, Sierra has offered a home-away-from-home for winter enthusiasts who are looking to get back to the real thing. Sierra loyalists don’t want fancy shops or fine-dining on the mountain. They want snow – and lots of it. They want steeps and trees and terrain parks. Maybe a beer at the end the day. That is what Sierra delivers.
Sierra-at-Tahoe is located right on the western edge of the Sierra Nevada mountains, which not only makes it the closest major resort to Sacramento and the Bay Area, but also positions it perfectly to receive generous snowfall from the storms that come in off the Pacific Ocean, dry out as they cross the Central Valley, and then slam into the 10,000 foot peaks surrounding Lake Tahoe. These storms deliver an annual average of 400+ inches of snowfall. Sierra’s north-facing slopes keep the snow in great condition days after a storm while wind-protected lifts enable skiers and riders to access that snow even on stormy days. Minimal snowmaking means that the surface conditions stay smooth and soft rather than becoming hard and chunky.
For expert skiers and riders, so much snowfall each winter means there are acres and acres of perfectly spaced old-growth Red Fir trees to explore. With innumerable steep lines through Jack’s Bowl and mandatory rock drops in Avalanche Bowl, off-piste skiers and riders find Sierra a powder paradise. Huckleberry Canyon, which incorporated inside the resort’s boundary line just a few seasons ago, is a buffet of cornice drops, rock chutes, gladed runs, and snow pillows just begging to be slashed. Lauded by Tahoe locals as some of the steepest and deepest terrain in the Tahoe area, Huckleberry Canyon is accessible via five gates from the top of Grandview Express.
Trees aren’t your thing? Don’t worry – Sierra-at-Tahoe puts its heart and soul into grooming each night. Aiming to groom 70 percent of the open trails each night, including two high-angle, black diamond trails, Sierra Resort is a carver’s paradise. The grooming crew also lays down corduroy on 100 percent of the beginner trails each night, creating a carpet of smooth, carvable snow that makes learning to ski or snowboard feel like cutting cold butter with a warm knife. Each morning, three Groomer’s Choice runs (one for each ability level) are selected so skiers and riders always know where to go to find those perfect lines.
Sierra-at-Tahoe is home to some of the nation’s most cutting edge terrain parks and is consistently named by TransWorld SNOWboarding as a Top 10 Overall Resort and Top 10 Park resort. A 24-7 Park Crew keeps the jump, box, and rail lines fresh and the take-offs and landings manicured. The nationally recognized Superpipe is fun for beginners who just like to ride the walls, intermediates playing with getting a little air, and experts who are perfecting that new trick.
With so much mountain to play with, easy access from Highway 50, and a relaxing, friendly vibe from the parking lots to the hidden stashes, it’s no secret with Sierra Resort has been the locals favorite since 1946.
With 400+ inches of average annual snowfall, wind-protected slopes, incredible tree skiing, and 320 acres of backcountry terrain out the Huckleberry Gates, Sierra-at-Tahoe is the epitome of the authentic California ski experience. For beginner skiers and riders, Sierra offers over 100 acres of dedicated learning terrain, four beginner-only conveyor lifts and PSIA Certified Instructors. Sierra is the place to learn skiing or riding in Lake Tahoe. For freestylers, a commitment to innovative terrain parks has led to Sierra being recognized by TransWorld SNOWboarding as the #1 Best Value and a Top 10 Overall Resort as well as among the Top 10 Best Parks and Pipes in the nation. Sierra-at-Tahoe embraces skiers and snowboarders who want to escape from everyday life and enjoy the simple pleasure of winter in the mountains.
It’s all about the mountain
- 2,000 Acres
- 2,212’ Vertical Rise
- 8,852’ Top Elevation
- 6,640’ Bottom Elevation
- 46 Trails
- 25% Easier
- 50% More Difficult
- 25% Most Difficult
- Longest Run: Sugar n’ Spice – 2.5 miles from the top of the mountain
- 5 Gates access Huckleberry Canyon backcountry
- 3 Express Quad Chair Lifts
- 5 Double Chair Lifts
- 1 Triple Chair Lift
- 5 Surface Lifts
- 6 Terrain Parks – Small, Medium, and Large
- Burton Progression Park
- Smokey Boarder X
- TransWorld SNOWboarding Top 10-rated Halfpipe
- 4 Adventure Zones – just for kids
- Blizzard Mountain with 2 lift accessed tubing hills and a snowplay area
- Snowshoe trails – 3 miles