Sierra-at-Tahoe - Ski Resort and Snow Summary
Sierra-at-Tahoe - American Ski Resort (2020m to 2700m)
One of the closest ski areas to the major West Coast conurbations with no mountain passes to negotiate to reach it (San Francisco 3.5 hours, Sacramento 83 miles). A free bus service operates from the lakeside.
Key Facts for Sierra-at-Tahoe
The American ski resort of Sierra-at-Tahoe has direct access to 46 individual pistes, served by 12 ski lifts.
The ski resort itself is above 1500m, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With pistes above 2500 metres, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.
Snowmaking :- Sierra-at-Tahoe is able to augment natural snow, with 4 Snow Cannons.
Ski Lift Capacity :- The 12 Ski Lifts of Sierra-at-Tahoe are able to uplift 15,000 skiers / snowboarders per hour.
There is an airport within two hours drive, so ski weekends, snowboard breaks and short ski holidays to Sierra-at-Tahoe are perfectly feasible. Reno Tahoe Airport is just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.
Skiing in Sierra-at-Tahoe
Sierra has around 50 trails spread across Huckleberry Mountain and West Bowl, they divide up about a quarter easy, a quarter difficult and a half intermediate. High speed quads cut deep in to all corners of the terrain so its easy and efficient to get around. There are spectacular views northward to the Tahoe lake from the top of the lifts and after breathing that in, advanced skiers can descend the explosively exciting Dynamite trail. Preacher's Passion, which descends on the other side of the Sensation Quad, is equally worthwhile. For something a little longer there's the 4km (two and a quarter mile) long Academy trail. Sierra also offers Learn To Fly lessons courtesy of US National Freestyle Mogul Skiing Champion Travis Ramos. He leads special clinics giving you the opportunity to learn to fly in the park, over any terrain, and out of the halfpipe. The resort participates in the multi resort international Ski Lake Tahoe ticket available through some UK tour operators before you leave.
Sierra operates five magical Backcountry Gates passing through which takes you from the world of conventional skiing and in to a land containing some of the best tree skiing in Tahoe and the biggest steeps Sierra has to offer, all within the gorgeous solitude of the Sierra Nevada. Backcountry tours are available for only $25 (About £15) and include three and a half hours of emergency training and breath-taking, thigh-burning jaunts through the best of the hidden Sierra. All guides are professional patrollers and are Level 1 avalanche certified. Group sizes are minimum two, maximum six people, all of whom must be advanced or expert level (You'll be tested on that before you're allowed through the gate).
Snowboarding in Sierra-at-Tahoe
Snowboarding legend Shaun Palmer is reportedly a big fan of Sierra.
Sierra-at-Tahoe Aprés Ski
The main place locally is the Sierra Pub in the base lodge, this serves you pizza, sandwiches and even infamous nachos to accompany a fine selection of micro brew beers, oh and there's wine. Beyond this local attraction it's best to head for the bright lights of South Lake Tahoe with its hundreds of bars and restaurants. You'll find a good mix of night sports within the Caesar's and Harvey's casinos a few feet over the state line in to Nevada.
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Sierra-at-Tahoe in brief
Sierra-at-Tahoe Ski Resort is:
Ok for Expert Skiers.
Good for Intermediate Skiers.
Ok for Beginners.
Very good for Snowboarding.
Sierra-at-Tahoe Season Dates
We do not have a confirmed opening date for Sierra-at-Tahoe.
NOTE:- Opening subject to Snow Conditions in Sierra-at-Tahoe.