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Sierra-at-Tahoe Ski & Snowboard Resort


Sierra-at-Tahoe ResortSierra-at-Tahoe Resort is the first major resort up U.S. Highway 50 and the closest major resort to Sacramento and the Bay Area. This ski and snowboard resort has a friendly attitude and is committed to exceeding their visitors' expectations of a good time.

Sierra has 2,000 acres of varied terrain. The base elevation is 6,640 feet and the summit is 8,852 feet, making for a vertical drop of 2,212 feet. The average seasonal snowfall is 480 inches.

Twelve lifts, including three express quads, will transport you to 46 slopes and trails on three areas of the mountain. Slope difficulty is 25% easier, 50% more difficult and 25% most difficult. The longest run is 2.5 miles and is on easier terrain.

Many advanced level skiers and riders classify Sierra as an intermediate mountain. However, Sierra is changing that image by leading out of town visitors to a previously unmarked "most difficult" area. Updated trail maps and on-mountain signs now point the way to the steep chutes and cliffs of Avalanche Bowl, located in the center of the resort. This area is for high level skiers and snowboarders only.

Snowboarding at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort

There are three terrain parks and two halfpipes, including a Superpipe, at Sierra. The entire mountain at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort is open to snowboarders.

 

Telemark and Backcountry Center
Take the road less traveled this season by trying out a pair of telemark skis or snowshoes at Sierras new Telemark and Backcountry Center. The Center provides telemark ski and snowshoe rentals, instruction and guided tours. There will be two types of guided telemark tours offered: all-mountain and backcountry terrain. The all-mountain tours are open to all ability levels while the backcountry tours are reserved for advanced/expert skiers and include avalanche education and awareness. Guided snowshoe tours will be offered on Sierra-at-Tahoe's three miles of groomed trails that wind through scenic hideaways and pristine alpine terrain. Guides will identify local wildlife and cover natural history of the Sierra Nevada.
 
Sit Back, Relax and Enjoy the Ride; New West Slope Shuttle
Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort takes the adventure out of getting to the resort with the new West Slope shuttle. This bus allows guests to relax while they enjoy the scenic ride through the Sierra Nevada in comfort. The shuttle will offer round-trip transportation to the resort on weekends and holidays from Rancho Cordova, Folsom and Placerville. Round-trip fare costs $19 and includes a $10 discount voucher on a daily lift ticket purchase to Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort. Shuttle will arrive at Sierra-at-Tahoe at 8:30 a.m. and depart at 4:15 p.m.
 
Preferred Parking
Time is of the essence on a powder day. The newly expanded preferred parking area gets skiers and riders out of the car quicker and onto the slopes for first tracks. At days end, the short walk to the car will be a welcome treat that even the fittest quadriceps will appreciate after a full day on the slopes. There is a fee required to park in the lot.
 
Get in the Zone - Freestyle Lessons for Skiers & Snowboarders
Sierra-at-Tahoe will offer beginning freestyle lessons for both skiers and snowboarders in a mini terrain park called the Fun Zone this season. Lessons will cover how to conquer jumps, rails and other man made terrain features found on the hill.
 
Beach Meets West at the West Bowl Smokehouse Barbecue
Long known as the best place on the mountain to ski, this season the West Bowl will offer more enticing reasons to spend the day there. The West Bowl Smokehouse Barbecue offers the best mesquite tri-tip and ribs this side of Texas. Between the cocktail waitress in chaps, a full bar that Doc Holiday would approve of and the smell of hickory in the air, it may seem like the OK Corral but the beach chairs on the snow and the reggae tunes give the Wild West that true California style.
 
Jib Mania at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort
Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort continues to build on its reputation for offering innovative freestyle terrain by adding to the mix a fleet of shaped rails and funboxes to its multiple terrain parks and jib gardens speckling the mountain. Designed by Master Terrain Park Designers Chris Gunnarson and Josh Chauvet, the new jibs will enhance an already top-notch park & pipe experience. Gunnarsons expertise and guidance have been used to lead high profile, professional snowboard events worldwide including the ESPN Winter X Games, World Championships of Snowboarding, and the Burton European Open. Founders of Snow Park Technologies, Gunnarson and Chauvet recently relocated to Tahoe to take a more hands-on approach to Booth Creeks Tahoe resorts. They will work alongside terrain park manager Scotty Ensminger and a high-caliber grooming staff to ensure Sierras freestyle terrain stands out among the rest.
 
Backcountry Tours
The minute you catch a glimpse of the majestic terrain that awaits beyond the ridgeline at Grandview, youll know that a backcountry tour is a necessary indulgence. Five backcountry gates provide access to old-growth forests and some of the steepest terrain found on the South Shore. The cost for a 3 ½ hour backcountry tour is $25 in addition to a lift ticket purchase. Tours are led by professional ski patrol staff and include a briefing on safety procedures and proper use of avalanche transceivers. Reservations are required. Backcountry tours are for advanced skiers and snowboarders. Each registered person must participate in a skills assessment test to determine proficiency.
 
PUV Pizza Utility Vehicles
As the oasis appears in the Sahara to quench the thirst of a dreary traveler, so, too, does the Sierra-at-Tahoe PUV. It delivers the extra energy you need to pull the other ski boot off. Its the Pizza Utility Vehicle. Yup, buzzing around the parking lot is the new PUV stocked with piping hot pizzas for the road. Happy tummies, happy kids, happy drive home.
 
Tubing Hill with Lift
Guests will have great fun playing for an hour or two on the Tubing Hill. The snowtubing hill is accessible by lift for all ages, including families with young children. Sierra rents snowplay clothing for visitors from warmer climates, so you will have no reason to resist the tubing urge!
 
Ski Instruction and Equipment Rentals
The Get Good Quick Center offers something for everyone, ages 13+. Choose from a variety of clinics. The Private, Introductory, Refresher, Breakthrough and Vertical Improvement Clinics help you learn as you enjoy the mountain in a relaxed, fun-filled atmosphere. The daily Vertical Improvement Clinics are FREE! Sierra's well-stocked ski and snowboard equipment Rental Shop gets you out on the slopes fast!
 
Mountain Lodge and Restaurants
Sierra's base lodge offers a variety of dining options. In addition, there is a restaurant at the Summit and a snack shop with picnic tables in the West Bowl. Skiers and riders can carbo load and regroup at any of these facilities.
 

Wild Mountain Children's Center
The Wild Mountain Ski and Snowboard Camp continues to enjoy an increase in students with each new season. To accommodate the growth, Sierra has two outdoor learning areas with a surface lift. These areas facilitate the Snowboard Camp. Ski Camp is for kids ages 4-12. Snowboard Camp is for kids ages 7-12. Choose from private clinics or full-day, morning and afternoon group sessions.
 

Dyno-Tykes Day Care Center
This state-licensed facility provides all-day supervision and activities for kids ages 18 months - 5 years. The center offers full-day and morning programs that include indoor and outdoor activities, snacks and lunch. Afternoon programs include indoor and outdoor activities and snacks. For ages 4-5, add in a half-day of Ski Camp that includes a lift ticket and equipment.
 
   
COOL FACTS
SKIING
LIFTS
12
RUNS
46
ACRES
2000
VERTICAL DROP
2212
SUMMIT EL
8852
BASE EL
6640
LONGEST RUN
2.5 mi
AVG SNOWFALL
480"
MACHINE-MADE SNOWFALL
YES
TERRAIN
 
% BEGINNER
25%
% INTERMEDIATE
50%
% ADV / EXPERT
25%
   
SNOWBOARDING
PERMITTED
YES
OPEN MOUNTAIN
YES
RESTRICTED
NO
SNOWPARKS & TERRAIN PARKS
YES
 
  Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort Mountain Trail Map
Mountain Trail Map, Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort

Hours
Once the lifts are running, Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort is open for skiing Saturday, Sunday and Holidays between  8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Ticket Sales
Tickets go on sale daily, one-half hour prior to lift operations. Half-day tickets go on sale at 12:30 p.m.

Pricing
Sierra-at-Tahoe provides a wide variety of ticket programs and options to fit your vacation plans. There is sure to be a ticket option just right for you.

Information
530-659-7453

24-hour Snow Phone
530-659-7475


Equipment Rentals
Ski and snowboard equipment rentals on-site.
 
Ski Shuttle System
Complimentary shuttle bus originating from South Lake Tahoe.  

Route Information
530-541-7548


Physical Address
Sierra-at-Tahoe
1111 Sierra-at-Tahoe Road
Twin Bridges, CA  95735

Main Number
530-659-7453


Directions

By Plane:
Frequent commercial service by most major and regional carriers to
Reno-Tahoe International Airport.


All-Weather Highway Access:

From Reno to South Lake Tahoe
U.S. HWY 395 south To U.S. HWY 50 west
58 miles, 1.25 hours

From South Lake Tahoe
U.S. HWY 50 west over Echo Summit.Turn left onto Sierra-at-Tahoe Road.
12 miles, just minutes!

From San Francisco
I-80 east to Sacramento, then U.S. HWY 50 east, 45 miles past Placerville on the right.
3.5 hours

From Sacramento
U.S. HWY 50 east, Sierra-at-Tahoe Road is 45 miles past Placerville, on the right.
1.5 hours to Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort.

 

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