Since its inception in 1946, Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort has grown into its role as one of Lake Tahoe's largest resort areas. Sierra-at-Tahoe features 14 chairlifts that access 2,000 acres of skiable terrain and 2,212 feet of vertical. The resort also provides five backcountry access gates into Huckleberry Canyon. The resort provides a wide range of restaurants, shops, bars and more. The South Shore of Lake Tahoe also offers plentiful lodging options for guests.
The 46 available trails average 400 inches of snow per year. Blizzard Mountain provides tubing hills and sledding and snow play areas. In addition, visitors will find three miles of snowshoe trails.
Located in the Eldorado National Forest, Sierra-at-Tahoe is located fairly close to many airports: Reno-Tahoe International Airport (75 miles), Sacramento International Airport (98 miles), Oakland International Airport (175 miles) and San Francisco International Airport (181 miles).
There are many shuttles and rideshare options to get to the resort. The drive to the resort also offers you the opportunity for many beautiful sites, including mountain ranges, rivers and the largest alpine lake in North America.
The 46 runs at Sierra-at-Tahoe Ski Resort break out as follows: 25% beginner, 50% intermediate and 25% advanced. All these are serviced by 14 chairlifts, including 3 high-speed quads: Easy Rider, West Bowl Express and Grandview. With a top elevation of 8,852 feet, the resort offers 2,212 feet of vertical drop. The base elevation is 6,640 feet. The longest run at the resort is two and a half miles (Sugar ‘n Spice).
With 480 inches of snowfall, there’s only a limited amount of snowmaking done on the resort. The more adventurous crowd can take advantage of the six terrain parks: Broadway Park (small to medium size features), Upper Snowshoe (intermediate freestyle), Burton Progression (beginner and freestyle skiers), Upper Main (small to medium rail features and jumps), Bashful (medium to large features, including jump lines, rails, pole jams, etc.) and The Alley (freestyle skiing and small and medium features). There are also five gates that provide access to Huckleberry Canyon backcountry.
Boarders should definitely take a run on the top-rated halfpipe located off the Rock Garden lift. Or, race your friends down the hill at the BoarderX course, which is off Grandview Express and El Dorado lifts.
At the resort, there are ski shops, rentals and a free shuttle service from three main shuttle hubs in South Lake Tahoe. Childcare is available for children ages 18 months to 5 years old. Barton Memorial Hospital is 15 miles away. At the main lodge, you can find ski rental and repair services. Cross country rental and repair is also available nearby.
Sierra-at-Tahoe is known for being a family-friendly ski resort, which makes it perfect for kids of any age. There’s also a ski school for people of all abilities. Children's snow school for ages four to six. Children four and under ski for free. If you want to extend your ski vacation, you can easily access Heavenly and Kirkwood resorts.
If you want to expedite your time, buy your tickets and/or season passes in town before even going to the mountain. If it’s a busy weekend, get to the resort early, or you might not find parking. You should also head out before 3:00 pm. If not, go to one of the local après locations, and wait out the rush with happy hour specials.