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Sierra at Tahoe
Skiing & Snowboarding Resort Guide

Sierra at Tahoe is a great South Lake Tahoe ski and snowboard area. It is well known around the region for its laid back vibes, and being family friendly. Located between Kirkwood and Lake Tahoe itself, Sierra can be sometimes overlooked in favor of areas like Heavenly and Kirkwood. This helps to keep the crowds away from the more than 2,000 acre resort. The mountain offers something for every ability of skier and snowboarder, from its dedicated learning area to the experts only Huckleberry Bowl. Just follow their motto “Certified Unserious” and you’re bound to have a good time.

Mountain Overview

Sierra at Tahoe Ski and Snowboard Area

Beginner skiers and snowboarders have lots of great options when exploring Sierra at Tahoe. There is a dedicated learning area off of the Easy Rider lift for those folks making their first turns. What makes Sierra at Tahoe’s beginner terrain unique, however, is the access to the mountain’s summit and sunny backside. This lets skiers and snowboarders explore more of the mountain as their confidence rises.

Intermediate skiers and snowboarders will find the most fun riding off of the West Bowl Express chairlift and the back side El Dorado lift. The runs here are good cruisers and offer the opportunity to duck in and out of the tree to find powder stashes.

Advanced skiers and snowboarders will have a great time exploring Sierra at Tahoe’s awesome trees and glades. The Grandview area on the front of the mountain has a nice selection of well spaced trees and natural terrain features to jump off of and jib on. Depending on the snowfall, this area can be a playground of pillows and drops. The West Bowl trees can be really fun, too. Experts will hope that Huckleberry Bowl is open. This backcountry-esque area has cliffs, chutes and pillows that are fun, steep and challenging. A large base and safe avalanche conditions are needed for this area to be open, however.

Sierra at Tahoe has some of the best terrain parks in Lake Tahoe, too. With mountain ambassadors like Olympians Hannah Teter, Jamie Anderson, and Maddie Bowman it’s obvious that Sierra is a topnotch park destination.

Mountain Stats & Sieera at Tahoe Trail Map

Sierra at Tahoe Trail Map
 Total Skiable Acres 2,000 Beginner Terrain 25%
 Base Elevation6,640' Intermeidate Terrain 50%
 Summit Elevation 8,852' Advanced Terrain 25%
 Vertical Drop2,212'Average Annual Snowfall400"
Total Lifts14  

Travel Information & Directions

Located in the South Lake Tahoe region, Sierra at Tahoe is close Neighbors to Kirkwood and Heavenly. Driving, Sierra at Tahoe is 20 minutes from the town of South Lake Tahoe, 90 minutes from Reno, 90 minutes from Sacramento, and three and a half hours from the San Francisco Bay Area. Reno Tahoe is the closest airport to Sierra at Tahoe. There are many shuttle and rideshare options for skiers and snowboarders looking to go green and leave their cars at home, or who just want to get around easier. These depart from South Lake Tahoe, the San Francisco Bay area and beyond.
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Sierra at Tahoe Lodging Information

Sierra at Tahoe prides itself as “Lake Tahoe’s full-service, value oriented day use snowsports resort,” this means that there is no lodging available at the area itself. The town of South Lake Tahoe is a quick drive or shuttle away, and has many lodging options. For visiting skiers and snowboarders this is a great place to ski and visit multiple Lake Tahoe resorts.
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Local Food Picks

The on-mountain dining at Sierra at Tahoe is sure to keep skiers and snowboarders going on those long powder days. Options range from southern style BBQ to cafes and bars. These restaurants have great decks, which are the spot to be on sunny days. At the top of Grandview, the 360 Smokehouse lives up to its name with a full wraparound deck. Views from here include the advanced terrain in Huckleberry Bowl. Down at the base of West Bowl, the Baja grill has Mexican eats and a nice deck as well.
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Where to Find Lift Tickets to Sierra at Tahoe?

Sierra at Tahoe has tickets that are slightly cheaper than the window rate of nearby Lake Tahoe ski and snowboard areas. For the best price buy lift tickets online in advance, you can save up to 30%. Continuing the family friendly theme, children, young adults and seniors all receive discount Sierra at Tahoe lift tickets. The children's tickets are a particularly good deal, as well as the “Parent’s Predicament” ticket which allows parents to take turns on the slopes.
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Sierra at Tahoe Weather Information

Sierra at Tahoe has an amazing combination of weather. The ski and snowboard area sees over 400” of average annual snowfall as well as 274 days of sunshine a year. This combination is hard to beat. Powder is plentiful throughout the winter, but warm temps and sun can turn it heavy pretty quickly. Get an early start, or stick to the groomers if things get too sticky, or head to the patio for a beer!
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Sierra at Tahoe Ski Report

Sierra at Tahoe doesn’t take itself too seriously, skiers and snowboarders shouldn’t either, we’re all just sliding down snowy mountains on wooden sticks anyways. This attitude, combined with fun terrain for all ability levels means that Sierra at Tahoe is a super fun place to ride. For visitors to South Lake Tahoe, Sierra is a must do.

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