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Sierra-at-Tahoe Ski Resort Guide

Sierra-at-Tahoe, United States

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForIntermediates, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Highest Lift2,700m
Resort Height2,020m
 Nearest AirportsReno Tahoe and Chico Muni
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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.


The American ski resort of Sierra-at-Tahoe is at an altitude of 2,020m.

Sierra-at-Tahoe has direct access to 46 marked pistes, served by a total of 12 ski lifts.

The ski resort itself is at 2,020m, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With ski lifts as high as 2,700m, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Sierra-at-Tahoe?

There is currently no significant snow in the 7-day forecast for Sierra-at-Tahoe.

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Ski Area Stats

Sierra-at-Tahoe Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts


Sierra-at-Tahoe Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift2,700m
Lowest Piste2,020m
Resort Altitude (Sierra-at-Tahoe)2,020m
Max Vertical680m

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Sierra-at-Tahoe
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers

Sierra-at-Tahoe Overview

Everybody, just chill is the most succinct and accurate description of Sierra-at-Tahoe. It's pretty impressive their marketing department has got it down to three words, but we're supposed to have more here.

So this is a medium sized mountain with good uplift and whilst dubbed a good intermediate mountain by those needing a blanket qualification, there are great things for experts whop bother to look to do here. The atmosphere is, well, chilled, on and off the lifts. Enjoy.


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).

Sierra-at-Tahoe offers good sking, particularly, for Expert and Intermediate skiers.


Snowboarding legend Shaun Palmer is reportedly a big fan of Sierra.

Location and Map

Where is Sierra-at-Tahoe?

This ski resort is in Lassen, California, United States.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Sierra-at-Tahoe is Reno Tahoe, 68 minutes drive away.

Chico Muni airport is also within three hours drive.

Reno Tahoe is just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.


Ski Lift Capacity

The 12 ski lifts are able to uplift 15,000 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, with 4 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Sierra-at-Tahoe open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is late November, and usual closing is Mid April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Sierra-at-Tahoe, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Sierra-at-Tahoe Tourist Office for the latest.

Talking about Sierra-at-Tahoe

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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.