Sierra at Tahoe
Sitting on the western edge of the Lake Tahoe California's Sierra Nevada mountains, Sierra at Tahoe is first in line for the fresh snow that blows in over the valley. With surrounding peaks hitting ten thousand feet, the snow is dry and abundant. For accomplished skiers and riders, so much snowfall means that there are acres and acres (over 2000) to explore. From tree skiing the Red Fir trees, to the innumerable steep lines through Jack's Bowl and the rock drops of Avalanche Bowl, off-piste exploring doesn't get any better than this. To the delight of skiers and boarders, in 2009 access was added to Huckleberry Canyon, a buffet of cornice drops, rock chutes, gladed runs, and snow pillows a go-go. Accessed via five gates from the top of Grandview Express, Huckleberry Canyon will prove to be a cornucopia of delight during fresh snow. continued below ↓
Not to be left out, novice and intermediate skiers will find over 70% of the mountain groomed each night. A carver's paradise, the fresh corduroy makes learning to ski or ride a cinch. With over 2000 feet of vertical, it's possible to hit it all with a killer run from the top of Grandview Express to the bottom of Lakeview Express – a thigh burner for sure. Families with kids, love the adventure zones: Teepee Town, Pony Express, Gold Rush, and the Bear Cave.
And freeriding? Freeriding is big at Sierra at Tahoe. Named as a Top 10 by 2010 TransWorld SNOWboarding Readers Poll, Sierra's parks are top notch. With a 24-7 Park Crew, the box and rail lines are fresh, with lots of attention to the take-offs and landings. It's not unusual to see Olympic hopefuls Hannah and Elijah Teter cruising the park. Always at the forefront of park design, it's no wonder locals call Sierra at Tahoe their "stomping" ground.