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Sierra Tahoe – Ski Resort Review

Written By: Lola Grey - Jan• 27•11

Atmosphere:  Here is where the local pros all gather to board.  Nestled at the base of the mountain are a few lodges where snow boarders and skier hangout out with ice cold beers and catch their breath.  This mountain is extreme fun.  The crowd is mostly 20-40’s and there are a lot less kids here than at Heavenly mountain.  You also won’t find as many newbie’s on the weekdays, this is the spot to come for even the most advanced.  The hills are steep and the runs are long, winding through beautiful woods.  If you like lots of tree skiing, this is your place.  Sierra Tahoe is a warm, friendly mountain with a touch of party to it.  Enjoy!

Neighborhood: 

South Lake Tahoe, CA. (winter)

Heavenly Ski Resort is the main attraction in winter for this area.  Thousands of people a year flock to its hills for breathtaking views of the lake.  Although this is a premier spot for skiers, it lacks runs and parks for people looking to ride.  For those of us that keep our feet on a board lets hop on over to Sierra Tahoe for the day.  Sierra Tahoe is an easy drive from San Fran, Sacramento, Lake Tahoe, and Reno.  It’s located just 12 miles west of Lake Tahoe in the Alpine forest.  There is not much to say about the surrounding area because there is not much here.  The nearest lodge is 12 miles away, so to say this is a hidden little gem is an understatement.  You won’t find hotels, restraints, or many tourists out this way.  What you will find is one of the best backwoods mountains around!

Price range:  $$ ($61/half day -$71 full day)  there are many package deals to pick from if you plan on staying more than one day  http://www.sierraattahoe.com/tickets-passes/lift-ticket-rates 

Editorial profile:  What started as one locals dream to open a ski resort called “The Ranch” has grown into one of Lake Tahoe’s largest ski resorts.  There are over 2,000 skiable acres and ten chairlifts taking you to a top elevation of 8,852 feet.  It’s a no nonsense resort that gets straight to the point with a condensed bases and LOTS of well maintained mountain.  They have lessons and runs set up for people who are just learning so no matter what your skill level you’ll been well taken care of.  Take a browse through their website http://www.sierraattahoe.com/mountain/conditions and you’ll see the fun, playful atmosphere that Sierra exudes.  They have silly names for their runs such as ‘preachers’ passion’ and ‘easy street’.  The map is well laid out http://us2.resorts-interactive.com/vicomap/usa/sierra/  and all the runs are clearly marked, one heck of a user friendly mountain! They also have big heart on this big mountain with a focus on customer serves and a mission statement committing to eco education.  Sierra has twice been awarded the Silver Eagle for Environmental Education by the NSAA.  Now that’s some love of the outdoors! 

   Not only is this a beautiful place to ski, Sierra also has opened it arms to those who ride.  On the mountain you’ll find 2 parks and 2 pipes (9 foot/ 17 foot walls) to sharpen your skills at.  In fact Sierra has been ranked in the Top 10 Overall Resort, Best Pipes and Best Parks by TransWorld Snowboarding for several years.  The longest run is ‘sugar n’ spice’ covering 2.5 miles.  Are you read to come play yet?  Thinking about all the trees but not brave enough to go for it?  They even offer backcountry lessons for adults 18+ http://www.sierraattahoe.com/mountain/huckleberry-gates/backcountry-lessons .  The fun doesn’t end on the runs either!  They have weekly events on the mountain such as wine tasting, live music, and ‘Take Over Tuesdays’.  Check out the calendar for all the latest events http://www.sierraattahoe.com/calendar/2011-02.  All this fun starts winding down in April so get to the mountain and don’t miss out!!!!

Special features:  Great restraints and bars.  Set up for snowboarders to shred.  Backcountry skiing and riding.  Up to date online stats and live cam.

Alcohol:  Full bar at many of the lodges 🙂

Reservations: Go online to reserve any classes in advance https://store.sierraattahoe.com/sierra/store/index.asp?action=SetStore&storeType=AdultLessons

Insider tips:  Mondays is local’s day so you won’t have to deal with the crowds.  Tuesdays is ‘Terrain Park Take-over Tuesdays’ all about parks and pipes.

Payment methods accepted:  Major credit cards

Hours:

Lift Operations

Weekends& Peak Periods:  8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Weekdays:  9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

Tickets + Season Pass Office

Daily:  8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

 Rental Shop

Weekends & Peak Periods:  8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Weekdays:  8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 Blizzard Mountain

Tubing, Snow Play, and Snowshoeing

Daily:  10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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

Parking:  Adjacent parking lot (4wheel drive is a must up here!)

Websitehttp://www.sierraattahoe.com/mountain/conditions

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/SierraAtTahoe#!/SierraAtTahoe?v=info 

Email: http://www.sierraattahoe.com/contact 

Phone number:  General: 530.659.7453
24-hour Snow Phone:  530.659.7475
Season Pass Office: 530.659.7453 x208

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