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Why should you visit Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort

#30 in Best Ski Resorts in the USA

Situated just west of South Lake Tahoe, Sierra-At-Tahoe boasts being the closest major ski resort to the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento.

Since 1946, this sprawling resort has dominated the shores of South Lake Tahoe with its nationally recognized half-pipe and terrain parks accessible for all levels.

The Sierra SMART TERRAIN Program gives beginners an opportunity to test their skills in an environment that is perfectly suited to learning. Sierra’s Snowsports School also offers lessons for all ages. Book your lessons online as Sierra-at-Tahoe offers special online rates.

After Thanksgiving, make your way to Sierra-at-Tahoe Ski Resort when they open the slopes for the season. If you can’t make it then, don’t worry as the mountain operates until late April. To avoid the crowds, visit Sierra-at-Tahoe during the week, and try to hit the slopes before 9 am. The week between Christmas and New Year’s Day is also a popular time to ski Sierra-at-Tahoe, so if you’re planning a holiday trip, be sure to purchase your lift tickets well in advance.

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Ski Resort Details
1111 Sierra-At-Tahoe Rd
Twin Bridges, CA 95735
Ski Resort Details
1111 Sierra-At-Tahoe Rd
Twin Bridges, CA 95735
  • Summit Elevation8,852 ft
  • Base Elevation6,640 ft
  • Vertical Drop2,212 ft
  • Skiable Area2,000 ac
  • Average Snowfall480 in
Trail Information
  • Number of trails47
  • Easy25%
  • Intermediate50%
  • Expert25%
  • Longest Run2.5 miles
Lift Details
  • Number of Lifts14
  • High Speed Quads3
  • Triples1
  • Doubles5
  • Surface Lifts/other5

Where to stay

While there is no ski-in/ski-out accommodation, the ski-and-stay packages offered at many of South Lake Tahoe’s resorts and casinos can help you save money on your ski trip. Forty minutes from the Sierra-at-Tahoe is the Mont Bleu Resort, Casino and Spa , a stunning modern resort with ski package deals and affordable transportation to and from the airport priced at a low-rate. Beach Retreat & Lodge at Tahoe is another option that has stunning lakefront views and a free ski shuttle to Sierra-at-Tahoe. In the heart of South Lake Tahoe is The Coachman Hotel , a contemporary style property with bicycle rentals on-site and flat-screen TV’s in every room.

Where to eat

Make your way to the summit of Sierra-at-Tahoe for southern-style barbecue and stunning lake views at 360 Smokehouse BBQ . Or enjoy happy hour bites and live music at the Sierra Pub located above the main lodge. Solstice is the spot to go to for a healthier alternative with their wraps, salads, and built-to-order rice bowls. Stuff yourself with a hearty breakfast and comfort food at Mama’s Kitchen in the Main Lodge, or get your nacho fix at Nacho Mamas in the Solstice Plaza. Golden Bear Terrace and Aspen Cafe are also options to check out in the Main Lodge where you can enjoy burgers and pulled pork sandwiches. South Lake Tahoe is just minutes away if you are looking for more dining options.

How to get there

There are a few airports you can fly into to get to Sierra-at-Tahoe. Reno International Airport is located 75 miles from the ski resort; Sacramento International Airport is 98 miles away, and the Oakland International Airport and the San Francisco International Airport are both just over 150 miles from Sierra-at-Tahoe. Getting around you can either rent a car or you can carpool with a ride share like Skedaddle or Zimride . There is also the free South Shore Shuttle that goes from South Lake Tahoe to Sierra-at-Tahoe, only operating during the winter season.

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