Located atop Echo Summit just outside of South Lake Tahoe, Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort receives an annual average of 480 inches of snow. The 360 degree view of the Sierra Nevada from the summit includes vistas of the Lake Tahoe Basin, Desolation Wilderness, Eldorado National Forest and on a clear day, Mt. Diablo and the Coastal Range.
Situated on publicly owned USFS land at Phillip's Station - one of the original stops along the Pony Express Trail - Sierra Resort is committed to environmentally responsible resort operations. In 2010, Sierra Resort was awarded a Silver Eagle for Environmental Education by the NSAA in recognition of its efforts to inform children, teens, and young adults about the importance of personal responsibility when it comes to waste management.
The resort is well-loved by local skiers and snowboarders and is known for incredible tree skiing, innovative terrain parks, excellent grooming and a welcoming atmosphere. Annual events like Telegrass, a weekend celebration of freeheel skiing and bluegrass music, bring backcountry and resort skiers together for a festival that harkens back to the resort's early days while weekly wine tastings and the annual Sippin at Sierra tasting festival introduce guests to the local El Dorado County wineries.
Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort was the vision of Tahoe local Vern Sprock, who dreamed of a ski resort atop Echo Summit. In 1946, the original Sierra Ski Ranch opened with a small base lodge, a rope tow, and a Poma lift. In 1968, as the California Division of Highways was relocating Highway 50, Sierra Ski Ranch moved about a mile up the summit to its present location. A base lodge and chair lift were built. The chair lift, Nob Hill, still stands in its original location. Owners Vern and Bobbie Sprock lived on location at the resort. Their home was above the Children's Center and today houses the administrative offices for the resort. Sierra Resort still has that locally-owned, mom-and-pop atmosphere, and many passholders and employees remember the Sprocks well. Sit down at the bar in the Sierra Pub and there is a good chance the conversation next to you will be reminiscing about the 'ol Ranch days.