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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.
2,000 Acres 2,212’ Vertical Rise 8,852’ Top Elevation 7,300’ Day Lodge Elevation 6,640' Base Area Elevation 46 Slopes and Trails 14 lifts
46 slopes and trails are rated easier, more difficult, most difficult, and extremely difficult. 70% of the trails are groomed nightly, including 100% of the easier trails. The longest trail is 2.5 miles and is designated easier, allowing even beginning skiers and snowboarders to access the 360 degree panoramic views from the summit of the mountain.
Sierra Resort is organized into 5 lands - each of which has its own personality. Grandview delivers big with powder runs, steep trees, long groomers, challenging moguls and South Shore's Only Superpipe. West Bowl is the place to chill in the sunshine and enjoy the long, laid-back cruisers. The Backside has wide open trees and The Alley, lauded by locals as one of the best terrain parks in Lake Tahoe. The five Huckleberry Gates access Huckleberry Canyon - 320 acres of steep and deep terrain for expert off-piste skiers and riders. The Playground is the perfect spot for families to develop a love for winter in the mountains before they are ready to try the slopes. Four interactive Adventure Zones, located around the mountain, teach children and parents about the history and geography of the area and earned Sierra Resort a Silver Eagle for Environmental Education in 2006.
The legendary tree skiing at Sierra Resort is a result of area logging efforts in the late 1800s. When the Tahoe basin was largely clear cut to support the silver mines in Nevada, the loggers left all the Red Fir trees, notoriously poor lumber, standing. As a result, Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort boasts perfectly-spaced old-growth Red Fir trees in many of its off-piste areas, which makes for glorious skiing and riding on powder days.
Three kilometers of snowshoe trails are open to the public and wind through the old growth forests to a lookout point. A lift-accessed tubing hill provides hours of downhill fun for sledding enthusiasts.
Sierra Resort is right off of Highway 50 at the top of Echo Summit and is the closest resort to Sacramento and the Bay Area. With free Preferred Parking up close for all hybrids, and easy access to all lots from the base area, Sierra Resort is easy and hassle-free when it comes to access. The loading/unloading zone in front of Wild Mountain Children's Ski
Approximate Operating Season: December to April
Sierra Resort welcomes skiers, snowboarders, snowskaters, snowbikers, snowshoers, tubers and sledders to enjoy a day in the mountains. Dogs are permitted in the parking lots. Sierra Resort is partners in recreation with the USFS and is a non-smoking resort.
Please go to www.SierraAtTahoe.com for more information.