Sierra at Tahoe Ski Resort

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The Sierra at Tahoe ski resort is located on the California side of Lake Tahoe, making it easily accessible to skiers driving from central California. In fact, Sierra at Tahoe is the closest resort to Sacramento and San Francisco, a one and a half to three hour drive from each city, respectively.

Sierra at Tahoe Mountain Statistics

Not only can those living in central California speed away for a quick weekend on the slopes, they can enjoy good skiing while they're there. The Sierra at Tahoe resort boasts the following mountain statistics:

  • 2,000 acres of skiable terrain
  • 25 percent of the terrain is beginner-level, 50 percent is intermediate and 25 percent is advanced
  • 46 groomed trails
  • Trails up to 2.5 miles long
  • Nine lifts including three express quads
  • Five additional surface lifts
  • Five terrain parks
  • The only superpipe on Tahoe's south shore
  • Lift accessible snow tubing hill
  • Three miles of snowshoe trails
  • Adventure zones especially for kids

The Sierra at Tahoe mountain resort averages 480 inches of snowfall each year, practically guaranteeing great skiing on crisp, fresh snow. The season runs from mid-November to mid-April as weather and conditions permit. Keep in mind that this resort doesn't offer night skiing, so you'll need to get all your skiing in by 4:00, leaving plenty of time in the evening for après ski activities.

Eating on the Mountain

You can enjoy food from eight different locations at the Sierra at Tahoe resort. Whether you want coffee and pastries or fine, plated dining, there's a little something for every taste.

  • Java Junction - Warm up by the outdoor fire as you drink your favorite coffee drink and eat your favorite pastries.
  • Sierra Pub and Deli - The perfect place for salads, sandwiches, microbrews and live music events.
  • Aspen Cafe - Pick up a juicy burger or a foot long hotdog while you surf the web from this slopeside wireless hotspot.
  • Mama's Kitchen - Just like it sounds, this is a hearty, family restaurant with big breakfasts and delicious soups.
  • Tiki Bar and Grill - Want a delicious taste of the island while you're freezing on the slopes? Enjoy pulled pork, pineapple and deliciously fruity drinks.
  • Happy Hippie - When you're just craving something healthy, head to the Happy Hippie for organic fare, wraps and hummus.
  • 360º Smokehouse BBQ - This is the premier on-mountain restaurant with excellent views of the mountain and lake; you will love the barbecue and spicy Bloody Marys.
  • Baja Grill - If you want a taste of Mexican with a refreshing, healthy twist, the Baja Grill has just what you're looking for.

Planning Your Ski Vacation

When skiing at Sierra at Tahoe, you have a number of options for lodging. You can choose from small inns, inexpensive motels and even spas and casinos. To get the best ski and stay deals, always check for ski and stay packages on the Sierra at Tahoe website. You can also find lodging specials and vacation packages there.

If you're new to skiing, you can count on the ski school at Sierra at Tahoe to get you on your feet. You can choose from individual or group lessons offered for either adults or children. If you're taking a large group of beginners with you, groups of 20 or more get discounts on lessons when planned in advance. The more advanced planning you do to prepare for your trip, the better deals you will find and the better you'll feel about the money you spend.

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Sierra at Tahoe Ski Resort