Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort in California is a popular destination for skiers and snowboarders. As part of a series on ski resorts, Huffington Post Travel offers our guide to Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort, featuring all the key information snow lovers need to know before they hit the slopes.
The BasicsSierra-at-Tahoe Resort, one of seven ski resorts surrounding Lake Tahoe on the California and Nevada border, is where the locals go for top-notch treeskiing in fresh powder. The resort, often overshadowed by the larger, more luxurious resorts surrounding the lake, provides a laid-back atmosphere and value for the money for winter sports enthusiasts looking to hit the slopes without emptying their wallets. With a ranking by Transworld Snowboarding as one of the top 10 overall snowboarding resorts and resorts for pipes and parks, value doesn't mean a sacrifice in quality at Sierra. Located in Twin Bridges, Sierra-at-Tahoe is accessible via the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, or the Sacramento, Oakland and San Francisco airports.
The MountainSkiers at Sierra-at-Tahoe enjoy 2,000 acres of terrain on the slopes of the 8,852-foot tall mountain that features a 2,212-foot vertical drop. The annual snowfall of 480 inches and an average of 274 sunny days per year mean the perfect combination of fresh powder and beautiful blue skies. Right after a fresh snowfall, skiers flock to Jack's Bowl and Avalanche Bowl for the best powder, while the morning sunshine at West Bowl keeps the snow fresh there on days when there hasn't been much new snow. The regular season runs from mid-November through mid-April with a comfortable average winter daytime high of 45 degrees Fahrenheit.
Trails And LiftsSierra-at-Tahoe has 46 trails, 25 percent of which are designated beginner, 50 percent as more difficult and 25 percent as most difficult. Sugar n' Spice, the longest run in the resort, starts at the top of the mountain and extends a total of 2.5 miles. For skiers and boarders looking to catch some air or show off new moves, the resort houses five terrain parks, a Burton progression park and the only superpipe in the South Shore area. Three express quad lifts, five doubles, one triple and five surface lifts carry guests to the trailheads and terrain parks, including the 320 acres of steep, challenging terrain of Huckleberry Canyon.
In The NewsThe Sierra Resort Elite Team has received numerous honors over the years. Team members have medaled in the Winter X Games, U.S. World Cup Moguls, Winter Olympic Games and the Ticket to Ride World Tour. Two-time X Games gold medalist and Ticket to Ride champion Jamie Anderson grew up riding the slopes at Sierra as part of the Elite Team. The resort hosts several United States of America Snowboard Association (USASA) tournaments throughout the season for amateur skiers and boarders in events like slope-style, boardercross and half-pipe.
CostSingle-day lift tickets at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort range from $24 for children ages 5 to 12 to $77 for adults ages 23 to 64. Discounted rates are available for off-peak days and for groups. Skiers planning to hit the slopes for at least three days can purchase 3-Pak lift tickets starting at $19 per day for children ages 5 to 12. Skiers and boarders planning to visit more regularly should purchase unlimited season passes ranging from $99 for children ages 5 to 12 and seniors over 70 to $379 for adults ages 23 to 69. The resort rents Rossignol and Burton brand ski and snowboard bundles starting at $42 for adults and $32 for children. The rental shop also offers jackets, pants, helmets and rental damage waivers. The resort's ski school teaches private and group lessons for all ages, starting at $51 per day for a 10-day kids' program.
Apres-SkiRanked as one of the top 10 resorts by Transworld Snowboarding for its vibe, Sierra-At-Tahoe has some great places to relax and warm up after that last run. Java Junction keeps the caffeine flowing, while the Aspen Cafe and Mama's Kitchen serve up gourmet burgers and hearty comfort food. Night owls should head to the Sierra Pub & Deli for happy hour specials, micro-brewed beers, wine and cocktails, or to the Tiki Bar & Grill for a famous FishBowl drink.
Jamie Anderson catches some air with her girls at Sierra-At-Tahoe Resort.