Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort: Keepin’ It Real
With an average annual snowfall of 480 inches, wind-protected slopes, incredible tree skiing, and 320 acres of backcountry terrain out the Huckleberry Gates, Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort is a true Sierra Nevada ski experience.
Just a short drive from The Ridge Tahoe up Highway 50, Sierra-at-Tahoe expands over 2,000 acres, has 46 trails, holding a vertical rise of 2,212, feet with a bottom elevation of 6,640 feet and top elevation of 8,852 feet.
Beginning skiers have 25 percent of the mountain to themselves, while 50 percent is considered intermediate and 25 percent advanced. Sierra’s longest run is Sugar n’ Spice, a 2.5 miles from the top of the mountain. Sierra has five gates to access its popular backcountry Huckleberry Canyon. Sierra offers three express quad chair lifts, five double chair lifts, one triple chair lift and five surface lifts.
When it comes to terrain parks, Sierra offers some of the world’s best. For 12 years TransWorld SNOWboarding and their readers have been ranking the best overall resorts, parks and pipes in North America. In 2013 TransWorld SNOWboarding ranked Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort among the Top Ten Overall Resorts, Top Ten Terrain Parks and received the editor’s pick for Best Value.
For beginner skiers and riders Sierra is home to the world’s only Burton Star Wars Experience, has over 100 acres of dedicated terrain, four beginner-only conveyor lifts, a $45 adult beginner package, and PSIA certified instructors. For those who prefer to be closer to the snow, Sierra offers a tubing and snowplay area. If you’d rather walk through the woods, there’s three miles of maintained snowshoe trails.
This year Sierra opens a new 9,000-square-foot Base Area Plaza enhancing the overall après atmosphere, and will give guests a place to gather and celebrate winter in the mountains.
The Burton Star Wars™ Experience continues to grow with the Burton Star Wars Echo Base, a learning experience. Building off of the success of Yoda’s Riglet Park the Burton Star Wars Echo Base now offers a snowboarding program for kids ages 7-12. The new Burton Star Wars Echo Base gives kids 7-12 the opportunity to learn how to snowboard using terrain-based teaching, iconic Star Wars characters, and Burton Learn to Ride technology and techniques. Young snowboarders will get the chance to “defeat the dark side” and become Jedi Knights by conquering their fears of sliding on snow. Kids will learn to snowboard in a one-of-a-kind environment unlike any other in the universe.
Whether you’re looking for a warm-up beverage, a carbo load or a fat and juicy burger, braut, barbecue and a beer, Sierra-at-Tahoe offers a number of food options including Tiki Bar and Grill, Mama’s Kitchen, 360 Smokehouse Barbecue at the top of Grandview Express, the Baja Grill, Happy Hippie, Aspen Cafe, Sierra Pub and Deli and Java Junction.
Will you visit Sierra-at-Tahoe during your winter trip to The Ridge?