Leaving behind the athletic side of skiing, skiing also gives our eyes a chance to feed on the scenic beauty while advancing down the seemingly pure snow. Because it’s Sierra, be ready to feel like you are at home along with the exciting adventures in the snow. From professional skiers and boarders to those who are yet to set their food on the snow for the first time, Sierra is ever ready to rain down the fervor on anyone.
Base Elevation: 6640 feet
Summit Elevation: 8852 feet
Vertical Drop: 2212 feet
Even though a majority of the ski resorts in the Lake Tahoe region are situated on the north side of this beautiful lake, Sierra-at-Tahoe is an exception; being located on the southern part of the lake. It is stationed in Twin Bridges, California, has become one of Lake Tahoe’s largest ski and snowboard resort areas with 2000 skiable acres. It is well known for being a more family oriented resort. With 480 inches of annual snowfall, Sierra is known as the epicenter of South Shore tree skiing.
The high-speed quads include The Easy Rider, Grandview and West Bowl Express. Dopplemayr builds These high-speed quads. There’s this triple chair lift which is Puma built by Yan Lifts. The five double builds which are again built by Yan Lifts include Tahoe King, El Dorado, Rock Garden, Short Stuff and Nob Hill. All in all, there are fourteen lifts.
Also, the Nob Hill and Tahoe King are among the oldest lifts.
The mountain has a vertical elevation extending up to 2,212ft, the base elevation up to 6,640ft and the summit elevation finally reaching up to 8,852ft. The resort offers a total of five terrain parks. It also has 200 acres of snowmaking land.
As Sierra-at-Tahoe is one of 15 resorts in the Powder Alliance, pass holders can easily get a chance to have fun for three days at each one of the thirteen other resorts Alliance owns and runs. Sierra-at-Tahoe provides 46 runs which consist of 25% beginner runs, 50% intermediate runs, 15% advanced runs, and 10% expert runs. With an average of 480 inches snowfall, this gives a great skiing adventure. The Blizzard Mountain provides tubing hills and a snow play area. A three-mile of snowshoe trail is also found here.
As for the resort, it provides five backcountry access gates into Huckleberry Canyon so that people could experience the cliff drops, cornice drops, rock chutes, open bowls, glade runs, and powder pillows out The Gates. The backcountry tours are available through Private Lesson program, where a guide helps other participants and guides them on backcountry safety, routes to opt for, skiing improvement and also imparts proper use of avalanche equipment to avoid to prepare them for the worst. Participants are also provided with required backcountry equipment like avalanche beacon, shovel, probe, and backpack during the lessons. The goal of this instructional tour is to help people hone the basic skills, and for better use of equipment and safety. Two runs in Huckleberry Canyon are also provided.
It also has eight food outlets, six bars, ski and snowboard group, and private lessons. It also has a backcountry center. For all-mountain skiers and riders, slopes sheltered from wind, amazing skiing in the woods and a vast terrain area of 320 acres makes the ski part of Sierra-at-Tahoe one of the finest in the region.
There are a number of lodges available at a really less price featuring a gas fireplace and a DVD player in every room along with the other essential necessities. Sierra has spruced up its menus at the base area and on-mountain dining locations according to the emerging trends. The resort continues sourcing healthy and sustainable food for its visitors in the Solstice Eatery where you can enjoy delicious cuisines to the fullest.
The resort is also planning on expanding its guest services space at the intersection of Highway 50 and Lake Tahoe Boulevard. All the information regarding tickets, reservation, retail and other such things will be available in the new space according to the plan. It will also help Sierra get closer to the city.
At the time when high gusts strike Lake Tahoe and force the resorts to stop the operation of lifts at the resorts, Grandview Express still functions and this is what makes Sierra-at-Tahoe a grand resort. However, on bright and clear days when there is no fresh snow, locals head for the West Bowl. People can also experience Jack’s Bowl and Sierra-at-Tahoe’s terrain parks by day and the entire casino corridor that MontBleu Resort, Casino, and Spa have, by night.
The resort also includes other fun activities and events which range from tubing and snow play to snowshoeing. Parties, live music, competitions, whoop-de-doos, secret hideaways, etc. are also present for the entertainment of the people. One of Sierra’s best family-friendly winter attractions is the Blizzard Mountain. It has two lanes available for snow tubing that are easily accessible by lifts, a vast snow play and sledding area that allows one to have fun in the chilly winters outdoors and at their own pace, and frequent visits by Ralston the snow bear makes Blizzard Mountain one of the most exciting places.
Castle Creek is the first gate where there are mostly untouched trees. The second one is the North Bowl where glade skiing and riding are at its absolute best. The third gate is the Big Pine, with spines, pillows, and cliffs which are the doorway to the extreme. The Pandora’s entrance with cornice drops, cliff drops, rock chutes, and pillows is the fourth gate. And the last gate is the Huckleberry Canyon with more cliffs, cornices, trees, plus big open bowls.
In order to help with the balance, control, and movement of ski and snowboard, Sierra has an expanded learning environment which features smart terrain, that is to say, a specific sculpted terrain that promotes an elevated learning curve so that the people who are new to this sport could progress more efficiently.
The Sierra Ski and Snowboard School helps the beginners and also enhances the most advanced skiers and snowboarders’ techniques. The Rental Shop offers beginners and intermediate skiers and riders equipment based on their skiing levels so that learning and honing new skiing skills is easier; allowing them to move on to the next skiing level.
Sierra is also mixing up technology and fun with the redesigned website. The site will give people the opportunity to purchase more products before getting to the resort which also includes lessons and rentals.
Apart from all the fun, Sierra is also committed to the environment. Sierra-at-Tahoe has entered into a collaboration with Vapur, a California-based firm that makes reusable, flexible and eco-friendly anti-bottles. The resort has in place a total of four water stations where you can fill up your water bottles and avoid wastage of bottles and littering of the place. This comes under the resort’s initiative for the betterment of the environment and to keep Sierra Green. This is because; amidst all this fun we cannot neglect our environment.
Sierra-at-Tahoe is not only about downhill skiing and snowboarding; there is more to it than we could imagine. There are the resort’s on-mountain themed adventure zones that feature terrain elements such as mini jumps, rollers, and banked turns that keep the children engaged in fun activities, while the animated characters help them in knowing about the local history and animal species. Each of the adventure zones is specifically designed on a theme, and the Wild Mountain Ski and Snowboard school lessons include the unique terrain and several fun and interactive activities to help children improve their skiing and riding skills and at the same time, learning about the resort.
So, are you ready to dive into the depths of this snowy adventure with your bells on and feel the thrill of advancing down the big balls of snow? If yes, then what are you waiting for?! Plan a vacation and grab your passes because winter is coming!
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