Homewood, CA – A Pictorial
By Jim Kenney, aka JamesJ
EpicSki Travel Correspondent
When it comes to skiing the Lake Tahoe region I am strictly a tourist. I’ve visited seven different Tahoe ski areas, but most of those were just for a day each. Be that as it may, one trip to Homewood is all it takes to recognize it as a scenic gem among its Tahoe counterparts. The tandem Homewood base complexes are situated just yards from Lake Tahoe and almost every run in the place affords a fabulous view of the lake.
The beauty of Homewood is more than skin deep. Its 64 runs and 1260 total skiable acres offer varied and surprisingly robust terrain options. There are gorgeous groomers, glorious glades, and a spectacular little sampling of side-country. I highly recommend it for anyone seeking a lovely, low key ski experience while visiting the North Lake Tahoe area.
We skied Homewood on New Year’s Day, 2013. Everything was open and the conditions were excellent because of a five foot snowfall just before Christmas. The crowds were very manageable and we never waited more than a few minutes in any lift line. Homewood has moderate prices compared to many nearby ski resorts including numerous special value days when tickets are only $40-something per day. In 2013 Homewood offered free lift tickets to active duty military personnel and 50% off to their dependents. Scenic, affordable, entertaining, uncrowded, AND patriotic; what’s not to like about Homewood?
Please click on the photos for expanded views. All photos are by Jim Kenney.
Even the beginner area at Homewood has a spectacular view and nobody parks (for free) more than 75 yards from a lift.
The Homewood terrain blossoms like a Tahoe wildflower as you ascend the Madden Triple Chair from the North Base Lodge, elevation 6230’.
Of Homewood’s eight lifts there are four significant chairs sprinkled across the mountain that rise in the neighborhood of 1000 vertical feet each. Among them the Old Homewood Express Quad serves a most pleasing array of beautiful groomers. This example is Bonanza trail.
Every skill level can enjoy the view from Rainbow Ridge. The total vertical drop at Homewood is 1650’.
From the Ellis Chair advanced snowriders can have it all: groomers, bumps or trees spreading below a top summit elevation of 7880’.
Torn between going on a ski vacation or an ocean cruise next winter? Homewood might be a good compromise
There are lots of solitary glades at Homewood where it’s only you and Big Blue even on New Year’s Day.
Along the southern boundary of the ski area there is a sweet slice of double black diamond side country called Quail Face. The tree-lined cat track to Quail Face requires a few short herringbone climbs, just enough trouble to keep out the riffraff.
On pretty days the trip to Quail Face is a scenic MUST for advanced skiers. If you click and expand this photo from the top of Main Cirque you'll see the slopes of Heavenly Ski Area directly across Lake Tahoe.
Main Cirque has a continuously steep drop of about 700 vertical feet. The Quail Face side country features some of the prettiest expert terrain I’ve ever been on.
Homewood Website: http://www.skihomewood.com/
About the Author
- Husband, father and civilian employee of the Department of Navy, Jim Kenney is a Washington D.C. area native and has been skiing recreationally since 1967. Jim’s ski reporting garnered the 2009 West Virginia Division of Tourism’s Stars of the Industry Award for Best Web/Internet/E-Magazine Article. To read other articles by Jim, click here.