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Sierra-at-Tahoe Ski Resort


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Marriott Grand Residence Club Tahoe

Elegant luxury adjacent to the Heavenly Gondola with studios, 1 and 2 bedroom units, indoor pool, spas, fitness center and Internet access.

Extra person charges may apply 

$159 and up 

Embassy Suites 




Suite with two rooms includes complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast and an evening reception with your favorite beverages.  Amenities include indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna, fitness center and outdoor sundeck.


Extra person charges may apply



$179 and up



Paradice Motel


A boutique motel just a block from the base of the Heavenly Gondola, two blocks from one of Lake Tahoe’s finest private beaches and three blocks from Stateline and the casinos.



Extra person charges may apply




$118 and up














Java Junction


Sierra Pub & Deli


Aspen Cafe


Mama’s Kitchen


Tiki Bar and Grill


Happy Hippie


360º Smokehouse BBQ


Baja Grill


The 320 acres known as Huckleberry Canyon is now part of Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort


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Sierra-at-Tahoe Ski Resort

While Sierra-at-Tahoe is not the biggest ski resort in the Tahoe area, it is definitely one of the most fun. With a beautiful and secluded mountain, Sierra-at-Tahoe offers something for everyone. First and foremost are the spectacular views of the lake and surrounding peaks from the top of the mountain, reached via the Grandview Express quad chair. From there, you can explore 2,000 acres of terrain with plenty of options for all abilities. There is no slopeside lodging at Sierra-at-Tahoe, but South Lake Tahoe is just 12 miles away and provides lodging, dining and nightlife for just about all tastes and budgets.

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Pros: Trees, open in storms

Cons: Crowds, limited terrain

I have been going to Sierra, since it was Sierra Ski Ranch.  The ski area is served by well-placed high speed lifts that follow the terrain and stay open during even heavy winter storms.  As a result, this ski area has some of the best storm-skiing in the Sierra.   The terrain is served in 1800 vertical foot chunks, with the possibility of going from Grand View to West Bowl for a total of 2200 vertical.  With high speed lifts,  and a good layout, it is possible to ski tens of thousands of vertical feet in a day. 

Sierra appeals to families  because it is easy to meet.  The beginner area and ski school are centrally located.  On-piste terrain features one of the longest beginner runs in the region, and a wide variety of intermediate and expert terrain and trails.  Sierra has some interesting nooks and crannies to explore including lots of off-trail trees and glades, and fun challenging terrain that comes in short shots like Avalanche Basin and the recently inbounds Huckleberry Canyon.  Sierra pioneered some  big feature terrain parks and has held many events over the years. 

Sierra is the closest ski area to California populations centers along Hwy 50, and with the access comes very large crowds on weekends and holidays.  Many South Lake Tahoe residents also ski at Sierra which offers bus service to South Lake, and few road and lift closures during storms.    While there is still a large brown-bag and family picnic contingent in the lodge, there are also several large cafeterias, two bars, and outdoor BBQ/grill.   Sierra is a more easy-going locals vibe, and is a favorite with local race teams and ski club organizers.


Pros: Nice lift/trail layout, scenery

Cons: Crowds, getting there, Sierra Cement

My difficulties started in getting to Sierra-at-Tahoe: the highway from Sacramento was clear, but the snow was falling and traffic was absolutely crawling once we turned off on the access road to the mountain. The next day, we tried to take the shuttle from Stateline and waited for almost an hour and a half before giving up and getting in the car--there was no information or number to call to find out what was going on. Once again, the drive took a long, long time.


The snow was fresh, but heavy, wet, and tracked everywhere. The grooming on a couple of the green runs and Lower Main was nice, but most of the trails marked on the grooming report were all torn up by early afternoon. Food service was overpriced and the lodge was way too crowded. I spent a good chunk of the trip wishing I'd just shelled out for Heavenly tickets instead.


Pros: Close (as Tahoe resorts go) to the Bay Area. Good layout

Cons: Long lines. Not enough high speed lifts.

Sierra is one of the closer resorts to the Bay Area, and the closest on highway 50 up to South Lake Tahoe. It's a smaller mountain, but has a lot of good solid terrain for intermediate and advanced skiers. The resort has high speed lifts serving most of the key areas of the mountain, but could probably use a few more, especially on the backside (where it has only slow two-person chairs). 


One nice thing about Sierra is that it has a 'double whammy' pass with Northstar-at-Tahoe, a sister resort on the north side of the lake. For $329, you get ski privileges (minus a few blackout dates) at both resorts all season long.

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