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Sierra-at-Tahoe Ski Resort Reviews

Positive Reviews


Sierra at Tahoe


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...
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Negative Reviews


Inconvenient and crowded


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....
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More Reviews


Good Solid Mountain... good for Bay Area day trips


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.