We’ve created this “Pre-Arrival Guide” just for you to make every minute of your vacation unforgettable - including your experience before arriving at Sierra.
When you visit Sierra-at-Tahoe, we certify that you and your crew are getting everything you want and none of the baldercrap you don’t. So, whether you yearn for GMO-free snow carved by our magical groomicorns or crave unlimited fresh air at no extra cost, we guarantee that each day on the mountain is filled with zero artificial flapperdoodle or partially hydrogenated abracadabra.
To help make your visit a piece of cake, we're tossin' the below info + tips at ya to help maximize your time on the mountain.
Early Ticket Pickup Options
Skip the early morning ticket office lines + get straight to shredding by swooping up your tickets and/or passes at our new digs in town! Located conveniently at the “Y” intersection of Lake Tahoe Blvd. and Highway 50 so you can snag your tickets to Powtown on your way into South Shore or the next morning on your way up to the mountain!
While we think fresh snow is the bees knees, sometimes driving in it is not so fun. Keep your journey hassle-free by staying up-to-date on current road conditions, such as chain control restrictions and weather advisories. Hit up the CalTrans crew for the 411 on roads by swinging by www.dot.ca.gov or giving them a ring at 800-427-7623.
Weather + Snow Report
Mother Nature likes to keep us on our toes here in the mountains, which is why it's important to be aware of conditions and prepare accordingly. Stay in the loop by checking our daily Mountain Conditions Report, which also lists a 5-day forecast, or by calling our Snow Phone at (530) 659-7475 before you head up each morning.
Get a first-person perspective, from anywhere on any device, of what the current mountain conditions are here at Sierra from 12 locations with our live webcams.
Directions - Don’t Get Lost
Getting to Sierra-at-Tahoe is easy! Sierra is the first major resort up U.S. Highway 50 and the closest major resort to Sacramento and the Bay Area - located 12 miles west of South Lake Tahoe, about 90 minutes from Reno and roughly three hours from the Bay Area. Come get some of our locally sourced, GMO FREE Snow!
Parking - Utilize the Preferred Parking Lots
Time is of the essence on a powder day. Sierra’s Preferred Parking, available for just $25 per day, gets skiers and riders out of the car quicker and onto the slopes for first tracks. At day’s end, the short walk to the car will be a welcome treat that even the fittest quadriceps will appreciate after a full day on the slopes.
Guests who drive hybrid vehicles up to Sierra will be able to park in Preferred Parking for FREE!
Plus, all our parking in our 5 lots at Sierra for our guest, besides Preferred Parking, is FREE!
Drive to Sierra Often?
Grab a Preferred Parking Season Pass and park just steps from the slopes all year!
First time shredding at Sierra? Become familiar with the mountain in advance by viewing one of our trail maps! It will provide an overview of our 2,212 vertical feet, 2,000 acres, 14 lifts, 46 trails, innovative progressive terrain parks and plenty of steeps, groomers and backcountry terrain for you to enjoy.
Need Gear? Let our Pros Help Ya
Check out our slope-side shop. So pumped to shred the gnar you pulled a Jerry and forgot some gear? Cruise through Sierra Mountain Sports or our rental shops, conveniently located slope-side so you can snag some steezy new swag, a pair of skis, snowboard, boots, poles or whatever you need and get straight back to the important stuff, like hitting that sweet rail set-up on Broadway or making hot laps down Lower Main.
Get Your Grub On
Sierra's on-hill food options cover all the bases, from Southern-style BBQ, juicy burgers and soul-warming chili to ancient grain rice bowls, surf tacos and Spainish-style bocadillos ... we've got something for everyone to tantalize your taste buds + refuel while on the slopes.
Riding on the Weekend? Wait Less, Ride More!
So busy working for the man you gotta shred on the weekends? We call that a weekend warrior, my friend, and there ain’t no shame in that game. Do yourself a favor and snag a fast pass for just $119 so you can make the most of your hard-earned weekend shred sesh.
Lessons at Sierra
Sierra’s SMART TERRAIN® Program offers beginners an opportunity to experience the sport of skiing or snowboarding in an environment best suited for learning and improving skills. Our learning terrain, Easy Street, is 11 acres of sculpted terrain including gently banked turns and shaped features that naturally guide skiers and snowboarders into turns and stops so they are able to learn the fundamentals of skiing and riding more quickly. Two dedicated conveyor lifts make it a breeze to get up the hill, so beginners can focus on coming back down.
Good Things Come in 3's
Adult Learn to Ride 3-PAK
Enjoy 3 days of mountain access, group lesons, equipment + fun! Non-consecutive days allowed.
Kids Ski School 3-PAK
Includes lesson, equipment, lunch and so much fun! Non-consecutive days allowed.
Day Care 3-PAK
Includes lunch, snow play activities and crafts for kids. Reservations required.
We've Got The Kiddos Covered
With plenty of indoor + outdoor activities for your little ones who aren't ready to hit the slopes, our licensed childcare center will keep them playing all day. Conveniently located at the base of the mountain, you'll be able to check in on them between laps.
Mountain Operating Hours + Department Contact Info
Monday-Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Peak Days (December 26-31, 2016 | January 1 and 14-16, 2017 | February 18-25, 2017): 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Set your little ripper up for success for next winter! Whether your kiddo has a goal of perfecting their pizza + french fry or getting on the podium in the X Games, our family of coaches + athletes are here to support. Sign Up Before Sept 30th + SAVE up to $99!
What an incredible season! 2016/17 was definitely a winter for the books. Filled with endless pow days, steezy park days and majestical groomer days, Mother Nature gave us a little bit of everything. You da (wo)man MN! With 625” inches of snowfall, how can we not reminisce on all the radical times with the buds? Time to revisit our top 5 moments… so grab that bucket of popcorn, sit back, kick up your feet and let’s do this.