Backcountry Skiing trips – Lake Tahoe

Head to the border of California and Nevada and discover the backcountry of Lake Tahoe - the epitome of ski!

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Lake Tahoe is one of the most iconic ski destinations in the United States. Located along the border between California and Nevada in the north of both states, it features unbelievable scenery. The lake itself is one of the largest in the country, behind only the massive Great Lakes, but the surrounding wilderness is where the region’s true magic exists. There are national forests to the north and south (Tahoe and Eldorado, respectively) that keep its remote atmosphere intact. Reno is about thirty minutes to the northeast, so getting there is simple. Resorts have made the area infamous since the mid-20th century when Squaw Valley hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics. Since then, Tahoe has served powder hounds with epic terrain, phenomenal snow quality, and a huge community devoted to the culture of backcountry skiing.




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Lake Tahoe is the perfect storm - literally - of dry heat in the summer and cold, snowy winters. The continental climate of Tahoe does provide chilly nights even in the summer.




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How to Get There

Getting to Lake Tahoe is pretty straightforward. You can fly into Reno-Tahoe International Airport, which has many direct flights connecting major cities like Los Angeles, New York, and Dallas. You can also take a ski bus from as far away as San Francisco. Sacramento is also just two hours of Lake Tahoe, so catching a Greyhound or other bus is reasonable. There is also the California Zephyr, a train with a scenic route, that runs from just outside of San Francisco - a five or six hour ride to Truckee.

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Best Time to Visit

Backcountry skiing is a winter sport, so the best time to hit the Tahoe slopes is from late December and January into March.






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We had a great experience with Jim Moore. We were all beginners to the Backcountry, and he had valuable experience and great stories to share. We had some rental equipment malfunctions and he was very accommodating and understanding about that also. I feel we gained a lot of knowledge in a short period of time and had a lot of fun as well. Thanks again Jim and we hope to be out in the Backcountry again soon!
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Megan McClarty
Wonderful experience in the Tahoe backcountry. Jim made sure of it. He studied the conditions prior to my arrival and made sure we had the best snow in the most protected areas. We were able to summit the peak twice and ski the North as well as the East aspects. He educated me on snow & weather conditions and what to be looking for. Surely what must be mentioned is how much he was interested in my personal experience. He was a phenomenal guide that I will call again. Thank you Jim so much!
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Carlo Camarda
We didn\'t have the best snow conditions, but we had an awesome time getting our first exposure to backcountry skiing. Jim is a great teacher - he gave us a solid foundation, and we\'re excited to continue our education!
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