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

Known across the western United States for its blizzards, high-altitude surroundings, and never-ending skiable terrain, you are guaranteed to have the time of your life on its bountiful slopes. Check out the Olympic-calibre ski touring spots in Squaw Valley, Kirkwood Mountain and its region-best snow fall, or head to Truckee and let the snow choose for you; you can’t go wrong in when you ski at Lake Tahoe.

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FAQs: Backcountry Skiing in Lake Tahoe

What should I know about Backcountry Skiing Lake Tahoe?

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.

Why should I choose Lake Tahoe for my Backcountry Skiing adventure?

Premium Runs!

Only a few places in the world have ever hosted the Winter Olympics, so it means something that Tahoe saw the sporting event come to Squaw Valley in 1960. It turned this isolated western town into the massive winter sports mecca it is today. Finding a guide to turn your dream ski vacation into a reality is what Tahoe is all about, and you can be sure cruise through amazing backcountry that you will remember for the rest of your life.

Seamless Access!

Reno is a big city, and it is about a half-hour away from Truckee, one of the most common and popular jump-off points for Lake Tahoe ski trips. Buses run from Reno's airport to north and south Tahoe, and some trips might even help you get there, too. With the beautiful Sierra Nevada as your backdrop, taking your time getting there may be almost as unforgettable as the actual ski trip... ALMOST.

Eclectic Territory!

There is something for everyone around Lake Tahoe, and many resorts play to their strengths. Alpine bowls, tree lines, high ridges, and so much more await you in the enchanting natural wilderness. There is no place like it, and the landscape provides a new exciting thrill at every twist and turn.

What can I expect from the weather during my Backcountry Skiing trip in Lake Tahoe?

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.

Which language is predominantly spoken in the Lake Tahoe region?


What currency is accepted around Lake Tahoe?

United States dollar (USD)

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.

What's the country code for the Lake Tahoe region?


When is the best time to travel to Lake Tahoe for Backcountry Skiing?

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

What people are saying about Backcountry Skiing | Lake Tahoe


Sup[er efficient booking, the system helps a lot to communicate with the guide and very safe payments. Greta experience and the Guide JIM MOORE was superb!



Jim was a great guide. While we were challenged with finding good snow, Jim knew where to get it even a couple weeks after it has snowed. Jim is super knowledgeable about the backcountry and snow conditions, and I would definitely highly recommend him.



Trip was great! Was a little hesitant about booking online but ended up being awesome. Seemed too easy! Jim was great and worked with our levels of Snowboarding and skinning.



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!



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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