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Lake Tahoe Backcountry Skiing

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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There are many reasons for choosing Backcountry Skiing in Lake Tahoe

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.


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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


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

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

More info about Backcountry Skiing in 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

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