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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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What people are saying about these trips

Erik Dworsky

5.00

December, 2022

Intro to Backcountry Skiing in Tahoe

Jim is an excellent guide with extensive experience in just about everything having to do with the outdoors. I highly recommend this experience!

Sheldon Lincenberg

5.00

December, 2022

Custom Tahoe Backcountry Ski Day

Very friendly and knowledgeable. Assesses skiers experience and capabilities and adjusts accordingly. Likes to teach and has colorful commentary which makes it easier to learn.

Janelle Myhre

5.00

March, 2022

Custom Tahoe Backcountry Ski Day

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Anthony Stanzi

5.00

January, 2022

Backcountry skiing day in Lake Tahoe: Granite Chief, Needle and Lyon peaks

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Greg Sofield

5.00

January, 2022

Custom Tahoe Backcountry Ski Day

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.

David Lewis

5.00

March, 2021

Custom Tahoe Backcountry Ski Day

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.

Alison MacQuarrie

5.00

March, 2020

Intro to Backcountry Skiing in Tahoe

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James Mitchell

5.00

March, 2020

Intro to Backcountry Skiing in Tahoe

Jim is an outstanding and experienced guide. He did a great job of educating us on weather, safety, technique and helped us all on equipment questions. I would highly recommend him and will reach out to him again for a future trip.

Andreas Papademetris

5.00

January, 2020

Custom Tahoe Backcountry Ski Day

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!

Megan McClarty

5.00

January, 2019

Intro to Backcountry Skiing in Tahoe

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!

Carlo Camarda

5.00

January, 2019

Custom Tahoe Backcountry Ski Day

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!

Amanda

5.00

February, 2018

Intro to Backcountry Skiing in Tahoe

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!


 

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.

 

Good to know:

Country Code

+1

Language

English

Currency

United States dollar (USD)

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

Weather

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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