Sierra-at-Tahoe Ski Resort

Sierra-at-Tahoe Ski Resort is a ski area located in the state of California in USA. The resort is in the town of South Lake Tahoe, CA. We recently ranked all of California's ski resorts, so you can see where Sierra-at-Tahoe stacks up against all its nearby ski hills!

Sierra-at-Tahoe is a part of the Powder Alliance pass network. This pass allows you to buy a season ticket at your home slope, then be able to use it to ski up to three free days at the rest of the participating resorts.

Sierra-at-Tahoe Lodging:

Sierra-at-Tahoe Ski Resort Terrain Overview

Sierra-at-Tahoe has a total of 47 ski trails, which are serviced by 14 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. The amount of skiable area in this park is huge, with a maximum of 2,000 acres available to skiers. This area is equivalent to 809 hectares, 3 square miles, or 8 square kilometers.

Sierra-at-Tahoe's slopes see on average 397 inches (156 cm) of snowfall a year. That is almost 33 feet a year!

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
2,000(8 km2)
Annual Snowfall
397"(156 cm)

Sierra-at-Tahoe Ski Resort Elevation

Sierra-at-Tahoe Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 8,852 feet, or 2,698 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 6,640 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 2,212 feet (674 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

The summit of 8,852 feet makes this ski resort one of the highest in the country. The average ski slope summit is around 4,000 feet, so this is extremely high compared to its peers.

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
8,852'(2,698 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
2,212'(674 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
6,640'(2,024 m)

Sierra-at-Tahoe Ski Resort Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
51.3out of 100
←  EasyHard  →
Sierra-at-Tahoe can be beginner-friendly, but it depends on the ski trails you ride. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 75% of its trails rated at or above intermediate ski level.


At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.

Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.

Skiiable Area by Difficulty Level

Sierra-at-Tahoe has 2,000 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

Sierra-at-Tahoe is mostly a beginner-friendly ski area, with about 25% of its trails as easy. However, it also has its fair share of more difficult runs - which account for the remaining 75%.
25%(500 acres)

Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.

Blue Square
50%(1,000 acres)

Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.

Black Diamond
25%(500 acres)

Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.

Is Sierra-at-Tahoe Ski Resort good for beginners?

Sierra-at-Tahoe can be beginner-friendly, depending on the runs you take. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 75% of its trails rated at or above intermediate.

Sierra-at-Tahoe Ski Resort Location

Sierra-at-Tahoe Ski Resort is located in the state of California, USA. This ski area is nearby the town of South Lake Tahoe, CA.

South Lake Tahoe, CA 96155 USA
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GPS Coordinates:
38.81000, -120.07000

Getting to Sierra-at-Tahoe Ski Resort

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Sierra-at-Tahoe Ski Resort), its coordinates of 38.81000, -120.07000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of South Lake Tahoe, CA to get close.

By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airport(s) to Sierra-at-Tahoe Ski Resort.

Reno–Tahoe International AirportRNOReno, NV50 mi
Sacramento International AirportSMFSacramento, CA82 mi
Oakland International AirportOAKOakland, CA139 mi

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to Sierra-at-Tahoe.

Sacramento Mather AirportMHRSacramento, CA69 mi
Fresno Yosemite International AirportFATFresno, CA142 mi
Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County AirportSTSSanta Rosa, CA149 mi

There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Sierra-at-Tahoe Ski Resort, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.

Other Nearby Ski Resorts

Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of Sierra-at-Tahoe Ski Resort.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
KirkwoodKirkwood, CA9,800 ft56%9 mi
HeavenlySouth Lake Tahoe, CA10,067 ft71%11 mi
HomewoodHomewood, CA7,800 ft51%19 mi
Granlibakken TahoeTahoe City, CA6,350 ft14%24 mi
Alpine MeadowsOlympic Valley, CA8,673 ft56%26 mi
Palisades TahoeOlympic Valley, CA9,050 ft76%27 mi
NorthstarTruckee, CA8,610 ft51%32 mi
Sugar BowlTruckee, CA8,383 ft51%34 mi
Donner Ski RanchNorden, CA7,781 ft37%37 mi
Mount RoseReno, NV9,700 ft58%37 mi
Tahoe DonnerTruckee, CA7,350 ft25%39 mi
BorealSoda Springs, CA7,700 ft29%39 mi
Soda SpringsSoda Springs, CA7,300 ft30%39 mi
Dodge RidgePinecrest, CA8,200 ft52%44 mi
June MountainJune Lake, CA10,090 ft66%89 mi
Mammoth MountainMammoth Lakes, CA11,053 ft68%98 mi

Sierra-at-Tahoe Ski Resort Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation8,852 ft
Base Elevation6,640 ft
Vertical Drop2,212 ft
(25% Beginner,  50% Intermediate,  25% Expert)
Skiable Acres2,000
Avg. Annual Snowfall397 inches
Sierra-at-Tahoe Ski Resort Mountain Stats