Your Guide to the Best Places for Backcountry Skiing in North Lake Tahoe

Skiing is one of the most popular winter activities in North Lake Tahoe. Our area is home to 12 downhill ski resorts, so it’s easy to find great skiing opportunities. Want to challenge yourself on the mountainside this season? Try out backcountry skiing in North Lake Tahoe! This type of skiing takes place on the ungroomed areas of Lake Tahoe’s backcountry. It takes place on unmarked areas of the mountain and is free from ski patrol, which makes it most suitable for experienced skiersRead on for some of the best places for a backcountry skier to explore North Lake Tahoe! 

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Top Places for Backcountry Skiing in North Lake Tahoe 

Below are some helpful tips to prepare you for backcountry skiing in the Lake Tahoe area. Don’t forget to reference our Northern California winter packing list before you head out!  

Visit the Sierra Avalanche Center 

Backcountry skiing can be dangerous. The physical labor of hiking up an unmaintained mountain paired with the risk of an avalanche makes it an inherently risky activity that’s not suited for novice skiers. If you have non-skiers in your group, check out these off-slope winter activities in North Lake Tahoe! 

If you’re going to embark on a backcountry skiing adventure, be sure to check weather conditions on the mountain with the Sierra Avalanche Center. This online resource tracks the avalanche forecast and more, which can help you decide if it’s a safe day for backcountry skiing. 

1. Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows 

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is one of the best ski resorts in our area. Here, you can take advantage of the Alpenglow Guided Backcountry Tours. These guided, lift-accessed ski tours are a great option for first-time backcountry skiers. You can book this tour as a single skier or with a group of up to six people. 

2. Mount Rose Ski Area 

Mount Rose is a great option for backcountry skiing in the Truckee area. Just outside of Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe is the Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest, where you can embark on a backcountry skiing adventure. With nearly 3,000 feet of elevation gain, it’s not for the faint of heart!  

3. Castle Peak 

Castle Peak is located north of Donner Pass and offers some of the best backcountry skiing in North Lake Tahoe. The ascent is much flatter than others in the area, which makes it a less strenuous option. However, you can still make an entire day out of skiing Castle Peak.  

Stay Nearby with a Tahoe Moon Properties Rental 

Tahoe Moon Properties boasts rental homes near some of the best places for backcountry skiing in North Lake Tahoe. Choose from homes in popular ski communities in North Lake Tahoe like Olympic ValleySquaw ValleyAlpine Meadows, Truckee, and Tahoe City. We also offer ski leases, which feature easy access to the slopes.  

Browse a full inventory of our North Lake Tahoe rental homes to start planning your trip!