Sierra-at-Tahoe, California

Mountain steepness for a once-a-year, barely intermediate skier:  A

On-mountain food:  NA (didn’t eat there)

Lack of Crowds: D

 

Sierra-at-Tahoe is one of several ski resorts in the Lake Tahoe, California/Nevada area.  We only skied four resorts on our visit here, but I thought it was the prettiest, because many of the green runs were gentle, and lined with beautiful, tall trees.

We flew into the Reno airport with no problems, got a rental car, and it was an easy, clear drive up to Lake Tahoe from there.  I should point out that Lake Tahoe is partly in California, and partly in Nevada, so depending on where you stay, gambling may be present.  We chose to stay on the California side.

We visited Sierra-at-Tahoe in late March/early April, and the snow was already quite thin and a little slushy.  In fact, my husband hit a rock on one of the green runs, which was a little disconcerting.  Luckily, it was in a practically flat area, so he wasn’t hurt.  Ironically, it snowed 15 feet a week later and made the news!  There were a lot of snowboarders on these trails, and I was actually hit and fell when one of them clipped my skis.  It seemed as if the snowboarders would ski in packs, and I was hit when a huge group of them swarmed around us.  I was not hurt, since it was a green run and we weren’t going very fast, but it was still extremely irritating to be knocked down.  I fall enough on my own, thank you very much!

The parking at Sierra-at-Tahoe was confusing, because we weren’t allowed to drop our skis at the front and then park the car, like at most places.  Apparently the attendant had instructions to keep the front area clear ALL the time.  Which meant we had to lug our skis quite a way from the parking lot.  I believe there was also some sort of competition going on that day.  Our mistake.

We did not eat while at Sierra-at-Tahoe, so I can’t comment on the food.  As for dinner, I recall it was Burger King one night, Mexican another, and casinos on the Nevada side several times.  Meals on the Nevada side can be bargains, because the hotels can make up for the loss if you stay and gamble at the slot machines.  Always one to help out, I did drop a few coins into a slot machine while we were waiting to be seated at one hotel, and won something like $20 in coins!  Yep, I’m a big gambler.  I would definitely check to see what kind of meals the big hotels are serving, because we had a very good buffet dinner at a very reasonable price one night.

It was so slushy towards the end of the week that we returned our skis early and went sightseeing, just driving around the lake.  There are lots of places to stop and take pictures, and Lake Tahoe is just a beautiful area, so it was a pleasant day of sightseeing.

Would I return to Sierra-at-Tahoe?  Only if I could make sure there was no competition that day and no spring breakers around.  It’s a beautiful setting, but was way too crowded for me on our last visit.