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Backcountry Skiing

Whether you’re looking for an intermediate glade or a steep aggressive descent, you’ll find in the backcountry surrounding Lake Tahoe.

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  • When backcountry skiing, remember to always pack a map, avalanche beacon, probe, and shovel.
  • Rentals are available from many area providers.
  • Because of the inherently dangerous nature of backcountry skiing, all but the most experienced will benefit from hiring a guide service.
  • The Lake Tahoe area has many options when it comes to backcountry skiing, ranging from intermediate to extreme.


So you’re an advanced to expert skier who’s conquered all the local resorts and you’re looking for your next challenge? Backcountry skiing might just be perfect for you. Leave behind the lift lines and the crowds, pack your avalanche beacon, probe, and shovel, and head out into Tahoe’s wild backcountry to pursue some fresh tracks of your own.

Where to go Backcountry Skiing

  • Castle Peak
    One of Tahoe’s most accessible (and popular) backcountry ski areas, Castle Peak has something for everyone. Those new to backcountry skiing can find a number or short, gentle routes off the summit ridge, while those who are looking for more of a challenge can head to Castle Peak’s north side.
  • Mt. Tallac
    Not only does Mt. Tallac boast one of the most impressive views in the region, with vistas of Lake Tahoe, Pyramid Peak, Price Peak, the Crystal Range, and others, but it also has one of the most dynamic descents in the region. Remember, the snow here has a tendency to melt quickly in the spring, so ski in winter for the best conditions.
  • Mt. Rose
    Boasting pristine snow conditions and a variety of terrain varying from intermediate to extreme, it’s no wonder Mt. Rose has long been one of Tahoe’s favorite backcountry skiing destinations. Located in Nevada on the border of California, Mt. Rose is easily accessible from the Mt. Rose Ski Area parking lot.
  • Heavenly Ski Resort
    If you’re looking to tackle some backcountry runs, but aren’t in the mood to earn your turns, Heavenly Ski Resort has three gates to access the backcountry. Fire Break is one of the most popular, and challenging runs. Find it on the lakside of the resort, off the Olympic Express Chair.

Guided Tours & Rentals

Experience. Know-how. Passion. Three characteristics shared by all the guides on our site. They help eliminate the guesswork and curb the danger to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable backcountry skiing experience.