Skiing Sierra At Tahoe, CA

28 August 2013 update: I found pictures from the ski adventure on my phone. They are here on my Google+ site.

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I have meetings in the Sacramento area this week, so I came out a day early to do some recreating in the Sierra. I decided to take the day skiing, and chose Sierra At Tahoe basically since it was the nearest area to where I was staying. The west coast has been under the influence of a high pressure area, and so the temps were quite mild. It was about 36F when I got to SAT at 0820, and about 45F when I knocked off at the end of the day.

First, it was a lot more expensive here than at our usual ski area, Wolf Creek. My lift ticket was $79, and the day of ski rental was $46. Even my locker rental was a sky-high $8. I should have brought my boots and skis.

So skiing is expensive. The snow was excellent, except in a few places for the first couple runs: it was a bit icy. As more people got on the mountain, and as it warmed up, the snow softened and the surface improved.

I never waited for a lift. I hit six lifts at various places on the mountain. There was one place on the backside of the mountain that had a couple rocks poking through the snow, but there were poles to warn of that. There are a lot of blue slopes at SAT. I would have to say that the difficulty of the blues here is greater than the blues at Wolf Creek. The main thing is that most of the blues here are significantly steeper. I only hit one black; it was narrow, and steep like the blues. I was not impressed by the greens, aside from the training area near the base, most of the greens were roads.

There were a couple excellent runs off the back side of the mountain.

There are three restaurants. I had lunch in a Mexican-themed restaurant on the west side. It was pretty good, although it was expectedly expensive at $20 (I had a three-taco plate, which was pretty good). I also visited the BBQ-themed restaurant at the top of the ski area. It was amazing views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding mountains. I only got a drink and a snack, but the BBQ looked good (I will try it the next time I get to come to SAT). SAT is a Pepsi shop, but one thing that was neat – free refills. The BBQ place had sweet tea, but it wasn’t very good.

There is a viewing deck on top of the BBQ restaurant, with great views.

The staff I interacted with were uniformly friendly. The place wasn’t crowded, not surprising for a Tuesday following a holiday Monday. One thing I noticed was about half the lifts were not even in use, so there is a lot more lift capacity for busier days.

It was a fun and low key day. I had about 15 runs all day, and was pretty tired as the day wore on. I need to ski more often.

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One Response to “Skiing Sierra At Tahoe, CA”

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