Sierra at Tahoe has quickly become our favourite hill in the Tahoe area. Although it is basically served by two main lifts, there is a huge range of terrain, and something for every skiier irrespective of ability.
For those who like to cruise the blues, the runs in the West Bowl area are just perfect, and if Clipper or Horsetail have not been groomed, you can catch some powder or ski a few moguls here too. If you want to be more adventurous, the black runs off The Grandview Express will challenge the better skiier. We go on vacation late March/Early April and on powder days (of which there are plenty) or even on corn days, the steeps of Dynamite and the bumps of Castle or Preacher's Passion really hit the spot.
Obviously there is not the acreage of a Jackson Hole or a Lake Louise, and you can ski every run on the mountain in a day, but it's neat, fun and challenging in places. Access can be a problem on stormy days if you don't have a 4x4, although there are regular shuttle busses from South Lake Tahoe.
The Season Pass deal of $199.00 for Sunday - Friday is outstanding value, and we've also made great progress there thanks to the $99.00 limitless lessons package. In 2005 we had 5 lessons during our stay, and in four out of the 5 lessons there were no more than 5 in the group. Once my wife and I had an instructor to ourselves! They really pushed us on and the lessons were amongst the best we've ever had. By the end they had us skiing in the trees and we had a real blast. We'll be back in 2008 and we're excited already.