Welcome to the Ski Tahoe Backcountry Location Finder!
This table was created to group all Tahoe’s locations in one place, and to make it easier for you to decide where to ski on any given day of the season. Sort any of the columns by clicking on the column title at the top. Maximum Vertical refers to the longest consistent ski run a location has, not the total elevation gain required to reach a summit. Primary Aspect lists the direction that most of a mountain’s slopes face. Sometimes, places like Castle Peak and Relay Peak, have many different aspects that skiers explore. In this case, I will list the most popular, or most sought after, descent aspect. Keep in mind that the Primary Aspect is not necessarily the longest vertical descent. Using Castle Peak as the example again, Castle’s longest run is the northwest glades, however, the large majority of people ski the southern aspect given its proximity to the trailhead, therefore, South is listed for Castle on this chart. Average Approach is listed in number of miles it takes to reach “skiable terrain”, i.e. a run worthy of doing another lap on. This value is only averaged for places like Blackwood Canyon, where approach distance depends greatly on where in Blackwood Canyon you ski. For a more detailed explanation of these terms, see the Introduction page.
Not only does this table quickly summarize each area’s basic qualities, but it should also help you quickly decide where to ski given the snow conditions, your desired effort level and time commitment. For example, if you would like to get away from other skiers by taking a longer approach, and find a long run that grows corn earlier in the day, look for an area with an East aspect, a longer approach and longer maximum vertical. Conversely, if you want a shorter powder run because you only have a couple hours, look for a North aspect with shorter approach and shorter maximum vertical. Happy skiing!
|Primary Aspect||Average Approach
|Dick’s & Jack’s Peaks||1900||South||5|
|Echo & Angora Peaks||2000||East||0.75|
|Red Lake Peak||1900||East||0.5|