Expert skiers and snowboarders who’d like to take on the steeps in Huckleberry Canyon at the Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort off Highway 50 near South Lake Tahoe now have a guided snowcat option.
Instead of hiking to reach the terrain beyond the lift-served areas, the bold can ride in a heated snowcat to access untouched powder in 320 acres of open bowls and gladed tree runs, as well as descents through rock chutes and drops over cornices and (yikes!) cliffs.
This terrain has long been praised by Tahoe locals as some of the best and most accessible backcountry in the region. It is now within the Sierra-at-Tahoe boundary and can be reached through backcountry gates off the Grandview Express chairlift. This challenging terrain is for experts only.
Starting at $79 a person, each snowcat tour includes a guide who will teach participants about backcountry safety and the proper use of avalanche equipment. A shovel, probe, avalanche beacon and backpack are provided, as well as lunch. A Sierra snowcat can hold up to 10 people or can be rented for private tours by groups of five or more. A resort season pass or lift ticket is required.