Ask a weathered Tahoe local where his favorite place to go on a powder day is, and nine times out of 10 he’ll answer Homewood. No lines and loads of tree-skiing mean fresh tracks and face shots every run for those who want them. And for those who don’t, this unassuming mountain on the West Shore has by far the area’s best view of Lake Tahoe from its many groomers cascading off of Ellis Peak. Homewood's best features are the lack of crowds, easy access from Hwy 89, and kids under 10 ski free when accompanied by an adult.
Terrain: 1,260 acres - 15% Beginner; 50% Intermediate; 35% Advanced. 56 Trails.
Lifts: 1 quad chair, 3 triple chairs, 4 surface lifts.
Elevations: Summit 7880’; Base 6230’; 1650’ Vertical.
Snow Sport Schools: Daily instruction in skiing and snowboarding, including beginner lessons and rental packages. Special women's snowboarding clinics. Propointer lessons. The Snow Rangers program offers skiing and snowboarding lessons for kids 4-10.
Amenities: Two lodges, one sun-deck lodge, rental shop with full ski and snowboarding packages; retail shop. Two restaurants and cafe. Snowboard terrain parks and half pipe. Incredible Lake views.
Location: 5145 W. Lake Blvd., Homewood, CA 96141; On Hwy. 89, 6 miles south of Tahoe City.
Shuttle: Free shuttle available with reservation; call 530-525-2992. Discount TART tickets also available.
Info: 530-525-2992, 530-525-2900 (Snowphone) or www.skihomewood.com
Watch for some incredible riding and lake views!