Topping out at 8,600’, highway 88’s Carson Pass provides access to some of Tahoe’s finest backcountry skiing. Round Top, although a 2 mile approach away, is the most iconic destination in the area, with the classic Crescent Couloir bisecting its spherical summit. Neighboring peaks Red Lake and Steven’s hold diverse terrain to suit every ability and snow type. These broad peaks, connected by an easy ridgeline, hold so many nooks and crannies it would take a season to ski it all. Crater Lake, between the two, beckons to those who yearn for 1,000’ yo-yo laps in extreme terrain. Red Lake’s large east aspect has some of the longest corn runs in the area, but be sure to bring your ski crampons to get up this steep icy ridge. Elephant’s Back is a smaller, yet no less worthy location, offering great east facing bowl skiing. Also, nearby Kirkwood Ski Area has some amazing inbounds terrain with backcountry gates to boot. South Lake locals know that Carson Pass is the place to find the best early season coverage, with a high trailhead elevation and 3 peaks over 10,000’. Incredible terrain, easy access, and higher elevations make Carson Pass a choice zone.