Steeped in history and great ski terrain, the backcountry around North Tahoe has seen winter adventurers since the dawn of skiing in the West. Tragedy struck the famed Donner Party in the winter of 1846-47, as a huge November storm trapped the group on Donner Lake. Today, skier’s revel in the storms that early Pioneers so feared, and the Truckee area has plenty of terrain to enjoy it. Signal and Castle Peaks provide the easiest access from I-80, albeit with moderate approaches. Both these peaks have front sides suited for corn, and backsides for powder. Donner Peak sits just outside the Sugar Bowl boundary, and has terrain to challenge any extreme skier, as well as some of Tahoe’s most prolific pillow lines. Three out of the four Sierra Club Huts sit right on the Sierra Crest above Truckee, and make for amazing ski base camps and destinations in their own right. If all you have is a couple hours, then North Tahoe accommodates that too, with many roadside locations to tempt the distracted driver. If you’re looking to ride the lifts for a day to rest your uphill legs, then this is the place to be, with the greatest concentration of quality resort skiing in Tahoe. Whether it’s a night at a hut, easy access, or extreme terrain, North Tahoe will not disappoint.