6. Sierra-at-Tahoe, California

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Enni Rukajarvi. Sierra-at-Tahoe, California. PHOTO: CHRIS WELLHAUSEN

 

Average Snowfall: 480”

Elevation: 8,852’

Vertical Drop: 2,212’

Number of Lifts: 14

Hub:Reno, Nevada

Website: sierraattahoe.com

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If the terrain at Sierra-at-Tahoe doesn’t make you drool, study the scenery.  Massive old growth forests surround the mountain and provide the perfect backdrop for its epic parks. Jamie Anderson grew up lapping them and continues to call Sierra-at-Tahoe her home. “I love Sugar N’ Spice to The Alley then to West Bowl,” Anderson says. “It’s a big fun lap, and there are lots of side hits and log rides the whole way.” When the snow falls, hit up Huckleberry Bowl—but bring your backcountry game—it’s not patrolled.  For good eats on the mountain, visit the Happy Hippie Café. Once you finally get those boots off, head to the Free Bird Café or Off the Hook Sushi for dinner.