Silver Peak Tahoe Ski Tour

Lake Tahoe

A local classic through the forest to a summit ridge with great views

Ski Touring Moderate

Distance
12 km
Ascent
793 m
Descent
793 m
Duration
4-5 hrs
Low Point
1.8 km
High Point
2.6 km
Gradient
35˚
Silver Peak Tahoe Ski Tour Map

A classic of the area. A gentle tour through the forest to reach a summit ridge with great views.

Description

Most of the route stays in the forest, initially following the fire road and then heading more directly towards the ridge up to Silver Peak. There is lots of scope to vary the route up and down through the forest.

The terrain is never steep - sometimes not steep enough! - but there is some great skiing from the summit with plenty of scope to choose steeper pitch or stay on lower angled slopes as the conditions dictate.

Be sure to head skiers left after the summit gully (you can also retrace your steps on the ridge) and not to join the fireroad too early for the descent as it's very flat!

Difficulty

Moderate

Slopes become slightly steeper at around 25-30 degrees.

Low Exposure (E1)

1 out of 4

Exposure is limited to that of the slope itself. Getting hurt is still likely if the slope is steep and/or the snow is hard.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, December

Features

  • Tree Skiing

Equipment required

  • Skins

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