Can it be more fun than this? Jessica VanPernis Weaver of JVP Communications in North Lake Tahoe, said in a press release that Homewood has launched snowcats in the backcountry at the resort. Skiers and riders can enjoy the ride to Ellis Peak, and hit the snow from there.
Weaver said that “Over 750 acres of tree runs, steeps, glades, backcountry bowls and fresh snow await just out-of-bounds at Homewood Resort. This season, groups of up to 10 skiers and riders can enjoy guided access in the backcountry with Homewood Snowcat Adventures. Participants will enjoy laps of up to 1,828 vertical feet from the top of Ellis Peak to the bottom of Old Homewood Express chairlift. After each run, a short chairlift ride takes participants and their guides back to meet the snowcat for another ride to the top of Ellis Peak, where breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe and Desolation Wilderness await, along with untracked terrain.”
Hikers know this area as a trek that rewards them with views of Lake Tahoe that seem to be endless. The hike is challenging, but well worth every step, and is best tackled in the summer and early autumn months.
Kevin Mitchell, general manager of Homewood Mountain Resort, said “The terrain accessible by snowcat just outside the resort boundary is some of the most desirable backcountry skiing and riding on the West Shore. Thanks to the El Nino winter conditions we’re experiencing in Tahoe this season, advanced skiers and snowboarders will have guided access to this incredible terrain through Homewood’s Snowcat Adventures throughout the remainder of the season as conditions permit.”
Weaver added that the Homewood Snowcat Adventures are led by experienced backcountry guides with a focus on safety, fun and adventure. The maximum group size is capped at 10 people to ensure plenty of powder runs for everyone, with all participants required to be advanced skiers or snowboarders. Private group tours for intermediate skiers and snowboarders can be arranged in advance with a full buyout.
According to the resort, Monday, February 15th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Homewood invites skiers and riders to learn more about the tours taking place on Ellis Peak, above the resort’s traditional ski area boundary at the Snowcat Grand Opening Party. With several vendors on site, the Snowcat will be parked nearby and 101.5 FM will be doing a live radio broadcast on location. Everyone will have the opportunity to learn about the tours, the guides, the equipment, the terrain and more.
Homewood will also be giving away one (1) FREE Snowcat Tour (booked for Feb. 21, 2016) during the Grand Opening Party. One raffle ticket will be given with each lift ticket purchased on Feb. 15, 2016 and one ticket will be given to each Homewood Season Passholder. Season Passholders can pick up their raffle ticket at the Snowcat Booth during the party from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The winner will be announced at 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 15. You must be present to win. What a Valentines Day present for someone.
All day packages with Homewood Snowcat Adventures, which includes both lift access at Homewood Resort as well as the snowcat tour, are available for $399 per person, per day. Also included are the required backcountry backpack, shovel, avalanche beacon, and probe, as well as professional instruction related to mountain safety practices.
Homewood season passholders receive a $100 discount for themselves and friends when the group books together for the same day. Groups or companies interested in a day of guided snowcat touring can also reserve a private adventure. The ride in the snowcat through the snowy woods alone is well worth the price.
Homewood Resort’s demo ski shop also offers powder-specific skis at a special package rate to anyone who books a Snowcat Adventure. For more information, or to book a Snowcat Adventure, please call 530.525.2992.