One-of-a-kind adventures in a one-of-a-kind place.

Outdoor Adventure

Lake Tahoe just two blocks down the road. The nearest chairlift less than two miles from your classroom. And 13 other epic resorts within a mere 90-minutes.

Our Outdoor Adventure (OA) program hosts activities to keep you busy all semester. Bike the Flume Trail one weekend and backpack in Yosemite the next. During the winter, snowshoe under the full moon, visit some of the local resorts or spend the night in a backcountry hut. The SNC OA program provides the opportunity and the gear to try something new all year round.

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Whitewater Rafting

Dig in and paddle hard! Spend the day in the sun and take in the beautiful views while experienced guides navigate class III rapids on the South Fork of the American River. Learn about California’s rich history while floating through the area that triggered the gold rush.



Come paddle the Caribbean of the Sierras, Lake Tahoe, using one of the college’s nine paddleboards.



Spend the night under the stars and the days exploring backcountry areas like Desolation Wilderness, the Tahoe Basin and Yosemite.

Climbing and Bouldering

Climbing is a year around sport at Sierra Nevada College. During warmer weather join Outdoor Adventures for an afternoon outing to catch beautiful views of the lake while top roping at Trippy Rock, or clip bolts on one of the many sport routes at nearby Dinosaur Rock. When the snow flies, the SNC Climbing Club trains at our local climbing gym for the competition season, which runs February through April. The club team is open to all SNC students, from beginner to expert. For more information, or to join, contact club advisor Will Hoida at: whoida@sierranevada.edu.


Full Moon Snowshoe

Snowshoe with friends under the full moon.


Project Discovery Ropes Course

Build a strong team with fellow students while conquering the challenges and braving the heights of the Project Discovery Ropes Course. Located on Mt. Rose, the ropes course has both high and low obstacles including a zip line through the trees.


Mountain Biking

Whether riding the lift at Northstar, taking advantage of the trails in the basin, or riding around the lake, Tahoe is a biking Mecca.