Dean of Students Will Hoida led a group of students backcountry skiing in the Tahoe Basin
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, visit some of the local resorts or spend the night in a backcountry hut. The SNU OA program provides the opportunity and the gear to try something new all year round.

Student Activity Schedule

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to surf. Or rock – climb. Climbing is a year around sport here. During warmer weather join Outdoor Adventures for afternoon outings, then come to our local climbing gym when the snow flies. The SNU Climbing Club is open to all SNU students, beginner to expert.

Sierra Nevada University students spend spring break learning how to surf in Monterey Bay
SNU Tahoe students explore a South Lake Tahoe climbing spot called Castle Peak

How Do You Like the Water?

Dig in and paddle hard navigating class III rapids with experienced guides on the South Fork of the American River. Or explore the lake using one of the college’s 12 paddle boards.

SNU Tahoe students go paddle-boarding during the Tahoe Orientation, a way for new students to get to know each other better
Sierra Nevada University takes a trip to the South Fork of the American River in Coloma, California, group lead by Dean of Students Will Hoida

Go Wild

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

Students participate in Wilderness Orientation, a backpacking trip into Desolation Wilderness as a way to introduce new students to each other and to the Tahoe Basin
Wilderness Orientation participants load up the SNU Tahoe van with their backpacks filled with gear


The Tahoe Basin is a mountain biking paradise. Or go canyoneering!

The Flume Trail is a few minutes away from SNU Tahoe, a great hiking and mountain biking trail
Sierra Nevada University allows students hands on experience for classes, like a canyoneering course for Outdoor Adventure Leadership

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