SNU Tahoe student snowboards at Diamond Peak, a ski resort within walking distance of SNU Tahoe
College at Lake Tahoe

Ski & Ride Tahoe

The best of winter

. . . at one of the country’s best ski colleges.

Get a great education AND your time on the mountain. Catch a few runs before or after your college classes at Diamond Peak, our local resort.

Then take your pick of all the ski resorts in the Tahoe Basin on the weekends. Whatever your ability level, riding style, and terrain preference, with over 15 resorts within driving distance you’ll find your fit.

Marissa Hushaw, Ski Business Resort Management major, hits the park at a ski resort in Lake Tahoe
Ski Business and Resort Management major Dave Wadleigh skiing in the backcountry around Lake Tahoe

Don’t Just Take Our Word For It

What’s Your Style?

I’m a Competitor.
SNU Tahoe’s Alpine, Freeski, and Snowboard teams are among the best college ski and snowboard teams in the country. The Eagles have brought home USCSA national championships every year since joining in the association in 1990, when it was still the NCSA.

I’m a Winter Enthusiast.
The Lake Tahoe Basin and Sierra Nevada backcountry offer every possible type of resort, terrain, and way to play in the snow. Most resorts offer discounted passes for full-time college students. Or venture into the backcountry. The college offers both free student activity trips and for-credit classes in backcountry skiing and riding, avalanche rescue, and wilderness emergency medicine.

I’m a Recreational Skier or Rider.
It couldn’t be easier. Go when you want, where you want. Learn something new, challenge yourself, or just relax with friends. Enjoy!

Some of Our Favorite Resorts

Boreal Mountain Resort & Woodward Tahoe: Great terrain parks and the best night skiing in Tahoe.
Distance: 30 mi. (45 minutes)
Woodward Tahoe is a proud local partner of SNU. Contact the mountain services desk after Sept. 1 to find out how to get a screaming deal!
Squaw Valley: The classic big mountain resort. Host of the 1960 Winter Olympics.
Distance: 23 mi. (45 minutes)
College passes available (use dropdown)
Diamond Peak: The SNU Eagles’ home turf. Spectacular lake views at an uncrowded community resort.
Distance: 1.4 mi. (5 minutes!) Shuttle bus service from campus.
College passes available
Northstar: Something for everyone, and fun in the village when you’re through for the day.
Distance: 14 mi. (30 minutes)
College passes available, passes include access to Northstar, Heavenly Valley, and Kirkwood.
Sugar Bowl Ski: Big mountain with a terrain park, backside, and mid-mountain lodge.

Winter in the Backcountry

Backcountry riding combines the thrills of downhill riding with the challenge of backpacking – all in amazing settings with excellent untouched snow. The Northern Sierra/Lake Tahoe region is the perfect location, with 1500 sq miles of amazing terrain right in our backyard.

Earn college credit for discovering a whole new world of skiing and snowboarding. The Expedition Backcountry Skiing course includes a 3 day expedition into the Desolation Wilderness, where the class works together to attempt a summit and descent of one of the major peaks in the region! SNU provides the basic gear to get you into the field.

Outdoor Adventure Leadership students take a backcountry ski class in the Tahoe Wilderness
An Outdoor Adventure Leadership student go skiing and riding for class credit

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