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Homewood Mountain Resort

Snow Sports Area
View of Lake Tahoe near Homewood Mountain Resort's base lodge – Rachael Woods

There’s nothing like the view from Homewood Mountain Resort. Everyone – from new skiers to seasoned snowboarders – stops to marvel at the azure perfection of Tahoe’s great mirror atop Madden Triple Chair. As the pride and center of the town of Homewood, California, Homewood Mountain Resort sits a snowball’s throw from the Lake’s west shore.

Guests who visit Homewood Mountain Resort notice that many of the slopes' names are mining terms: "Miner's Delight"; "Pot O' Gold"; "Ore Car"; "Wash Pan"; and more. Homewood was alive and well during the historic 19th century gold rush of California before industry gave way to winter recreation.

In 1936, Donald Huff, a prominent farmer from Sacramento, purchased the land which would later become Homewood Mountain Resort. This included the Hotel Homewood (now the site of the Homewood Marina, adjacent to the present ski resort).

During the late 1950s, several big events occurred: plans to host the winter Olympics at Lake Tahoe were underway; and the popularity of skiing soared (nationally as well as at the Lake). With winter sports on the rise, Huff set out to build a ski area for none other than his grandchildren - and opened Homewood Mountain Resort in 1962 with one lift and an A-frame day lodge. Lift tickets on opening day were just $5! Today, Huff's grandkids still ski Homewood's slopes, as do his great-grandchildren.

In addition to Homewood's daily skiing and snowboarding during winter, guests may access 15 kilometers of the original 1960 Olympic nordic ski trails, which were recently restored. The original trails can be found adjacent to Homewood's South Lodge.

Best Access and Parking Area

Located in Homewood, CA - Accessible via State Route 89, 21 miles South of Interstate 80 at Truckee, California. Homewood is 58 miles West of Reno Nevada, approximately 213 miles East of San Francisco, California. Parking is free at Homewood's South Lodge and North Lodge.

Rules and Regulations

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Snow Sports Area By the Numbers

Homewood Mountain Resort offers 1260 acres of terrain to skiers and snowboarders of all ability levels. Its base elevation is 6,230' (right next to the shores of Lake Tahoe); and its summit elevation is 7880', and comes with one of the world's most picturesque views.

Trail System

Homewood Mountain Resort offers access to 60 ski and snowboard trails - a combination of groomed trails, glades, powder bowls, and terrain parks. 15% of Homewood's terrain is designated as 'beginner'; 50% is designated as 'intermediate'; and 35% is designated as 'advanced'.


Approximate Operating Season

Daily skiing and snowboarding offered December through April

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