The 320 acres to the east of Grandview Express is known as Huckleberry Canyon - long lauded by Tahoe locals as some of the best and most accessible backcountry terrain in Lake Tahoe. Now incorporated inside Sierra-at-Tahoe's boundary, this steep and deep terrain is classified as Extremely Challenging and is appropriate for Experts Only.
The cliff drops, cornices, rock chutes, open bowls, gladed runs, and powder pillows in Huckleberry Canyon are accessible through five backcountry gates from the top of Grandview Express.
- Gate 1 - Castle Creek - mostly untouched tree runs with natural jibs
- Gate 2 - North Bowl - gladed skiing and riding at its absolute best
- Gate 3 - Big Pine - spines, pillows, cliffs - the doorway to the extreme
- Gate 4 - Pandora's - cornice drops, cliff drops, rock chutes, and pillows
- Gate 5 - Huckleberry Canyon - more cliffs, cornices, trees, plus big open bowls
Sierra offers a great way for expert skiers and riders to explore The Gates with a guide through a private lesson. To learn more and to make reservations, click here.
*Weather and conditions permitting. Avalanches are an inherent risk of the sport due to the nature of snow and its application on steep, mountainous terrain. Avalanche Safety Tips »