Skiers exit a snowcat and get ready to ski fresh tracks

Homewood Snowcat Adventures

More details regarding the snowcat program and COVID-19 policies and procedures released shortly

Take the trail less traveled, every lap of the day. Homewood Snowcat Adventures accesses over 750 acres of backcountry terrain on the flanks of Ellis Peak, above the resort’s traditional ski area boundary.

All-day packages with Homewood Snowcat Adventures feature a small group (9 skier/rider max) and a fully guided experience in the out-of-bounds terrain accessed by the snowcat. Once transported to the peak, you’ll enjoy guided access to a wide variety of terrain options from perfectly-spaced tree runs to steeps, powder bowls and intermediate-level glades all leading guests back to the in-bounds terrain at the resort. Participants enjoy laps with 1,824′ vertical from the top of Ellis Peak – where panoramic views of Lake Tahoe and the Desolation Wilderness await – to the bottom of the Old Homewood Express chairlift.


Our snowcat group tours can be tailored for a variety of skill levels – from advanced/expert to intermediate skiers and riders.

Please click the link below for more information regarding Homewood Snowcat Adventure Tours.



All-day packages with Homewood Snowcat Adventures start at $3,000 per buyout (seats up to 9 people), per day for both snowcat and lift access. This  includes snow safety equipment such as backpack, shovel, beacon & probe (required of all participants), mountaintop lunch and guided tours all day long. Homewood’s Rental shop will also offer special snowcat package rates on its line of powder-specific demo skis to allow snowcat skiers to get the most out of their backcountry experience.

Note that we only offer full group snowcat buyouts for the 2019/20 season.

What to Expect

Want to know more about what to expect during your snowcat tour? View the video for a quick overview of a typical day snowcat skiing / riding. 






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