Skiers exit a snowcat and get ready to ski fresh tracks

Homewood Snowcat Adventures

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 (7 skiers/riders)* 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.

* up to two additional people can join at an additional fee.


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

For more information please visit FAQs regarding Homewood Snowcat Adventure Tours before booking.

Snowcat Adventure FAQs


All-day packages with Homewood Snowcat Adventures start at $3,500 per day for a group of 7. Groups of up to 9 can be accommodated, but will require a second guide for an additional $500. All participants must purchase a lift ticket for $99 or use their season pass in order to access the lifts. Homewood Snowcat Aventures 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 2021/22 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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