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 (10 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.

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snowcat guide skiing fresh snow

All-day packages with Homewood Snowcat Adventures start at $399 per person, 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.

Homewood Season Passholders will enjoy $100 off the price of all-day snowcat tours for themselves and any friends they choose to share the adventure with, when all members of the party are booked together.


All participants must be advanced skiers or snowboarders during normal operations; however, private group tours for intermediate-level skiers/riders can be arranged with a full buyout.

In order to provide the best tour experience, we highly recommend that you consider forming your own group of 10 individuals, to ensure a synergistic, positive experience. If not, you can be placed in an “open group”, where we do our best to accommodate your needs and pair you with similar riders based on your availability.  Many of these open groups are divided into either all-snowboarders or all-skiers, in order to have the best experience. For more information and frequently asked questions please check out our FAQ sheet below.


Group & Private Tours

Groups or companies wishing to enjoy a day of private guided snowcat touring are encouraged to call or email Homewood’s Group Sales department at (530) 584-6840 or [email protected] for availability and group pricing options. You may also leave us an information request by filling out the form below.

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