A group on the Snowcat tour awaiting descent

Homewood Snowcat Adventures

Homewood Snowcat Adventures accesses over 750 acres of backcountry terrain on the flanks of Ellis Peak, above the resort’s traditional ski area boundary.

Once transported to the peak, groups of up to 10 skiers and riders will 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 inbounds terrain at the resort.

All-day packages with Homewood Snowcat Adventures will feature small group sizes (10 skier/rider max) and a fully guided experience in the out-of-bounds terrain accessed by the snowcat. Participants will enjoy laps of up to 1,828 vertical feet 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.

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. However, if you are unable to round up those individuals we can add you to an “open group.” In an open group, we try our best to accommodate your needs and pair you with similar riders.  Many of these open groups are divided into either all-snowboarders or all-skiers, in order to have the best experience. If you are interested in riding with a mixed group, it’s best that you contact our staff for further inquiries.

For reference, you can view our Trails Maps here.

Reserve your adventure
Snowcat tour on-top of a mountain

Book your snowcat adventure by calling Homewood’s Guest Services office at (530) 525-2992, emailing [email protected] or filling out the form below for more information on availability.

Pricing and more information
snowcat guide skiing fresh snow

All-day packages with Homewood Snowcat Adventures will start at $399 per person per day for the snowcat and lift access, which includes safety equipment required of all participants (backpack, shovel, beacon, probe).

Homewood season pass holders 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.

Group Bookings: 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.

Homewood’s demo 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 the untracked terrain they will be exploring.

For more information and frequently asked questions please check out our FAQ sheet. To book a snowcat adventure at Homewood this winter, please email [email protected] or call (530) 525-2992.