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 (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.


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 9 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. 


Group & Private Tours

Groups or companies wishing to enjoy a day of private guided snowcat touring are encouraged to call or email Homewood’s Guest Services Office at (530) 584-6800 or for availability and group pricing options. You may also leave us an information request by filling out the form below.


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 tour.

VIP Lunch Upgrade

This upgrade provides your private snowcat adventure with the most luxurious peak to shore experience we have to offer. Set on the summit of our resort, the West Shore Cafe’s Executive Chef Robb Wyss will personally provide a “Mountaintop Chef’s Table”, providing the guests with an unmatched level of mountaintop dining. To compliment this intimate meal, guests can expect to enjoy a bottle of red wine, hand-picked by the West Shore Cafe’s in-house sommelier. 

Guests may also choose to have their Mountaintop Chef’s Table hosted at the Big Blue View Bar, offering a more cozy atmosphere along with  panoramic views of Lake Tahoe.


This upgrade is available for private tours only. The VIP Lunch Upgrade is $999.

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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