About Hope Valley Outdoors...
HOPE VALLEY OUTDOORS is a sustainable, off-the-grid, solar powered winter resort offering our customers the best in outdoor recreational opportunities! If you're looking for cross-country skiing, backcountry skiing, snowshoeing, rentals, lessons, and even guided tours, Hope Valley Outdoors can provide experienced information for just about all your outdoor needs. In our quiet and secluded location, only 20 minutes from Lake Tahoe, we do not have any phone service. Therefore we only accept cash or checks.
We operate out of a yurt at Pickett's Junction at the intersection of Hwy 88/89. MAP HERE We are located in Hope Valley, a beautiful high alpine valley surrounded by seven ten thousand foot peaks. Our location is between South Lake Tahoe and Kirkwood Ski Resort. We are a short drive out to Grover Hot Springs in Markleeville. Lodging and camping are all nearby, and we are open Thanksgiving through Easter. Our opening and closing dates depend on the snow conditions.
See everyone next season. Look for us to re-open Thanksgiving weekend.
We had a great winter season. Thanks to everyone who came out to ski and snowshoe with us this winter. We are looking forward to seeing everyone next season. Be sure to check our website in case we have a few tours show up during the off season.
Tuesday 3-5-13: The conditions haven't changed much. There is plenty of snow on the peaks and a few thin areas in the meadows. We are expecting up to a foot of fresh snow over the next couple of days. Come and get it!
Wednesday 2-12-13: There is not much new to report as far as snow and trail conditions are concerned. The meadow still has about about 18 inches of snow. The higher elevations still have over 3 ft. The snowshoeing is still really good and the cross country skiing is good on the north sides. The backcountry skiing on Stevens, Red Lake and Waterhouse is in good shape. The next round of snow is coming the middle of next week.
Wednesday 1-16-13: The snow conditions are still really nice. The slopes exposed to the sun are changing toward spring like conditions. The snow on the North faces is still soft. We are in a sunny pattern for the next week, so now is a great time to visit. Lots of snow and sunshine... come and see us for your ski or snowshoe adventure.
Tuesday 1-1-13: The snow conditions in Hope Valley are amazing. We have over 30 inches of great snow. There is nice powder in a lot of areas waiting for ski or snowshoe tracks. This is the best early season snowpack we have had in many years.
Saturday 12-22-12: Let it snow, Let it snow, Let it snow... After a number of wet snow storms, we are getting a lot of fresh deep snow. We have over a foot of snow at the Yurt. Backcountry conditions are great, but be sure to check the avalanche conditions before venturing into the backcountry.
Saturday 12-01-12: We have recieved about 6-12 inches of Sierra cement at the yurt-elavation 7000 feet.Up at Carson Pass 24 inches fell on 11-30-12. Go check out areas above 7500 feet for the most snow.
Friday 11-23-2012 update. There is no snow around the yurt, but there is snow at Carson Pass. Forestdale road is good, but you may encounter snowmobiles.The south side of Grass Lake at the top of Luther Pass also has some snow. Thin snowpack elsewhere.
We have snow. In our first storm we got over 2 feet of snow a couple of weeks ago. We have just received another 12 inches of light, fluffy powder. This is our 2nd snow storm of the season. Many folks are snowshoeing and cross country skiing in Hope Valley, although the snow coverage is thin. The snow coverage is not deep enough for safe backcountry skiing. This season, the storm trac is looking good ...
Here are a few photos showing the Hope Valley area.