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Tahoe Tips: From Ski Legend Daron Rahlves

Looking to make the most of the season’s epic snow? Here are some tips from a pro.

Daron Rahlves on Nancy's Couloir in the Sugar Bowl off of Mt. Disney

By Grant Barta

As part of our December cover story, the Ultimate Guide to Tahoe, we talked to several of the region’s snow superstars to get their tips on where to ski, eat, play and stay. Here, Daron Rahlves, winner of 12 World Cup events, shares his picks for fun in the snow in North Lake Tahoe now.


Q: Why do you love Sugar Bowl?

A: Sugar Bowl is the essence of a true mountain experience for skiers and snowboarders. The snowbound village, Village Lodge and Belt Room are classic experiences that take you back in time. It's an intimate mountain experience the way skiing should be. Courteous lift ops, awesome terrain for every level and secret stashes are waiting for those who come to the Bowl.  


Q: What is the best way to ski your run, Rahlves’ Run, at Sugar Bowl?

A: The first run down Rahlves' Run is always the best time.  Use the whole width of the run to put all the terrain in play.


Q: What is your favorite off the new Crow’s Peak lift?

A: Best steep groom run is Rob's Run off the Crow's Peak Chair.


Daron Rahlves on Mt. Lincoln / By Kern Barta

Q: Where do you like to ski with your kids?

A: At Sugar Bowl down Silver Belt Gully.


Q: Do you have a go-to restaurant? And a favorite dish you always order?

A: The Mill Juice Shop in Truckee for a Green River cold pressed juice and a shot of ginger. Breakfast at Marty's Cafe in Truckee and the fried egg sandwich. Lunch at Sugar Bowl's Judah Lodge: the turkey Panini, or at the Silver Belt Room Bar then soup is always awesome. Dinner: Truckee Tavern, chicken from the grill.


Q: What’s your favorite après ski for a drink to cap a big day on the slopes?

A: Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA, or a Red Bull Vodka with splash of cran.


Q: Do you have a favorite winter adventure in Tahoe?

A: I'd go for an overnight trip to the Benson Hut accessed off of Lincoln Express. Easy access and great spot to hike and ski amazing back country terrain.