Lake Tahoe: Southwest

(6 customer reviews)


With beautiful bowls, steep and deep couloirs, glorious glades, and electric-blue views, the Southwest corner of Lake Tahoe is a true backcountry skiing Mecca. Make the most of your ski days here by using this topographic route map to guide you to the best backcountry ski routes in the West Shore, Desolation Wilderness, and Meyers areas of the lake.

Includes ski routes on:

  • Mt. Tallac
  • Jake’s Peak
  • Pyramid Peak
  • Dick’s Peak
  • Echo Peak
  • Angora Peak
  • and many more!

Both paper and digital versions are available for purchase here.

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This comprehensive topographical route map makes it easy to find new ski lines in the Tahoe backcountry. Covering the area from Rubicon Peak down to Ralston Peak from North to South, and from Mt. Price to Flagpole Peak from East to West (see below above for a zoomable map with the full area of coverage), it includes some of the raddest descents around.

Route information, including suggested approaches and descents, is marked on a large scale 1:25,000 map to get you home safely. The map is accompanied on the back by a self-contained field-guide which shows photos and gives detailed descriptions of some of the most worthy descents – the perfect way to get in the know about backcountry skiing in Tahoe.

Descents of all varieties – from killer couloirs to wide open glades – are all covered, so there is something for everyone from the hardened veteran to the beginner tourer.


  • 70+ descents ranging from classics to rarely-skied lines
  • Suggested ascent routes to get you up the hill as efficiently as possible
  • Field-guide to the best descents complete with color photos
  • Waterproof, tear-resistant so you never have to worry about damaging your map
  • Fits in your pocket – the map folds down to 4.25″ x 9″ (21.25″ x 27″ when open)
  • Highly detailed with 40ft contour lines
  • Easily readable with a 1:25,000 scale

Area of Coverage

6 reviews for Lake Tahoe: Southwest

  1. Patrick R

    Haven’t had a chance to use it yet (it’s September after all!) but the map looks amazing. So many lines to go explore this coming winter!

  2. Carmen Casey

    I purchased the Lake Tahoe: Southwest digital download map to snowshoe, rather than skiing, and it worked perfectly! I always wanted to do Mt. Tallac in the winter and the only way to do it was via the ski route. It was easy to follow the track and it made our trip a success. I definitely recommend this track and route for a successful trip to Tallac.

  3. Nick

    Map, routes, descriptions, etc are all well laid out; it is sturdy and easy to use. So far I have skied one of the map’s routes off Tallac. The map is very accurate. Seeing and reading about all the other routes makes you want to spend a month in Tahoe, although some of the descents are sadly out of my league. Having a hard (back-up) copy is essential IMHO in case conditions go sour and all other technology fails. Very useful and strongly recommended!

  4. Andy

    I’m really happy with this map. I stumbled on this from an online forum and was worried about the paper, all my usual topo maps fall apart in the winter. This has held up really well after a couple tours.

  5. Peter W

    When it comes to backcountry skiing, I usually team up with a local friend who knows the terrain to ski the best POWDER descent routes but for my Tahoe trip, I didn’t have a friend to go to with; luckily I found backcountry ski maps. My goal is to maximize my time from a detailed backcountry ski map so I’m glad I bought a hard copy of Lake Tahoe: Southwest backcountry ski map which provided great info/guide to locate the best ski routes which saved me alot of time and delivered pure backcountry skiing fun. Highly recommended!

  6. Carl H

    Great map. This saved me a lot of time. I used to have to do a ton of research and work to overlay routes onto maps. This is all I need now. It’s lightweight, tough/waterproof, and a decent scale/ratio.

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