Ski with a Ranger

Forest Service ranger speaks to Ski with a Ranger participants at Heavenly Mountain Resort.

Jan. 16, 2024 – Ski with a Ranger returns to Heavenly Mountain Resort
The USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit is pleased to announce the return of Ski with a Ranger at Heavenly Mountain Resort. Skiers and snowboarders are invited to Ski with a Ranger beginning Friday, Jan. 26, 2024. Tours will depart from Tamarack Lodge at the top of the Heavenly Gondola every Friday at 1 p.m. The tours last approximately one-hour and will continue through March 29, conditions and weather permitting. Read More


Tours are led by Forest Service conservation education staff and volunteers through a cooperative effort between Heavenly Mountain Resort and Lake Tahoe Visitor Authority’s Explore Tahoe. Participants must be intermediate level skiers or snowboarders or above, and provide their own lift ticket. No reservations are required. Attendance is on a first-come, first-served basis.

This free conservation education program is offered to help educate the public about the mission and role of the Forest Service in ski area management, improve public understanding of natural resource processes and issues, and promote environmental literacy and stewardship.

Forest Service rangers pose for a photo at Heavenly Mountain Resort.
Color photo of ski lift with Lake Tahoe in the background.
Color photo of Ranger Tara talking to the group about Prescribed Fire.
Color photo of Ranger Tara talking about the different kinds of trees in the Lake Tahoe Basin.
Color photo of Ranger Tara talking with the group about how Lake Tahoe was formed.
Color photo of Ranger Jeff discusses early inhabitants of the Lake Tahoe Basin on the first stop.
Color photo of Ranger Caleb talking to a group of Ski with a Ranger participants
Color photo of meeting location for Ski with a Ranger at the top of the gondola.
Color photo of Ranger Tara and Ranger Caleb prepare for the day at home base Explore Tahoe.