Lost Trail Lodge

Tahoe's backcoutry from the Lost Trail Lodge.
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Tahoe's backcoutry from the Lost Trail Lodge.
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If you’re lucky enough have good local knowledge in Tahoe, he’ll know just the place for a couple days of backcountry fun for you and 15 of your closest ski buddies. That would be funky/rustic Lost Trail Lodge, a four-mile skin up the Cold Creek drainage just outside Truckee, Calif.

If your local knowledge—in this case, Tecnica Blizzard super rep Clem Smith—happens to have a killer carbonara recipe, handed down from the international product development director’s dear Italian nona, that’d be even better. (The secret: lots of nutmeg.)

If the people you were hanging out with happened to be a fun gang of ski industry professionals, including four fun and capable guides plus ski-film icon and “Squallywood” author Robb Gaffney, you’d feel like staying for at least another day.

Throw in killer margs, stupid party games, and awesome corn and powder runs in the high Sierra, and it’s an unbeatable trip.

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Check out all the photos from the Lost Trail in the gallery

Ready to earn some turns? Whether you’re a self-guided veteran or newbie with guide, Lost Trail Lodge makes for a fun, comfortable base.