How To Ski For Free At Tahoe Resorts By Purchasing A License Plate

The Tahoe Fund -- an environmental non-profit based in the Lake Tahoe, California, area -- has announced the continuation of the "Plates for Powder" program during the 2023-2024 ski season.

The program offers a free ski day at one of 14 participating Lake Tahoe area resorts with the purchase of a "Plates for Powder" license plate.

The plates are available to California and Nevada drivers.

The California and Nevada "Plates for Powder"<p>Courtesy of the Tahoe Fund</p>
The California and Nevada "Plates for Powder"

Courtesy of the Tahoe Fund

For the free ski day, plates must be purchased before April 1st, 2024. Participating resorts include:

Boreal, Diamond Peak, Heavenly, Homewood, Kirkwood, Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe, Northstar California, Palisades Tahoe, Royal Gorge, Sierra-at-Tahoe, Sugar Bowl, Tahoe City Winter Sports Park, Tahoe XC and Tahoe Donner.

Remember, the plate purchase only nets one day on snow at any of these resorts. You can't use the voucher for multiple resorts. The ticket must be used during the 2023-2024 ski season with some applicable restrictions.

The plates cost $50 in California with a $40 annual renewal fee and $61 in Nevada with a $30 annual renewal fee. If you want to customize your plate, anticipate a price hike.

"Plates for Powder" has been led by the Tahoe Fund for over a decade on behalf of the California Tahoe Conservancy and Nevada Division of State Lands. Nearly 100% of the program's proceeds fund "new hiking and biking trails, watershed restoration projects, and protect Lake Tahoe's famed beaches and blue waters," per a recent press release.

"Funds raised through the sales and renewal of Lake Tahoe license plates have helped support us as we manage projects like the Dennis T. Machida Memorial Greenway and recreation sites like Van Sickle Bi-State Park, in addition to our environmental restoration projects," said Adam Acosta, California Tahoe Conservancy Board Chair. "We're grateful to all the skiers, and the ski areas, who participate in the Plates for Powder program."

To learn more about "Plates for Powder" and snag one for yourself (plus the free lift ticket!), click here.

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