Plates for Powder Is Back! Ski for Free at Tahoe Area Resorts When You Buy a Tahoe License Plate

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Plates for Powder is back. Credit: Tahoe Fund

‘Plates for Powder’ license plate program funds environmental projects in the Lake Tahoe Basin

With Lake Tahoe area resorts preparing to welcome the early return of winter and kick off ski season, the Tahoe Fund announced that the popular Plates for Powder program is back after a brief COVID hiatus. This is the ideal time to get a free lift ticket to one of the region’s popular resorts. Those who purchase a new Lake Tahoe license plate in either California or Nevada before April 1, 2022, through the “Plates for Powder” program receive a free lift ticket to one of eight participating Tahoe downhill or Nordic resorts, or a Tahoe City Sports Park season pass to be used during the 2021-22 winter season, while supplies last.

“Over the past 10 years, ‘Plates for Powder’ has given California and Nevada drivers a way to directly support important environmental projects in Tahoe, and to show their love for this special place. We are incredibly grateful to our resort partners for their generous and ongoing support of this program. Their contributions give added incentive to purchase Tahoe license plates and assure the completion of projects designed to preserve Tahoe for generations to come.”

– Amy Berry, Tahoe Fund CEO

Plate sales and renewal fees support the development of hiking and biking trails, watershed restoration projects, and protect Lake Tahoe’s famed beaches and blue waters. The nonprofit Tahoe Fund has organized the program on behalf of the California Tahoe Conservancy and Nevada Division of State Lands since 2011. Nearly all funds (96%) from Tahoe plate sales come back to Lake Tahoe via the public agencies.

“We’re thrilled to bring the Plates for Powder program back this winter, and we are grateful to all the participating ski resorts for their support. Funds from the sale and renewal of Lake Tahoe license plates play an important role for our efforts to restore and enhance the natural and recreational resources of the Lake Tahoe Basin.”

– Conservancy Board Chair and El Dorado County Supervisor Sue Novasel

New Tahoe license plate fees that support environmental improvement projects in the Lake Tahoe Basin are $50 in California with a $40 annual renewal fee and $61 in Nevada with a $31 renewal fee. Personalized plates are also available for additional fees.

Participating resorts in the promotion include Diamond Peak, Heavenly, Homewood Mountain Resort, Kirkwood Mountain Resort, Mt. Rose – Ski Tahoe, Northstar California, Palisades Tahoe, Tahoe Cross Country, and Tahoe City Winter Sports Park.

Information on how to purchase a plate and redeem the complimentary lift ticket, trail pass, or Tahoe City Sports Park season pass is available at Some restrictions apply.

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