Winter Sports of Tahoe Donner ℠, Truckee & Lake Tahoe

Winter Sports of Tahoe Donner, Truckee & Lake Tahoe

Tahoe Donner℠ area homeowners are in the perfect location for winter recreation, with many of the country's best ski and snowboard resorts only an hour away! With such resorts as Northstar-at-Tahoe, Boreal, and Soda Springs, there are plenty winter activities for everyone in the family.

Alpine Ski & Snowboard Resorts

Alpine Meadows

Alpine Meadows is spread over 2,400 acres of skiing and snowboarding terrain with 100 runs that range in difficulty from easy to expert, and 13 lifts to get you to the top. This ski resort is great for any age and any level of expertise. Alpine Meadows offers lessons for adults and children, and private lessons for skiing and snowboarding. They also offer a steep-skiing camp for those who are more adventurous, and a ski camp created for women and coached by women.

From Truckee take Hwy 89 South approximtely 10 miles. Elevations: base 6,835 ft., summit 8,637 ft. Lifts: 13. Acerage: 2,400 patrolled. Runs: 100+. Annual snowfall: 495 in. Snow phone: (530) 581-8374


With 380 acres, a 500 foot vertical rise and a one mile long run, Boreal is a great place for advanced thrill-seekers and beginners alike to enjoy skiing or snowboarding. Boreal's terrain parks offer a variety of activities for snowboarders. One fun feature they have is the Night Rider Park. Open from 9am to 9pm, this park allows snowboarders to enjoy the park day and night. They also have a mini-shred park for beginners, the Core Park with Boreal's largest step-downs, rhythm section, concrete feature and their Rail Alley, and the Shred Park. Need lessons? Boreal offers group or private lessons ranging from beginning to experienced skiers and snowboarders. For kids who want to learn too, Boreal's Kids Club Learning Center offers children ages 4 to 10 (snowboarding starts at age 7) the skills they need to ski and snowboard safely. The park has other family oriented activities, such as tubing.

From Truckee take Interstate 80 approximtely 12 miles west to Boreal/Castle Peak exit. Elevations: base 7,200 ft., summit 7,700 ft. Lifts: 9. Acerage: 380 rideable. Runs: 41. Annual snowfall: 495 in. Phone: (530) 426-3666.

Diamond Peak

Diamond Peak is a family friendly resort with terrain parks that include 30 runs, open glades and tree skiing. Some features include 6 lifts, equipment rentals, and ski and snowboard lessons for all abilities taught by experienced ski instructors. Diamond Peak is a very environmentally conscious resort by actively taking steps including installing automated thermostats that reduces energy use by 20%; integrating fluorescent light bulbs into their facilities, which use one-fifth of the energy regular light bulbs use; and 50% of their vegetables are organic. Another great way they help out the environment is their “Adopt a Penguin” program, where for $25, Tahoe Donner℠ area residents and guests can adopt a penguin in Antarctica. In return for this donation, they receive an adoption certificate and a photo of their penguin. Or for $100-$250, residents will receive a plush toy, a framed certificate and a gift box. The donations received will be used to fight habitat loss and poaching.

From Truckee take Hwy 267 South to North Shore Lake Tahoe. At HWY 28 junction, turn left, proceed to Incline Village. Turn left on Country Club Drive.Turn Right on Ski Way, follow to the top. Elevations: base 6,700 ft., summit 8,540 ft. Lifts: 6. Acerage: 655 skiable. Runs: 30 Phone: (775) 831-3211.

Donner Ski Ranch

Donner Ski Ranch is a great resort for all levels, from beginner to expert. The Ranch is spread over 500 acres of land and features 6 chair lifts, ski school and a moving carpet for beginners. The Ranch’s Tubing Hill is great family fun and it’s even equipped with a moving carpet to get you back to the top! Rentals are available for tubing, snowboarding and skiing.

From Truckee take Interstate 80 approximtely 10 miles west to Soda Springs/Norden exit. Turn left at stop sign and follow the road for 3.5 miles. Donner Ski Ranch is on the left. Elevations: base 7,031 ft., summit 7,781 ft. Lifts: 6. Acerage: 500+. Runs: 52. Annual snowfall: 396 in. Phone: (530) 426-3635.

Homewood Mountain Resort

Homewood Mountain Resort offers beginner to advanced ski and snowboard schools for both adults and children (private lessons also available). They also offer kids programs and women’s camps. The resort is over 1,260 acres and includes 7 lifts and 60 runs. The resort plays host to many events as well, such as “Pajama Day,” “Wild, Wild West Day,” and snowboard and skiing competitions.

From Truckee take Hwy 89 South to Tahoe City (13 miles). Take a right at Tahoe City continuing along the West shore of Lake Tahoe to Homewood (6 miles). Elevations: base 6,240 ft., summit 7,890 ft. Lifts: 7. Acerage: 1,260. Runs: 60. Phone: (530) 525-2992.

Mount Rose

With over 1,200 acres, 8 lifts, and beginner to expert terrain, Mount Rose is filled with outdoor winter fun for Tahoe Donner℠ area residents. Group or private lessons, as well as women’s and kids lessons and clinics are available for all skiing and snowboarding levels. Rentals are also available. Mount Rose is very dedicated to environmental protection and energy efficiency, with such contributions as less use of individual vehicles to cut down air pollution, placement of a recycling and waste reduction program, and the use of windspires that transform wind into energy.

From Reno take Hwy 431 (Mt Rose highway) west. Aprox 22 miles from Reno airport. Elevations: base 7,900 ft., summit 9,700 ft. Lifts: 8. Acerage: 1200+. Runs: 60+. Annual snowfall: 400 in. Phone: (800) 754-7673.


Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort offers many parks, pipes and trails for snowboarders and skiers. With jumps, rails, hips and boxes, Northstar's terrain is great for freestyle. And they also have a 420-foot Superpipe, which was ranked in TransWorld Snowboarding's top ten pipes in North America for 3 years in a row! Skiers of all skill levels will love the 89 trails over 2,904 acres, the express gondola, the triple and double chairs, and the 1.4 mile long run. And the views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding mountains are incredible! Some other great winter activities offered at Northstar-at-Tahoe are tubing, snowshoeing, and geocaching. Lessons are available for both adults and kids for skiing and snowboarding. Childcare is also available.

From Truckee take Hwy 127 South approx. 8 miles to Northstar Drive. Elevations: base 6,330 ft., summit 8,610 ft. Lifts: 16. Acerage: 2420 skiable. Runs: 73. Annual snowfall: 350 in. Phone: (800) 466-6784.

Soda Springs

Soda Springs, as Tahoe's best snow park for kids, offers numerous activities and parks for the whole family to enjoy! Some features are 2 ski lifts, 2 tubing tows, terrain for both skiing and snowboarding for any level, and a circular track for children ages 6 to 12 to try out mini snowmobiles! Some of the lifts and activities include the Tube Town Moving Carpet, Lion's Head Chair, and the Kids Tube Carousel. Lessons are available for any age or difficulty level for skiing or snowboarding at Soda Springs. They offer the Beginner Package, which includes a beginner lift ticket, group lesson and rental equipment for ages 7 and up. For the little ones, Soda Springs' Planet Kids offers lessons for children ages 8 and younger. For these lessons, parents must be present. The rental equipment is included in the cost of the lesson. Private lessons are also available.

From Truckee take Interstate 80 approximtely 14 miles west to Soda Springs exit. Elevations: base 7200 ft., summit 7,700 ft. Lifts: 2. Tows: 2. Acerage: 380 rideable. Runs: 41. Annual snowfall: 495 in. Snow phone: (530) 581-8374.

Squaw Valley

Squaw Valley is a great destination for Tahoe Donner℠ area homeowners! Their Nordic Center offers 4,000 acres of groomed trails for all skiing and snowshoeing levels. Lessons are offered either private or group for skiing and snowboarding ranging from beginners to advanced. For young Tahoe Donner℠ residents ages 3-12, there are a variety of snow programs available ranging from snowplay to skiing and snowboarding lessons. Other features include snowboarding park, night skiing and riding, rentals and race teams. For non-skiers, there is ice skating, cable car rides, a swimming lagoon and spa, snow tubing and dog sledding.

From Truckee take Hwy 89 South approximtely 8 miles to entrance. Elevations: base 6200 ft., summit 9.050 ft. Lifts: 33. Acerage: 4000+. Runs: 100+. Annual snowfall: 450 in. Phone: (800) 403-0206.

Sugar Bowl

With over 500 inches of snow on average, the Tahoe Donner℠ area's Sugar Bowl receives more snow than almost anywhere in North America! And with 4 peaks, 95 trails over 1,500 acres for skiing, a 3 mile long run and a terrain park for snowboarding, Tahoe Donner℠ area property owners are sure to find enjoyment here. For Tahoe Donner℠ area homeowners ages 13 to 69, take advantage of Sugar Bowl's free lessons with all day lift ticket purchase! Monday through Friday free lessons are available with professional instructors. If you are a Tahoe Donner℠ area resident who loves a little friendly rivalry, then one of Sugar Bowl's competitions is a great way to show off your skills. Some other features offered are dog sledding, snowplay, sledding, snowshoe tours, rentals, spa, lodge and dining.

From Truckee take Donner Pass Rd. past Donner Lake aprox. 3 miles to Summit. Elevations: base 6,883 ft., summit 8,383 ft. Lifts: 12. Acerage: 1,500+. Runs: 84. Annual snowfall: 500+ in. Snow phone: (530) 426-6780.

Tahoe Donner℠ Downhill

This small friendly resort adds a personal touch to your skiing or snowboarding experience with courteous employees that help fulfill all your snow sport needs. Tahoe Donner℠ Downhill consists of 120 well-groomed acres of skiable land with 14 runs and 2 lifts. The resort offers runs that range from beginner to expert levels and lessons are available for all ages and skill levels. Tahoe Donner℠ Downhill also hosts many events including the annual New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade, where Tahoe Donner℠ area homeowners and guests can participate in or observe the spectacular presentation of skiers illuminating the dark hillside with glowing torchlights.

Take Donner Pass Rd. to Northwoods Blvd. Go up Northwoods approx. 5 miles to Slalom Way. Turn right to ski hill. Elevations: base 6,750 ft., summit 7,350 ft. Lifts: 2. Tows: 1. Acerage: 120 skiable. Runs: 14 Phone: (530) 587-9444.

Nordic Ski Centers

Royal Gorge

Royal Gorge is North America’s largest cross country ski resort with 65 trails over 330K of skiable ground. The resort offers group or private lessons, as well as kids’ camps, snowshoe tours and races. Ski rentals are available at the resort’s “Summit Station.” Discounts are available for groups of ten or more who book their ski trip a week in advance.

From Truckee take I-80 west to the Soda Springs/Norden exit, follow the signs to Summit Station. Groomed track: 330 K Warming huts: 10. Rentals: yes. Instruction: yes. Day lodge: yes. Phone: (800) 666-3871.


Granlibakken Ski Resort features a ski hill great for beginner and intermediate levels for skiing and snowboarding, ski school with both private and group lessons, snowplay area great for families, a warming hut and a snack bar. Equipment rentals are available for skiing, snowboarding and snowplay.

From Truckee take Hwy. 89 south to the "Y" in Tahoe City. Continue on Hwy. 89 south for 1/2 mile to Granlibakken Road. Turn right and continue for 3/4 of a mile to the deck overhang of the main lodge. Groomed trails: no. Back country trails: yes. Warming huts: 1. Rentals: yes. Instruction: yes. Day lodge: yes. Snowshoe trails: yes. Snow play area: yes. Phone: (877) 552-6301.

Tahoe Donner℠ Cross Country Center

With 51 trails over 115K of groomed landscape, Tahoe Donner℠ Cross Country Center is a great place for beginners to learn to ski cross country over the flat, peaceful countryside of Euer Valley. Experts can enjoy challenging, yet extremely beautiful trails in the mountain terrain. Take lessons for any skill level with the Center’s certified ski school.

Take Donner Pass Rd. to Northwoods Blvd. Go up Northwoods approx. 4.5 miles to Fjord, turn right to Alder Creek Rd. Turn left on Alder Creek to ski center. Groomed trails: 115 K. Warming huts: 5. Rentals: yes. Instruction: yes. Dog friendly: no. Day lodge: yes. Snowshoe trails: 2. Phone: (530) 587-9484.

Donner Lake

With 100 skiable acres overlooking a stunning lake, Donner Lake is a gorgeous area to ski or snowshoe.

In Truckee take Donner Pass Rd. to Donner Memorial State Park, next to Emigrant Trail Museum. Marked ski trails to Donner Lake and Donner Party Historic Sites. Information available at the museum, Sno-Park permits / local information, (530) 582-7892.

Spooner Lake

Spooner Lake Cross Country Ski Area offers a good time for all ages and skill levels. Tahoe Donner℠ area residents and their guests can enjoy a couple hours on easy to moderate trails, day long treks on more advances trails, or even stay overnight in one of the resort’s two wilderness cabins that overlook Lake Tahoe’s Emerald Bay. The Ski Area is spread over 9,000 acres with spectacular views of Lake Tahoe. Ski and snowshoe rentals are available and the lodge offers snacks and a cozy fireplace.

From Truckee take Hwy 267 South to Kings beach, turn left to Incline and Hwy 28. Go south on Hwy 28 11 miles. Spooner Lake is on the east side of Hwy 28. Groomed trails: 80+ K. Rentals: yes. Instruction: yes. Day lodge: yes. Overnite cabins: 2. Phone (775) 749-5349.

Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area

The Cross Country Ski Area is a great destination for beginners and experts alike. The Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area welcomes canine companions on two of their trials. A café is located in the day lodge for snacks, sandwiches, soups or some warm drinks. Ski school is offered for beginners to learn the basics of cross country skiing. Rentals are available for ski and snowshoe.

From Truckee take Hwy 89 South to Tahoe City, continue 3 miles along the North Lake Tahoe shore to Fabian Way. Turn north on Fabian to Village Rd, turn right to Country Club Dr. and park in lot. Groomed trails: 65K. Warming huts: 2. Rentals: yes. Instruction: yes. Dog friendly: yes (on 2 trails). Day lodge: yes. Phone:(530) 583-5475.

Back Country Adventures

Clair Tapaan Lodge

From Truckee take I-80 west to the Soda Springs exit. Carl Tappan Lodge is managed by the Sierra Club and offers back country ski adventures. For reservations: Clair Tappaan Lodge, P.O. Box 36, Norden, CA 95724 or call the Manager at (530)426-3632.

Castle Peak

From Truckee take Interstate 80 approximtely 12 miles west to Boreal/Castle Peak exit.

Dog Sled & Snowmobile Tours

Coldstream Adventures

Coldstream Canyon west of Truckee. Call (530) 582-9090.

Wilderness Adventure Dog Sled Tours

Tours are available at Squaw Creek Inn and Sugar Bowl. Call (530) 550-8133.

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