Skiing

Skiing (Nordic and Alpine)
Skiing at Lake Tahoe/Tahoe Donner dates back to the mid 1800’s when John “Snowshoe” Thompson crossed over what is now Heavenly on his 90-mile mail route from northern Nevada to northern California, traversing a portion of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range.

Lake Tahoe/Tahoe Donner is ideally situated in the High Sierra, the snowiest region on the North American continent where snow is known to have fallen in every month of the year. The Sierra Nevada is directly in the path of huge Northern Pacific storms that swing in from the Gulf of Alaska, so the Lake Tahoe Basin gets routinely hammered with a ton of white gold, in a surprisingly short amount of time. In fact, the Lake Tahoe Basin gets more average annual snowfall than either Utah or Colorado!

We invite you to explore this site and spend some time reading about each of the 16 major ski resorts in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Good luck deciding which resort to ski or ride first. Then again, you could just spend the entire winter in Tahoe Donner and experience all of them from one of our ski leases.

Major Ski Areas

Downhill & Snowboard
Cross Country
Lifts
Trails
Acres
Vertical Drop
Miles from
Tahoe Donner
Tahoe Donner
X
3
14
120
600′
0
Tahoe Donner XC
X
0
70
4800
1300′
0
Alpine Meadows
X
13
100+
2000
1802′
12
Boreal
X
12
36
380
501′
15
Diamond Peak
X
6
30
655
1840′
22
Heavenly
X
27
82
4800
3500′
30

Homewood

X
8
56
1260
1650′
20
Kirkwood
X
X
12
68
2300
2000′
65
Mt. Rose
X
5
43
1000
1440′
25
Northstar
X
X
12
66
2420
2280′
10
Royal Gorge
X
4
90
9172
1600′
17
Sierra at Tahoe
X
12
46
2000
2212′
40
Soda Springs
X
2
16
200
652′
16
Spooner Lake
X
0
20
9000
2100′
28
Squaw Valley
X
X
31
OPEN
4000
2850′
11
Sugar Bowl
X
12
84
1500
1500′
15

 
Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area
On Donner Pass Road, half mi. off I-80 at Truckee-Donner Lake exit. A small family-oriented ski area located in the Tahoe-Donner area near Truckee, California. Two chair lifts and one surface lift.

Convenient Shuttle Bus
Tahoe Donner offers a convenient shuttle bus that runs daily from the Downhill Ski Area parking lot to the main ski lodge.

Beginner: 60%

Peak Elevation: 7350 feet

Vertical Drop: 600 feet

Base Elevation: 6750 feet

Average Snowfall: 300 inches

Acres of Skiing: 120

Intermediate: 40%

Advanced: 0%

Tahoe Donner XC Skiing Area
Take Interstate 80 to the Donner State Park Exit. Travel east one-half mile to stoplight. Turn north onto Northwoods Boulevard. Follow signs to Cross Country Ski Area, approximately 5 miles (turn right on Fjord, left on Alder Creek).

The terrain at Tahoe Donner XC is awesome. Three sections to ski, snowshoe or pulk sled (Home Range, Euer Valley, and Sunrise Bowl) make it an adventure every day. From the mellow loops at the Cross Country Center to the difficult loop at the Badlands, everyone should be happy. Euer Valley is beautiful – give yourself some time to explore, take a break at the Cook House, and take the Last Round Up home. You can now ski to the alpine area at Tahoe Donner Ski Area. Meet the kids for lunch?

Night skiing on Wednesday and Saturday nights from 5-8pm.


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