Cross Country

Tahoe Donner Cross Country

best_of_nltTahoe Donner is proud to offer a family friendly, world class cross country ski area with over 100k of trails suitable for all levels of skiers and snowshoers. Our trail system meanders through beautiful meadows and forests; follows bubbling creeks; and climbs for some stunning views of the Sierra Crest. We also offer a limited number of trails for fat biking and 3k of dog-friendly trails (see our multi use trail pages for more details)

Voted as one of the top three cross country ski areas in North America by USA Today, Tahoe Donner Cross Country is also a locals’ favorite providing easy access from Truckee, friendly service, immaculately groomed trails and some of the best food in town.

Starting at Tahoe Donner’s large and comfortable new Alder Creek Adventure Center, cross country skiers enjoy a modern fleet of rental equipment, a large selection of cross country apparel, fresh, organic food from the Alder Creek Café; and an après ski menu at the Trailside bar. Our friendly, helpful staff include experienced ski technicians, talented ski instructors and a professional as well as national/volunteer ski patrol.

  • Daily Hours 8:30am-5pm (in season)
  • Average annual snowfall: 360”
  • Base Elevation: 6650’
  • Highest Trail: 7729’
  • Number of Trails: 58
  • Kilometers: 100+
  • Acres of terrain: 2,800+
  • Warming Huts: 5

Opening Schedule

Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area will open for winter fun as soon as conditions allow.  Our trails are currently open for biking, hiking and horseback riding until the snow arrives.  The Alder Creek Cafe and Trailside Bar will be open this Fall with great lunch, light bar food and beverage options.

For updates on opening day and events and specials throughout the winter subscribe to our cross country email list.

Consider a Season Pass for This Year

2016/2017 season passes will be on sale from September 15th 2016. If you plan to ski 10 or more times this season, you should consider buying a season pass. For a few dollars more, our Combo pass gives you season-long access to both our cross country and downhill ski areas.

New this year – Season pass options for snowshoe and fat tire biking too.

A season pass is the best value, and comes with some great perks:

  • Access the trails with a quick scan of your pass
  • Access our new season pass locker room
  • “Early bird” access our trails and the new locker and wax rooms from 7 a.m. on non-storm days
  • Access to wax room, restrooms, and showers

See our Season pass page for more details.

Give us your feedback!

We’d like your input. Please take our short survey and let us know how we’re doing! See survey here.

IMPORTANT DRONE NOTICE: Unmanned aerial drone use by guests or the media on Tahoe Donner property is prohibited without prior written approval of Tahoe Donner Association. See more details.

Winter Programs 2016-2017

Downhill and cross country programs are offered for a variety of ages and abilities.

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Attend Our Job Fair on Nov. 5

We're hiring for a variety of seasonal positions! 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Northwoods...

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Winter Season Passes On Sale at Early Rates

Buy your season pass or sign up for a winter program now for the best price!

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Visit the New Alder Creek Cafe

Alder Creek Cafe Open daily!

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Tahoe Donner Purchases 640-Acre Crabtree Canyon

Tahoe Donner works with Truckee Donner Land Trust in land acquisition

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Tahoe Donner Voted Best Golf Course & Cross Country Ski Center

The people have spoken!

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