Cross Country

Tahoe Donner Cross Country Closed for Season – See You Next Winter!

Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area has closed for the 2015-2016 ski season. Thanks to all who came out and made this season a resounding success. With El Niño delivering big snowfall, and the debut of our new Alder Creek Adventure Center, we enjoyed one of the best seasons in years.

Voted as one of the top three cross country ski areas in North America by USA Today, our guests enjoy a world class trail system, stunning views and our spectacular new facility. When open, the facility offers cross country skiing, snowshoeing and fat biking.

2016/2017 ski passes are on sale through April 30. Buy today and get your pass for last season’s lowest prices.

When fully open at Tahoe Donner Cross Country, we offer over 100 kilometers of trails specially prepared for the best experience for traditional cross country striding, ski skating and snowshoeing. Explore our interactive trail map to learn more about our trails.

New Alder Creek Adventure Center Open

This winter is extra special for cross country skiers as we debuted the brand new Alder Creek Adventure Center. With fresh, organic offerings at the Alder Creek Café, premium beers and wines at the bar, an expanded rental shop, season-long locker rentals, and one of the largest retail selections in the area, the facility is a spectacular addition to our cross country operation.

Alder Creek Cafe is open daily through April 17

New! Rent a Fat Bike this Winter

A fat bike is a bicycle with oversized tires designed for riding on snow and on soft surfaces. We are now renting our fleet of five fat bikes, allowing riders to explore our dog trails (Piece of Cake, Cup of Tea and Dogonit) as well as a two of our snowshoe trails (Tim’s Trek and Walkabout). Riders will need to purchase a trail or season pass and are required to stay on the designated trials to minimize impact to our skiing terrain. Fat bikes are $16 an hour; bikes will only be permitted on the trails when conditions allow. Check our daily grooming report for times for fat bike fun.

Hours of Operation

Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area is closed until winter 2016/2017. However, Alder Creek Cafe and Trailside bar remain in operation until April 17 and will open again for summer on May 5.

For updates on trials and conditions, see our grooming report. Subscribe to our cross country email list to be one of the first to know when we open.

Consider a Season Pass for This Year

If you plan to ski 10 or more times next season, you should consider buying a season pass. For a few dollars more our Combo pass gives you season long access to our Cross Country and Downhill Ski areas.

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;
  • 10% discount on retail, food and non alcoholic beverages;
  • Free admission to our Snowplay area;
  • Some restrictions apply.

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.


Out of safety concerns for guests, employees, and association property, as well as concerns for individual privacy, Tahoe Donner Association prohibits the operation or use of unmanned aerial systems, or drones, by the general public – including recreational users and hobbyists – without the prior written authorization from Tahoe Donner Association. This prohibition includes drones used for filming or videotaping, as well as any drone use by media or journalists operating above or within Tahoe Donner property boundaries. This prohibition on drone operations or use extends to any drones launched or operated from association property, as well as drones launched from private property outside of the Resort boundaries. Any authorized operation of aerial drones may be governed by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules and regulations, local law enforcement, and / or U.S. Forest Service, as well as those policies separately established by Tahoe Donner Association, which may include certification, training, insurance coverage, indemnification requirements, and waivers or releases of liability. Any violation of this rule may involve suspension of your recreation and/or member privileges, or the revocation of your season pass, as well as confiscation of any drone equipment, and may subject violators to any damages, including, but not limited to, damages for violations of privacy and/or physical or personal injuries or property damage, as well as regulatory fines and legal fees.

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