Backcountry Clinics

For skiers and riders who have the proper equipment and training, there is fun inbounds terrain at Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center. Don’t forget, a trail pass is required for any off-piste skiing or boarding within the cross country ski area boundary. Be sure to check the trail map to familiarize yourself with the area. Access to any temporary or permanently closed areas is considered trespassing and violators will be subject to prosecution.

New this year are programs aimed at helping you get out and explore the great backcountry skiing in Tahoe Donner with professional instructors and guides. Learn avalanche skills and find powder with expert instructors. Level requirements vary and space is limited. Book early.

Avy Savvy Class

Dates: Jan. 6, Jan. 27, Feb. 23, March 3 – Half-Day

Skiing Level: All (beginners welcome)

An intro/overview to the backcountry. Learn to use avalanche gear, how to select routes and what to do if someone is caught in an avalanche, plus a beginner-level tour. Open to skiers of all levels. Learn more and sign up at

Intro to Backcountry Class

Dates: Jan. 7, Jan. 28, Feb. 24, March 4 – Half-Day

Skiing Level: Intermediate and up

Review use of backcountry gear, practice beacon use and burial, discuss route finding and selection, then enjoy a tour up and great ski down. For skill level intermediate and up. Sign up and learn more at

Hawks to Euer Valley*

Dates: Jan. 20, Feb. 10, March 10 – Half-Day

Skiing Level: Advanced/expert

Enjoy a beautiful climb up Hawks Peak, ski the north face down to Euer Valley, and then skin back up. Route subject to conditions. Open to advanced and expert skiers. Sign up and learn more at

*Please note this terrain is closed and not accessible without a Tahoe Donner-approved guide.