Fat Bike Trails

Fat biking is a fun alternative way to explore our winter trails at the Cross Country Ski Center. We welcome fat biking on designated trails when conditions allow. A daily fat bike ticket or fat bike season pass is required to access the trail system.

What is Fat Biking?

Fat bikes offer a fun alternative way to explore the trails. Fat bikes are just like a regular mountain bike with extra fat tires which are specially designed to travel on snow or sand. We offer machine groomed and snowmobile packed trails for fat biking and offer fat bikes for rent (subject to conditions and availability). We recommend wearing a helmet at all times during fat bike riding, as well as wearing appropriate winter gear.


Fat Bike Tickets and Season Passes:

  • A daily fat bike ticket or fat bike season pass is required to ride the trail at the Cross Country Center.
  • Fat bike day tickets and season passes are a separate product from the regular ski tickets and season passes. Additional purchase is needed if a fat bike pass holder wishes to ski or snowshoe.  Ski season pass holders can ride at no extra cost if they rent a bike from us, otherwise an additional pass purchase is required.
  • Season passes can be pre-purchased online at Shop TD or at the Alder Creek Adventure Center during the season. Pass holders are required to scan their pass at the Alder Creek Adventure Center when accessing the trail system.
  • Fat bike season pass holders are welcome to ride starting at 7AM, when conditions permit trails to be open. Day tickets are available from 8:30AM when conditions permit. Trails close at 5PM.

Fat Bike Rentals

We have a limited number of fat bikes available to rent on a first come basis. Rental is $35 for up to 2 hours. (A fat bike daily ticket is an additional $16 for members, $20 for public).

Please be sure to check the daily grooming report before leaving home and check with staff on arrival to confirm if it is a fat bike riding day, and be prepared to ski or snowshoe if all bikes are out or its too warm or soft for a positive biking experience. Rentals are available on a first come basis and cannot be reserved.


Trails Open or Closed for Fat Biking??

The snowpack has to be firm for fat biking. Riding when conditions are too soft is no fun and damages the skier surface. The grooming report will inform you if fat biking is allowed for the day and on which trails. Be sure to check the daily grooming report before leaving home, and check with staff on arrival as conditions change.

As a general rule, fat biking will not be permitted when:

  • There is more than 6 inches or fresh snow
  • The air temperature is forecasted to be above freezing
  • Conditions are soft or wet.

Rules and Etiquette for Fat Biking

  • Riders must confirm trails are open for riding and respect non-riding days/times as specified on the daily grooming report and communicated by staff.
  • Riders must have purchased a fat bike daily ticket or fat bike season pass to ride within the Cross Country Ski Center boundary.
  • Riders must only ride on designated fat bike trails; no biking on non fat bike trails or off-piste.
  • Only purpose-built fat bikes are permitted! Bike tires must be wider than 4 inches and have pressure of less than 10 psi.
  • Riders may not ride if tires are leaving a rut deeper than one inch. 
    • If you are leaving a trough deeper than an inch or are having a hard time riding in a straight line, it is too soft to be on the trails.
    • If you have to get off and push your bike, the snow is too soft and you should not be on the trails.
  • Riders must only ride with clean tires to avoid tracking mud onto the trails.

Sharing trails with other users

  • Yield to other trail users.
  • Ride single file leaving room for skiers to pass and stay to the right side of trails when coming around corners.
  • Avoid riding in the middle of the trail as it is often soft and please stay out of the classic ski tracks.
  • Stay on your bike. Footprints damage the trail.
  • Be prepared to encounter dogs off leash on our “Dog Friendly Trails”.

Failure to abide by these rules and etiquette may result in loss of daily ticket or season pass and other privileges.


Contact

Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center

15275 Alder Creek Road, Truckee, CA 96161 | (530) 587-9484

xc@tahoedonner.com