Alder Creek Adventure Center, Alder Creek Cafe, Cross Country Ski Area, Downhill Ski Area, The Lodge Restaurant & Pub

Celebrate the ones you love by creating cherished memories at Tahoe Donner. From a morning adventure and a mid-afternoon picnic amidst the stunning backdrop of the Sierra Nevada to an intimate dinner, rest and relaxation, read on to map out your perfect day.


Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center
Begin your morning with an invigorating jaunt along the spectacular trail system at the Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center (TDXC). Offering over 100km of groomed trails for classic and skate skiing or snowshoeing, TDXC is the ideal locale for easy or challenging exploration and adventure in the Sierra Nevada.

Before heading out, fuel up with fresh goodies from the Trailside Bar, including coffee, espresso, juice, pastries and more, available daily from 8:30-11AM. Enjoy your breakfast in the cafe or outside by the firepits while you take in the crisp morning air and misty meadow views.

No equipment? No problem. The rental shop at TDXC is fully-equipped with high-quality cross country skis, skate skis and snowshoes. For more advanced Nordic skiers, demo equipment with additional specialized features is also available. Let friendly technicians help you select the right gear for you.

Need a lesson first? TDXC also offers private and group lessons for those wanting to learn the basics or improve upon foundational skills in cross country or skate skiing. Lessons can also be an ideal way for you and your loved ones to discover a new passion together! Book trail passes, rentals and lessons in advance of your excursion on ShopTD.

Once you’re off, discover stunning vistas, bubbling creeks or breathtaking meadows as you traverse to one of the warming huts to enjoy a home-packed lunchtime picnic. Bonus: Find Tahoe Donner-branded insulated drinkware at the Northwoods Clubhouse, including coffee mugs and wine tumblers!

Don’t forget to take advantage of the following Valentine’s Deals:

Bring your special someone for a BOGO 50% off trail pass deal on Wednesday, Feb. 14. XC is more fun with a loved one!


  • 20% off  full-priced retail items for season passholders Feb 1-14 at TDXC
  • Season passholders get 20% off all waxing services Feb 1-14
  • *Must ask for the “Valentine’s Day Special” in-person to get these deals

Click here for complete details on TDXC.

Downhill Ski Resort
For a different type of excitement, head to the Downhill Ski Resort for some hot laps on wide open bowls. Start your morning with fresh coffee and a light grab-and-go treat to enjoy on the sundeck. Then head up the Snowbird Chairlift to warm up your legs on a few mellow green runs. Once you’re ready, test your skills on challenging blue and black runs off the Eagle Rock Chairlift.

New to skiing or snowboarding? The Downhill Ski Resort offers affordable lift ticket, lesson and rental packages ideal for learning and experiencing the thrill of downhill sports. Private, semi-private and group lessons are available to suit your needs. Book your Valentine’s Day adventure in advance on ShopTD.

After a successful day on the slopes, keep the fun going with après at the Downhill Ski Grill and Bar. From 3-4:30PM daily, enjoy happy hour pricing on beer, wine and cocktails plus a special après menu featuring tasty, shareable bites.

Learn more about the Downhill Ski Resort here.


The Lodge Restaurant & Pub
Following a full day of winter recreation, celebrate with a cozy and intimate dinner at The Lodge Restaurant & Pub, open Wednesday through Sunday from 5-8:30PM. Whet your appetite with a handcrafted cocktail or crisp, cold draft beer in The Pub. Then, warm up with a light appetizer like the grilled shrimp cocktail or a charcuterie plate.

For the main course, savor a hearty entrée like the Durham Ranch venison chops or the flavor-filled ramen noodle bowl. Pair with premium wines by the glass, or select a special bottle to toast your loved ones from The Lodge’s hand-selected cellar.

Don’t forget to leave room for dessert! The Lodge Restaurant & Pub’s dessert menu features several freshly made desserts, including zeppole donuts with dipping sauces, a warm chocolate soufflé cake, vanilla bean crème brûlée and more! If a digestif is more your style, try a dessert wine or cocktail, hot toddy or relax into your seatback with a glass of port or cognac.

View full details here.


The Trout Creek Recreation Center
Finally, to cap off a memorable day, wind down with heat therapy in the hot tubs, sauna or steam room at the Trout Creek Rec Center. Open daily until 8:45PM, take the last hour of your day to celebrate and soak up the memories while you relax and rejuvenate your mind and body for your next adventure. See hours and additional gym offerings here.