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Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort


[Trail Passes, Rental Equipment, Ski School, Pee-Wee Snow School]

North America's Largest XC Ski Resort
When you really want to get away from it all...

Cross Country Skiing at Royal Gorge XC Ski Resort

Leaving your worries behind and concentrating on the here and now is easy to say, but not so easy to do. Being surrounded by views that take your breath away definitely helps. That's why we've created rest stops at some of the most beautiful places throughout the Resort - so you'll remember to stop and smell the pine.

Royal Gorge - A cross county skiing Mecca with over 330km of extensive trails groomed to perfection. Snow Country Magazine ranked Lake Tahoe's Royal Gorge XC Ski Resort "the number one cross country ski resort in all of North America." Once you're on the mountain, you'll understand why.

Ski and explore some of the most beautiful winter terrain you'll find anywhere - thousands of acres of crisp, snow-clad wilderness amidst the majestic Sierra Mountains just west of Lake Tahoe. It's the kind of scenery that sends electricity rushing through a skier's soul. And you'll need it to cover all the trails that await you at Royal Gorge!

Free Shuttle Bus service lets you enter the trail system at one point, exit at another and then enjoy a free ride back to where it all began. On weekends and holidays, skiers who enjoy the challenge of a destination ski can traverse the Rainbow Interconnect or the Sugar Bowl Interconnect Trail and then catch a shuttle back to Summit Station.

At Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort you'll find :

  • 9,000 acres of skiing terrain and an annual snowfall exceeding 600 inches
  • lowest elevation 5,800', highest elevation 7,400'
  • Hours: 8:30am to 5pm weekends and holidays, 9am to 5pm weekdays
  • 90 trails, 4 user friendly surface ski lifts
  • 330km groomed track
  • 28 novice trails, 46 intermediate trails, 16 advanced trails
  • 3 Interconnect Trails - Inn to Inn trail, 22km ski
  • 10 rejuvenating warming huts
  • 4 refreshing trailside cafes
  • Summit Station Day Lodge, complete with rental and retail shop, restaurant and bar, restrooms, ski school and ski patrol center
  • Lodging
  • World's largest and most modern cross country grooming fleet
  • Snow making, based at Summit Station Trailhead and covering 15km of trail
  • Trail Maps
  • Latest Ski Report & Current Events
Royal Gorge Warming Hut
Royal Gorge Lodging
Apres Ski Lodge at Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort
  • Van Norden, Sugar Bowl Interconnect & Ice Lakes Track Systems
    • Please note the following changes in this 'The Trail Book' map (we will post a new map when they update)
      • Two Link Trail connects Pine Martin to International
Royal Gorge Topo Map
  • Summit Station, Palisade Peak, Wilderness Lodge, Devil's Peak, Rainbow Interconnect Track Systems & Ski Lifts
    • Please note the following changes in this 'The Trail Book' map (we will post a new map when updated)
      • Reindeer does not continue around to Switchback
      • NEW TRAIL - Sunnyside & Jack's Jump connect Sterling's Canyon
      • Tiny Tim Trail discontinued
Royal Gorge Topo Map

2006/2007 Trail Passes

8:30am-5:00pm Weekends & Holidays/9:00am-5:00pm Weekdays

High Season
Low Season
Adult All Day $29.00 $25.00
Afternoon Pass (after 1:30pm) $25.00 $19.00
Child (13-16) $16.00 $15.00
Children under 12, Adults 75 and older FREE FREE
Twilight Pass (after 3:00pm) $16.00 $15.00
Two Day Pass* $52.00 $45.00
Three Day Pass* $77.00 $66.00
Season Pass $575.00 $350.00
If purchased before Nov. 15 $525.00 $300.00

*Two day passes valid only for two consecutive days. Three day passes are valid for three out of four consecutive days.

Holiday Period / High Season
Dec. 20, 2006 - Jan. 2, 2007, Jan. 12-14, 2007, and Feb. 16-23, 2007.

NEW ROYAL GORGE & SUGAR BOWL COMBO PASS - For the first time, Royal Gorge and Sugar Bowl are offering a combined season pass! That's right, ski enthusiasts of all ages and stages can now ski on all slopes and trails of these two magnificent ski areas by purchasing one combination season pass. The choice is yours, cross country ski one day and alpine ski the next or swap your ski's at lunch and enjoy the best of both worlds!

Seniors Discount (65 and over) - Full Day pass for the Afternoon Pass rate, with proper ID.

AAA Members Discount - $1 off trail pass prices. One discount per card with proper ID. Not valid weekends or High season.

Discounts only available at Summit Station Rental or Retail Shop, not at trailhead ticket booths.

Early Departure Credit - Turn in your regular, full day adult trail pass to the retail shop before 12:00pm and get a coupon for $5.00 off your next full day adult midweek, non-holiday pass. Not valid with any other offers, discounts or packages.

Midweek Specials

Two for Tuesdays
Wild Wednesdays
Thrifty Thursdays

Equipment Rentals:

Handily located at the Summit Station day lodge, our Rental Store has a ski, boot and pole package available that will suit your style - whether it's your first time on skis or your fiftieth! Our equipment is state-of-the art, our inventory is expansive and our rental staff is ready to help.

Cross country skis, boots, poles (diagonal or skating)

  • One Day Rental
    • Adults $21.00 / Child 16 & Under $12.00
  • Two Day Rental
    • Adults $37.00 / Child 16 & Under $19.00
  • Demo Performance Package/Metal Edge
    • $30.00 per day
  • Snowshoes
    • $21.00 per day
  • Pulk Sleds
    • $18.00 per day

Ski School Rates:

Ski Lessons

  • Group Lessons - 1 hours
    • Hours: 10:30am and 1:45pm daily, plus 12:15pm on weekends. Cost: $25.00 or $48.00 including a trail pass*
  • Private Lesson - 1 hour
    • Hours: 9:30am and 12:30pm and 3:15pm daily. Cost: $40.00 first person, $20.00 each additional person. Trail pass additional.
  • Skating Lessons - 1 hours
    • Hours: 1:45pm weekdays, 10:30am, 12:15pm and 1:45pm on weekends. Cost: $25.00 or $48.00 including a trail pass*.
  • Telemark Clinic - 1 hours
    • Hours: 1:45pm on weekends. Cost: $25.00 or $48.00 including a trail pass*
  • Private Lesson with Video Analysis - 1 hour
    • Hours: 9:30am, 12:30pm and 3:15pm daily. Cost: $50.00 first person, $25.00 each additional person. Trail pass additional*.
Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski School*A valid ski pass is required for all lessons.

Pee-Wee Snow School

This special program is for children ages 5 - 12 years and is available on weekends and some holidays. Pee-Wee Snow School is just for kids and just for fun. They get their own instructor, their own trail pass, their own equipment and a safe introduction to snow and skiing that's just their size. Packages include equipment rental, trail pass, instruction and supervision, as well as lunch with the morning or all-day sessions.




All-Day 10:30am-3:00pm $52.00
Morning 10:30am-1:30pm $39.00
Afternoon 1:30pm-3:00pm $30.00
AVAILABLE: Weekends, plus Dec. 20, 2006 - Jan. 2, 2007, Jan. 15, 2007, and Feb. 19-23, 2007.

Royal Gorge XC Ski Resort LessonsLearn to Ski Special

For just $29.50 children (ages 10-16) will get a 1 1/2 hour group lesson, a full day trail pass and full day rental of skis, boots and poles. Pulk sleds available as an alternative for young ones.

*Children 10-13 must be accompanied by an adult as they will be participating in an adult group lesson.


"Royal Gorge is the number one cross country ski resort in all of North America."

- Snow Country Magazine

"A balance of activity and rest, fitness and fullness, companionship and solitude - you can have it all at Royal Gorge."

- Ski Magazine

Guide to Royal GorgePhotos and information courtesy Royal Gorge XC Ski Resort

P.O. Box 1100, Soda Springs, California 95728
(800) 500-3871 or (800) 666-3871 in Northern California
Rainbow Lodge Ph: (530) 426-3661
E-mail: Royal Gorge

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