Located on the east side of the Sierra Crest and 18 miles north of Lake Tahoe, Tahoe Donner Cross Country is situated perfectly for a world-class cross country ski area. Our snow is reliable and dry, the ski season is 5 months long and the terrain varies from the flat floor of the Euer Valley, the rolling hills of the Home Range to the steep pitches and open bowls of the Sunrise Bowl trail system. Our location, along with 4,800 acres, 50 trails and 115 kilometers of groomed trail, means we have all the ingredients of a great ski area.
The element that sets Tahoe Donner apart is our passion for Nordic sports. Our reason for being is to create the best experience possible; and everyone here — from the groomers to the parking attendant to the chef — all work towards creating the ultimate cross country ski experience for you to enjoy.
THE DAY LODGE, gas stove, views and great home cooked food create the unique atmosphere of the Tahoe Donner Lodge. Not only a place to rent skis, purchase an area pass or get trail updates, our lodge is home to the Alder Creek Cafe; famous for its fresh homemade cooking, eclectic menu and many vegetarian meals. Always open for lunch and offering an array of snacks and baked goods, we also offer a great range of microbrews and California wines.
EUER VALLEY COOKHOUSE. Nestled in the glorious Euer Valley, an easy 3˝ kilometer ski from the Day Lodge, is the Cookhouse. A simple warming hut during the week, on weekends and holidays it becomes the perfect place to refuel and rest. Here you can purchase many of the baked goods, soups and sandwiches that we offer at the Alder Creek Café. The friendly staff can answer questions and can make ski trail recommendations.
NIGHT SKIING. Wednesday nights from 5:00-7:00 p.m. December 27, 2006 – February 28, 2007
|THE TRAILS. Ski 49 scenic trails covering 115 kilometers of beginning, intermediate and advanced terrain. The one-way trail system is carefully marked, signed and machine groomed with two sets of side-by-side diagonal tracks and a wide skating lane. While skiing the trails, take advantage of stopping by the warming huts, which allow skiers a place to relax, take a break and enjoy the high mountain scenery.
FOUR NEW TRAILS:
Crabtree Canyon – This trail has a loop at the top.
There and Back Again – A straight shoot off the hairpin turn near the bottom of “I’m OK Euer OK.” It’s an out and back trail. With a great view of the Frog Lake cliffs.
That Hoyt’s – A new connecting trail that curves from “Firewalker” down to “Last Roundup” just before the Cookhouse. This trail also makes another option for getting to Euer Valley.
Pegasus – A looping trail that climbs from “Firewalker” into one of the back bowls.
- Trail Map (PDF)
- Trail Descriptions: Home Range, Euer Valley, Sunrise Bowl
- Open Daily, 8:30am – 5:00pm
- Night Skiing, 5:00pm – 7:00pm (Wednesday nights December 27, 2006 – February 28, 2007)
- Acres of terrain: 4,800
- Trail Rating: 16 Beginning, 24 Intermediate, 5 Advanced, 1 Expert and 2 “Wilderness” Trails (groomed for diagonal striding only) and 2 Snowshoe only trails
- Warming huts: 5 / Track systems: 3
- Elevations: Day Lodge 6,600 ft., Euer Valley 6,500 ft., Hawk’s Peak 7,729 ft.
- Total Vertical: 1,307 ft.
- Latest Ski Report & Events
- HOW TO FIND US – Location Map
- Tahoe Donner Cross Country is ideally located five minutes north of historical downtown Truckee and just 3 miles off of I-80.
- Take Interstate 80 to the Donner State Park exit, drive .5 miles east on Donner Pass Road to the bottom of Northwoods Blvd. Turn left onto Northwoods Blvd. and follow the signs to the Cross Country Center.
TAHOE DONNER CROSS COUNTRY covers a vast area of rugged mountainous terrain. Be aware of changing snow and weather conditions. Grooming quality is affected by wind, rain, and falling snow. It is possible to become disoriented, even on marked and groomed trails. Be cautious, and always carry a map and compass. Natural and man-made obstacles may be encountered. It is the skier’s responsibility to ski under control at all times, to remain alert and to avoid all obstacles whether marked or unmarked.
CAUTION! Grooming machines and rescue vehicles may be on the tracks at any time.