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Tahoe Donner XC Ski Area


[Track Pass Fees, XC Equipment Rentals, XC Lessons & Packages, Tiny Tracks Snow School]

There is more to Cross Country Skiing than just a walk in the woods....

Castle Peak at Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski AreaLocated 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.

Cook House at Tahoe Donner XC Ski AreaTHE 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

XC Ski Trails at Tahoe Donner Ski Area 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.
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.
– 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.

2006/2007 Track Pass Fees

All-Day, 8:30am - 5:00pm
Half-Day, 1:00 - 5:00pm
Twilight, 3:00 - 5:00pm
Night, Wednesday, 5:00 - 7:00pm


Holiday Periods: 11/23-26/06; 12/23/06 - 01/01/07; 01/13-15/07; 02/17-19/07 and 04/07-08/07

Tahoe Donner XC Ski Race EventWays to Save on XC Skiing at Tahoe Donner Ski Area

Good Neighbor Policy
Ski at the half-day rate mid-week/non-holidays when you present any valid season ski pass from any ski resort and identification.
Frequent Flier Pack
A pack of five passes good for anytime, the $75.00 pack saves you $30.00. Available at Northwoods Clubhouse, 11509 Northwoods Blvd.
Season Ski Passes
The best deal of all! A full season of skiing at the best cross country ski area in the country. When you have a season pass, who needs an excuse? Check out our new prices and dates.
Early Departure Option
Turn in your full-day pass before noon and receive $4.00 off your next full-day pass. Take advantage of the best ski conditions of the day!
Group Rates
Discounted rates for groups with 10 or more. Please contact us with your details and we will create a package to suit your needs. Call us at (530) 587-9484 or e-mail us.

XC Rental Rates

Cross Country Equipment - Stride or Skate

(12 & under)
All-Day, 8:30am - 5:00pm
Half-Day, 1:00 - 5:00pm

Adult Demo Equipment

  • All-Day, 8:30am - 5:00pm, $25.00
  • Half-Day, 1:00 - 5:00pm, $21.00


  • All-Day, all ages, 8:30am - 5:00pm, $19.00
  • Half-Day, 1:00 - 5:00pm, $15.00

Don't Forget the Kids

We Rent Kid-Carry Pulk Sleds!!

  • All-Day, 8:30am - 5:00pm, $20.00
  • Afternoon, 1:00pm - 5:00pm, $15.00

Ski School & Packages

Package and Group Lessons

  • Making cross country skiing easy and fun is our goal.
    A short lesson from our fully certified ski school will show you how some technique tips can develop new skills, build confidence and open up new aspects of the sport. The discounted Learn-to-Ski package is perfect for people new to the sport, but who want to have fun right away. We offer group, private and children's lessons and throughout the season we have a variety of specialized clinics. Contact us for details regarding a clinic designed to suit your needs. We are a "Professional Ski Instructors of America" accredited ski school.
  • Midweek Lesson Times
    • Striding: 10:00am & 1:30pm
    • Skating: 12:00
  • Weekends and Holidays Lesson Times
    • Skating and Striding: 10:00am, 12:00 noon & 1:30pm

Learn to Ski or Skate Package

  • 90 minute group lesson, all-day rental equipment, trail pass
  • Learn to Ski/Skate
    • Adult/Junior: $44.00
  • Afternoon Only
    • Adult/Junior: $37.00

Group Ski or Skating Lesson

  • 90 Minute Lesson
    • Adult/Junior: $20.00

Private Lessons

  • Available Daily
    • 1 person for 1 hour: $35.00
    • Each additional person: $17.00

Tiny Tracks Snow School - Ages 5 - 9

Weekends and Holidays Only
Our children's package includes two hours of ski instruction, snow play, supervision at the Old West Kiddie Korral, rental equipment, snack and hot drink. Lunch is included with the all-day session.

  • Snow School
    • Morning Session
      •  10:00am - 12:00( noon)
    • Afternoon Session
      • 12:00(noon) - 2:00pm
    • One Session; Morning or Afternoon
      • $30.00
    • Both Sessions: Morning and Afternoon
      • $40.00

SAFETY. There are inherent risks in the sport of skiing and injuries are a common and ordinary occurrence of the sport. The skier must recognize and assume all risks associated with participation in the sport. Common sense, personal awareness, courtesy and safety rules such as those contained in the Skier's Responsibility Code help to reduce the risk of injury. Ski in control and in such a manner that you can stop or avoid other skiers or objects.


  1. When entering a trail or starting downhill, yield to other skiers.
  2. Avoid stopping in the middle of hills or obstructing a trail.
  3. Keep off closed trails and posted areas, and obey all posted signs.
  4. Do not enter a track unless you are on skis.
  5. Yield the right of way to faster skiers.
  6. Do not ski while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  7. Always carry and use a trail-map, compass and small belt pack with extra clothing, food, etc., especially when heading out on longer tours.

Photos and information courtesy Tahoe Donner Cross Country

Mailing Address: 11509 Northwoods Blvd., Truckee, CA 96161
Physical Address: 15275 Alder Creek Rd., Truckee, CA
Information : (530) 587-9484 , Snow Phone : (530) 587-9444
E-mail: Tahoe Donner

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