Visit the Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center This Spring For an Unforgettable XC Experience

Voted the Best Cross Country Ski Center in North Lake Tahoe and Truckee by the Sierra Sun for seven years running and once again included in USA Today’s 10 Best Cross Country Ski Resorts in North America, the Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center (TDXC) provides an unparalleled skiing experience. Encompassing more than 2,800 acres in the beautiful Sierra Nevada and located just five miles from Donner Lake and 20 miles from Lake Tahoe, TDXC is home to over 100 kilometers of unforgettable cross country ski and snowshoe trails. Adventures for every skill level and winter enthusiast await as you meander through picturesque meadows, over creeks and up to stunning alpine views.

State-of-the-art grooming machines prepare the trails daily for classic skiing, skate skiing and snowshoeing with additional snow-making to enhance trails when needed. The rental shop located at the Alder Creek Adventure Center offers a fleet of classic and skate ski equipment, race-quality demo skis and durable snowshoes for everyone to explore and enjoy TDXC’s extensive trail system.

More than just a local cross country ski center, TDXC is the trail system for endurance athletes, outdoor respite for nature enthusiasts and winter playground for aspiring skiers of all ages and abilities. To learn more about why TDXC continues to be recognized as one of the best cross country experiences around year after year, visit

Lessons + Programs

TDXC offers a multitude of learning programs for adults and children ages 5+ taught by experienced, professional instructors to quickly gain the skills you need to conquer the trails. Lesson packages are available daily for all ages and skill levels. Bonus tip: skip the crowds and explore TDXC on a weekday with packages that include a trail pass, rental gear and private lessons starting at $136.

Want to continually up-level your skiing over the course of the ski season? Explore a variety of programs available for every type of skier. Eight-week youth programs and four-week adult clinics cater to a wide range of ages and abilities. From mastering uphill techniques to finding your skating sisters to improving your skillset as a senior, join a program to build a strong foundation, continue progression at every level and meet lifelong ski buddies who share the same outdoor passion.

Rental Equipment for Everybody

Tahoe Donner offers some of the best ski and snowshoe rental equipment available to help guarantee your fun on the snow. Basic ski packages offer the choice between traditional classic (striding) or skate skis, boots and poles. For those seeking a faster snow adventure, an extensive lineup of high-performance demo equipment is also available. Rental equipment starts at just $38 for the day.

For those who want winter fun without the gliding, snowshoe packages include snowshoes and adjustable poles!

Snow-making at TDXC

In 2022, the Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center became the first resort in the Tahoe region to install a snow-making system dedicated to cross country trails, taking a cutting-edge step toward offering an earlier opening date and a more reliable season at the world-class facility. While most of the trails receive adequate snowfall every year, snow-making efforts focus on areas where holding snow can be difficult, thereby improving access and helping maintain a more contiguous trail system for the duration of the winter season. Not only does snow-making at TDXC provide an enhanced overall experience, but it once again puts TDXC as a leader in the industry.

XC Excellence for Everyone

With rolling mountain vistas and breathtaking valley floors, there is something for everyone at the Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center. Trail passes are required to access the trails and start at just $49. Book your adventure now!

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