The nation’s largest cross-country ski resort sits atop Donner Summit out of view of most travelers. But for those in the know, Royal Gorge’s 200 km of groomed trails on 6,000 acres of stunning Sierra Nevada scenery is a veritable adventure mecca. A recent land partnership with Sugar Bowl Ski Resort and the Truckee Donner Land Trust means the 45-year-old Royal Gorge resort will continue to astound beginner and advanced cross-country skiers, snowshoers and even snow kiters for years to come. From groomed trails in meadows and lung-busting peaks to breathtaking views, Royal Gorge offers skate skiers and striders days worth of exploring on six different trail systems with eight warming huts. If you love a full-body workout and don’t know the first thing about cross-country skiing, take a few skate-skiing lessons or attend a clinic: You will be hooked.
9411 Pahatsi Road, Soda Springs, CA