Truckee Things To Do

If diversity is what you’re looking for, Truckee things to do will give you that in full measure. From hitting a little white ball into an unreasonably small hole to barreling down a snow-covered hill on whatever slides to hoisting onto the back of an amiable horse, you’ve got lots of choices for activities here. And we didn’t even mention biking, hiking, shopping and bar hopping!

All four seasons present their own selection of Truckee things to do. Winter sports reign supreme, and the ski resorts here are super. Long, groomed runs with a laid-back style are the keystones of the Northstar California resort. No matter if you’re a beginner starting out at the Burton Progression Center or are already jumping the Straits, your ability is celebrated. Other snowy Truckee activities include tubing, Telemark skiing and snowshoeing. At the top of Donner Summit, Boreal Mountain Resort is great for families on a budget and anyone wanting to heighten their amateur ski and board status at a quieter location. You can also enjoy the night skiing. Nearby Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area is another choice for a low-key Truckee activity.

Truckee Things to Do are Year-Round

As the snow melts, Truckee things to do center on being outside to experience the landscape as it comes back to color. Bike trails beckon, and there are lots of them around town that are good for beginners and seasoned cyclers. Or, seeing the beauty of the mountains and Donner Lake from atop a noble steed offers an unforgettable memory. When the Lake beckons, get as close to the water by renting boats, kayaks, SUPs and canoes.

During summer Truckee Thursdays street festivals open up downtown for exploration, great bargains and meeting the locals. Then, get your tickets early for the annual ghost tours in October. Costumed volunteers take on spirited personas to tell tales of old Truckee.

Truckee Things To Do by Category


10128 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA
(530) 386-2700

Visitors to Truckee-Tahoe are often letting their inner athletes run free on the area's surrounding slopes and trails. Atelier in downtown Truckee is a place for visitors and locals alike to let their inner artists out. Atelier is a workshop space where accomplished and neophyte artists are encouraged to create in the same space. Along with art available for sale, regular gallery showings and exclusive... read more

Big Blue Adventure

P.O. Box 2720, Kings Beach, CA
(530) 546-1019

For more than a dozen years, Big Blue Adventure has hosted a variety of sporting events around Lake Tahoe and Truckee. When summer arrives, Big Blue Adventure’s events start rolling, so they are perfect for those visiting the area and who want to try out their competitiveness. That said, Big Blue Adventure races are great for people who just want to get out and move... read more

Black Tie Ski Delivery

12219 Business Park Drive Suite 6, Truckee, CA
(530) 550-1092
298 Kingsbury Grade Roadd #1a, Stateline, NV
(775) 588-5800
(866) 360-6433

With locations in all the top ski destinations in North America, it’s no surprise that Black Tie Ski Delivery brings all the top gear to visitors to North Lake Tahoe as well. They call themselves a ski concierge, meaning Black Tie staff set its customers up from head to toe with helmets, goggles, outerwear, boots and skis — all custom-fitted in your hotel room, condo... read more

Clair Tappaan Lodge

19940 Donner Pass Road, Norden, CA
(530) 426-3632

One of Truckee’s hidden gems sits atop Donner Summit at 7,000 feet. Clair Tappaan Lodge was constructed in 1934 by Sierra Club volunteers and, just like Donner Summit itself, the rest is history. The stunningly rustic mountain lodge offers accommodations for up to 145 guests, many of whom are cross-country skiers and snowshoers in winter and hikers, rock climbers and cyclists in summer. The lodge... read more


12219 Business Park Drive, Truckee, CA
(530) 214-0711
1901 Airport Road, South Lake Tahoe, CA
(530) 544-2211

Anyone can drive around the lake, and it's a nice way to spend an afternoon. For a little more exclusive trip, you could take a cruise on one of the local yachts or paddleboats. But if you really want to experience the area in a way that will give you the memories of a lifetime and make you the envy of your friends and family,... read more

Northstar California Resort

Northstar California Resort
5001 Northstar Drive, Truckee, CA
(530) 562-1010

Of course Northstar at Tahoe Resort has skiing, but its range of offerings make the longtime Truckee fixture a four-seasons must visit. With upgrades, remodeling and the addition of a mid-mountain Ritz Carlton hotel, Northstar has upped its game in recent years. Considered to be the resort for families looking to ski on the North Shore, there is now more challenging terrain to be had... read more

Painted Vine

10770 Donner Pass Road #103, Truckee, CA
(530) 214-8935

Not sure if you swing toward realism or more toward the abstract? The folks at Painted Vine are more than happy to coax out your inner Rembrandt or Picasso — with a little help from Bacchus, god of vino, if you so choose. The Painted Vine is a combination wine bar/painting studio. It’s a well-appointed space where beginner and more advanced painters can take brush... read more

Tahoe Adventure Company

7010 N. Lake Boulevard, Tahoe Vista, CA
(530) 913-9212

Tahoe Adventure Company is a way to access any outdoor adventure in Lake Tahoe. Whether it is rock climbing or kayaking, mountain biking or hiking, Tahoe Adventure Company prides itself in creating custom recreation tours that connect exactly with what the guest desires. They add a ton of local knowledge to each of their trips. They also offer paddleboard rentals and cruises. Other fun experiences... read more

Tahoe Dave's Skis & Boards

10200 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA
(530) 582-0900
600 North Lake Boulevard, Tahoe City, CA
(530) 583-0400
590 North Lake Boulevard, Tahoe City, CA
(530) 583-6415
3039 Highway 89, Olympic Valley, CA
(530) 583-5665
8299 North Lake Boulevard, Kings Beach, CA
(530) 546-5800

Tahoe Dave's is a full-service ski and snowboard shop offering rentals, demos, sales and all equipment and clothing needed for a fun day outside. They have multiple locations around the Tahoe Basin that are interconnected to make returning rental and demo gear a breeze. You can bring skis, snowboards, boots and poles back to any of the Tahoe Dave's rental shops despite where you picked... read more

Tahoe Donner

11509 Northwoods Boulevard, Truckee, CA
(530) 587-9400

The sprawling Tahoe Donner subdivision and its 6,000-plus homes above Truckee is many things to lots of people. For some it is their home neighborhood; for others it’s where they rent a house for a few days in winter or summer. Locals and visitors all take advantage of the Tahoe Donner Association’s 7,000 acres and equally vast amenities available to homeowners as well as to... read more

Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area

Tahoe Donner
15275 Alder Creek Road, Truckee, CA
(530) 587-9484

Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski is not only one of the most extensive and scenic Nordic ski centers in the West, but the brand new Alder Creek Adventure Center is open as of winter 2015-16. Check out the new café/bar, ski rental center and fat-tired bike rentals too. From lung-busting climbs to flat meadows, Tahoe Donner has more than 100 km of trails groomed for... read more

Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area

Tahoe Donner
11603 Snowpeak Way, Truckee, CA
(530) 587-9444

One of the many hidden gems of Truckee is Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area. Compared to the many large, corporate ski resorts in the Truckee-North Tahoe area, the Tahoe Donner ski area is small. But then again, that’s like comparing apples to oranges. Ask locals where their kids learned to ski and there’s a very good chance it was on the slopes at Tahoe Donner.... read more