Truckee Things to Do

Winter Activities

Truckee in the colder months is like a little slice of winter wonderland that just captivates you in its spellbinding wilderness and the activities that surround it. If you come to Lake Tahoe for sports, Truckee winter activities are just for you. Skiers and snowboarders rejoice Truckee’s things to do such as its many slopes and trails that maneuver them through the woodsy and mountainous setting. Ski trails in Truckee range from private courses to ones open to the public, so you can select which experience works best for you. If you’d prefer exploring less-elevated areas, cross-country skiing and snowshoes let you trek through the snow. Truckee things to do welcome skiers of all levels whether they’re beginners or pros, and private and group lessons are available for all ages and skill levels. When you’re ready for a fun twist on skiing, try a winter biathlon class that lets you spice up your typical ski style (we’re talking archery combined with skiing). And if you find yourself ready to jump into Truckee winter activities but missing or in need of some gear, fear not! Outfitters and rental companies are ready to equip you with everything needed for any Truckee thing to do you choose this winter.

Truckee Things to Do Beyond the Slopes

Truckee has more to do beyond skiing too. You can visit state parks and museums to learn a bit about the area’s history and environment. Or practice your double-axel at an ice skating rink that also serves as a roller-skating rink during the warmer months. Since Truckee activities have you spending so much time outdoors, educate yourself and prepare for anything by taking different classes that train you in avalanche survival courses, wilderness first aid and more so that you’re prepared for anything the elements send your way. Truckee winter activities are plentiful — check out the listing below to see which ones pique your interest.

Winter Activities by Category

Clair Tappaan Lodge

Truckee Winter Activity
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

One of Truckee’s hidden gems sits atop Donner Summit at 7,000 feet. Clair Tappaan Lodge... read more

Donner Memorial State Park

Truckee Winter Activity
12593 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA
(530) 582-7892

History buffs, campers, cyclists, hikers and those who love their water sports will find Donner Memorial State Park the perfect place for either a visit or an extended stay. The Donner name may not ring a bell for those who didn’t excel in their Western United States history class, but throw in the word “cannibalism” and the story of the snow-stranded emigrants and their ill-fated... read more

History buffs, campers, cyclists, hikers and those who love their water sports will find Donner... read more

Hang Gliding Tahoe

Truckee Winter Activity
2640 E. College Parkway, Carson City, NV
(775) 772-8232

You love Lake Tahoe, and you feel as if you’ve seen all the sights it has to offer. But as the old saying goes, you ain’t seen nothing yet ... not until you’ve seen it from the air, piloting your own aircraft over the Carson Range and into the Tahoe Basin. With Hang Gliding Tahoe, you fly a powered hang glider with an instructor along... read more

You love Lake Tahoe, and you feel as if you’ve seen all the sights it... read more

Sugar Bowl Resort

Truckee Winter Activity
629 Sugar Bowl Road, Norden, CA
(530) 426-9000

Privately owned and operated by the homeowners in the Village at Sugar Bowl, Sugar Bowl Resort has attracted skiers and snowboarders to the top of Donner Summit for nearly 75 years. As a Tahoe-area resort that consistently collects great stashes of snow, Sugar Bowl boasts four distinct peaks and an open-boundary policy for back-country access. Other unique features include a scenic gondola ride into the car-free... read more

Privately owned and operated by the homeowners in the Village at Sugar Bowl, Sugar Bowl Resort... read more

Tahoe Donner

Truckee Winter Activity
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

The sprawling Tahoe Donner subdivision and its 6,000-plus homes above Truckee is many things to... read more

Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area

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

Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski is one of the most extensive and scenic Nordic ski centers in the West. It includes Alder Creek Adventure Center and a 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 skate skiing and traditional cross-country striding as well as snowshoeing. Depending on... read more

Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski is one of the most extensive and scenic Nordic ski... read more

Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area

Tahoe Donner
Truckee Winter Activity
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, 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. The... read more

One of the many hidden gems of Truckee is Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area. Compared... read more

Tahoe Sports Hub

Truckee Winter Activity
10095 W. River Street, Truckee, CA
(530) 582-4510

The Tahoe Sports Hub is full of gear for every adventure sport for every Sierra season. From watersports, the trail and granite in summer to skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing in winter, Tahoe Sports Hub either sells it or rents it. There is an on-site bicycle shop that sells bikes and gear as well as offering bike repair and rentals. Other summer fun can be had... read more

The Tahoe Sports Hub is full of gear for every adventure sport for every Sierra... read more

Truckee Ice Rink

Truckee Winter Activity
10500 Brockway Road, Truckee, CA
(530) 582-7720

One of the treasures of winter is the pleasure of ice-skating. In Truckee there is a fabulous family-focused ice rink that comes with the flurries of snowfall at the Truckee River Regional Park. Although not regulation in size, Truckee Ice Rink offers a great array of activities on the ice. From public ice-skating sessions (complete with rentals) to ice-skating lessons, from figure-skating classes to all... read more

One of the treasures of winter is the pleasure of ice-skating. In Truckee there is... read more

Villager Candle Shop, Pottery & More

Northstar California Resort
Village at Northstar
Truckee Winter Activity
7001 Northstar Drive, #7111, Truckee, CA
(530) 562-8884

The Villager Candle Shop is the place to let your creative side run free. This studio offers a place where individuals or groups can make their own candles, paint some pottery or create their own mosaics. Bear Village inside the shop allows visitors to build their own stuffed animals. Or if you prefer to indulge your artistic license in a more private setting, you can... read more

The Villager Candle Shop is the place to let your creative side run free. This... read more