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

Alder Creek Adventure Center

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

The Alder Creek Adventure Center in Tahoe Donner is brand new with its grand opening in November 2015. And while its centerpiece activity is cross-country skiing, the state-of-the-art lodge is set to be open throughout every season. As the hub for Nordic skiing, the center offers ski rentals, wax and tuning services and lockers. There is also a shop selling Nordic gear and accessories. Non-skiers... read more


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

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 art supplies, Atelier hosts a wide range of workshops for the public to partake in as well. Try... 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

Donner Memorial State Park

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

Hang Gliding Tahoe

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

Northstar California Resort

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

Since 1972, the Northstar California Resort has drawn winter sports enthusiasts to the area. Twenty different lifts provide access to some 100 trails on more than 3,000 acres of skiable terrain. The majority of the trails are designed for intermediate level skiers, while about a quarter of them are for advanced skiers and the remainder are just right for beginners. Speaking of beginners, Northstar offers... 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 Golf Course

Tahoe Donner
12850 Northwoods Boulevard, Truckee, CA
(530) 587-9443

Tahoe Donner offers scores of amenities to its homeowner members, and the crown jewel is the championship golf course. What makes the 18-hole course even more special is that it’s also open to the public. Set on 200 acres of high-elevation, pine-shrouded beauty, the 7002-yard, par 72 course is open from spring to fall. But the fun no longer stops when the snow starts to... read more

Tahoe Sports Hub

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

Tahoe Yoga and Wellness Center

Northstar California Resort
Village at Northstar
10770 Donner Pass Road, #104, Truckee, CA
(530) 550-8333
8001 Northstar Drive, Truckee, CA
(530) 550-8336

When you want to get serious about the well-being of your mind and body, it’s time to check out the offerings at the Tahoe Yoga and Wellness Center. A part of the community for more than a decade, the center has a schedule that includes yoga classes on a daily basis as well as massage therapy, acupuncture and more. The center also conducts an impressive... read more

Village at Northstar

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

The Village at Northstar is an example of the coming of age of the Sierra ski resorts. Gone are the days when the Tahoe area hillsides were bustling with snow-sports enthusiasts in the winter but then empty during the other seasons. The activity these days takes place all year long, and even if you never set foot on the slopes, you'll find more than enough... read more

Villager Candle Shop, Pottery & More

Northstar California Resort
Village at Northstar
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