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

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

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


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

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 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

Tahoe Donner Snowplay

Tahoe Donner
12790 Northwoods Boulevard, Truckee, CA
(530) 587-9437

If a day on the slopes is too much for the younger members of your brood, then Tahoe Donner’s Snowplay area could be your ticket to winter fun. Depending on Mother Nature, the snowplay area is open and groomed and rents sleds and tubes (no private equipment is allowed). The snowplay area is open and supervised daily during major winter holidays and then on regular... 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