The park is 100 miles east of Sacramento via Interstate 80, and is within the town of Truckee, just west of downtown on the south side of the freeway.
In winter, visitors can cross-country ski and snowshoe on trails and enjoy the season’s beauty. Visitors are welcome year-round at the Emigrant Trail Museum and at the Pioneer Monument, built to commemorate those who emigrated to California from the east in the mid-1800’s. Included in the museum are displays and information about one of the earliest pioneer wagon trains, the Donner Party, forced by circumstances to camp at the east end of Donner Lake in the winter of 1846-47, resulting in human suffering and loss of life.
Tahoe X-Country Ski Area
925 Country Club Drive, Tahoe City
- 65 Kilometers of pristine grooming, 19 individual trails
- Fabulous view of the Lake
- Some trails are dog friendly
Sugar Pine Point State Park
The year-round park was home to the 1960 winter Olympic nordic skiing competitions offers more than 15 kilometers of terrain spanning four, distinct and well-marked trails, two of which are groomed. Located on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe, 10 miles south of Tahoe City on Hwy. 89, all trails offer spectacular views of the Lake. The park is also home to the historic Ehrman Mansion. Pay for parking.
Location: Hwy 89, Tahoma, CA
Non-groomed trails and no rentals Blackwood Canyon/Kaspian Recreation Area
Hwy 89 and Blackwood Canyon Rd, 4 miles south of Tahoe City
- There are good beginner and intermediate areas with gentle terrain and open meadows
- Further into Blackwood Canyon beyond the road the trail becomes more challenging for experienced skiers
- Forest Service warns that areas beyond the paved road are prone to avalanche
- Snow park permit required. Tahoe Dave’s has permits for sale in Tahoe City Ski Shop.
Location: 6600 Donner Road, Tahoe Vista, CA 96148, (530) 546-4212
Approximately 5 km of trails, groomed when snow conditions allow. Family and pet friendly area with pay parking.