Things to Do in Truckee and at Tahoe Donner
If you want a less-crowded, more friendly vacation spot in the Sierra mountain area, Tahoe Donner is the place to be. Located near Truckee, California, Tahoe Donner is primarily a ski resort, but there are dozens of other things to do during your vacation there.
Live Like a Local, Not a Tourist
If you want the genuine Tahoe Donner experience, skip the cold hotel room and stay at a vacation rental. These fully-furnished homes, apartments and condos are located among the locals' neighborhoods, giving you a chance to mingle with people and check out the local venues, instead of being led toward whatever locations are most geared toward tourists. If you would rather have a peaceful vacation living like you're a resident, a Tahoe Donner vacation rental will become your home-away-from-home at a better price than the average hotel.
Top Things to Do In Tahoe Donner During Winter
Being a ski resort, Tahoe Donner offers the most to do during the quarter of the year that the Tahoe area has snow on the ground. Here are some of the top activities to do in wintertime:
Skiing and Snowboarding – With 120 acres of terrain to ski and snowboard over, Tahoe Donner is large enough to keep things interesting and small enough not to intimidate those new to their chosen winter sport. There are several beginner-friendly runs to explore, and the resort offers ski and snowboard lessons if you want to learn a new sport over your vacation. Runs are beginning and intermediate levels, and the resort is very kid-friendly.
Sledding and Snow Play – For great fun for the whole family, check out the Tahoe Donner sledding and tubing area. The well-groomed trails are safe and fun for the whole family, and sleds and snow tubes are available for rental right there, so you don't have to bring any gear with you. After an afternoon of playing in the snow, get a steaming cup of hot chocolate and other goodies to warm up.
Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing – If you prefer the ski trail less traveled, try one of Tahoe Donner's 51 cross-country ski trails. Glide among peaceful aspen trees, smooth snow flats and softly rolling hills, rather than sticking to more obvious routes. If gliding isn't your style, why not try snowshoeing?
Top Things to Do In Tahoe Donner During Summer
When there's no snow on the ground, check out some of these great vacation activities instead:
Horseback Riding – Explore the Sierra wilderness on horseback with one of the Tahoe Donner Equestrian Center's many trail ride options. Ride for a couple of hours or for a day. Take private horseback riding lessons, or stay for horsemanship camp. There are even pony rides for the kids!
Swimming – Tahoe Donner Aquatics Center offers water aerobics, swimming lessons, and even a Swim Camp, for children ages seven and up, to improve their aquatics skills by playing a variety of games and drills in the water.
Golfing – Go golfing on the best greens in the Tahoe region! Opened in 1976 and renovated in 2006, the Tahoe Donner Golf Course is nestled among tall pines and bubbling creeks. The renovations so improved the course that it was nominated for the Best Remodeled Golf Course in America in 2007 by Golf Digest Magazine.
If you're visiting in spring or fall, don't worry -- there's plenty to do year-round in Tahoe Donner. You'll want to visit more than once to watch the landscape change with the seasons, and experience all that this great Tahoe vacation spot has to offer!