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Places to Swim
Skiing -- Alpine (Downhill)
Skiers will argue
there is nothing like the exhilaration felt after an
invigorating day on the slopes and trails of the Sierras.
Surely the breathtaking beauty of the Sierra Nevada Mountains
contributes to the experience. Whether a novice or advanced
skier looking for challenges, there is the perfect spot
available for you within an hour's drive of western Nevada
County or within minutes of Truckee. From Thanksgiving to May
(snow willing), resorts offer rentals, schools, special
events, night skiing, children's centers, restaurants,
overnight accommodations, hospitality and tradition.
Alpine Meadows Ski
Area: Hwy. 89 between Truckee and Tahoe City. Twelve lifts
including two high speed quad chairs. Skiing; beginner to
advanced. Rentals, ski school, restaurants, no snowboarding.
Phone: (800) 441-4423,
P.O. Box Tahoe City, CA 96145.
at Donner Summit. Nine lifts; novice, intermediate, advanced
runs, terrain parks. Open daily, night skiing. Rentals,
school, cafeteria, lodging.
Phone: (530) 426-3666;
P.O. Box 39, Truckee CA 96160.
Clair Tappen Lodge:
I-80, Soda Springs. Groomed trails; novice and intermediate.
Lessons, rentals. Lodge owned by Sierra Club; room and board
for members and guests. Center open to public.
Phone: (530) 426-3632;
P.O. Box 36, Norden, CA 95724.
Donner Ski Ranch:
more on Donner Ski RanchI-80, Soda Springs/Norden Exit. Six
lifts; 25% beginner, 50% intermediate, 25% advanced runs. Open
daily, night skiing Wed.-Sat. Rentals, ski and snowboard.
Lessons, alpine skiing, snowboarding telemark, cafeteria,
restaurant, and lodging. Group rates available. Phone: (530)
426-3635; P.O. Box 66, Norden, CA 95724.
X-Country Ski Area; I-80, Yuba Gap Exit.Only 35 minutes
from Nevada City. Eighty-six kilometers of groomed trails.
Lessons, rentals, day lodge, cafe, warming huts.
Phone: (800) 391-2254.
267 between Truckee and Kings Beach. Ski area accessible by
chairlift and gondola;12 lifts:1 gondola, 8 chairlifts, 3
surface lifts; novice, intermediate, advanced runs. Rentals,
ski school, childcare, lodging, restaurants, shuttle, sleigh
rides, snowmobile tours. Also trails for cross- country
Phone: (530) 562-1010;
P.O. Box 129, Truckee, CA 96160.
Royal Gorge: I-80,
Soda Springs/Norden Exit. Largest cross country center in
the USA. 328 kilometers of groomed trails. Retail and rental
shop, lessons, tours, moonlight tours, children's ski school,
ten warming huts, four trailside cafes, two hotels, views.
Phone: (530) 426-3871;
P.O. Box 1100, Soda Springs, CA 95728.
I-80, Soda Springs/Nor-den Exit. Open Saturday, Sunday and
holidays. Two lifts; novice, intermediate, advanced runs; good
for family and beginners. Rentals, school, cafeteria.
Phone (530) 426-3666;
P.O. Box 39, Truckee CA 96160.
I-80, Soda Springs/Norden Exit. New slope-side parking at the
base of Mt. Judah, where a new high speed quad services more
intermediate terrain. Underground garage, shop, rentals,
lessons, restaurant, cafeteria, lodge.
Phone: (530) 426-3651;
P.O. Box 5, Norden, CA 95724.
Squaw Valley USA:
Hwy 89 between Truckee and Tahoe City. Site of VIII Olympic
Winter Games; 33 lifts, 4,200 acres; beginner, intermediate,
advanced and cross-country; rentals, ski school, child care,
lodging, restaurants, shuttle, ice skating, swimming pool and
spa, sleigh rides, bungee jumping.
Phone: (800) 545-4350;
P.O. Box 2007, Squaw Valley, CA 96146.
I-80, Donner State Park Exit. 32 groomed trails. Rentals,
sales, school, day lodge, warming huts, night skiing.
Phone: (530) 587-9484;
P.O. Box 758, Truckee, CA 96160.
for Grass Valley/Nevada City Call 1-800-427-7623.
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