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Soda Springs Ski Resort

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Overview

Soda Springs is one of America's original ski resorts, established in 1931. In fact, it’s the oldest operating ski area in California. It has become a cost-saving alternative to the larger Lake Tahoe resorts. It is the first resort located off Interstate 80 in California at the Donner Summit. The resort features two lifts, a tubing carpet and 2 moving carpets. The resort is a favorite among beginners and intermediates.

Where Is Soda Springs Ski Resort Located?

The resort is about a 20-minute drive from Truckee, California, and about 45 minutes from Lake Tahoe. The nearest airport is Sacramento, and it is a one-and-a-half-hour drive to the ski resort. The Sacramento International Airport (SMF) is served by most major airlines.

Transportation

Lodging at nearby Boreal Inn.

Restaurants

Breakfast

  • Donner Lake Kitchen is a venerable local restaurant specializing in pancakes and omelets. 13720 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA 96161

Lunch

  • Squeeze In is the perfect spot for both breakfast and lunch, especially if you like breakfast all day long. 10060 Donner Pass Road B, Truckee, CA 96161

Dinner

  • Trokay is an upscale restaurant that specializes in food and wine pairings. 10046 Donner Pass Rd, Truckee, CA 96161
  • For a more casual restaurant, Old 40 Bar & Grill serves up homemade pies and comfort food. 19320 Donner Pass Road, Norden, CA 95724

Après/Nightlife

  • Belt Room Bar has an expansive deck to sit on and watch the sunset while you sip your drink of choice. 629 Sugar Bowl Road, Norden, CA 95724

Terrain

Terrain

Soda Springs ski resort has 400 inches of annual snowfall – along with 240 days of sunshine. Vertical rise is 550 feet with the base elevation at 6,750 feet and the summit at 7,300 feet. There are 15 trails, broken out as follows: 30% beginner, 40% intermediate and 30% advanced. The terrain is spread out over 200 acres. Snowboarding and snow tubing area available on the mountain.

Inside Scoop

There are learn to ski and snowboard programs for people ages 8 and older. There are also private kids’ lessons. The Soda Springs Mountain Resort’s Rental Services offers ski and snowboard rentals as well as lift tickets, lesson packages, demo equipment, helmets and more. It is located on the first floor of the Main Lodge. This is a great resort for families.

Plan Your Trip

Soda Springs Lodging

Best Time for Snow

Total Snowfall

131"
82"
55"
28"
0"
7"
Dec
109"
Jan
39"
Feb
29"
Mar
0"
Apr

Terrain Overview

53%
Beginners Runs
16%
Intermediate Runs
32%
Advanced Runs
20
Runs in Total
0.4 mi
Longest Run
200 ac
Skiable Terrain
20 ac
Snow Making

Total Lifts: 6

1
Triple Chairs
1
Double Chairs
4
Surface Lifts

Elevation

7352'
Summit
652'
Vertical Drop
6700'
Base

Important Dates

November 26, 20212021/11/26
Projected Opening
April 17, 20222022/04/17
Projected Closing
144
Projected Days Open
150
Days Open Last Year
85
Years Open
400"
Average Snowfall
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