Ski resorts near Truckee CA

Last Updated on 20th June 2023 by Steve

The mountain town of Truckee is located on the main I-80 route to the north of the Lake Tahoe ski resorts and towns. Truckee is a popular year-round base for exploring the Sierra Nevada range and, in the winter months, it is a centre for those who are looking to explore the ski areas near the northern end of Lake Tahoe.

Truckee has a number of smaller ski resorts within a short drive but can also boast good access to some of the better-known areas, such as Palisades Tahoe and Northstar.

Accommodation in the Truckee area

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Northstar California Resort

Northstar California ski resort

Northstar California Resort is the closest ski area to the town of Truckee. The skiing here is also quite extensive and it is one of the largest ski resorts around the Lake Tahoe area. The 20 ski lifts serve around 100 trails, mostly rated suitable for beginners and intermediate skiers.

Distance from Truckee: 7 miles
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Sugar Bowl Resort

Sugar Bowl ski area in California
Sugar Bowl ski resort

Sugar Bowl ski resort is located on the Donner Pass road to the west of Truckee. It is a medium-sized ski area with a total of 12 ski lifts accessing around 1650 acres of terrain. Skiing, with a good mixture of advanced and expert level trails, starts at 6883 feet and goes up to 8383 feet.

Distance from Truckee: 10 miles
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Boreal Mountain

Boreal Mountain California
Boreal Mountain ski resort

Boreal Mountain Resort is a small ski area located near Soda Springs on I-80 to the west of Truckee. The ski resort has a short vertical drop of 500 feet but still offers six chairlifts covering just under 400 acres of terrain. Night skiing operates seven days a week until 20.00.

Distance from Truckee: 10 miles
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Soda Springs Ski Resort

Soda Springs ski resort

Soda Springs ski resort is a small operation just outside the town of the same name to the west of Truckee. It is one of the oldest ski resorts in the USA, with skiing dating back to the start of the 1930s. Two chairlifts and two magic carpets serve 15 trails with a vertical of 550 feet.

Distance from Truckee: 12 miles
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Palisades Tahoe

Palisades Tahoe ski resort

The introduction of a new cable car for the 2022-23 winter season which links Olympic Valley with Alpine Meadows instantly propels the ski area into the list of the largest in North America. The two areas, now linked by lift but not by ski trails, total 6000 acres of terrain with 270 ski runs.

Distance from Truckee: 13 miles
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Diamond Peak

Diamond Peak ski resort

Diamond Peak ski resort is located just over the Nevada state line on the outskirts of Incline Village to the east of Truckee. The ski area is community-owned and has a good reputation as a family-friendly resort with six lifts as well as some good glade skiing in its 650 acres of terrain.

Distance from Truckee: 20 miles
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Mt Rose – Ski Tahoe

Mt Rose – Ski Tahoe

The Mt Rose ski area is located on the way to Reno from Incline Village on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe. The ski resort covers two mountains, with beginner and intermediate terrain on Mount Rose and the expert chutes a little further away. The eight lifts cover around 2000 acres of terrain.

Distance from Truckee: 27 miles
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