Soda Springs Ski Resort, North Lake Tahoe, CA

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Soda Springs Ski Resort in Lake Tahoe, California and Escape2ski connect you to skiing, snowboarding, snow reports, trail maps, tickets, lodging & webcams. Soda Springs Ski Resort is located 1mi/1.6km off Interstate 80 or I-80 near the Donner Summit in California. The ski area opened in 1931 and currently holds the distinction of being the […]

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Soda Springs Ski Resort in Lake Tahoe, California and Escape2ski connect you to skiing, snowboarding, snow reports, trail maps, tickets, lodging & webcams. Soda Springs Ski Resort is located 1mi/1.6km off Interstate 80 or I-80 near the Donner Summit in California. The ski area opened in 1931 and currently holds the distinction of being the oldest operating ski area in California and one the oldest in North America. It is nestled alongside the South Yuba River near the small community of Soda Springs, which is located on the opposite side of the river. The Community of Soda Springs has roots dating back to 1870 and was a part of the landscape long before skiing was established in the area. Soda Springs Ski Resort may only have a vertical drop of 652ft/199m and 15 runs, which is smaller than other resorts in the area, but on a day when it snows, and it does, the powder snow found on the mountain provides a great backdrop for an amazing day of skiing and snowboarding. Soda Springs Ski Resort will bring you back to your early days on the slopes when the only thing that mattered was fun with your friends. Today, the ski area has a reputation as the winter playground for families looking to escape the city. With Sacramento, California being only 97miles or 156km away, it is the perfect getaway location to get away from the city for a day or weekend. Soda Springs Ski Resort is the perfect training ground for newcomers but still provides a great experience for intermediate and advanced skiers and boarders.

On the Slopes

  • Even though Soda Springs Ski Resort would be classified as a beginner to intermediate ski area, it is still a great place for all skiers and boarders to have fun. There is also a jib park for the those wishing glide over rails and boxes for an added dimension of fun.
  • The Crystal Bowl chair is your ticket to the summit, and from here if you are in for a little hike you can gain some extra vertical for your descent down Nose Dive or Race Course. On a powder day, it is worth the effort.
  • Lessons are available for all ages from the dedicated team of snowsport instructors. Lessons types are Learn to Ski, Planet Kids for 8 and under that occur every 30 minutes and more.

Off the Slopes

  • Soda Springs Ski Resort is a day ski and snowboard area only. If you plan on staying for more than a day, Truckee, only 14 miles or 23km to the east is one of the best options for lodging, shopping, nightlife, and dining.
  • Soda Springs Ski Resort features a Main Daylodge where you can stop for a break and enjoy the cafeteria, visit the retail shop, purchase lift tickets and get fitted for rentals. Parking is also free.
  • The ski area features many activities other than skiing or snowboarding. Check out Tube Town with a dedicated surface lift and up to 20 lanes depending on mother natures’ generosity with snow.
  • Planet Kids Fun Zone, which features many activities that do not include social media, such as climbing, snowman building, tube carousels and mini snowmobiles.

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On the Slopes

Off the Slopes

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Mountain Information

Current Status: Open

Mountain Essentials

Vertical Drop:
652 ft / 199 m

Base Elevation:
6700 ft / 2042 m

Summit Elevation:
7352 ft / 2241 m

Skiable Area:
200 acres

Average Snowfall:
400 in / 1016 cm

Trail Map

Snow Report

Weather Conditions

Mountain Terrain

Total Trails: 15

Beginner: 4 (30%)

Intermediate: 8 (50%)

Advanced: 3 (20%)

Expert: 0 (0%)

Terrain Parks: 1

Snow Cross: No

Super Pipe: No

Half / Mini Pipe: No

Jib Park: Yes

Services

Ski & Snowboard School: Both

Rentals & Repairs: Yes

Parking:  Free

Retail Shops: Yes

Family Friendly: Yes

Children’s Ski Programs: Yes

Women's Ski Programs: No

Adaptive Ski Programs: No

Childcare: No

Day Lodges: Yes

Restaurants: Yes

Distance from...

Nearest Airport:
Reno NV , 49mi / 79km

Nearest Major City:
Reno NV, 45mi / 73km

Nearest Town/City:
Truckee CA, 14mi / 23km

Contact Info

Central Reservations: N/A

Direct Phone: 530-426-3901

Snow Phone: 530-426-1010

Mountain Operations

Season Dates: Dec 8 to Apr 8

Skiing & Snowboarding: Both

Days Operating: M, Th, F, Sa, Su

Operating Hours:
10:00am to 4:00pm : Closed select Tue-Wed : See website for any updates

Night Skiing: No

Lift Ticket Prices

Lift Information

Total Lifts: 5

Trams: 0

Gondolas: 0

Chondolas: 0

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Express Six: 0

Express Quads: 0

Express Triples: 0

Quads: 0

Triples: 1

Doubles: 1

Surface Lifts: 3

Lodging

Mountainside: No

Within 30mi / 48km: Yes

Closest Airport(s)

Airport Convenience Ranking™

Reno-Tahoe Intl Airport  (RNO)
Distance: 49 mi / 79 km
Ranking: Most Convenient

Sacramento Intl Airport  (SMF)
Distance: 97 mi / 157 km
Ranking: Least Convenient

Helpful Links

Ski Resort Website

Nearby Lodging

Tourism Site

Local Transit Service

Local Transit Map