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Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort

Lake Tahoe + Northern Sierra, California

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  • The outside of Royal Gorge's Summit Station lodge.- Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort
  • Passes, maps, rentals and equipment for purchase are available inside the Summit Station lodge.- Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort
  • The lodge contains a small cafe serving warm food and drinks.- Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort
  • Large map and ski patrol building adjacent to the Summit Station lodge.- Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort
  • Multiple trails all begin at the lodge.- Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort
  • A ski school uses an easy track adjacent to the lodge.- Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort
  • Ski school trail.- Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort
  • Signs mark the intersections throughout the resort.- Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort
  • Royal Gorge's high elevation make snow conditions ideal for skiing.- Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort
  • Sporadic maps are placed among the trails so skiers can get their bearings and plan their course.- Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort
  • Lakes and mountains provide great scenery along the trails.- Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort
  • A snow-covered lake among the resort's trails.- Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort
  • Skiing with an alpine backdrop.- Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort
  • Several huts stand throughout the resort in case skiers need to take a quick break.- Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort
  • Trails are groomed on a daily basis, with updated groomed trail maps posted inside the lodge.- Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort
  • Rolling hills dominate the resort landscape.- Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort
  • A warming hut along the trails.- Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort
  • Miles and miles of snowy trails mean that you will find yourself alone frequently in this wintry alpine environment.- Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort
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Pros: 
All-in-one location for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. An abundance of trails for all ability levels.
Cons: 
Too much to ski in a single day.
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Region:
Lake Tahoe + Northern Sierra, CA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
No
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Winter
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort contains over 120 miles of trails spread over more than 6,000 acres in the Tahoe-Donner area of the High Sierra. The trails receive daily grooming serving cross-country skiers along with snowshoers and snowkiters, and there are an array of trails dedicated for specific users.

Based out of their Summit Station the resort has multiple trail networks that range from beginner to expert. The resort offers gear rentals and lessons for all ages and ability levels. 

Beginners can take lessons and stick to the teaching lanes near the lodge. Advanced beginners and intermediate skiers can head out into the network of trails that weave their way around lakes and hills and reach several warming huts spread throughout the resort. Expert skiers can head out on the longer trails that climb some nearby peaks and stretch from Devil's Peak and Point Mariah to Sugar Bowl Ski Resort.

The Summit Station provides maps with trails marked by difficulty level, and contains a retail store and cafe. Snowshoers are also welcome on the resort's dedicated snowshoe trails - several of which permit dogs. A brief description of several of the resorts trails can be found below:

Royal Gorge is open daily throughout the winter from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Though trails are groomed on a daily basis, especially main arterial trails throughout the resort, grooming is condition-dependent on others. The best way to approach your route may be to plan a direction to head in rather than planning for specific trails. An updated list of trail conditions is maintained online and inside the station lodge.

Prices, current weather and grooming conditions, live web cams, and other relevant information can be found on Royal Gorge's website. The resort can be reached by calling 530.426.3871.

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