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.
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.
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.
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.