Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort

9411 Hillside Drive Soda Springs, CA 95728



Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort offers you an extensive network of trails over thousands of acres of snow-clad wilderness in the majestic Sierra Nevada mountains. You can sample us in a day by enjoying the friendly services of our day lodge, or better still, savor us for longer by staying in trailside lodges that you’ll never want to leave.

Superbly situated just a short drive from world famous Lake Tahoe and our gateway city Reno, Royal Gorge is the largest cross country ski resort in North America and has been ranked “Number One” by Snow Country Magazine. Here’s just some of the reasons why:

* More than 9000 acres of skiing terrain
* An annual snowfall exceeding 600 inches
* The largest groomed track system in North America
* Two overnight lodges: Rainbow and Ice Lakes Lodge
* A spacious day lodge with first class facilities
* The world’s largest cross country grooming fleet
* Eight rejuvenating warming huts
*Three refreshing trailside cafes
* Several stimulating Inn to Inn trails
* A base elevation of 7000 feet

Lake Tahoe Skiing – California Skiing
North Americas Largest Cross Country Ski Resort is located atop Californias Sierra Nevada, in Soda Springs, California. Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort is just a quick trip from beautiful Lake Tahoe, and is a short driving distance between Reno, Nevada and Sacramento, Ca.

California Ski Resort with All the Features.
Cross Country Skiers love Royal Gorge Ski Resort for its many kilometers of groomed trails and the diversity the trails offer skiers who enjoy striding, skating, diagonal stride, snow shoeing and telemarking. We truly have a one-of a kind ski area with ski-related features for everyone.


* 9,172 acres of skiing terrain
* 28 novice trails
* 44 intermediate trails
* 16 advanced trails
* 2 diagonal stride tracks on each trail
* Skating lane on each trail
* Lowest elevation 5800′
* Highest elevation 7400′
* 8 warming huts
* 3 trailside cafs


8:30 am – 5:00 pm on weekends and holidays
9:00 am – 5:00 pm weekdays
There is no access to trails after 4.00pm

Please note that all trails are two way. NO DOGS ALLOWED.


Royal Gorge is proud to offer a variety of challenging Inn-to-Inn Trails throughout its track system.

Ice Lakes Lodge Interconnect

A 7km roundtrip. Ski the loop from Summit Station via Big Ben and Reindeer to Ice Lakes Lodge. A great stop for lunch or to take a break and warm yourself in our Guests’ lounge by the double-sided, ceiling-high fireplace. Return to Summit Station via Reindeer, Switchback and Summit Connection.

Sugar Bowl Interconnect

Those looking for variety in their day can ski to the Sugar Bowl Ski Area via Royal Gorge’s groomed trails. The alpine resort with day cafe is connected to Summit Station by the Van Norden track system and the two-way Sugar Bowl Interconnect. Those looking for a scenic, more difficult route can access the Interconnect after circling around the Ice Lakes track system (via Reindeer, Sunnyside, Sterling’s Canyon, Bogus Basin and Ana’s Chute). Ana’s Chute, a double black diamond trail, will give you the momentum to coast up to the Sugar Bowl Caf. An easier, more direct route from Summit Station takes skiers via Summit Connection to any number of the Lake Van Norden trails. After resting, the return trip is your choice. We request that you finish skiing and be back at Summit Station by 5:00pm.

Mirkwood Outlook
Warming Hut
Lake Van Norden
Point Mariah
Lola’s Lookout
Snow Mountain
Devil’s Outlook

Nordic Skiing, a Romantic Ski Adventure
Cross Country Skiing to any one of 8 warming huts is a delight for our Nordic skiers. XC skiing to any of the 3 trailside cafes is a favorite as well as staying at resort accommodations of Ice Lakes Lodge or Rainbow Lodge which serve French country and Californian cuisine.

Come and enjoy FREE! broadband internet connection at Royal Gorge’s Summit Station. Whether you sit in the bar, cafe, family room or cafe deck, you can surf the web to your heart’s content.

Rainbow Lodge’s operating hours for Fall:
The Bar and Sierra room are serving a light menu and specials from 12 pm to 8 pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Ice Lakes Lodge is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday for accommodation & food.
Ice Lakes Lodge Restaurant hours for fall:
Friday through Sunday.
Lunch 12-2:30 pm
Dinner 5:30-8 pm
Bar 12-9 pm

The restaurant, bar and lodge will be closed Monday through Thursday.
For lunch and dinner reservations please call 530 426 7661

HOT DEALS – Click here to check out our internet room special for Ice Lakes Lodge. Great group specials for summer and fall – BOOK NOW!

Ice Lakes Lodge, Rainbow Lodge and Summit Day Lodge now have free wireless broadband internet access.

Weddings: Plan your special day at either Rainbow or Ice Lakes Lodge by contacting Linda @ 530 426 3871 or

Royal Gorge 2008-09 Season Passes.

Season passes are now on sale. Early discount October 31st.Unrestricted Pass $375, Midweek/Non-Holiday $150 for use Monday, Thursday and Friday. Discounts apply to family members when buying together.

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