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Lake Tahoe stands as the crown jewel of the Sierra, attracting people like a magnet. Ever since I-80 was built, it has become fast and easy to get to its shores and play in its winter wonderland. This season, opt for a more leisurely route and uncover a hidden gem of the Sierra that often goes unnoticed—explore the charm of old Highway 40 and Donner Pass.

An Outdoorsiest’s Dream

Donner Summit is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, offering unique experiences every month of the year. As the snow melts, the landscape transforms into a vibrant canvas adorned with wildflowers and majestic snow-capped peaks. Summer opens up endless possibilities with extensive mountain biking and hiking trails, allowing you to soak in the beauty while capturing views of the iconic “Rainbow Bridge.” In the fall, the surroundings burst with a tapestry of autumn colors. And when winter arrives, snow-filled activities await, promising delightful experiences for all.

What Is There To Do In Winter?

In winter, Donner Summit transforms into a magical wonderland, adorned with snow-capped mountains and icy alpine lakes. Every winter activity you can imagine is at your fingertips. Embark on a peaceful snowshoe under Castle Peak. Set off on a pair of cross-country skis at the largest XC ski center in North America. Go sledding and tubing on mellow, family-friendly hills. Or feast on powder at budget-friendly resorts. For a comprehensive guide to the most popular activities, here’s a list to enhance your wintry fun on Donner Summit during this season:

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