Cross-Country Ski Resorts
Getting There: Donner Pass Road off I-80. Drive time 3:15. www.tahoedonner.com
Trail Pass: Adult $26 (half-day $21); 60-69 $20 (half-day $17.
Terrain: 49 trails, 115 kilometers of trails, 4,800 acres for all levels.
Reason to go: More than 100 kilometers of groomed trails for diagonal striding, skating and snowshoeing.
Getting There: I-80 east to Soda Springs exit. Drive time 2:45. www.royalgorge.com
Trail Pass: Adult $27 (half-day $22); 13-22 $21 ($16 half-day); 60-69 $21 (half-day $16).
Terrain:65 trails, 195 kilometers.
Reason to go: It reopens this season and is managed by Sugar Bowl. Summit Station is renovated.
Getting There: I-80 to Highway 267, 6 miles. Adjacent to Northstar downhill area. Drive time 3 hours. www.skinorthstar.com
Trail Pass: Adult $27 (half-day $20); 5-12 $15 (half-day $10); snowshoeing $15 (half-day $14).
Terrain: Nearly 40 kilometers of cross country and snowshoe trails.
Reason to go: The cross country, telemark and snowshoe center features sundeck and larger teaching area.
Tahoe Cross Country
Getting There: I-80 to Truckee, south on Highway 89 to Tahoe City. East on Highway 28, two miles. At Dollar Hill, take Fabian Way to Village Drive to Country Club Drive. Drive time 3:30. www.tahoexc.org
Trail Pass: Adult $23 (half-day $19), 10-17 $19 (half-day $15); 60-69 $19 (half-day $15).
Terrain: 65 kilometers.
Reason to go: Ski anytime on Tuesdays for $12 (non-holidays). Dogs are welcome Monday through Friday (non-holidays).
Getting There: Highway 99 to Eight Mile Road (north of Stockton) to Highway 88 through Jackson. Drive time 3:10. www.kirkwood.com
Trail Pass: Adult $22 (half-day $19); 13-18 $17 (half-day $15); 11-12 $8 (half-day $6); 65-69 $17 (half-day $12).
Terrain: 80 kilometers of groomed trails.
Reason to go: 80 kilometers of groomed trails at 7,800 feet offer spectacular scenery and exciting terrain.
Getting There: Highway 108 to Pinecrest exit 32 miles east of Sonora. Drive time: 1:45. www.dodgeridge.com
Trail Pass: Free.
Terrain: One mile ungroomed loop trail.
Reason to go: Crabtree and Gooseberry systems, which begin a half-mile from Dodge, offer ungroomed but extensive trails.
Getting There: Yosemite National Park (take Highway 120), Glacier Point Road. Drive time: 2:45. www.yosemitepark.com
Trail Pass: Adult $42 (half-day $32.50); 13-17 $37 (half-day $30); 7-12 $22 (half-day $18).
Terrain: 25 miles of machine-groomed track and 90 miles of marked trails.
Reason to go: Cross country track and skating lanes are groomed from Badger Pass to Glacier Point (21-mile round trip). Great for the novice and expert.
Getting There: Highway 4 east of Murphys. Drive time: 2:15. www.bearvalleyxc.com
Trail Pass: Adult $25; 13-17 $18; 9-12 $10; 60-69 $18.
Terrain:Extensive 35-trail system covering 3,000 acres, all carefully groomed for track and skate skiing and snowshoeing.
Reason to go: Trails carefully groomed for track, skate skiing and snowshoeing. Sledding and tubing also available.