Soda Springs

P.O. Box 39, Truckee , CA (Driving Directions to Soda Springs)
Last Updated: 7/24/2016 8:07 PM

Soda Springs Ski Report, Mountain Conditions and Resort Statistics

  • 5 Beginner
  • 6 Intermediate
  • 4 Advanced
Soda Springs, located north of Lake Tahoe in California, is a ski resort with 42 trails and 5 lifts on 468 skiable acres. The terrain is fairly diverse, with the most advanced courses on the top of the mountain. Soda Springs is great for kids and families, with a number of extra attractions built especially for them: a tubing area, ... a mini snowmobile area, and a “Kid’s Place” complete with tube carousel. Soda Springs has small terrain features, grooming, snowmaking, ski and snowboard lessons, and equipment rental. A less intimidating setting than other high paced resorts, Soda Springs offers a low-key and casual atmosphere where families will find they can just enjoy the small things in life. Read more

Soda Springs Amenities

  • Night Skiing Night Skiing
    Night skiing available.
  • Terrain Park Terrain Park
    Ski area offers at least one terrain park.
  • Half Pipe Half Pipe
    Ski area offers a half pipe.
  • Cat Skiing Cat Skiing
    Cat skiing is available at this resort; may entail an add'l cost
  • Grooming Grooming
    This resort grooms a portion of its slopes.
  • Snow Making Snow Making
    Ski area offers snow making for additional coverage.
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly
    This resort is known for providing a family friendly atmosphere.
  • Expert Favorite Expert Favorite
    This resort is known for its challenging terrain.
  • Daycare Available Daycare Available
    Guests have access to daycare services; an additional charge may apply.
  • Slopeside Dining Slopeside Dining
    Resort offers at least one restaurant on the slopes; hours may vary.
  • Slopeside Lodging Slopeside Lodging
    This resort has slopeside lodging available; it may or may not be ski in/ski out.
  • Tubing Tubing
    This resort offers tubing activities; additional charges may apply
  • Wi-Fi Access Wi-Fi Access
    This resort is equipped with internet access; additional charges may apply
  • Skiers Only Skiers Only
    This resort does not allow snowboarding.
  • Ropes Course/Aerial Park Ropes Course/Aerial Park
    Resort offers ropes course/aerial park. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Alpine Slide / Coaster Alpine Slide / Coaster
    Resort has Alpine Slide, Alpine Coast or both. Additional charges may apply, may only be open in summer.
  • Concerts / Festivals Concerts / Festivals
    Frequent host of concerts or festivals.
  • Event Space/Conference Center Event Space/Conference Center
    Resort has event space & conference center available.
  • Former Olympic Site Former Olympic Site
    Resort is a former Olympic site.
  • Gambling Gambling
    Resort has legal gambling services.
  • Golf Course Golf Course
    Resort has a golf course. Additional charges may apply, may only be open in summer.
  • Gondola Rides Gondola Rides
    Resort offers gondola rides.
  • Hiking Hiking
    Resort offers hiking trails and services. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Ice Skating Ice Skating
    Resort offers ice skating activities.
  • Indoor Waterpark Indoor Waterpark
    Resort offers indoor waterpark.
  • Mountain Biking Mountain Biking
    Resort offers mountain biking. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Outdoor Waterpark Outdoor Waterpark
    Resort offers outdoor water park. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Segway Tours Segway Tours
    Resort offers segway tours. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Snowmobiling Snowmobiling
    Resort offers snowmobiling. Additional charges may apply.
  • Spa Spa
    Resort offers spa services. Additional charges may apply.
  • Zipline Zipline
    Resort offers zipline activities. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.

Soda Springs Operations


Open for Events/Activities

Lifts Open/Total

0 of 4

Weekday Hours


Trails Open/Total

0 of 15

Weekend Hours


Soda Springs Snow Report & Ski Conditions

Base Elevation

7,200 ft

24-hr Snowfall


Vertical Drop

500 ft

Avg Base Depth


Peak Elevation

7,700 ft

Soda Springs Ski Pictures and Photos

Soda Springs Logo
Soda Springs Trail Map

Soda Springs Reviews & Tips (14)

Soda Sprngs is a little gem perfect for any beginner and young children.
Soda Springs review written Mar 31 2016 - 03:57 PM
Patrick Kruegel Advanced Snowboarder
I just received an email reply from Soda Springs saying the Liftopia tickets are ONLY good for ski/snowboarding lifts and NOT the tubing area. I still love this little gem.
Soda Springs review written Mar 18 2016 - 10:23 AM
James Intermediate Skier
Weekdays it's wide open with no crowds so good fun for intermediate level at lowest known cost in these parts.
Soda Springs review written Feb 24 2016 - 02:53 PM
J.D. Intermediate Skier
Overall had a good time - Pros: Convenient location, relatively inexpensive lift tickets. Cons: Limited runs, Extremely slow rental process, do not go there w/o board or ski's or be prepared to waste 1.5hrs. Also they delayed opening second chair lift for 2hrs which was frustrating but eventually the resolved staffing issue. Again, overall a good time, but do not rent anything there or you will lose half your day in the process!
Soda Springs review written Jan 05 2016 - 05:03 PM
Mark Figueroa Intermediate Snowboarder
If you are learning to ski or snowboard and want to save money, take your family to Soda springs. Perfect tiny resort to learn to ski then move to the big resorts.
Soda Springs review written Jan 05 2016 - 03:39 PM
KidKharma Advanced Skier
We went on Sunday 12/27/2015. Tickets are only $44, there are 2 chairlifts for skiers (did not go tubing). Both runs were very well groomed. There was still corduroy before noon. There were no lines for the chairlifts, the slopes were empty. Everyone was tubing. Get there at 9am to buy tickets. The chairlifts start at 10am. There are huge discounts if you buy online. The line to the right is for online vouchers. If you plan to come again, ask for a OnePass plastic card with a barcode. It's free. The next time you buy online, you enter the barcode (instead of printing the voucher). That way you skip the ticket line. They will scan your Onepass card barcode at the gate. Seniors age over 60 have the best deal. Season passes are only $49. Online 1-day ticket is only $4.99 or $9.99. Soda Springs is a bunny hill with only 2 chairlifts. It is not for advanced skiers who like long runs. The chairlifts are slow and the runs are short. But I love the cheap price, no lift lines, empty slopes, corduroy, and no one flying out of the trees crashing into me.
Soda Springs review written Jan 02 2016 - 05:21 PM
cv Intermediate Skier
Went to this place last Friday Dec 18. Pretty quiet so the lines were non-existent. It did not take us too long to get on the slopes, but other than the bunny slope, none of the other slopes were groomed. The snow was too deep to ski in and people were just falling all over because of the depth of the snow. If they don't have the manpower to groom the runs, they should not even keep the lifts running. We got to the top of the mountain and had to take our skiis and hike 100 yards to find the nearest way down. Staff was okay, but they have no idea how to run a ski resort. This place is okay if you want to go to learn on one run, but if you have any ski experiences already save your money. You really get what you pay for. I paid $25 for my lift ticket and I wish I could get my money back. Stay away.
Soda Springs review written Dec 21 2015 - 02:34 PM
Jay Intermediate Skier
My family and I have visited Soda Springs several times over the years and after reading "Ken's" review, I felt I had to speak up since we too just visited the resort in early January. I have learned that holiday vacation periods are bad times to visit a small resort like Soda Springs due to the sheer volume of people who visit and overwhelm their infrastructure causing long lines to form. We walked in from our car from their most remote parking lot and it took us 7 minutes. A distance of maybe 150 yards total. We did indeed stand in line but the resort was doing the best they could with all FOUR of their main ticket windows open as well as another ticket booth set up near the Planet Kids sleigh route. Once we were through the line, we encountered friendly and engaging staff, great snow given the drought conditions with little to no lift line at their Crystal Bowl chairlift, and incredibly tasty food at their outdoor BBQ! All FIVE of their lifts were running and advanced skiers were only hiking if they wanted to access the resorts more remote "backcountry" terrain. They had plenty for a family to have fun doing together at Planet Kids, the tubetown tubing hill, small polaris snowmobiles for kids to ride, and plenty of challenging terrain for someone of my ability to ski including some pockets of wonderful powder 13 days after their last snowfall! It's unfortunate that Mr. Ken had such a hard day but I would recommend this place to anyone especially families with small children. If someone were to visit this place on a non-holiday weekday, they would find a vastly different more relaxed atmosphere than they would find on a busy holiday which is most likely why my experience with this resort has been so completely opposite of others who have posted to this site.
Soda Springs review written Jan 26 2015 - 01:03 PM
James Advanced Skier
NOT WORTH SKIING. Okay for tubing and for very young beginners. But, it took an hour to get through the line to get tickets and this was repurchased! Those who hadn't bought in advance waited even longer. They have two ticket windows. They also have two lifts. Yes, just two. One serves a bunny hill and one serves a bunny hill and a blue run. To access any other runs, you have to remove your skis and hike up the mountain to where the third lift used to be. They are understaffed, when my wife notified a lift operator that a child had fallen on a run and needed help, he responded that he couldn't leave his post to call for help. No shuttle for parking so the hike can be long. Seriously, when did this place get this bad? Going here is like watching a train wreck in slow motion. You wish they could avoid the coming catastrophe but realize it's inevitable.
Soda Springs review written Jan 05 2015 - 02:11 PM
Ken Intermediate Skier
There is a separate windows on the right for people who purchased their tickets on line, don't wait in the regular ticket line, it will save your hours. Also try to get there by 10:30pm, by 12noon, the ticket window is more than 100 people long.
Soda Springs review written Jan 04 2015 - 03:32 PM
W Family Beginner Skier
Too little staff at the rental and ticket counters. Too slow to process tickets and equipment. While people are filling out kids consent form, need to process others at the same time. Efficiency is the key!!!. Rental was even more discouraging. My parties and I will never return to this place. Luckily I had the tickets, but our friends had to wait almost 1 1/2 hrs to get the equipment even though they were there early. Too much time wasted just waiting....
Soda Springs review written Jan 01 2015 - 10:37 AM
aaa Beginner Snowboarder
The trip was more for my son to enjoy the snow - seeing the snow for the first time. Based on a recommendation from a person we met recently, we chose Soda Springs and did 'not' regret it one bit. It was amazing for KIDS!! 5-year old to be specific. The tubing was great in Soda Springs and the mini carousel ride. Those are the 2 rides included in the planet kids ticket. I bought it through Corporate perks to saved about $2 on the ticket. Liftopia online tickets worked great with bar code intact that comes with the online printed ticket. The offer was good to save a couple dollars - given I bought 2 tickets, savings $4 was good enough! Overall, Soda Springs is the place for the kids... especially, if they are getting introduced to snow / tubing and the like.
Soda Springs review written Dec 31 2014 - 06:06 PM
Ram Beginner Skier
Same elevation as Boreal, snow can't be much different. Snow was great when we went (dec 20,14). Limited blue runs, going to the top of the long chair gets you in some pretty advanced territory. For the first ski day of the year, it was awesome. even had some powder left from earlier snow. Lifts were late at least 25 min to open, making the short hours even shorter.
Soda Springs review written Dec 23 2014 - 12:19 PM
andy Intermediate Snowboarder
Pros: *Extremely Wide and Easy to Navigate Beginners Slope. *Cheapest non-discount lift tickets in Tahoe. * Close To Sacramento * Great for Families Cons: * Limited hours...and at lower elevation..snow isn't always the best.
Soda Springs review written Jan 04 2011 - 11:10 PM
Shon Beginner Snowboarder

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