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Royal Gorge USA Cross Country Ski Resort

9411 Hilside Dr., Soda Springs exit at Interstate 80, Soda Springs, CA
800-500-3871
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Type: Cross-country Ski Areas, Ski/ Snowboard Areas
Activities: Cross-country skiing, Skiing
Description: The largest cross-country ski resort in the United States, Royal Gorge challenges both beginner and advanced Nordic skiers and telemarkers.
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Sunnyvale
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

World class trails and so much to ski and see. It will take you days to cover all the trails. Food in the lodge is great. The ski area is actually owned by the Truckee Donner Land Trust after raising more than $10M to buy it out of bankruptcy. Previous 2 owners ran it into the ground. Sugar Bowl is... More

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De Pere, Wisconsin
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34 reviews 34 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

We used to ski at Royal Gorge frequently when we lived in California and this is the first time we have been back in over 10 years. During this time, natural disasters (fire) and financial difficulties took their toll. The resort, boasting the largest groomed cross country track system in North America, was recently purchased by a neighboring downhill ski... More

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Sacramento, California
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273 reviews 273 reviews
76 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

The mountains, the trees, the canyons... All make for amazing views while enjoying cross country skiing. The area is gorgeous; it makes it feel like no workout at all - just an enjoyable trip through the forest. Staff is always great. The rentals are top quality. The lessons are a great value and really help.

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San Francisco, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

This was my first trip to Royal Gorge. It is huge -- the trails go on forever. You could come back many times and not cover all the trails. It's a bad year for snow, but the skiing was still great! The trails were well-maintained, and the trail signs and maps make sense. The workers were cheerful and helpful.

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Oakland, California
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79 reviews 79 reviews
4 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

First of all, a huge resort with a wide variety of terrain. the largest in North America, they say. I've been going to Royal Gorge for 15 years and seen its ups and downs. The latest seems to me a big up from the past few years. It's open 7 days, and they groom a lot of trails (150km or... More

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Laguna Beach, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

i use to work here and love to ski. the place has new people that a running it. At one time it was open all the time and good grooming, over the past 6 years lots has change. This here a new Manager has taken the place over, I'm sure that she will do a good job and with some... More

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MIAMI
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749 reviews 749 reviews
240 attraction reviews
258 helpful votes 258 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

Now that Sugar Bowl has taken up the grooming, trails are wide, well groomed and great. We skiied the Van Norden Lake area, which is the first time we have seen it groomed in years. There are several warming huts along the trails, but no stove to boil water for hot cocoa or tea. Warming huts had big orange jugs... More

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Oakland, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

My family just spent a week at Serene Lake, where we rented a house and enjoyed the Royal Gorge area. There are two win lakes which are great for kayaking and canoeing (only one is a swimming lake, as the other is for drinking water). There is a home owner's beach for kids to play on the sand, which people... More

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Oakland, CA
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58 reviews 58 reviews
23 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2011

Royal Gorge is doing the very best it can with virtually no snow. The staff is super friendly.

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Villa Park, California
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2011

On a whim we did a day of cross country skiing in the midst of a week where we stayed at Squaw (and did a lot of downhill skiing). One of the smartest things I've done recently I think. Really great people at the main Royal Gorge lodge (Summit lodge?), nice rental gear, and an excellent instructor got us refreshed... More

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