The Auburn Ski Club was formed in 1928 by a group of unique and determined individuals with a genuine passion for skiing. The Club’s original “Ski Grounds” at Cisco Grove boasted the first engineered ski jump in the west and provided many Californians with their very first ski experience. By 1932, the founders had successfully lobbied the California State Legislature to begin providing winter snow removal services for the first time ever, keeping Highway 40 open year-round. This significant action basically opened up the mountains and ushered in California’s modern skiing era.
As truly original ambassadors of winter sports, Auburn Ski Club members had snow trucked all the way to the Bay Area, staging ski jumping exhibitions in 1934 and 1935 on the UC Berkeley campus, and on Treasure Island during the 1939 World Exposition. Auburn Ski Club has collected and preserved a significant amount of ski memorabilia over the years, which is currently housed in the Club’s Western Ski Sport Museum located at Boreal Mountain Resort.
In 1989, to carry on the founders’ vision and legacy, the non-profit Auburn Ski Club Training Center on Donner Summit was created as a home for new generations of young athletes and families from across Northern California. ASCTC is one of the few combined Alpine, Nordic, Biathlon and Snowboard training centers in the country. As the top racing and training venue in the western United States, ASCTC was named USSA Nordic club of the year in 2001 and 2005, and Snowboard Club of the Year in 2010. ASCTC has hosted many national championship events including: XC Junior Nationals in 1971, 2005, 2009 and 2015; the 2004 NCAA Nationals and 2015 US Biathlon Nationals.
Training Center Facilities
- 6,000 sq. ft. lodge with locker rooms, gathering and seating areas, kitchen, offices, meeting room, large sun deck, restrooms and showers
- 2,000 sq. ft. Sprung Structure for training and athlete staging areas
- 20km cross country trail system
- Nordic Ski Competition start/finish stadium and timing building
- Alpine Ski/Snowboard competition and training arena with timing building
- 16 point Biathlon range
- 15 meter and 40 meter ski jumping hills
- Homologated Alpine racing and training hills
- Homologated XC trails
- 100 car parking lot
- Ski waxing room
Auburn Ski Club Education Foundation was created in 1998 to help financially support the work of both Clubs. Please see our “How to Donate” page for more information about supporting the Auburn Ski Club Legacy.
Please browse this site to learn about all our program offerings and feel free to call us at 530-426-3313 for more information.