Soda Springs is at an elevation of 6,800 feet and is 3 miles west of Donner Summit. Most of the major ski resorts in the Donner Summit area are within a couple of miles of Soda Springs, making weather reports from there a good indication of conditions at the ski resorts.
For more detailed snow reports from the ski resorts, see the links below to the individual resorts and their webcams.
Interstate 80 over Donner Summit is open year-round, but conditions on the pass in the winter often cause temporary closures. For this reason, during the winter it is always prudent to check with CalTrans before setting out.
These are among the best contacts for road conditions:
Requirement One (R1): Chains or snow tread tires required. Snow tires must have a tread depth of 6/32" with a "M & S" imprint on the tire's sidewall.
Requirement Two (R2): Chains required on all vehicles except four-wheel drives or all-wheel drives with snow tread tires on all four wheels. (NOTE: four-wheel and all-wheel drive vehicles must carry traction devices in chain control areas)
Requirement Three (R3): Chains are required on all vehicles, no exceptions.
Campsites open for winter use may be closed when snow levels prevent access. Always call to confirm during late fall, winter and spring seasons. Tahoe National Forest's website is not always current.
The Tahoe National Forest's website has a list of campsites and other recreation areas, indicating
whether the facilities are currently open or closed:
Tahoe National Forest Recreation.
However, the website list is not always up to date, especially when conditions are changing. It is best to
contact them by phone for the most accurate information:
Check on snow conditions through ski resort webcams and snow reports. Webcams are sometimes found at the bottom of the ski resort's home page.