Lake Tahoe Travel Guide

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Lake Tahoe Cross Country Skiing

Welcome to Our At-A-Glance Guide to Lake Tahoe cross country skiing (XC skiing).

Lake Tahoe is home to some of the finest  down hill and cross county snow skiing in the world. You are sure to find a ski resort and hotel that will meet your expectations.

Scroll down the page to review our list of cross country (XC) ski areas or click here to review Lake Tahoe’s top snow ski resorts.

Lake Tahoe Cross Country Ski Areas 

Auburn Ski Club

19865 Boreal Ridge Rd, Soda Springs, CA 95728    (530) 426-3313

Auburn Ski Club Associates was founded in 1964 with the goal to offer low cost, high quality ski sport programs for individuals and families. 

Located just off I-80 on the Donner Summit, and have a 20km trail system open to the public as well a large number of skiing programs for adults and kids.
  

Dining Available = N/A

Slope-side Lodging =N/A

Down Hill Skiing = N/A

Snowboarding = N/A

Cross Country Skiing = Yes

Ski Lifts = N/A

Ski Runs = N/A

Base Elevation = N/A

Vertical Feet = N/A

Skill Level – Beginner = N/A

Skill Level – Intermediate = N/A

Skill Level – Advanced = N/A

Trail Pass:  Check with their Website for current rates

Open: The typical operational season usually starts mid-November.

Lake Tahoe Ski Resorts

Bijou Cross-Country

Hwy. 50 to Al Tahoe Blvd. South Lake Tahoe, CA p: (530) 542-6056

Located across from the Bijou Community Park, this is an informal 4 km marked trail.  There are no rentals or lessons at this location.
  

Dining Available = N/A

Slope-side Lodging =N/A

Down Hill Skiing = N/A

Snowboarding = N/A

Cross Country Skiing = Yes

Ski Lifts = N/A

Ski Runs = N/A

Base Elevation = N/A

Vertical Feet = N/A

Skill Level – Beginner = N/A

Skill Level – Intermediate = N/A

Skill Level – Advanced = N/A

Open: The typical operational season usually starts mid-November.

Trail Pass:  Check with their Website for current rates

Lake Tahoe Ski Resorts

Caples Lake XC

3070 Camino Heights Dr Camino, CA p: (530) 644-6048

The El Dorado Nordic Ski Patrol, Inc. (EDNSP) is a self-governed volunteer unit affiliated with the U.S. Forest Service, incorporated as a non-profit organization, and dedicated to providing public service and education associated with winter recreation.
  

Dining Available = N/A

Slope-side Lodging =N/A

Down Hill Skiing = N/A

Snowboarding = N/A

Cross Country Skiing = N/A

Ski Lifts = N/A

Ski Runs = N/A

Base Elevation = N/A

Vertical Feet =  N/A

Skill Level – Beginner = N/A

Skill Level – Intermediate = N/A

Skill Level – Advanced = N/A

Open: The typical operational season usually starts mid-November.

Trail Pass:  Check with their Website for current rates

Lake Tahoe Ski Resorts

Camp Richardson XC

1900 Jameson BeachRd South Lake Tahoe, CA p: (530) 542-6584

Once the snow flies the fun continues at Camp Richardson with snowshoeing and cross country skiing at the Mountain Sports Center.  Recently voted “Best Place to Cross Country Ski” by Tahoe locals.  It offers groomed and marked trails for the beginner to the expert.
  

Dining Available = Yes

Slope-side Lodging =Yes

Down Hill Skiing = N/A

Snowboarding = N/A

Cross Country Skiing = Yes

Ski Lifts = N/A

Ski Runs = N/A

Base Elevation = 6200 ft.

Vertical Feet = N/A

Skill Level – Beginner = N/A

Skill Level – Intermediate = N/A

Skill Level – Advanced = 3N/A

Open: The typical operational season usually starts mid-November.

Trail Pass:  Check with their Website for current rates

Lake Tahoe Ski Resorts

Clair Tappaan Lodge

P.O. Box 36 Norden, CA 95724 p: (530) 426-3632

The lodge maintains approximately 12 kilometers of groomed cross-country ski trails and offers excellent instruction in both cross country track and telemark techniques.
  

Dining Available = Yes

Slope-side Lodging =Yes

Down Hill Skiing = N/A

Snowboarding = N/A

Cross Country Skiing = Yes

Ski Lifts = N/A

Ski Runs = N/A

Base Elevation = N/A

Vertical Feet = N/A

Skill Level – Beginner = N/A

Skill Level – Intermediate = N/A

Skill Level – Advanced = N/A

Open: The typical operational season usually starts mid-November.

Trail Pass:  Check with their Website for current rates

Lake Tahoe Ski Resorts

Granlibakken

725 Granlibakken Road, Tahoe City, CA 96145     (530) 583-4242

Granlibakken offers plenty of Sierra terrain to explore. Guests have easy access to popular cross-country trailheads which provide miles of ungroomed skiing and snowshoeing terrain.
  

Dining Available = Yes

Slope-side Lodging =Yes

Down Hill Skiing = Yes

Snowboarding = Yes

Cross Country Skiing = Yes

Ski Lifts = 1

Ski Runs = 1

Base Elevation = 6310 ft.

Vertical Feet = 300 ft.

Skill Level – Beginner = 25%

Skill Level – Intermediate = 75%

Skill Level – Advanced = 0%

Open: The typical operational season usually starts mid-November.

Trail Pass:  Check with their Website for current rates

Lake Tahoe Ski Resorts

Heavenly

295 Hwy 50 Suite 1 Stateline, CA p: (775) 586-7000

Heavenly offers cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in their fun-filled, family oriented Adventure Peak Snow Park.  $15 will get you two hours of cross country skiing.  But to get to the park, you’ll have to pay another fee for the Gondola ride.
  

Dining Available = Yes

Slope-side Lodging =Yes

Down Hill Skiing = Yes

Snowboarding = Yes

Cross Country Skiing = Yes

Ski Lifts = 29

Ski Runs = 86

Base Elevation = 6540 ft.

Vertical Feet = 3500 ft.

Skill Level – Beginner = 20%

Skill Level – Intermediate = 45%

Skill Level – Advanced = 35%

Open: The typical operational season usually starts mid-November.

Trail Pass:  Check with their Website for current rates

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Hope Valley Outdoor Center

14655 Highway 88 Hope Valley, CA P: (530) 694-2266

The resort offers the best in outdoor recreational opportunities! If you’re looking for cross-country/telemark skiing, snowshoeing, rentals, lessons, and even guided tours. They can provide experienced information for just about all your outdoor needs.
  

Dining Available = N/A

Slope-side Lodging =N/A

Down Hill Skiing = N/A

Snowboarding = N/A

Cross Country Skiing = Yes

Ski Lifts = N/A

Ski Runs = N/A

Base Elevation = 6700 ft.

Vertical Feet = N/A

Skill Level – Beginner = N/A

Skill Level – Intermediate = N/A

Skill Level – Advanced = N/A

Open: The typical operational season usually starts mid-November.

Trail Pass:  Check with their Website for current rates

Lake Tahoe Ski Resorts

Kirkwood

Hwy 88 Kirkwood, CA p: (209) 258-6000

Above all the rest, with a base elevation of 7,800 feet and 80 kilometers of machine groomed trails, Kirkwood Cross Country & Snowshoe Center offers the most spectacular scenery and the most exciting terrain in the west.  The our diverse terrain provides excellent skiing for all abilities.
  

Dining Available = Yes

Slope-side Lodging =Yes

Down Hill Skiing = Yes

Snowboarding = Yes

Cross Country Skiing = Yes

Ski Lifts = 12

Ski Runs = 65+

Base Elevation = 7800 ft.

Vertical Feet = 2000 ft.

Skill Level – Beginner = 15%

Skill Level – Intermediate = 50%

Skill Level – Advanced = 35%

Open: The typical operational season usually starts mid-November.

Trail Pass:  Check with their Website for current rates

Lake Tahoe Ski Resorts

Northstar Ski Resort

5001 Northstar Dr, Truckee, CA 96161    (530) 562-1010

With six snow parks, ranging from the introductory-suited Burton Progression Park to the largest park on Moonshine, freestyle skiers and riders will definitely find their place on the mountain.
  

Dining Available = Yes

Slope-side Lodging =Yes

Down Hill Skiing = Yes

Snowboarding = Yes

Cross Country Skiing = Yes

Ski Lifts = 15

Ski Runs = 70

Base Elevation = 6330 ft.

Vertical Feet = 2280 ft.

Skill Level – Beginner = 25%

Skill Level – Intermediate = 50%

Skill Level – Advanced = 25%

Open: The typical operational season usually starts mid-November.

Trail Pass:  Check wit their Website for current rates

Lake Tahoe Ski Resorts

Royal Gorge XC

 9411 Pahatsi Rd, Soda Springs, CA 95728    (530) 426-3871

Located just a short drive from Lake Tahoe and their gateway city Reno, Royal Gorge is the largest cross country ski resort in North America and has been ranked “Number One” by Snow Country Magazine.
  

Dining Available = Yes

Slope-side Lodging =Yes

Down Hill Skiing = No

Snowboarding = No

Cross Country Skiing = Yes

Ski Lifts = N/A

Ski Runs = N/A

Base Elevation = N/A

Vertical Feet = N/A

Skill Level – Beginner = N/A%

Skill Level – Intermediate = N/A

Skill Level – Advanced = N/A

Open: The typical operational season usually starts mid-November.

Trail Pass:  Check with their Website for current rates

Lake Tahoe Ski Resorts

Squaw Valley

1960 Squaw Valley Rd Olympic Valley, CA p: (530) 583-6985

This season the Resort at Squaw Creek introduces its new Nordic Center, conveniently located at the trailhead of the Cross Country Ski & Snowshoe trails at the Resort at Squaw Creek.
  

Dining Available = Yes

Slope-side Lodging =Yes

Down Hill Skiing = Yes

Snowboarding = Yes

Cross Country Skiing = Yes

Ski Lifts = 33

Ski Runs = 100

Base Elevation = 6200 ft.

Vertical Feet = 2850 ft.

Skill Level – Beginner = 25%

Skill Level – Intermediate = 45%

Skill Level – Advanced = 30%

Open: The typical operational season usually starts mid-November.

Trail Pass:  Check with their Website for current rates

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Sorensen’s Resort Cross Country Skiing

14255 Highway 88 Hope Valley, CA 96120 P: (530) 694-2203

Sorensen’s Resort, along with adjacent Hope Valley Outdoor Center just down the road, maintains an excellent network of marked trails for all levels. Their staff can fully suit your needs, from equipment rentals, to one-on-one or group lessons, to exciting guided tours.
  

Dining Available = Yes

Slope-side Lodging =N/A

Down Hill Skiing = N/A

Snowboarding = N/A

Cross Country Skiing = Yes

Ski Lifts = N/A

Ski Runs = N/A

Base Elevation = 6200 ft.

Vertical Feet = N/A

Skill Level – Beginner = N/A

Skill Level – Intermediate = N/A

Skill Level – Advanced = -N/A

Open: The typical operational season usually starts mid-November.

Trail Pass:  Check with their Website for current rates

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Sugar Pine Point State Park

PO Box 266 Tahoma, California p: (530) 525-7982

Winter visitors to the park will find over 20 kilometers of marked cross country ski trails and a heated restroom in the General Creek campground. Interpretive presentations on a variety of winter related subjects are presented most weekends, from January through March.
  

Dining Available = Yes

Slope-side Lodging =No

Down Hill Skiing = N/A

Snowboarding = N/A

Cross Country Skiing = Yes

Ski Lifts = N/A

Ski Runs = N/A

Base Elevation = 6200 ft.

Vertical Feet = N/A

Skill Level – Beginner = N/A

Skill Level – Intermediate = N/A

Skill Level – Advanced = N/A

Open: The typical operational season usually starts mid-November.

Trail Pass:  Check with their Website for current rates

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Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area

925 Country Club Drive Tahoe City, CA p: (530) 583-5475

The recreation area offers 65 kilometers of groomed trails.  The facility also offers two trailside warming huts, a day lodge, cafe and rental shop.
  

Dining Available = Yes

Slope-side Lodging =Yes

Down Hill Skiing = N/A

Snowboarding = N/A

Cross Country Skiing = Yes

Ski Lifts = N/A

Ski Runs = N/A

Base Elevation = 6200 ft.

Vertical Feet = N/A

Skill Level – Beginner = N/A

Skill Level – Intermediate = N/A

Skill Level – Advanced = N/A

Open: The typical operational season usually starts mid-November.

Trail Pass:  Check with their Website for current rates

Lake Tahoe Ski Resorts

Tahoe Donner

11509 Northwoods Blvd. Truckee, CA p: (530) 587-9444  Tahoe Donner offers 115 kilometers of trails with a wide variety of terrain.  Trails include: 16 beginner, 24 intermediate, 5 advanced, 1 expert, 2 “wilderness” trails (groomed for diagonal striding only), and 2 snowshoe only trails.
    

Dining Available = Yes

Slope-side Lodging =Yes

Down Hill Skiing = Yes

Snowboarding = Yes

Cross Country Skiing = Yes

Ski Lifts = 6

Ski Runs = 14

Base Elevation = 6750 ft.

Vertical Feet = 600 ft.

Skill Level – Beginner = 40%

Skill Level – Intermediate = 60%

Skill Level – Advanced = –%

Open: The typical operational season usually starts mid-November.

Trail Pass:  Check with their Website for current rates

Lake Tahoe Ski Resorts 

 

 

 

What’s on Tap

Events

Lake Tahoe Festivals & Events:

 

Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival—7/8 – 8/21

North Lake—Imagine your toes in the sand, a fantastic bottle of wine nearby, a gourmet meal in hand and first-class entertainment before you…

Labor Day Lake Tahoe Fireworks Extravaganza—9/4/16 @ 08:30 PM

South Lake—This pyrotechnic exhibition explodes over Lake Tahoe after dusk and features a variety of patterns, shapes, and designs.

Big Band Jazz Concert at the Sugar Pine Point State Park—9/4/16

West Lake—Concert goers are encouraged to bring a picnic, low-back chairs, blankets, and be prepared to have fun.

The Great Reno Balloon Race—9/9 – 9/11/16

Reno—This is the 35th year for one of Reno’s most colorful and spectacular events! It attracts nearly 100 hot air balloons

For more event information, click on our Festivals & Events page for Half Moon Bay.
  
  

Attractions

Top Attractions:

Winter Outdoor Activities  – 2015/16

The ski areas were finally blessed with SNOW! The recent drought took its toll, but finally were seeing some action…

Summer Outdoor Activities – 2016

Lake Tahoe  – In a couple of months, Lake Tahoe will be bursting with outdoor activities!

Desolation Wilderness Area 

Awesome hiking from late spring to late summer. 

 

For more information on local attractions, click on the Lake Tahoe Attractions or Recreational Activities.
  
  

 

Advisories

The Region’s Fall Advisories:
  

Traffic Conditions. During the summer months, Lake Tahoe is inundated with tourists making driving challenging. Another issue, is the warm summer months are the best to complete road work. This combination can create very long delays in certain sections. Go to www.caltrans.com to learn about road conditions. 

Yes, It’s Still Water! California’s extreme drought has created some long-term consequences. If you are planning a lake vacation be sure to check about water levels. That rafting trip, fishing, or skiing may be impacted. It has also create EXTREME fire conditions, so be sure to check with local authorities about campfire and camp stove regulations.   

The Plague! It sounds medieval, but chipmunks and squirrels around Lake Tahoe can carry the Plague and health officials urge caution. Click here to learn more.

Yellow Jackets! I don’t know why it’s so bad this season, but from Tahoe City south  along the beaches the bees are everywhere! Click here to learn more.
  
  

  
  
  

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