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5 Nov 2020
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With opening days just around the corner, it’s time to set your sights on your favorite nordic ski & snowshoe trails! Lake Tahoe boasts the largest concentration of cross-country ski and snowshoe landscape in North America. That’s hundreds of kilometres of world-class, groomed trails and off-trail adventure in the backcountry! Get ready to pack the powder at your own pace as we list Tahoe’s best nordic ski & snowshoe trails!

Royal Gorge Ski Resort

Hit your stride at Royal Gorge Ski Resort, North America’s largest cross-country resort featuring 140kms of groomed, tracked trails with 6 distinct trail systems! Stride past towering pines and expansive meadows and catch your breath at 8 different warming huts. Check out the beautiful Van Norden Meadow and enjoy 11.7kms of dog trails with your 4-legged friend. If you’re new to the sport, purchase a lesson packagecomplete with trail pass and state-of-the-art equipment rentals.

Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Centre (TDXC)

USA Today voted Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center one of the top 10 cross country ski centers in North America! Spanning more than 2,800 acres with 100km of groomed trails, TDXC is a must on our list! Grab a season pass or book a private lesson to take your skiing to the next level. Fuel up after with grab-and-go treats and après ski beer and wine at Alder Creek Cafe and Trailside bar.

Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area (Tahoe XC)

Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area features a 65km trail system with 21 separate trails groomed daily! Families enjoy the 8kms of dog-friendly trails, 3 trailside warming huts and full-service rental shop and cafe. Swap your new and used winter gear at their 2020 Ski Swap on November 14& 15! Bring your appetite as there will be plenty of food trucks serving breakfast and slinging lunch all weekend. Make sure to register for this fundraising event benefitting youth programs as no drop-ins allowed.

The Nordic Center at the Resort at Squaw Creek

Glide through Squaw Valley meadows and the surrounding hillside on 18kms of track, including 11 trails at The Nordic Centre at the Resort at Squaw Creek! Most of their trails are aimed at beginners, and you can easily pick up cross country ski and snowshoe rentals while you’re there! All trails start at the Resort at Squaw Creek which is easily accessed via a shuttle from the parking lot.

North Tahoe Regional Park Nordic Ski Area

Head to Tahoe Vista for 124 acres of Nordic skiing on snow-covered forest trails! Walk or glide through peaceful wilderness and marvel at cedar trees along the Cedar Trail. Bring your own equipment as there’s no cross-country ski or snowshoe rentals in the North Tahoe Regional Park.

Northstar California Resort

Get ready for stunning mid-mountain cross country skiing at Northstar Resort! Stride through 35kms of groomed trails amidst alpine views. Book a private lesson and rent top-of-the-line gear at this family-friendly resort.