Tahoe Thing to Do: Cross-country & Nordic Skiing

While downhill skiing might be the top sport here during the winter months, cross-country skiing sure is up there in the most popular things to do in Tahoe segment. There are literally thousands of acres of skiable terrain, including golf courses that transform into ski parks in the winter. (Note that a lot of summer bike shops become winter sports shops too!) You can expect a lot of breathtaking views! And as an added amenity, many of the trails for cross-country skiing in Lake Tahoe are dog friendly (but protect those paws!). You’ll find trails associated with accommodations, such as Clair Tappaan Lodge, the Tahoe Donner subdivision and Northstar, and others that are part of municipalities such as Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area in Tahoe City or part of parks such as Donner Memorial State Park and Ed Z’Berg Sugar Pine Point State Park. Most of these terrains are also popular for snow shoeing too.  Cross-country skiing in Lake Tahoe is a combination of working your body and calming your mind. Strap on those skies and glide! 

Clair Tappaan Lodge

Lake Tahoe Cross-country Skiing
19940 Donner Pass Road, Norden, CA
(530) 426-3632

One of Truckee’s hidden gems sits atop Donner Summit at 7,000 feet. Clair Tappaan Lodge was constructed in 1934 by Sierra Club volunteers, and, just like Donner Summit itself, the rest is history. The stunningly rustic mountain lodge offers accommodations for up to 145 guests, many of whom are cross-country skiers and snowshoers in winter and hikers, rock climbers and cyclists in summer. The lodge... read more

One of Truckee’s hidden gems sits atop Donner Summit at 7,000 feet. Clair Tappaan Lodge... read more

Donner Memorial State Park

Lake Tahoe Cross-country Skiing
12593 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA
(530) 582-7892

History buffs, campers, cyclists, hikers and those who love their water sports will find Donner Memorial State Park the perfect place for either a visit or an extended stay. The Donner name may not ring a bell for those who didn’t excel in their Western United States history class, but throw in the word “cannibalism” and the story of the snow-stranded emigrants and their ill-fated... read more

History buffs, campers, cyclists, hikers and those who love their water sports will find Donner... read more

Ed Z'Berg Sugar Pine Point State Park

Lake Tahoe Cross-country Skiing
CA State Park Road, Tahoma, CA
(530) 525-7982

Ed Z'Berg Sugar Pine Point State Park is your best bet for winter camping. Also open with a larger selection of sites in the summer, the park is positioned to take advantage of both the beautiful natural setting of Lake Tahoe and the historic aspects. Within the park is access to the Hellman-Ehrmann Mansion that was built in 1905. The property is still exquisitely maintained... read more

Ed Z'Berg Sugar Pine Point State Park is your best bet for winter camping. Also... read more

Northstar California Resort

Northstar California Resort
Village at Northstar
Lake Tahoe Cross-country Skiing
5001 Northstar Drive, Truckee, CA
(530) 562-1010

Since 1972, the Northstar California Resort has drawn winter sports enthusiasts to the area. Twenty different lifts provide access to some 100 trails on more than 3,000 acres of skiable terrain. The majority of the trails are designed for intermediate level skiers, while about a quarter of them are for advanced skiers and the remainder are just right for beginners. Speaking of beginners, Northstar offers... read more

Since 1972, the Northstar California Resort has drawn winter sports enthusiasts to the area. Twenty... read more

Sugar Bowl Resort

Lake Tahoe Cross-country Skiing
629 Sugar Bowl Road, Norden, CA
(530) 426-9000

Privately owned and operated by the homeowners in the Village at Sugar Bowl, Sugar Bowl Resort has attracted skiers and snowboarders to the top of Donner Summit for nearly 75 years. As a Tahoe-area resort that consistently collects great stashes of snow, Sugar Bowl boasts four distinct peaks and an open-boundary policy for backcountry access. Other unique features include a scenic gondola ride into the car-free... read more

Privately owned and operated by the homeowners in the Village at Sugar Bowl, Sugar Bowl Resort... read more

Tahoe Bike Company

Lake Tahoe Cross-country Skiing
3131 Harrison Avenue, South Lake Tahoe, CA
(530) 600-0267

Tahoe Bike Company is a full-service source of bikes in South Lake Tahoe. Offering an entire spectrum including electric bikes, surrey bikes, surreys for two people, mountain bikes, cruisers and commuter bikes, Tahoe Bike Company not only rents the exact bike for your cycling needs, but also sells bikes. In the winter the shop transitions into a winter sports gear mecca offering rentals in skiing,... read more

Tahoe Bike Company is a full-service source of bikes in South Lake Tahoe. Offering an... read more

Tahoe City Golf Course

Lake Tahoe Cross-country Skiing
251 North Lake Boulevard, Tahoe City, CA
(530) 583-1516

Tahoe City Golf Course is a 9-hole course (with a par of 33) that has character and stellar views of Lake Tahoe. The history of the course began back in 1917 when England's famous golfer May "Queenie" Dunn was commissioned to create a course on the then-famous Tahoe Tavern resort property. As one of the first courses in the United States to be designed by... read more

Tahoe City Golf Course is a 9-hole course (with a par of 33) that has... read more

Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area

Lake Tahoe Cross-country Skiing
925 Country Club Drive, Tahoe City, CA
(530) 583-5475

Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area is a large, groomed cross-country ski zone that offers both traditional and skate ski options. Situated on Dollar Hill, just outside of Tahoe City, the location is excellent for getting views of the lake while enjoying the wilderness. There is a small ski school and youth ski program to help get the entire family outside. The area also has dog... read more

Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area is a large, groomed cross-country ski zone that offers both... read more

Tahoe Donner

Lake Tahoe Cross-country Skiing
11509 Northwoods Boulevard, Truckee, CA
(530) 587-9400

The sprawling Tahoe Donner subdivision and its 6,000-plus homes above Truckee is many things to lots of people. For some it is their home neighborhood; for others it’s where they rent a house for a few days in winter or summer. Locals and visitors all take advantage of the Tahoe Donner Association’s 7,000 acres and equally vast amenities available to homeowners as well as to... read more

The sprawling Tahoe Donner subdivision and its 6,000-plus homes above Truckee is many things to... read more

Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area

Tahoe Donner
Lake Tahoe Cross-country Skiing
15275 Alder Creek Road, Truckee, CA
(530) 587-9484

Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area is one of the most extensive and scenic Nordic ski centers in the West. It includes Alder Creek Adventure Center and a cafe/bar, a ski rental center and fat-tire bike rentals. From lung-busting climbs to flat meadows, Tahoe Donner has more than 100 kilometers of trails groomed for skate skiing and traditional cross-country striding as well as snowshoeing. Depending... read more

Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area is one of the most extensive and scenic Nordic... read more

Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area

Tahoe Donner
Lake Tahoe Cross-country Skiing
11603 Snowpeak Way, Truckee, CA
(530) 587-9444

One of the many hidden gems of Truckee is Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area. Compared to the many large, corporate ski resorts in the Truckee-North Tahoe area, Tahoe Donner Ski Area is small. But then again, that’s like comparing apples to oranges. Ask locals where their kids learned to ski and there’s a very good chance it was on the slopes at Tahoe Donner. The... read more

One of the many hidden gems of Truckee is Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area. Compared... read more

Tahoe Ski Company

Lake Tahoe Cross-country Skiing
3131 Harrison Avenue, South Lake Tahoe, CA
(530) 600-0267

As a premier South Lake Tahoe snow equipment rental outfitter, Tahoe Ski Company is the perfect place to get every type of non-motorized device needed for snow-centered fun. Their shop, located near the base of Heavenly Mountain Resort, is filled with skis and snowboards for all levels. They also offer sleds, cross-country skis, snowshoes and other implements for enjoying the snow. To make the day... read more

As a premier South Lake Tahoe snow equipment rental outfitter, Tahoe Ski Company is the... read more