Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area

The 25th most popular cross country ski area in California.

  Tahoe, California, US


  June 29, 2016

Near Tahoe City, the Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area (aka Lakeview Cross Country Ski Area) has 65km of groomed trails with nice views of Lake Tahoe. The trails offer panoramic views of Lake Tahoe with nice climbs and descents. There are 2 warming huts along the way.

Tahoe Cross Country is conveniently located along the north shore of Lake Tahoe, 3 miles north of downtown Tahoe City. From Highway 80 you can reach Highway 28 in Tahoe City from either Hwy 267 or Hwy 89 to Lake Tahoe. To reach Tahoe XC from Highway 28, turn north onto Fabian Way, which is across from the 7--11 at Dollar Hill. Take your first right on Village Road where you will see a sign that says "The Highlands". Follow Village Road over the hill where it will dead- end. Take a left here onto Country Club Drive. Our parking lot is on the left. If the lot is full you may park on the street, ski area side only.

Yellow Trail - 2.5km From the Day Lodge around the meadow and back. Our easiest trail. You will find Rolfs Roost Warming Hut on Yellow. Stop there for a hot chocolate or some water, or bring your lunch and enjoy the sun at the picnic tables.

Green Trail - 4km Green Trail is one of our most popular loops. Gentle terrain takes you further out to the second warming hut. Provides access to the outer trails. Great for practicing your balance and glide on its long, flat stretches. A few ups and downs make it a fun trail with plenty of variety.

Special Green Trail - 3km The loop within the Green Loop, Special Green is a favorite for novices as well as experts looking for a great place to refine their V2 on flat terrain. Beautiful meadow cruising, and dog-friendly!(see dog page for times, etc.)

Wintergreen Trail - 1km Wintergreen works you with a short, steeper uphill climb, and then wanders over to Orange Trail deep in the trees. A new favorite among the locals.

Extra Green Trail - 1.5km A useful link between the north and south sides of Green Trail, Extra adds variety and provides a last gentle climb for those looking for one last hill before returning to the trailhead.

Orange Trail - 5km Called "the perfect trail", Orange is the ultimate loop for both skating and striding. From the warming hut, follow the direction of the Great Ski Race trail and get a little more climibing, mixed with curvy, winding downhills. Go the opposite way, and find a little easier terrain and quicker access to the loops further out. Either way you go, you will get great a great workout and see some beautiful scenery.

Special Orange Trail - 1.5km Linking the north and south sides of Orange Trail, Special Orange is another fun trail, relatively flat, providing easy access to the Great Ski Race trail and Red.

Red Trail - 4.5km Known for its deep snow and colder conditions, Red Trail gives you the mid-winter feel all season. Good climbs and great views of Antone Meadows make this a highlight trail.

Gold Trail - 4.5km Gold holds more snow than any other trail, and stays open the longest. Thrilling downhills and heart pounding climbs make Gold a staple among the intermediate/advanced. Try it, youll love it.

Silver Trail - 5km The best view in the world, some have called it. Ski the difficult side for some advanced thrill, or take the easier western side to the view that is great for almost all levels of skier. Take in the panoramic view of Lake Tahoe and bring your lunch. The picnic tables bask in the sun at the viewpoint, so you can too.

Purple Trail - 4km The "down and up" trail, Purple takes you down south and back up again. A really fun trail with great opportunities for wildlife viewing.

Extra Gold Trail - 3.5km Also called "the Great Ski Race Trail", Extra Gold accesses the Fibreboard Freeway, a road from Tahoe City to Brockway Summit in Kings Beach (not maintained by the ski area). A sustained, but relatively easy climb leads you to a great view of the lake at the top. The downhill is a great payoff.

Special Gold Trail - 2km The "escape" off of the Gold Climb, Special Gold bypasses the upper section of Gold Trail and ties you back into Gold down lower.

Blue Trail - 4.5km A favorite among dog lovers, Blue is one of our two dog-friendly trails (limited use for dogs, see dogs page). Blue loops around Dollar Reservoir, with flat terrain as well as some sustained gentle climbing or downhill, depending on the direction you ski it. Fun skiing, a little bit of everything.

Lakeview Trail - 2km The name says it all. Sit high above the lake and see everything in the Tahoe Basin. Open up to the view and back down the same way most of the season, Lakeview is not to be missed by those looking for the ultimate photo op.

Lakeview Cutoff - .8km A link from intersections "K" to "L", easy terrain and quiet tree cruising. Another short loop option just beyond the warming hut.

Overall, Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area is the 25th most popular cross country ski area of all 36 Nordic ski destinations in California. Several of the better cross country ski trails are nearby Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area including Royal Gorge XC, Kirkwood Cross Country Center, Northstar Cross Country Center, Sugar Pine Point State Park, Nordic Center At Squaw Valley and Cabin Creek Cross Country Ski Area.

Local Contacts:  Lakeview Cross Country (530) 583-9353; California Tourism (916) 444-4429; Tahoe Avalanche Info (530) 587-2158.

Best Season:  Dec. - Mar.

Average Difficulty:  Easy

Base Camp:  Pepper Tree Inn, Tahoe City (800) 624-8590; Mayfield House B&B, Tahoe City; Holiday Inn Express, Truckee

Luxury Loding:  Plumpjack Hotel (530) 583-1576; Resort At Squaw Creek (800) 403-4434

Breakfast Restaurant:  Rosies Cafe, Tahoe City; Truckee Diner

Reference Source:  click here http://www.tahoexc.org

GPS:  39.19793, -120.10574

Date Published:  1/4/2016

Date Updated:  6/29/2016

ID:  7292

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