Best California Cross Country Skiing Trails

California has 36 cross country skiing areas.

Located in the US, the cross country skiing in California offers over thirty cross country ski routes from which to choose. The best California cross country skiing based on popularity are considered to be Royal Gorge XC, Yosemite Ski Center, Kirkwood Cross Country Center, Lakes Trail / Pear Lake Trail, and Cresent Trail. For a detailed Nordic ski trail description and printable trailhead map, just select a California cross country skiing trail below.

Featured CROSS COUNTRY SKI TRAILS

Royal Gorge XC

West of Truckee near Soda Springs at Donner Summit, the Royal Gorge Cross-Country Ski Area is one of North America's largest nordic area with 92 groomed trails totalling over 140 km. These cross-country skiing trails are spread over 9,000 acres at elevations above 6,000 feet.  MORE INFO

Yosemite Ski Center

Near Yosemite National Park, the Yosemite Cross Country Ski School maintains over 40 km of groomed tracks and 90 miles of marked trails leading to spectacular views of Yosemite Valley above 7,000 feet. While a favorite day trip is the 33km round-trip to Glacier Point, check out the overnight hut trip to Glacier Point as well.  MORE INFO

Tamarack Cross-Country Ski Center

Southwest of Mammoth Lakes in the eastern Sierras, the Tamarack Cross-Country Ski Center is one of the more popular local areas with 30 km of tracks. Located at 9,000 feet, the trails wind through forest and by lakes, and they are groomed for classical and skate skiing.  MORE INFO

Kirkwood Cross Country Center

Southwest of South Lake Tahoe at Carson Pass, the Kirkwood Cross Country Center has 80 km of marked and signed cross country ski trails. There are three interconnected systems spread over 4,200 acres located above 8,000 feet. The tracks are through classic high Sierra with big pine forest below massive exposed granite peaks. All the trails are groomed daily.  MORE INFO

Monetecito-Sequoia Cross-Country Ski Area

Located between Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Park east of Fresno, the Monetecito-Sequoia Cross-Country Ski Area has over 80 km of backcountry trails and 35 km of groomed tracks. These nordic trails wind through mixed pine and cedar forests under the shadow of Mt. Eisen.  MORE INFO

Bear Valley Cross Country

Between Yosemite and Tahoe in the Sierra Nevadas at 7,000 feet, the Bear Valley Cross Country Center has 38 trails totoalling 65 km of well-groomed cross country ski trails. The nordic trails are spreadover 3,000 acres of meadow and dense forest. The elevations range from 7,000 feet to 7,800 feet, which usually guarentees good snow pack.  MORE INFO

Mount Shasta Nordic Center

On the southwest flank of Mount Shasta, the Mount Shasta Nordic Center has 23.5 km of groomed cross country ski trails. The trails range from gentle meadows to thrilling rolling hills.  MORE INFO

Nordic Center At Squaw Valley

Northeast of Tahoe City, the Nordic Center At Squaw Valley has 18km of cross-country ski trails spread across 400 acres. The cross country skiing winds through meadows and hillsides.  MORE INFO

Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center

Northeast of Truckee near Donner Summit, the Tahoe Donner Cross Country Center has over 100km of groomed cross country ski trails in 3 trail systems over 4,800 acres above 6,500 feet. The TDXC trailhead is located at the Alder Creek Adventure Center.  MORE INFO