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Monday, November 21st, 2011
It North Lake Tahoe it seems that downhill ski and board resorts rule, especially with more than a dozen to choose from. What locals know is that cross country resorts are nearly as numerous as their steeper counterparts, and just as legendary.
- Credit: Jeff Dow
Did you know that the region boasts the largest cross country resort in the country – Royal Gorge? Just minutes off Interstate 80 and atop of the world on snowy Donner Summit, Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort has 320km (that’s approximately 200 miles) of groomed tracks and trails along with two rustic, Old Tahoe lodging properties, the ski-in, ski-out Ice Lakes Lodge and the quaint Rainbow Lodge.
Looking for something a little more, well, competitive? Squaw Valley may have hosted the majority of the 1960 Winter Olympic events, but the cross-country races, including the popular biathlon, were actually held on Tahoe’s West Shore at Sugar Pine Point State Park. There Nordic enthusiasts choose from four distinct, well-marked trails, making up 15km of terrain. The park is also home to historic Ehrman Mansion.
Another great spot to check out, and a locals’ favorite, is Tahoe XC which is just behind Tahoe City’s commercial core with 65km of groomed trails, a day lodge and café. A great all-around resort, well-mannered dogs can join their humans on either of two dog-friendly trails, and there’s more than eight km of beginner and intermediate terrain. Dog day passes are $4 and season passes are just $49. Tahoe XC is also the start of the prestigious Great Ski Race, now in its 36th year. Slated for March 4, 2012, competitors race 30 km from the resort to Truckee.
If you want to mix it with the locals more check out Spooner Lake Cross Country Ski Area
located on the North Shore at the junction of Highway 28 and 50. There are 80km of groomed ski trails spread out over a scenic 9,000 acres. Spooner Lake also rents their remote, cozy log cabins in Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park for those interested in a multi-day cross-country or snowshoe adventure.
Still looking for more? Here are some other great places to check out:
North Tahoe Regional Park, Tahoe Vista: Great for beginners with 5km of groomed trails and family play area with pay parking
Northstar California, Tahoe Donner Ski Resort and Granlibakken Resort: All paired up with downhill resorts if you’re traveling in “mixed company”. Northstar’s Cross Country Ski and Snowboard Center, located at the base of the resort’s alpine area, has 40km of carefully groomed, picturesque trails. Tahoe Donner Downhill and Cross Country Ski Area in Truckee has 115km of skiable cross-country terrain. Granlibakken Lodge, just outside of Tahoe City on the West Shore and located in a serene valley, has lift access to several miles of Nordic skiing terrain, including charming Page Meadows and access to the famed Tahoe Rim Trail, in addition to its beginner downhill slope.
Resort at Squaw Creek in Olympic Valley: Adjacent to Squaw Valley’s massive downhill area, this luxurious AAA four-diamond resort has 18km of meticulously groomed trails winding through a stunning meadow and hillside. A cool 70% percent of the terrain is geared specifically for beginners.
Get more information about cross-country skiing and rentals in North Lake Tahoe.
Monday, December 20th, 2010
Holiday wishes are coming true in North Lake Tahoe with area ski resorts reporting 6 feet of new snow at their higher elevations from this last storm, with more snow scheduled to fall this week.
The timing of this storm was idea, coming in quickly and leaving a ton of snow. It all makes for some of the best conditions Tahoe’s ever had for the Christmas holidays. In fact, nearly 20 feet of snow has fallen at some of the ski resorts since late October.
All North Lake Tahoe ski resorts have opened including Alpine Meadows, Boreal Mountain Resort, Diamond Peak Ski Resort,Donner Ski Ranch, Granlibakken Lodge (sledding and beginner ski hill), Homewood Mountain Resort, Mt. Rose – Ski Tahoe, Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort, Royal Gorge Cross Country, Soda Springs, Spooner Lake Cross Country, Squaw Valley USA, Sugar Bowl, Tahoe Cross Country, Tahoe Donner Cross Country and Tahoe Donner Downhill.
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Wednesday, December 15th, 2010
Adding to an already stellar snowpack, North Lake Tahoe got two feet of new snow in the last 24 hours. That makes more than 14 feet of snow falling at the ski resorts’ higher elevations since late October, with more snow on the way. It started dumping heavily last night and this morning we woke up to bluebird skies and a ton of fresh powder, perfect conditions for skiing and riding.
Most North Lake Tahoe ski resorts have opened, including Alpine Meadows, Boreal Mountain Resort, Donner Ski Ranch, Homewood Mountain Resort, Mt. Rose – Ski Tahoe, Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort, Royal Gorge Cross Country, Soda Springs, Spooner Lake Cross Country, Squaw Valley USA, Sugar Bowl, Tahoe Cross Country, Tahoe Donner Cross Country and Tahoe Donner Downhill.
Diamond Peak Ski Resort opens Thursday, December 16, and Granlibakken Lodge opens for skiing Friday, December 17. Granlibakken’s sledding hill is open.
Another great place to cross country ski and snowshoe is Ed Z’berg- Sugar Pine Point State Park on the West Shore, which offers routes, used during the 1960 Winter Olympics, on five color-coded trails, ranging from one to three miles in length. Trailheads are located on the campground and day-use sides of the park.
Après ski, mark your calendar for a slew of North Lake Tahoe events this weekend. The Telluride Mountain Film Festival comes to North Lake Tahoe Thursday, December 16, 6:30 p.m., with a VIP Private Opening and Film Showing at Gallery Keoki in Olympic Valley, and a public showing Friday, December 17, 6:30 p.m., at the Resort at Squaw Creek, also in Olympic Valley. The Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe hosts “Saturday with Santa” Saturday, December 18, 2-5 p.m., in Incline Village with complimentary photos with Old Saint Nick and holiday treats, including fresh-baked cookies, hot mulled cider and hot chocolate.
Monday, November 22nd, 2010
A powerful storm rolled into Lake Tahoe on Friday leaving 6.5 feet of new snow at the ski resorts’ upper elevations by Monday morning. Locals are calling it “the perfect storm” because it came in fast, dropped a ton of snow, and set up resorts with superior snow conditions and skiing for the holiday weekend. An additional 2 feet of new snow is expected to fall by Tuesday night, with skies clearing Wednesday for a sunny and spectacular holiday weekend.
Tahoe Cross Country in Tahoe City had one of its earliest openings ever and has 22 out of 65 groomed kilometers available. The U.S.’s largest cross country resort, Royal Gorge, is scheduled to open their doors Friday, November 26 through Sunday, November 28. Non-skiers aren’t left out as Granlibakken Lodge’s famed sledding hill is also now open for business, with the ski hill opening December 17.
Diamond Peak is scheduled to open on December 16, Homewood Mountain Resort on December 17 and Tahoe Donner Downhill on December 10. Spooner Lake Cross Country is to be announced.
But not everyone can gracefully schuss down black diamond slopes and North Lake Tahoe ski resorts are giving novice skiers and snowboarders the opportunity to learn at bargain prices. The 11th Annual Learn to Ski and Board Weekend, scheduled for December 11-12, costs $25 and includes an all-day beginner lift ticket, group lesson and gear rental. Reservations are not required, but participants should arrive early. Lesson packages can be purchased at each individual resort the day of lessons. Students should contact resorts directly for resort-specific information.
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