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5 Reasons North Tahoe is Cross-Country King

Last updated: November 2023


There’s a reason nordic skiers flock to North Tahoe during the cold winter months. Whether resort or backcountry trails are your calling, North Lake Tahoe’s mountains deliver unmatched snowpack, pristine trails and nirvana views to those in pursuit of cross-country bliss.

Beginners and novice skiers alike find camaraderie among the snow-capped mountains. North Tahoe nordic folks are a tight-knit community, just as exuberant for their sport off the trail as they are on it, making the North Tahoe cross-country experience unforgettable.

From adrenaline-filled trails, to season deals, top-notch equipment and nordic events, here’s why many call North Tahoe XC King.

Acres and Acres of Inbound Terrain
North Lake Tahoe offers the largest concentration of groomed trails in North America. Some of the country’s most breathtaking views can be found at the likes of  Granlibakken Resort, Squaw Creek Nordic Center, Royal Gorge, Northstar California and Tahoe Donner. Mark your calendars – opening dates begin in early December.

There are also several easily accessible ski parks around North Tahoe. The Tahoe City Winter Sports Park offers a mix of XC, sledding, snowshoeing and ice skating.

Killer Season Passes
Many resorts and ski parks around North Tahoe offer discounted rates to visitors who lock in their season passes early. Royal Gorge is offering unrestricted XC and snowshoeing access to its 6,000 acres, which include eight distinct trail systems and nine warming huts.

The Backcountry is Mere Minutes Away
With numerous carparks located around the region, venturing into the backcountry can be as simple as parking and pushing off. For a deeper venture into the mountains, book with Homewood Snowcat Adventures, which offer guided tours to advanced skiers and riders over 750 acres of perfectly unpolished, untouched terrain.

North Tahoe Boasts the Largest Ski Swap in California
Mark your calendar for the Tahoe XC Ski Swap on Nov. 12, the largest annual ski swap in California, and the best place to stock up your gear for the season. For those mid-season visitors, the Alpenglow Mountain Festival on Feb. 18 is sure to satisfy all of your winter needs, with gear, demos and presentations.

Tahoe Nordic Skiers Host the Best Events
Watch or participate in one of the numerous winter races happening around North Lake Tahoe, with events for everyone from beginners to intermediate skiers. Starting in January, check out the Pole, Pedal, Pound Winter Triathlon Race. The fun lasts through early March with The Great Ski Race.

Enjoy a moonlight dinner, wine and hot chocolate next to a blazing warm fire at a renowned Tahoe City Full Moon Yurt dinner on Feb. 10 and 11.