Ski Lake Tahoe in the Best Ski Areas

You won't get any argument from me that most tourists arrive in winter with plans to ski Lake Tahoe over any of the other activities and entertainment that this unique tourist destination has to offer. In the winter, summer, spring and fall, there's shopping and many cool ways to occupy your time on your trip, but skiing is what Lake Tahoe is famous for and many vacation packages are booked in the winter months for the snow skiing and little consideration for the other activities.

Part of the fun and enjoyment is exploring every facet of the opportunity to ski Lake Tahoe. Occasionally it's fun to leave the crowds and seek out more solitary pursuits that allow us to see more of the wilderness and enjoy the peace and quiet. There are many ways to experience this spiritually uplifting, soul soothing area without abandoning your plans to snow ski until time to pack your baggage and board the plane to fly home.


The area now known as North Lake Tahoe has enough cross-country ski trails to keep you busy on every vacation for years to come. Fabulously challenging and scenic trails will reward you with an exhilarating and spiritually uplifting snow skiing experience. There are a number of areas where advanced skiers and beginners can cross-country ski Lake Tahoe. No matter what your level of ski experience and expertise happens to be there is a perfect area in Lake Tahoe for you.

Here is a listing of cross-country ski trails in the Lake Tahoe area:

    Granlibakken at Lake Tahoe is considered by many tourists to be a vacation destination in itself. Granlibakken is located on Granlibakken Road Tahoe City, California. The Granlibakken area has more than enough Sierra terrain that will enable you to ski Lake Tahoe for a lifetime without running out of spectacular things to see. There is unspoiled terrain suitable for excellent skiing and snowshoeing with easy access to some of the more popular cross country skiing.

    If you are wondering what kind of ski gear that you have to buy and have on hand, don't worry about loading up on expensive gear before you perfect your style and raise your level of expertise enough to know what your personal needs might be because you can rent your skis and snowshoes. While the charm of the winter wonderland in Tahoe is actually one of the main tourist attractions, some tourists can only take the cold winters in Lake Tahoe in small bites. If you happen to get too cold on your visit to Granlibakken at Lake Tahoe you have the luxury of taking your cup of hot chocolate or coffee to the warming hut that is open every day of the week. The warming huts offer a cool spot to steal a kiss or where children can warm their cold toes and noses before going back out to ski Lake Tahoe or just play in the snow for a few more hours.

  • Northstar-at-Tahoe’s Cross Country Ski and Snowboard Center located in Truckee California is conveniently tucked into in the alpine ski area of Northstar. Northstar boasts of a lengthy area of groomed cross-country ski trails. For those who come to ski the trails and for their traveling partners who prefer to plan to spend their vacations shopping rather than to ski Lake Tahoe, the new Village at Northstar will keep them entertained.

  • For tourists and visitors who prefer to ski Lake Tahoe and still remain close to the downtown area and their lodging Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area located at 925 Country Club Drive in Tahoe City, California will fit the ticket. Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area is a short hike away from downtown Tahoe City and contains 19 individual trails with over 65 kilometers of immaculately groomed skiing options. This area is pet and family friendly with a couple of warming huts, a dog lane and fantastic views of the lake that will be the perfect background for pictures and photographs that will convince the friends back home to come, bring the pets and kids and ski Lake Tahoe themselves.

  • Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resortlocated at 9411 Hillside Drive, Soda Springs, California offers 90 fantastic trails that will provide incomparable cross-country skiing experiences at one of the largest cross country ski resorts. The sheer size of area is phenomenal at 9000 plus. There are:
    • Conveniently located trailside cafés
    • Two lodges offering overnight accommodations as well as a comfortable day lodge with a family area.
    • For those with pets visiting on the weekends, there are dog trails that will provide a positive, pet friendly Lake Tahoe vacation experience
    • 90 ski trails
    • A 330km track
    • Four surface lifts
    • Above average number of warming huts

  • For a little taste of Lake Tahoe history, ski Lake Tahoe at Sugar Pine Point State Park located on Highway 89, Tahoma California, was the location of the 1960 Olympic Nordic skiing competitions. There are 15 km off well marked, neatly groomed (2) ski trails. While you are involved in cross-country skiing your bride can take a tour of historic Ehrman Mansion.

  • Beginner through intermediate level skiers will want to ski Lake Tahoe at the Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area located at 15275 Alder Creek Road, Truckee, California. While expert skiers are enjoying anyone of the 49 trails, the kids or novices of any age can rent some ski gear and take some skiing lessons to bring them up to speed.

  • At the trailhead of the Cross-Country Ski and Snowshoe trails, lies The Resort at Squaw Creek located in scenic Squaw Valley. The official address is the Resort at Squaw Creek, Olympic Valley, California. This resort provides a complete Nordic Center and 18 km of precisely groomed ski trails. There or trails for every level of skiing expertise. Excellent places for the beginner to ski Lake Tahoe, 70% of the trails at the Resort at Squaw Creek are rated as beginner trails. The remaining 30% of the trails are geared toward the intermediate to advanced skier. This ski resort offers ski lessons for the beginner, ski gear rental and free visitor pick up and transportation from the parking lot.

  • North Tahoe Regional Park, located at 6600 Donner Road, Tahoe Vista, California, offers 5 km of family-friendly ski trails. Perhaps be smaller size of this cross-country ski area in itself makes it more child friendly. When the snow conditions allow it the trails are nicely groomed. Expect to pay for parking when skiing at this area.

Here’s a Lake Tahoe ski tip that your travel agent won’t give you; unless you are planning a Lake Tahoe vacation to ski Lake Tahoe as a single it would be very considerate (and advantageous to the serious skier) to choose an area that offers entertainment, shopping and dining possibilities for the kids or non-skiers in the group. How sad to ruin a lovely day of skiing in Tahoe with a new bride or a lodge full of kids saying how bored they were all day while you were out skiing. Nip it in the bud and fill your Tahoe travel plans with activities and entertainment for the entire family so that you can ski in peace.

Rates, amenities and information can change from day to day so please contact each individual cross-country ski resort in Lake Tahoe for up to date news and tourist information.

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