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South Lake Tahoe Cross Country Skiing

post #1 of 12
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Does anyone have any experience cross country skiing in South Lake Tahoe? Not AT/backcountry, but rather using lightweight Nordic gear to cross country ski relatively flat areas. Thinking about open fields/forest, golf courses, areas like that which might be open to the public and accessible in the winter. Just a place to get out and get some miles/exercise on Nordic equipment.

 

Also would be interested to know if there are any good managed cross country ski areas in (or close to) South Tahoe? I came across this place on the east side, but looks like they're no longer operating...

 

  http://www.spoonerlake.com

 

This place is not far from the Y in South Tahoe...

 

  http://www.camprichardson.com/recreation/winterspring-recreation

 

Have enjoyed inline skating this summer, and hope to get some good downhill time in this coming season, but would like to mix in some cross country, maybe even drag a dog or two along.

 

Any feedback/info from those with experience in South Tahoe would be appreciated.

post #2 of 12

there's a huge area at kirkwood if you make it down that way.  

I have not done it, but a non-skier went to do that while I skied, and enjoyed it.  I suppose though it wasn't compared to any other xc location.

Not free though, but probably should be on your list

post #3 of 12
Here is a link to the map: http://www.tahoebest.com/skiing/map_to_ski_areas.htm

I usually xc with the kids wherever we get a free day off the Tahoe Pass. When I go by myself it is usually to the north.

I hiked the Sugar Pine Olympic trails this summer with the Cub Scouts and want to return this winter. Obviously, getting there could be problematic from the south shore.
post #4 of 12
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Appreciate the pointers. I suspect if I am able to make it to Kirkwood I'll probably want to take advantage of the downhill offerings. Have only been there once - very late last season, very slushy/mushy - but really liked it. Kinda reminded me of A-Basin.

 

Thx.

post #5 of 12

Anyone have more info on the status of Royal Gorge?

post #6 of 12
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I drove into South Tahoe from Reno today, and saw a big stretch of wide, open meadow on the Nevada side just before I got to the casinos. Don't know if it's open to the public in the winter, but looked like a reasonable place for a newbie cross country skier. There's also a public (Bijou) golf course on the Cali side. Again, don't know if they allow cross country skiing, but it would be good too. I suspect there are other suitable areas - hope to find out this winter.
post #7 of 12
Hope Valley is pretty close to South Lake.
They have had a yurt there where they rent cross country gear and can give advise on trails.
It is located off Burnside Lake road at Pickett's Junction (hwy 88 and 89 intersection)
post #8 of 12
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Cool, thx!
post #9 of 12

I would think over in the disc golf area of Bijou park would be ok. Also maybe near the powerlines mtb trail?

post #10 of 12
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That part of Bijou Park did look promising, and if nothing else the bike path in that same general area that runs most of the length of Al Tahoe Road looks like it might not be bad for some XC in winter as well.

 

Where is the "powerlines mtb trail"?

post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by jc-ski View Post

That part of Bijou Park did look promising, and if nothing else the bike path in that same general area that runs most of the length of Al Tahoe Road looks like it might not be bad for some XC in winter as well.

 

Where is the "powerlines mtb trail"?

On the other side of pioneer, between that and Heavenly sort of.

 

Heres a map of the mtb trails. It paralells pioneer mostly, not too steep.

 

That side of Bijou is my hood. I run or just stroll there all the time. Its very flat with lots of space and trails, its gotta be good for xc skiing, notso much last year

post #12 of 12
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I've been out at Bijou Park and down into the meadow/golf course below a few times and for me as a newbie it has been a great place to start getting comfortable with XC gear. Mostly flat, and seems a fair amount of folks XC ski there, so there are lots of (classic) tracks available if that's what you want.

 

Also, a couple miles up Hwy 89 towards North Shore from "The Y" there's wooded National Forest land on the left that's mostly flat but eventually leads into some hills, then a little further on there's Camp Richardson, which has a set of maintained XC trails and reasonable fees. And a little further up from that off Fallen Leaf Road (on the way to Fallen Leaf Lake) people XC ski in the woods and meadows there (free, not maintained).

 

As a really nice bonus Lake Tahoe Community College is just about to open a new Nordic Center! Haven't seen it yet, but I've been told it will run somewhat parallel to Al Tahoe Blvd between the back side of the College and Trout Creek from the Post Office end almost down to Pioneer Trail. Here's a blurb from a recent Facebook Posting...

 

LTCC Nordic Center plans to open FRIDAY, March 1st. With the goal in mind of offering the best quality skiing experience, we believe an additional two weeks of winter will potentially provide improved conditions.Season pass sales are available FRIDAY, FEB 8th. The 2013 Season Pass prices are: $49 family passes, $39 couples pass, $29 individual pass, $5 day use fee, $10 LTCC or LTUSD enrolled student pass, $100 business pass. There will be both a skate skiing and a classic option on the same course.

 

They don't seem to have a dedicated web site for the Nordic Center, but you can get to more information here.

 

Lots of good options for XC skiing right in South Lake Tahoe, and as mentioned in a previous post there's also Hope Valley roughly at the intersection of Hwy 89 and 88 (~30 minutes from SLT on the way to Kirkwood). 

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