Cross Country Skiing Summarized

Cross Country skiing in South Lake Tahoe Area

There are very few locations in South Lake Tahoe that actually feature groomed terrain. The three places we recommend are at Kirkwood Mountain Resort, Northstar California Ski Resort, and Camp Richardson. Day trips are planned at all these placesm but the trips are dependent on pooled cars.

Kirkwood Mountain Resort

“Cross Country & Snowshoe Center” at Kirkwood Mountain Resort

www.kirkwood.com/explore-the-resort/activities-and-events/cross-country.aspx

The cross-country ski area has over 60 kilometers of groomed trails and features easy to advanced routes along their trail system.

For detailed information on cross country skiing with our group at Kirkwood Mountain Resort, visit the posting  “Kirkwood Mountain Resort Day Trip” in this blog. This trip is scheduled for Tuesday or Wednesday and is dependent on pooled cars.

Northstar California Ski Resort

“Cross Country, Telemark and Snowshoe Center” at Northstar California

https://www.northstarcalifornia.com/explore-the-resort/activities-and-events/xc.aspx

The mid-mountain cross country ski center has 35 kilometers of scenic trails that are perfect for cross country skiing and snowshoeing.

For detailed information on cross country skiing with our group at Northstar California Ski Resort, visit the posting “Northstar Mountain Resort Day Trip” in this blog. This is an unscheduled trip.

Camp Richardson Resort  

www.camprichardson.com/mountain-sports/

Many picturesque cross country ski trails overlook beautiful Lake Tahoe.

For detailed information on cross country skiing for a half day with our group at Camp Richardson, visit the posting “Camp Richardson Cross Country Skiing” in this blog. This half day trip is scheduled for Thursday.

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Tahoe Trail Guide

https://tahoetrailguide.com/cross-country-skiing-on-the-south-shore-of-lake-tahoe/

Below is a map from Tahoe Trail Guide with general areas in which to cross-country ski in and around South Lake Tahoe.

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Disclaimer: Any information provided in this blog is subject to change, anytime, without notice

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This posting was revised 3/4/22

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Cross Country Skiing at Camp Richardson

Visit nearby Camp Richardson Historic Resort & Marina for a half day of Cross Country skiing and snowshoeing  http://www.CampRichardson.com 

   

ABOUT CAMP RICHARDSON RESORT

Located in a historic area on Lake Tahoe a few miles from our lodgings at South Lake Tahoe. In the winter miles of bike paths turn into picturesque cross country ski trails, many overlooking beautiful Lake Tahoe.

Before the white man came to this area, Lake Tahoe was the sacred center of the world for the Washoe Indians. Read the fascinating story of the area and how historic Camp Richardson Resort came to be www.camprichardson.com/story/

Lakefront facilities

Camp Richardson’s Mountain Sports Center

Beacon Bar & Grill – a waterfront restaurant
General store & cafe

South Lake Tahoe Hotel with inviting fireplace.

Cross country skiing and snowshoeing

Camp Richardson’s Mountain Sports Center is a ski supply center and rents snowshoes and cross-country skis. For cross-country skiing and snowshoeing information and equipment rentals, visit the following link: www.camprichardson.com/mountain-sports/ (phone) 530-542-6584

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ASCSA PROGRAM (half day)

Excursion date:  Scheduled activity – Thursday (open 9-4pm)

Pooled cars will depart from our lodgings soon after breakfast. Be sure and pack a lunch with brown bag lunch fixings provided at breakfast. Transportation to be arranged after sign-ups on arrival at our orientation.

After a 20 minute drive we will arrive at Camp Richardson’s Mountain Sports Center, across the street from the marina. We will rent equipment then be on our way to a fun adventure cross country skiing or snow shoeing through the forest and over the hills.

After a couple of hours of skiing we will warm up at the restaurant or cafe with something hot to drink or eat. If we need to wait for transportation we will do so in the lobby of the historic hotel.

We will return early afternoon to our lodgings in time to enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Free shuttle service is provided by our lodgings to Heavenly Village where some might want to ice skate, shop or enjoy a spa treatment.

Everyone will gather back at our lodgings by 5pm to get ready for food and activities for the rest of the evening.

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OUR TIME SCHEDULE

7:130 – 8:30am – Breakfast at our lodgings. Prepare a brown bag lunch for yourself (price included)

8:30am –Those participating in this half day of adventure will get in our pooled cars at our lodgings and head to Camp Richardson. (Trans portion to be worked out at a later date – estimated cost $15 each)

9am – Arrive at Camp Richardson’s Mountain Sports Center and rent equipment.

9:30 – noon – Cross country ski or snowshoe – eat brown bag lunch

Noon – Restaurant or cafe for something hot to warm us up

1:30 or 2pm – Transportation takes us back to our lodgings

All afternoon enjoy various unscheduled activities

5-5:30 – Return to our lodgings in South Lake Tahoe

5:30 – 6:30 – Relax & get ready for evening activities

6:30 – 8 – Dining in or out

8-11 – Enjoy an evening of scheduled or unscheduled activities

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SPECIFICS

Cost

Cross-country ski rental – $15

Snowshoe equipment rental – $15

Access to all trails – $7

Snacks/hot lunch at resort – $15

Transportation

Pool cars and/or Uber (cost $10-$15 per person). If car pooling, drivers are requested not to ask for rental cost reimbursement but encourage passengers to contribute gas money per ride.

Disclaimer: Any information provided in this blog is subject to change, anytime, without notice

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This posting was revised 3/4/22

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Northstar Mountain Resort Day Trip

A day trip, for skiers only, to Northstar Mountain Resort is suggested for Tuesday or Thursday. This is an unscheduled event.  Alpine skiing at NorthStar via carpooling, 

Day trip to Northstar Mountain Resort includes the following:

1) Downhill skiing

2) Cross country skiing is available here, but this day is unscheduled. A scheduled cross country ski trip will be offered on Wednesday at Kirkwood Ski Resort.

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ABOUT NORTHSTAR CALIFORNIA MOUNTAIN RESORT

https://www.northstarcalifornia.com/

Location: Northstar Mountain Resort is located near the north shore of Lake Tahoe. It is about a one and a half hour drive in good conditions from Lakeland Village, South Lake Tahoe.

Northstar Mountain Resort, is one of Lake Tahoe’s premier ski resorts. The resort offers downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing.

The Epic Ski Pass is good here for downhill skiing. For more information about the Epic Ski Pass visit http://www.EpicPass.com or visit a separate posting in this blog titled “Epic Pass.”

Downhill skiing at Northstar Resort

Over 3000 acres of skiable terrain. Impeccable grooming, incredible tree skiing and a variety of terrain options suitable for any ability level. The resort also contains world-class terrain parks and a super pipe designed by Olympian Shaun White.

Cross Country & snowshoeing

Mid mountain cross country ski center has 35 kilometers of scenic trails that are perfect for cross country skiing and snowshoeing. For cross-country skiing and snowshoeing information, instruction and equipment rentals, visit the weblink below:

https://www.northstarcalifornia.com/explore-the-resort/activities-and-events/xc.aspx?tc_1=2

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ASCSA PROGRAM FOR THE DAY

(To be decided if it goes)

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SPECIFICS

Transportation

Northstar Ski Resort from Heavenly Ski Resort  – Car pooling from our lodgings. Drivers are requested not to ask for rental cost reimbursement but encourage passengers to contribute gas money per ride

Cost (other than transportation)

Downhill ski – Epic pass

Cross country skiing – see link above

Snacks/hot lunch at resort – $15-$20

Trail maps

Trail maps for Northstar can be found on the Northstar Resort website at

https://www.northstarcalifornia.com/the-mountain/about-the-mountain/trail-map.aspx or on this blog under the link for Lake Tahoe maps found at the top of this page.

Northstar helpful links

https://www.northstarcalifornia.com/

Disclaimer: Any information provided in this blog is subject to change, anytime, without notice

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This posting was revised 3/4/22

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Kirkwood Mountain Resort Day Trip

KIRKWOOD DOWNHILL SKI

KIRKWOOD CROSS COUNTRY SKI

A day trip (for all!) to Kirkwood Mountain Resort is scheduled for Tuesday or Wednesday and is dependent on us car pooling from our resort. 

Day trip to Kirkwood Mountain Resort includes the following:

Downhill skiing, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing 

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ABOUT KIRKWOOD MOUNTAIN RESORT

http://www.Kirkwood.com

Location:  Kirkwood Mountain Resort is about one hour drive (35 miles) from Lakeland Village, South Lake Tahoe.

Kirkwood Mountain Resort is one of Lake Tahoe’s premier ski resorts. The resort offers downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

The Epic Ski Pass is good here for downhill skiing. For more information about the Epic Ski Pass visit www.EpicPass.com or visit a separate posting in this blog titled “Epic Pass”

Downhill skiing at Kirkwood Mountain Resort

Slopes for skiers of all ability levels. Steep chutes, powder-filled open bowls and numerous runs with varying terrain. Twelve lifts and over 68 runs to choose from. The 2,300 acres of skiable terrain is 15% beginner, 50% intermediate, 20% advanced and 15% expert.

Cross country skiing and Snowshoeing at The Kirkwood Cross Country & Snowshoe Center

Located ¼ mile east of Kirkwood Ski Resort on Highway 88, this winter activity center is nestled in a beautiful alpine valley.

Kirkwood combines outdoor adventure with environmental awareness. Many of the 60 kilometers of cross country ski trails feature interpretive signs. Rest by a wood-burning stove in the cozy day lodge, or warm up in one of the many trail side warming huts. You can snowshoe on the entire cross-country trail system. A snowshoeing lesson is offered each day at 11am and cross country ski lesson at 10am. The lessons are included in the trail and rental price for the day.

For cross-country skiing and snowshoeing information, instruction and equipment rentals, visit the weblink below or call the Cross-Country Center (209-258-7248)

www.kirkwood.com/explore-the-resort/activities-and-events/cross-country.aspx

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ASCSA PROGRAM FOR THE DAY

Depart from our lodgings (pooled cars) at Lakeland Village at about 8:30am. Be sure and pack a lunch with brown bag lunch fixings provided at breakfast. After a beautiful drive climbing mountain roads, those who will be cross-country and/or snowshoeing for the day will be dropped off at The Kirkwood Cross Country & Snowshoe Center which is just outside the entrance to the Kirkwood Ski Resort. The rest of our group will continue to the Mountain Village, the main base of the mountain, where they will be skiing from the rest of the day.

We suggest cross country skiers join with the skiers in our group, for lunch at the main ski lodge in the Mountain Village. It is an easy cross country ski trek across the large meadow that lies between the Mountain Village and the Cross Country & Snowshoe Center.

At the end of the day skiers and Cross Country skiers will be picked up at designated places at Kirkwood Mountain.

We will return to our lodgings at Lakeland Village about 6pm.

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Our Time Schedule

7:15 – 8am – Breakfast at our lodgings (to be reconfirmed). Prepare a brown bag lunch for yourself (price included)

8am – departure details will be agreed upon by all the day before

10am – Arrive at Kirkwood Mountain. Cross Country skiers and Snowshoe people will be dropped off at The Kirkwood Cross Country & Snowshoe Center outside the entrance to Kirkwood Ski Resort. Skiers will proceed to Kirkwood Mountain ski area

10 – Cross country skiers will have optional free lesson

11 – Snowshoers will have optional free lesson

12:30 – 1:30(?) (pre-arranged lunchtime) – suggest our cross country and downhill skiers arrange to gather at a designated place at a lodge at the base of the mountain for lunch. Don’t forget your brown bag lunch to supplement whatever you find that is hot at the lodge.

3:30 – Lifts close (to be reconfirmed)

4:15 – Departure details will be agreed upon by drivers that day

6pm – Return to our lodgings in South Lake Tahoe

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SPECIFICS

Transportation

Kirkwood Ski Resort & Northstar Ski Resort from Heavenly Ski Resort 

Both events are dependent on car pooling from our lodgings.  Drivers are requested not to ask for rental cost reimbursement but encourage passengers to contribute gas money per ride.

Note: It is not recommended to drive to Kirkwood (pooling cars) in inclement weather due to the pass that can be difficult driving

Cost (other than transportation)

Downhill ski – Epic pass

Cross-country ski and snowshoe equipment rental and lessons, plus access to all trails – approximately $73 for the day

Snacks/hot lunch at resort – $15-$20

Trail maps

Trail maps for Kirkwood can be found on the Kirkwood Resort website at

www.kirkwood.com/the-mountain/about-the-mountain/trail-map.aspx

or on this blog under the link for Lake Tahoe maps found at the top of this page.

Kirkwood Helpful links

www.Kirkwood.com

www.tahoevacationguide.com/Activities/kirkwood.html

Anyone who wishes to do other activities during whichever day we chose for this event will be on their own all day. All are encouraged to join our group in the evening for scheduled and unscheduled activities.

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Disclaimer: Any information provided in this blog is subject to change, anytime, without notice

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This posting was revised 3/3/22

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