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Cross Country Skiing in Tahoe – Serene and Tranquil

January 11, 2013

Tahoe XC  image credit: Tahoe Activities

One of the most tranquil and refreshing activities that await you and your family in Tahoe is cross country. It is the perfect way to enjoy our spectacular and beautiful setting. There is so much beauty in Tahoe that sometimes it is hard to take it all in while engaged in outdoor activities such as downhill skiing and snowboarding.  Often, the best way to experience the simple wintertime wonders of nature in Tahoe is to find a quiet trail and enjoy the serenity and tranquility of cross country skiing.  Skiing amongst the majestic trees, you are surrounded by all of the panoramic sights and natural beauty that Tahoe has to offer; a perfect setting to relax, unwind from the daily urban grind and recharge those “life batteries”.  Enjoy quiet outdoor moments, explore new sights and get reconnected with nature.

Northstar Makes It Easy. Northstar offers cross country rental equipment, lessons and tours, great package deals and an amazing setting with over 35 kilometers of carefully groomed, scenic trails. Get the Cross Country + Snowshoe Trail Map

Conveniently located at mid-mountain, the 1,400 square foot Cross Country, Telemark + Snowshoe Center offers a warm, relaxed atmosphere including comfortable indoor seating and fireplace, full wax facilities, a sunny patio complete with Adirondack chairs and a fire pit, and friendly, helpful staff here to make your day. The peaceful trail system includes terrain for all ability levels, from true beginners to advanced skaters, and offers access to wilderness warming huts, stocked daily with hot chocolate and hot tea, picnic tables, and great vistas of the Martis Valley and Lake Tahoe. Read more here

Tahoe Donner: Located in Truckee, enjoy 51 trails through 100 kilometers include climbs, rolling hills, pine and aspen forests - Website

Share in The Experience.  Are you already an avid cross country skier?  You may want to mark your calendar for March 4, 2013 and participate in the 36th Annual Great Ski Race. The Great Ski Race is the main fund raising event for the Tahoe Nordic Search & Rescue Team, a non-profit all-volunteer organization. Here is a little background on the Great Ski Race from their official website :

Team members, along with community supporters, organize The Great Ski Race, which continues to be one of the largest Nordic ski races west of the Mississippi. Race proceeds are used primarily to purchase equipment for the Team, and to support winter survival and avalanche education programs sponsored and conducted by the Team.

The Great Ski Race has gone from 60 racers being manually timed in 1977, to more than 600 racers with electronic timing in 1985, to more than 800 racers in 2001. In 2005 all records were broken, with 1109 registered racers, 1029 finishers, and the fastest womens time yet!

Looking for more places to explore? Read where to go cross country skiing in Lake Tahoe region or North Lake Tahoe Cross Country Skiing.

So whether you are new to the sport of cross country skiing or an old pro, there is something for everyone when you make Tahoe your personal outdoor winter playground.

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