Lake Tahoe Cross-Country Skiing: South Shore
Check out these fantastic ski areas on the South Shore, from granite domes to steep challenging mountain peaks.
Kirkwood’s Cross-Country Ski and Snowshoe Center
Nestled in a beautiful alpine valley high in the Sierra, this is like no other. As skiers climb the higher trails to 9,000 feet they have a sensation of being atop the Sierra. Kirkwood’s 80 kilometers of diverse terrain provide excellent skiing for all abilities. Skiers can ski to ridge tops, over granite domes or glide through meadows. Located on Highway 88, it’s an incredibly beautiful 40-minute drive from South Lake Tahoe.
The Hope Valley Outdoors Center and Sorensen’s Resort
The headquarters for activities in the pristine Hope Valley. The expansive Hope Valley has everything from easy skiing in the valley floor to steep challenging mountain peaks. There are some marked trails in the valley. The Hope Valley Outdoor Center is located at the junction of Highway 88 and 89 in a comfortable yurt. The center has marked ski trails, ski and snowshoe rentals, lessons and tours.
Historic Camp Richardson Resort
Located just outside of the city limits of South Lake Tahoe on Emerald Bay Road. The resort’s 35 kilometers of trail winds through the forest at lake level, offering easy flat terrain for the novice skier. Lessons and rentals are available at the resort.
Heavenly’s Adventure Peak
Five kilometer’s of groomed trail at the top of the gondola. The adventure begins with a scenic 2.4-mile ride up the mountain. The trails meander through the forest and provide awesome views from nearly 3,000 feet above Lake Tahoe. Cross-country skis and snowshoe rentals are available, as well as snow bikes. The area also has a tubing hill and a restaurant.
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