Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When does Tahoe XC open for the season?

A: Tahoe XC opens for the season as soon as there is enough snow to groom the trails. The season typically starts in the first two weeks of December. In the last 5 years, Tahoe XC has opened on December 8th, December 12th, December 23rd, December 16th and December 6th. Our earliest opening has been November 30th. When we receive 8 to 12 inches or more we start grooming for the season. Once we open, we operate 7 days a week from 8:30am to 5:00pm all season long. We typically close in mid-April.

Q: What should I wear?

A: It is best to wear a few thin layers of non cotton clothing, consisting of a thinner base layer next to your skin, a middle insulating layer and an outer windproof/water resistant layer. Skiing in thick downhill ski bibs and ski jackets tends to be very hot. Since you are generating more heat while cross country skiing, it is best to wear smaller layers that can be removed or added, depending on the conditions. Other essentials include sunglasses, hats, gloves and sunscreen.

Q: I don’t have ski equipment. Where do I get rentals?

A: Tahoe XC provides ski, boot, and pole rentals for all ages and abilities. We rent standard cross country skis, skate skis, and snowshoes for adults and children. Renting from Tahoe XC guarantees you the service and convenience to make your trip more enjoyable. View our Trail Passes, & Rentals page for rental rates.

Q: What can I expect during a lesson?

A: The instructor will explain the equipment to you (including how to get it on and take it off), and demonstrate how to move and balance on skis, how to hold your poles, how to negotiate different types of terrain (flat, uphill, downhill), how to get up if you fall, and more. They’ll also be able to look at what you’re doing and give you personalized tips and coaching.

Q: We are coming to Tahoe with our small children and our dog? What are our options?

A: Tahoe Cross Country carries 9 pulk sleds for rental, allowing a parent to safely tow a child while still in its own carseat. One or two-seaters provide enough additional space for snacks, blankets and a pair of small skis, included in the sled.

Bring the family dog! Blue, Special Green and Dogonit Trails are dog-friendly. The dog trails are open midweek non-holiday and Sundays 8:30am to 5:00pm, and Saturdays and holidays from 8:30am-9:45am and 3pm to 5pm.