Since 1975, the Highlands Community Center has been the Nordic ski center for North Lake Tahoe, only changing hands between 3 operators in nearly 5 decades. Read below to learn more about our existing operating lodge and our plans for the future.
Existing Tahoe XC Lodge
Tahoe Cross-Country Lodge is where friends and family meet to ski, bike, hike and run; where visitors and residents enjoy an amazing connection of trails; and where kids and adults connect to friends and nature. Here, you’ll find a friendly staff, rental facility, ADA bathrooms, retail store, a wood-burning fireplace, comfy lounge, and the Free Heel Cafe.
The current Tahoe Cross-Country Lodge, which also serves as the Highlands Park and Community Center, is owned by Tahoe City Public Utility District (TCPUD) and operated by Tahoe Cross-Country (Tahoe XC) and Tahoe Cross-Country Ski Education Association (TCCSEA), under a Concession Agreement with TCPUD.
Winter Discovery Center Yurt
The Winter Discovery Center Yurt is a 30-foot Pacific yurt equipped with a wood-burning fireplace, tables, chairs and perfect ambiance for yoga classes, private meetings, and gatherings. It is home to the Winter Discovery Center & SWEP programming, where 3rd to 5th graders combine science-based learning with physical activity and hands-on engagement with nature.
Tahoe Cross Country Lodge Project
The Tahoe XC Lodge Project aims to relocate and adaptively reuse the historic 1930s Pennoyer/Schilling residence, which has been deconstructed and donated to Tahoe Cross-Country Ski Education Association, with the intention of it becoming the new Tahoe XC lodge.
The Project addresses existing operational deficiencies relative to circulation and parking, storage, staff and customer facilities, and community space; better accommodates existing and projected recreation demands; and improves the quality of the recreation user experience. The planned use of the new lodge is for public enjoyment of winter Nordic skiing and summer hiking and biking activities. The lodge will continue to serve as an education resource and provide enhanced community space. Additional uses, as determined by the TCPUD, may also be proposed.
Learn more about this project at TahoeXCLodgeProject.com and at Tahoe City PUD’s webpage Tahoe Cross-Country Lodge Replacement and Expansion Project.