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 potential plans for the future.
Existing Tahoe XC Lodge
Tahoe Cross-Country Lodge is a place for friends and family to connect, for visitors and residents to exercise on an amazing connection of trails, and where kids and adults can connect to Nature. Inside, you’ll find a friendly staff, rental facility, ADA bathrooms, retail store, a wood-burning fireplace, comfy lounge area, and the Free Heel Cafe. Take lunch on the sunny deck after a fun ski, run or ride.
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 learning with physical activity and hands-on engagement to Nature.
Historic Schilling Lodge Project
The Historic Schilling Lodge is a former 1930s Rubicon Bay historic residence that has been deconstructed and donated to Tahoe Cross-Country Ski Education Association, with the intention of it becoming the new Tahoe XC lodge. It is the main focus for the Tahoe City PUD’s Tahoe Cross-Country Lodge Replacement and Expansion Project.
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. The purpose of the Tahoe Cross-Country Lodge Replacement and Expansion Project is to reconstruct a facility by re-using and re-purposing the historic Schilling Residence in an effort to better serve year-round recreation activities and services.
The Historic Schilling Lodge Project will address existing operational deficiencies relative to circulation and parking, storage, staff and customer facilities, and community space; better accommodate existing and projected recreation demands; and improve the quality of the recreation user experience at the lodge. The planned use of the new lodge is for public enjoyment of winter Nordic skiing and summer hiking and biking activities. Moreover, it will continue to serve as an education resource and provide enhanced community space. Additional uses, as determined by the TCPUD, may also be proposed.
Consistent with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requirements, the TCPUD is the lead agency under CEQA for the preparation of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Project and released a Notice of Preparation (NOP) pursuant to Section 15082 of the CEQA Guidelines on June 22, 2018. The NOP is intended to inform responsible, trustee, and other affected or interested agencies and the public that an EIR will be prepared to address potential impacts resulting from implementation of the Tahoe Cross-Country Lodge Replacement and Expansion Project.