Annual Events

Nordic & Backcountry Ski Swap

Always the second weekend in November, this is the biggest Nordic & Backcountry Ski Swap in the west, located in Tahoe City, California.

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Great Ski Race

The Great Ski Race, a 30km race from Tahoe XC to Truckee, is the main fundraising event for Tahoe Nordic Search & Rescue Team.

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2019-20 Season Events
Jan 26
Tahoe Rim Tour

UPDATED 1/23/2020 - Tahoe XC and Northstar California Resort groomed the Tahoe Rim Tour Course on Wednesday, Jan 22nd. In order to ski the course, you must have a valid Tahoe XC day or season pass and complete a Northstar waiver if you will be skiing on the Northstar XC trails. Course maps and waivers can be found here. You can drop off the Northstar waiver with Tahoe XC staff if need be.

The Tahoe Rim Tour is a unique point-to-point Nordic ski event that begins at North Tahoe High School (Tahoe XC trails) and ends at Northstar California XC Ski Center. There is one aid station at Starratt Pass (half-way point) and lunch and awards awaiting you at the end.

  • Registration: day of or online at
  • Date: Sunday, January 26, 2020
  • Time: Race begins at 9:00am (Classic) and 9:30am (Skate)
  • Start: North Tahoe High School, Tahoe City
  • Finish: Northstar California XC Ski Center
  • Distance: 26km (Classic or Skate)*

This is a Far West Nordic ski event. For more information visit their website at

Jan 29
Sunnyside Fish Taco Fundraiser

Every winter, Sunnyside Restaurant opens their doors to local nonprofits with dedicated Wednesday Fish Taco Night Fundraisers. This week’s Fish Taco Night benefits Tahoe XC and the Tahoe Cross-Country Ski Education Association!

Come buy discounted Off the Hook Fish Tacos, nachos, draft Pacifico, DK Margs, and more. There will be a raffle with incredible prizes. Proceeds support our wonderful Tahoe XC youth ski education programs.

Feb 2
Shooter Bowl Sunday Laser Biathlon Relay

Have you always wanted to try biathlon? Do you think football Sundays are too nice to stay inside?

Our 3rd annual Shooter Bowl Sunday is scheduled for Super Bowl Sunday, February 2, 2020. This is a fun, no-pressure laser biathlon relay designed for women that begins with yoga in the yurt, followed by an un-timed laser biathlon relay. All ages are welcome. Women encouraged. Costumes are absolutely acceptable!

  • Registration: day of 8:00-9:00am
  • Gear: a laser gun will be provided (after you sign your waiver, we’ll give you a quick instructional on how to use your laser gun)
  • Suggested donation: $30 (yoga, relay team placement, 4 raffle tickets)
  • Time:
    • Yoga begins at 9:00am
    • Laser biathlon clinic begins at 10:15am
    • Relay begins at 10:30am
  • Date: Sunday, February 2, 2020

Ski rentals and trail passes will be available at 1/2 price for all participants. Trail pass is required to ski on Tahoe XC trails. Check back here and sign up for our newsletter to get details in your inbox.

Feb 9
Skiing With Grace

A different kind of experience … with Ben Grasseschi and Shari Beard.

  • Date: February 9, 2020
  • Time: 9:00am-12:00pm

Find out for yourself what it means to find movement in stillness and stillness within movement.

In this unique skate ski session, Shari Beard and Ben Grasseschi will lead you through meaningful movement, meditation, and stillness, so that you find more grace in your skiing and bring that presence to your every day. Expect a peaceful silence as you ski and sit with yourself and your mind, amongst the support of your instructors, fellow skiers, and the forest around you.

This is not your typical skate ski clinic with some yoga slapped on. This is an opportunity to move across snow with more mindfulness and presence. Please be an intermediate level, or above, skate skier to sign up.

  • Cost: $60 per person (includes 3 hours of yoga, meditation, movement and mindfulness. Rentals and trail pass not included)
  • Registration: In person at Tahoe XC or online here under “Events.” There will be no day-of registration.

Spots are limited to 10 participants. Please bring a yoga mat, if you have one. If not, we will have some available. If you need to rent skate ski equipment from Tahoe XC, please arrive at 8:30am to purchase rentals in the Tahoe XC Lodge. Participants will meet on the Tahoe XC Yurt (just south of the main lodge), ready to go, at 9:00am.

We’re offering a special trail pass rate for participants without a season pass of $20.

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Feb 9
Ski to the Trees

Learn to distinguish the great trees of the Sierra based on look, smell and altitude.

While skate skiing with friends, explore some of the prettiest sections of Tahoe’s backyard and learn why and where certain Sierra conifers find their niches.

Your guide, Tim Hauserman, director of Strider Gliders, hiking guide, and author of the official guidebook to the Tahoe Rim Trail, leads the search for white fir, red fir, incense cedar, Jeffrey pine, sugar pine, incense cedar, lodgepole pine, and western white pine, all of which can be found on the Tahoe XC trail system.

Date: February 9, 2020
Location: Tahoe XC Lodge. Please come into the lodge and sign a waiver.
Suggested donation: $20 for this guided ski & tree tour. All proceeds support Tahoe Cross-Country Ski Education Association.

Skiers should be intermediate level, or advanced, and can skate ski 15 to 20 kilometers over the course of several hours. There will be frequent stops to talk about the trees. Please bring your own water and snacks.

What a great way to get to know fellow skiers as well as the forest that surrounds us!

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Feb 14
Share the Love Valentine's Day Ski

Truly connect this Valentine’s Day by taking your loved ones skiing or snowshoeing at Tahoe XC. On Friday, February 14th only, couples who buy tickets together get the second ticket for only $20! Since kids under 19 always ski for free, we encourage families to participate also.

What do you mean, Share the Love?

Nordic skiing is a wonderful activity for couples to do. How many of you have partners who want to Nordic ski, or you want them to try Nordic skiing, but you haven’t had the chance? This is your opportunity to finally try the wonderful sport of cross-country skiing together.

Here’s how it works

On Friday, February 14th, ski with someone special and look for hearts hidden around the trails.

  1. While skiing or snowshoeing, take pictures of each heart you find on the trails. (Bonus point for selfies with you, your partner, and the heart in it.)
  2. Post your pictures on Instagram and/or Facebook using both hashtags #sharethelovetahoe and #tahoexc in your caption. (Bonus point for following Tahoe XC, liking our page, and also tagging Tahoe XC as your location.)
  3. The couple or family who skis to the most hearts AND gets the most cumulative likes on their photos wins a special prize!

Trick of the trade: There’s spotty service on our trails, and yes we’re encouraging you to take pictures while skiing, but first and foremost enjoy your ski or snowshoe, enjoy the people you care about. You may not want to, or be able to, post pictures while skiing, so we won’t start counting hearts on social media until the next day. We’ll tally the total number of cumulative likes the following Friday.

We want you to spend this day outside, whether it’s on a first date, second date, or five-hundredth date. Share the love this Valentine’s Day by sharing the gift of cross-country skiing. Our passion is to help you truly connect. Connect to Nature. Connect to healthy lifestyles. Connect to our community. Connect with each other. You’re already part of this Tahoe XC connection, so why not share it with those you love?

Date: Feb 14, 2020
Time: all day, this is a self-guided event
Cost: Buy one ticket, or show your Tahoe XC season pass, and get the second day ticket for only $20
Registration: None. This is a fun, self-guided event in which you can participate at your leisure, so long as you’ve purchased a Tahoe XC trail pass.
Participation includes skiing at Tahoe XC on February 14th with your loved ones and snapping pictures of trailside hearts. As the event date nears, we’ll give hints about how many hearts are out there and how spread out they may be.

Plan your special Valentine’s Day now and #sharethelovetahoe @tahoexc

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Feb 23
Alpenglow 20km

The Alpenglow 20k Race is one of the most scenic and iconic freestyle Nordic races in Tahoe. With 20k, 10k and 5k options this race is perfect for every level of skier. This point-to-point Nordic race starts and finishes at Tahoe XC and is one of the final events of the Alpenglow Mountain Festival.

  • Registration: day of 8:00am-9:30am
  • Date: Sunday, February 23, 2020
  • Time: Race begins at 10:00am
  • Start: Tahoe XC, Tahoe City
  • Finish: Tahoe XC, Tahoe City
  • Distance: 20km, 10km, and 5km options*

There’s a suggested donation fee for kids and adults. Prizes and awards will be given from Alpenglow Sports and Tahoe XC. Classic and skate skiing is allowed; snowshoeing is not permitted at this race.

Register online.

Mar 1
43rd Annual Great Ski Race

One of the largest Nordic ski races west of the Mississippi, the Great Ski Race is the main fundraising event for the Tahoe Nordic Search & Rescue Team, a non-profit, all-volunteer organization. Start at Tahoe XC and ski or snowshoe 30 kilometers (18.43 miles) to Truckee.

The fastest time for women is 1:14:03 (Brooke Baughman, 2005) and for men is 1:06:51 (Marshall Greene, 2008). Can you beat that? Start training now. Check out our FREE weekly beginner lessons, group lessons, or private lessons. Even if you’ve been skiing for a while, you may be suprised by what additional foundational techniques will help you shave seconds, even minutes from your time.

  • Registration: day of or online at
  • Date: Sunday, March 1, 2020
  • Time: Wave 1 starts at 9:00am
  • Start: Tahoe XC, Tahoe City
  • Finish: Cottonwood Restaurant on the Hilltop in Truckee
  • Distance: 30km*

Stay tuned for details here and at