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
Dec 13-15
PSIA Western Nordic Symposium

Tahoe XC is proud to host the PSIA (Professional Ski Instructors of America) Nordic Symposium, a fantastic event for cross-country ski instructors, with a variety of skiing and teaching-oriented topics designed as a Level I exam prep clinic. This is a great opportunity to tune up your skills for the season and become acquainted with your fellow Western Division Nordic instructors.

  • Registration: online at
  • Dates: Friday, December 13 - Sunday, December 15, 2019
  • Time: 9:00am-4:00pm

PSIA Instructors take classes to become Level I, II, or III certified. Each level of certification represent stages of understanding. The December 13-15 Nordic Symposium is a Level I Prep Course, designed to prepare you for taking your Level I class.

A successful PSIA training course is most effective on snow, so it there is no snow at Tahoe XC at this time, the PSIA Prep course will take place at some other location.

Full details nd registration at

Dec 15
20th Anniversary Party

We’re 20 years old!

Join us at Tahoe XC for food, music, raffle and revelry as we celebrate 20 years as the nonprofit Tahoe Cross-Country. We were born in 1999, so we’re going to party like it’s 1999!

  • Date: December 15, 2019
  • Time: 12:00pm-4:00pm
  • Location: Tahoe XC Lodge

Please RSVP

The Blues Monsters

Boogie down with The Blue Monsters, with their unique combination of R&B, funk, jazz and Chicago-style blues. The Blue Monsters were voted #1 blues band in North Lake Tahoe for 7 years running.

Members of the band have shared the stage with a monster cast of musicians, including Journey’s Neal Schon, The Drifters, David Coverdale of Whitesnake, Jimmy Page, Creedance Clearwater’s Doug Clifford and Stu Cook, Stephen Stills, Lydia Pense and Cold Blood, Bo Diddley, Grateful Dead’s Bob Wier, Booker T and the MGs, The Commitments, Kenny Logins, Kenny Neal, Tinsley Ellis, Pablo Cruise, and more. Meet the band in person at Tahoe XC, while we celebrate 20 years as a nonprofit!

MOGROG Food Truck

Proudly serving North Tahoe and Truckee, local chef, driver and mechanic Alex Tolger and his crew on the MOGROG Unimog Rotisserie food truck will be selling delicious Germanic-style brats and fare to celebrate our 20th Anniversary. What better way to celebrate all that we love about Nordic skiing in Tahoe than eating Nordic-style foods while wearing lederhosen, lycra and plaid from the 90s?


You know it. Whatever makes you feel Nordic, 20 years old again, or like you did in 1999. We’re leaving it up to your interpretation. Plus, it’s easier to win an obstacle course when dressed up. Whatever you wear, be ready for a raffle, special 20th anniverary t-shirts for sale, and a fun obstacle race for the whole family.

Bring Your 1999-00 Season Pass

Bring your 1999-00 Tahoe XC Season Pass and get 2 FREE raffle tickets! We have some great prizes lining up, including a wooden carving by Doug Read, skis from Pro Skier Michelle Parker, gift certificates and much more! Raffle tickets will be for sale for $5 per ticket or 5 for $25. We’ll also be selling commemorative T-shirts and stainless steel cups.

Thanks to you, our community!

We’re so proud of being a nonprofit and a part of North Lake Tahoe’s community for the last 20 years. We’d like to thank you and celebrate the start of 20 more. So put on your lycra, don your best 90s plaid, and get ready to party like it’s 1999. Please join us for the momentous celebration!

Dec 18
Peter Holmes Fundraiser

Please join Peter Holmes at Tahoe XC on December 18th from 6:00-8:00pm for a silent auction, beverages, and a presentation on Peter’s experiences as a professional ski racer. The silent auction includes great donated items by Peter’s sponsors and all proceeds will be used to support his efforts to reach his Nordic ski goals of racing at the World Cup and at the Olympic Level.

In addition to receiving coaching support for training and racing, Peter received the Kevin Murnane Scholarship as a senior in high school. According to Peter, “This scholarship was key in my continuation of ski racing in college.” To help give back to our community, 50% of every dollar over his $2,500-dollar goal will be donated to the Kevin Murnane Scholarship Fund.

We’re proud to be supporting local Nordic athletes like Peter, and hope to see you there for a fun evening! If you cannot attend but would like to donate, please follow this link to Peter’s website:

Jan 1
New Year's Day Pancake Breakfast

Kick off 2020 with our annual New Year’s Day Pancake Breakfast! Enjoy pancakes, bacon, coffee and juice with all your friends! Then take a ski and snowshoe at Tahoe XC.

We’ve been slinging pancakes to bring in the New Year for so many years we’ve lost count. What we do know is that it’s always one of the most beautiful, delicious and fun ways to start the new year.

Jan 12
Old Skool Klassic Race

Go old skool this January, with a single groomed classic track race course through the woods. The course will occasionally have passing lanes where the single track overlaps with the regular Tahoe XC trail system.

  • Registration: day of 8:00-8:30am
  • Date: Sunday, January 12, 2019
  • Time: Race begins at 9:00am
  • Suggested donation: $25 (all proceeds go to Tahoe XC youth programs)

Race details:

  • There will be a 5k (1 lap) and 10k (2 laps) race option.
  • All ages are welcome!
  • Klister only (just kidding).
  • All participants must sign a waiver (not kidding).
  • The race will be unofficially timed.
  • The more old skool you look, the better…

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Jan 26
Tahoe Rim Tour

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

This week’s Sunnyside Fish Taco Night Fundraiser benefits Tahoe XC and the Tahoe Cross-Country Ski Education Association.

Come for discounted Off the Hook Fish Tacos, incredible raffle prizes, and family-friendly fun. Proceeds support our wonderful Tahoe XC youth ski education programs.

  • Date: Wednesday, January 29, 2020
  • Time: 4:00pm
  • Location: Sunnyside Restaurant and Bar, Tahoe City

Feb 2
Shooter Bowl Sunday - Women's 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, women’s only laser biathlon relay that begins with free yoga in the yurt, followed by an un-timed laser biathlon relay. All ages are welcome. Women only. Costumes are absolutely encouraged!

  • 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 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.

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