Nordic Center

Tahoe Cross-Country Lodge is a place for friends and family. We live and breathe cross-country skiing and want to share the joy with our visitors. Inside, you’ll find a friendly staff, rental facility, ADA bathrooms, retail store and the Free Heel Cafe.

The Free Heel Cafe offers soups, chili, baked goods, hot drinks and more. Enjoy a cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate beside our wood-burning fire. Take lunch on the sun deck and watch the skiers come in!


The Discovery Center Yurt is a 30-foot Pacific yurt located a hundred meters southwest of the Tahoe Cross-Country Lodge. It’s equipped with a wood-burning fireplace, tables, chairs and an ambiance perfect for your company holiday party, family birthday party, business retreat, yoga classes or next private gathering. It is also home to our Winter Discovery Center Program for 3rd to 5th graders that combines academic lessons and the CA State Science Standards with physical activity. If you are interested in the Discovery Center Yurt, please contact us.

Schilling Lodge

The Schilling Lodge is a former 1930s Rubicon Bay historic residence that has been deconstructed and donated to TCCSEA with the intention of becoming the new Tahoe XC lodge. It is the main focus for the Tahoe Cross-Country Lodge Replacement and Expansion Project.

The existing 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 Project will address existing operational deficiencies relative to circulation and parking, storage, staff 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.

Learn more about the Tahoe Cross-Country Lodge Replacement and Expansion Project from the TCPUD website.

Read the history and see photos of the Schilling Lodge at