Free cross-country skiing at Spooner Lake

March 2, 2016

For the first time in four years, Spooner Lake in Lake Tahoe Nevada State park has a system of crosscountry ski trails that wind through dense forest, across an open meadow and along the banks of Spooner Lake. The 10 km (6 mi) trail system is free to the public and made possible by a partnership between Nevada State Parks and Nevada Nordic, a non-profit group based in the Tahoe Basin.

The scenic trail system includes several teardrop loops, offers both skate and classic skiing, and is intermediate with flat rolling terrain, which makes it great for both families and experienced skiers. The plan is to expand the trails in the future to increase distance and difficulty. Trails will stay open into April if conditions permit.

When using the trails, please follow trail etiquette:

  • Do not walk on the trail in shoes or boots.
  • Dogs should be on a leash of not more than 6 feet in length and off to the side of the groomed trails.
  • Snowshoers are welcome, but should stay to the far edge of the trail and be careful not to mar the center of the trail for skate skiing, or the tracks set for classic skiing.

For updated conditions or to make a donation to support the trail system at Spooner Lake, visit Nevada Nordic. Access to the ski trails is free and open to the public. However, there is an entrance fee into the park of $7 per vehicle. Nevada residents receive a $2 discount.

Spooner Lake cross country skiing, Nevada State Parks

Cross-country skiing at Spooner Lake. Photo courtesy Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Source: Press release from Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

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