Cross Country Skiing Trails near Heavenly Ski Resort in California

Cross Country Skiing Trails near Heavenly Ski Resort in California
The Heavenly Ski Resort is located on the California-Nevada border in South Lake Tahoe. The resort has an area dedicated to cross-country skiing, and the surrounding area has numerous cross-country ski trails as well as opportunities for backcountry skiing. South Lake Tahoe is in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and many of the trails have views overlooking Lake Tahoe. You also will find trails located in the trees without views of the lake, but the trails are more isolated and have less traffic.

Heavenly Ski Resort

The ski resort has cross-country skiing at Adventure Peak. The Adventure Peak area is accessed by a gondola ride and the 3 miles of cross-country and snowshoe trails have sections in the trees and views of the lake. The trail is high altitude, and skiers should be in good physical shape. Also, bring everything you will need for the day in a backpack to maximize your time on the trail and minimize the time on the gondola. The trails are groomed and have tracks for diagonal stride, skating and separate trails for snowshoes.

Heavenly Mountain Resort
3860 Saddle Road
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

Camp Richardson

Camp Richardson is located 9 miles from Heavenly and has a cross-country ski are on the Lake Tahoe beach. The camp has trails leading off the property and into the Desolation Wilderness Area. On the property, you will find more than 18 miles of groomed trails along with lodging and ski rentals. The cost is $5 each day you use the trails on the property as of March 2010.

Camp Richardson
P.O. Box 9028
1900 Jameson Beach Road
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96158

Hope Valley

Hope Valley is located 20 miles south of Heavenly and is not on Lake Tahoe. Hope Valley has more than 60 miles of cross-country trails without any fees. The area does rely on voluntary donations to cover grooming expenses, and users have the opportunity for lessons. Hope Valley also has a rental program, and the trail system runs through open meadows and pine forests.

Hope Valley Outdoors
Pickett's Junction Hwy. 88/89
Hope Valley, CA 96120


Kirkwood is a high Alpine ski resort located 30 miles from Heavenly. Kirkwood has a groomed cross-country ski track and snowshoe area in the open meadow. Small portions of the area are in the trees, but the majority of the trail is in the open with views of the surrounding mountains. The meadow section of the trail also has a warming hut for cold days. The trail is typically used by mountain residents and ski resort visitors, but it is open to the general public as well.

Kirkwood Mountain Resort
1501 Kirkwood Meadows Drive
Kirkwood, CA 95646

Article Written By Zach Lazzari

Zach Lazzari is an outdoor writing specialist. He has experience in website writing as well as standard newspaper writing. He wrote an outdoor column for the Silver World in Lake City, Colo., and articles for Lazzari is currently completing his bachelor's degree online through Arizona State University and lives in southwest Montana.

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