If you love to cross country ski through our beautiful area, then you’ll want to participate or attend the Great Ski Race – Tahoe to Truckee this March 1st! Judy Laverty, the Special Events Program Director for North Lake Tahoe, sent us the official press release.
Great Ski Race Remains One of Tahoe’s Biggest Events
Tahoe to Truckee Trek Returns March 1
NORTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif./Nev. (Jan. 5, 2015) —Every March more than a thousand cross-country skiers make their way to the shores of Lake Tahoe to take part in the West’s largest cross country event. Whether they’ve trained year round and are aiming for first, or simply dusted off their skis and donned a tutu, the Great Ski Race remains one of the Sierra’s most beloved and enduring traditions. This year’s race, as always, is set for the first Sunday in March, March 1.
The 30-kilometer (approximately 18-mile) race began in 1977 with a mere 60 racers. Today the race welcomes more than 1,000 skiers of all abilities. Racers depart in waves from the Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area in Tahoe City and will traverse rolling hills, spacious meadows, and groomed trails before heading slightly downhill to the finish at Hilltop in Truckee. Skiers and spectators can finish out the afternoon with some relaxation and revelry at the Hilltop’s historic Cottonwood Restaurant.
Like many Tahoe-area events, despite its well-deserved national status and attraction, it remains at its core a community event, raising funds for the Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue Team.
The race begins at 9 a.m. Shuttle buses will begin taking skiers (by reservation only) from Hilltop Lodge to the starting line at 7 a.m. Afternoon buses will bring skiers back to Tahoe City between 12:30 to 2:30 on a first come, first serve basis. Registration costs $60 through February 14 and $110 on race day. For more information, or to register for the race, go to www.thegreatskirace.com.
The North Lake Tahoe Resort Association will be giving away two entries to the Great Ski Race, as well as two night’s stay in a king, lakefront room at Ferrari’s Crown Resort the weekend of the race. Follow the Lake Tahoe North Facebook page for a chance to win.
About North Lake Tahoe
For more information about North Lake Tahoe, visit www.GoTahoeNorth.com. And for the best bargains, including lodging, check out the “Cool Deals,” tab, which is updated daily. North Lake Tahoe is a 45-minute drive from the Reno Tahoe International Airport, two hours from Sacramento International Airport and just over three hours from San Francisco International Airport. Visitor information centers are located at 100 North Lake Boulevard in Tahoe City and 969 Tahoe Boulevard in Incline Village.