From the issue South Lake Surprise
Tahoe may have the highest concentration of ski resorts in North America, but it's also home to some of the best cross-country skiing this side of Scandinavia. For more than 80 kilometers of groomed gliding goodness, head to Spooner Lake Cross Country Ski Area on Tahoe's eastern shore. Sign up for a lesson on-site or rent your skis for a do-it-yourself adventure. Beginners can get into the groove—literally—on Spooner Lake's immaculately tracked trails. For a breezy 8.5km excursion among lodgepole pines, combine Spooner Lake Loop and Spooner Meadow Loop; the flat, groomed trails pass through quiet meadows and trace snow-covered Spooner Lake. More advanced skiers can herringbone their way up the ridgeline via North Canyon Trail for a big reward: views of Lake Tahoe. Spoonful of fun.
BONUS: Spooner Lake is also home to two secluded Scandinavian-style backcountry cabins, perfect for a winter cozy-up.
Spooner Lake Cross Country Ski Area is located 13 miles north of the South Lake California-Nevada state line. The park is accessed via NV-28 W—just a half-mile from the intersection of Route 50 and Route 28. Trail passes and rentals are $22 each. A trail pass, rentals and lesson package is $55.