When seeking the ultimate x-country ski trails, Spooner Lake Cross Country Ski Area near Lake Tahoe is even more amazing than it appears every summer. Snow covered terrain blends with towering mountains and Christmassy looking trees that lead across thousands of acres of prime land. Crosscountry skiing comes into its own with so much to see and enjoy.
Usually the resort is best known for its summer activities and fishing. Trails are filled with hikers, bikers and backpackers, but when the crowds have left for the warmth of their homes, another crowd descends on the Lake Tahoe area. However, winter brings about many changes, including heavy snows and the chance to enjoy cross country skiing beyond compare.
Though the center is not as widespread and developed as the one at Royal Gorge, its amenities are similar and it also lacks to overpowering crowds that most would prefer to do without. In fact, for those who want to do some real backcountry skiing, the center provides two cabins, just perfect for that rustic retreat.
It is also known for its glowing sunshine. Very few places are positioned well enough to get the winter sunshine. Also, many other areas do not open when the crow cries or even close until well into the early hours of the morning. It is surprising how many crosscountry skiers enjoy midnight jaunts by torch light.
The center as a whole is a good location for all age groups and abilities. There is a good selection of beginner (30%), moderate (40%) and advanced trails (30%), covering some eighty kilometers. Some are within the center boundaries, others head into the backcountry. There are even extended overnight or longer routes to be discovered.
Trails are attractive and the views are breathtaking. Equipment rentals are available, and the day lodge is very popular with hot drinks, snack and even a constantly tended fireplace.