March 3, 2019 • Tahoe City to Truckee
On Sunday, March 3, The Great Ski Race opens an epic 30-kilometer (18.43-mile) of groomed ski trails through the backcountry from Lake Tahoe’s premier Nordic center, Tahoe Cross-Country Ski Area (Tahoe XC) to Cottonwood Restaurant and Bar in Truckee.
Showcasing views of Squaw Valley, the Sierra Crest, and Lake Tahoe, the exhilarating course climbs for seven miles over 7,400-foot-elevation Starratt Pass, then zooms down giant S-turns and into soft forest glades along Sawtooth Ridge into historic Truckee. Two “soup stations” along the way offer drinks and snacks. An after party at Cottonwoods serves Sierra Nevada beer, a sizzling lunch from Men Wielding Fire, and live music from The Blues Monsters.
Register for The Great Ski Race at thegreatskirace.com. Adults are $60 ($70 starting Feb. 18) and for kids under 18 are $25. The entry fee on race day is $110. Shuttle buses donated by Northstar California will begin taking skiers (by reservation only) from Hilltop Lodge to the starting line at 7 a.m. Afternoon buses donated by Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows will bring skiers back to Tahoe City between 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. on a first come, first serve basis.
Proceeds benefit the Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue Team. Founded in 1976, the team has more than 100 members who rescue lost alpine and cross-country skiers, snowboarders and snowmobilers, and snow bikers. The team also locates downed aircraft, rescues stranded hikers and climbers, and educates the public about mountain safety, including conducting a Winter Survival Program to every North Tahoe area 4th Grade Class.