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More cross-country skiing on Tahoe's north shore.

A bustling lodging and restaurant base for Lake Tahoe's north shore ski areas, Tahoe City now has some half-dozen shops that rent cross-country equipment. And just north of town, the Tahoe Nordic Ski Center has expanded.

The center now sports 50 kilometers of groomed tracks, with beginner, intermediate, and advanced loops; Lake View Trail offers views out over the Tahoe Basin. Track fee is $5. You can also rent equipment and get instruction. Hours are 9 to 5 daily through April 30, snow permitting. From Tahoe City, take N. Lake Boulevard (State Highway 28) northeast 2-1/2 miles and turn left on Fabian Drive at the gas station; follow signs to the ski area.

More experienced skiers might try the Page Meadows area in Tahoe National Forest--it's free and a favorite with locals. There are no set tracks or trail markers (so take careful note of your location), but the broad, open areas offer easy and scenic skiing. From an unmarked trailhead at the end of Silver Tip Drive, ski west 100 yards through a small stand of pines and into the first of the seven meadows that make up Page Meadows. You can do a quick circuit, or ski to the last big meadow and back (about a 2-hour trip).

To reach Page Meadows from Tahoe City, take State Highway 89 south about 2 miles. Turn right on Pine Avenue, then right on Tahoe Park Heights Drive. At Big Pine Drive, go right, then left on Silver Tip Drive to its end. Parking is limited, especially after a heavy snowfall; be sure to park outside the orange snow stakes and don't block driveways.
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Title Annotation:Tahoe National Forest
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Date:Dec 1, 1985
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