Free Nordic ski day at Ed Z’berg Sugar Pine Point State Park
California State Parks and the Sierra State Parks Foundation are bringing back groomed Nordic skiing at Ed Z’berg Sugar Pine Point State Park by inviting the public to a free ski day on Saturday, Feb. 2.
The latest round of winter storms has brought in plenty of fresh snow for the park to offer this popular pastime. The public can ski on the trails made famous when the biathlon and cross-country events of the 1960 Winter Olympics were held here.
“This is a fantastic, one-of-a-kind activity that allows the whole family to explore this state park jewel,” Matt Green, acting Sierra district superintendent for California State Parks, said in a press release. “You can really soak in the beauty of the eastern Sierra landscape at Ed Z’berg Sugar Pine Point State Park.”
Thanks to a generous donor through the Sierra State Parks Foundation, parking fees will be waived for the public on Feb. 2 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dave Antonucci, local Olympic historian, will lead an Olympic history ski tour at 1 p.m. State park rangers will be on hand to help those new to Nordic skiing and to explore the winter trails. Hot cocoa will be served.
“We have four miles of beautiful classic groomed tracks that follow a portion of the 1960 Olympic biathlon path running through the forest,” Rob Weston, board member and project coordinator with the Sierra State Parks Foundation, said in the release. “Whether you’re a beginner or elite athlete, come on out for a fun time at the park.”
The blue (beginner) trail and the north side of the red (intermediate) trail will be groomed for the remainder of the snow season every Monday and Friday as conditions allow. The cost of parking is $5 per vehicle during the snow season.
The Sierra State Parks Foundation provides the grooming at the park through donations that help pay for the equipment lease and volunteers to perform the grooming. Donations can be made at the park kiosk. State Parks helps provide the trail signs and equipment storage.
“This is a great example of a public-private partnership to provide a unique experience for the public,” added Green.
Free trail maps are available at the trailhead. You can also download one through the Sierra State Parks Foundation’s Lake Tahoe Parks app.
Ed Z’berg Sugar Pine Point State Park is located on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe, 10 miles south of Tahoe City on California Route 89. Please be sure to check the weather forecast along with road conditions and closures.