Family ski, snowshoe adventures await in Tahoe

Ski with a Ranger at Heavenly. | Kayla Anderson

Bundle up, gear up and get ready for a winter wonderland of snowy family fun adventures this winter for family members of all ages.

Free skiing

Ongoing | Local resorts
There are not many things that are free in Tahoe, but there are some free skiing deals. Nevada Nordic offers free trail access to everyone. Kids 4 and younger ski free at Northstar, Heavenly and Kirkwood. Children 6 and younger ski free at Diamond Peak. Tahoe XC offers free trail access to those 19 years of age and younger. Tahoe City Winter Sports Park offers free trail access to local kids ages 14 and younger. There also free trail access for cross-county skiing and snowshoeing at local and state parks. | YourTahoeGuide.com/xc

Night XC skiing

Ongoing | ASC Training Center | Donner Summit
ASC offers Nordic night skiing Wednesday, Friday and Saturday until 7:30 p.m. throughout the season. | asctrainingcenter.org

Ski with a Ranger

Fridays | Heavenly Ski Area
The U.S. Forest Service has expanded its free winter Ski with a Ranger program and is now offering it Fridays at Heavenly at 1 p.m. until March 29; at Alpine Meadows at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. until early April; at Kirkwood at 1 p.m. until March 29; and at Sierra-at-Tahoe at 10 a.m. until March 25.

Rangers will discuss local natural and cultural history. Participants must be intermediate level. Tours are first-come, first-served. Lift tickets required. Check local Forest Districts for details. | fs.usda.gov

Nordic Twilight Tours

Until March 9 (Sat.) | Northstar California | Truckee
The 2- to 2.5-hour tour begins at the Cross Country, Telemark & Snowshoe Center at 5 p.m. The group will meander through the pine tree-lined forest and end in The Village at Northstar. Enjoy s’mores and hot chocolate. | northstarcalifornia.com

Snowshoe tours

Until March 30 (Sat.) | Donner Memorial State Park | Truckee
Join a free snowshoe tour at 1 p.m. on Saturdays to explore the park with a historian to learn about local natural and cultural history. Bring gear. | Register bit.ly/donner_tours

Full Moon Snowshoe Tours

Until April 23 (select dates) | area venues
Tahoe Adventure Company hosts Full Moon Snowshoe Tours on two nights each month. | tahoeadventurecompany.com

Nordic Nights Under the Lights

Feb. 16, March 15 | North Tahoe Regional Park | Tahoe Vista
Stride and glide for free under the lights with races, hot cocoa, music and s’mores from 5 to 7 p.m. | ntpud.org

Full Moon Snowshoe Tours

Feb. 24, March 23 & April 20 | Sugar Pine Point State Park | Tahoma
Explore the natural and cultural history around the Hellman-Ehrman Estate and the Lake Tahoe shoreline. | Tickets sierrastateparks.org

Twilight Snowshoe Hike

March 1 & 22 | Diamond Peak | Incline Village, Nev.
Join this 3-mile round trip hike that includes guides, after-hour access to Diamond Peak and Snowflake Lodge and more. | diamondpeak.com

Free Ski Day

March 9 | Sugar Pine Point State Park | Tahoma
Enjoy a free day in the park with a guided snowshoe hike, snowman contest & snow science exhibit and kids’ crafts from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Limited free parking pass available online. | bit.ly/ski_day

Forest History Snowshoe

March 10 | Spooner Lake State Park | East Shore
This adventure will be a leisurely snowshoe trek with experts and friends at the Sugar Pine Foundation who will reveal the mysterious world of trees. | tahoerimtrail.org

Wonders of Wildlife & Water

March 19 | Sugar Pine Point State Park | Tahoma
Join TINS naturalist Sarah Hockensmith as she leads the way in search of wildlife, water features, and spectacular scenery from a beachy waterfront. | tahoerimtrail.org

Snowshoe Hike

March 24 | Diamond Peak | Incline Village.
Join TINS for a guided snowshoe hike with director Will Richardson at 7:15 a.m. Learn about winter ecology and the survival strategies and adaptations employed by animals. | RSVP tinsweb.org

Ski, snowshoe tours

March 30 | Donner Memorial State Park | Truckee
Join a free ski tour at 10 a.m. and a snowshoe tour at 1 p.m. to explore the park with a historian to learn about local natural and cultural history. Bring gear. | Register bit.ly/donner_tours

Snowshoe Star Tours

April 3 | area venues
Tahoe Adventure Company and Tony Berendsen present telescopic tours of the night sky. It starts with guided sunset snowshoeing, followed by a brilliant tour of the night sky. For ages 8 and older. | tahoeadventurecompany.com