Tahoe Cross-Country Lodge is a place for friends and family. We live and breathe cross-country skiing and want to share the joy with our visitors. Inside the lodge, you’ll find a friendly staff, ticket booth, rental facility, ADA bathrooms, retail store and the Free Heel Cafe.

The Free Heel Cafe offers breakfast and lunch: bagels, burritos, panini sandwiches, soups, salad, baked goods, hot drinks and more. Enjoy a cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate beside our wood-burning fire. Take lunch on the sun deck and watch the skiers come in!

Tahoe Cross-Country Lodge is also known as the Highlands Community Center and is home to local Boy Scouts of America meetings and the Highlands Homeowners Association annual meeting.

The Discovery Center Yurt is a 30-foot Pacific yurt located a hundred meters southwest of the Tahoe Cross-Country Lodge. It’s equipped with a wood-burning fireplace, tables, chairs and an ambiance perfect for your company holiday party, family birthday party, business retreat, yoga classes or next private gathering. It is also home to our Winter Discovery Center Program for 3rd to 5th graders that combines academic lessons and the CA State Science Standards with physical activity. If you are interested in the Discovery Center Yurt, please contact us.

Tahoe Cross-Country Ski Education Association (TCCSEA) has accepted the donation of the Schilling Lodge, a former Rubicon Bay 1930s historic residence that has been dismantled and stored. The intention is to rebuild the historic Schilling Lodge and use it as the TXC Lodge. For more details on this project, please visit