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Tahoe City Winter Sports Park returns

The Tahoe City Winter Sports Park offers cross-country skiing, along with snowshoeing, walking and sledding in the heart of Tahoe City.

The Tahoe City Winter Sports Park offers cross-country skiing, along with snowshoeing, walking and sledding in the heart of Tahoe City.

TAHOE CITY, Calif. — The Tahoe City Winter Sports Park is back for its second season.

Located at the Tahoe City Golf Course, it offers cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, walking and sledding at the dog-friendly park.

The park operates 10 a.m. to 5 p.m, Friday and Sunday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday through March 30, 2014, weather permitting. It will be open seven days a week from Dec. 20 to Jan. 5, 2014, and Feb. 14, 2014 to Feb. 22, 2014, for the holidays.

Cost to use the park on days of operation is $10 per person, which includes a sled hill pass and disc sled. Season passes are $49 for adults, $39 for seniors and $120 for families if purchased by Dec. 24. Afterward, they will increase to $69, $59 and $140, respectively.

Cross-country skiing equipment and snowshoes cost extra. Also, Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area (Tahoe XC) pass holders get free park access.

During operational days, rental equipment and food and beverages will be provided by Tahoe XC and Duncan Golf Management at the golf club house.

Park usage will be allowed on non-operational days, except for the sled hill for safety and reliability reasons, said Kelli Twomey, director of resource development and community relations for the Tahoe City Public Utility District.

While use those days will be free, donations are encouraged to offset grooming, snow removal and utilities costs by TCPUD, the property’s owner.

The park’s trails will be groomed daily by Tahoe XC, with a 2-kilometer trail along the edge of the property dedicated for walking and snowshoeing. Running parallel is a 3-kilometer ski trail.

“The park was well received last year, and it offers the perfect location to introduce more people to the sport of cross-country skiing,” said Kevin Murnane, general manager of the Tahoe City Winter Sports Park and of Tahoe XC.

This winter, TCPUD’s contribution to the park is not to exceed $30,000, Twomey said. Last season, final TCPUD cost, minus revenue, was $30,626, with an additional $10,211 for labor.

The overall goal for the park is to break even, Twomey said.

In 2012, the TCPUD, Placer County, North Lake Tahoe Resort Association and Tahoe Truckee Airport District combined to buy the Tahoe City Golf Course for $4.7 million. Officials hope to enhance opportunities for open space, economic vitality, community character, recreation, conservation and safety.

Creating the winter sports park hits on the recreation aspect; in its pilot year last winter, the park saw hundreds of users over its 76-day season.

For more information, visit http://www.wintersportspark.com or call 530-583-1516.