One of the best Nordic events to take place annually in the North Lake Tahoe region is the Great Ski Race, a 30-kilometer jaunt along the Sierra crest from the Tahoe Cross-Country center in Tahoe City to Truckee.

Sunday, March 1, the venerable competition -- which generally attracts 1,000 or so athletes of all ages and abilities on its groomed and tracked course -- will be celebrating its 33rd birthday.

Entry for the fun and challenging event, which is open to cross-country skiers of all ages and abilities (although some people have been known to complete the 18.5-mile route on snowshoes), is $45 ($65 on race day) for racers 18 and over and $25 for youths. There will be prizes awarded to the fastest skiers in a variety of categories (male and female and age groups in 10-year increments).

Proceeds from the entry fees, which get participants a T-shirt, a couple of mid-course aid stations, a goody bag, a warm lunch, a hot beverage, and an après party with live music, go to the Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue Team.

You can either enter online or in person at Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area. Call 530-583-5475 for further information.