Ski season at Tahoe is in full swing and visitors are planning their trips to the snow. To stay close to the powder action, most people find it beneficial to pick a hotel that is right next to, or even in the middle of, a ski resort. Tahoe has some of the best ski in/ski out hotels in the Sierras and most of these hotels have stay-and-ski specials and packages throughout the winter ski and snowboard season.
If you stay in Heavenly Village, the Marriott Grand Residence Club or at the nearby Embassy Suites, you are right at the bottom of the Heavenly Aerial Tram that will take you to the top of one of the best ski mountains in the Tahoe area. If you want to be even closer to the action, stay at the Ridge Pointe or the Ridge Tahoe which are right next to the Stagecoach Express Lift and the Stagecoach Lodge.
Resort at Squaw Creek or the Plumpjack Squaw Valley Inn
If you stay right in the center of Squaw Valley, you’ll never have to leave. They have it all here: access to all ski runs, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, dog sledding, spas, restaurants and shopping. The Resort at Squaw Creek offers luxurious accommodations with picture windows that offer stunning views of the snow-covered mountains and the Plumpjack is a cozy and intimate hotel.
If you stay at one of the charming condos or one of the Northstar Village rooms, you get access to all that Northstar offers. All guests have access to complimentary on-site shuttle service, wireless Internet, extended cable including HBO, and the recreation center with outdoor spas, saunas, swimming pools and a fitness center. Northstar also offers a tubing hill for the kids, shopping and spas for the adults, and a ski and snowboard school for all ages.
Kirkwood Mountain Resort
Kirkwood is one of the farthest ski resorts from the lake in the Tahoe Basin, but it gets less crowds and it has some of the deepest powder, so your rented condo or hotel room will seem extra private. You can stay at various properties around the area including the Snowcrest Kirkwood condos, the Mountain Club hotel or the frill-less Base Camp, which is a great starting off point for the mountain adventurer.
Even though it is located just about mid-mountain at the Northstar resort, this beautiful hotel is in a league of its own. This is where you want to go if you are splurging. The Ritz-Carlton Highlands has its own gondola down to the Northstar Village with 8-passenger cabins, ski valet services and a heated spa lap pool overlooking the slopes. Now that’s what I call a ski vacation!
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