Snow has already begun to fall at Lake Tahoe and many ski resorts are making their own. Some of the world-renowned resorts are scheduled to open around Thanksgiving including Squaw Valley, Kirkwood, Heavenly and Homewood. Boreal on Hwy. 80 is already open. If you’re planning a ski vacation with your family up at the Lake, here are some tips to make sure you get the best bang for your buck on the Tahoe slopes.
Where to lay your head: If you are planning a family trip, the best value is to rent a condo or house where everyone has enough space and you can cook your own food. Squaw Valley is offering a deal on their Village at Squaw condos for Thanksgiving. A one-bedroom condo is $90 per person per night for the Thanksgiving weekend. If you decide to come over another weekend you can stay two night and get the third night free.
For something larger, rent an owner owned home at Kirkwood. Many condos in the area sleep 6-10 people for about $100-$400 a night. The Northstar California condos at Northstar-at-Tahoe are also a good deal. You can rent a 1 bedroom starting at $175 a night or a 4 bedroom 2 bath for about $400. Guests can enjoy access to the Northstar Recreation Center with outdoor spas, swimming pools a fitness center and a game room.
Heavenly in South Lake Tahoe is also having a special where you can stay for two nights at the Best Western Station House Inn (non-holiday) and get the third night free…and the skiing is free. The packages start at $325 per person.
If you are tired of cooking your own meals, head to some of these restaurants and cafés that are local favorites. If you are in Tahoe City head to the Fire Sign Café or Gear & Grinds for breakfast. Each of these places have great deals on fresh coffee, baked goods, full breakfasts and a warm atmosphere. For lunch, head to South Lake Tahoe and grab a pizza at the Brewery. Parents can also grab a few of the locally brewed beers on tap. Dinner near Homewood ski area can be had at the Swiss Lakewood Restaurant and lodge which is actually the oldest continuously running restaurant at the lake. You can also stretch your buck by heading to one of the casino buffets on the East shore. Harrah’s and Montbleu both have fully stocked and delicious buffets.
For the Kids
If the little ones are not skiers or boarders yet, stick them in a tube and push them down a hill. Many ski resorts have snow parks and tube runs that are fun for the kids or every member of the family. Boreal, Sierra-at-Tahoe and Homewood all have tubing areas. Heavenly’s 500 foot tubing area is found after a scenic gondola ride at the top of the mountain. The tubing area at Squaw Valley has four tube lanes and if the kids get tired of that, they can head to High Camp and do some high-altitude ice skating.
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