This was the Tahoe weekend that my friends and I always strive for - a mix of local and hip, of outdoor adventure and relaxation. This trip is fairly budget friendly, but it is easy to spend money in Tahoe (what with the trendy shopping and tempting snow gear all over the place), so be warned. You just might head home with a killer new pair of skis and a bear carved out of a tree trunk.
The people who came on this trip are all recent college grads and we don't have the money for gorgeous hotel rooms and yearly ski passes, but we still manage to have a blast in the mountains. Tahoe has plenty of upscale venues to visit, but don't forget to appreciate the natural beauty of your surroundings while you're there. Making your own sled run can be just as fun as paying for a groomed course at a ski resort.
Take Friday off from work (or school, or parenting, or whatever obligations you might have) and drive up to Alpine Meadows for a day of skiing. Buy a two day ticket if you plan on two days of skiing; this will save you a few bucks.Alpine has some of the shortest lift lines, the cheapest tickets and the best variety of runs in Tahoe. Aim to get there early because even though you'll be missing the bulk of the weekend crowds, why wouldn't you want a few runs...read more
Wake up again, and head over to Alpine Meadows (or another resort if you feel like branching out and haven't already bought your two day pass for Alpine). The lines will be longer no matter where you go, but that'sjust part of ski season in Tahoe. Stay away from the bunny slopes and lunch rush (11:45-1:00) to avoid the worst crowds. After another day of playing in the snow, try Jason's Beachside Grille for a great view of the lake while you eat dinner. Fortify...read more
Sunday morning treat yourself to breakfast at Café 333. The food is delicious, plus it will help erase any ill effects from a late night at Blu. Next, drive over to Tahoe city for a leisurely morning of wandering the streets, shopping and people watching. Try the Tahoe House Restaurant & Bakerei for some traditional German food for lunch, or hit up the Black Bear Tavern. You can pack up and go home early to avoid the weekend traffic, or you can go back to the...read more
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When the wind causes white-outs at other resorts, Northstar will likely be unaffected. The whole resort is first class!
Truly a skier's paradise, this resort offers a wide range of activities and events for everyone. You can even find mountain photographers that will capture your best run on the slope. You can enjoy recreational racing, cross country runs and snowshoeing. Ski at the crack of dawn with a Fast Track pass. If you're not an early riser, then Polaris Park is just for you. The adventure park is located mid-mountain and has something for everyone after the sun goes down.
For you Olympic fans, Northstar now offers the West Coasts only biathlon range. Ski and shoot to your heart's content, or sign up for biathlon lessons.
A day of skiing can work up a big hunger, so don't forget to try one of the five restaurants located on the mountain. For the warmer months, Northstar also opens up a Mountain Bike Park offering more than 100 miles of trails. The resort also contains a golf course and driving range, a Tennis Center and offers several activities including horseback riding, fly-fishing and hiking.