While the road-snack offerings on the way to Tahoe are some of the best around (Ikeda's and In-n-Out, I'm looking at you), sometimes the whole traffic, ice, and chains situation tips the scales into the "not worth it" zone. Such was the case over New Years, which is why I opted to venture up there by train.
Bemoan this rain all you want, but Tahoe-philes know it means sweet, powdery snow. Our Jetsetter Trip of the Week is a shout-out to all that new-fallen fun: a flash sale at the oh-so-luxurious Ritz-Carlton Club at Northstar. The sale only lasts 9 more hours, so hop on over there and enjoy a $50 credit for 7x7 readers for your stay. Book here for the credit.
If your New Years plans include some South Lake Tahoe action (lil' skiing, lil' gambling), yet staying on the strip is not necessarily your speed, we'd suggest booking a cabin at Zephyr Cove Resort. It's located just a few miles up the highway, minutes way from the tables and the slopes of Heavenly, yet secluded enough to get a slice of Tahoe cozy.
Tahoe snow chasers (hello to 6 feet at Squaw Valley!) know the woes of I-80 East (which is reportedly now closed from Gold Run to the NV state-line due to snowy conditions). And apparently, so does the Weather Channel.
Who says fleece has to be frumpy? One local designer is on a quest to make the soft, versatile fabric into fashion-forward attire ready for après ski, an evening out or even a much-more-stylish jaunt to the grocery store.
“There’s a lot of gear fleece out there, but there’s no reason that it can’t be sexy like any other top,” says Jeanne Feldkamp, a Potrero Hill resident and longtime skier who launched the Fleece-A-Nista line of jackets, tops and accessories in January.
It's President's Day: Tahoe's second busiest ski weekend. And conditions on the hill are poised to be shredtastic. Recent storms and a few mid week dustings have kept the groom crews busy the past couple days. That means your favorite trails and lifts will be open and well maintained. Sunny skies, calm winds and temps in the 40's will set you up for outside lunching and pit stops, which is always a win.
Some ski towns are about glitz, and some are simply about snow. Tahoe has always been one of the latter. Let Aspen have its Chanel stores—in Tahoe you get a ski condo, bluebird skies and après beers. But a little luxury never hurt anyone, especially not an aching and hungry skier. And with the December arrival to the Northstar-at-Tahoe slopes of the Ritz-Carlton Highlands —including a new restaurant by Jardinière’s Traci Des Jardins nestled within—you now have the choice of doing Tahoe like a real adult.