With more than four feet of snow in the Tahoe area so far this winter, a trip to this ski haven is in the weekend plans of many Bay Area residents. But you have to ask yourself what you want from your winter trip to Big Blue. Lake Tahoe has two faces: The touristy, party scene of the South Shore and the more quiet, nature oriented scene of the North Shore. What's your flavor?
Our night at the Basecamp Hotel in South Lake Tahoe took place just before a massive snowstorm was due to blow in. Skiers, boarders, the hotel staff and even the lake itself seemed to be holding its breath for the white gold to come down from the sky. This 50 room former motor lodge has been crafted into a warm and cozy place to wait for — and hang out in during – a winter snowstorm.
The three ski villages in Lake Tahoe are now decked out for the holidays: Squaw Valley, Northstar and Heavenly will be having a full two weeks of celebrations for the holiday season and scheduled events will include skiing with celebrities, fireworks, parties, and of course, Santa and Shaun White on the slopes.
So, you've just spent the day busting pow, playing in the park, hitting the bump runs or racking up a gazillion vertical feet cruising the groomers, and your stoke level–and not to mention thirst–is high. It's time to find a good apres watering hole, preferably a short walk from the base of the lifts.
While some visitors to the Tahoe slopes envision themselves as the next Lindsey Vonn or Shaun White, many of us really just want to sit on our butts and fly down a mountain. It's a good thing there are several great places to go tubing or sledding up in Lake Tahoe — and some of them are free.
Who hasn't dreamed of waking up in a cozy cabin in the woods with snow falling outside the window? These tiny Tahoe cabins might just be the ultimate in cocooning and are available for rent on your next trip to the mountains.
Busting powder or cruising the groomers can work up a skier's or snowboarder's appetite. Add some really cold temperatures, and you're definitely dipping into your calorie stock.
Soon, the weekend Tahoe ritual will commence: Up on Friday, back on Monday, with lots of powdery snow, indulgent food, and strong drink in between. If you haven’t yet secured a ski house, and you like to winter in style, you’ve got a new option to consider: The Constellation at Northstar residences.