Being more of a warm weather gal I don’t usually plan or take ski trips, so this was a first for me. The only place I’ve ever snowboarded is here in my SLC backyard at Brighton and Snowbird. I was pretty excited to head back to Cali and see what their mountains had to offer!
Heavenly was our first stop. What’s awesome about Heavenly’s location is it’s right next to the great night life and casinos of South Lake Tahoe. We parked at the casino and walked about four minutes to the Gondola and Main Square.
Heavenly has awesome, long rolling runs that are great for beginners and intermediates like myself that prefer to cruise the mountain and explore. Tamarack Lodge is near the gondola and offers lunch at reasonable prices for a good amount of food. Be sure to stop in at the european Umbrella Bar for après! Note to fellow newbies: bring your own advil; it’s $5 for a two pack.
Tahoe Keys set us up in an amazing three-bedroom home just three short miles from Heavenly off Golden Bear. We had a private hot tub for our aching muscles, huge rooms, and we each got our own bathroom! The house and location were gorgeous. Thanks a million Tahoe Keys we can’t wait to come stay with you guys again!
The next day it was off to Alpine Meadows. Unfortunately, my boots weren’t fitting properly, so I ended up in the lodge exploring the restaurants and bars which I didn’t have a problem with. The Meadows Café is huge, and offers a wide selection from Mexican, sandwiches, salads, pasta, chili and pizza. The food was great, but the price was a bit high: $14.00 for chili, chicken sandwich and a drink. The Alpine Bar is located in the same Alpine Meadows lodge just across the way from the Meadows Cafe. They offer big screen TVs and tall windows facing the resort entrance which give you great views of the surrounding mountain area. It’s a great place to catch up on the day and get your après on!
Our friends at Lake Tahoe Accomodations set us up at a great cabin! Three bedrooms plus loft, three bathrooms, a game room and a private hot tub. It was directly across the street from the lake shore and just a quick seven minute drive in to town for nightlife, bars and restaurants. Thanks again LTA, we had a great time!
Our last day to hit the slopes we headed to Squaw Resort.
The night before we caught 38 inches of Tahoe’s famous wet snow, a.k.a. Tahoe cement. Since I was having boot and board issues I decided that I was going to take advantage of a free ski lesson offer from our friend Tracy O’Connor at Squaw Resort. Ski Butlers came in and saved the day meeting me in the parking lot of the resort to fit me in my own pair of ski boots right at their van! I highly recommend Ski Butlers! They have amazing deals all season long, their service is friendly and extremely convenient. Thanks Greg, the boots worked out perfectly! The lessons began at High Camp which you get to by the cable car of the same name. I highly recommend taking the cable car at least once in your life as the views are absolutely breathtaking; pictures do not do it justice.
I arrived to High Camp which is home to the Olympic plaza (closed during winter months) to start my ski lessons. My instructor, Sean Rogers, was an amazing teacher and extremely knowledgable.
We had a lot of fun and I was soon rockin’ Christies, a level four skier in just one hour! I decided to try my new skills on Mountain Run, a three mile blue run down to the main village by the fly wheel taking you right to La Chamonix for après with the gang. The best part about Squaw is that the runs are steep and challenging, but you can see everything you are skiing so it’s less intimidating to test your newly acquired skills on. Squaw was by far my hands down favorite resort in Tahoe.
I can’t wait to take more tours to Tahoe and explore the several other ski resorts they have to offer. The hospitality in Tahoe is amazing, and the people are genuinely happy to have you as their guest. Next time, I won’t wait so long to visit.