We love skiing and snowboarding. It’s pretty much our reason for being. That said, we know that variety is the spice of life, and that’s a big reason why the Ski Lake Tahoe resorts boast plenty of options that don’t require a lift ticket or uncomfortable boots.
Snow play and tubing are two great ways to introduce kids (and kids at heart) to the snow. Sierra-at-Tahoe offers snow play and tubing at Blizzard Mountain. Kids can enjoy tubing at Kirkwood’s Thunder Mountain area, located by Timber Creek Lodge, and at Heavenly, you'll definitely want to visit its nationally recognized 5 lane tubing hill at the Adventure Peak Center located at the top of the gondola. Squaw Valley has tubing, snow play and plenty of other activities (snowmobiling!) at its SnoVentures Activity Zone. And you can go tubing at Northstar California mid-mountain just above the gondola.
For those with a yen to explore and enjoy the scenic surroundings of Lake Tahoe, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are great ways to do just that. Northstar California offers both, with plenty of groomed trails for snowshoes and xc skiers. It also hosts snowshoe tours, ranging from family to moonlight. In nearby Squaw Valley, you’ll find cross country skiing trails at the Nordic Center at the Resort at Squaw Creek, and snowshoeing at its SnoVentures Activity Zone. On the south side of the lake, Sierra-at-Tahoe maintains 3 miles of snowshoe trails. Kirkwood has an extensive trail network for both cross country skiers and snowshoers. It also hosts guided snowshoe excursions throughout the season.
Looking for less strenuous options? Consider scenic gondola rides, shopping, and yoga. After skiing, you’ll find family friendly après activities like ice skating (Squaw Valley, Heavenly and Northstar California), crafts and making s’mores. Throw in the many special events you'll find throughout the season at the ski resorts (too many to list here), and it's clear that boredom is not an option here!
Photo: Squaw Valley
Posted by Jenn Gleckman