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Family friendly fun at the Lake Tahoe ski resorts

Feb 13th 2014

Burton Riglet Park at Sierra

With President’s weekend and school winter breaks just around the corner, it should come as no surprise that the Lake Tahoe ski resorts are gearing up with family friendly events and activities designed to ensure your winter getaway turns into an unforgettable family ski and snowboard vacation. Kids of all ages can find their bliss here, be it snowboarding, tubing, ice skating or even snowmobiling!

Families heading to Squaw Valley will definitely want to visit the SnoVentures Activity Zone, which consists of a renovated family-friendly lodge, lift-accessed tubing lanes and even mini snowmobiles designed especially for kids. In addition, the week-long Kid-O-Rama celebration will be held February 15-23, and includes all sorts of fun for kids of all ages, such as parades, concerts, street parties, balloon animals and the family-favorite Big Truck Night in the Village.

The huge popularity of Sierra-at-Tahoe’s one-of-a-kind Yoda's Riglet Park for kids ages 3-6 encouraged the resort to expand its offerings to the older set. New this season is the Burton Star Wars Echo Base, which gives kids ages 7-12 the opportunity to learn how to snowboard using terrain-based teaching, iconic Star Wars characters and Burton's Learn to Ride technology and techniques. Sierra’s also invested in a new base facility with more than 9,000 square feet of indoor space, along with an outdoor deck boasting fire pits, lounge chairs, mountain views and live music.

At Northstar California, The Village at Northstar serves as an ideal base for family activities. It features the ever-popular skating rink, live music, comfortable cabanas and fire pits perfect for roasting s'mores. More adventurous types can check out the Apex Bungy trampoline, a mid-mountain tubing park and moonlight snowshoe tours.

Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe’s location, less than 25 minutes from the Reno-Tahoe International airport, means that you can make turns right off the plane. The resort's layout is ideal for families with its naturally funneling trails, dedicated beginners' area and easy-to-use conveyor lifts. Mt. Rose also offers an interchangeable lift ticket for parents planning to share shifts on the slopes, and its Family Packs can be purchased for just $202 including lift tickets for two adults and two children ages 17 and under, valid every day of the season.

Kirkwood serves as a perfect hub for families seeking adventure. Activities like ziplining, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and evening snowcat tours to the top of Red Cliffs Mountain ensure everyone will be tired and happy by the end of the day. Those looking for a little less adventure will appreciate the Timber Creek Base Area, which provides all products and services families need for an enjoyable day on the slopes including the Small Fry program, which introduces kids ages 2-4 to the sport via a two-hour "parent and me" program.

At Heavenly, the two mile-long enclosed gondola that starts from the Heavenly Village offers spectacular views of Lake Tahoe as it whisks you up to Adventure Peak, the resort's mid-mountain mecca for family fun with a sledding hill and five-lane tubing park. Kids of all ages won’t want to miss Heavenly's mascot Ripperoo on Saturdays as he leads children on a merry parade capped off with hot chocolate and cookies to celebrate a great day on the slopes.

Got Snowfest? Alpine Meadows does. It’s one of nearly a dozen North Lake Tahoe ski resorts that will be participating in the annual SnowFest celebration February 28-March 9. This 10-day gala festival is jam-packed with fun for the entire family. The action kicks off with a torchlight parade, laser show and on-mountain fireworks show at Squaw Valley, and will boast a ton of popular spectator-friendly events including the annual parade through Tahoe City and the infamous polar bear swim in Lake Tahoe itself. Snowfest caps off the celebration with a stop on the Rahlves Banzai Tour at Alpine Meadows on March 8th.

Photo: Sierra-at-Tahoe  

 

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