Countless family-friendly options for guests of all ages
In addition to powdery snow conditions, the Ski Lake Tahoe resorts will also be showcasing numerous new attractions and family-focused amenities designed to elevate the average winter getaway into an unforgettable family ski vacation. Part of the more than $100 million in ongoing capital improvements taking shape at the regional ski resorts, families will readily appreciate the recent upgrades which have transformed many of the base areas into modern mountain villages.
The welcoming atmosphere is noticeable as soon as guests arrive at the resorts with family-friendly drop-off zones, close-in parking, heated walkways and complimentary wheeled wagons making it easy to get the young ones and their gear to and from the slopes. A number of resorts have also recently remodeled their children's ski school facilities in order to streamline the morning process while others have built entirely new mid-mountain lodges to provide convenient access throughout the day.
On the slopes, families with young children will quickly appreciate the specialized surface lifts, detachable chairlifts, enclosed gondolas and aerial trams all designed to make the ski and snowboard experience as carefree as possible. The resorts have gone so far as to sculpt beginner terrain and create themed adventure zones to ensure kids have a fun, interactive environment in which to learn and explore. Guests can even end the day with complimentary piping hot desserts served up as a slope-side reward after a fun day on the slopes.
Once the chairlifts stop turning, the slope-side villages found on both shores of Lake Tahoe turn into beehives of activity with countless diversions available for the family looking to ski, stay and play together. Tubing parks, ice skating rinks, swimming lagoons, mini snowmobiles, bounce houses and bungee trampolines are just a few of the myriad activities guaranteed to keep the kids entertained. For the truly adventurous family, Lake Tahoe offers a number of unique attractions such as treetop canopy tours, dogsled rides, paddle wheeler cruises and scenic helicopter flights that are certain to forge a lasting memory of a fun-filled ski vacation.
With forecasts calling for more powder throughout the week, Lake Tahoe will be in prime mid-winter condition for the upcoming Presidents Day holiday and school breaks. Families can take advantage of unbeatable stay-and-ski packages starting as low as $79 for lift ticket and lodging as well as discount airfares into the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. The following is a cursory rundown of new family-friendly events and timely deals/packages that can be found at the Ski Lake Tahoe resorts over the course of the upcoming Presidents Day holiday and school breaks.
Alpine Meadows is one of close to a dozen North Lake Tahoe ski resorts that will be participating in the annual SnowFest celebration February 28th through March 9th, a ten-day gala festival jam-packed with fun for the entire family. This year's theme is "Bringing Back the 80's" and the action gets underway on February 28th with a torchlight parade, laser show and on-mountain fireworks show at Alpine's sister resort Squaw Valley. Other popular spectator-friendly events include the annual parade through Tahoe City and the infamous polar bear swim in Lake Tahoe itself. The week's festivities climax with a stop on the Rahlves Banzai Tour at Alpine Meadows on March 8th. Visit www.skialpine.com for complete details.
Heavenly Mountain Resort's two mile-long enclosed gondola offers breath-taking views of Lake Tahoe as it whisks guests up to Adventure Peak, the resort's mid-mountain mecca for family fun. Already home to a sledding hill and five-lane tubing park, Heavenly plans to expand the year-round attractions available at Adventure Peak to include ropes courses, treetop canopy tours and multiple ziplines as part of the resort's new Epic Discovery program designed to connect kids and families with the national forests in an active, fun and engaging way. Families can also join Heavenly's mascot Ripperoo on Saturdays as he leads kids on a merry parade capped off with hot chocolate and cookies to celebrate a great day on the slopes. Log on to www.skiheavenly.com for more information.
Kirkwood Mountain Resort serves as an ideal base camp for families hoping to fill their vacations with adventurous experiences such as ziplining, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or evening snowcat tours to the top of Red Cliffs Mountain for spectacular views of the High Sierra. The Timber Creek Base Area offers all the products and services families need for an enjoyable day on the slopes including the Small Fry program introducing children from two to four years old to the sport via a two-hour "parent and me" program. For further details, please visit www.kirkwood.com.
Families can make turns right off the plane at Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe located less than 25 minutes from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. The resort's layout is ideal for families with its naturally funneling trails, dedicated beginners' area, easy-to-use conveyor lifts and detachable six-pack lifts. The resort offers an interchangeable lift ticket for parents planning to share shifts on the slopes, and 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. Log on to www.mtrose.com for more information.
Northstar California continues to be recognized as one of the top family resorts in the country thanks in part to innovative learning programs such as the Ripperoo Riglet Park by Burton designed to introduce kids ages 4-6 to the sport of snowboarding. The Village at Northstar serves as an ideal hub for family activities including 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, mid-mountain tubing park and moonlight snowshoe tours. Visit www.NorthstarCalifornia.com for the entire story.
Building off of the success of its one-of-a-kind Yoda's Riglet Park, Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort opened the new Burton Star Wars Echo Base this season offering 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. The resort also invested $4.5 million in a new base facility that boasts more than 9,000 square feet of indoor space including retail outlets, a demo center and a new restaurant. Families can also enjoy a new outdoor deck area complete with fire pits, lounge chairs, mountain views and live music, the site of an upcoming spring concert series. Visit www.sierraattahoe.com for more details.
Squaw Valley has made significant investments in upgrading both its facilities and on-mountain experience for families. The SnoVentures Activity Zone consists of a renovated family-friendly lodge, lift-accessed tubing lanes and even mini snowmobiles designed especially for kids. Families should mark their calendars for the week-long Kid-O-Rama celebration slated to take place February 15-23 consisting of parades, concerts, street parties, balloon animals and the family-favorite Big Truck Night in the Village. For more information, visit www.squaw.com.
For complete details on booking a winter getaway to Lake Tahoe, please visit SkiLakeTahoe.com to conveniently access resort profiles, weather forecasts, real-time snow reports, webcams and discounts on both lift tickets and lodging.
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About Ski Lake Tahoe
Surrounding North America's largest alpine lake, the collection of resorts that make up Ski Lake Tahoe are Alpine Meadows, Heavenly, Homewood, Kirkwood, Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe, Northstar California, Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort, Squaw Valley and Sugar Bowl. Lake Tahoe boasts over 300 days of sunshine a year, and the region has some of the highest annual snowfall amounts in North America. The nine resorts, all offering unparalleled scenic vistas of panoramic mountain and lake views, are conveniently located near the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. For further information on how to book airfare, lodging, lift tickets and transportation for Ski Lake Tahoe resorts and their travel partners, visit www.SkiLakeTahoe.com.