Have you ever had a family vacation where you feel like you need a vacation from your vacation? I'm going to share some wisdom today that will help you execute a smooth family ski trip.
Nothing leaches the fun faster than being cold. And it's hard to warm those piggies back up after your child's toes get chilled! Layer your family up with a baselayer, thermal and waterproof ski gear. You should bring 2 pairs of gloves for each family member, because your little ones won't want to put the wet ones back on for an afternoon of sledding.
Being lost on the mountain is much more dangerous than being lost in the mall. Make sure to designate a meeting place just in case. Your kids should also know how to spot an employee- they likey carry radios and can locate the parents quickly.
Ski under control: Make sure your family knows how to turn and stop to prevent injuries.
Schlepping gear is a workout, and if you have small kids you'll feel like a packing mule. My reccomendation is to stay in the Village, don't even look at your vehicle till your return home. With the highly amenitized Village at Northstar, this is easy - good food, and great activities you truly won't want to leave anyway.
Key to going car-free:
Platinum lockers: if you ski Northstar on a regular basis, you should consider this a great option for your skis and snowboards.
Tahoe Mountain Lodging: When you book a condo in the village, you have access to a storage cage for your gear.
The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe: you will be spoiled with the on-mountain ski concierge service, which includes overnight ski storage.
You won't find ski and snowboard rentals for any less that $35 a day. So if you plan on skiing 4 or more days, you may want to check out doing a season lease or ski delivery service for the length of your stay. For example, Tahoe Dave's does a 4 day ski lease for $60 for kids and $120 for adults. Ski Butler's ski delivery service rates are $29 and $51 per day at the time of this writing.
Ride the gondola up to the Ritz, make s'mores, take in a flick, ice skate, bungee trampoline, tube rides, and more!! I really hope you enjoy your ski trip, and if that happens to be in Tahoe, please consider calling me if you'd like to look at some real estate during your stay.
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We were instructed by map to go pretty much anywhere in the forest of the Lake Tahoe basin. So we went just up from the golf course off Bunker Drive, and walked a fire service road. The trees were all very mature, very tall trees. So we walked deeper. Kinda far. As we approached a grove of younger, more reasonably sized trees, we got really excited. Then it started dumping. An actual winter storm, the kind you hope for when you're NOT in an unfamiliar forest.
This needed to be quick - or our trail to the car would expire rapidly. The choice was clear. We were not going for the one with the bare middle, or the one who is only 3 feet tall. Oh no, we went for the one with an 8 foot girth. This bad boy absolutely dwarfed our car in roundness. Perched in our living room it nearly obscures both the TV and the sliding glass door - and we love it.
Tree cutting was such an authentic family experience - we will continue this tradition. It's become one of my must-do tips to celebrate your Christmas in Tahoe. Let me know when I can assist you to find a Tahoe home or getaway. Thanks for reading! - Teddy
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