North Tahoe Ski Resorts Groomed for Families

November 29, 2011

With daily lift tickets approaching $100 at many resorts across the country, skiing is becoming quite an expensive venture these days. Like successfully navigating the moguls of a black diamond run, finding affordable places to hit the slopes is proving very difficult.

View from Diamond Peak

Thankfully, the north shore of Lake Tahoe has a few diamonds in the rough when it comes to inexpensive ski lift tickets.

Located in Incline Village, Diamond Peak not only contains challenging terrain for skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels, but the lake views are spectacular. It also has ticket prices that will bring a smile to anyone’s face – especially a parent’s.

Designed with the family in mind, there are a variety of different discount options. For those just learning to ski or snowboard, there is the “beginner lift access” ticket that can be purchased for just $25 and can be used at both of Diamond Peak’s beginner ski lifts.

Realizing that many children may not want to hit the slopes alone or have the skill to do so, there is an “interchangeable parent” option, which allows one ticket to be swapped back and forth between mom and dad throughout the day. It has proven wonderful for parents who need to split their time watching children on the slopes and perhaps a younger one back at the lodge.

Speaking of little ones, there is also a Child Ski Center for kids ages 3-7. It is separate from the rest of the resort and contains its own powerline lift. As if that weren’t enough, kids 6 years and under ski for free.

Just over the rather large hill from Diamond Peak is Mt. Rose Ski Area. Somewhat forgotten since it’s on the eastern slope of the Sierra facing the city of Reno, this resort has panoramic views of both Lake Tahoe and the vast Nevada desert. It, too, is nicely designed for families from both a terrain standpoint and a pricing one.

While other resorts on the lake may run upwards of $85 per ticket, adults can get a ski pass for $67 after December 16th. Teenagers, ages 13-17, are $37 and children, 6-12, are just $17. With Tahoe’s highest base elevation and only 25 minutes from both Lake Tahoe to the west and Reno to the east, Mt. Rose is a very nice choice for any family to consider.

Ticket prices at Northstar-at-Tahoe are definitely higher than other resorts in the area, but with its own rustic village and a plethora of family-friendly restaurants and attractions, including an ice rink, it, too, may be an ideal destination when traveling to the north shore this winter.

There is no doubt that skiing and snowboarding is getting expensive these days. Yet, while some resorts offer prices only corporate moguls can afford, thankfully there are others that keep the moguls on the slopes and ticket costs much more affordable.

NOTE: All ski resorts offer early and late season discounts, online deals, season passes, and a variety of ski packages that help parents save money. Feel free to contact the ski resorts directly. For more information on local ski resorts or help planning your next ski vacation, please contact us at 1-800-948-7311 or visit us at http://www.goldfishproperties.com.


Fourth Brings Big Crowds, Loads of Fun

July 6, 2011

The north shore of Lake Tahoe witnessed one of the biggest crowds ever to descend upon the area during a Fourth of July celebration. The large number of people and the extra traffic around town, did little to stop all the fun and excitement.

When it comes to holiday festivities, the town of Incline Village literally almost had it all going on this go-around. From live music to barbecues to fireworks to a helicopter hovering over the beach, visitors were able to enjoy non-stop events and activities.

It started off with a dance and ended with a bang.

On the Thursday before the big weekend, residents and tourists alike flocked – and boogied – to the street dance at a local popular Mexican restaurant. It was all down the Incline hill from there in terms of exciting events.

Folks lined the streets on Saturday to cheer and show their pride as their fellow classmates, friends, family members, countrymen and women strolled down Tahoe Boulevard in the “America the Beautiful” parade. It was on to live music, great food and drink at the Village Green. The evening was topped with a fabulous “Beer and Brat” celebration (many called it the “Beer and Hotdog” celebration to make it more fitting.)

Sunday brought in a heart-warming, and heart-stopping, performance by the California Air National Guard. Pararescuemen dropped from a HH Pave Hawk Helicopter hovering just above the waters off Incline Beach into the lake in a mock recovery mission. It was an awe-inspiring tribute to the men and women who served  – and continue to serve – this great country.

Independence Day brought just about everyone down to the shores of Lake Tahoe as the beach was filled to the mackinaw gills with towels, blankets, tents, umbrellas, canopies, and people. Those that were able to last into the night – or came back to the sand or nearby Village Green – were again treated to a beautiful fireworks display. (The reflection off the calm waters of the dark lake may make Tahoe one of the most elite locations to host the annual pyrotechnic show.)

The holiday weekend was nothing short of a huge success. Despite the extra large crowds, there was little to complain about. Perhaps a few tiny inconveniences, but in the end, nothing but huge smiles and enormous pride were had by all.

Note: Another fabulous Fourth of July holiday is behind us, but plenty of summer fun – Tahoe style – still ahead. Feel free to call Goldfish Properties to find out more about our great vacation rentals. (800) 948-7311