For our ski trip this year we decided to go to the Lake Tahoe area in California. We flew into Reno, NV and rented a vehicle to drive down to our cute little cabin in the woods just outside of Tahoma, CA. We choose this rental due to location since we knew we would go to Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows due to its popularity and reputation (1960 Winter Olympics). When we planned the trip, a few months ahead of time, we weren't sure what the snow conditions would be when we would be visiting in early February so we choose a cabin rental that would give us flexibility to most of the ski resorts in the area (within a 2 hour drive).
They have the best market and we enjoyed some fancy, yet hearty, sandwiches for on the slopes! But back to the ski scene! So we decided to go to Alpine Meadows for day 1 and then Squaw Valley for day 2. The thing that was so hard to deal with was the lack of snow. I plan a ski trip every year (How to Plan a Ski Trip on a Budget!) and the number one thing completely out of our control is the weather. And in the 9 years I have planned trips this was the only year we were a bust for snow. But we still tried to make the best out of a fresh snow-less situation.
Day 2 we knew we were going to Squaw Valley and we were all hoping it would snow overnight and become colder. We awoke to another beautiful day and drove the 30ish minutes to the mountain. Squaw Valley was a lot bigger than Alpine Meadows so we ended up parking farther away then we really intended to but we didn't know that until we were walking for about 10 minutes and still hadn't made it to the ski lift! Note for future; get a better lay of the land before walking all over the place in stiff ski boots! Once we finally made it to the lifts we decided to go to the very top and got in line at the Aerial Tram. It was such a beautiful view on the way up!
Besides the crowds at Squaw Valley, it was a beautiful mountain to ski on. I so enjoyed how big the ski areas are and the long runs.
Once the opening ceremony was complete, we went to Tahoe City to grab dinner at Bridgetender Bar & Grill. A burger with fries was a great way to end a day of skiing! From there we headed back to our cabin and were discussing our options for where to ski the next day. The weather forecast looked just atrocious for skiing...sunny, clear skies with highs in the 60's. Due to the cost of lift tickets we decided to not waste the money on slushy, dirt patchy skiing. So we opted for a sightseeing day and had such a blast!
For the last full day of our trip, we decided to head over to Kirkwood Mountain Resort, which was about 1-1/2 hours from the cabin. Due to another day of the weather not cooperating, we thought maybe there would be better conditions at higher elevations and on the other side of the lake.
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