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Ski Tahoe! Why So Many Families Travel to Tahoe for Winter (and Summer) Vacations   by Katya Coen

Tahoe has become one of the most popular places to ski, and it's no wonder considering the wide variety of hotels and lodging, dining choices, and activities you'll find in this scenic area spanning across parts of California and Nevada. As a matter of fact, Tahoe currently has the most concentrated resorts for a tourist area in the U.S. - how's that for options? With the number of different ski resorts available in Tahoe, it's easy to find the perfect ski vacation for your family.

The resorts at Tahoe have some great skiing, including cross-country skiing and Olympic quality downhill skiing, but you'll also find a number of other winter activities here as well, including ice skating, snowmobiling, dog sledding, and snow shoeing to name a few.

One highly recommended ski resort in the area is Tahoe Donner. Located in Truckee, California, it is regarded as a world-class cross-country ski center. You don't have to be an expert to enjoy Tahoe Donner, though; it is actually a great place for beginners. Not only does Tahoe Donner have an exceptional school for cross-country skiing, but they also have lessons for beginners.

The resort also provides trails for beginners to ski on. Overall, Tahoe Donner has 120 acres of skiable terrain with 13 trails catering to beginners as well as intermediate and advanced skiers. The trails are accessible by four lifts, which include two chair lifts and two surface lifts, and the lift ticket prices are relatively affordable. Snowboarders are welcome on the mountain, too. The top elevation here is 7,353 feet with a 601-foot vertical drop.

Tahoe Donner does have rentals as well as a variety of ski programs available. And after a fun-filled day on the slopes, be sure to visit the Lodge Restaurant for a relaxing and wonderful dining experience. On top of all of this, they also have a pleasant, family-friendly atmosphere.

If you're looking for a ski vacation that the little ones will really enjoy, then you might want to go to Northstar-at-Tahoe. They have special runs for kids called "Paw Parks" that have trails that vary in difficulty. One of the trails even has a snow slide that kids can stop and play on. They also have a licensed daycare so that parents can get some skiing in on their own if they want. The daycare features a Minors Camp and a ski program for kids called "Star Kids."

While we are just giving a couple of examples of good resorts in Tahoe, there are a number of great places to choose from. You can also take a break to do some shopping in Tahoe's shops and galleries, play games at one of the casinos nearby, and there are also lots of other area attractions, activities, and events for you and your family to partake in.

One such place to tour is Vikingsholm "castle." This castle-like home is a fascinating architectural structure nestled in a beautiful landscape dotted with tall cedars and pines. Another site to see is the Ehrman Mansion. Christmastime is particularly festive in Tahoe; one popular area event for you to see is the Reindeer Race that takes place in December, you can also enjoy a night of dancing at the Valhalla Holiday Gala, or take the family to the Silver and Snow Festival of Lights.

Tahoe makes a great destination in summer, too. While it's not ski season, you will get a view of some gorgeous scenery and Tahoe has many summer activities and events like "Midsummer Nights " at the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival and the chance to do some scenic Sierra hiking,

As you can see, you and your family will be hard-pressed to find a boring moment in beautiful Tahoe, and with the number of places to choose from, it is also a place to look to for an affordable ski vacation. So be sure to check out Tahoe when planning your next getaway!

About the Author

Katya Coen provides information on ski vacations and travel for Savvy Cafe. Visit us for more on living life to the fullest!

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