Located at the mountain’s base, the kid’s zip-line is about 200-feet long.
Located at the mountain’s base, the kid’s zip-line is about 200-feet long. The scenic route overlooks the granite peak of Red Dog, the perfect adventure for children. For each ride, the participants will slide on a harness and then climb to the top of the launch tower for their leap. Best suited for kids less than 120 pounds. One ride is $12 and each additional ride is $6.
With two locations: On the north shore of Lake Tahoe or at the base of Squaw Valley.
The Red Wolf Lodge is a timeshare-style condo hotel that offers studios and two-bedroom condos that sleep up to six. There are two locations: One at the base of Squaw Valley (stay here if you’re skiing Squaw or Alpine Meadows) and one lakeside in Kings Beach (stay here if you’re skiing Northstar, Diamond Peak, or Homewood). Every room comes with a small kitchen and there’s a gym and hot tub on site. [from $169; www.redwolfsquaw.com]
Lake Tahoe, Calif. Hike It: Granite Chief Trail. Wending uphill through Shirley Canyon in Tahoe National Forest, Granite Chief treats hikers to waterfalls, creeks, wildflower fields and mountain lakes en route to 9,0006-foot Granite Chief Peak. Stats: Moderate; 10.2 miles, but it can be shortened Après-hike: The Spa at Squaw Creek's Tahoe Hot Stone Massage uses heated basalt and cold marble stones in a rhythmic massage to get deep into the muscle and improve circulation; $115-$170. Info: $25 per hike; 800-327-3353; www.squawcreek.com PHOTO: Resort at Squaw Creek
Thanks to a recent renovation, the Resort at Squaw Creek is one of Tahoe's nicest hotels.
A recent $53 million renovation now makes the Resort at Squaw Creek one of the nicest luxury hotels in the Tahoe area. You can book anything from a suite with a fireplace to a two-level penthouse, all of which come with bathtubs, kitchens, dining rooms, flat-screen televisions, and comfy pillow-top beds. You’ll pick the Resort at Squaw Creek for its private chairlift access to the terrain at Squaw. But you’ll love it even more for the sprawling outdoor hot tubs, the heated swimming pools, the spa treatments, steam rooms, and state-of-the-art fitness center.
Although it feels more like summer camp than a winter palace, The Sunnyside Lodge is comfortable and charming. The lobby’s wood-paneled walls and timber rafters are adorned with elkhorn chandeliers, antique canoes and wooden snowshoes to set the mood, but the 23 rooms and suites, each with a private balcony, are modern and understated. Ski and stay packages are available ($155–$270; sunnysidetahoe.com).
Every epic ski day deserves a storybook ending. And since epic ski days abound in Tahoe, you may want to book a night at The Cottage Inn, just to be safe.
Every epic ski day deserves a storybook ending. And since epic ski days abound in Tahoe, you may want to book a night at The Cottage Inn, just to be safe. Tucked among towering pines and cedars on Lake Tahoe's West Shore, the inn's five cottages would look at home in Hansel and Gretel's forest. Each has a unique exterior-brickwork on one, another sided with hundreds of hickory limbs. Collectively, the cottages house a day lodge, eight suites and six studios, each with a distinctive decorative theme.