Got a group? Several couples? Extended family? If so, consider housing everyone in one big house. At Lake Tahoe, which has more homes and estates for rent than any other ski destination in North America, you can choose from places that accommodate from six to more than 50 people.
Years ago, after a screening in Vancouver, B.C., a young man told me he wanted to star in my next ski movie and be famous for the rest of his life. I gave him the stock response I'd used on so many other ski-movie wannabes: "What can you do that's different from turning your skis left and right or just going straight and leaping off a cliff?"
It's not as glitzy as next-door Squaw Valley. Nor does it have all the amenities of its more famous neighbor. And you won't find many ski-and-snowboard rock stars hanging out at the base here. But you won't find many posers, either.
It stretches over six peaks and covers 4,000 acres of terrain. It boasts 33 lifts, including a cable car and a Funitel. It features a high-alpine "village," replete with restaurants, bars, a bungee tower, a pool and an ice rink.