Stop in for lunch, and be surprised at the better-than-cafeteria food.
This on mountain restaurant was completely renvoated in 2009. The new menu consists of Asian stir-fry bowls, fresh salads, soups and bread bowls, pizza, and Squaw's famous Kobe beef burgers. Try the Orange Chicken Asian Stir-fry Bowl and stop by the bar for a two-dollar Coors Light before heading back to the slopes.
from $139 per room, per night
Described as a “rustic Zen Oasis,” 968 brings an entirely different experience to the table by being a truly green hotel. Not only do its operations hinge on energy efficiency (low-flow toilets, organic spa products, and organic linens), its very walls are eco-friendly, too. The building was created from 100% natural and sustainable materials, and uses recycled-paper wall coverings and energy-saving windows. It doesn’t hurt that the hotel also has a heated pool, Jacuzzi, and spa with a sauna. Oh, and the infamous casinos of Southern Nevada are nearby, too.
Receive a world-class massage from the specialists in the 968 Park Hotel spa (in a Leeds certified green building). Try the Skier Massage- for $100, you’ll get a head-to-toe treatment that focuses on sore areas and improves flexibility. Vegan and organic lotions, an indoor Jacuzzi, and dry sauna complete the experience. Book your service when you reserve your room, or call (877) 544-0968 to make a reservation; 968ParkHotel.com.
Ski-in to enjoy a relaxing massage after a long day on the hill.
In the winter, the spa offers a number of packages including their most popular treatments: the Olympic Sports Massage and the Tahoe Hot Stone Massage. After a long day on the slopes, you can ski-in to this spa located at the Resort at Squaw Creek. They also have a health and fitness center where you can soak in one of the outdoor whirlpools or relax in one of the steam rooms after your spa treatment.
The resort's serene spa and fitness center is a singular presence in the Eastern Sierra, offering more than 40 body treatments, whirlpools, steam rooms, a juice bar, a full-service salon, a serious fitness center and a 60-foot indoor lap pool in a solarium. If natural waters are more your style, Double Eagle also has access to private fishing claims, jumping with trophy-sized trout. 760-648-7004; www.double-eagle-resort.com.
After skiing at Northstar-at-Tahoe or Alpine Meadows save your appetite for sushi at Dragonfly, where the menu blends Japanese, Thai and Indian influences. This is Asian fusion at its best. Try the plantain-and-panko-encrusted basa fish with a little sake.
Baxter's is run by Mark Estee and JJ Morgan, the owners of the popular Truckee-based Moody’s Bistro Lounge. They serve up food that focuses on hyper-regional ingredients. “This type of cooking requires more legwork, but it’s healthier and it feels better,” says chef Estee, who serves regional duck, grass-fed beef and seasonal produce. “You get what’s being harvested now.”
On the South Shore’s Nevada side, 1.5 miles from Heavenly, this hotel, with its Ocean’s Eleven vibe, reopened in 2006 after extensive renovation. Guests can stroll from the white marble lobby to the elevators without scuttling past gaming tables, and rooms glam it up with pink marble baths. Après ski, test your luck in the casino, or rest your limbs at the indoor pool or Onsen Spa, which features Aveda products and treatments. Especially laudable is the hotel staff—both warm and professional. Lake Tahoe, Nevada | 800.648.3353 | montbleuresort.com
Rustic elegance sums up the B&B one mile from Heavenly’s California base—so alluring it appeared in TV’s The Bachelor. With its 34-foot-river-rock fireplace and antler chandeliers, the inn recalls the grand lodges of the American West. There are five rooms and three cabins, all with gas fireplaces. Antiques add a historic perspective—from an 1886 piano to a chicken incubator reborn as a cocktail table. After a breakfast of salmon-and-dill omelets, you’ll be ready to shoot the chutes in Mott and Killebrew canyons. Heavenly, California | 877.232.7466 | tahoeblackbear.com
Lodging that pairs kid-friendliness with grown-up panache.
Finding lodgings that pair kid-friendliness with grown-up panache isn’t child’s play. The Marriott, a fractional-ownership property that functions like a hotel, pulls it off. It pleases all comers with its location next to the gondola and its Old Tahoe design (timber accented by native stone). Accommodations range from studios to three-bedroom penthouses, all with full kitchens and most with gas fireplaces. The cushiest quarters offer whirlpool tubs and window seats. Outside, a heated pool and hot tubs satisfy after a day on the slopes.