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.
Wildflour Bakery hosts Peet’s coffee, fresh-made bagels, blue-ribbon sandwiches, and the best damn cookies anywhere. All for just about the cheapest prices in Squaw. There’s one at High Camp at the top of the tram and one in the base lodge. Buy a Cookie Pass to get the best deals. http://wildfloursquaw.com/squaw; (530) 583-1963
Named after the greek goddess of epicurian delights, this intimate dining spot is located on Ski Run Boulevard, which is home to numerous other shops and restaurants. Heavenly is known for it’s wild nightlife, but relax in one of the neighboring motel’s hot tubs before dining- when the owner purchased the building for Nephele's, he also snapped up the motel next door. Call (530) 544-8130 for a reservation.
Dunk into the Fonduta, a Northern Italian-style fondue made with truffled Fontina cheese and served with a house-cured dry salami and black bread at this slopeside trattoria (formerly The Yodler). Easy to locate, the restaurant is adjacent to the Main Lodge at the base. Mammoth Lakes, California | 760.934.0636
Northstar’s new Chocolate Bar is, well, sweet. At après around the fire pit or late-night at the sleek metallic bar, sip drinks ranging from hot white chocolate laced with peppermint to cocoa amaretto martinis—all made with grand cru chocolates. Pair them with kobe sliders or herb-marinated flatiron steak, or damn the calories and go for the raspberry raviolis or chocolate mud pie. In the Village at Northstar; northstarattahoe.com
Try a delicious chocolate-inspired cocktail along with dinner or dessert.
Northstar’s new Chocolate Bar is, well, sweet. At après around the fire pit or late-night at the sleek metallic bar, sip drinks ranging from hot white chocolate laced with peppermint to cocoa amaretto martinis—all made with grand cru chocolates. Pair them with kobe sliders or herb-marinated flatiron steak, or damn the calories and go for the raspberry raviolis or chocolate mud pie. Village at Northstar, California | 530.562.1800 | northstarattahoe.com
This Northstar-at-Tahoe restaurant is mountain-chic.
San Francisco super-chef/James Bear Award-winner/avid skier Traci Des Jardins raises the local dining scene with Manzanita, in the Ritz Carlton Highlands. The mountain-chic restaurants showcases Des Jardin’s flair in dishes like foie gras terrine with quince chutney. Lake Tahoe, California | 530.562.3050 | manzanitalaketahoe.com