As the days get chilly, we turn our attention to hot chocolate, roaring fires and swishing down a powdery decent on a blue bird day. For those that don’t speak ski and snowboard talk, that means a beautiful sunny day after it has snowed four feet the night before. It’s every winter sport enthusiasts dream, waking up and seeing the beauty of a pristine untouched run. Living in the Sacramento Valley means this is only a 1-1.5 hours away! We are so lucky to live so close to this excitement and get to dodge the reality of shoveling snow off a driveway.
Yes we have had some tough winters recently but I have a very good feeling things are about to change. Four years ago we had an El Niño season and “for those that don’t speak Spanish, El Niño is Spanish for The Niño”, sorry SNL reference there. What does this mean for us Californias? Well get your gear ready because I think it’s going to be an epic year with tons of fresh powder days. So to help get you ready, here are my top three favorite ski resorts, ranging from whole family fun with shopping and ice rinks to secluded trail-like mountains.
Kirkwood: My personal favorite, Kirkwood is the farthest away from Sacramento, but this also makes it a secluded masterpiece. Because it has the highest elevation of any ski resort in the Sierras, it has the most powder days with little to no traffic. Also since its a bit farther away its often filled with locals and serious skiers and snowboarders. Overall, Kirkwood has some of the best runs in Tahoe and offers one of the more affordable adult tickets at $80 dollars. When you are done tearing it up on the mountain enjoy a beer on their huge patio or rent a room in their beautiful log cabin hotel.
Alpine Meadows: Another popular mountain in the Tahoe ski resorts chain is Alpine Meadows, which is nicely situated next to Squaw off highway 89, about 10 minutes from both Truckee and Tahoe City. There are over 100 ski runs with views that make you appreciate the grandeur Lake Tahoe. When you need a break, enjoy a hot chocolate by the fireplace in their beautiful lodge. Oh and did I mention the shopping? Oh yes ladies, there is plenty between Alpine Valley and Squaw that can keep you entertained if you don’t want to hit the slopes. If you are interested in skiing at least five times this winter, I suggest getting a season pass, then you can ski both Alpine and Squaw and for a little more, Sierra and Sugar Bowl as well.
Northstar: First things first, the mountain is epic. With over 97 runs and 3100 acres of skiable mountain, they surprise us every winter with new additions. From half pipes, powder runs for the experts and bunny runs for beginners there is something for everyone. They even have a sledding area for the non-skiers and shopping that would make Paris Hilton turn her head. The village itself is one of a kind with restaurants such as Mikuni’s Sushi and Petra, a one of a kind wine bar, this village has everything your palate desires. The village is centered around a beautiful ice rink and a one of a kind resort hotel that will take your breath away. For all this splendor, the price for a ski ticket increases to about $110 but you get what you pay for in the beautiful Village at Northstar.
These great Tahoe ski resorts are more then just a mountain and some shops. They are a mood, a feeling, and an escape from the norm. These are my favorite spots but if you have any suggestions email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. And remember, if you have friends looking to buy, sell, or invest in real estate I would be more then happy to help in any in any possible way. Referrals are always compensated. I wish to all happy holidays and not to miss out on the magic of a snowy winter day this season.