All together now in Northstar-at-Tahoe

All together now in Northstar-at-Tahoe

Northstar-at-Tahoe isn’t the first ski resort we’ve visited as a family. Just last week, we checked out the slopes in nearby Heavenly. And last year, we took the kids to Beaver Creek, and the year before that, to Steamboat Springs in Colorado.

But we’ve never skied together as a family–all five of us. Until now.

They say Northstar is the place to go for that. There’s a variety of terrain, ranging from super-easy to somewhat challenging. And they offer deals for families, including generous discounts on lessons and a special Parents Predicament lift ticket that can be swapped between parents and is useful for adults with very young children.

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The tubing is ‘Heavenly’ in Lake Tahoe

The tubing is ‘Heavenly’ in Lake Tahoe

If you want to get to know your kids, take them skiing. But if you want to bond with them, go snow tubing.

Skiing may be one of the great social sports, with its chairlift chats and après ski rituals, but there are no such traditions in snow tubing. Hurtling down an icy chute on an inner tube, tethered to your four-year-old daughter is a pure adrenalin rush.

Oh, you’re connected alright, not just by a bungee cord, but also psychologically in roughly the same way that survivors of some cataclysmic event are connected. Except that after your heart stops racing, and you realize that you’re fine, you want to repeat the experience.

Heavenly Ski Resort in Lake Tahoe is one of several mountains in the area that offer snow tubing, but few do it like this. There’s a tubing-only lift– you stand and drag your tube up the hill– and five dedicated chutes to choose from. Even the name, the “Extreme Tubing Hill,” commands respect, if not fear.

Since the resort is located near the lake, you can also count on spectacular views. From the gondola that takes you to the new Tamarack Lodge near to the tubing area, there’s an almost bird’s-eye view of Lake Tahoe that makes your heart skip a beat. If you can stomach the ride, they say, it’s all downhill from here.
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