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What To Do In Tahoe City With Kids – Winter of 2017

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Tahoe City is a epic heaven for young children. Over a dozen ski resorts surround the Lake Tahoe area on both the Nevada and California sides of the lake. Fortunate for me, My kids and I get to spend the entire 2017 winter season in Lake Tahoe – some calling it the best winter season in the last decade! So here is my list of things to do with kids in the North Lake Tahoe and surrounding area. Keep in mind that this list will be updated as more things will come to mind.

1. Ski Resorts

Squaw, Alpine, Northstar, Sugar Bowl, Mount Rose, and Diamond Peak ski resorts are the major ones in the north Lake Tahoe area.  There are kids ski and snowboard lessons, music at the base, a lodge for kids to hang out in while you do a few runs even. Squaw has a little playroom and arcade for kids in Olympic lodge. Fresh baked cookies are in the lodge too! Restrooms have changing tables which is a big plus. Northstar has a village and ice skating rink for kids. Smaller resorts include Donner Ski Ranch, Homewood, and Boreal Ski Resorts.

There is tons of traffic on the weekends in Tahoe during the winter so I recommend just going to the closest resort with what you are looking for. Always leave early and I try to be out the door by 7 a.m. since it takes some additional time to get he gloves, goggles, hats, jackets, ski/snow pants, long socks, boots, snacks, milk.

2. Sledding Hills

In Tahoe City there is the Tahoe City Winter Sports Park behind Bank of America, Granilbakken close by, and a small sledding hill just past Bridgtender.

3. Rideout Community Center

The Rideout Community Center is operated by the TCPUD and has different programs such as cooking classes and wee play time. The kids love the basketball court, fuseball tables, and kid playroom with a Mecca of toys.

4. Movies

The Arthaus Cinema in Tahoe City offers daily shows along with the movie theatre in Incline Village. There are also many theatres in Reno like the one downtown by the river and the theatre at Grand Sierra Resort with $4 tickets and nice staff!

5. Ice Skating

There is a rink at the Tahoe Winter Park in Tahoe City, Truckee Community Center, Northstar, South Lake Tahoe Community Center and Heavenly Village in the south shore.

6. Swimming Pool

Truckee has a great indoor swimming pool at its community center. Many hotels also have a heated swimming pool in Tahoe and its surrounding areas such as Harveys South Lake Tahoe, Harrahs South Lake Tahoe, and Atlantis Reno. Call ahead to see if your hotel’s pool is open during the winter because some hotels like Grand Sierra Resort’s  pool is under construction for winter 2017 and is not open.

7. Ballet Classes

8. Music Class


9. Yoga Class With Kids

Yoga with Eileen Fisher

Mountain Lotus Yoga

10. Woodward

at Boreal

11. Arcades and Kid Centers

Atlantis, Circus Circus, Squaw

12. Storytime

Tahoe City library has a kids area and story time on Thursdays.


Five Really Good Reasons Why you Should Visit Lake Tahoe


If you are still deciding where to spend the coming holidays look no further than Lake Tahoe.  This extraordinarily beautiful place, situated on a massive lake offers great dining options and numerous luxury lodging or vacation rentals; it nestles you in the mountains on the border of California and Nevada, with plenty of options for activities both indoors and out. 

1. Northstar at Tahoe Resort
Northstar Resort has been ranked among the top ten by Transworld readers for the third year in a row and for good reason- Northstar Terrain is famous for hosting top snowboarding competitions such as the Pinball Rally and Oakley Signature Feature.  Even if you’re not a pro-boarder some of the activities you can participate in range from snowshoeing, telemarking, skiing, snowboarding, tubing, sledding and even ice skating!  Saturday’s during the winter season feature complimentary wine tasting parties where you can enjoy glasses of wine after spending a day in the snow then put your dancing shoes on for some party-animal fun while a DJ spins tunes.
Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort
100 Northstar Drive Truckee, CA 96161

2, Lone Eagle Grill at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe
The Lone Eagle Grill is located in the Hyatt at Lake Tahoe.  Be sure to have dinner at this fabulously rustic, “hunting lodge” style restaurant which is situated right on the lake.  Start with a glass of bubbly then choose from one of the many eclectic appetizers on the menu.  For your main course try the Elk tenderloin paired with a fine Shiraz.  There are select tables at Lone Eagle that overlook the shores of the lake to compliment dinner. Reservations are highly recommended.
111 Country Club Drive
Incline Village Nevada, USA 89451

3. Squaw Creek at Squaw Valley North Tahoe
Having completed an extensive, $53 million renovation in 2007, this Lake Tahoe vacation resort offers luxury rooms and suites, a lobby with views of the mountains and even tables with chess.  Take a break and play a few games of chess while sipping on your hot cocoa before going back outside for another skiing session.  If you don’t want to ski, you can take a dog sledding ride.  Fun times abound as the beautiful blue eyed Siberian Huskies pull you along in massive fields of snow.  The resort also features a luxury spa where you can get a nice hot stone massage or body wrap, there is no better way to end the day. 
400 Squaw Creek Road
Olympic Valley, CA 96146
Reservations: (800) 327.3353

4. Snowmobiling at Zephyr Cove
Upon your visit to Tahoe you absolutely must go to Zephyr Cove and ride a snowmobile.  The brisk, chilly wind in your face and breathtaking views will make you want to take this ride over and over again.  Ride up to the top of Tahoe—on the South Shore’s only lakeview trails. Snowmobiling at Lake Tahoe’s Zephyr Cove Resort literally puts you on top of the world! Cruise over mountain meadows to peaks nearly 9,000 feet above sea level. Glide through towering pine and aspen…breathe in the fresh air, marvel at the amazing scenery.  Some of the sites are so beautiful that they are almost surreal, like a magical wonderland.  Visit: http://www.zephyrcove.com/

5. Borges Sleigh Rides

Don’t leave Tahoe without ending your trip with a relaxing horse sleigh ride through the snow, up a mountain, through the woods and back again.  Great for a group of friends or for a romantic ride for two.