Heading to Lake Tahoe with Kids this Summer? Don’t Forget to Visit Northstar!

Northern Californians know a secret: visiting Lake Tahoe with kids is just as enjoyable over the summer months as it is during ski season. Of all the summer destinations I’ve been to over the years, it is by far a persistent favorite for beauty, relaxation, and activities that please all ages. Although activities in and…


Why Northstar California Earns a Family Ski Vacation Gold Star

Northstar California is a consistent family ski vacation favorite with kids of all ages. This fact is not surprising given that Northstar is also one of the resorts that has made a significant investment in quality everything over the years, thanks to its parent company Vail Resorts. The exceptional on and off-the-slopes guest experience is…

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Squaw Valley Winter Highlights for Families

My family just returned from Squaw Valley and discovered why families love skiing here. Mother Nature provided perfect conditions with good snow and beautiful blue skies. My kids, seven and nine, found their ski legs and my husband and I discovered why we like skiing as adults – it’s exercise in a gorgeous setting. We’ve caught the ski bug and there’s no going back.

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Hello Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe for Families

The Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe has been in our USA best family hotels portfolio for a few years now. It was originally reviewed as a Community Recommended property. Although I know the Hyatt is wonderfully located in Incline Village, I never considered staying there over our usual haunts in and around Tahoe City.

I jumped on the chance to stay there a few weeks ago; as Dana just reaffirmed, fall is a tremendous time in Lake Tahoe with gorgeous weather and few crowds.

Paintball at Squaw Valley High Camp

Families Fall in Love with Lake Tahoe in the Fall

The kids are back in school and hopefully a nice routine is settling in. But less freedom to get up and go, makes me even more determined to put family getaways on the calendar. Folks count the days until Lake Tahoe gets its first blast of winter. Stop counting and start packing for a fall family weekend in Lake Tahoe at Squaw Valley.

Less to Pack

Dreaming of winter is fine, but no snow is no problem, and makes packing a breeze. Hiking boots and swimsuits …

Squaw Valley Village Restaurants

What’s New at Squaw Valley for Families

Squaw Valley has Olympic history; it hosted the 1960 winter Olympics and is the home mountain of Olympic gold medalist Jonny Moseley who is now a spokesperson for the ski resort. It also has a reputation for extreme skiing.

What you may not know is that Squaw Valley is transforming itself to appeal to a larger audience; beginner and intermediates skiers, foodies and families take note – there is more here for you now.


Red, White and Snow in Lake Tahoe

Fourth of July is synonymous with summer fun.

Parades loaded with kids on decorated bikes, fireworks, barbecues, warm pie with ice cream and sunshine. The list could go on, but you get the idea. Even having lived through years of cold patriotic celebrations in San Francisco, one thing I don’t think of on Independence Day is snow.

This year things are different.


Spring Visit to Squaw Valley with Kids

I live about four hours from some of the best skiing in the country, maybe even the world, and I can’t tell you the last time I was on skis. Sad. I used to ski. When my husband and I first started dating, he actually taught me how to ski. There were some lessons thrown in there too, but for the most part I learned while trying to keep up with him.

Then I got pregnant, had a baby and got pregnant again. Skiing …

Skiing in Lake Tahoe with Kids

I recently wrote an article for our friends at Shermans Travel highlighting three family favorite ski areas in North Lake Tahoe: Sugar Bowl, Northstar-at-Tahoe, and Squaw Valley. Each of these resorts offers a very different ski experience. The beauty is they are located close enough together that you can easily try all three ski areas in a single vacation.