Family Ski Vacations

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.

Kid-Friendly Accommodations

Kid-friendly accommodation options in Lake Tahoe are plentiful. The challenge is not finding them but choosing between them. Cabins work well for a group (the downside is only higher priced options will be ski-out).

I’ve spent many nights at Chez O’Neal and can’t think of a better house for a multigenerational trip. We’ve used Tahoe Luxury Properties for a few years too with great success; their portfolio is reliable and well-managed. VRBO is also an excellent resource for this area, but there is no quality control so checking references is a must (see my tips and advice post on using VRBO for details).

If you are traveling with just your immediate family and/or want a full service hotel experience, we have some of the best family hotel options in Lake Tahoe on Ciao Bambino. An necessary addition to the list is the new super-luxurious Ritz-Carlton, Northstar. Suffice to stay, pampering for all ages is in great supply and the property is stunning. Stay tuned for complete details.


The ski villages of Squaw Valley and Northstar both have good restaurants. Special shout outs: PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn for a tasty bar menu and an excellent wine list, Fireside Pizza in Squaw Valley village is a crowd pleaser, Sunnyside is a lakeside icon — food and service are hit-or-miss but it’s always lively and worth a visit, and Mikuni Sushi in Northstar is delicious. All but a handful of the restaurants in Tahoe are kid-friendly. That said, food quality varies, service can be poor, and the good restaurants are crowded.

Tip: Check restaurant reviews and make reservations.

Relevant Links:

Ciao Bambino recommended family ski hotels and resorts

Tips for planning the best ski vacations with kids

Kids ski free deals in North America

Kids ski free deals in Switzerland and France

Kids ski free deals in Austria, Germany, and Italy

Family ski vacation planning: Kids’ ski lessons and childcare

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