We went to Lake Tahoe for spring break, and I can’t wait to share all of the details from our snowy adventure. Traveling with Cory and I, was his twin brother, Coby, and his wife, Aubrey. They’ve become quite our traveling buddies, which I’m SO happy about.
I’d never been to Lake Tahoe before, but was so excited because it looked stunning in pictures. Let’s just say it lived up to it’s hype. It’s got to be one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. I’m sure it’s pretty in the summer too, but the snowy mountains next to the lake were just amazing.
The temperature in Tahoe was below freezing most of the days we were there, so we bundled up, took advantage of the fireplace in our room, and drank multiple (and I mean multiple) cups of hot chocolate to keep us warm! I’ve written out our experience in a few categories below, but if you have any questions please let me know! Also, don’t forget to scroll all the way to the bottom of this post to watch a video of our trip!! ((Or you can click here to watch it!))
Where to Stay
Resort at Squaw Creek- We stayed here and loved it. It’s located on the North Side of Lake Tahoe in Squaw Valley. There’s a huge lobby overlooking the most epic mountain view and multiple places to lounge by the fire. The resort had 7 different restaurants (we went to 4), an amazing spa, and was ski in ski out.
What to Do
Skiing and Snowboarding- Our resort was a ski in ski out, but unfortunately it didn’t have any green hills. Since we hadn’t been skiing or snowboarding in over 2 years, we wanted to warm up on something easier than a blue (to be clear, by “we” I mean Aubrey and I haha), so we took a shuttle over to Squaw Valley, which had a wider variety of hills.
***Green- Easiest / Blue- Middle / Black- Hardest
The other two days that we skied we went to Alpine Meadows, which was another ski village with a wider variety of slopes. Even though skiing was sometimes stressful and nerve wrecking, I’m proud to say that I never fell once. I definitely had many moments where I was about to fall, but somehow I pulled through and stayed on my feet haha.
Emerald Bay State Park- If you’ve rented a car, which you should if you’re going to Lake Tahoe, then a drive you must make is to Emerald Bay State Park. It’s a beautiful state park centered on Emerald Bay.
Inspiration Point- This is actually where we stopped to view Emerald Bay. It’s right off the main road and is super easy to make a quick pit stop.
Heavenly Mountain Gondola Ride- In my opinion, this is a must if you go to Lake Tahoe. Heavenly Mountain is on the south side of Lake Tahoe and seriously offered the BEST views of the lake.
Casinos- Where we stayed on the north side there wasn’t any casinos, but near the bottom of Heavenly there were a fews we decided to try out our luck. Some of our group did great and some not so great… haha, but overall we came out ahead!
Spa- After 3 days of skiing I definitely felt like I deserved a day (or 2) at the spa. Haha! We went to the spa at our hotel and it was extremely relaxing. I almost fell asleep multiple times.
Tubing- We went tubing at Squaw Valley and it was super fun! There was also tubing available at the top of Heavenly!
Where To Eat
Sandy’s Pub- this was our favorite casual restaurant at our resort. They served nachos, burgers, tacos, ect. We actually didn’t eat here until our second to last night, which we were a little bummed about. It was really good and we wished we’d discovered it sooner.
Six Peaks Grille– This was another restaurant at our hotel and was definitely on the more high end price wise, but was SO worth it. We went here to celebrate my birthday on our last night and it was seriously AMAZING. If you ever go here the things I recommend trying are the lobster mac & cheese, seared scallops, & the chocolate lava smore’s cake.
Base Camp Pizza– This pizza and Italian restaurant is in Heavenly Village and was the perfect spot to grab lunch before we headed up the mountain on the gondola.
Rocker @ Squaw– We walked into this restaurant while trying to escape a snow storm! They had a variety of foods and the biggest nachos!!
After 7 days skiing and snowboarding in Lake Tahoe we were exhausted! Even though skiing is fun, I was SO thankful for relaxing days at the spa!! Those might of been my favorite days! Haha! I’ll say this again… if you’ve never been to Lake Tahoe, it should definitely go on your bucket list! Wether you’re going in the summer or winter there are SO many fun activities to do and SO many beautiful sights to see! I’m glad to be back in Texas though with warmer weather and our pup!
Where’s your favorite place to ski and stay? Comment below 🙂 Have a great week everyone!!
Love, Amy Cotton
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