This winter I saw the most snow I have ever seen in my life. Yes that sounds crazy, but when I grew up in Southern California the only places I went to see the snow were Big Bear and one visit to Montana where I was too young to remember. So normal snow for me is maybe a foot or two and skiing on icy/slushy ski slopes was my norm. After moving up to the Bay area my husband and I needed to find a new place to visit in the winter to satisfy our ski and snowboard hunger. Lake Tahoe seemed like a good choice and this winter was epic. We had heard that a storm was coming through and was dumping on Tahoe hardcore. They predicted up to 10 feet of fresh powder.
So naturally we had to go. I didn’t know what to expect really. I knew it would be a lot of snow but what my eyes saw was more than what I could have imagined. I felt like I had been transported to a scene in the movie Frozen. The whitest white my eyes had seen, sparkling like someone had dusted everything with glitter. I was in awe. My eyes were as big as a little kid on Christmas Day, just amazed by what I was seeing. It didn’t seem real. The road was plowed and the sides of the road were piled taller than our car with snow. The trees were covered in snow, there was no green in site, just white. I was Anna in Frozen.
During our visit we stayed at a hotel called Basecamp. Really its an old motel converted into a hipster modern motel thats moderately priced. Location is great in South Lake Tahoe, 5 min from the Lake and about the same from the Heavenly Gondola. Our first room was on the ground floor near the pool and had a sewer smell. Luckily we were able to switch rooms to one located on the second floor and it was much better. The rooms contain basic amenities like a bed, open closet, tv and dresser and shower. Rooms have heaters for the cold nights. The hotel itself has a decent size hot tub which was really nice to enjoy. They also have a beer garden with tables and a fire pit, however, all of it was under the snow expect the fire pit which they had dug up. Continental breakfast is included which was nice. The really unique thing about this place is that you can get a traditional queen/king room or they have a room that has 8 twin bunk beds for large groups of friends. Its a decent price for a decent room. The younger crowd tends to stay here.
We skied at the Heavenly Ski Resort. I am a little embarrassed to admit this was my first time skiing in fresh powder. I like to consider myself a moderately skilled skier but when it came to my first downhill on the slopes it was like day 1 of ski lessons all over again. Growing up I was used to skiing hard slushy snow, this soft fresh powder was unfamiliar to me. But it didn’t take me long, by my second run I was getting used to how to maneuver the slopes with this foreign substance beneath my skis. Overall this was the best ski trip I had ever been on and I can’t wait to get more pow-pow under my skis next year.
Hitting the slopes isn’t the only thing to do in Tahoe when the snow has fallen, the second best thing is SLEDDING! Let’s just say for my age I got way to excited about trying to go sledding. I found a sled when we went to the local grocery store in town and I would not give up until I found a place to sled. Maybe it is because we didn’t grow up here, but we found it hard to find a place to sled. We finally found a spot off the road on the North side of Tahoe. I had so much fun I felt like a kid again! It had been years since I last sledded but I did not forget how fun it is.
When going to Tahoe, Heavenly is a decent ski resort with great views at the top of the mountain.