My last visit to Tahoe was 7 years ago. Marathon training, pregnancy, moving and young kids kept us off the mountains. Our priorities and focus were elsewhere. The long awaited return to the snow was exciting for so many reasons. As a girl from the midwest, the fact that our kids had almost no snow exposure prior to this trip was inconceivable. It was time to make a trip to Tahoe.
We arrived the day before a huge storm. The roads were clear and everything was accessible. It was the ideal way to begin our adventure. Aside from the snow and cold temperatures we had blue skies and an almost summer like appearance.
The next morning we set out to enroll the girls in ski school. I understand why parents love skiing so much. When your kids are young they have all day ski school! We heard that Northstar had the best kids program, so that is where we went. We wanted them to have a very positive experience. Unbeknownst to us, Northstar was the only resort open due to high winds. Apparently, when the wind reaches 60-100 mph resorts close. Northstar's location is protected, and not as windy.
Once the girls were in ski school, we were on our own. It was the craziest feeling to have an entire day to play with my hubby! We enjoyed a windy, but lovely morning on the slopes. I ride a snowboard and my hubby skis. I am so happy to report that my 18 years of snowboarding before kids paid off! Momma can still shred! That may be a slight exaggeration, but I was very comfortable on the runs and in the trees.
After a lovely lunch at one of the many restaurants in the Northstar Village we headed back out. The storm hit. The forecasted heavy snow and white out conditions provided us with a ton of fresh powder. Our girls experienced this, their first snowfall, during ski school. At 3:30 we picked up the girls and were greeted with smiles. Their instructor said both girls moved up a level. Ski school was a little long for our 4 year old, but our 6 year old said it was great!
The remainder of the trip was a combination of playing in the snow and relaxing in the cabin. Over the 4 days we were in Tahoe they received 70+ inches of snow! The girls will never forget Tahoe. They are hooked!
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