My favorite summer playground is equally as wonderful in the winter. We finally got to take our kids to the snow! They have been begging us to take them all year and we were so fortunate to be able to stay at the cabin of my mom’s cousin in West Shore, Lake Tahoe (which is my favorite side of the lake!) We were also so lucky to get up there before all the Coronavirus restrictions began. Now that we’re housebound I’m extra grateful we had some mountain time.
It was the kids’ first time snowboarding and so we signed them up for lessons at Diamond Peak. I did quite a bit of research and it was the best deal for the combination of lessons and gear. It was a half day lesson, but because it was March and mid-week my kids practically had private lessons (in fact Easton did!). She LOVED her instructor. The quality of their teaching was fantastic. Having them in lessons was definitely a win for me too — I got to ski all morning with my mom which was a treat after 11 years off!
I was a little nervous, but it turns out skiing is a lot like riding a bike. I immediately fell right back into it, no problem! The only difference was that I think the skis are so much easier now. Also, everyone wears helmets — brilliant!! Luckily my son was wearing one. The first day he had a huge fall and probably a slight concussion. I’m so glad he was wearing his helmet or it would have been worse.
One thing that’s nice about Tahoe in the spring is that when the snow is melting off, you can hike (though slippery and icy in places), and its nice enough for a picnic. We did the very short hike up to Eagle Rock (in between Tahoe City and Tahoma) that has amazing views. We also went to Sugar Pine Point, which is one of our favorite summer spots. There was no wind, and the Lake was glassy — perfect for some snacks and drinks.
Tahoe is just one of those magical places. If you haven’t been, GO! If you are more interested in summer activities — check out my post on summer in Tahoe with kids.