We spent two nights at the lodge recently and have two boys, 7 and 9. The lodge is VERY comfortable and easy to stay. Our boys felt right at home. Yes, there are a lot of kids and families if you stay in the main lodge and for meals, but that is the beauty of this place if you like families/kids. We struck up easy conversations with other parents and our boys joined in many games with other kids. There is a fooseball table and ping pong table, and two fireplaces. The views are incredible! The food is good, not gourmet, but excellent salads and decent variety. We rented snow shoes for a great hike up the hill and would have done cross-country skiing as well but the snow was hard and crusty. Programs (morning and afternoon) are posted for kids (5 and older) and were not the best organized when we were there, but our boys did one afternoon while we went snow shoeing. Rooms were comfortable and roomy enough. I guess I don't understand other reviews expecting well-appointed rooms--this is a lodge, not a four star hotel! We felt very comfortable reading in our room or hanging out in the main lodge room prior to meals. Overall, we felt an excellent value, with the incredible bonus of having two famous sequoia groves within 15 miles on either side. Don't miss it.