This was our first trip to Tahoe: a spring break family ski trip the last week in March. We skiied 5 days and hiked 2. We had 2 rooms next to each other on the top floor with 5 adults and 5 kids (6yo-13yo). One room was a one bedroom with bunkbeds in the den and perfect for a family of four. The den is just a small room with a bunkbed, which was great for kids. They loved it and used it as their playroom. A little dresser or table in the den would have been helpful for storage. The other room was a 3 bedroom with views from every room that were to die for. Both rooms were absolutely beautiful, clean and well maintained. Location was perfect. With the gondola in the building you get first priority so you can skip the others in line. It really isn't a true ski- in ski- out like other mountains. You have to take the gondola from the lodge to get to the base of the mountain where the base lodge and other lifts are located. You can ski down on the trail but we were there in late spring and the snow was very slushy and heavy at the bottom with thin cover on many trails. Skiing was best in the am with temps in high 20's/low 30s but by 1pm it was 50-60 and very slow. Not crowded at all. We had a wide variety of skiers. There were not many green choices. My 6 and 8yo could handle the blues without any problems. Blacks were nice and steep. Could only do them in the am because the snow got too soft later in the day. The mountain is not as big as we expected, kind of short from top to bottom and everyone dumps out onto the same green trail. Kids absolutely loved the terrain park. Have fondue at the chocolate bar, drive around Lake tahoe, Hike the firewood trail in crystal bay (at the top you have a great view of Lake tahoe and the trail is half in Nevada, half in California). We had several little snafus with housekeeping, cable/tv issues, and some missing kitchen items but the staff was very helpful and gave us a free day of skiing which made up for our problems. The concierge was excellent and provided us with maps, hiking spots, and great dinner suggestions. Kids did the trampoline bungee jumping and loved it. Kids also liked the smores in the village and our daily trips to the candy shop. All in all, great family vacation but very expensive.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the Village at Northstar, One Village Place offers a brilliant fusion of California contemporary and mountain warmth, creating an ambiance most appealing to the discerning traveler. One Village Place has coalesced modern decor and rustic elements to create striking, spacious, one, two and three bedroom mountain villas. Slope side has never been like this before, One Village Place is the only building in the world in which a gondola actually comes out of the lobby. All residences feature a gas fireplace, enhanced entertainment system, wireless internet, fully equipped gourmet kitchen, washer/dryer and daily housekeeping. One Village Place guests never wait in line to access the slopes of Northstar, California as you have your own private gondola line that is entered through the lobby. Private check-in, exclusive concierge service, a fitness center with sauna and hot tub and underground, heated parking are all included at no additional charge. The Tahoe Mountain Resorts Lodging year round outdoor heated swimming pool, fitness center and family gameroom are also complimentary to One Village Place guests. The Village at Northstar, only steps from your residence offers dining, shopping and many winter and summer activities for both children and adults. In the winter, the highlight of the village is the 9,000 square foot ice rink in the center. Skating is complimentary and skate rentals may be purchased for a nominal fee. A bead shop, candle making shop, Build A Bear adventure, and bungee are also featured in the village. The new, full-service day spa, Balance Holistic Spa is a fantastic place to renew, relax and rejuvenate after a day of adventure in the mountains. Golf, a mountain bike park, ropes course and incredible hiking trails highlight only a few of the Northstar, California summer opportunities. The historic town of Truckee with its eclectic shops, myriad of dining and fun people watching are just a shuttle away in the winter or short drive in the summer. Lake Tahoe's beaches are nearby. ... more less