I only say wrong time of year because although it is summer and the kids are out of school, I am told that Tahoe (or in this case Northstar) doesn't pick up until after June 28th.
The village itself was so dead; sometimes we never saw another sole except the employees. Normally that wouldn't bother me but it meant that the restaurants and shops were either closed or had limited hours and more importantly, when we wanted to take the gondola up the mountain to hike, we were told it was also not running and no one was allowed up the mountain for safety reasons. Lastly, we booked a two bedroom condo in Big Horn through Tahoe Mountain Resorts. We were looking for a relaxing week of hiking and tennis. After we booked, we found out that the tennis center was not available to us with exception to booking a class/clinic or by paying $30 a hour to use a court. This was very disenchanting but we ended up paying for both a class and court time. This would be the only factor that might keep me from coming back.
Aside from the tennis, we also had a separate pool and gym that was shared with the Hyatt properties. It was somewhat chilly during our stay so we only made use of the pool for one afternoon. There is a gym next to the pool and another closer to Big Horn which my husband and kids used almost everyday. It also had a sauna/steam room and a couple of jacuzzi's.
Now for the condo itself. All I can say is "wow"!. This condo was beautiful and they truly thought of everything. So well stocked and everything was very nice quality. I've stayed at a number of rentals and no one has compared to this one. I brought along so many things in case they didn't have them and never needed to use them. However, if you stay more than a day or two, I would bring sugar, spices and foil. Other than that, they pretty much covered it.
We did venture into Truckee for "Truckee Thursdays" and to Sand Harbor beach to kayak and had a great time. Everything is so close so driving was easy.
If you are not interested in the tennis center and come at a different time of year, I would definitely recommend these condos.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bighorn Lodge, situated at the base of Northstar California ski resort, features professionally designed studio, one, two and three-bedroom condominium-style, ski-in, ski-out residences. Each luxury unit includes a gourmet kitchen (or kitchenette) with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, as well as finishings such as a fireplace and outdoor terrace. The Village at Northstar offers an unparalleled, quintessential Tahoe experience with boutique shops and restaurants, a skating rink and endless family fun and activities. Additionally, guests have complimentary access to an outdoor swimming pool and hot tubs, fitness centers, steam rooms plus heated, underground parking. ... more less