We have just returned from 8 days in Lake Tahoe and we had a fantastic time!
We stayed at the Tahoe Seasons Resort, which is just at the bottom of the tram (cable car) on the California side of Heavenly (NB: Not the Heavenly gondola as some brochures state!)so as other reviewers have commented it is just 150 yds to the slopes. A perfect location for keen skiers/boarders!!
The Resort itself was OK for us. Our room was large and spacious with a lounge (pull out bed) and main double bedroom with the bathroom and hot tub in between, which sounds weird but was actually fine for just the 2 of us! Breakfast is an all you can eat buffet for $12, which is OK but there are no other meal facilities within the hotel - I don't count the 'pub grub' - microwaved pizza and chicken nuggets as real food! If you do want to stay in and eat, then just call Domino's pizza - they are very quick and will deliver straight to the room!
Heavenly itself was abit disappointing as the main road runs straight through the village and there is a 10 min gondola ride before you can hit the slopes and no way to ski back down to the main village. Its good though if you want some nightlife as the casino hotels have loads of bars, restaurants and entertainment but for us, access to the lifts at the Tahoe Seasons was perfect and at night a free (well $1 per person each way!) shuttle took us straight to the centre of town in 5 minutes!
Now onto the main point, the snow! We had 6ft of snow whilst we were there and it was just awesome! For those who have never skied in the States before, the experience of skiing between the trees is just amazing and gives you a much greater freedom than skiing on piste, even for a mere intermediate like me! At times, the snow was well over our knees which takes abit of getting used to but was fantastic!
Ski's and all the gear are available to hire in the hotel and the prices seemed to be OK, there is also a little shop if you want to buy it instead.
Definitely hire a car and see the other resorts around Lake Tahoe! In the winter, you must have a 4x4 or car with snow chains, so reserve a full size SUV and you should be OK. Smaller SUV models are not 4 wheel drive so be careful when you book. Snow chains are required on 4x4's in really bad conditions but these are readily available all over lake tahoe and there are fitters on the roadside who will put them on for you. Check with the hire car company whether there is a charge for snow chain damage though!!
The local TV station is really informative and explains the conditions at each of the 14 resorts, which roads are open/closed etc.., so it is really easy to pick and choose where to go. We skied Heavenly for a few days and found some lovely long cruises particularly down to the Nevada side but also managed to explore the smaller resorts of Kirkwood (1hr) and Sierra-at-Tahoe (40 mins) which are definitely worth a visit if you want the slopes to yourselves! We also visited Squaw Valley, (1hr 10 anti-clockwise around the lake) which has vast terrain and we really liked the main village with its restaurants and shops!
Lake Tahoe has so much to offer that we'll definitely be back next year!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tahoe Seasons Resort is a magical alpine location perfect for family quests, mountain sports enthusiasts and secluded retreat devotees. We are located 150 yards from the ski lifts at Heavenly’s® famous mogul run, Gunbarrel. A mile down the mountain is Ski Run Marina on Lake Tahoe. In season, we open our on-site snow ski & board rental and retail shop. We are a 183 suite-style hotel. Our rooms have three basic areas; bedroom, sitting room and bathroom. Each room includes a large tub/shower combo, 2 TVs & DVD player, 2 telephones, free premium cable, free WiFi, clock radio/MP3 dock, 4 person dining table, mini fridge, microwave, wet bar and coffee maker. On-site activities include year round heated outdoor pool and hot tub, game room and guest library. In season you can also enjoy rooftop tennis, shuffleboard, sundeck and gas grills complete with tables, chairs and umbrellas. Parking is valet only and complimentary. Because of our location there is no street parking. We have a 4 level below ground parking facility. For your safety all parking is done by our paid employee valet. Tips are welcome, never expected. Valet offers chain service for a fee. We opened on September 8, 1983 as a premier owners ski resort. Our room layouts reflect the fact that there was endless snow, abundant water and large tubs were all the rage. Our owners come from all over the globe for world class snow skiing and mountain sports. Annual family reunions have been facilitated here for over 3 decades. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tahoe Seasons Hotel South Lake Tahoe
- Tahoe Seasons Lake