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.
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- Located in The Village at Northstar, One Village Place is a fusion of California contemporary and mountain warmth, appealing to the most discerning travelers. With striking, spacious, one, two and three-bedroom villas, all One Village Place residences feature a gas fireplace, fully-equipped gourmet kitchen, washer/dryer. Perhaps best of all, guests never wait in line to access the slopes of Northstar California with VIP access to the main gondola. One Village Place also features a fitness center with sauna and hot tub, heated, underground parking as well as access to a year-round swimming pool, hot tubs, fitness centers and steam rooms. ... more less
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