Hey look! Another overdue post! First off, if you don't care to read the rest, here's a 15 second Instagram video I whipped up!
Max and his friends wanted to do at least one snowboard trip this year, so we had this planned months ahead and scheduled it for the end of January. Most of his friends live in San Diego and we live up north, and we like to make big plans to travel to meet each other.
Over the years, I've noticed (haven't we all!) that the snow season in Tahoe gets pushed back further and further due to global warming, and even with our trip taking place from January 27-30th, I was still nervous about the conditions.
Driving up the windy hills, "WHY IS IT RAINING?!?!"
Ok...some patches of old snow...can see most of the green trees on the mountains...no bueno.
We stayed at the Marriott Timber Lodge. It's my family's default hotel when we snowboard (SLT) South Lake Tahoe, and it provides plenty of distractions for family members that don't partake in snow sports. It's definitely pricey and Max and I normally don't pay full price for this place or spend this much on any hotel room on any vacation. However, his friends have never been to SLT and they were flying in from San Diego, so we wanted to show them the very best that SLT could offer. This hotel was a must.
Why You Should Stay at the Marriott Timber Lodge***
1.) It's a luxurious cabin style resort with amenities such as huge heated pools, multiple jacuzzis, a gym, a kids club, and hosted activities throughout the day.
2.) After snowboarding all day, soaking up in a hot tub, with a beer, at night, while it's snowing, is a requirement.
3.) Dozens of unique restaurants that are walking distance
4.) Most of these restaurants have great craft beer selections or cocktails
5.) The general aprés ski atmosphere/nightlife
6.) Family-friendly distractions like shopping, art stores, ice-skating rink, a movie theater
7.) It's right by the Nevada border and you can walk to the casinos over the state line
8.) From the lobby, it's about 15 steps to the gondola!
***This is not a sponsored post. I just LOVE this hotel
Hotel room necessities. There were 5 of us and we got a 1-bedroom suite which had a king-sized bed and a queen-sized memory foam pull out couch. It worked for us! If you come into town unprepared (like we did), there is a convenient Bevmo that you can stop at before getting into town. It's about 10 minutes out before the hotel, and you don't have to go out of your way at all. There's also a Raley's walking distance from the hotel.
We arrived around noon and were expecting to snowboard at least a half day. However, the snow was visibly old and slushy. It wasn't even that cold out! Heavenly has this convenient map by the gondola that lights up green and red to indicate the operating ski lifts. There were a lot of red lights.
We walked to the lake. It was definitely colder by the water, but also very wet and slushy.
We went to bed anxious about the next day's conditions, and we woke up to this!!! Yay for fresh snow! However, due to the snow storm, more than half of the mountain lost power! Our conveniently located hotel room no longer mattered; the gondola had no power as well. Instead, we had to walk around one building and take the free shuttle bus up to the mountain.
We excitedly woke up really early to ensure we were first on the mountain. Only 4 lifts were running due to the power outages, but there was no turning back for us!
After about 3 runs, I realized my old goggles were fogging up like mad. Max offered his pair to me, and then we snowboarded back down to the shop so he could buy a new pair. By 9:30-10am, the lift ticket lines were worse than Disneyland! This picture doesn't capture the winding parts of the line. Everyone came to the mountain on this day to enjoy the first big storm of the new year.
I would give the snow conditions about a B-. Nothing got groomed over night and there were way too many icy moguls.
However, Heavenly can't be beat when it comes to these views.
Overall, really fun trip. Heavenly is a convenient 2 hour drive from Max's house in Roseville, CA, or about a 2-3 hour drive up from the Sacramento airport.
Feel free to ask me any questions!!!