Spring Skiing in Lake Tahoe

After we came back from our short trip to Hong Kong back in February, our weekends quickly got filled up again as we scheduled dinners and gatherings with friends and family. We finally found one free weekend mid-March for our much anticipated Tahoe trip, where we got to do a bit of spring skiing with the girls before the season ended.

We rented the brand new home of one of my high school friends for the trip, which was very comfy and conveniently located by Sierra and Heavenly. The four hour drive to Tahoe was actually quite pleasant, with lots of beautiful snow scenery along the latter part of the ride.

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Bright, spacious living area with an open kitchen
Bright, spacious living/dining area with an open kitchen
We loved cozying up by the fireplace after being in the snow
We loved cozying up by the fireplace after being in the snow
The kids went ga-ga over the bunk bed
The kids went ga-ga over the bunk bed

laketahoe1IMG_5311laketahoe2For our first afternoon there, we went snow tubing at Heavenly Resort. It was fun (but kinda pricey!) to take the gondola up there. We loved the views, and the girls thought the gondola ride was as thrilling as the amusement park rides! 🙂

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Sweetness!
Sweetness!
Magnificent view!
Magnificent view!

IMG_1794Bridgette, having recently been tubing in Whistler, was excited to “show the ropes” to Brianne once we got to the tubing hills. The runs in Heavenly weren’t as long, or as steep as Whistler, but we had fun all the same!

Our little tubing pro leading the way for us
Our little tubing pro leading the way for us

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Going up on the looong magic carpet
Going up on the looong magic carpet

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Left: indulging in nachos for our afternoon snack | Right: some free play in the snow after tubing
Left: indulging in nachos for our afternoon snack | Right: some free play in the snow after tubing

We spent some time in Heavenly Village after we got back down from the mountains, and the girls decided to go on the bungee trampoline.

Bridgette the daredevil is at it again!
Bridgette the daredevil is at it again!
Brianne was brave and jumped too, but she was a bit more careful in how high she went, and refrained from doing any flips
Brianne was brave and jumped too, but she was a bit more careful in how high she went, and refrained from doing any flips

Since we were pretty exhausted by then, we decided to grab some take out and ate dinner back in the comfort of our cabin. We slept real well that night!

We woke up really early the next morning, ate breakfast at the cabin, and headed straight to Sierra to sign the girls in for their ski school lessons. The sign in process there was a thousand times more efficient than Whistler–way to go Tahoe! After they were safely with their instructor, Mimi, Alan and I hit the slopes ourselves.

There goes my sis, who hadn't been on the slopes for 8 years!
There goes my sis, who hadn’t been on the slopes for 8 years!
After his 50th run? :)
After his 50th run? 🙂
Spying on the kids while they learned to ski :)
Spying on the kids while they learned to ski 🙂 That’s Bridgette right there!

IMG_1897laketahoe6We ordered take out again that evening, and I even dozed off on the couch before dinner. Skiing is so much fun, but ultra tiring! Bridgette asked if she could skip the ski school next time and hit the “real” slopes with us. I’m not sure she’s quite ready, but I suppose we’ll give it a try next season! 🙂

The next morning, we took it easy with a game of monopoly in our pjs before we packed the van up and headed home.

Brianne’s first ski experience–check! Yay!

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