Back in November we bought an Epic Local season pass. With the pass you have unlimited ski access to Vail resorts like Park City, Heavenly, Breckenridge, Beaver Creek, Kirkwood just to name a few.
We figured to get our money’s worth, we’d have to take at least two ski tips this season… Ok, twist our arm, ha! We had a trip on the horizon for Breckenridge in February with a few other couples but needed to choose another time and place for our second trip. We eventually decided on Lake Tahoe. Scott skied Heavenly about 9 years ago, but it was my first time! We strategically planned the trip in the middle of January. I had a couple of work holiday’s coming up, so I only had to use 3 days of vacation. Score!
We flew into Reno on January the 14th, took a shuttle to South Lake Tahoe and stayed for a total of six nights. Alright, time for the complete recap!
- Where we stayed
We stayed at a little mountain motel a block away from the Heavenly village called Big Pines Mountain House. It was nothing fancy, but it served us well. A spacious/clean room, really hot shower and a kitchenette, what more do you need? They also offered a free continental breakfast every morning, which was a nice perk. The best part about the motel was that it was within walking distance to everything! It made getting around without a car very easy.
- Where to eat
With our kitchenette, we were able to cook at home for most breakfast/lunch/dinner meals + snacks. But there were times when we wanted to go out for dinner or were in the Village right after skiing and wanted something quick and close by.
- California Burger Co.: We arrived in Tahoe after a 12 hour travel day and needed a meal desperately! We were on our way to the grocery store to pick up meals for the week and saw a cool burger joint. We stopped off at California Burger Co. for a quick burger and fries. The food was great! Truth be told, we actually went there the very next day to watch the Cowboys/Green Bay game if that tells you anything. #noshame
- Base Camp Pizza Co.: After skiing on Tuesday, we stopped by Base Camp Pizza for a late lunch. Scott ended up getting the Base Camp and I got a personal size Big Mountain(their meat lovers). It was very good! Such a treat to go out for lunch after a full day of skiing.
- Rocket Fizz: We stopped by a little candy store in the village after skiing one day. You know that saying, “Like a kid in a candy shop.” That’s totally me!!! When we’re traveling, I always look ahead of time to see if there is a candy store near by. This place didn’t disappoint. It was adorably vintage and had SO many candy options. My favorite candy is gummy sour belts.
- The Loft: We had completely open night and decided to stroll the village in hopes of finding something that peaked our interest. We eventually decided on drinks and a movie in Heavenly Village. We had a drink at The Loft before we were off to see La La Land(loved it!) at the local movie theater. When the movie was over, Scott was feeling a hungry and didn’t like the idea of going to bed on an empty stomach, so we went back to The Loft for a bite to eat. Scott had a specialty dish and I settled for a salad as it was nearing 9:30pm! We both enjoyed our meals very much. The Loft also doubles as a theater, hosting magic and burlesque shows. If we had known ahead of time, we definitely would have considered a fun show at the Loft!
- Skiing Heavenly
Wow, the skiing here is Beautiful! Almost every ski run is backdropped by Lake Tahoe. It was incredible! We also lucked out with perfect ski conditions this season. Tahoe has gotten record breaking(in recent years) snowfall and it made for GREAT skiing conditions. The weather was also very nice the first half of the trip. Sunny, blue skies, and warm temps… My favorite type of skiing! Wednesday morning a storm started to roll in, causing the main part of the mountain to be shut down due to high winds and rain/sleet mixture. Why we decided to ski that day, I’m not sure! But we made it over to the Nevada side and skied 4 runs before getting soaked and calling it a day. Over night, Tahoe got about 8 inches of snow, and more on the mountain… For someone who was taught to ski on packed powder, skiing fresh powder took some getting used to! The first two runs were rough! A core and thigh burner for sure, but once I got the hang of it, I became a fan. It snowed on us all day, Scott LOVED it. It was the perfect way to finish off our last day of skiing.