Exploring Lake Tahoe | South Lake Tahoe, California

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Lake Tahoe is a truly beautiful setting for a number of outdoor adventures. In the winter, an average of 300-500 inches of snow a year makes Lake Tahoe one of the best places to go skiing and snowboarding in California. South Lake Tahoe in particular combines exciting dining and nightlife with exhilarating outdoor activities, providing visitors with the ski trip of a lifetime.

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Basecamp South Lake Tahoe

A unique experience awaits you at Basecamp South Lake Tahoe. Basecamp hotels are committed to providing guests with the modern features and décor of an upscale hotel at affordable rates. The outdoorsy style of the hotel will make you feel like you’re staying at an elegant campsite. Basecamp has a Beer Garden and multiple decks to relax on, including a Spa Deck with a fire pit and breathtaking views. The hotel is only a 5 minute walk to the lake, and a 4 minute walk to Heavenly Mountain Resort. Relax with the Apres-Ski Package, which includes s’mores and two drink tokens each night of your stay, a fitting for equipment at Black Tie Skis, and up to 20% off of gear rental.

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Heavenly Mountain Resort

Heavenly has some of the best views of any resort in Lake Tahoe. The popular ski resort is conveniently located right in South Lake Tahoe, unlike other resorts that can be up to an hour’s drive away. Heavenly has great skiing and snowboarding, as well as a tubing hill and a mountain coaster, a thrilling 3,400-foot long ride down the mountain. The resort is so large that it stretches into Nevada, so you can ski in two states in just one day. Enjoy a day on the slopes, and then be sure to stick around for Heavenly’s exciting nightlife.

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Scenic Gondola Ride

See Lake Tahoe on a scenic gondola ride. For 2.4 miles, admire expansive views of the lake, snow-covered mountains, and beautiful blue sky. During the ride, you’ll stop at The Observation Deck, a great photo opportunity offering views from over 9,000 feet up. When you reach the top of the mountain, spend some time exploring, grab a bite at one of the restaurants, and do happy hour at Tamarack Lodge.

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Snowmobile Tour

Embrace your sense of adventure on a snowmobile tour. Lake Tahoe Adventures offers five different snowmobile excursions through Hope Valley and the Sierra Nevada. Start off with a short instruction period where you’ll be briefed on safety and how to drive your snowmobile, and then follow a guide through breathtaking terrain. Tours last from 1-2 hours, and Lake Tahoe Adventures provides helmets, boots, and gloves, as well as a free shuttle from most major hotels and resorts in South Lake Tahoe.

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Sprouts Café

One of the most popular restaurants in South Lake Tahoe, Sprout’s Natural Foods Café serves organic and vegan foods that are both healthy and delicious. Their extensive menu includes sandwiches, salads, soups, bowls, bagels, burritos, smoothies, and juices. Try the Cous-cous Hummus Burro, a spinach tortilla with cous-cous, homemade hummus, cucumber, tomato, red onion, black olives, tahini, and green onions. Pair it with their “Whole Damn Garden” juice, a blend of carrot, beet, celery, parsley, garlic, and wheatgrass, and you’ll be ready for a day of Tahoe fun.

Snowy Stowe | Stowe, Vermont

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With 40 miles of skiing and snowboarding, 116 trails of varying difficulty, and over 300 inches of yearly snowfall, it’s no surprise that Stowe, Vermont has been named the #1 resort in the eastern United States. Off the slopes, the quaint town offers picturesque scenery, exciting shopping and dining, and countless outdoor activities. Book your winter getaway today!

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The Stowehof

The Stowehof blends a rustic and historic feel with stylish modern spaces. Surrounded by 26 acres of beautiful Vermont scenery, the cozy hotel features game nooks, a lounge sprinkled with fireplaces, rotating local art, and a fire pit perfecting for roasting marshmallows. Book the Snowshoe & Fondue Package for an adventurous and delicious getaway. The package includes a two night stay, a guided moonlight snowshoe tour, a three course fondue dinner, and breakfast each morning.

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Stowe Winter Carnival

Take part in a true Stowe tradition at the Stowe Winter Carnival, or “StowOasis.” First held in 1921, the carnival was suspended through the war years but has been going strong since being reinstated in 1974. This year’s carnival runs January 14 – 28, 2017 and will feature over 20 events for visitors of all ages. Highlights include a Snowgolf Tournament, karaoke, a trivia challenge, an ice carving competition, and more. Check the event calendar to see what’s happening while you’re in town.

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Piecasso

Local favorite Piecasso is known for their great food and fun atmosphere. Decorated in an eclectic neon style, Piecasso serves nationally recognized hand-tossed pizzas and features an extensive beer list, live music, and movie nights. Create your own pizza or choose from one of their delicious combinations, like The Picasso, a white base topped with mozzarella, ricotta, tomatoes, broccoli, and fresh garlic, basil, and spices.

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Dogsledding

Take a dogsled tour through the snow with Peace Pups Dogsledding. After an information session about dog sledding and the equipment, you’ll set out on an hour-long ride. Admire beautiful winter landscapes as a team of Siberian Huskies pulls your sled through the snow. Afterwards, you’ll get a chance to meet the dogs and give them treats, as well as enjoy complimentary tea and hot chocolate. Peace Pups Dogsledding donates 10% of their profits to charities, so your adventure will benefit a good cause.

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Idletyme Brewing Company

Idletyme Brewing Company is a small local brewery crafting a wide variety of beers. After a day of skiing or snowboarding, stop by for a tasting flight or a pint of one of their brews – we like the Pink N’ Pale, a Pale Ale fermented with grapefruit. Idletyme doubles as a restaurant run by two award-winning chefs. Order the fried pickles with ranch remoulade, a Vermont cheese board, or an Idletyme Helles Lager Onion Gruyere Tart to snack on with your drinks.

Hit the Slopes | Telluride, Colorado

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Planning a winter ski trip? Head to Telluride, Colorado for pristine slopes, fun outdoor activities, and delicious eats. Whether you’re looking to stay for a few days or a few weeks, you’ll find plenty to do in this scenic Colorado town. See why Telluride Ski Resort has been named the top ski resort in North America.

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The Hotel Telluride

The Hotel Telluride is decorated in a rustic yet luxurious style. Private balconies and patios reveal amazing views of snowy mountains, while spa services and outdoor hot tubs are perfect for soothing sore muscles after a day on the slopes. The hotel goes the extra mile to make you feel welcome and spoiled, offering freshly baked cookies every afternoon, complimentary iced tea in the lobby all day, and free shuttles to town and to the gondola. Book the Ski & Stay Package to save up to 20%. The package includes accommodations, lift tickets, and breakfast each morning.

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Skiing and Snowboarding

Telluride gets over 300 inches of snow and 300 days of sunshine a year – ideal conditions for skiing and snowboarding. Spend a day on Telluride’s 2,000 acres of slopes, which accommodate skiers and snowboarders of all levels. You’ll be treated to gorgeous panoramas of snow-covered mountains at every turn. Break for lunch at Bon Vivant, a French restaurant at the top of the Polar Queen Express Lift. Enjoy a glass of French wine with a cinnamon and sugar crepe while admiring a breathtaking view.

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Bike & Bevies Craft Beverage Tour

This unique outing combines snow biking with a visit to Telluride’s brewery and distillery. The Bike & Bevies Craft Beverage Tour begins with a guided three-mile ride on fat tire bikes through the snow. Your destination is Telluride Distilling Co and Telluride Brewing Co, where you’ll take a tour, learn how their beverages are made, and enjoy a sample. It’s a fun opportunity to try a new outdoor sport, learn about Telluride, and taste some local beverages.

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Dashing Through the Snow

See the beautiful Colorado mountains on horseback! During winter, Telluride Horseback Adventures offers guided horseback rides and sleigh rides through the snow. You’ll be taken out by owner Roudy Roudebush, an enthusiastic cowboy who has spent more than four decades exploring the Telluride area on horseback. Enjoy the old-school charm of the ranch and admire the picturesque scenery during your ride. Remember to bring a jacket, scarf, and gloves to stay warm in the snow.

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Baked in Telluride

Downtown Telluride is home to Baked in Telluride, a local restaurant that serves an impressive variety of food, including breakfast croissants, turkey dinners, pizza, Mexican cuisine, and pasta. Grab a spinach and feta croissant for breakfast before a day of skiing, or stop in for dinner for a plate of Fettuccini Alfredo, featuring their homemade pasta. One of the restaurant’s best assets is a huge selection of donuts, pastries, cookies, scones, and muffins – we recommend taking a few treats home with you.