Spotlight Thursday: Pit Stops for Kids’ Home (Away) for the Holidays Adventure

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A four-season paradise that’s long-held its place at the top of favorite vacation destination lists, Lake Tahoe, CA is a family-friendly hot-spot bursting with lodging options, restaurants, attractions, and outdoor adventure opportunities. With dozens of major ski resorts, tubing parks, scenic boat rides, and tour packages available in the greater Tahoe area, families can be hard-pressed to separate the truly family-friendly from the simply overpriced.

Pit Stops for Kids editor and Best Family Travel Advice expert Amy Whitley is spending the holiday week experiencing much of what Tahoe has to offer with her husband and three kids. From December 20th through 27th, she’ll be reviewing a HomeAway vacation home nestled in the mountains near South Tahoe, minutes from skiing, tubing, snow play and nightlife (what’s that?). During her stay, she’ll be hunting down the best deals and value for families, from free local sledding parks to once-in-a-lifetime helicopter tours and everything in-between.  Find all her family’s experiences on the following (and more!) in her series, Home (Away) for the Holidays.

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Skiing and snow play at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort. Sierra-at-Tahoe is a family resort that’s both kid-friendly and wallet-friendly: ticket prices are reasonable, allowing families to actually enjoy a day on the slopes together. Their children’s programs include lessons the whole family can attend together, ‘Parent Predicament Tickets’ (which allows two adults to share a pass if they’re ‘tag-teaming it’ with a little one), and interactive slope-side features for kids.

Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing at Adventure Mountain. Adventure Mountain is comprised of 40 acres of trails located on Echo Summit on Highway 50, a perfect ‘basecamp’ for impromptu snow play!

A Helicopter tour of Emerald Bay. HeliTahoe, based in South Tahoe, offers families the chance to gain a new perspective on Lake Tahoe…from a Robinson R44 Raven II helicopter. It may be a splurge, but considering the breathtaking natural wonders of the Tahoe area, it may be a splurge families won’t soon forget.

Snowmobiling at the lake’s edge. Zephyr Cove Resort is one of the area’s most popular companies offering snowmobile tours of Tahoe’s winter landscape with several daily departures for families with kids as young as four. It’s a great way to see the parts of Tahoe’s wilderness not accessible by car (or skis!).

Look for all these reviews and more this week and next at Home (Away) for the Holidays or follow Twitter hashtag #TahoeHoliday!

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Sharlene Earnshaw (aka doubleadventure) is Blogger-in-chief for Trekaroo and the blogger behind Double the Adventure.

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About the author

Sharlene Earnshaw is Trekaroo’s Editor in Chief. She lives in sunny Orange County, CA, with her husband and 10-year-old son and daughter (twins!). She is a self-proclaimed National Park junkie and has the goal of visiting each and every one with her kids. When she isn't traveling to places like Norway, Peru, Disney World, and Hawaii with her family, she enjoys hiking, beach days, obsessively rooting for the San Francisco 49ers, and planning her brood's next trip.

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