Good news for all you skiers and snowboarders out there: a few resorts in Tahoe have opened up recently and more trails and lifts should continue to open as we get into the coldest part of winter!
I am excited to use my Mountain Collective Pass, which gives me two days at various resorts like Squaw, Mammoth, Sun Valley, Aspen, Whistler, etc. Last year I had a season pass to Squaw, but my best friend had a pass to Mt. Rose, so I decided to go for a more flexible pass (she got the Mountain Collective pass too).
Below is some information on the main Tahoe ski resorts. Most are already open for business due to all the snow-making and cold nights, but it has actually snowed and more is on the way!
Here are my comments on a few of my favorites:
Sugar Bowl, quick to get to for a day trip from the Bay Area, challenging runs and a great cozy hotel close to the lift. They have a great New Year’s celebration and a wonderful bar!
Mt. Rose – I know it like the back of my hand. It is where I really learned to ski. Now that Rose & Slide combined and they built a new lodge, it is a great place to be – all the locals from Reno come here and it feels like home to me.
Kirkwood – a bit off the beaten path and in need of a few new lifts, but I love the runs and bowls. It’s not crowded and worth a day trip if you’ve never been.
I recently tried the new restaurant on Main Street, creatively named Main Street Kitchen. Luckily the menu was much more interesting than the name. The restaurant features farm to table, local ingredients, and seasonal menus.
To start, I had the Grilled peach salad with Point Reyes bleu cheese, bacon, and mixed greens. It was very tasty and refreshing on this warm evening. For my main course, I chose the fish of the day, which happened to be swordfish. The dish came with a seasonal vegetable salad, consisting of kale, corn, roasted squash, blue lake beans, cranberry beans, and saffron pistachio pesto. It was delicious and filling, without being overly heavy. For desert, I nudged in a peach crisp with almond streusel topping, and house made ice cream. This was my favorite part of the meal, especially the home made ice cream. Yum!
I went there again for breakfast recently, and was able to enjoy the peaceful patio. I had 3 duck eggs, with toast and fresh tomatoes. I have never had duck eggs before, but
they sure were yummy
With its eclectic variety of California cuisine, made with fresh and local ingredients, Main Street Kitchen definitely earned my repeat business. I definitely recommend you check out this great new eatery in town.