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IVGID tip | How to beat the Tahoe crowds

Family trips to Lake Tahoe can be fun, especially if you plan them the right way.
Courtesy Tom Zikas |

EDITOR’S NOTE: “Tip of the week” is a periodic feature running in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza, in partnership with the Incline Village General Improvement District, providing locals with various tips pertaining to the recreation opportunities and services the district provides.

When you’re on vacation or have family in town for the holidays, going anywhere can be more complicated and more crowded.

Combining kids, adults, extended family, friends, celebrations, crowds, activities, family meals and traveling can be chaotic.

Here are some tips to help everyone have a good time when they are here in Tahoe for winter ski vacations.

1. Map out a game plan. Everyone may not want to do the same activities but coming up with a schedule can help keep things organized and maximize your time together. Some may want to ski all day or just the afternoon, cross country ski or snowshoe, shop or catch a movie, get a massage or just curl up with a book. If people are splitting up during the day, plan on doing a big family dinner together and sharing stories about how much fun you had.

2. Plan and buy ahead. Most ski resorts sell lift tickets in advance online or at the ticket windows. You can usually pre-pay and pick up rental equipment the afternoon before so you can hit the slopes first thing the next morning. The best deals for those skiing more than one day are multiday lift tickets. Be sure to check for other discounts for students, military, state employees, etc.

3. Carpool or take a ski shuttle. Many of the hotels and ski resorts operate ski shuttles or have stops on the public transit schedule. Save time looking for a parking spot by taking the shuttle. This also allows the early birds to get a full day of skiing in, while the slow pokes are still getting ready.

It’s usually rare that families or big groups of friends can get together so the important thing is to make memories and have fun together. Ask your hotel concierge, visitor’s center, or locals for other tips, ways to save, and activities your group may enjoy.

This tip was provided by Diamond Peak Ski Resort. Visit DiamondPeak.com or call 775-832-1177 for information.

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