Sierra-at-Tahoe is an easy 12 miles outside of South Lake Tahoe, and offers 12 chairlifts and 2,000 acres of beauty with a view of Lake Tahoe at the top. This family-friendly ski resort is all about value but also offers gnarly, better-know-what-you're-doing, double black diamond runs for the true experts.
Kids (3 to 12 years) can learn to ski or snowboard in the Wild Mountain Childrens' Ski and Snowboard School with packages that include equipment rentals, half-day and all-day lessons, lift tickets and even a kid-friendly lunch. If kids get tired of skiing, they can hang out in the bounce house, eat snacks and do arts and crafts while their parents ski.
The Parent Predicament Ticket allows parents to share one adult lift ticket. One parent can ski while the other watches the baby, and later, the parents switch the baby and the lift ticket. That way, the little guy doesn't have to spend too much time (or any time) in daycare. If you are looking for daycare arrangements, Sierra offers a California-licensed daycare for kids ages 18 months to 5 years.
The Teach Your Kid lesson is specifically designed for parents who have 2- to 5-year-old children. The instructor works only with the parents to teach them how they can best teach their children the beginning basics of skiing. (Often, parents are great skiers in their own right but haven't learned the methods for teaching a toddler or preschooler how to ski.)
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