Tahoe February 2020, Day 2

After a great day at Donner Ski Ranch, I drove toward South Lake Tahoe, making a quick stop in charming downtown Truckee to pick up a water bottle to use while skiing – I left my beloved Platypus water carrier in the Reno hotel fridge! I prefer these flexible water pouches because they fit easily in my ski jacket’s inner goggle pocket so I can take easily-accessed hydration with me on piste without having to wear a backpack.

On a Tuesday afternoon, the traffic in Truckee was noticeable, so I can’t imagine what it’s like on weekends. It is super cute, walk-able, and filled with hip shops and restaurants plus a train station.

It’s nearly impossible to drive around the Tahoe area without being able to describe the course taken as “scenic.” And on cue, I had a gorgeous drive just under an hour to Stateline, NV and Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, where I was staying. As I’ve explained in a previous post, I had a great offer from them with my Caesar’s Rewards points, so despite not having access to laundry facilities and cooking facilities, I pulled into the valet parking* and the bellman took care of my luggage, rather than my usual schlepping bulky ski bag and suitcases; it was a pleasant change from my usual routine. (*valet parking and self park seemed to be about the same price and I didn’t plan to move my car for a few days. With my parking and resort fees/taxes, my daily total was under $50/day which I think is still a great deal. )
I was given a spacious room on the 13th floor with a lake and gondola view, plus a coffee bar area, large sofa, and TWO bathrooms. I ended up using one of the bathrooms for soaking athletic wear and allowing it to dry under a heat lamp. That came in handy.

The room also had a refrigerator and desk – both of which I used often during my stay. I work for a very small company and there is no one to “cover” for me while I am away so most late afternoons were spent answering emails, etc, on my laptop. Unfortunately there was no desk lamp, so I had to try to squeeze in my work while the sun was still out! the furnishings were comfortable but also visibly worn. I slept great in the bed, the room was clean, and location was excellent for my plans, so ultimately it worked very well for me.

After unpacking and settling in, I wasn’t hungry for a big dinner – I had that chili at lunch – so I made a little apres ski platter with things I brought in a cooler bag in my checked suitcase. For travel, I like to bring individual bottles/boxes of wine, pre-mixed margaritas, as well as coffee creamer. Yes, they are plastic but for travel, it’s just safer. I double-bag them within zip-top gallon bags that I reuse. Beer, however, (if I’m craving it) I buy onsite because I don’t want a carbonated item exploding in my luggage. Also, it’s fun to try local brews when visiting an area, right?

Wine, herbed cheese spread, flatbread crackers, carrots for apres ski suited me just fine.

I actually had quite a bit of work to do, so a light bite in my room suited me just fine. Plus, I wanted to be up early to make breakfast and then walk over to the Heavenly Ski Resort gondola.

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