Reindeer Games is a stunning luxury timber and stone design, 2200 sq. ft, 2-story, 3 bed/3 bath + loft Swedish themed town home at Kirkwood Ski Resort (big mountain skiing/riding with a small town attitude). While enjoying your stay at Reindeer Games it’s a quick walk to everything: the chair lift (#6 Cornice Chair is 5 min walk), the Kirkwood Mountain Village with its restaurants and stores. Everything is less than 10 minutes walking!!
Kirkwood Ski Resort is the Tahoe destination for those who want the best and the most snow... in fact, it is ranked #3 globally with respect to total annual snowfall ( 600'/year) and was recently acquired by Vail Resorts.
The town home itself is warm and welcoming - perfect for the adult get away - or some quality time with family.
Enjoy your apres ski hot chocolate in the great room, with stone gas fireplace and 24' ceilings. There is a sectional couch big enough for 8 adults to comfortably enjoy the fireplace or watch a movie on the 60' LED TV. You will also find the large dining area and the well-appointed, open layout, gourmet kitchen makes the house very social and inviting. Seated at the kitchen bar is the favorite place to rehash the days skiing over some Charcuterie and a glass of wine. Throw the days GoPro footage on the big screen and watch the run of the day!
There are two bedrooms on the main floor, each with a Queen sized bed and an en suite bathroom. Upstairs you will find the master bedroom suite with a king bed and a luxurious master bath with a jetted tub for two and a separate large travertine shower. There is a second full entertainment system with a 46' TV in the master bedroom.
The master suite is adjacent to the loft: which has another living area with a double sofa bed, a daybed that unfolds to acommodate two twin mattresses adjacent to each other (effectively a King), and a home office (with printer, LCD monitor, keyboard and mouse) - perfect for those who need to get work done while up in the mountains !
This home sleeps up to 12 and is ideal for two families or three couples. Additionally, there is heated garage with parking for 2 cars and ski racks, laundry inside the unit and a mud room for ski jacket and boot storage at the end of your day on the slopes.
There are several nearby options for food and drinks. Closest is the Cornice Grill right across from Chair 6. Your basic pub fare with a retooled menu for 2014- good for an apres ski snack. The Wall Restaurant is in the Mountain Village near chair #5. This is the most high end dining experience at Kirkwood serving California cuisine with a decent wine selection. Newest, and Vail's first initiative, is the K-Bar. The K-Bar is a warm wooden apres-ski spot with floor to ceiling glass walls standing in the very center of the Mountain Village. A mile away where Highway 88 meets Kirkwood Meadows Dr is my personal favorite, the Kirkwood Inn. This is a historic log cabin that serves up some good steaks, ribs and salads at reasonable prices. But get there early for dinner as it's very popular with families ! Finally, past the Mountain Village over by the General Store there is 7800- the only bar in Kirkwood open late night. 7800 is known for its reasonable prices, decent food, Friday night Karaoke (9PM start), and live bands on Saturday nights.
Those who are not wanting to be on the slopes there are a variety of other activities at Kirkwood or nearby- including tobogganing/sledding, dog sledding, zip lining, cross country skiing and snow shoeing in the tranquil meadows and foothills. There is also nearby access to the backcountry.
Summer at Kirkwood is highly underrated- most days consist of deep blue cloudless skies, temps in the low 70s range with a light cooling breeze in the afternoon. Activities include lift serviced Downhill Mountain Biking (trail was significantly improved summer 2014), rock climbing, hiking, trout fishing and boating on nearby Caples Lake and Silver Lake. Just past the Recreation Center there are tennis courts (one with basketball hoops) and a playground. My personal favorite summer activity is hiking to the Potholes- these natural swimming holes are formed by the water from Silver Lake cascading down rock slabs forming pools and small waterfalls. It's 5 miles away and only a short hike in from the highway and while there are many other longer and more challenging hikes and climbs closer to Kirkwood I don't think any can compare to the natural rugged beauty and uniqueness of the Potholes.
-holidays are charged at weekend rates
-generally rates are $450/550 weekday/weeknight night summer and $450/650 winter + 10% hospitality tax + cleaning
-regular weeks are $3,000 while holiday weeks range $4,000-$5,000 plus 10% tax + cleaning