|Space||2,200 sq. ft.|
|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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 ( 700"/year) and was recently acquired by Vail Resorts. The most snowfall in the Tahoe region combined with 7,800' base elevation means Kirkwood always has the deepest base and usually very good cover until the end of April. The snow is also a little lighter at Kirkwood then at it's North Lake cousins- partially due to higher elevation but also a little less wind packing it down during big storms.
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' Samsung 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 accommodate two twin mattresses adjacent to each other (size of a King bed), 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 ! There is also a 40" LG LED TV in the loft for the kids to watch Netflix on.
This home sleeps up to 12 and is ideal for two large families or three smaller 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, dog sledding, zip lining, cross country skiing and snow shoeing in the tranquil meadows and foothills. There is also nearby access to the back country.
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 s short hike to the Potholes- these stunning natural swimming holes are formed by the water from Silver Lake cascading down rock slabs forming pools and small waterfalls. They are perfect for a picnic with the family. It's 5 miles away on and only a short hike in from Hwy 88. 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.
-rates are $450/$650 weekday/weekend in winter and $350/450 weekday/weekend in summer + 10% hospitality tax + cleaning + deposit
- NO ski leases
- holidays charged at weekend rates
I was born in Sweden but grew up in Toronto, Canada and have been skiing and snowboarding all my life. I moved to San Francisco in 2001 and fell in love with the Bay Area.
Jon purchased this chalet in 2009
I love the skiing and boarding up at Kirkwood, it can't be beat for the diverse terrain and great powder. For convenience the location of the home, just 5 minutes walking from chairs 5 and 6, means you get to spend you days maximizing your ski time or unwinding instead of planning. And on a powder day you can even ski home right to the front door!
The layout of the unit is great. The great rooms is perfect for relaxing while the kitchen with it's two bar layout becomes the place where everyone congregates. The two downstairs bedrooms being tucked all the way in the back of the town house means they are very quiet.
Reindeer Games has a very Scandinavian feel influenced by my Swedish heritage (the former head of the condo Association called it the "ABBA House"). All of the taxidermy with the exception of the Mule Deer Antler Chandelier is imported from Sweden. Please note that no Lego pieces were harmed in the making of the wall mounted Lego deer head !!
Our second time renting Jons condo through HomeAway. It's a little pricey compared to what we normally pay, but it's hard to put a value on the coinvence of the location when you have a handful of kids under 5 years old involved. Really a solid fun place, Jon does a great job as a host too.
We had a fabulous stay at Reindeer Games over Presidents weekend. We had quite a white weekend with lifts on wind hold so we spent quite a lot of time indoors, and was so thankful we were in this beautiful house. There were 3 families over the weekend, each couple had their own bedroom and we put all 6 kids together on various forms of bedding in the loft which they loved. The main living area was so great and we spent endless hours hanging out over a glass of wine on the sleep inducing leather couches. We appreciated the netflix too! The kitchen was great to cook in as we cooked all of our meals in the house. We usually all book individual apartments when we got to Kirkwood, this was the first time we all stayed together and it was wonderful. The location was great too, we were staying a few apartment blocks away from chairlift 5 & 6, we would walk out the street and there always seemed to be a shuttle passing that would collect us all and drop us to the chairlifts. It was also a pretty easy walk. We loved all the sweedish touches in the house, one of our group was sweedish and got very nostalgic. Jon was fantastic when we realized we were probably going to be snowed in, he was flexible with our check out time and kept in touch with me all day. Thank you Jon, we will be back!!
The stay was flawless and will be our choice going forward at Kirkwood. Jon was very helpful and timely with his communication and made sure we were kept well informed. The house was fully stocked with "everything" we needed to make our stay comfortable and feel like we were at home. This is the real deal and the go to choice for a Kirkwood vacation.
We loved our stay at Reindeer Games. We were a group of 6 and Reindeer Games we usually travel on the cheaper end, but decided to spend a little more and stay at Reindeer Games -- we were so glad we did!
The condo was in great shape with a huge kitchen, dining table, and couch making it all cozy when we were finished skiing. The kitchen had everything we needed -- pots, pans, utensils, and spices. It was so easy to come back and quickly whip something up for lunch or dinner. And there was plenty of space to enjoy dinner without having to step over gear or each other.
The bedrooms were all great sizes and bathrooms were nice and clean as well. There was plenty of bedding in case anyone was chilly and the condo even had a couple of humidifiers because it tends to get dry at night (which is the case for many places in Tahoe).
If the snow conditions weren't amazing, we totally would have made use of the huge entertainment center stocked with media or some of the board games.
Great place to stay. Well equipt and high quality items. Clean and spacious. I like the decorations and huge kitchen. I liked that every room has own bathrooms and the most that we like is the sound system. We enjoyed listening to our music. One very good thing is the flexibility for check in and check out. It helped a lot. Jon is very detailed and always ready to help. We highly recommend this place and hope to come back.
Jon's communication was excellent and the place was clean and well equipped, I'd definitely recommend this property to my friends. Kirkwood is very quiet in the summer but the surrounding area is a hidden gem if you're willing to look around. We enjoyed the amazing mountain biking trails just outside of the valley which are some of the best in the Sierra's. If you're looking for nightlife go to South Lake, if you want to relax in a beautiful mountain setting this is your spot. We had 3 adult couples and 2 teens and everyone had plenty of room and privacy. The main room and kitchen area are set up perfect for easy entertaining and just kicking back. Can't wait to return.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Mar 2 2017 - Apr 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$1,000|
|Cleaning||$200 + Tax|
$180 cleaning fee. On long weekends either the Thursday or Sunday will be charged at the weekend rate and there is a 3 night minimum.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Kirkwood was featured in 2 articles in Ski Magazine a few years ago. The first was 'Top Ski Resorts that You've Never Heard Of' and the 2nd was a ranking of the ski/snowboard resorts in the world by snowfall and Kirkwood ranked #3. In 2017 Kirkwood made Unofficial Networks 10 Most Challenging Ski Resorts in the United States.