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Reindeer Games Slope-side and Family Friendly - Timber Ridge @ Kirkwood

23 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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2 - 7 nights


Palisades Chalet Rental Photos and Description

Luxury 3bd/3ba+loft on the slope at Kirkwood Ski Resort

*still available 3 nights over xMas

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 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

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, swedish
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 16, 2016

About Jon

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

Why Jon chose Kirkwood

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!

What makes this chalet unique

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 !!


based on 23 traveler reviews

Reindeer Games Slope-side and Family Friendly - Timber Ridge @ Kirkwood
average rating of 4.9130435 based on 23 reviews

Had a blast!!!

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Jeff, I'm glad that you enjoyed the place!
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Perfect place!!

  • 5 of 5

We loved this place and cant wait to go back! Place was super clean and organized. Decor was awesome. Kitchen was very well stocked. He responds very quickly to your mails. One thing no other home owners would provide is a complete set of directions/instructions. We were 2 families with small children, Jon suggested if at all we have to purchase something, stop by at the Safeway on our way as the general store close to this home wont be open till late night. he helped us with a list of kid friendly activities close by with every single detail on how to get there and everything, plus, how to get anything working inside the home. That was really really helpful!

Second day kids woke up asking 'can we please stay here forever??' yes, this was indeed a 'no hassle' trip. Thanks to you, Jon! We'll definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the kinds words and I'm so glad that you enjoyed your stay!
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Great Location and perfect combination of comfort and luxury

  • 5 of 5

The photos doesn't do this property justice... we were expecting a cookie-cutter condo and were amazed by an over-sized lofty space. Awesome tub in the master. Superb chef's kitchen. It felt like "home"... not just another rental.

Not a true ski in-out, but with a little investigation found some interesting short cuts to and from the lifts that made for minimal walking to and from the mountain.

We will be back!

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Robert and I'm glad to hear you scored what turned out to be the last powder day of the season! Looking forward to hosting you next season.
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Gr8 place, accommodating host

  • 5 of 5

We originally booked for three days, but contacted the host (at the last minute) asking for another day, which he graciously accommodated for us. We appreciated that! The host was very communicative on all fronts. The place itself was nice, and is pretty much as advertised. Everything worked (internet/wifi, media center, etc) perfectly, which was also very nice. WE will be looking to stay there in the future.

  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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It was a great house for all whole family

  • 4 of 5

Great place for a multi family vacation. Lots room for everyone. Entertainment center was wonderful. Parking garage is a bit narrow and 2 flight of steps to get to the house. All good. Shuttle bus worked well to Timber Creek ,easy walk or shuttle to main ski area. A week of Fun.

  • Submitted: Feb 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review, glad you enjoyed your stay!!
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Cozy, well equipped and thought out.

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay here! We are experienced renters and the owner Jon has done a great job on organizing Reindeer Games in a manner that allows for a seamless transition from travel to being on vacation. It was very easy and comfortable. Thumbs up for kid friendly, thumbs up for WIFI and A/V options. Thumbs up for El Nino.


Kenny & Erin

  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed the place! You're welcome back anytime.
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Nearest Airport
160 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Cornice Grill
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Hwy 88
Nearest Restaurant
Cornice Grill (formerly Bubb's)
Nearest Ski
Kirkwood Ski Resort
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Caples Lake
Car: necessary

Kirkwood was featured in 2 articles in Ski Magazine couple 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.


Rates & Availability

Palisades Chalet Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Early Season
Nov 1 2016 - Dec 18 2016
2 night minimum stay
xMas Holidays
Dec 19 2016 - Dec 29 2016
7 night minimum stay
NY Week
Dec 30 2016 - Jan 5 2017
6 night minimum stay
Prime Season
Jan 7 2017 - Mar 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Jan 13 2017 - Jan 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
President's Day
Feb 17 2017 - Feb 19 2017
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Late Season
Apr 1 2017 - Apr 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $200 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Tax Rate 10.0%

$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.

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Palisades Chalet Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chalet
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master bath - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub
    Main - toilet , combination tub/shower , Has separate entrance from one of downstairs bedrooms.
    Bedroom 2 bath - toilet , shower
  • Every bedroom has an ensuite bathroom and the master bath has a jetted tub and a large travertine shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Master - 1 king , Ensuite bathroom with jetted tub and large travertine shower
    Downstairs left bedroom - 1 queen , Downstairs Queen bed with ensuite bathroom (with a bathtub).
    Downstairs right bedroom - 1 queen , Queen bed and ensuite bathroom with a shower.
    Loft - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , Loft has double sofa bed and daybed with 2 twin mattresses
  • There is an extra Queen mattress usually rolled up in the master bedroom closet that can be used.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • ski lift privileges
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis

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