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Family Adventure In Lake Tahoe Days 2 and 4

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The second half of our adventure in Lake Tahoe, hosted by our friends from Kia, was magical. There is no other way to describe it. From snow falling to skiing and snowmobiling, it was an epic winter adventure!

I’m picking back up where I left off on my last post. After snowmobiling, we headed back to the hotel for a couple minutes of downtime. Ash was still not feeling great so she stayed back at the hotel and the rest of us went out to dinner. We rode a gondola down the mountain and stepped foot into a fairytale setting of sparkling white lights, snow-dusted trees, and a dinner to remember.


Emmy could barely stay awake so I took her outside at one point to enjoy the fire. I was thinking the shock of the cold outside coupled with the warm fire and beautiful setting would wake her up just enough to stay awake for dinner and I was right! It worked like a charm!


We all fell asleep the second our heads touched the pillows and woke up to SNOW!


The snow fell off and on all day and we would get glorious breaks where everything melted away and then it would pick back up again. It wasn’t bone chilling cold either, instead, it was just the right amount of chill to feel like we were indeed in the mountains. 


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Soon it was time to go skiing! I’m afraid we are spoiled for life after this experience. Not only was there a ski valet that took care of boots, skis and everything else, our boots were even warmed up and waiting for us the whole time we were there. 


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75% of my pictures have Emmy trying to catch snow in her mouth. This kid was ready to move to a snowy place after experiencing a day of snowfall and skiing!

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I think Pete took the prize for the most enthusiastic skier, though. After the girls and I settled in for hot drinks in the lobby, he took off for more advanced runs and skied the entire day away!

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Ash even made an appearance to enjoy the snow.


I was completely in love with this little spot right outside the ski area. Warm drinks and snacks are my thing.

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The relaxing didn’t last too long and everyone was back in the action with snow tubing! 




Their faces say it all! Snowtubing=fun for the whole family times 1,000!


Before we knew it our adventure was coming to an end. There were huge sad faces, lot’s of hugs goodbye see you later and recapping of all the fun we had, but not before the mother of all parties. Kia just thinks of everything. When we get into any of their vehicles we think of how solid, reliable, luxurious, tech savvy and comfortable it is and the party this night was a reminder of all of those qualities. They care about the road we are traveling as a family and they just “get” us. I mean a hands-on cooking experience for the kids couldn’t have been a better way to end an already fantastic couple of days.


After this fun ending party, we headed up to bed to get some sleep before our early morning flight back home. We left extra early, way before the sun came up, because we were expecting snow, and the roads were going to be icy until we made it off the mountain. As expected the roads were slick with ice and some fresh snow, and the Kia Sorento was a breeze to drive even in these conditions. It was so awesome to have as our car during this adventure that Pete and I keep talking about really becoming a Kia Family with a couple Kia’s of our own.

Do you have any upcoming skiing adventures planned?

Heather Reese
the authorHeather Reese
Heather Delaney Reese is the storyteller and photographer behind the lifestyle and family travel blog, It's a Lovely Life®! For the past decade, she has vacationed over 150 days a year with her family. She is a vegan, and loves being by the water, spending time with her children, husband, 2 Shih Tzus and Cat.


  • We are looking at Kia’s for my daughter! This looks like such a fun trip. A wonderful getaway for the family and I am glad that you were safe in the Kia!

  • I have always wanted to go to Lake Tahoe. My mother In Law just got a Kia, but she got the soul and loves it! My husband is a car guy, Chevy through and through and would probably divorce me lol I’m surprised he agreed to getting my Jeep lol

  • What a fun and exciting trip! We have never been on a ski trip, but my son just went on one with school!

  • Looks like you had a great time! Beautiful scenery! I have always wanted to go to tahoe

  • We are so lucky to live as close to a Ski Resort as we do! We haven’t had a chance to go up yet this season – I will use the tiny human and the dog as an excuse for that – but we always have a blast when we get to go up. Looks like you guys had a wonderful time!

  • We have no skiing adventures coming up, none planned as of now anyways. We dont get snow here so it is on our list of soon to travel to things. The kids have only seen a tiny bit of snow so I can only imagine how awesome it will be when they are covered in it.
    Looks like you are having a great time so far!

  • Been following your lake Tahoe posts and am so jealous… at least slightly envious as it is a place I’ve wanted to visit for years. Maybe next ski season if I’m lucky.

  • I love seeing all of your vacation pics! We’ve never been skiing before and I’ll probably break a leg or something, but I still want to try!

  • Looks like a fun family vacation. Skiing is something all ages can enjoy.

  • Those are some fabulous pictures. So glad that you and your family had such a great time in Lake Tahoe. Looks like many happy memories were made.

  • I have never been skiing with my family. I think my kids would enjoy it and tubing!

  • Looks like a fantastic trip full of fun and memories! We are a KIA family too – currently experiencing our adventures in a Sedona!

  • That looks like a great vacation. I have not been skiing in years. I loved it though. I would love to take my family out skiing sometime too.

  • man! you are so lucky to go to Lake Tahoe… I heard it’s absolutely beautiful there. I would love to go some day soon, I could use an awesome vacation like that : ) glad you and your family had such a great time!

  • Skiing would be so much fun. I have not gone skiing for at least 5 years. Lake Tahoe would be an amazing surprise vacation for my family.

  • Lake Tahoe looks like a great place to visit in the winter. I am sold on the Kia Sorento if it can handle on slick icy roads.

  • What a great place to stay. There are so many fun things to experience. I can see my husband and daughter skiing the day away.

  • I want to know where that snowball ended up 🙂 It sounds like you had a really delightful trip. My father always had such great things to say about Tahoe

  • This was such a fun trip. Gawd, I wish we had snow here in my country.
    You guys seemed to have a blast and Lake Tahoe is just beautiful – one day I’m gonna go there.

  • This looks like such a fun get-away. We’ve been to Lake Tahoe a couple of times and it’s absolutely beautiful!

  • This trip looks like so much fun! We are yet to take our kids skiing, and tubing in this area where we live – we do have warm snow suits bought for them, but that’s the only progress we have achieved so far, plus we have been working almost every weekend, so it is tough – maybe next year. Sounds like a lot of fun!

  • How fun! We’ve never tried skiing or snow tubing, but I would love to try those because I have no doubt they are so much fun to do. My son would love to do those too, for sure.

  • This sounds like a fun trip. I’ve been skiing only twice in my life. The first time, I enjoyed it. But the second time, I kept falling down and got discouraged.

  • My children are now all into skiing this year, and Tahoe is on our list. Looks like a great trip!

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