Winter at Martis Camp, Lake Tahoe

There are those among us who favor the sizzle of summer. Then again, there are those who fancy the frosty side of the calendar. Luckily, those who call Martis Camp home have a world that serves up the best of both. Now, at a time where the days run short, the shadows stretch long, and the allure of hot tubs and warm fires grows stronger, Martis Camp serves up a menu of life that runs both indoors and outdoors.

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The obvious – skiing and boarding – looms beautifully above us in the form of Lookout Mountain and those runs that converge at Lookout Lodge that’s just minutes away. This private, members-only lodge features fine dining, a lively apres scene, shuttle services from home to hill, valet parking, ski rentals, ski storage and ski shop, all a snowball’s toss from the Martis Camp Express Chair Lift. Free demo days pop up over the course of the season as well. It’s on these Northstar slopes where Martis Camp’s Downhill Cup Championships – always a showcase of skill and fun – is slated for March 19th. Local musicians take to the deck every Saturday from New Year’s Day through April 16th. And new to Lookout Lodge this year is the Camp Kitchen Food Truck and Ice Bar operating noon ‘til apres every Saturday and Sunday. A trip to the Spa at Martis Camp for one of their winter specials will leave you feeling as though your whole body just slipped out of your ski boots.

Even closer to home are miles of cross-country ski trails and fairways that nicely transition from golf shoes to snowshoes (snowshoes and cross-country skis are available at the Family Barn). Leading away from the Nordic Shed at the Family Barn, these trails may well pass by your backyard or neighborhood and can eventually lead you to the comforts of cocoa, coffee, a warm fire, a good book, and the cozy confines of Lost Library. The ideal base camp for your trail ventures and for mastering your snowman building skills is the Family Barn, which also offers Kids Camps, as well as Folk School classes featuring painting, leatherwork, pottery, holiday wreathmaking, and quilting, to name a few. Classes are held throughout the winter. From the Family Barn, you’ll find the nearby Super Duper Sled Hill as well as guided moonlight winter snowshoe hikes. Feel like Snow Biking? Instructors from A Single Track Mind will be organizing tours for fat-tire e-bike rides through The Camp. For those days where you simply want the pleasure of a good sweat without the snow or are in need of a ski conditioning class, there’s always the option of indulging in a trip to The Fitness Center.

Dining at Martis Camp is always a special occasion, but something about the winter air and the early evenings that makes fine dining at the Camp Lodge even finer. Executive Chef Conor Ball and Food & Beverage Director Matthew Merrill are very adept at creating delicious masterpieces as well as preparing meals-to-go that – with items like Dungeness crab, lobster, prime rib, rack of lamb and roasted salmon – are anything but your standard takeaway. For a morning cup of goodness in the company of freshly baked cinnamon rolls, scones and other goodies from our pastry chef Alison Murphy, there’s Martis Perk on “the turn” near the 10th tee at the Camp Lodge. And to complement its fine views, the Lookout Lodge serves up meals under the guise of Lookout Mountain, an appetizing option whether inside by the fireplace or on the deck with views of the slopes.

Martis Camp knows how to holiday, with occasions and events that are always festive and bright – from the Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony and Festival of Lights, to a snowman building contest, fireworks and hot beverages on New Year’s Eve, just to name a few. Valentine’s Day is no exception with a special Camp Lodge dinner, and Easter will feature brunches at the Family Barn and Camp Lodge. Winter’s made even more magnificent with a special Adventure Film Series featuring movies from the likes of Warren Miller and Teton Gravity Research. Films run every Sunday at 6:30 pm and will be held in the 40-seat Family Barn Theater through March 27th.

When you’re ready for a winter full of wonder, look no further than those places that are down the street, up the hill, or around the corner. Chances are, you’ll find plenty of options to make the season bright.

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