Here in Tennessee, we experience some snow. Every few years we get enough that the kids can have a fun snowball fight and they are out of school for a bit. However, most of the time we get ice, which is not so fun. You can’t really play in it. So as we were researching our Tahoe trip online the entire family was getting excited. I mean the whole area had received more snow in one month that it had previously had in the past few years! This was going to be an adventure for the record books!
The kids and I got up crazy early on Valentine’s Day and headed to the airport to start our journey to Lake Tahoe. Brian would join us the next day. We had an uneventful flight, but the kids were psyched. They had previously not flown in the direction we were headed so as we flew over the Rocky Mountains lots of snap chat pictures were taken to send to their friends when we landed.
We arrived at the Reno airport and grabbed up our 2017 Kia Sorento and began our leisurely drive up to The Ritz-Carlton in Tahoe. WHAT a magical drive it was. We began with no snow, but as we zig-zagged up the mountains it got deeper, and deeper, and deeper. We pulled over just to take a moment and realize that yes, everything we were seeing was in fact, real!
As someone who doesn’t drive in snow much, I have to admit to being quite nervous. I really used every single safety feature including the many driver-assistance systems like Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning System, Blind Spot Detection, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. I felt safe driving the Top Safety Pick Plus (TSP+) – from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Which made my nervousness go away.
Then we arrived at our home away from home. The Ritz-Carlton at Lake Tahoe, which was stunning as usual and unpacked. The kids quickly claimed the bathrobes and beds and we were ready for our adventures to begin. Up first, really playing in the snow. So we switched into our snow gear and went out to play!
After a fun snowball fight and making a cute snowman we retreated back to our room to decompress a bit. While we were there the topic of just how much snow there was came up again…Gabriel goes, “Mom it just looks fake. I can’t believe it’s real. It’s like we are in Narnia or something.” To which Isabella replied, “Yeah! I just want to go on all the snow adventures all the time.” Then they both gave me a big hug. THIS was my happy spot. This is what Kia does and why I’m an ambassador. They bring families together. When your kids are just as excited about the trip as you are then you know it’s perfect.
Adventure Time: Snowmobiles
This activity probably had me the most hype. I can cross this off both my #bucketlist as well as my #35NewThings list. Going up and down a mountain on a snowmobile? Well, YEAH! The kids and I got suited up and were ready to go. We would finally meet up with Brian after this experience.
Imagine if you will, you are on a snowmobile for the first time. It’s kinds of like sitting on a motorcycle. It’s snowing on and off. You have power right underneath you and you are zooming around on a mountain of fresh powder. Taking in views that seem unreal. You can truly see the majestic wonder of mother nature’s paintbrush. The sky is sprinkled with fluffy clouds. Pine trees are scattered around you with clumps of snow dotting their line. Around every few turns, you get a glimpse of the lake. It’s like you are inside a travel magazine or a postcard. This was my highlight and I truly recommend snowmobiling if you ever get the chance. It’s something neither me or my family will ever forget.
— kasandria (@SBellasWays) February 16, 2017
After our snowmobile adventures, we drove the Sorento back. Another fun fact about the Sorento not only does it outshine it’s competition with its spacious interior and advanced technology, but the Sorento received 2017 Best Cars for the Money awards from U.S. News & World Report. U.S. News recognized vehicles across 20 categories that provide consumers with the best combination of quality and value, naming the Sorento the Best 3-Row SUV for the Money. Can’t beat that!
Adventure Time: Skiing
My disclaimer: My family is from Tennessee as I’ve shared with you all quite a bit. Snow is rare for us so skiing is one of those unicorn adventures we haven’t really even seen yet alone experienced. Brian has a bum knee so he was our helper and our picture taker, as well as there for moral support if I fell. (Which I did). First I want to give a shoutout to those that ski regularly. You guys make it look waaaay easier than it actually is. Just getting into the ski boots was a lesson for me. However, Gabriel, Isabella, and I love trying new things and again it’s something I can cross of my #bucketlist as well as my #35NewThings list. So the Reasoners went skiing.
Let me try to explain in words how skiing was. First, let’s go with what “I Thought” Skiing was. I thought that since I could roller skate, and ice skate I could do this skiing thing ok. Not great, but ok. When I first was out there on the mountain standing in my skis I still thought, “Ok. This is not so bad. I got this.” Our ski instructor Bil was awesome. He started late as well. He didn’t learn to ski until he was 55 and now he’s a ski instructor. Again, my confidence was going up. We went up the little hill we were on sideways and I conquored that as well. Then it was time to put all our knowledge to use and ski down this small hill. That’s when I realized I did NOT have it together. As you can see in the pictures below my mind went blank. I forgot everything Bill had just taught me and I couldn’t stop. I legit went full panic mode, but at least I did stop…eventually. Now the kids on the other hand took it like champs. Espceially Bella. She was a natural.
I did fall down twice, but got back up with determination. The kids had a couple of tumbles too, but we all loved it. Now we all want to go for our next lesson!
Overall we had an incredible time. Our family will hold each and every memory near to our hearts. We were able to try new things and just experince a family vacation like no other. This is why Kia called this trip #SorentoFamily because not only did I have fun with my family, but also the friends that became family after this trip. Motto of the story: Take each moment you have with your loved ones and cherish it.
***Disclosure: I attended the #SorentoFamily Event My lodgings, flights, and expenses were covered by Kia. All opinions are 100% mine. ***