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

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Last updated: 05/25/2017
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  • Minimum stay:1-5 nights
  • Sleeps:12
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:3
  • Property type:Chalet
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

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

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


Member since: 2012

Speaks: english, swedish
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 05/25/2017

Property Type

  • Chalet
  • 2200 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 12
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:


  • Children Welcome:

    There are lots of children's games and an Apple TV with Netflix in both the master bedroom, loft and the Great Room when you need a break from the kids! ...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Massage


Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 10-12

  • Master: 1 king

    Ensuite bathroom with jetted tub and large travertine shower...moreless

  • Downstairs left bedroom: 1 queen

    Downstairs Queen bed with ensuite bathroom (with a bathtub)....moreless

  • Downstairs right bedroom: 1 queen

    Queen bed and ensuite bathroom with a shower. ...moreless

  • Loft : 1 double, 2 twin/ single

    Loft has double sofa bed and daybed with 2 twin mattresses...moreless

  • There is an extra Queen mattress usually rolled up in the master bedroom closet that can be used. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

  • Master bath: toilet, tub, shower, jetted tub


  • Main : toilet, combination tub/shower

    Has separate entrance from one of downstairs bedrooms....moreless

  • Bedroom 2 bath: toilet, shower


  • Every bedroom has an ensuite bathroom and the master bath has a jetted tub and a large travertine shower. ...moreless


  • Books:

    There's a handful of books if you start reading a book you can't put down please take it home and conversely feel free to leave books. Coffee table books which are labeled are excepted. ...moreless

  • DVD Player:

    There is a couple of DVD players, a PS3 and 3 Apple TVs and HBO, Netflix, and Amazon Prime....moreless

  • Games:

    adult and kids games and puzzles...moreless

  • Music Library:

    limited to a few CDs but have MP3 inputs into both AV systems. ...moreless

  • Stereo:

    One entertainment center in Great Room plus a second in the Master Suite. Both have audio inputs for iPod/MP3....moreless

  • Television:

    All 1080p HD TVs- 60' LG LED Smart TV in Great Room, Samsung 46' LCD TV in the master bedroom plus a 40" LED TV in the loft! HBO, Netflix, and Amazon Prime are available....moreless

  • Toys
  • Video Games:

    PS3 and two controllers- DanceDanceRevolution plus Rock Band 2 and you're welcome to bring your own games....moreless

  • Video Library:

    There's a few movies, TV shows and some ski/snowboard videos. ...moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Playground
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Boating
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    You can see the majestic Red Cliffs from the balcony in the front of the house. The back bedrooms look on to the ski slopes....moreless

  • Resort:

    It's at Kirkwood Mountain Resort, steps from lifts and you can ski home!...moreless

  • Rural:

    Kirkwood is a ski resort in the unspoiled Eldorado National Forest. ...moreless

  • Ski-In:

    If you are adventurous you can ski home ...moreless

  • Ski-Out:

    5 mins walk to chair 6/5 and 8 mins to Timber Creek area or the village center. You can ski home by cutting hard near the bottom of Lower Olympic....moreless

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


  • Dining:

    9 dining room chairs plus another chair and a bench to seat 12 total plus. If you need to you can have overflow seating at the 4 stools at the kitchen bar. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 12 people


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    Gas fireplace with a blower/fan...moreless

  • Garage:

    2 cars in tandem...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Usually takes a few hours to warm up the house- light the fireplace with the blower fan going and will be much faster!...moreless

  • Internet:

    There is Wifi...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Duvets and duvet covers/sheets for each bed/mattress...moreless

  • Living Room:

    The Great room has 24 foot ceilings, a 60" Smart TV and beautiful views of the Red Cliffs !...moreless

  • Parking:

    In addition to the garage there is overflow parking on Loop Road but you must register at the front desk of Kirkwood Lodging.. ...moreless

  • Telephone:

    No long distance...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Lots of towels in the downstairs left bedroom closet plus usually also in the master bed bath left hand cabinet. ...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Please only use on "quick wash" setting as the other settings just run perpetually without stopping. ...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    There is a drip coffeemaker, a french press and a coffee grinder. ...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Enough to entertain more than a dozen people!...moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Kitchen Aid...moreless

  • Freezer:

    Kitchen Aid with ice maker and filtered water....moreless

  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Well appointed and very social- perfect for entertaining as there is both a kitchen island and bar- each with a sink. There are 9 dining chairs, pull up the bench by the entrance if you need more!...moreless

  • Microwave:

    Kitchen Aid...moreless

  • Oven:

    Kitchen Aid...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Usually well stocked with staples such as olive oil, sugar, spices, tea etc. There is usually a good assortment of condiments/salad dressings in the fridge also....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Kitchen Aid ...moreless

  • Stove:

    Gas Kitchen Aid with five gas burners. There is a couple of fondue sets also in cupboard above the oven and a raclette grill!...moreless

  • Toaster:

    4 piece family size toaster!...moreless


  • Balcony:

    Small balcony off the Great Room...moreless

  • Boat:

    Rent over at nearby Silver or Caples Lake...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Rent at Silver Lake ...moreless

  • Ski & Snowboard:

    Best skiing/boarding in the Sierras!...moreless

  • Tennis:

    4 courts being built to be completed by June 2013 over by the rec center...moreless



from 30 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
4th July
Jul 2 - Jul 2, 2017
1 night min stay

flat fee
Labor Day
Sep 3 - Sep 3, 2017
1 night min stay

flat fee
Early Season
Nov 1 - Dec 16, 2017
2 night min stay
$450 $550
Fri, Sat
xMas Holidays
Dec 17 - Dec 24, 2017
5 night min stay
NY Week
Dec 25 - Jan 2, 2018
5 night min stay
Prime Season
Jan 3 - Mar 31, 2018
4 night min stay
$470 $660
Fri, Sat
$3,200 $8,000
Jan 14 - Jan 14, 2018
1 night min stay

flat fee
President's Day
Feb 11 - Feb 11, 2018
1 night min stay

flat fee
Ski Week
Feb 12 - Feb 15, 2018
4 night min stay

flat fee
Late Season
Apr 1 - Apr 30, 2018
2 night min stay
$450 $670
Fri, Sat
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$350 $500
Fri, Sat
$2,000 $5,000
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning $200 + tax
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $1,000
  • Tax Rate 10%


$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.

Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking

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Last updated: 05/25/2017
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160 Miles
Nearest Airport
Palisades, Kirkwood, CA, USA
Nearest Barpub
Cornice Grill
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Hwy 88
Palisades, Kirkwood, CA, USA
Nearest Restaurant
Cornice Grill (formerly Bubb's)
Palisades, Kirkwood, CA, USA
Nearest Ski
Kirkwood Ski Resort
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
Caples Lake

Car: Necessary

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.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2009

About the owner: 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.

Why the Owner Chose Palisades, Kirkwood, CA, USA:
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.

The Unique Benefits at this Chalet:
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 !!

Contact us

Speaks: english, swedish
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 05/25/2017

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  • Enjoy a hot coco in the Great Room

    Enjoy a hot coco in the Great Room

  • The Great Room from the loft

    The Great Room from the loft

  • The reading nook in the corner of the Great Room. Yes, that is a mink.

    The reading nook in the corner of the Great Room. Yes, that is a mink.

  • Loft panorama

    Loft panorama

  • Loft daybed- has 2 twin mattresses that can be used together as king or separate

    Loft daybed- has 2 twin mattresses that can be used together as king or separate

  • Large jetted tub in the master bath.

    Large jetted tub in the master bath.

  • Back right downstairs bedroom.

    Back right downstairs bedroom.

  • Back left downstairs  bathroom

    Back left downstairs bathroom

  • The 'Potholes' Aug 2013- the lack of blue sky is due to the Yosemite forest fire

    The 'Potholes' Aug 2013- the lack of blue sky is due to the Yosemite forest fire

  • Kirkwood Trail Map- Reindeer Games in red

    Kirkwood Trail Map- Reindeer Games in red

  • nearby Silver Lake

    nearby Silver Lake

  • Great Room

    Great Room

  • Gourmet kitchen- as you can see plenty of counter space for multiple cooks!

    Gourmet kitchen- as you can see plenty of counter space for multiple cooks!

  • Loft- you can see daybed in back left

    Loft- you can see daybed in back left

  • Loft- I bought the Chihuahua painting at the Latin America Club in the Mission.

    Loft- I bought the Chihuahua painting at the Latin America Club in the Mission.

  • Master bedroom suite with king bed.

    Master bedroom suite with king bed.

  • His and her sinks in master bath, there is also a shower.

    His and her sinks in master bath, there is also a shower.

  • Ensuite bathroom for back right downstairs bedroom

    Ensuite bathroom for back right downstairs bedroom

  • Kit Carson Pass May 2013

    Kit Carson Pass May 2013

  • View from top chair 6 Jan 2016 looking West

    View from top chair 6 Jan 2016 looking West

  • Original Lego art hangs above kitchen bar

    Original Lego art hangs above kitchen bar

  • 2016-17 season brought epic snowfall - more than 700" of snow fell

    2016-17 season brought epic snowfall - more than 700" of snow fell

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This listing was first published here in 2012.

Date last modified - Thursday, May 25, 2017

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