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I love to ski. I look for every opportunity during the ski season to hit the slopes with my sticks. It doesn't matter what day it is or even how warm or cold it is – if there's time, I'm skiing. I've done so all over the world, so I consider myself lucky that I am able to have a job that's fruitful and flexible enough to support my chosen lifestyle. I don't know if there will ever come a day when I don't want to ski. The only thing that I have yet to really experience, however, is a ski resort in the summer. I'm only there when there's snow, but I've often thought about what some of these beautiful places would be like when it's warm. I recently got a chance to find out, as I ran into an old friend who was on his way to meetings at Northstar, near Lake Tahoe. Their plane actually had an empty seat, so I could use it. The caveat – I had to leave within the hour and had to find my own lodging. No problem – I'd book a Tahoe-Northstar hotel with my HotelTonight app. I was off to explore.

The Landscape

I just love mountains, as I found out that day that I could spend a lot of time hiking in them when there isn't any snow. I got to the area and found a trailhead not far from civilization, so I jumped on it with some water and my camera. It was stunningly beautiful and stimulating. I took dozens of photos of different birds flying everywhere, of some of the biggest and greenest trees I had ever seen and of a few creeks that bubbled by peacefully and rhythmically. It was a wonderful experience.

The Village

I have to admit that I've seen so many ski resorts that I usually don't pay much attention to the villages. I did this time, and it turned out to be a good decision. That's because it seemed that most things were still open despite it being the summer. I walked through a bunch of different quaint little shops, talking to the owners and workers. I bought a few things for myself and a few others for friends and family, all the while getting to know the locals a bit better. This is a happy place to live.

The Dining

A shopkeeper told me that for dinner, I had to try the local Italian place, so I took him up on it when it got to be that time. It was also designed to look like a wooden ski lodge, but that was fine with me. I went with the ravioli, and it was excellent. The pasta was soft and firm at the same time, the cheese filling was creamy and decadent and the entire meal was delicious, especially with the nice red wine served with it to bring it all together.

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I was quite full and quite happy to have enjoyed this unique day. I opened my HotelTonight app and booked a Tahoe-Northstar hotel room in seconds. 20 minutes later, I saw my friend on my way into my room and nodded happily, letting him know that it had been a great experience traveling there.