From the issue Sierra Surprises
Start a new winter tradition at the regally retro Montecito Sequoia Lodge. Situated at 7,500 feet right on Highway 180 between Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, this family-friendly outpost features an amazing range of winter activities that literally begin at your doorstep: kids can enjoy supervised sledding or snow tubing while parents go backcountry snowboarding or indulge in 50 miles of groomed cross-country ski trails. And don’t miss the chance to try extreme snow biking. That’s right, the lodge introduced this BMX bike-snowboard combo last year and it was such a hit they’ve brought it back. The Montecito offers 13 cozy cabins and 36 lodge rooms; all meals are included in the package. At night, warmed by a bonfire, you can swap tales and gaze down at the snowy woods. This could be the beginning of a beautiful tradition.
Montecito Sequoia Lodge, 8000 Generals Hwy., Kings Canyon National Park; (800) 227-9900 for reservations, (800) 843-8677 for park and road conditions.