We are planning a trip from Australia over Christmas / NY 2013 / 2014 and our start point is SanFran. We will be landing in SF just before Christmas and were keen to have a white Christmas with some snow fun thrown in for our 10 & 12 year old girls. We skied (very much novice) and did tubing in Colorado a couple of years ago and really loved it.
We have around 8 days (over Christmas) before we want to be back in SF for a few days over NY then onto Orlando etc. I have looked extensively at North Lake Tahoe (Northstar resort) and know that it offers good skiing (all levels), tubing, ice-skating etc etc which certainly fits for our family BUT then I started thinking about Yosemite and I know it is just beautiful in the winter! It is such an iconic NP and it seems silly to be so close and not visit!
My question really centres around whether in 8 days we need to make a decision and visit only one area or whether visiting both is realistic? We don't mind driving but also don't want to spend the whole Christmas week in a car going (slowly) from Point A to Point B!
My preference is probably Yosemite for the scenery, the kids preference will be fun in the snow - is there enough to keep them amused in Yosemite? Badger looks fine for skiing but not so great for tubing (it's a kiddie hill) and they quite like the big hills!
Any advice would be great - I really am at that point where I know the options, have researched both areas and I'm really torn between the two!